Teruah posts "Jewish Music and Disaffected Jews", a thought-provoking post. He also posts about his failed attempt to have the DJ at his brother's wedding play some tracks from Sameach's Siman Tov Mazel Tov CD release. I suspect that had he achieved this, it would have been in direct opposition to his ideal in the other post.
Anyway, selecting tracks for the DJ gave me a good focal point for listening to the disc and got me to remember the occasion the disc was intended for. Which was good, because from my Conservative Jewish perspective, it's a bit of a strange disc. There were the requisite jazzy versions of Yiddish standards, chuppah sets and big band sets. And Israeli disco sets.The CD includes an odd mix of songs and many of the selections are not representative of what would be played at a contemporary affair. From my Orthodox Jewish bandleading perspective, it loks just as strange as from Jack's Conservative Jewish one. The predominant style is definitely disco, though. You can hear audio clips and buy the album here. It's one thing to cover Israeli disco, but to me, taking classic Israeli rock songs like Yo Ya and turning them into disco just doesn't work.
Israeli disco? Songs like Popcorn and Electric slide side by size with Sandy Shmuely's Zodiac and Ari Pollack's Chai. In full disco horns and strings glory. Frum weddings must be quite the party if this is what gets played. It was the disco set I was hoping the DJ would play from.
Poor Neshama Carlebach has child care issues.
Jeff Klepper writes"The Songs of Israel (Part 1).
Blog in Dm's investigative informants have discovered this footage of a "Farmers Market" rehearsal for the Goldman/Rosenberg wedding at Ateres Chynka. Apparently, the couple couldn't decide which favorite tune to requests as an intro, so they asked the band to just play all of them, a scenario that Orthodox club date musicians have been encountering frequently in recent years.
The Forward's Bintel Blog asks "What Do Gangsta Rappers and Hasidim Have in Common?"
Over at the Jewish Week, George Robinson writes "A 60th Sampler," a review of Israeli music.
Here's a pair of Lipa ban humor posts from HockBerry: "THE MEDIUM-SIZED EVENT" CANCELED" and "RABBIS TO POSTPONE CONCERT BAN BECAUSE THEY FORGOT ABOUT INTERNET BAN"
Gruntig spanks Dovid Gabay for not respecting Avraham Fried.
Finally, a pair o' Shwekey acapella clips for ya'll here. No Shwekey was injured in the making of these. First clip is by the co-ed UMD group Rak Chalom. The second clip is by the appropriately named Kol Ish.