Jewish Music Blog

July 17, 2006

AKA Pella Umacha – Review

Filed under: Reviews — jewishmusic @ 5:50 pm

Just in time for the 3 weeks, AKA Pella released a single Umacha, which is available as a free download from Sameach Music here. The arrangement style is very similar to the album Premium Blend, with vocal drums, bass, and distortion guitar (my review here). Unlike the album though, this song uses rhythm distortion guitar extensively. Often when distortion guitar is used, vocals mixed to little more than a sine wave are used to compliment the guitar, which sounds excellent. This track doesn’t sound as polished as the Premium Blend tracks, but they still did a very good job. For example, the main vocal on the first high part at 1:35 sounds very nasal, and at 2:17 and 3:36 the distortion guitar on the minor I chord sounds muffled and too distorted. Also, the beginning of the song has very low background oohs, so if you wanted to listen to this track in a car, you would constantly have to adjust the volume. But, these things are very minor and the track overall is excellent. As always, although the lyrics are in line with the 3 weeks, the arrangement may be a little too good.

The song Umacha is from Yehuda!’s album Oh Yerushalayim. The low part of the song is actually a Chris de Burgh song called the The Snows of New York. CD Eichler sent me the jacket to the album which states that the track is arranged by CD Eichler, Yossi Rotbard, from Yossi and Yerachmiel, as well as Ed Boyer. Additional harmonies were arranged by Mo Kiss and Ed Boyer, and the featured vocalists on this track are Elie Ganz, CD Eichler and Yoel Horowitz.

Updates 7/19/06: AKA Pella has an additional website located at akapella.net which features a new video for the single. The video has background music, but is in much better taste than the previous video.

Commenters to this post have pointed out that Umacha is based around the Scorpion song Wind of Change. The intro, bridge and final interlude are carefully modeled after this song.

Update 7/21/06: It seems that AKA Pella has taken down their controversial video, most probably in no small part because of the comments on this blog.

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104 Comments »

  1. You must be a truly brave man to review this song … I admire your courage … Hatzlacha

    Comment by Calm Before the Storm — July 17, 2006 @ 7:03 pm

  2. Letting u all know…
    AKA Pella will be releasing another commercial to promote their new single.
    Let the blogging begin!

    Comment by Biff — July 17, 2006 @ 9:19 pm

  3. I heard it is going to be making fun of the spanish inquisition, the russian progroms and the holocaust.
    I just love the tact of these guys. (by the way, that was a sarcastic remark, they are not tactful.)

    Comment by mark spelloman — July 17, 2006 @ 11:41 pm

  4. Yo yo yo.
    What’s up with the accappella market?Why does everybody else stink?FINALLY,a group that actually does good songs,has good voices,and isn’t totally lame.I mean,I’ll give it to Lev Tahor,they’ve got a good lead vocalist but these A.K.A Pella guys are way otta everybody’s leauge.It’s almost like they’re too advanced for Jewish music.You listen toi this song,and it’s like these guys are freaking incredible.
    And their commercials,very very edgy.I’m eagerly awaiting the new one(if there really is one)(maybe biff is just hyping.Whatever.

    Comment by Shimmy — July 18, 2006 @ 12:37 am

  5. Actually Mr. Spelloman – you are incorrect as usual – from what i understand the new AKA Pella video will be poking fun at the current situation in Israel – get your facts straight buddy.

    And that brings me to my next point… how the @#$! do compare a video that pokes fun of a pointless and embarresing riot in Boro Park with the Spanish Inquisition, the pogroms and the Holocaust – what next – why don’t you just go ahead and compare AKA Pella to Osama bin Ladin or Hitler…

    Mr. Spelloman – you are obviously a man with no sense of humor – and I respect that – but please …let’s reserve the harsh comparisons to events that realy deserve it – a boro-park mini riot is hardly a Holocaust (unless of course your blackberry was crushed as a result of the moshing).

    Reb Yankel

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 18, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

  6. Please excuse my husband.He gets a wee bit agitated sometimes.He loves commercials.But more serious ones,like the one with Bob Dole on the beach,for example,or the one where the lady yells”I’ve fallen…..and I can’t get up.”
    Pleas respect his desire to see more of these type of commercials in the mainstream.Best regards.Mimmi Spelloman

    Comment by Mark's Wife — July 18, 2006 @ 8:38 pm

  7. Scorpions.Cool.Just heard Gal Elbaz’s version.I think A.K.A Pella does a great job with this song.The giutars are incredible.

    Comment by Moishes — July 18, 2006 @ 9:51 pm

  8. Scorpions – what song is that?

    Comment by keyboardguy — July 18, 2006 @ 10:45 pm

  9. Winds of Change! Come on Keyboard guy! How did you not hear that? I’m s little disappointed.

    Comment by Aryehle' — July 19, 2006 @ 9:49 am

  10. R’ Yanekl

    Alls I know is that the same way the holocaust was intended to put the Jewish people down, that video was clearly intended to put the Jewish people down. It accomplished the same goal as the holocaust, allowing the world to see Jews as disgusting pigs. You are obviously one of the group members r’ yankel. There is no other reason you would support it. Maybe next time you could use a little more sensitivity.

    Also, that comment was not from my wife as she is in full agreement with me on how dispicable that video was.

    Comment by mark spelloman — July 19, 2006 @ 10:01 am

  11. Here’s their new video boys and girls:

    WARNING: CONTAINS MUSIC

    Their website will be up n ruuning shortly.

    Comment by McFly — July 19, 2006 @ 12:39 pm

  12. i checked out the video

    let me tell you this is worth watching

    – at least so you know what all the controversy is gonna be about

    Comment by listen up! — July 19, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

  13. actaully the real link is http://www.akapella.net

    Comment by Anonymous — July 19, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

  14. i think that line at the end about chassidim was aimed at this blog!

    Comment by Anonymous — July 19, 2006 @ 2:53 pm

  15. I don’t understand, why would you want to drudge up controversy during the 3 weeks, heading into the 9 days and while Israel is at War?? That video likes it’s predecessor is mamash a booshah.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 19, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

  16. The video is stupid. It’s not funny nor entertaining. I would like my 5 minutes and 11 seconds that akapella wasted back. I don’t know who these guys think they are making laugh but I can assure you of one thing. I am definitely not buying their CD. What a bunch of losers.

    Comment by Yonah — July 19, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

  17. BoosHAH
    Isn’t that what Sturat Scott says on Sportscenter?BooyAH
    Or wait HooAH!No that’s Al Pacino.

    YEAH,YEAH,YEAH.
    BAH BLAH BLAH.

    This video is very funny.

    Comment by Mike — July 19, 2006 @ 4:03 pm

  18. I would like the 12 seconds it took for me to read Yonah’s post back.

    Comment by Doh! — July 19, 2006 @ 4:06 pm

  19. This video is disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 19, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

  20. what exaclty is disgusting?

