Archive for the ‘Jewish alternative’ Category
‘Ghostandthesong’ is Matthias Kanik’s homerecording project released with a split together with Chris Rehm on Dayvan Zombear’s new label DZ tapes. MK is based in Berlin. Trying to put together a live show now experimenting jamming with different musicians, making some acidy psychedelic bluesy neo-surrealistic punkish rock music, some Sun Araw type of environment. Watch out for this brilliant musician cause underneath the hazy screen , he really has something to say. Buy his music HERE
I have just heard a Django Reinhardt track, and remembered having heard those 2 local artists playing at a radio station in Tel Aviv, one band is Swing De Gitanes, and they are on a Django Reinhardt successors mission, 2 classical guitars and upright bass, and the other one is violinist Mirel Reznik, a Klezmer Gipsy master, playing a violin guitar swinging piece. This is the actual broadcast session.
This collaboration of Guignol & Mischief Brew is being released these days on Fistolo records. This is a beautiful mish mash of folk, punk, rock, klezmer, gypsy music and jazz.
“Flight dirty” contains seven Mischief Brew songs with Guignol as backing band, six Guignol songs with Erik on guitar, a Django Reinhardt cover, and an Iron Maiden cover.
Guignol is led by Franz Nicolay ( The hold steady), Peter Hess (Balkan beat box), George Rush (Hem), John Bollinger (Antony and the Johnsons).
MISCHIEF BREW`s music falls somewhere between the categories of pirate punk, Celtic folk, gypsy swing, devilish jazz, American olde-tyme and country.
Recorded at Vibromonk Studios with Danny Shatzky (Firewater, Balkan Beat Box, Gogol Bordello), GUIGNOL & MISCHIEF BREW’S Fight Dirty collaboration is a fascinating record, so versatile, and whether you are a jazz, pop, folk, gypsy music fan, you should own this one.
Again, special thanks to the incredible liat Hazin, the wife of Haim Hazin and his wonderful alternative Jewish label Hindik records, who brought me bunch of interesting records. This guy, Orthodox musician singer songwriter Yitzchak Fuchs, is the Hasidik answer to Leonard Cohen. You could hear the breathing recorded on this somewhat lofi home recording. A lot of feel to it, with biblical lyrics sung in old Aramic and Hebrew. A beautiful song of this album – “Songs and whispers” ( my free translation )
Coming straight from the ancient city of Safed in the mountains of Galilee, Israel. Safed is one of the four holy cities in Israel, together with Jerusalem, Hebron and Tiberias. The old part of town consists of narrow cobblestone alleys revealing artists’ galleries, medieval synagogues, private homes and small guest houses. The city flourished in the 16th century, when many famous Jewish religious scholars and mystics moved to Safed following the Spanish Expulsion,, fleeing from the horrors of the Inquisition. Safed then became the spiritual center of the Jewish world, where Kabbalah (Jewish mysticism) reached the peak of its influence. Kabbalists, such as Rabbi Yitzhak Luria (Ha-Ari HaKadosh) and Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz (author of Lecha Dodi) and Rabbi Yosef Karo (author of the Shulchan Aruch) just to name a few, made the city famous.
From the beautiful mystical alleys of this town came 2 penitents ( hozer bitshuva) and made this magical authentic record, music that could only be written in those surroundings. Special thanx to Haim Hazin and his wife Liat and to his excellent label Hindik music – a label for Alternative, new Jewish music. This record comes to show you this guy does it not only to get paid. He believes in this music although it isn’t your mainstream pop. They were telling me these two guys named Ima Ilahah had an interview in the largest station for jewish music in Israel and one of the guys woudnt come cause he was too shy. I guess this is a new breed of rock stars… Listen.