I've heard first- and third-hand that the Shabbos Nachamu events in the Catskills - namely - MBD and Yeedle, AF and his cast of obscure unknowns, and Yidstock - were all relative failures. MBD drew only a few hundred, AF had, in the words of one observer, "A lot of empty seats," and Yidstock was summed up in that brief paragraph that's online everywhere. Have you heard anything more substantive?Beuller?
Did anyone kasher numa numa yet by turning it into Yiddish (MBD, Lipa, Dedi, etc?)We're not aware of anyone covering it, but it was big at at least one camp we played this summer.
A friend just e-mailed me that he bought the new Michoel Shnitzler CD, and inside was a 24 page cd booklet. Each page had on one side credits/songs lyrics/thank you's and the the opposite side was an ad. One was a bakery, one was a glasses store, a restaurant, furniture store, mostly in Boro Park. I think that's a very disturbing trend. I really hope it doesn't catch on. It's a good way to raise money to make your cd, but talk about selling your soul.Menachem Herman emails a link to the Menachem Herman Orchestra Official Site.
Finally, Arkady has been working hard to raise awareness of an important issue by sending numerous emails about the importance of being tested as a potential stem cell donor. The impetus here is Jazz saxophonist Michael Brecker's urgent need for a transplant, but it has ramifications for the community as a whole. See our post on this here. I've asked Arkady to post the text of his emails on his site so that anyone interested in finding out more can easily do so.