Friday, June 28, 2013

On-Air Now • WEBB Erev Shabbos Mix

I've been told that some of the songs cut off midway. (That is not happening on my computer.) Please enjoy as best you can :)!/shirshelyom/broadcast

Gut Shabbos!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ahavas Yisroel • Marvelous Midos Machine (repost)

Originally posted on June 22, 2011. Reposted because it is on my mind this morning, because communication is still Ki, and because these three weeks are a million weeks too long. We must stand together forever as one! For fun, read the comments on the original post.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pirsum Rishon* :: Overture • HASC 26

Just out! HASC 26. After 25 years, what do you do differently? You've explored plays and genres and duets, you've themed tributes to classical music, deceased performers and America among a dozen other themes. You've re-arranged your Overture 26 ways from Sunday. So what do you do?

Here's what you do. You fire the conductor and his 40-piece orchestra. Just send 'em all home. In their stead, you pick up the absolute best wedding band/Brooklyn College concert band. You throw Avraham Fried and MBD at the stage. You bring Abie Rotenberg on for the last song because it's in his kesuba with HASC. And you look in the phone book until you find a listing for one "Michoel Pruzansky" and hire him too for variety.

The result? An upbeat, enjoyable Avraham Fried/MBD concert with pretty good music, pretty shoddy mixing and a little voice backstage singing "The next stage of a Time for Music is deeeeeaaaaaad...."

Shmuel's review:

The orchestra warmed up after the first few songs, and was great thereafter. Cute shtick by AF to drop the mic for a little.  He was superb from his melody and onwards.

Pruz's lyrics were horrid. Time for some real Hafotzas Hamayanos, if only to prevent such songs from ever hitting the stage again.

I really liked MBD going through the oldies. To use a wine analogy: He has certainly peaked, but is still very drinkable. He compensated very well!

The highlight for me was Abie taking the mic and leading AF and MBD on a 20 minute journey through gan Eden. Kudos to Abie for actually singing in front of such an audience.

Not sure if AF's comment about/ to Sheya Meldolwiz was tactless or pure class. I think he could have left it out.

Yeedle has seen better days, Benny's best days are ahead if him. He badly needs another hit, Yesh Tikva ain't gonna last forever!

*The editors of SSY are grateful to the many talented, knowledgeable and thorough Jewsic bloggers, including but certainly not limited to BloginDM and Gruntig and JMR, including those who promote and/or comment on our posts or to us in person in shul. We are probably not as talented or knowledgeable and surely not as thorough as any of them and would not be surprised if this album has been reviewed in full by one or more blogs and all of their readers.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Terrible Tune Three Weeks • Cry No More!?!?

From our friends over at A.CRAP.ELLA. Incredulous marks added.

A general thought about acapella: There are some super talented and extremely listenable acapella groups. They tend to use their voices to create a unique listening experience. They do NOT tend to approximate the sounds of actual music using their mouths and a whammy-happy technical team. A cheeseburger made of soy cheese and fish cakes is neither a cheeseburger nor edible.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Nichsefo • MBD vs. MBD
in today's Monday Matchup

From Tomid Bisimcha, 1994

From Kissufim (MBD & Shira), 2011

Nichsefo by Mordechai Ben David on Grooveshark

It took 17 years for the "Tomid bisimcha" to actualize. My guess.


Friday, June 21, 2013

Khutala Bo (Bafana Bafana) • Leon Schuster

So, there's a shtickel story behind this post. The short version is that in the lead up to the 2010 World Cup hosted by South Africa, a famous South African comic actor (Leon Schuster) released this anthem. Here at my place of work, we were thinking up names, slogans and mood words for what was eventually named The Great Parade 5770. In many ways, this festive, driven, brightly-shot music video helped us find the North Star in naming and promoting that event.

Recently, Chana Z.-C., with whom I worked at the time, informed me that this anthem did not exist at all in the archives of SSY. At alllllllll!

Joy, power and brotherhood are all great ways to go into Shabbos.

{{{Watch the greatness here.}}}

Also, our Erev Shabbos stream starts now on {{{WEBB - The Shabbos Mix}}}. Listen and suggest songs and feel free to chat on the sidebar.

