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Sunday, July 27, 2003

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Today I was on Lee Avenue in South Williamsburg and picked up the New Piamenta Brothers Album, "Sason V'Simcha 'A Piamenta Wedding.'" The album is pretty good, in my mind still not up to the level of "A Medley of Oriental & Chassidic Songs" from 1982, but close. Presenting 46 tunes over the course of 2 discs it covers much of the standard material that would be played at a Wedding.

Yossi's guitar shredding is good, but their aren't enough of the Hendrix/Terry Kath guitar solos for me. When they do happen they are great. And it is cool to listen to the album to hear who the different influences are.

And for those of you wondering, the Klezmer track is only one tune, and it is Reb Duvidl (it also goes by a number of other names), and for many years was the generic "Jewish" tune in America before Hava Nagila took its place.

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Sorry for the lack of updates. The YIVO summer Yiddish Program has been keeping me very busy, but it is worth every second of the day that I spend going to classes and studying. Now if only the Cubs can get back in the race all will be good.

The Hasidic Rebel had a great posting on Thursday July 17th about Hasidic Music. I have to completely agree with him that the classic, recordings from 1950 to the mid 1970's, are much more interesting musical than modern Hasidic recordings. For some reason though, which I have yet to be able to figure out why, the hasidic music scene skipped the 1960's Beat sound, and went right towards Disco and 'Rock Ballad' styles.

More later, back to Yiddish Language and Culture.

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