    Comment by Shmuel — July 19, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

  21. Wow that was stupid. What a bunch of losers. Hey AKAPElla!! You are not funny ! You weren’t before and you are not now! get it through your thick skulls! How many more people need to tell you!?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 19, 2006 @ 4:36 pm

  22. Look at the anger and sinas chinum coming out durring the 3 weeks. And all because that last annonymous guy doesnt have a sense of humor. Now that’s a boosha.

    Comment by faigy — July 19, 2006 @ 4:43 pm

  23. What is the controversy here?

    Comment by BG Gumberg — July 19, 2006 @ 4:45 pm

  24. hey anonymous-

    i agree with you – what a bunch of losers!!!

    Yeah aka pella you are NOT funny and neither are the 17,578 people who viewed your previous video – they are all losers too!!

    How dare you attempt to be funny in an innocent and innocuous kinda way.

    There you go again drudging up crazy controversy – pathetic!!

    Don’t you get it!!! over 17,000 people are watching your video over and over again just to let you know that you suck!

    How many times do people have to watch those funny videos before you get it…

    Stop making awsome acapella music you losers… we don’t want your kind on the internet… we want yakov yoiung gosh darnet….

    Great point anonymous, keep sheding the light with your insight!

    Just terrible aka pella – feh!

    Reb Yankel

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 19, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

  25. I thought his name was Yogi.

    Comment by Shagit — July 19, 2006 @ 6:39 pm

  26. Wow R’ Yankel! Pretty funny how you get all bent out of shape by my critiquing of the video. I didn’t think it was funny. And then you have a coniption. So I ask you R’ Yankel…

    Did you only have something do to with the making of the first video or did you make this one to?

    Comment by Anonymous — July 19, 2006 @ 8:54 pm

  27. “17,578 people watched this video, they love us soo much … waaah, We’re so amazing … waaaaa, you must love us, we make such amazing akakapela music, waaaa”

    The creators of this video sure are pretty sensitive. No, this is not the time for a sense of humor, it’s a serious time only a week or so before Tisha B’Av. I didn’t hear any Rosh Hashivas or Gedolim calling for more knock knock jokes. I heard them calling for more Tehilim and Davening and Tzedakah, not attempts “to be funny in an innocent and innocuous kinda way”

    As for the 17,000 views, you guys must be up all night oogling at your own work by pressing refresh 10,000 times.

    Did your feelings get hurt? Sahrry, baby want a koosh? Make it all better? You guys need to get over yourselves, what a bunch of baal gavah’nicks.

    Comment by Get a life ... — July 19, 2006 @ 9:07 pm

  28. I just came back fom minchah and i would just like to apologize to R’Yankel.Right after tehillim the Rabbi asked me if I heard about the Shochet who backed into the meat grinder.Apparently,he got a little behind in his work.
    You were right all along R’Yankel.
    I could use a good chuckle now and again.

    Comment by get a life...said...... — July 19, 2006 @ 10:27 pm

  29. Mr. Anonymous,

    Your reading comprehension skills are a bit weak – not to worry – r’yankel will break down for you real simple – I am in total agreement with – aka pella consists of a bunch of “losers” who patheically made several attempts at humour and failed miserably…. we are on the same page mr. anonymous – I think that it is dispicable that they even think that they could break the mold and broach creativity!!! After all this is a jewish blog – we should stick to the basics.

    you stated:

    “Pretty funny how you get all bent out of shape by my critiquing of the video. I didn’t think it was funny. And then you have a coniption. So I ask you R’ Yankel…”

    Actually mr. anonymous i commend you on your constructive critique… allow me to quote you:

    “What a bunch of losers. Hey AKAPElla!! You are not funny ! You weren’t before and you are not now! get it through your thick skulls!”

    That’s a fabulous anlysis! Couldn’t of said it more elequently myself…Aryeh – we should get this guy his own blog – (with such insightful reviews, i think Aryeh just might be out of a job).

    I’m thinking however that your reaction to the video was perhaps a bit too strong – I’m startring to wonder if maybe your actualy Yogi (of the famed yogasi) posing as anonymous – maybe youre just bitter that aka pella is getting attention…hmmm we’ll have to look into that.

    Oh and before I forget… Mr. Get a life:

    ” you guys must be up all night oogling at your own work by pressing refresh 10,000 times.”

    Nothing gets by you…you are very asstute, i don’yt know how you cracked this case..- i must confess – I have been secretly approached by the members of aka pella to increase their web exposure – so what i’ve done is hire a group of guatamalen childeren – they are locked in my basement and their sole job is to sit in front of a computer and refresh the aka pella videos – I have them working in shifts around the clock – how else could aka pella get over 17,000 hits in such a short time – those rugrats do a great job

    also mr, Get a life,

    “this is not the time for a sense of humor, it’s a serious time only a week or so before Tisha B’Av”

    —you are quite right – it is near Tisha B’av – a time of unity and solidarity a time for achdus and … oh wait…
    “they love us soo much … waaah, We’re so amazing … waaaaa, you must love us, we make such amazing akakapela music, waaaa”
    … oh that’s right i must be thinking of christmas… let’s rip into people just because they are more creative than us…quite right mr. get a life …quite right…. Tisha B’av is a time to be srious yet it is not a time to hold back on berating others for trying to entertain you!!

    The “Rosh Hashivahs” must be very proud of you!!

    right on!

    Reb Yankel

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 19, 2006 @ 10:42 pm

  30. akapella does it again! those guys are geniuses!

    Comment by more anonymous — July 19, 2006 @ 11:12 pm

  31. Dear R’Yankel.I am a fellow A Roshhashiva.
    How do I get a picture of myself next to my name?
    I am not so technologically saavy.
    Could you have one of your quatamalen’s do it for me?

    Comment by Rebbe without a cause — July 19, 2006 @ 11:40 pm

  32. No one has addressed the fact that you used a goyishe song for the background to your video. Some people try not to listen to non Jewish music all together. Worse off, it’s the three weeks, your not supposed to be listening to any music, let alone non Jewish music.

    Why do you need to make these videos during times of serious reflection. Why not make them at a more appropriate time for humor like umm … here’s a suggestion PURIM TIME!

    These videos show that you have no regard or respect for the frum oilam. You guys think you are always right and you can just type your want into excusing and defending yourselves.

    You guys must love the sounds of your own keyboards typing. I really do think you guys need to learn to take criticism.

    Comment by MartyJr — July 19, 2006 @ 11:42 pm

  33. MartyJr,

    Good pointabout the music on the clip… i do believe that the website warns viewers that the video contains music in bright red letters ” Note: Video Clip Features Music” – so Marty ol’ boy please don’t get all righteous on us after you decided to watch the video despite the warning. Perhaps, you should spend more time in serious reflection.

    Also, although this may come as a shock to you – I am not a member of aka pella – but I am their acting manhig ruchani – i must note that aka pella doesnt just like criticisim…they LOVE criticism!

