Sunday, October 4, 2009

Shalom! New fall schedule/same as before

Shalom Y'all!

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.




"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!)

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