Thursday, September 24, 2009

Kol Nidre - Mordechai Ben David

Attention Mar Goldenshtain:

Please advise, if this is prime.

Thank you.

RH & YK Mix - Azi Shwartz

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

You Raise Me Up - Celtic Woman

AKA Londonderry Air, AKA Danny Boy (but not really). Some really special moments and some really dull. But nothing beats the 2:57 mark. It's breathtaking cuz it took my breath away, so I know.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Cab Calloway - Daddy Dear

Finally, the full original! I'm not sorry it was redone by MBD, though the comtent of this one is pretty pretty.

HT:Lazer Cohen

Mizmor Ledovid - Kwartin

Peretz, try this one...

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

MBD/Aron Razel - Inyan Hasimcha

Like this: We will first take stock of the current state of Jewish music and decide if it is Jewish. We will then take stock of the current state of Jewish music and decide if it is music. We will then take stock of the current incarnation of the King of Jewish Music and decide if... you see what we are going to do, yes?

OK: Aron Razel has a weird way of inserting the laughies and the shouties without sounding disingenuous—which is to say, while retaining his, and its, genuineness. That's huge, especially in a borderline psychotic and altogether bad-advice song like this. I mean, I have been outside that circle, and a good pair of balls can be easily crushed when the Inside Guy follows this advice. But it's also SUCH a great—and really the only—way I can imagine putting these words to a tune. I hate it. I love it. I need to listen again.

UPDATE: I lied. And I hate it.

I don't hate it, of course, but having not heard it for several hours, my annoyances are: MBD's rough איש אחד מבחוץ at :26 and his general hav'ara mizrachi... this is, like, classic Rabbi Nachman! A bissel chassidishkeit? It takes me back to one of my PETTTT peeves: people who get excited by the spiritualness of Eastern religions--things like washing before bread and shaking a palm branch. Honk if you followed that thought. Beep.

Also, re my earlier comment: I didn't understand the whole passage at first. It is not advice to someone to be Chotef ish echod mibachutz, but to examine the way one might be Chotef someone from the side during his own dance, and translate it to yourself. Which is what I was saying though: I wouldn't do that cuz I would kill the person who did it to me. Maim. I'd maim the person who did it to me. Hurt him pretty badly. Glare at him.

A Jewish kid asks his father for fifty dollars. His father says: "Forty dollars! What the hell do you need thirty dollars for?"

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Yaakov Y. Stark - Hineni

Was his performance of Kel Moleh Rachamim at Lincoln Center just a stroke of luck?

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Your Favorite Shabbos Songs

I'm trying to put together a collection of Shabbos songs that can be used for Shabbos davening in a Ashkenaz Shul. Please mention or post links to your favorite pieces starting from Friday Night L'Cho Dodi to Shabbos Mussaf. All genres are welcome, but really I'm looking for Chazzonus and traditional, with a little Carlebach mixed in (cause who doesn't love Carlebach!).

Thanks in advance!

Off the top of my head:
Rozo D'shabbos - Pinchik
Yishtabach - Yossele
U'vedivrei -
U'venucho - Yossele
Avinu Shebashamayim -
Ad Haina
Moshe V'Aharon - Carlebach

What would you add/take away?