    Perhaps what you meant to say was:

    “why can’t you guys just let us critisize and berate your projects without actually responding?…geez!”

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 20, 2006 @ 12:08 am

  34. I have watched from the sidelines till now, but I feel as though I should say something. Despite all your well written and obviously well thought out responses, I think you are missing the point.

    First off, I find it very hard to believe you aren’t either a member of the group or one of their friends. By saying “why can’t you guys just let us criticize and berate your projects without actually responding?” it just proves that you are either a member or a close personal friend. No one else would take it this personal or get offended as strongly as you seem to get.

    The problem is not the people writing here or their minhagim. It’s the fact that a Jewish Music group would put put out a music video that completely steals an entire none Jewish music song. Just as a side note the group does not give any credit to Daniel Powter and I would like to know if they are going to be paying any royalties. I don’t think it’s eligible for parody status because the actual original version of the song is what is being used.

    Back to the main discussion though. We’re not talking about the personal hashkafah of the people who read or write on this blog, we are talking about the groups. I don’t think we would ever see Avraham Fried or the Miami boys Choir release a Jewish music video with a Daniel Powter song as the background music.

    Of course you can defend your groups actions by bringing me examples from MBD’s Yidden, Piamenta’s Ashar Bara or whoever you want. Their wrongs don’t make your right, well, right. They were obviously using obscure songs which someone thought they’d get away with. They were wrong to use Goyishe music and so are you. Worse it seems you do it in a open fashion, unashamed and unabashed. As if it to say, we are not embarrassed to use non Jewish music, even though we are supposedly making music that should be listened to during a time of mourning and self reflection. A time when we don’t go to concerts, have weddings, cut our hair, eat meat, we don’t listen to music and we purposely act as if we are a mourner who lost a parent chas v’sholom.

    Do you know what the difference between a gannif and a gazlan is? I’m sure you do, but just for the people playing along at home, B’kitzur. One goes around at night under the cloak of darkness and tries to hide his crimes, while the other steals during the broad daylight not embarrassed of his crime and not ashamed. They are both wrong for stealing but one is slightly worse.

    I am but a simple flea here, don’t make this a moral equivalence thing. This has been your problem from day one. You seek to defend what you guys do by finding error in the writers personal Hashkafah. This discussion is not about the minhagim of the people on this blog it’s a general discussion about the groups music and the groups videos.

    Comment by Binyamin Weiss — July 20, 2006 @ 6:48 am

  35. So R’ Yankel, you never answered me. Which video(s) did you help make. Only the first one or this one as well?

    BTW- I’m pretty sure you are a group member, as you conveniently disappeared from this site between the review of akapellas last album and this single. But, if you are telling the truth, and you are the groups “spokesperson” or something, then they have a lot to learn in terms of having someone promote them.

    Every time I read your garbage, it not only makes me not want to buy a cd but it makes me want to tell all my friends not to buy a cd. Good job, loser.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 8:44 am

  36. Binyamin Weiss,

    Very well put. This should be a lesson to the reswt of the group of what genuine criticisem looks like. Criticisem like that of Mr. weiss is welcomed on this blog.
    Posting comments like …”Wow that was stupid. What a bunch of losers.” is not criticesem butdemonstrates bitterness, anger and sheer jealosy.

    Allow me to address your points mr. weiss:

    1. I made it pretty clear that while i am not a musician or a member of the group I am the manig ruchani and a friend of the group.I don’t see anything wrong in defending the group on points contention.

    2. As far as lifting non-jewish music for the song and the video. First, the song is inspired not by any Non-Jewish Music but by Yehuda’s version of the song titled Umacha. Read aryeh’s post. all aka pella did was creat an acapella version of Yehuda’s song.

    3. As far as using Daniel Powter’s song within a video clip. You are acrtualy incorrect. Although it seems that you have some legal background (in that you recognized the parody exception) you application is incorrect. The song is clearly being used for parody purposes and not in a commercial sense. That is how comedy skits such as saturday night live and the daily show can use copyrighted music and film without violating any copyright regulations. This video is nothing more than an attempt at humour. There is no problem using copyrighted material in saterical setting. Whether the video clip was funny or not is up to you. But I assure you that there is nothing illegal about using copyrighted music in this seeting.

    That being said… I welcome more criticisem like mr. weiss’s.

    On a final note, while r’yankel has confessed to being friendly with the group – i’d like to know who the people with such strong venemous hatred are… why must you hate so?

    Reb Yankel

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 20, 2006 @ 8:56 am

  37. R’ Yankel,

    You avoided Binyamin’s questions. I’m pretty sure he was referring to the use of Daniel Powter’s and REM’s songs during the video. I too feel that was quite inapproriate. Why did you do it? And why now, during the three weeks? Do you think a disclaimer that there is music on the video is acceptable. Can I open up a restaraunt for the frum community and advise them not to buy the bacon cheese burger I am selling?

    And please explain to me, you make this video (which obviously was an attempt at humor) yet you put a picture of a tearing eye with the beis hamikdash burning in it’s reflection on your album cover. What is going on? Are you trying to make us cry or laugh! I was originially moved by the picture but after watching the video, I’m not sure if that picture was a joke as well. Maybe you guys think the Beis hamikdash getting destroyed was funny too.
    It’s like making a holocaust movie with weird al yankovic songs on the soundtrack.

    Finally, I’m pretty confident the reason that you receive such strong criticism is because you continue to have complete disregard for any sensitivity. Last time around people commented on the inapproriate use of non-jewish music during your video. So what do you do? What have you learned from that experience? Obviously nothing!

    Now maybe if there were a tad bit of humor in the video, it would be understandable but this drivel is sooooo unfunny. I can only hope that it was an attempt to make me cry and hopefully feel the true essence of the three weeks.

    Comment by yonah — July 20, 2006 @ 9:12 am

  38. Yonah:

    As i stated earlier – i am not a group member nor did I have any involvement in the video. That said, I did address the issue as to whether the use of the copyrighted music warranted royalties.

    As far as use of non-jewish music in the video, perhaps its a bit too much for the frummer community – but let’s not kid ourselves here, most of the people who read this blog listen to non-jewish music to some extent – so i find it hard to bleieve that they were so outraged by the use of the music. People like to make a fuss just because they can.

    As far as putting out the videos in the 3 weeks. It seems like bad timing but there is a very simple explanation. Acapella is primarily listened to during the 3 weeks and sefira. It is no coincidence that the 2 videos were timed to be released during the 3 weeks – they were timed to coincidee with the release of aka pella’s album and now, the single.

    The video and the single are unrelated. The video is just a promotional tool. The song however is heartfelt and inspirational. Don’t confuse the music with the videos.

    As you pointed out – the cover art for the single depicts an eye reflecting a sad period. That is what the song is about. I hope you can see seperate the two.

    As a last point. The group is realy targeting people who are a bit more open minded and edgier. If the music or the tactics offend you – you need not listen to the music nor view the videos. What bothers , is that the same people who entertain themselves daily with downloads from youtube or other viarl medi and listen to pop music on the radio get their panties all up in a bunch when they see an aka pella ad.

