Articles By: Hislahavus

Hislahavus is an avid Jewish music collector. He gets a kick out of varied and eclectic music, and is in heaven when friends join him at the Shabbos table to sing some Chabad d'veykus niggunim and Sefardi zemirot. He works in the youth industry, where he puts his passion for good Jewish music to work. He plays flute - though not professionally, by any means, and is the Baal Tefillah and Baal Koreh at his local shteeble.

New Release from Andy Statman: Superstring Theory!

New Release from Andy Statman: Superstring Theory!

                  Master mandolinist and monster musician Andy Statman is booking October 20th for the release of his new album, Superstring Theory! In this release, he’ll be joined by his regular trio, alongside another virtuoso with jaw-dropping talent, fiddler Michael Cleveland. Cleveland is an inspiration not only for [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Lazer Lloyd’s “Lost on the Highway”

Hislahavus’ Review of Lazer Lloyd’s “Lost on the Highway”

                      In the small world of virtuoso frum musicians, Lazer Lloyd stands tall. The blues guitarist, a veteran of Yood, Reva L’Sheva and Carlebach, has been making serious waves. He is routinely numbered among Israel’s top guitarists, and with his latest album, “Lost on the [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Fried’s Ah Mechaye

Hislahavus’ Review of Fried’s Ah Mechaye

                There had been a bit of a clamor of voices asking Avremel to return to a Yiddish album. After all, his Yiddish Gem series, along with his many random Yiddish songs scattered across his discography, have an energy that is all their own. Much of that can [&hellip

VIDEO: Nissim with Rabbi Benzaqen

Check out this amazing studio session with rapper Nissim and his rabbi, Rabbi Simon Benzaquen, member of Seattle’s Beit Din and former Vice President of the Rabbinical Council of America! It’s an amazing amalgamation of rap, chazzanus, and acoustic work. The heartfelt lyrics pull the connections and hope felt by Nissim’s family and adopted family [&hellip

Nissim – Music Video “Chronicles”

Check out this fresh new video from Seattle rapper Nissim, formerly D-Black! Check out more on Nissim at www.NissimOfficial.com!   &nbsp

Best of Mordechai Ben David – The Missing 2

Best of Mordechai Ben David – The Missing 2

A little while ago (okay, a LONG while ago), I wrote this article, called “The Best of MBD – A Career Retrospective”. In order to write that article, I acquired every MBD album – well, except two: MBD’s first album, with the bulky name “Mordechai Ben David Werdyger Sings Original Chassidic Niggunim”, and “MBD Live”. [&hellip

All That Jazz – 2 Reviews

All That Jazz – 2 Reviews

  And Now… For Something Completely Different! That daring Jewish music listener who has a bit of nerve in him; maybe appreciates something edgy or dramatic – or certainly something artistically different, has a few treats in store! Here are two superb Jewish jazz albums released recently. Jon Madof’s Zion80 You’ve never heard Carlebach quite [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Chabad With Moshe Laufer 2

Hislahavus’ Review of Chabad With Moshe Laufer 2

Talk about a quick return to the series! In this second of the Chabad with Moshe Laufer series, the producers ditch the vocals. I find that somewhat disappointing, as I thought that Menachem Levy, in particular did a beautiful job – to say nothing of Shlomo Simcha and Mendi Gerufi. Here, a few of the [&hellip

Keeping the Classy in Classical – 2 Reviews

Keeping the Classy in Classical – 2 Reviews

Eternal Echoes – Yitzchak Perlman and Yitzchak Meir Helfgot: While everyone has probably already picked up their copy of this album after the triumphant concert at the Barclays Center a few months ago, let’s take a quick look at this beautiful album once again. When you have two giants such as these team up, you [&hellip

A Blues Master’s Solo Acoustic Gem

A Blues Master’s Solo Acoustic Gem

Lazer Lloyd is one of Jewish music’s true virtuosos. We’ve mostly posted his work with his incredible Strat, but here he is working some ideas that develop into acoustic magic that sounds like it came from somewhere in the far east. Check out Lazer’s music at www.LazerLloyd.com for more!

Interview with Rapper Nissim – Formerly “D-Black”

Interview with Rapper Nissim – Formerly “D-Black”

It’s not often that a professional rapper who has performed with some of the best known artists in the secular world turns directions and decides to completely rehaul his life. But that’s what Nissim, formerly known as D-Black, has done. This gem of a man can be seen for who he is in this wonderful [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Jewish Blues Live – by Saul Kaye

Hislahavus’ Review of Jewish Blues Live – by Saul Kaye

BH Every so often, we find ourselves looking for something totally different. Enter Saul Kaye and “Jewish Blues” – while the label may sound schmaltzy, the records are not. Kaye is well-studied in his genre, and his tenor voice and lithe guitar provide a mellifluous sound heretofore unknown in the Jewish music world. Some of [&hellip

American Routes Interviews Andy Statman

American Routes Interviews Andy Statman

Check out this delightful interview of that master musician, Andy Statman, by radio show American Routes. The Q & A, which followed Andy’s awarding of the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship, is interspersed with music from across Andy’s catalogue, from the classic Flatbush Waltz to his recent mandolin interpretation of Mah Yedidus. http://americanroutes.wwno.org/player/playlist/29689 [&hellip