Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Title Says It All

Streaming Music is Ripping You Off — Cuepoint — Medium

Oy, Jewschool!

Meanwhile, over at Jewschool, Daniel Sieradski posts an anti-Matisyahu screed, "Thoughts on Matisyahu and BDS." Personally, I think Sieradski ought to have mentioned that he had a close relationship with Matisyahu, including designing websites for him when Matisyahu was starting out. That would also be the time that Matisyahu was performing in "Unity sessions" with anti-Israel Palestinian rappers.

At the very least, it'd have been intellectually honest for Sieradski disclose this in his piece. Update: Check the comments too. Even Jewschoolers ain't buying Sieradski's nonsense.

Vox-Splains Matisyahu

The Matisyahu Israel boycott controversy, explained 

Thursday, August 06, 2015

More on Lipa

Vos Iz Neias: Israeli Radio Station Bans Lipa New Song “Bueh, Bueh”

This quote could easily be applied to this project. "Schmeltzer noted that while Jews tend to be trailblazers in many fields, they tend to settle for second best when it comes to the arts."

More Lipa Controversy

Life in Israel: Lipa pushes the envelope, possibly scoffing at Rav Chaim Kanievsky.

Seems manufactured to me. At any rate, now having heard several tracks off the new album, I'm definitely not a fan of this stuff. I can appreciate good EDM, but this isn't it. It's formulaic, no interesting timbres, solos, or arrangements. A shame, because if Lipa wanted to do the EDM thing right, he could've hired top EDM producers easily enough.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Levy Falkowitz Debut Album Sampler

A lot of new Chasidic albums being released this season. This one sounds like it might be a nice hybrid of trad. and contemporary stylings. Falkowitz is a very good singer.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Senior Set List

Played a dinner for a shul with a largely senior population.

They requested line dancing.

Here's the request list.

Shalom Aleichem - Regesh

Turkish Kiss

Hinei Ma Tov - MBC

Hafachta - Avraham Fried

Chiribim - Oif Simchas

Adan Doeg - Avraham Fried

Revach - MBC

Numa Numa

Electric Slide

Rashi's Nigun - MBD

Hadegel Sheli

Adone Olam - MBC

Cotton-eyed Joe

Am Echad - Ari Goldwag

Fulfill Your Tefilah - Benny Friedman (Never had a request for this one before)

Felt like a Bat Mitzvah. One of the younger (20's) guests came over and requested that we play a game of Coke/Pepsi.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

From the mailbag...

Reuven A. Stone writes:
In memory of the Three Boys who were murdered last year in Israel, Shloimy Bluth and I wrote,
recorded and produced a video tribute called "Can You Hear Us," which is now on Youtube.

We humbly submit to you this link in hopes you will post it and keep the memory of these
boys alive.

Thank you!


An interview with Ben Finn, co-founder of Sibelius [Part 2 of 2]

Monday, June 15, 2015

Thursday, June 11, 2015

An Interesting Approach!

A producer started a GoFundMe page so people who pirated the album can pay for it.

Pay for the music you like! by Naftali Schnitzler - GoFundMe

Friday, June 05, 2015

This Does Not Look Good!

תחקיר: כך ניסה איש עסקים להפיל את הרב ריסקין

Several familiar names show up here. And to think I thought the minor lack of honesty/payment issues I've had to deal with recently from one office were troubling. Ouch!

UPDATE: Some details are at FM, "Top Modern Orthodox Rabbi Files Countersuit Against Enemy," but the entire story is laid out in the Hebrew Makor Rishon investigative article posted above.