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 20, 2006 @ 9:32 am

  39. Just to be clear, when I wrote “It’s the fact that a Jewish Music group would put put out a music video that completely steals an entire none Jewish music song.” I was strictly referring to the Daniel Powter song, not Yeduda.

    The actual song is fine with me, my criticism is with the use of the non Jewish song to promote a song for the 3 weeks. The two don’t go together.

    Comment by Binyamin Weiss — July 20, 2006 @ 10:10 am

  40. reb yankel makes a great point that you all need to think about long and hard
    – we ALL are hanging out online, surfing the web and whatnot, we are all seeing various forms of NON – JEWISH entertainment – which is OKAY! shouldnt we welcome some 1000% kosher JEWISH entertainment?!
    now – you may say that you dont think its funny, personally i think it was a good concept that brought a smile to my face, but even if you were not laughing your tuchus off you were mildly entertained for a little while by some good quality kosher entertainment (and its not agent emes) so i think we should be promoting this kind of creativity and entertainment and eventually if there is enough demand and enough talent there will be enough entertainment for all tastes so that even someone with the most discerning taste will find it funny. the point is that the people on this and other blogs and youtube and all the other jewish stuff online are NOT the flamethrowing right – wingers, we are just the average frum guy or gal looking for some jewish entertainment or hock online so lets stay real and understand who we are who these blogs and website appeal to and sit back and enjoy the show…
    as far as all all the complaints against this video on particular, if you really need to know there is no halachic problem with enjoying a video set to music – it is the “Tafel” not the “Ikar” no different from hearing the budweiser jingle on the radio during the news (do you SHUT OFF THE RADIO?) the song is a clean song with no nivul peh or inappropriate lyrics, is everything so black and white that its “Assur Gamur” if there is a semi kosher non jewish song? (thats just my opinion), and as far as the timing – who do we all think we are? do we say Tikkun Chatzos every nite during the 3 weeks? do we walk around moping all day? i mean come on – you are allowed to chuckle during the 3 weeks, right? – even i dont think it was THAT funny that it should be assur for anyone to watch. Is it assur to tell a knock knock joke? and then i just have one final issue that needs to be said: fellas lets lay off the holocaust comparison, ask the Klausenberg Rebbe ZTL or any holocaust survivor if there is a comparison to the suffering, fear and pain associated with the holocaust and a HARMLESS, slightly humorous video, please everybody a little sensitivity, dont blast the videos insensitivity and then carry on with even more insensitivity and cheeseburger = issur min hatorah, non jewish song which is not obscene = maybe not in tune with you hashkafa, not halachically assur (yes that is a fact, i know a rosh yeshiva who asked r shlomo zalman and he replied “if the words are ok why should it be assur” – obviously i paraphrase but that is the gist of it)
    anyway those are my thoughts…
    sorry to be anonymous you can refer to me as the “LONG poster” if you need to comment.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 10:38 am

  41. Long Poster,

    Its obious through your words and logic that you did back up vocals on track 4 of the first album! Have you no shame. And no, I don’t smile during the 3 weeks. In fact, I avoid smiling or any gesture which may convey happiness (i.e., laughing, head-nods, high fives, thumbs-up, “ah shkoiach”, etc.) during sefirah, as well.

    Its a shandeh what you akapellaniks are doing to the frum community.

    Comment by BG Gumberg — July 20, 2006 @ 11:06 am

  42. How many of you guys want to bet that R’ Yankel, bc gumberg, biff, shimmy, mark’s wife, mcfly, doh!, shmuel, faigy, get a life…said…, shagit, more anonymous, and the last anonymous, are the same one or two posters?! You are not fooling anyone.
    It’s hilarious how similar all your posts are. You guys could use a heck of a lot more class.

    Comment by yonah — July 20, 2006 @ 11:18 am

  43. Reb Yankel,

    I’m sorry but you just don’t get it. You have an excuse for everything.

    If by “open minded and edgier.” you mean someone who listens to non Jewish music – than it doesn’t speak well about the group AKA Pella. You can explain anything away, as evidenced by your hundreds of posts.

    I think Yonah makes some very good points. All of which you have deflected by basically saying, “Your such a baby, learn to laugh” and “we’re trying to be cool, don’t you like cool?”

    Why don’t you make these videos like Binyamin said during Purim. I do think that they are funny. Not laugh out loud hysterical, but its obvious there is some talent there. Don’t say the only time you can make these videos is for 3 weeks, why don’t you make a real music video, which could be funny and release it for Purim?

    I agree with some of the other commenters that despite your protests for “learning to laugh” this is not the appropriate time for these videos.

    I still don’t think you should be using any Goyish music though even if you do decide to make one for Purim.

    As for your argument that everyone who is online reading blogs must be listening to Goyeshe music. I think that you are very wrong. That defense is really lame, there are plenty of people who are online and don’t listen to non Jewish music. Furthermore, you have not figured in the teenagers and people who buy your CD in the store and then go to your website to see the video. You are inviting innocent unsuspecting frum people to listen to non Jewish music. While that may not be a big deal in your homes, to some of us that is a huge deal. Many of us don’t let our children watch TV or listen to the Radio. We try to encourage our children to only listen to good clean Jewish music. I don’t want my children listening to Matisyahu or Blue Fringe because I don’t want them going online to check out their sites, seeing that they play in clubs and going to clubs late at night or these concerts which are not the right place for a Torah Jew.

    I really think that Jewish music and non jewish music shuld be seperate things. They don’t mix together. By making these videos with non Jewish music in my opinion your group is tainted and becomes as if the music itself is also non Jewish music.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 11:20 am

  44. i am the long poster

    i am not anybody else

    i will not defend any of the other anonymous posts

    that is why i differenciated

    i do have class

    which is why i made only sond points and spoke politely

    dont lump together anyone that disagrees with you

    i am not r yankel, i am not doh! i am not mcfly

    i am just long poster

    kay yonah?

    also, try not to sound so bitter it isnt very pleasant

    and great post by the (currently) last anonymous, no bitterness, well stated points and even has he braveness to admit that he thought the video was slightly humorous

    are all the bitter posters gonna get on him for that?

    enjoy

    -long poster

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 11:36 am

  45. If you think Jewish music and non Jewish music are not the same thing – then its pretty obvius you dont listen to non jewish music. 99% of jewish music is ripped off of non jewish songs. Get real. You think MBD and Miami Boys choir have any originality – they take their ideas from non jewish music and slap some possuk on it and shuckle nad krechtz and its soulful spiritual jewish music!

    At least AKA Pella straight out says their music is inspired by non jewish songs.

    Secondly, the people who enjoy AKA Pella obviously like that they take those non jewish songs and throw some hebrew word in there – so heaven forbid you watch a video that has english words! Now your innocent kids will think that it’s possible to have a BAD DAY! Oy the treifkite! The humanity! If anything it teaches them to look up and say Gam Zu L’Tova, a valuable lesson.

