Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Time for Atunement

In the Forward: Ring In the New Year: Top Tunes to Atone To

David Schlusselberg- I Miss Her

David Schlusselberg, 27, lost his mother to breast cancer when he was a child. Today, he launched his first single, "I Miss Her," in order to raise awareness about the illness. "Through the hard times, music has always been my way of coping," he said.

Via The Jewish Week

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lazer Lloyd-Talk

Talk to the Lord! Let Him know what's on your mind!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Itzik Eshel - El Ukraina אל אוקראינה - איציק אשל

So Sephardic Breslov Rosh Hashana in Uman dance trax... it's a thing.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

‫קמתי באשמורת - רועי אמיר ועידו פורטל - Kamti Beashmoret‬‎

Roee Amir writes:

As Rosh Hashana approaches, I would like to share with you a new rendition for the Piyyut "Kamti BeAshmoret", which is usually said right before Selichot.

A part of the music is loosely based on a traditional Moroccan-Jewish chant, and the other is original.
In order to achieve the special sound and feeling of the song, the production process incorporated talented musicians from all over the world.

Your feedback and/or sharing of the song would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Vayidom Aharon, Not!

Satmar Rebbe speaks about ALS ice bucket challenge and Niggun Hastara

 Here's it is isYiddish:

דברות קודש מ'מהר"א מסאטמאר היום אצל דינור לטובת המוסדות במאנסי בשילוב עם יארצייט טיש של היטב לב זצ"ל: איך האב געוואלט זאגן אזא נקדה, יעצט איז די עולם אויף מיט א נייע ניגן וואס הייסט ואפילו בהסתרה, איך בון נאכגעגאנגען די ניגן און דער ניגן שטאמט פון מקורות זרים נאך פון די דייטשן ימח שמם, אויך דער נייע פירצה פון זיך אנגיסן מיט וואסער וואס מיר האבן דאס נישט געזען ביי אינזער אבות הקדושים, איבערהויפט וועם פרויען מאכן דאס, און דאס איז זייער נישט איידל הן הגשמיות והן ברחניות צוליב וואס די קלייד הייבט זיך אויף ווען מען טאנצט פון קעלט און אסאך טון אויס די בגדים ברבים צוליב וואס עס איז נאס געווארן, און עס האט שוין פארדארבט גאר אסאך בחורים, און איך וועל עס מסביר זיין באריכות אן צווייטן מאל, וועגן דעם בעט איך במר נפשי און איך פאדער שטרענג פון די הנהלה פון די בית רחל עס איז אסור פאר א תלמידה זיך אנציגיסן מיט קאלט וואסער נאר און שויער איז עס ערלויבט, און בשום אופן דאס נישט אפ כאפען, און אויב בדיעבד האט מען יא, זאל מען דאס ח״ו נישט צושפרייטן אויף וואטסעפ, און פאר די מענער וויל איך בעטן מען זאל נישט מער זינגען דעם ניגן, ווייל לויט ווי די מחנכים געבן איבער ברענגט איינס צום צווייטען.
Doesn't sound any more compelling. He's either saying "I make stuff up" or 'I accept made up #$%@ as fact'. I don't believe Nigun Hastore is a secular German song.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

How Embarrassing!

The article title that is, Cutest Maccabeat Goes Solo, not the story itself.

Best line:

“I was in an orthodox all male a cappella group for God’s sake,” he exclaimed with a laugh, “I better have thick skin!”

New U2 Album "Songs of Innocence" Is Now Free

Here's a paradigm shift. U2 Gives Away New Album NOW, Skip Charts, And Who Cares? No Money in CD Sales.

The new U2 album is free on iTunes until Oct. 13th.

Check it out!

I wonder about how this strategy might be effectively used in the Jewish music world...

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Dueling Bands - Shloimy Daskal Edition

A little dueling bandstands for you today... Shloimy Daskal vs. Shloimy Daskal.

Since it's become very common for people to hire a band and a separate featured vocalist, there are lots of times when name singers are performing the same songs/arrangements with different bands.

It can be interesting to contrast these versions. Here's one such 'battle of the bands".

The tune is an old Tzlil V'zemer number (off of Vol. 2), which was more recently covered by Dedi in the '90's, IIRC. This Latin arrangement is based on the Dedi version

To me, the Freilach version is much more interesting. (I don't think their arrangement works as well on the second tune they segue into.) Both versions are reasonable well-done, as it were. Freilach takes it out of wedding band cover territory, adding their own personality to it.

What do you think?

Freilach Orchestra version

Aaron Teitelbaum Orchestra & Productions version

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Monday, September 01, 2014

No Playing Tkof Taaseh Biguim

Over at Life in Israel: Interesting Psak: no playing Tkof Taaseh Biguim

I disagree with this.... the lyrics are violent, but the tune isn't, and humor/parody serves an important function too.

Monday, August 11, 2014

But Does He Have Any Klezmer Records?

The Brazilian Bus Magnate Who’s Buying Up All the World’s Vinyl Records.

Bad Move, Givati!

In the J-Post: IDF commander nixes concert by female pop star for fear of offending religious troops.

This is a bad decision by the commander. He could have used the opportunity to build, instead of destroy, unity. Instead of refusing/canceling the show, he should have scheduled the show, and -- unlike the usual army MO which forces religious soldiers to be in attendance when there are female vocalists, against their religious beliefs --  simply exempted those soldiers who felt religiously uncomfortable from going to the show.

This wouldn't have damaged the religious secular unity, which has improved over the course of this water, and also would have set a precedent for religious cooperation about such things within the army structure, which would be a long-term improvement for the religious soldiers he claims he's protecting.

Really poor judgement here.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Steal This Album!

... and play it on Shabbos!

Reverse psychology marketing with a helping of religious guilt. Nice.