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.

Hislahavus’ Review of Hooleh

Hislahavus’ Review of Hooleh

                      The ever-popular 8th Day’s new album is out, and unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard opinions on it hither and thither. Personally, I follow Andy Statman’s sage advice not to cast aspersions on a disc until it’s been given a [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Simchat Olam: Songs of R’ Yitzchak Ginsburg

Hislahavus’ Review of Simchat Olam: Songs of R’ Yitzchak Ginsburg

                My ears are smiling. They were just treated to a musical spa – an album containing the spirited and spiritual, whimsical and wow: Simchat Olam, a compilation of songs by the eminent Kabbalist, Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburg. Rabbi Ginsburg has had his compositions performed numerous times in the [&hellip

Interview with R’ Tuvia Bolton: “Gaaguim”

Interview with R’ Tuvia Bolton: “Gaaguim”

            Rabbi Tuvia Bolton is a fascinating person; not your typical artist, by any means. A Rosh Yeshiva and Maggid Shiur for many years at the Ohr Temimim yeshiva for Baalei Teshuva in Kfar Chabad, he has also released 3 solid albums (Behind the Castle Wall, Kav Hamashveh, and Moshiach [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Benny Friedman’s Bnei Heichala

Hislahavus’ Review of Benny Friedman’s Bnei Heichala

                      Fans of nostalgia will enjoy Benny’s new album, Bnei Heichala. In a world of albums that exhibit collections and medleys, this one is unique. It seems to me that the decision to pull particular tunes was made to draw from as wide a swath [&hellip

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Hislahavus’ Review of the Naftali Kalfa Project

Hislahavus’ Review of the Naftali Kalfa Project

                A pretty unpretentious name. But oh-boy, Naftali Kalfa pulled off a coup. The austerely-named Naftali Kalfa Project is no back-yard project; rather, it’s a distinctive artistic work, drawing from a plethora of artisans to produce a singularly beautiful double album. You may remember Kalfa from his previous [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Aaron Holder’s Something Stronger

Hislahavus’ Review of Aaron Holder’s Something Stronger

                        While we’ve been overrun by talent contests of all types, there have been a few bright spots. One of them is Jewish Star alum Aaron Holder, who has recently released his debut album, Something Stronger. You may remember Holder’s unique Marianas Trench-deep baritone, [&hellip

Cool New App – Matisyahu’s Happy Chanukah!

Cool New App – Matisyahu’s Happy Chanukah!

                Looking for a kid’s Chanukah gift that’s inexpensive, Jewish themed, and a ton of fun? App-maker Mibblio just released Matisyahu’s hit song Happy Chanukah on their Jam Along series! On this cool iPad program, you can deconstruct each layer of the song, and add all sorts of [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of Andy Statman’s Superstring Theory

Hislahavus’ Review of Andy Statman’s Superstring Theory

                      Superstring Theory may be the title of the album, but the truth is it’s super-string in reality – no theoreticals about it! The great returns with another of his genre-busting records, pushing his trio to a quintet with the addition of two brilliant musicians, [&hellip

Hislahavus’ Review of 2 Meydad Tasa albums

Hislahavus’ Review of 2 Meydad Tasa albums

                      Child soloists – they’re an enigma. Most of the time, even when they’re really good, they flare out quickly. Oftentimes, they’re chosen because they can hit high notes, but not because they are truly talented. And then there’s Meydad Tasa. A kid who had [&hellip

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