Sunday, October 25, 2009
Oy-Dog here saying a great big THANK YOU to all who donated to kzsc during the pledge drive on my show! We had a great amount of phone calls and raised almost as much on my show as we did last spring, so I am very thankful. And someone got the electric menorah for their generous pledge!!!!
Also, this Saturday, October 31st, I will be doing an awesome Halloween show, Jewish Style! I'll be spinning some great Jewish Halloween tunes, featuring the music from a spooky Jewish Halloween klezmer musical called "A Night in the Old Marketplace," based on an old spooky Yiddish play by I.L. Peretz. You won't want to miss it!!!!
Shalom (and "Boo!")
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Hello and Shalom!
The annual fall pledge drive at KZSC begins this Thursday, October 22!!! I will be raising funds for the pledge drive on my show this saturday October 24th from 6-8am! It will mean so much to me and my show if you call and donate some $!!! If you are a loyal listener, or if you've never heard 'Musical Jews', now is your chance to say "thank you" by showing your monetary support and love!!! You will be telling the powers that be at KZSC that you think that my show is valuable, and that you want it to remain on the air. Plus, we will have fabulous gifts to give to those pledge modestly or generously. Times are tough, but every little bit of support from listeners like you helps keep KZSC, and 'Musical Jews,' on the air for 1 more year! I'll be counting on ya! Call 831-459-kzsc from 6-8 am this saturday, and I will gladly take your pledge!!!!!
Friday, October 9, 2009
hey! The show is now on from 6-8a.m. on Saturdays instead of 6-9. There was a mix-up with the new fall schedule...
As for the comment about why the show is on Saturdays from the june post (which I just happened to see only recently), which is a weekly Jewish holiday, I have two things to say. First of all, I am not a religious Jew (I'm not even considered a Jew in the eyes of religious Judaism, as my mother is not Jewish), and so I don't have a problem doing a show on Saturdays. Secondly, I do feel that my show appeals more to secular Jews and non-Jews than religious Jews. Having said that, I would like to make this show reachable to all people, regardless of their beliefs or cultural background, so I am going to try not to air my show on Saturdays, starting with the winter schedule in January. I would like to have a show on another day as well because I have always been conflicted over playing music that is performed by artists who are religious Jews. Out of respect for them, and for the religious Jewish listening public, I am going to try to have my show moved to another day by the beginning of next year. Again, this is entirely up to the kzsc PRC, as they create the schedule, but I will try to appeal to them with my argument. In the meantime, wake up early on Saturdays, and listening to my show (if it doesn't conflict with your personal beliefs.)!!!!!!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I hope that you have had an awesome summer and a fantastic Jewish New year! Me? Well, I did the show all summer, and I got in a car accident, and I read tons of books and wrote a paper in preparation for grad school, which I just started...
KZSC has a new fall schedule that begins tomorrow, if I'm not mistaken. 'Musical Jews' will still be on the exact same time and day, however. I will be focusing on Jewish studies for my thesis here at UCSC, and I am looking forward to finding out even more about the history of Jewish music, so that I can share my findings with you all out there! Anyhow, keep on keepin' on, and let's have a great new year!
Don't forget, the kzsc pledge drive is in a couple of weeks, and I'm counting on all my faithful listeners to show your love and support for 'Musical Jews' by calling in and making a pledge during the show. It will mean a lot to the show and Jewish Music-- it will be just like saying, "hey, I like Jewish music, and I think that it should be given the attention that it deserves! It has a rich, diverse history that is an important part of the national, and international, landscape. Oh, and it is damn entertaining too!" See? I just said it for you. Now it is up to you call in and represent!
Anyhow, take care, and thanks for giving a damn.
MUSIC TO CHECK OUT:
"Love is the Answer"-Barbra Streisand. Barbra's latest is a collaboration with the jazz great Diana Krall. Jazz standards with Barbra's unique vocal delivery. At 67, she's still going strong! Check out the deluxe edition, which features both the quartet version, which Krall produced with her own band, as well as the orchestral version, which is what happens when Barbra steps in and has final say on the project. I much prefer the stripped down Krall quartet version to Barbra's overblown orchestral schmaltz. It allows a much more intimate space between Barbra, the band and the audience. Note to Barbra: Less is more, less is more!
"Building the Better Bomb"- Rabbi Darkside. This Jewish freestyle rapper from New York is off the hizzay!!!! His rhymes are educated, daring, provocative, splendid, creative, relevant, fresh and--is that enough adjectives? I think so, for now. I am really into this album, if you couldn't tell. Check out 2x2 and the Better Bomb (which features samples of Allan Ginsberg rappin' poetic!)
"Surprise Hotel"- Fool's Gold. I've been playing this song over and over and over...I was pleasantly surprised by this single, which is an amazing blend of african rhythms and hebrew singing from an indie rock band from Los Angeles! Imagine a Jewish version of Talking Heads, if you will.
Soulico- "Exotic on the Speaker". This is the first mainstream u.s. release from this Tel Aviv DJ Crew. Much of this is a compilation of singles that they have released in the past few years, but some of it is new material with collaborations from Rye Rye (M.I.A.'s protege') on the first single and title track, as well as many other well-known artists from around the globe. Good, exciting beats with an international flava (hence the word 'exotic')!
also check out:
Shir Yaakov-- "This Perfection" (single)
Daniel Kahn, Psoy Korolenko and Oy Division-- "Ekh Lyuli Lyuli" (an amazingly catchy song!)