Monday, November 21, 2016

Echo Yochi

It's one loon with a YouTube channel, not all Chabad.

That said, even one is troubling. Not representative, but still troubling...

Chabad Messianist who Preaches Killing Gays Raps Funky Praise for the Rebbe.

Rare Recordings of R' Ben Zion Shenker Z"L

Over at Circus Tent.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

BDE - R' Ben Zion Shenker

I'm sad to report the passing of the influential chassidic composer/singer R' Ben Zion Shenker Z"L. R' Shenker composed many songs that are widely sung in the Jewish world, including melodies for Mizmor LeDavid and Yosis Alayich. He also carried the Modzits musical tradition, documenting, singing, and recording the melodies of the Modzitser rebbes. Yehei Zichro Baruch!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Mostly Kosher - Ain't No Sunshine

The best klezmer version of a Bill Wither's tune I've ever heard!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Yiddish Trump Jingle from April

Not an endorsement, but came across this and thought it'd be of interest to my readers.

Sinai Tor Arrested for Wedding Performance

I've written about this story and the song Zochreini Na. Recently Israel arrested thirteen Israelis who celebrated the murder of a Palestenian baby by Jewish terrorists last winter. The Forward has some details: Israeli ‘Wedding of Hate’ Groom and 12 Guests Charged for Celebrating Murders of Palestinians.

Why Kohanim Shouldn't Go To The Met

Man scattering friend's ashes halts Metropolitan Opera performance

Friday, October 28, 2016

Diaspora Yeshiva Band - Hasidisco Pioneers

The original version of Malchutcha recorded by the Diaspora Yeshiva Band for the 1978 Chasidic Song Festival. The producers overdubbed a mixed chorus after the band had recorded their tracks. It was not the band's choice.

‫להקת יש

Thursday, October 27, 2016

This Week's Leining

Pretty sure it won't sound like this in my shul...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gershon Veroba - "Rabi Nachman"

Gershon was an early influence. He still sings very nicely here, but this tune doesn't speak to me. In general, I like the songs he writes more than the tunes he's bought from contemporary frum-pop writers.

Leonard Cohen w/Cantor Gideon Zelermyer & the Shaar Hashomayim Choir

More details at the Montreal Gazette: "Montreal Cantor Collaborates On Leonard Cohen’s New Album."

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Nachum Segal Says Good-bye To Radio


... and there goes a large chunk of WFMU's fundraising income too... Interesting to see if/how they will hold on... developing...

I Totally Relate

A few years old, but well worth seeing. The lack of understanding of artists in the frum community, musicians, dancers, writers, is soul-breaking. The high-school I attended viewed the creative impulse as a yetzer hara to be stifled, rather than a gift to be cultivated.

A Little Girl Was Kicked Out Of Class Because Of What Her Mom Does. But Her Mom Will Never Stop.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Yoseph Nigun - Achiya Asher Cohen Alloro‬‎

An incredible tribute to Yossi Piamenta Z"L.

I've been thinking about why this resonates so much, and I think that it's because it works on multiple levels....As an homage to Yossi's style...  as a creative song in its own right... with an inspired arrangement with multiple modulations... and because, unlike much of the contemporary Jewish music, it not only requires "chops" to play, but also has soul, which to much of the contemporary material lacks. It's hard to ID it, but like indecency, you know it when you see/hear it. Oh, and of course, klezmer clarinet! Check it out!