I came across your blog and thought you might be interested in these two Rabbonim from Manchester UK who are playing amazing new music. Some video footage from a recent event can be found here and here.Anon comments on " The Shwekey Shrug"::
I guess that reminds me of the Fried Shrug ("So, can you play Mi Ma?"), the Dedi Shrug ("So, can you play Od Yishama Sound-Off?" (Remember that one? Repeat after me: KOL sa-SON v'KOL sim-CHAAA...)), the Dachs Shrug ("So, can you play Im Eshkachech - no, not the Shwekey one...") and the Wald Shrug ("So, can you play..." come to think of it, did Wald have a hit after Sameach?...) Usually, the only ones who recover from Shrug Albums are MBD (because he's MBD), or guys who develop niches - think Fried's Chabad albums, or Williger's Carlebach Nusach albums, or Lipa being Lipa. Truth is, Yaakov Shwekey is young, is very personable, and has a great set of pipes, so he's probably far from done. Also, in my opinion, Ma Ma Ma is far from the best cut on the new album - some of the slow tunes are gorgeous, particularly his remake of "Tatte Tatte". Still, he might want to explore some niche ideas - a totally Sephardic Shwekey album, for instance, is an intriguing idea. How 'bout it?I just can't see the point in people asking for music they acknowledge they don't even like!
E. forwards a link to a "more complete poster" of the Moshiach concert. We've been fortunate enough to acquire one of these fine pieces of art for Chateau Dm.
Sruly Meyer writes:
Here are 2 full length songs available for download from Sameach. Yossi and Yerachmiel's Ma Nishtana and a brand new song from Yerachmiel Ziegler called "Yom Shekulo" with keyboard and synths by Gavrial Sacks. It's all available for free from Sameach's podcast site.