Hip-hop group Shtar has been defying stereotypes ever since its inception inside the walls of rabbinical college. This time is no different, as we have never heard a Pesach song as fly as this one, it’s just so beautiful. You could download it for Free, HERE and watch the Prince of Egypt Mash Up, here.
Great article in the BluePrint this week by Alan Zeitlin. This one is about Eli Schwebel’s debut solo album. Get a Free download of Yagga at elischwebel.com and read the full article below:
“He’s a big man with a big voice. And with his debut solo CD, “Hearts Mind,” Eli Schwebel has got himself a big hit.
Known for his four albums with the group Lev Tahor, Schwebel has performed at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and The Jerusalem Theater.
Schwebel pumps out memorable original tracks here with the assistance of skilled co-writers. “We Are One” is a powerful anthem that gives hope to those who might feel ostracized. Written with Dov Rosneblatt and Eli Ganz, the song evokes the image of an Olympic runner caught in a pack but inspired to keep going.
On “Aibishter,” a song with a soulful appeal to God, Schwebel’s vocals soar. “Yagga” (with co-writers Gadi Fuchs and Zach Salsberg) is the best song on the album because of its catchiness, guided by
From Matisyahu: “Ladies and gents, here is the first track I want to share with you from my new record, “Akeda”. The new record incorporates many styles and had me exploring with musicians I worked with in the early years of my career as well as my band Dub Trio…there is something for everyone. This track is called “Reservoir”–I put together a band that included my long time soul brothers Aaron Dugan on guitar and Rob Marscher on keys, as well as Stu Brooks of Dub Trio on bass and renowned drummer Mark Guiliana. The original riff, written by Aaron, was expounded upon in a series of improvisational jams. It has a circular feel and inspired the lyrics that came. I wanted this to be the very first song you guys heard–it is my thank you to Ha Kodesh Baruch Hu (the holy blessed one) for life and for the ability to make another record. In Judaism, we say the blessing Shehecheyanu when we reach a milestone or holiday–basically a thanks for allowing me to reach this occasion. This is my prayer, Shehecheyanu. I also address the pain I felt and continue to feel from my “brothers” who are so quick to throw me under the bus because of my changes. As always, I make many references to the fathers, mothers and stories of the Old Testament–only here, for the first time, I truly internalize and personalize these stories, making them less abstract and deeply personal. The name reservoir refers to the reservoir in Central Park that I have found myself randomly walking around at different stages in my life. The realization that I have never completed the whole circle represents my desire for closure and completeness, which seems to be something I am always chasing. I hope you enjoy. “This is David’s heart, a rainbow coloured cry from the end to the start.”
Note: If you haven’t seen the music video “You’re On Your Own”, it premiered on the Wall Street Journal last week and AltSounds described their sound as “John Mayer meets The Rolling Stones with more soul; yes it’s possible.”
Here is what Indaba Music had to say; “If your soul feels full and the blues is penetrating your blood/brain barrier, you may be having Dreams In Static. A collaboration between producers Diwon and Dugans, Dreams In Static weaves the best of Hip Hop, Rock and Soul to create warm sonics and beautiful melodies.
Now, Dreams In Static and Indaba Music want you to remix their new single “You’re On Your Own”, which features Brooklyn based singer Akie Bermiss. Take the stems to this pristine throwback track and make something all on your own.”
Thought you would enjoy this song/video and this post from AltSounds: So who doesn’t love new music? No one raised theirhands? GOOD, because Dreams In Static has released their music video for their first single ‘You’re On Your Own’ off of their upcoming album Part Of The Machine by partnering with the Wall Street Journal. No, this isn’t a Segway into an article about numbers, calm down.
