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Dan Kahn and The Painted Bird’s new album, Partisans and Parasites is an addictive collection by outstanding, creative musicians. Together, the fast-paced, high energy klezmer, and sharp, evocative lyrics – sung in Yiddish, English, German and Russian – are a necessary compass for navigating the endless moral riddles and inescapable paradoxes in which we live. […]

Shondes on Tour!

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In case y’all haven’t heard yet, The Shondes started their fall tour this month. What do the critics say? “The Red Sea is a visceral work… Eli Oberman’s [violin] lends substantial melancholy to their quiet-loud dynamics. While being a radical, Judaic-bent, genderqueer, post-punk quartet sets The Shondes apart, being a political band whose music is […]

(apologies to those who aren’t living in new york city – this is an event announcement) (it seems like there are many more radical purim extravaganzas going on all over the country, though, and i’m posting this announcement in part to encourage folks to think big and exciting for next year…) this year’s eighth-or-so edition […]

So I was at Cornelia St. Cafe one Sunday afternoon to listen to some Jazz. I noticed that they have various reading series: Greek, Italian, Armenian…(I’d even read once in Dean Kostos’ GREEK AMERICAN WRITERS series). So I asked Angelo, who runs the room, if they’d be interested in something Jewish. He said “Jewish? I’m […]

Give it up for The Shondes, as today marks the release of their debut album, The Red Sea! I had the pleasure of hearing a lot of their new music in San Francisco a few weeks ago, and as someone who isn’t from the riot grrl, punk aesthetic, I must admit by the middle of […]

Queer Yiddishkeit Indeed

In: LGBTQ, Music, Queer Culture, Secular, Yiddishkeit

Kudos to The Forward’s Kathleen Peratis for getting this right–the profound infusion and long history of queer culture within Yiddishkeit. While Rokhl talked about the importance of the Klezmatic’s winning a Grammy award on a personal level, what interests me more is how The Forward really penetrated what is often the story left untold–the silencing […]

Following on Tucker’s comment, this just in: Marc Schneier, an Orthodox rabbi in New York, and hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons have joined forces to produce a short film to combat negative stereotypes of Muslims. The film, which will be shot in the coming weeks under Schneier’s direction, will also feature the legendary Jewish hip-hop group […]


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