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The Sheichet interviews Yisroel Werdyger

March 01, 2009

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
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JM Derech: V’Havienu 2

February 28, 2009

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
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Omar Dovid

February 28, 2009

It seems like practically every week a new CD comes out. Almost every one is advertised as the most amazing album you will ever hear. Truth is, some of them really are quite good. But then the next hot CD comes out and suddenly, that’s the one that you hear in every Seforim store in [&hellip
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Kol Noar is Coming!

February 26, 2009

Just in case you you haven’t heard, Kol Noar Boys Choir is coming. The cover art from their debut album was all over the place yesterday and it certainly had people talking. It looks like no other Jewish CD out there and for good reason. It is like no other Jewish CD out there. The [&hellip
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JMR’s Mendel the Sheichet Interview’s Kol Noar’s Bentzi Ptalis

February 21, 2009

Who is Kol Noar? Who runs the choir, composes the songs, writes the arrangements, etc? The Kol Noar Boys Choir is Directed by me, Bentzi Ptalis, and the music is produced, arranged, and written by Mo Kiss. How many kids are in Kol Noar, what ages and where are they from? Also, what is the [&hellip
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Best Of: The Piamentas

February 20, 2009

Few bands have had as much influence on the Jewish music world as the Piamentas. Until the Piamentas came on the scene in 1980, Jewish music had never held musicians of exceptional virtuosity. With their appearance, Jewish music suddenly had top class musicians to call their own. Yossi and Avi Piamenta took both old songs [&hellip
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Did Someone Say Free? Part II

February 19, 2009

As a follow up to the post on free sheet music, a reader requested a list of free downloadable songs. (Thanks, DG!) I’m sure this list is by no means complete. Please feel free to comment and let me know which free downloads I’ve forgotten! Name of Song Artist Address Awaiting as One Chanale (warning: [&hellip
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Did Someone Say Free?

February 09, 2009

Okay. By a show of hands. How many of you out there gave up your music lessons when you were a kid because the songs were so awful? Uh huh. That’s what I thought. A quick survey of the piano books in my house yields these exciting favorites: “Skipping Frogs”, “Circus Fun” and the ever [&hellip
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Debut in Review: Yisroel Werdyger, Bayis Neeman

February 05, 2009

Debut in Review: Yisroel Werdyger, Bayis Neeman an album review by Mendel “the Sheichet” When we fist heard Yisroel Werdyger on the 2008 Oorah compilation CD, we were not left with very high expectations. We mostly assumed that the audition he won to be featured on the CD was a fix or at least that [&hellip
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February 02, 2009

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Lost Albums: Part II

January 30, 2009

It seems like half the people I talk to who are in involved in the Jewish music business are 30 year old guys. They’ve brought about tremendous change and on the whole, they’ve created an energy, an excitement and a level of enthusiasm that was has only benefited Jewish music. But I have news for [&hellip
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How far is too far when you wanna be a rock-star?

January 24, 2009

an article by Mendel “the Sheichet” As Jewish music has progressed, more and more artists have drawn influence from secular sounds. From the day Reb Shlomo picked up a guitar for a novel approach in singing nigunim, the fates of Hassidic and secular music have been tightly intertwined. Not that drawing secular influence into Jewish [&hellip
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