Hebrew School

Protocols of the Hypertexts of Zion (St. Nicholas)

gangsta rabbi [impose]

eli roth plugs inglourious basterds on tmz [heeb]

can a knesset debate improve israel’s eurovision chances? [haaretz]

on details, “hot jewish girls,” and sloppy, knee-jerk misogyny [jezebel]

the hanukkah story [nytimes]

yiddish king lear on the relief roll [forward]

hipsters busted for repainting bike lanes removed at satmar request [failedmessiah]

photo stroll [eli valley]


Swimming inside the sun
December 21, 2009, 8:32 am
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David Zweig’s Swimming Inside the Sun challenges the reader to get a close look without directly staring.

The contemporary musician might read Zweig’s words and, before the layers of commentary fall into relief, find they hit too close to home. And the reader for whom the experience might be alien may be shocked to find themselves already inside. But that’s a testament to the candor of Zweig’s debut novel.

Do we sometimes detest the protagonist, Dan, for his overshare, his second-guess, his asterisk, his exposition of process? Probably. But the more we follow him, watching to see how that abyss will stare back, the more we’re taken over by the sweetness in his surrender to that world. And the closer we come to understanding that fragile joy that accompanies the creation of art, and music in particular.


kirkus review

Land of Blood and Sunshine
December 17, 2009, 8:36 am
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“sick mystic” (mp3)

Moving forward into 2010, perhaps LOBAS gives us a glimpse of the coming decade. Fuzzed out vocals seemingly run through a stressed car stereo speaker, parallel octave harmonies, pushed through wires and air from a small city 50 miles northeast of Des Moines, Iowa.


decade end mix.

giselle numba one – listen kid
Washed out – Hold Out
Lane – Diamond Ring
Lucky Lucky Pigeons – Knife for Life
i love you avalanche – the weather
Taken by Trees – Watch The Waves
Born Heller – Good Times
rastlös och orkestern – eat a frog
Prairie fire organizing committee – Death is a beautiful…
Studiocat – Metropolitan
Kool Keith – Tess Shit
Smokey And His Sister – A Simple Cameo
Legends – Old Man Hollow
Hospitality – Argonauts
Shuttle358 – Finch
The Go! Team – Bull in the Heather
Yumbo – Cake
Electrelane – The Greater Times
Eyeball Skeleton – Flat Top Vampire
JON dog – favorite cow cow of John
Camera Obscura – Eighties Fan

get it here.

A decade in Hebrew School

A couple of weeks ago, I managed to proclaim the Lucky Lucky Pigeons’ Bird Flu as the decade’s best album. The idea was to continue on with a “best of” list.

But starting with a record that only had 100 or so physical copies– made by a band that never played outside of Sweden– ended up being far too instructive. So for Hebrew School’s “aughties” I have decided to focus on the criminally unheard. Even better, I’ve dropped the superlatives and present you the following in no particular order:

Born Heller, “Good Times” from s/t, 2004.

Giselle Numba One, “Listen Kid”

Giselle Numba One is Montreal’s M.I.A. times Josh Dolgin.

Studiocat,  “Metropolitan” from Best of the Early Years

Studiocat was made up of Benjamin Butler and Anne Eastman. The 2003 album was made entirely on a Casio keyboard.

Lane, “Diamond Ring”

Lane is a seemingly defunct band from Sweden. Browsing myspace by unsigned indie/shoegaze, and then filtering by Sweden in 2006 might have brought you to Lane.

The 2007 reissue of Smokey and His Sister‘s self-titled Columbia LP.

Brooklyn duo Legends.

Hospitality has been diligently whispering smart melodies into your ear for half of the decade. Finally we’re paying more attention.

Remember when Jens Lekman got the swine flu? He’s the outgoing theme music for part one.

Friday sunset
December 4, 2009, 4:43 pm
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