Hebrew School


Jews make love, war, music

It looks things are a little quieter in Israel/Palestine/Gaza, I guess, but I suppose you would really have to be there to know.

My cousin nomadmatan, who made aliyah last year, is there putting in his time in the forces. He’s a master linguist and Arabic translator.

He was twittering just now about arriving to base, mentioning how warm it was. Here in Brooklyn, it is a predictable mix of 2-4 inches of slush. It sometimes seems hard to reconcile his occasional dodging of qassams with my existence here in New York, making weird Jewish music. But I do think we’re both wandering nomads, and for that I love him.

“silence in between the aleinu” – hebrew school (demo)



Freezing winter youtube ’09

I made a New Year’s resolution not to make any more puns using the word “Jew,” which is the reason for the re-formatting of the title. So let’s bundle up and huddle by that YouTube fireplace for some a/v gems…

Pierre Nadeau – “Girls – Boys”  (via Beware of the Blog)

Anotoine – Un Éléphant Me Regarde (or, a different version in Italian)

Kings of Convenience – “Misread”

What happens in 1975 when three economics PhD’s form a band? Red Shadow – “Understanding Marx”

Tunanooda, a short animation by Dave Zackin.

The Temptations blast their way through some Fiddler.

Godley & Creme – “Snack Attack”

I’m not sure if Gertrude Berg really created the modern sitcom, but it’s a fascinating story: lead actor, writer, producer, and songwriter.

Don Cherry, James Blood Ulmer, Rashied Ali

Courtney Love’s myspace blog.

Novos Baianos – Peta Pretinha

Amy Winehouse and Charlotte Church team up on “Beat It.”

Holger Czukay – “Cool in the Pool”

Leo Dan – “Pero Raquel”



Hebrew School on Teruah Podcast
January 23, 2009, 1:43 pm
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Check out Hebrew School on the second installment of Jack Zaientz‘s Teruah Jewish Music podcast. Jack has fantastically diverse tastes and manages to dig up all sorts of weird and interesting Jewish music. His podcast encompasses the sounds of Jewish pasts, presents, and futures, somehow all at once. Also included in this edition: Dean Friedman (a new all-time favorite for me, thanks to Teruah), Shelly Hirsch (think Laurie Anderson times Esther Jungreis), and Golem.

Click here to read about the podcast, download it and add it to your iTunes.



MLK and snow
January 19, 2009, 8:11 pm
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It’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the U.S. While the “I Have a Dream” speech has special meaning this year, given what will occur on the National Mall tomorrow, it tends to be repeated ad nauseum on this holiday, a monolithic standard for all King stood for.

But here is a later King delivering his (in)famous 1967 speech at the Riverside Church in Manhattan:

Here, he makes public a realization that the violence that was occurring domestically could not be criticized without considering the U.S.’s violent acts abroad.  What’s more, he refers to the United States as “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.” Life magazine assessed the speech as “demagogic slander that sounded like a script for Radio Hanoi.”

Not exactly the sanitized version of the King we’ve come to know. King was in fact moving further and further to the left in the mid-to-late ’60s. Sadly, it was during this time that many in the Jewish community– which had strongly mobilized for King while Dylan still sang “Times They Are A-Changin'”–  became alienated from his views and those of the Civil Rights movement as a whole. His assassination came a year, to the day, after this speech. (More here.)

It’s been snowing in Brooklyn for the last couple of days. It’s beautiful.



Pictures and videos from last Thursday’s show

Giancarlo Vulcano, Julia Barry, Tim Monaghan, David Griffin, Taylor Bergren-Chrisman.

Hebrew School had a really amazing show last Thursday. Thanks to all of you who came out and saw us. Here are some audiovisuals.

Check out more photos, including some really nice ones of Joemca & the Poets, on Hebrew School’s flickr.

Some videos:

Tout ce qu’on pense

Sara Sara



“So, Hebrew School, like how was your show?”
January 9, 2009, 9:08 pm
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For those of you who weren’t able to make it to last night’s Hebrew School show, let me be the first to report to you on its staggering success. Many people, from all parts of your and my life, showed their pretty faces and everyone rocked. We have much in terms of media to share with you, but at this moment I am ending my final day of mixing. So, I guess not now. What I can show you is a picture taken by my friend Will Greene.

At the moment, I’m finishing mixing two songs about fish.

More to come, folks.



Reminder: This Thursday at Union Hall

Wallace Berman, from “Image of the Wall”

Just a friendly reminder about Hebrew School’s show this Thursday.  With Jesse Rifkin’s Wailing Wall in the house and Joemca’s Poets, it’s going to be a ridiculously fun evening. Here again are the details…

Hebrew School
Joemca & the Poets
Wailing Wall

Union Hall
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave.
(Click here for a map.)
Brooklyn, NY  11215
718-638-4400

Tickets: $8
Doors at 7:30, show 8:30

We can’t wait to see you.