Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Country (Y.) Music

It's been a while since we looked at CY Magazine. Why, we even passed up blogging the Miami Revach issue!

It's time to check back in with our old friends and see what's new in the world of JM PR. (All of the following comes from the recent "Mike Bloomberg" issue.)

First off, you'll all be glad to know that Miami Boys Choir's "Revach" album and the "Yeshivah Boys Choir 2" album are both still on the "Top 20 in Jewish Music" charts and once again tied for the same slot. Cynics may scoff, and point out that the rankings are bogus, but we prefer to celebrate the serendipity of two big CY ad buyers products achieving the exact same sales numbers month after month.

Yossi Zweig's "The Music Insider" column has lots of insider tidbits about upcoming releases including this revealing factoid about Eitan Katz's "Lma'ancha":
This soulful composition is just the tip of the iceberg as the album consists of 10 songs including Track #10, which is composed by Rabbi Mottel Twersky.

The column includes comments about Ephie Lowinger's "debut album" called "Ahava." This info would come as a surprise to fans of Ephie's earlier album, “Labor Day and Life Insurance”. (Album credits here.) FYI, his fan club appears to have a few positions open.

Rochelle Maruch Miller contributes a lovely ad, whoops, article about Nachman Seltzer's "Shira Chadasha Boys Choir" album. After serving up a nice helping of the usual, the ad, whoops did it again, the article concludes with a reference to another Nachman Seltzer release, "Visions":
Nachman Seltzer has already established himself as a gifted composer and producer and has generated much buzz in the Jewish music industry. In the tradition of Abie Rotenberg, he has produced Visions, an album that bears Nachman's signature standard of excellence. With the release of his first two musical productions, he is well on his way to fulfilling his dream of seeing Jewish music return to its pure and classic roots.
We're not that familiar with Seltzer's work. The only track we've heard --off of Visions-- was a "Shlock-esqe version of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight." Classic roots indeed.