    Lastly, your being quite the hypocrite saying how righteous you are that you cant listen to Goyish music and how its ruining ur 3 weeks “experience”, but then go yelling LOSER and attempting to ruin the parnosah of some fellow jews by saying how u would tell all ur pals how much u hate it. Get off your high horse. And if your kids dont listen to radio, u probably might wanna get the internet out of your house.

    PS Yonah,
    u are correct anyone that may like the video/music is obviously a band member. No such thing as a good review.

    PPS “How much you wanna bet?” is little 3rd grade, dont u think?

    Comment by Your all Hypocrites — July 20, 2006 @ 11:38 am

  46. You are all hypocrites,

    Ok, question for you. Look at all the other reviews on this blog by Mr. Steiner. He has given some pretty harsh reviews. Yet do you see the same angry response to those? There may have been a few people who said they disagreed with him, but to this extent?

    The reality is, most people who like an album, may see a negative review, will offer their own opinion, then leave. End of story. Look at this blog or any other review blog.

    Now I am going to go out on a ledge and assume that there are no reeeal AKA pella groupies out there. Therefore, the only people who would need to defent the album so adamently would be those with some connection. Either the band members or their friends (i.e. R’ Yankel and all his pseudonyms)

    That is the story.

    Also my critique was on the straight up non-jewish music used in the past two videos. I am not referring to the secular songs that have been put together with Jewish songs.

    There were so many other great jewish songs you could have used on your videos, yet you insisted on using secular songs. It is as if you are more proud of your connection to the non-jewish market than you are of your jewish connection. Definitely not something you should be hyping during the three weeks.

    So my advice R’ Yankel, next time you plan to make a video, really put some thought into it or don’t do it at all.

    Comment by yonah — July 20, 2006 @ 11:51 am

  47. After reading all these comments by your spokespeople I would never buy a CD from this group. The way you put people down is just not nice. I will also make sure to tell my friends that these cd’s are based on non Jewish music.

    I don’t think you make that clear enough on your website or CD.

    Even though you say different, I would rather my children listen to Avraham Fried and Miami Boys Choir than this music which is pure goyishe.

    Using Mamash an actual non Jewish song and being “influenced” by non Jewish music is two very different things.

    There is a difference my friends, and if you don’t see it than I suggest you speak to your Mashpia or local Rav and discuss these obvious lacks of faith with them.

    Comment by A different anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 11:55 am

  48. Yonah,

    “There were so many other great jewish songs you could have used on your videos, yet you insisted on using secular songs.”

    Please name one that wouldve been better fitting (humorous)?

    Different Annonymous (why dont we all use a name for reference purposes?),

    “Even though you say different, I would rather my children listen to Avraham Fried and Miami Boys Choir than this music which is pure goyishe.”

    What was so goyish about this song that scarred your kids for life? Do u think that the Chevra singing “Yehei, Yehei” to techno music stolen from Shania Twain – sorry to ruin the surprise – or MBD’s “Yidden”, stolen from German NeoNazis are much better for your kids? Will that make them better Jews? There are Goyish songs out there that are good, creative and clean. Just because Yidel (we all know how big a tzadik he is) sings some song doesnt make it better for your kids! In fact, holy Jewish possukim should be seperate from cheesy Jewish music in my books. Those songs cheapen the words. Unless its Carlebach or one of the few originals, dont give me any of this Jewish music is holier than thou BS.

    Comment by BG Gumberg — July 20, 2006 @ 12:17 pm

  49. To name one BC Gumberg,

    The shidduch song from Pardes. Would have been ironically funny. But still you have this emotionally moving picture on your cover yet your main goal seems to find a goyish song that will be “funny”!!? Do you think the REM song or the Daniel Powter songs were funny?! I sure don’t think so and neither do all the people I know who have seen the video.

    Comment by yonah — July 20, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

  50. “…you have this emotionally moving picture on your cover yet your main goal seems to find a goyish song that will be “funny”!!? Do you think the REM song or the Daniel Powter songs were funny?! I sure don’t think so and neither do all the people I know who have seen the video.”

    Yonah,

    I thought u were gonna tell all ur friends NOT to watch the video? And if you dont think the songs are funny, then the non funny theme fits in well with the non funny album cover. Discuss…

    PS Its BG(as in Big Gedalya), not BC.

    Comment by BG Gumberg — July 20, 2006 @ 12:29 pm

  51. To the Reb Yankel/AKAPella guys,

    The way you guys speak is b’chlal disgusting. You have no business making Jewish music, and the way you speak about people and other artists speaks volumes about the kind of people you are. I would never buy a Jewish CD from a group that goes around publicly and uses phrases like BS or trashes other artists like you have or the way you have replied to past critics of your video/music.

    Comment by Shloimy — July 20, 2006 @ 12:40 pm

  52. BC,

    Where did I say that I would tell my friends not watch the video? Please stop making things up. Happens to be that if someone asked me if it was worth watching I would have to tell them the truth, but I didnt say anything like that.

    Secondly, I dont think the video nor the songs are funny, but… for you guys who obviously think the content of the video is humorous, I suggested you use a jewish song to convey the funniness that you think you are spreading.

    Listen Rabbi “BG” Yankel McFly, enough is enough. You aren’t funny. Perhaps you should look to contribute something that isn’t intended to be funny as humor is obviously not your forte.

    Comment by yonah — July 20, 2006 @ 12:41 pm

  53. Check out bangitout.com, they thought it was pretty funny – its on their front page.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 12:46 pm

  54. Whoever just linked to it on BangitOut really just proved the point that was being made on this blog. I wouldn’t call BangItOut the standard barer. That site is intended for modern orthodox kids, not the Yeshivish or Chasidish communities. We’re talking about a website that reviews movies, http://www.bangitout.com/reviews114.html, they also review actual non Jewish music, http://www.bangitout.com/music.html.

    This is the problem I have with this video, you don’t understand the difference between using actual non Jewish music and using a Jewish song. You don’t realize that it offends most of the same frum oilam your targeting with your CD.

    This is not the culture that most frum people want for their kids. This is not the standard that people who make Jewish music should be holding themselves up to.

    I think the problem here is that the AKAPella group are really self-hating frummies. They really want to be “cool” like the Bangitout crowd, but they can’t because they want to target their music towards the yeshivish/frumish/chassidish communities. You guys are conflicted and I do think you should speak to someone about it.

    Comment by Can't remember which anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

  55. They called it “cute, pathetic, and nerdy as all hell, but funny nonetheless”, I wouldn’t be too excited about the “pathetic and nerdy” part.

    Oh and I think it’s interesting to note they don’t put this video in their “J Music” category, they put it in their “Videos that Bang” category. How telling is that? Even THEY don’t think it qualifies as J Music. (and in case your gonna say they needed to use one category and video made more sense, they have and can use multiple category listings. They could have done both.)

