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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

On the other hand...



JDub Records recently signed the band Golem to their label.

Golem is a klezmer/rock band out of where else but New York. They take the music that your Eastern European grandparents listened to in their youth and turn it to music more suitable for Lower East Side Hipsters. In other words, they are shtetl fabulous.

For those of you who don't know, Golem comes from the story of what many call the Jewish Frankenstein (though with a name like Frankenstein, you have to wonder how the original wasn't Jewish in the first place). I'm too lazy to get into it myself, so here's the Wikipedia explanation.

Lead by the multi-talented (accordianist and singer) and multi-lingual (five languages to be exact including Yiddish and Russian) Annette Ezekiel, Golem (the band) is a motley crue of musicians from various backgrounds. Similar in that respect to fellow Eastern European punksters Gogol Bordello, Golem brings together a long history of music from the old country and modernizes it to the tastes of tastemakers. Like a Jewish version of the Stray Cats.

Since 2001, the group has released an EP and two full albums. Their most recent album, Homesick Songs is apparently great. While I haven't heard the whole thing, the tracks I have listened to only make me want to go out and buy the album. And then have some matzah ball soup.

Here are a couple of tracks from Homesick Songs:
Odessa
Nikolayev

The title of the album is definitely on point. The music can make you feel homesick for a time long gone.

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