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ABD Debut Album – CD review by “the Sheichet”

ABD Debut Album – CD review by “the Sheichet”

ABD Debut Album – a CD review by Mendel “the Sheichet” Not much was known about this group before they came out, but I from what I had heard I was expecting a half-baked Dveykus imitation. Obviously I had heard wrong. While there are most certainly large doses of Dveykus influence in this group’s style, [&hellip

Interview: Oorah ’09 winner Yonatan Shlagbaum

The JMR’s Mendel the Sheichet spoke with Yonatan Shlagbaum, winner of the 2009 Oorah Auditions Contest. Mendel spoke with Yonatan about his background in music, his thoughts on winning the contest, his plans for the future and more. We felt that Shlagbaum’s Oorah track, as much as it showcased his voice, only shows one side [&hellip

JM Derech: Acheinu 3

JM Derech:  Acheinu 3

Let me start out with an apology, for I have lost my Acheinu 3 booklet, and it is nowhere to be found! I have looked far, I have looked near, but I could not find the lost booklet! So, because of this, I’m going to have to review this by ear! Oh, Shapiro Brothers! You [&hellip

JMR’s Mendel the Sheichet Interviews Yerachmiel Begun

The JMR’s very own Mendel the Sheichet spoke with Yerachmiel Begun to talk about his brand new Miami Boys Choir Album, “Yovo”, which hit stores recently. Feel free to download the interview by right clicking here. You can also click here to read a transcript that was printed in the Country Yossi Magazine. [Audio clip: [&hellip

When Is A Song More Than Just A Song?

When Is A Song More Than Just A Song?

If you’re reading this blog, you probably love music. You probably have it on all the time. In your house. In your car. It’s something we listen to, maybe even sing along with. It has the power to take us so many different places and can affect us in innumerable ways. But no one ever [&hellip

Best Of: Avraham Fried

Avraham Fried, generally speaking, is probably the most popular Jewish singer at this time. He has pulled in over 100,000 at concerts in Israel, and is well known even in secular Israeli society. His tremendous vocal talents are equaled by his personal humility, which, strangely enough, does not impact his tremendous stage presence. No one [&hellip

JM Derech: Project X 3

JM Derech:  Project X 3

Okay, arrangements by the Briskman’s, Vocals by Shloime Daskal and the Shira Chadasha Boys Choir, and music by the Neginah Orchestra. What more could you ask for, right? All we’re missing is someone asking if we would like fries with that. With this all-star cast, how can we go wrong? For me it went wrong [&hellip

Mendy Wald: Echad

Mendy Wald:  Echad

So many new albums come out every year. Some are blockbusters and become hugely popular. Others just seem to go by unnoticed. But the fact that a CD seems to slip under the radar doesn’t mean that isn’t worth a listen. So while practically every Jewish music lover has a copy of 8th Note and [&hellip

JMR Spotlight: Shua Kessin

JMR Spotlight: Shua Kessin by Mendel the Sheichet As you may have noticed, one of our favorite things at the Jewish Music Report is introducing our readers to emerging  artists. We are always looking for fresh new talent that we feel have the potential to be the Jewish music stars a few years down the [&hellip

An Open Letter to Singers and Producers

An Open Letter to Singers and Producers

You know we wait for your new album with bated breath. We read all the blogs, listen to the samplers and call the distributors endlessly to find out when the CD will finally hit the shelves. But there are some things you really ought to know. For starters, we really are a lot more savvy [&hellip

The Event Concert Review

The Event Concert Review

New York – From the moment you walk up to Madison Square Garden you see that it’s a whole different level then Avery Fisher Hall where the HASC and OHEL shows have been the last 4 or 5 years. MSG is a massive theater where every seat is a perfect seat. The stage was set [&hellip

The Sheichet interviews Yisroel Werdyger

The Sheichet interviews Yisroel Werdyger

Dinner with Yisroel Werdyger? Although his debut album “Bayis Neeman” has just been recently released, it is already a staple in my house. His songs grace my Shabbos table every week and – on weekdays – every time we get in the car my 9 and 10 year old kids are sure to start shouting [&hellip

JM Derech: V’Havienu 2

JM Derech:  V’Havienu 2

While everyone out there is busy writing their reviews of the Kol Noar Boys Choir’s debut album, I decided to pull a fast one and put out a review on my favorite album of all time, V’havienu 2! V’havienu is a group that consists of three men, Dani Kunstler, Yitzchok “Scratchy” Yenowitz, and Aryeh Kunstler. [&hellip