We’ve always done our spiritual prep for Yom Kippur with Erez Yechiel’s ‘Selichot’ album, which you could stream here. Listen to that album and then go to a Sephardic beit knesset and you’ll feel like you are hearing the band or at least a cover band play the greatest hits (or maybe we’re spoiled from going to Yitzchak Bitton’s Moroccan shtiebel). Well, in comes Automatic Toys with a different vibe and take on another Yom Kippur classic, ‘Kol Nidrie’, the Aramaic introduction to the holiday.
Just in time for the Days of Awe, Darshan, the neo-hasidic folk-rap duo release a new music video, “Know Return”, a poetic meditation on the spiritual cycle of Teshuva (repentance and renewal) that characterizes the months of Elul and Tishrei, including Rosh HaShannah and Yom Kippur. Through a series of dream-like tableaus, colorful moving images of the natural world, and the chaotic hustle and bustle of human life, “Know Return” is a creative kaleidoscope meant to focus our attention inward on our own personal process as well as outward on the state of the world at large.
Yo Natan’s back with an infectious follow-up to “Green Clouds” with a single, inspired by Lupe Fiasco’s ‘Superstar’ dubbed “Afraid,” which finds Yo Natan and his frequent collaborator, YucBeats, bringing back introspective and feel-good hip hop. The young mc from Montreal by way of Israel, admits that he’s “trapped in my own head, I can’t sleep in my own bed,” something that many of his fans can relate to – not feeling yourself or comfortable with what’s around you. But as the chorus hits, Yo Natan accepts that he wants to be where he wants to be letting the listener know it will all be ok. With this second single, the rapper brings the world a bit more into his hippy soul music style and its simple motifs that give life a deeper meaning.
A new shipment of goodies has just arrived, new ‘Am Yisrael Chai’ keffiyehs in their original blue and white as well as our beige colorway, Am Yisrael Chai bracelets in blue and white as well as black and white and some new t-shirts, check it out now, in the shop!
Check out this new site we, at Bancs Media, made for our good friend, Michael Dorf. It’s called Jews, Rock and Roll, a traveling Pop Up Museum and it will tour as a traveling exhibit for traditional museums, exhibition spaces, and “Pop-up Museums” in short-term storefront rentals in 10 to 15 cities across North America. Over 500,000 people will see the 5,000 sq. ft. exhibit over two-three years. The exhibit is organized, around five specific eras: The Rise of the American, The Rise of the Teenager, The Rise of Counter Culture, The Rise of Record Industry, The Rise of the Post Modern/Ethnic American.
The exhibit tells the story of Jews in America, illustrating the history and influence of Jews in popular music from the 1930’s to today’s pop stars. This exhibit explores how a small group of immigrants had such a significant and positive influence in shaping American pop culture.
If you’re in NY on May 26th go check out their launch event! Tickets here.
Our homie Matisyahu on reddit:
Question: What do you think about fame?
His Answer: It is a slippery snake. It feels amazing to be known, to be noticed, to be loved. It is a drug like none other especially for someone who feels unloved or anonymous. In my life I’ve felt that I stood out many times but I’ve also felt very anonymous at times and alone. There was a feeling that If people know you and love you, you will be whole. This is true to some extent but it is not in the quantity of people but the quality of there love. ie if you are understood and loved and important to even one person that can make you feel more whole then being “known” by millions. blessed love
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)