This debut music video, directed by award winning Jonty Fine, Chief Director of Bancs Media, can be viewed on The WallStreet Journal website
Dreams in Static is a project formed by LA based hip-hop producer Diwon and New York City producer and songwriter Dugans. Straight off of their highly anticipated album, the two partners hired on Akie Bermiss to add on some beautiful vocals into the already dreamy Dreams In Static grooves. “If hip-hop is dead to the underground and rock is dead to the mainstream, Dream sin Static resurrects the two and blends their elements into one sonic sonnet,” explains Diwon. It’s like John Mayer meets The Rolling Stones with more soul; yes it’s possible. Bringing in sexy guitar tones and soul singing that have left the world of quality music, these three partners in crime resurrect the passionate and dynamic sound to popular music. Nice one dudes…I mean sirs.
Keep an eye out for Dreams In Static’s upcoming album Part Of The Machine, set to release later this year. Purchase Dreams In Static’s previous album, Serene Poetic, here: http://bit.ly/O2CSyQ. For more information, please visit: http://dreamsinstatic.com
We just got back from our 4th and 5th event for the Sephardic Music Festival (Shahs of Sinai hookahs, world music and a Persian appetizer buffet followed by our Unplugged day! It was very chill, spiritual and much welcomed as the middle of the festival events. The festival will continue through Tuesday! And We were just chosen at one of the Top 5 Things to do in L.A. by the LA Weekly and our full story is featured in the Jewish Journal. See you at our next events, Asaf Avidan on Saturday night at Luckman and the Sephardic Story Slam on Tuesday night with some of your favorite story slammers followed by a performance by AUtomatic Toys at Bancs!
The feature story in the beloved Jewish Journal in LA read “L.A. music fest aims to prove Sephardic culture rocks” by Jonathan Maseng. Pick up your copy this week or read below for the feature.
For years, people have asked Erez Safar what it would take to bring his popular New York-based Sephardic Music Festival to Los Angeles. Turns out, all it took was for its creator to move west. A newly minted Angeleno, Safar will debut the Sephardic Music Festival’s Los Angeles edition March 2-11, and he hopes to share the same hip, progressive acts that have made the New York festival such a success.
“Initially, I came out [to L.A. to work] more on the music side, and then I started to just expand,” Safar said. His company, Bancs Media, does production, branding and PR, and while film licensing opportunities initially lured him to the West Coast, he soon saw an opportunity to work on his passion project as well.
Sephardic music traces its roots to the Jews of medieval Spain and is often composed in Hebrew as well as in Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language that was to Sephardic Jews what Yiddish was to Ashkenazim. Safar’s festival has featured many artists who fit squarely into the Sephardic tradition, like Sarah Aroeste, Gerard Edery and the band DeLeon, but it has also headlined artists with more suspect Sephardic credentials, like Matisyahu, Soulfarm and Diwon,
Waking up to ignorance and clueless words by Roger Waters was tough. Pink Floyd was such a relevant and influential band and I am surprised to be reading words that sound like they are coming from a angry teenager who doesn’t know any history whatsoever and happened to read and believe a little BDS propaganda pamphlet.
Hate never brings good…and if you want to read what I am referring to, check out Rabbi Shmuely’s word (here) and Craig Balsam of Razor and Tie’s words (here)
12/1/2013 SEPHARTANGO @ THE CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY (NY) 12/2/2013 SEPHARDIC STORY SLAM @ EASTVILLE COMEDY CLUB (NY) 12/3/2013 HAZZAN VICTOR ESSES & TAVCHE GRAVCHE @ THE SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE SYNAGOGUE (NY) 12/3/2013 BALAGAN SALON (SMF LA TEASER) @ VOILA! (LA) 12/4/2013 RASHANIM & CHURCH OF BETTY @ KNITTING FACTORY (NY) 12/5/2013 ISRAMERICA PARTY @ LIBATION (NY) 3/2/2014 SEPHARDIC WORLD ARTS DAY @ TBA DAYTIME (LA) 3/2/2014 YEMEN BLUES @ THE LUCKMAN (LA) 3/5/2014 ucLADINO @ UCLA (LA) 3/5/2014 SARAH AROESTE @ FOWLER (LA) 3/6/2014 ucLADINO @ UCLA (LA) 3/8/2014 ASAF AVIDAN @ THE LUCKMAN (LA)