Jewish Music Blog

April 9, 2006

Links and E-mails

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Sameach posted a special free Pesach song, entitled Mah Nishtana, by the cryptic ‘Yossi’ and Yerachmiel Ziegler. I reviewed Yerachmiel’s album here.

Avremi G., THE man for all things sheet music, writes that he will I”YH be releasing a new 2006 Jewish wedding book after Pesach, and he will also possibly update his website and add new features such as the ability to purchase sheet music online.

A producer of an album I recently reviewed commented that he feels my reviews ruin the artist’s parnossah (livelihood). I e-mailed the producer back, and have yet to receive a response. I have received similar e-mails in the past due to reviews on my website, and I tried to be accomodating to the artist by removing the review at their request. (In my opinion, the removal itself causes more harm than just leaving it up.)

So this leads to the following questions: Are my reviews useful? Would you rather be left with reviews of the type lamented by BloginDm here and here?


April 6, 2006

AKA-Pella Exclusive

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I spoke to CD Eichler, the arranger and brainchild of AKA-pella, and I’ve got the ‘inside scoop’ on the album.

There are 8 original new vocalists of which I know almost all of them personally, and they each have unique, dynamic voices. CD arranged 8 out of 10 classic songs, including Yi’baneh, and the other 2 were arranged by Mike Boxer, who among other things, arranged 613 Acapella. Larry Gates covered the mixing. The guys in the group wanted to get away from the standard yeshivish sound, and they also tried to incorporate vignettes of non-Jewish music a la Lev Tahor.

New Acapella Music

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Sameach Music released another podcast, and includes new acapella clips from CD Eichler’s ‘Premium Blend’ AKA-Pella (14:28). I was involved in Eichler’s project, but for many reasons, we didn’t make it to production, and me as well as a couple of other vocalists had to leave. I’m glad to see he was able to pull it off.

The song is very well done. The intro to this song is Sweet Home Alabama (hope he gave credit!), and leads into Piamenta’s Yi’baneh. Guitar is replaced by vocals with heavy distortion. The effect is good, but the tone of the guitar sounds like a low-end keyboard guitar sound. Having said that, I think the creativity of the idea outweighs the minor tonal issue. There are also vocal drums and bass. The arpeggios at the beginning of the song sound like they sampled the vocals and made a keyboard patch out of it, and then played it. The background rhythmic vocals are drenched in effects, especially auto-tune. In contrast, the main vocals are clear and natural souding. I’m curious to see what he did for ballads, and look forward to hearing the rest of the album.

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Also included are clips from Eli Gerstner’s Chaseedish (sic) acapella (25:30). I have to comment on the spelling of Chaseeeeedish – what’s wrong with chasidish? The song, Eich Nashir, is an average ballad with average arrangements – there is nothing in the arrangements to make them memorable. This is typical Gerstner: just stick in basic harmonies and you’re good to go.

April 1, 2006

Oy Vey!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishmusic @ 11:12 pm

Blogindm posted that “Yerachmiel Begun and the Miami Boys Choir and Yaakov Shwekey will be appearing at a concert in Israel in honor of the 104th B-day of the Rebbe Melech Hamoshiach.”

Canonist, Town Crier, and Hirhurim all comment.

My take: If the main difference between Jewish music and non-Jewish music is the character and beliefs of the person/people singing the music, how can Shwekey and MBC take part in this at all?
Add me to the list of people who think that Shwekey and MBC should stay far, far away.

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