    Comment by ADA — July 20, 2006 @ 1:14 pm

  56. Woooooah… can’t r’yankel go to the lil’ boys room for 5 minues (ok more like an hour and a half) without coming back to a barage of slander, harsh incinuations and abusive remarks!!

    I don’t know who to respond to first – so I will make a general statement on behalf of myself.

    1. Contrary to some conspirocy theorists on this blog who repeadetly make baseless incinuations I am NOT biff, mcfly, marty, anonymous, bg gunther, elvis preasely or the stay puffed marshmellow man – i post only as myself – but that probably wont satiate you mr. anonymous – so think what you will.

    2. I do not hide the fact that I have 2 loves ibn my life and they are Dudu Fisher and Aka Pella. I am not howvever a singer, writer, producer of the album nor do i realy care for the current state of jewish music.

    3. To answer your burning question – I did NOT make the video – I don’t even think that it is that funny – I believe that it was an attempt at humour – which I respect and appreciate. It is more than I can say for the lameness that is prevalent in the jewish music industry at this time.

    4. I must agree what some of what is being said – who are you cowardly “anonymous” posters who have zero talent, contribute nothing in the way of creativity or insight but feel free to spew brilkliant “elemntry school” critiques such as “you are all a bunch of losers” – I have NO respect for that.

    Now, there are people on this blog who have made relevant and cogient remarks and voiced their concerns in a respective manner. To them I respond that you are right… the video is not in line with the 3 weeks – and don’t watch it during the 3 weeks wait till purim if need be (the internet isnt going anywhere). That’s the beuty of self control – no one is forcing you to view anything.

    Finally, as i stated earlier – i firmly believe that 9 out of 10 people on this blog are the same people who watch TV during the 3 weeks, listen to talk radio, commercials, browse the internet etc. – People who are so machmir as to avoid all forms of entertainment will NOT be affected by this video – if however you are going on bloge like Lif-of-Rubin where there all sorts of links, clips and posts to non-jewish and jewish videos – STOP WHINING!!! Its that simple – every one here is adult enough to make decisions – if s/t offends you – don’t listen to or watch it!!

    “Listen Rabbi “BG” Yankel McFly, enough is enough. You aren’t funny. Perhaps you should look to contribute something that isn’t intended to be funny as humor is obviously not your forte.”

    Great point,

    raboisay – i think we should leave the humour to this great talent… yonah/anonymous/get a life whoever you may be (and i’m betting u are one in the same) – since you seem to be the ultimate authority on humour – we will from here on out defer to you… i’ll bet your quite a talent… what with all you’ve contributed!

    Last point – to all you palyer haters – don’t buy the album, don’t listen to the single – aka pella is not geared for you – you are too frum for aka pella music. You stick to MBD and Yeedel and you will be just fine – you’ll feel much frummer after hearing thier righteous tunes.

    Reb yankel

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 20, 2006 @ 1:20 pm

  57. Interesting points…

    But why must we distinguish between Chassidim, Yeshivish, Modern O – are we not all Jews? Do we not all cry when we are hurt? Do we not all bleed when you cut us? I think it’s shameful to say that the people on this site have higher standards. Please. Music is music. The same way a “yeshivish” Bais Yakov girl can listen to N’SYNC (the inspiration for the Chevra) or a Chassidish guy can listen to his rap music, Modern O people can enjoy quality music. Its not all about taregting the Yeshivish market. Other people are allowed to enjoy this as well. If you want the same old Shwekey, MBD, etc. Kvetchy yelling music that’s fine. This music is for someone with different taste.

    Comment by BG Gumberg — July 20, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

  58. ada,

    it’s a video review not a music review. they dont put videos under jmusic, because thats what the video section is for. and the “cute, pathetic, and nerdy as all hell,” refers to the acting (which was the intention)… “but funny nonetheless!”

    Comment by Stugatz — July 20, 2006 @ 1:27 pm

  59. “Even THEY don’t think it qualifies as J Music. ” – ada

    THEY – the evil modern orthodox people? I thought the 3 weeks was supposed to be about achdus not sinus chinum?

    Make Love, Not War…

    Comment by whatwouldRebYankeldo? — July 20, 2006 @ 1:35 pm

  60. long poster here with a short post:

    1- reb yankel is from the school of thought that no one is forcing anybody to do anything and i think we can all agree on that

    2- the video and music can and should appeal to as many people as possible

    …when did the frummies hijack jewish music?

    the l.p.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 1:47 pm

  61. Yes and AKAPELLA has done a great job of prpmoting achdus here on this blog.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 1:52 pm

  62. and also to cant remember which anonymous:

    you also MISSED the point

    there are some things that we ALL can appreciate

    whether modox, yeshivish, chasidish, modern yeshivish, chasidish lite, bt, off the d, on the fringe whatever

    somethings could be appropriate for all, just bc something is appreciated by someone of a “different mold” does not preclude someone from any “mold” from enjoying it

    – The Long Poster

    quote of the day “molds are moldy”

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 1:53 pm

  63. “Yes and AKAPELLA has done a great job of prpmoting achdus here on this blog.”

    I wanna know which annonymous said this! I’m gonna beat you up!

    Comment by Short Post — July 20, 2006 @ 2:17 pm

  64. Reb Yankel,

    My fingers are hurting… Oh, and I really havta use the bathroom.

    Gracias’

    Comment by Guatamalan Child Locked in Reb Yankel's Basement — July 20, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  65. hey guatamalen child

    no jokes its the 3 weeks

    – tlp

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

  66. All i have to say is that Shemiras Einayim is never a joke – and certainly not during the 3 weeks.
    I personally turned it off after they showed that untzniusdik woman in the “bar scene” – and i hope the rest of you did the same.

    Comment by gobagoo — July 20, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

  67. Gobagoo,

    100%! I didnt even wait for the untznius woman, when I saw the Shiksa name Heather I shut it off and then toiveled my computer in the mikva. Its not so much the untzniuskite’ as much as they disrespected my family with that filthy huuuah name.Tssk. It’s a shandeh Larry! Your a shandeh to the Jewish people! Your… sorry I got off on a tangent there.

    Comment by Huuuah — July 20, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

  68. The thing about this that makes me sick is that they had to drag Derek Jeter into this filth.

    Comment by The Boss — July 20, 2006 @ 2:50 pm

  69. huua-
    maybe u should think about toiveling your neshama.
    Snide comments making fun of Yirei shamayim are not welcome on this forum.
    I daven for u.

    Comment by gobagoo — July 20, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

  70. “All i have to say is that Shemiras Einayim is never a joke – and certainly not during the 3 weeks.
    I personally turned it off after they showed that untzniusdik woman in the “bar scene” – and i hope the rest of you did the same.”

