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Monday, February 23, 2004


Does not a Jew kvetch when you talk to him? Does not a Jew tell a joke if you give him the chance?
Merchant of Lvov; act III

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Don't Worry

Ah, pitchers and catchers are reporting, which can only mean one thing; that the weather will be getting warmer. For those who are worried that this is turning into a blog about baseball don't worry. I read a number of sports web pages baseball sections and blogs about my favorite team, and I don't feel the need to re-hash what I read, so this blog will not spend too much time on that subject.

Most blogs have a list of links on the side, and I am giving that though, so you can see what read.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004


There are many things that are addictive. Hi-speed wireless is one of them. So is Baseball tonight on ESPN, can they bring back the organ? Nothing like having a long weekend, and no hi-speed. Though I was able to get a lot of reading of some books in. Books, those are those products made from trees that can be read in a power outage (provided one has a light source, such as the sun). So the high speed internet is back, and the new issue of Heeb is here. (Yes, I have complete set, and I am not selling it yet.)

Sunday, February 08, 2004

Last nights concert at the Museum of Jewish Heritage; A Living (I respectfully leave off the rest of the name) presented a wonderful concert of neo-hasidic and hasidic music. Which of the two acts was the hasidic act and which one was the neo-hasidic act is up for debate. They both could be neo-hasidic, but as Jews, I doubt we could come to an agreement on that.

Opening was the sounds of Shekhina and Kol Isha. Lead by Frank London (Klezmatics, Hasidic New Wave, Frank London's Klezmer Brass All-Stars, to name a few) it featured downtown guitarist Marc Ribot and keyboardist and thermin player Rob Schwimmer (The Zmiros Project, Simon & Garfunkel) as the names that the non-jewish music listening audience would know. Kol Isha is a group of women singers who sing mostly what would be considered men's material. (Most of the hasidic repertiore is men's material, so anytime women sing, especially in public.) And they are good, find someone to bring them to your city, or atleast go out and order the sound track to Divan that they can be heard on.

Yossi Piamenta was great, nice and raw. Both when he came out and played with Shekhina and traded amazing licks with Marc Ribot and with his band. They played a nice mix of tunes, but it is a shame that many of them are from the first Piamenta Brothers albums of Jewish Music, "A Medley of Oriental and Chassidic Songs" which to my knowledge has never been reissued on CD. In a way it wouldn't translate well to CD being just two tracks. But its raw fire power makes it worth tracking down a copy to hear.

Monday, February 02, 2004

Newest Klezmershack review, that I have very modestly written.

Series Review: Milken Archive, by Matt Temkin

For those of you who may be interested, and even those who might not be, here is my latest review for the Klezmershack.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

Lip-Synching Gets Real

Lip-Synching Gets Real

I have noticed this for years, and it is a shame, because many of my favorite albums are live recordings. But I wonder if many of the people that I have pointed it out to over the years will believe me now.

My big question is if Broadway Musicals, which are performed 8 times a week can have live music, singing, and dancing, why can't "rock" shows that are performed 3 or 4 times a week have the same standard? And if performers aren't up to those standards should we re-think the type of performers that we (the music industry) plucks out. Their are plenty of people than can do it, (and don't need the pitch correction, and have the "right" bodies) why can they get the record contracts.

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