The World of Jewish Music

A look at Jish, a mixed Jewish-Arab group of songsters. (Ha’aretz) An extensive profile of Subliminal, Israel’s biggest hip-hop star. (Tablet) Why are so many jazz musicians from Israel these days? (National Public Radio) Patrick Jarenwattananon talks about the path some Israeli musicians have taken to Jazz in “Standout Jazz, Straight Outta Tel Aviv.” (National […]

Jewish Christmas Music, 2010 Edition

You know, I don’t think I’ve ever actually heard “White Christmas.” Sure, I know that it was written by Irving Berlin, a Jewish immigrant, and that it’s become a vital part of American culture. I’d definitely heard part of it before, the end part, where everyone sings “may all your Christmases be white”…but does the […]

Shofar Music

It’s not that hard to play the shofar. Believe me, I’ve led enough High Holiday kids services in my life to know that even a five year old can play the shofar. What I’ve learned though is that there are three levels of shofar blowing abilities: 1) The ability to make a sound. Even if […]

Madoff Music

Yeah? You thought were done with Bernie Madoff? Well think again! Because we are only getting started. This week, Six Points announced its fellows for 2010. And let me tell you, they do not disappoint. To prove this, you have to look no further than the project of Alicia Jo Rabins, of Girls in Trouble […]

More Punk Music

I don’t claim to be an expert on music. It’s not my “forte,” so to speak. Let’s just say that I just sent this tweet over to the fine people over at the Universal Record Database: Accidentally on the verge of setting record for most times listening to T. Swift’s ‘You Belong With Me‘ in […]

Kids’ Music that Doesn’t Suck (Plus, Free MP3s from MJL)

As I’ve said before, being a professional Jew can mess with your head — when the rest of the world starts to realize that Purim is just around the corner, you’re already two weeks into writing and cutting Passover videos. And now, just as the weather’s starting to warm up, I’m thinking about Hanukkah 2010. […]

Music+Pie

Some combinations are so divine, so utterly brilliant, it seems inconceivable that the two things ever existed separately: Chocolate and Peanut Butter Abbot and Costello Dungeons and Dragons Lulav and Etrog Israelis and Arguing Hollywood and Plastic Surgery Jeans and T-shirts Siskel and Ebert Washers and Dryers Penelope Cruz’s Left Boob and Penelope Cruz’s Right […]

Finding God Through Non-Jewish Music

Last week in my review of Rabbi Elie Kaunfer’s book, Empowered Judaism, I wrote about how I’ve never had the kind of spiritually invigorating prayer experience that drives Elie. My exact words were, “I never feel that kind of passion, mystery, and awe when I’m in shul. Even at Hadar.” I have been thinking about […]

And Who Said No One Likes Cantorial Music?

I guess people like Jackie Mason. Good for them? I’m not really sure what the appeal is, nor do I think anyone really cares what his political views are. But sometimes, the guy is just too funny. I mean, not on purpose, but funny nonetheless. Mason, who has a blog, which I can only assume […]

The Future of Jewish Music

I love seeing YouTube videos and immediately thinking, “This is a parody, right?” Even better than that is the realization that the video in fact is not a parody. It’s incredibly real. In this case, I’m talking about the very much real Moshiach Times Band. MTB (at least that’s what I call them) is made […]