Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Min Hameitzar - Yeedle/MBD

Composed and originally performed by MBD for "Live in Brooklyn College" in the early 1900s. Really beautiful flute intro. The King arrives at 2:45.

A lichtigen, freilechen Choidesh Adar to all the staff and stalkers of ShirShelYom.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Name that Niggun

Which niggun is this, and how it become a niggun?

English lyrics posted as comment

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I Want to Ride My Bicycle - Queen

Lashir - Jo Amar

This is the soundtrack to the Israeli version of Frisco Kid. But there's no such thing. But this song would work great with it if there was. Also the "Lashir" refrain would be an excellent soundtrack to a drama-turned-sad-comedy-by-virtue-of-it-sucking-that-bad camp play with jungle people in underpants.

You know what I mean?

But the emes is, Jo Amar was NOT wrongly billed in HASC as the Sultan of Sephardic Music. Neither was MBD wrongly biled as the undisputed King of Jewish Music. Williger, billed in HASC as having coming off an Amazing and Showstopping Performance, is indisputably Amazing and Showstopping, but not the good kind. Mendy Wald isn't bad, but that's for another different time.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Racheim - MBD & Friends

A reminder. It is written in the holy books that one should listen to "MBD's classic Racheim" twice a week before Mincha. In the merit of being misbonen in the cross harmonies of MBD and Fried introduced at 2:25, one can become ois-tone-deaf and can him or herself learn how to fantastically harmonize. בב"א

Racheim - MBD & Friends

A reminder. It is written in the holy books that one should listen to "MBD's classic Racheim" twice a week before Mincha.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

THE KING! (Hineni)

The Old Song,Revised in his Prime!

Friday, February 13, 2009

That's Better

Shea Rubinstien - Window

Yuck. I need a shower.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Shlosha Kesorim - Sheya Rubenstein

Here's a man with a surprisingly pleasant voice for someone with an unbearably irritating voice. Paradoxically speaking.

The short story: A Yossi Green creation (ie, YG created him and composed his stuff). I love this song for Green's way of choosing lyrics that are not only obscure (these aren't necessarily) but that have been sliced-and-diced to extract a serious message that just freakin' WORKS with the tune and the and the and the arrangements and like, vocals. It just WORKS! And then Green injects a bunch of Greenitude into the later part of the song. Which I like.

.בשלושה כתרים נכתרו ישראל: כתר תורה, [וכתר] כהונה, ו[כתר] מלכות
כתר כהונה זכה בו אהרן [שנאמר: "והיתה לו ולזרעו אחריו ברית כהונת עולם",] כתר
מלכות זכה בו דוד [שנאמר: "זרעו לעולם יהיה וכסאו כשמש נגדי",] כתר תורה
הרי מונח ועומד ומוכן לכל ישראל, [שנאמר: "תורה צוה לנו משה מורשה קהלת
יעקב", כל מי שירצה יבא ויטול. שמא תאמר שאותם הכתרים גדולים מכתר
תורה? הרי הוא אומר: "בי מלכים ימלוכו ורוזנים יחוקקו צדק בי שרים ישורו",
הא למדת שכתר תורה גדול משניהם].


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Look of a Bad Unterzugger

this conductor is obviously good at what he is doing from the sound of his orchestra but watching him is just so nauseating.He looks like a guy standing trying to unterzug.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Im Eshkacheich - Y-Love + DeScribe

I cant just say this is talented yet(only listened to it twice), but something about the Loi Aleh thing is very addictive.

These guys are part of a quirky group of musicians (Jewish).

UPDATE:(9:46 PM 2.9.09) After repeatedly listening to this song i give it 4 out of 5 stars.(lyrics could use some strength, but the music is great!)

Friday, February 6, 2009

MBD - V'Ha'arev Nah - Double Album II

Arguably up there vocally with "Hold On." Certainly the song that makes me 10 minutes late to work every day. (Most mornings I sing it twice.)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Commercial Interruption

From Shimshon. Apparently choreography is the latest victim of outsourcing.

Piamenta - Prom Prom Prom

Its also fast, just not so fast, also its slow....

Itzhak Perlman - Greatest Hits

אן דרשות: Great violin and very very very fast. Faster than I play + he plays for real. Not sure what the piece is. Noider?

Monday, February 2, 2009

Birkat Hallel - Safam

Safam means mustache. Their emblem was a 1920s 'stache with 1920s glasses. And googly eyes.

Over the years they put out a SMASHING collection of folk/rock/jazz Jewish music (was that ambiguous enough?). We used to listen to them on records... Lots of topical lyrics.

Here's a sampling of their very moving song called Just Another Foreigner: "I met a man in Addis Ababa / his skin was black and his features kind of strange / he showed me a book that he said was the Torah / he spoke of his people, Falasha was their name. / Just another foreigner in another foreign land / but I knew he was my brother as he took me by the hand / singing Au tanastali, Salaam aleikhem. [CHOIR: Aleichem Shalom, Shalom Aleichem!]

Holy CRAP I need that recording!!!!!!!

So this is off the album "Songs for the Jewish Holidays" that I found in the Brooklyn Public Library about 2 years ago. The final four tracks run through Hallel pretty much from beginning to end. This is the brocha and the first paragraph.


Sunday, February 1, 2009

Habein Yakir Li - Tzlil V'Zemer 5

So, this is a Nevuah of Jeremiah Ch. 31. Only I don't think he prophecied "31." It was probably more of an organizational thing later on.

Aaaanyway, turns out this is the same nevuah as "כה אמר ה' מצא חריין במדבר" which is funny if it's funny that two choirs chose lyrics from this perek. It's also the same nevuah as "הנני מביא אותם מארץ צפון" which is not a song so far as I know unless it's a song that I don't know about and it's also the same nevuah as "קול ברמה נשמה" and "רחל מבכה על בניה" and "מני קולך מבכי" which is back to the first funny because the SAME choir chose two songs on one album from the same perek. Which reminds me of about four or five tangentially related items that I have no reason to share here but are alternately funny, sad and obnoxious. Does obnoxious have anything to do with "noxious?" What does noxious mean? Isn't that something that gives off an overpoweringly noxious smell--oops! I just answered my own question! Can anyone guess what book--or which author--I'm in middle of by the number of non-topics I've introduced in this one post?

This is the same nevuah too as "נקבה תסובב גבר" the significance of which I have yet to decide or decipher.

But the song posted is: הבן יקיר לי אפרים אם ילד שעשעים כי מדי דברי בו זכר אזכרנו עוד על כן המו מעי לו רחם ארחמנו נאם ה' Which means something like I love you Jews, says the Lrd.

יש תקוה לאחריתנו

Cute: The kid at 2:02 is Rocky Ziegler. Do you know who that is? Oh.

The answer is Michael Savage: Psychological Nudity.

UPDATE: Noxious actually means "physically harmful or destructive to living beings." Which probably made me associate the word with smells that are that. But it doesn't MEAN smelly. Obnoxious is something that is "disgustingly objectionable." From the Latin Noxa and not from the Latin "Nexo" or such which had to do with Necro and dead but I closed that page so I'm back dumb.