    Raboisay,

    gobagoo raises a valid point… that “bar scene” was reprehensible… obviously mr. bagaboo is one of those people whom i was reffering to in my earlier post – the type of person whose innocense and pure eyes should be shielded from the filth that aka pella depicts in their smutty videos (borderline pornography!)…
    i’m only taking issue with the 9 out of 10 others who otherwise freely surf the internet, listen to teh radio and watch TV.

    gobagoo is obviuously someone who doesnt own a tv, or a radio or any newspapers… for that matter bagaboo probly doesnt leave his house… or go to work in fear that he may see an immodestly dressed woman like that zonah depicted on teh video… to you mr. bagaboo – aka pella extends its deepest apologies – you were trul an unintended, unforseeable victim of aka pella’s promotional tactics… you are the 1 in 10… very sorry.

    The rest of you righteous hypocrits – shame on you! Stop hating!

    Reb Yankel

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 20, 2006 @ 3:09 pm

  71. Earth to Aryeh Steiner. Are you asleep at the wheel? please moderate. People are terrorizing this blog!!

    Aaaghhh!!

    Comment by Hezbolah — July 20, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

  72. gobagoo,n”y

    its pretty obvios that your one of the band members based on your ability to post a comment! and im dead (chas vesholom) serious about what i stated previously. maybe you should think twice before being malbin pnei chaveiro b’rabim on this blog! u better wash your mouth out with soap and (mikva) water. are those the same lips you kiss (l’havdil) your mother with. shame’tzech.

    Comment by Huuuah — July 20, 2006 @ 3:17 pm

  73. message to hezbolla

    me think aryeh likes all the attention this blog has been getting since akapella came in the scene

    -tlp

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 3:25 pm

  74. seriously he averages about 1 comment for every other post he puts up – maybe he needs more akapella posts. and can he take off that annoying word verification?

    Comment by Short Poster — July 20, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

  75. I don’t think anyone can moderate a zoo filled with a bunch of bored losers (on both sides.)

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

  76. I know its an old post – but am I the only one that missed this?

    “Alls I know is that the same way the holocaust was intended to put the Jewish people down, that video was clearly intended to put the Jewish people down. It accomplished the same goal as the holocaust, allowing the world to see Jews as disgusting pigs. ” – Mark S.

    oooookay…

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  77. another blogger has an opinion on the matter…

    http://jewishmuzic.blogspot.com/2006/07/jewish-music-capella-advertising.html#links

    -the long poster

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 4:32 pm

  78. “and can he take off that annoying word verification?”

    I hate word verification, but the alternative is spam comments, which in my opinion is worse than word verification. If you have any better ideas, I welcome them.

    As to why I didn’t get involved – If the discussion is going fine without me, why do I need to get involved? Nothing said was too out of line, so I didn’t feel the need to moderate, and I enjoy sitting back and reading both sides of the debate.

    You should know that I have been in contact with members of AKA Pella regarding this issue, and I’m waiting back for a response.

    Comment by keyboardguy — July 20, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

  79. thank you aryeh

    also – please confirm if members of the band are hockin around here or not…

    thanks

    – t h e l o n g p o s t e r

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

  80. All I can confirm is that members of AKA Pella keep a close eye on this blog. I know that some have commented in the past, but I don’t believe any of them have commented on this particular post.

    Comment by keyboardguy — July 20, 2006 @ 5:59 pm

  81. Speaking of close eye,i just want to say that I think the artwork for A.K.A.Pella is phenominal.

    Comment by Im 123 — July 20, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

  82. I’m not afraid to be honest with everyone. I DID enjoy this video, the single doesn’t do it for me, but I don’t really like “sefirah” music anyway. The video is funny, but probably is insensitive for this time of year, although each to their own.

    Also, originality is apparently not this groups strong point.

    Things they’ve copied:

    Yehuda, Scorpions, Daniel Powter, REM, Chris De Burgh and even the name of their group.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aka_Pella

    I’d love to see what these guys could do if they toned down the shtus and came up with some original music.

    One last thing, thank you to akapella, I had finally got that freakin bad day song out of my head and now it’s stuck there again.

    Comment by NotRaciallyCharged — July 20, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

  83. What happened to your stupid video?!?!? Did you guys finally take that boosha of an advertisement down? FINALLY! The Losers have seen the light!! What happened, you guys couldnt handle the heat?? Waa Waa boo hoo

    Comment by Anonymous — July 20, 2006 @ 10:47 pm

  84. Hey anonymous,

    If they took it down, there is no reason for you to make fun of them. That’s not how it works. Now is the time for you to compliment them for admitting they were wrong. Seriously, very immature of you.

    Comment by yonah — July 20, 2006 @ 11:00 pm

  85. You guys win.

    We couldnt handle the constant heat being applied by Annonymous. Please forgive us for ruining your 3 weeks. We will try our hardest not to be funny or original ever again and chalila upset you. We admit the movie may have been a bit on the prust’ side – what with that goyishe song and all, and was totally inapropriate. Also, for that Annonymous whose children were harmed by listening to that goyishe song, we apologize. May we all be zoche to hear the same unoriginal Shwekey/MBD/Fried (insert Kvetcher of Choice) music until 120 and may the Bais Hamikdash be rebuilt B’Mheira V’Yameinu.

    Comment by Aka pella — July 20, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

  86. Maybe it was taken down for copyright reasons, maybe Daniel Powter didnt like the video either lol

    More importantly, if the video is gone, how will we get to 100 comments!?!

    Comment by Anonymous — July 21, 2006 @ 7:23 am

  87. I actually heard that YouTube took it down becuase they were simply overwhelmed by the number of hits the video was getting. Turns out their server was about to crash and they had no choice but to remove the clip. YouTube is now safe.

    The clip was close to getting 3,000 views when it was pulled.
    Those guatamalen kids must be working thier little tushies off.

    Comment by Youtube rep — July 21, 2006 @ 9:23 am

  88. youtube rep,

    If you could please refrain from using the “T” word, it would be appreciated. This is a family blog. Thank you.

    Comment by donald schaeffer — July 21, 2006 @ 9:43 am

  89. Sorry to dissapoint you Aryeh (and the “anonymous” club) – my aka pella sources informed me that the video was taken down at the request of the family of the boy in the video. While many anony-mouskateers would like to think that they were somehow responsible, alas they were not — The comments on this blog had nothing to do with it.

    (If negative feedback were a factor then the original video would have been scraped a longtime ago) —

    A gitten,

    Reb Yankel

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 21, 2006 @ 7:27 pm

  90. I love how crass you speak, certainly becoming of someone representing a group making Jewish music. I wonder, if you guys stand behind this video one hundred percent than why would the family of this boy in this video take issue with it.

    Why request it taken down? I’m SHOCKED! What on Earth could they have a problem with??

    What’s truly sad is that you still can’t admit that you shouldn’t have made that video. I mean, Goyish music?? What were you guys even thinking?

    I still think it got taken down for copyright reasons or they saw the comments here and realized that it was wrong and now come up with this phony excuse.

