After five solid years of recording and touring with the Sippy Cups, Alison Faith Levy needed a break, so she took a musical detour and created McCabe & Mrs. Miller, an Americana band. But she couldn’t fully kick the kids’ music habit — she started playing shows at a local bookstore, and the rest is history.
(1) Alison Faith Levy, “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” from World of Wonder (Mystery Lawn Music). On an album of children’s songs, this glorious recording—with startling new verses pitting a mouse against a cat, a monkey against a tiger, a hippo against a snake, and the spider against a bumblebee—comes forth huge, pounding, with a passionate vocal from Levy and, from producer Allen Clapp, the most convincing re-creation of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound anywhere.
How’s this for a cool name for a kindie band? The Sippy Cups. Yup, Sippy Cups aren’t just things from which you drink, but they are also a rock band for kids. And Alison Faith Levy, Sippy Cups band member formerly known as “Sippy Alison,” has returned to the kindie music scene to create a solo album for kids! Her newest CD, World of Wonder includes such catchy tunes as “Reach for the Sky,” “Like a Spinning Top,” and CW’s favorite “Detours” (which is all about driving and the detours we take)!
San Francisco's Sippy Cups were one of the first new (21st-century) acts to attract a lot of attention in the wake of the kids music explosion of circa 2006. They had a big, '60s-inspired sound and look (though they weren't limited by that era), and despite their large size, toured quite a bit. The band is on hiatus - maybe permanently - but some of the members of the band are making music for kids again.
Kid's pop-music artist, Alison Faith Levy, has taken a break from the kindie psychedelic rock 'n roll circus for kids called The Sippy Cups and work in the "grown-up" music venue to return to her roots and create a delightful solo album designed just for kids age 2-8 (and their parents, of course), called World of Wonder (Mystery Lawn Music, 2012).
Get ready for Summer weather with this fun album that will have you thinking about flying like a butterfly, or watching tulips bloom, or jumping up and dancing while yelling like an animal! Sound like fun? If so, you will enjoy Alison Faith Levy's (aka Sippy Alison) latest release World of Wonder.
Wild multi-colored costumes and set design. Elaborate staging. Psychedelic lyrics. Yup, it's the San Francisco music scene, even for children's music. The Sippy Cups were (and still are) a fixture and major attraction. The heart (or perhaps the "T" cup) was female singer "Sippy" Alison Faith Levy, who is now striking out on her own as a solo kindie artist.
This week, we're listening to a theater of voices, taking the kids to a show and suffering humorous abuse.
Host: Cy Musiker
- David Wiegand, executive features editor for the San Francisco Chronicle
Two mom rockers are bringing their bands to Berkeley's Starry Plough on Sunday for the under-4-foot dance crowd.
Alison Faith Levy has put together a three-part series at the Plough, that runs through March. Levy spent five heady years in the Sippy Cups, described as a psychedelic kids rock band. (Their "I Wanna Be Elated" is a take on the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated.")