Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Musical recommendation of the day

Today's musical recommendation is Ver Tanzt? by Black Ox Orkestar. This can be summed up as Yiddish folk-punk or just a damn fine thing. As the label says
Evenly split between instrumentals and vocal tunes, the debut album of Black Ox Orkestar is a hypnotic blend of pieces pulled from various Eastern European songbooks, along with some originals. Lyrics are in Yiddish and speak forcefully about the bloody history and intractable contradictions of Jewish dispora and 'return'. The record is of appeal to anyone who appreciates melancholy, minor-key melodics and folk music unburdened by antiseptic production and/or cheap sentimentality.

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