Good Shabbos!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Hishba'ati Eschem • Unknown [by me]

This was sent to me by blog friend (and real friend too) Moshe Z. K., along with the news that this is a very mega major hit in the world of Jewsic. I had not heard it, but have since listened to a handful of covers like this. (Originally meant to post it as a Monday Match-up but none of them are distinguishable enough to warrant a vote.)

Very mellow, a little yearn-y, somewhat complex to master melodically. Very sweet, classic with a flavor, recognizable and enjoyable but forgettable. I like.

Happy Birthday Moshe Z!

PS: On first listen earlier this week, I saw a related cover by... Da Seengers! A.d.d.'d my way over to the "Masai Timloch" that you were forced to endure on Tuesday. Sorry for the detour.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Lma'an Achai • Leibele Haschel

Prior to yesterday, I had never heard of Leibele Haschel. Yesterday, I realized I knew a lot about Leibele Haschel's music. Rishon: Thank you "webmaster" for following SSY and for mentioning Leibele Haschel in the National Day of Elokai Neshama post. (I do not have the specific track you asked about.)

From my cursory research, it appears that this individual—a blend of Benzion Shenker chein, early MBD kneitchlach, (Ber points out:) a bit of Oshy Tugendhaft, and rather contemporary musical arrangements—was the first port-of-call for some of the very best in classic Jewsic. "MBD"'s Mo Oshiv, "Dudu/Yehuda Exclamation Point/Benny Friedman/Avraham Fried"'s Elokai, and this, "London School of Jewish Song"'s Lma'an Achai. All originally composed for and sung by Leibele Haschel.

Who was he, when did he pass away, and why did all his music get stole? Please fill in the details.

Listen to the great stringin' interlude starting 2:16.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Masai Timloch • "The Singers"

Truly and sadly the perfect candidate for this Terrible Tune Tuesday.

Just a handful of things to look out for if you are not compelled to look away: the Trumpeter giving sympathetic looks to the lead singer "So sorry I can't help you offstage. I'm contracted to stay put till 11." The phone hanging out the back pocket "in case someone calls to wake me up from this nightmare" along with keys that assure the shocked public "I'M STILL CHASSIDISH!!!". Red wire, earmuffs and some really creepy wiggle-tush. What a jam-packed fail-fest of bad music, bad manners and life-sucking vocals.

I like.

Friday, June 14, 2013


The ShirShelYom Shabbos mix is now broadcasting live here. It's still a small collection but will keep growing, bez"h. Please use the "suggest songs" feature to suggest Shabbos-related awesomeness. Thanks for joining!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I'm So Proud • MBD

And I'm so glad this popped into my head two minutes ago. So I post this song to you-u-u-u-u!
Marty K. the big pro-doo-sa...his thick ci-ga, the pa-ty boo-za'...

I`m So Proud by Mordechai Ben David on Grooveshark

Remember the scandal and the comments there. Yammo pointed to the awesome slap-bass in this track. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tzomo Lecho - Belz

A Niggun Belz on Tzomo.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Best Song Ever (based on clicks) • Lchaim Tish

Since ShirShelYom began in 2007, only one post has as consistently drawn visitors as this Erev Shabbos miracle. Koh Echsof has in fact received more than double the attention of any other song on the site, drawing almost 1000 hits to date through variant searches for Koh, Ko and Ka Echsof.

On this anniversary Shabbos, I offer:

Good shabbos!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

ATA Hashem Lo Sichla • Shlomo Menkes
6th Anniversary Special

Originally posted on December 27, 2010. Take it for the memories, for the joy and for the earworm :) Awe. Some as ever.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday, ShirShelYom!

On June 3rd, 2007, Art Garfunkel launched ShirShelYom with his mellow and mournful Bright Eyes.

Today, I'm reposting it as the 885th song on the blog.

Thank you, contributors, commenters and spies for six very enjoyable years. Thank you to the composers, musicians, lyricists and performers for doing what you do. Thank you Hashem, most high, most deep, most personal. Here's to another many years of music!

PS: I hope to post some fun stats and reposts over the next few days. Anything you'd like to share? Share it in the comments.

PPS: Also, for our birthday, we bought ourselves the gift of, so drop that .blogspot and dance!