    Comment by General Anonymous — July 23, 2006 @ 1:51 am

  91. Gen. Anonymous,

    Yes Sir Gen. Anonymous Sir…
    Quite Rite, no wonder you are the General, you Sir are a tactical genius. That’s right Daniel Powter issued a “cease and desist” requesting that aka pella take down their video citing copyright infringement. Apparently, Mr. Powter feels threatened by aka pella.

    Why do I feel like the “anonymous” groupies are getting kookier with each and every post.

    “Goyish Music!?!?!?” What were they thinking – hide your wives and childeren – they’re using GOYISH MUSIC!!!!!!! Get over it.

    “I still think it got taken down for copyright reasons or they saw the comments here and realized that it was wrong and now come up with this phony excuse.”

    Look here General… who made you the expert on copyright law — if you had any clue about copyright infringement you’d know that using copyrighted material in a parody falls under a “Fair Use” exception.
    Don’t make me get all legal on your @#!

    As far as as comments on this blog… while they are quite lovely… they are hardly representative of the vast majority — and serve nothing more than as amusement for R’ yankel and his compadres.

    Seriously, if the members of aka pella gave a rat’s petuty over what every anonymous critic thought they would have closed up shop a long time ago. Certainly their latest video was much tamer than its predecessor… if criticisem were a factor, why would they decide to pull this one as apposed to the last video which was more contovertial.

    If anything, you should be impressed that they were sensitive enough to consider the feelings of the family.

    In any event, Don’t lose sleep over it… General.

    Reb Yankel

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 23, 2006 @ 2:30 am

  92. But that’s just it … if AKApella didn’t think anything was wrong with the video then why would the family want it taken down? Obviously THEY had a problem with it (like everyone here) and the only people who can’t admit there was a problem with it, is you.

    Secondly, by dismissing a fair argument about the Goyish Music you really drag AKApella’s name through the mud. They should care. Just because you act like a pompous, snotty jerk about it, doesn’t make it an invalid point.

    If I didn’t have a problem with my kids listening to Goyish music, I certainly wouldn’t buy your crap. I’d take them straight to Sam Goody and buy REAL music, not second class imitation knock off crap. OH I said crap twice, now you’ll tell me my points aren’t valid.

    Maybe you’ll write a@@ again … how clever … wow .. these AKApella guys are so genius.

    Comment by General Anonymous — July 23, 2006 @ 2:43 am

  93. Oh… my apologies… you were reffering to the music… so your issue is that the music is goyish?

    What part of it is goyish… it’s an acapella remake of Yehuda! – you can’t get more jewish than Yehuda!

    As far as why the family asked that it be taken down… it had nothing to do with it being inapropriate, goyish, offensive or crass… they simply did not want thier single son all over the internet… and aka pella respected their wishes – they, unlike you realized that it was an innocent parody – they just wanted their son out of the limelight. Capiche’

    And I must apologize for writing @#! instead of ass – there I was trying to keep it clean for you and your kids and I can’t even get that right… what does r’yankel have to do to to get some respect around here??

    If you felt that aka pella’s song a “second class” piece – then i wonder what it is you actually do find first class.

    Comment by Reb Yankel — July 23, 2006 @ 3:01 am

  94. Please explain to me what part of the Bad Day song was so shmutzy that will ruin your kids? Its probably the cleanest GOYISHE song out there.

    Comment by stugatz — July 23, 2006 @ 10:37 am

  95. Stagetz, but that’s just it, you said it yourself. It’s Goyish. It’s irresponsible to pick and choose which songs are kinda ok and which aren’t. Should they watch MTV also? I am shocked this group is saying its ok to listen to non Jewish music, just because this particular song is “not so bad”, it shows none of you have any clue.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 23, 2006 @ 2:59 pm

  96. My point is that if Yehuda sang it it would be a great Jewish song, just because a Goy sings it – its automatically bad and treif?
    What makes a song goyish and jewish? If the Chevra uses a shania twain song and says “yehei yehei” that makes it kosher?

    Comment by stugatz — July 23, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

  97. You gottalove Stugatz’s point there.Mr.Anoymous,don’t get all self rightous on us here with the jewish non jewish music bit
    I have no idea what kind of music affecianado you are,but suffice itto say,clearly,jewish music has in recent years exhibited a tremendous propensity toward immitating,parodying,and outright ripping off Goyish tunes.Hoestly someone should compile a list.I think Mr.annonymous,you’d be very surprised.You want to start this?
    Of course we all know about Yidden.How wonderful do you feel that MBD,MBD the king of Jewish pop took his (then)(and arguably still now)his #1 hit from a bunch of NAZI Mishooguyim.Gad Elbaz rips off tons of goyish tunes.(He even does a version of “Winds of change,much like the AKA Pella group.Noone says boo.He is so popular he’s set to do a duet with who?Avrohom Fried??Try Enrique Eglesias.Look it up.Lev Tahor.Aryeh has already mentioned this.Shrek.Pepsi,Scorpions,Backstreet Boys,Kol Zimra,Gangsta’s Paradise,Blue Fringe uses Craig David,Ohad,uses stuff from (I believe)it’s the Pointer Sisters You want to even mention Shlock rock,and variations or should we save that for another conversation.
    It’s everywhere.And you and I don’t even realize the half of it.Some artists have the decency to give credit.Some playfully allude to the real origins like a Dedi,M’nigunay Bais ABBA or an A.K.A Pella Shimon Garfinkle.But with others you never know.Everytime I hear a Jewish song now,I really wonder what the hell I’m listening to

    Comment by Pesach(with the Chevra) — July 23, 2006 @ 7:52 pm

  98. Update.Somebody tell the “Naarim” that Lev Tahor already used “Incomplete.Lev Tahor took the intro.They ripped the whole song.Nice.

    Comment by You forgot one — July 23, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

  99. Lev Tahor didn’t rip the intro from Incomplete – it’s influenced by it: the piano sound and rhythm are the same (see my Lev Tahor 4 review) but the melody is completely different.

    Comment by keyboardguy — July 23, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

  100. When I said they I meant the Naarim.
    Who else do you know Keyboardguy.
    Who else has used or been “influenced “by non jewish stuff?

    Comment by Pesach(in the ghetto) — July 23, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

  101. Let’s not forget DUDU Fisher

    Give me a D… give me a U… give me a D… give me a U… what have you got D-U-D-U!!! Yeyyyyyyyy DUDU!!

    I love DUDU – he’s got huge talons

    Comment by deep dudu — July 23, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

  102. pesach-

    Check out this post (http://jewish-music.blogspot.com/2005/07/where-does-it-really-come-from.html) with the comments.

    Comment by keyboardguy — July 23, 2006 @ 8:47 pm

  103. I will check that out.And I hope this has been eye opening for anonymous.
    Get real Man.

    Comment by Pesach(sheni) — July 23, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

  104. Are there albums vocal only? Based on your review you have confused me.

    Comment by FrumWithQuestions — July 24, 2006 @ 3:03 pm


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