Category Archives: Video

Chant Records debuts with Zion80, Darshan, and more

The newly-founded label Chant Records debuted earlier this month with a plethora of ambitious new albums. (All can be purchased through the label’s website as well as their Bandcamp page.

Raza is the sophomore effort from alt-rap duo Darshan, here comprised of rapper Eprhyme (Eden Pearlstein) and Pharaoh’s Daughter frontwoman Basya Schechter. The album reimagines the Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat prayers and draws heavily from Eastern musical traditions.

Warriors is the third release from Afro-jazz ensemble Zion80, led by guitarist and Tzadik Records alumni Jon Madof.

What We Found Along The Way is the debut full-length from Sandcatchers, an Americana-meets-Arabic ensemble fronted by oudist Yoshie Fruchter, another Tzadik veteran who is also in Zion80.

MukashiBanashi (Japanese for “tales of long ago”, a term for Japanese folk tales) is the debut from avant-rock outfit The Fugu Plan. Named for an effort to bring Jewish refugees to Japan during World War II, the band, fronted by Japan-born vocalist Yuka and Israeli bassist Shanir Blumenkranz, draws from Japanese folk traditions as well as surf, psychedelic, Ennio Morricone, and noise rock. The album is being re-released after originally coming out in February of 2016.

The label has also released Strength In Numbers, a 101-track showcase compilation featuring the above artists as well as a massive array of others. It can be downloaded and streamed for free from the label’s website.

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Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird drops”Freedom Is A Verb” video

German-based klezmer punk act Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird recently released the video for their new single “Freedom Is A Verb“, directed by Patrícia Bateira. Powered by a menacing speakeasy vibe and the titular frontman’s snarling vocals, the track delivers biting criticism of America’s current political situation and reminds listeners that freedom is “something never finished, never done“. The video adds to this commentary with shots of politically-motivated graffiti and artwork (including some aimed at a certain American president…)

“Freedom Is A Verb” comes from the group’s upcoming album The Butcher’s Share, which comes out November 17 on Oriente Musik.

Levi Robin releases new single “Hey Love”

Indie folk artist Levi Robin has released a new single entitled “Hey Love“. The track, another in his recent string of lush, atmospheric folk ballads, was produced by Stu Brooks and mixed by Joel Hamilton. The song’s lyrics, dedicated to an ailing friend of Robin’s, use references to Tehillim and a Breslov axiom to illustrate how, in Robin’s words, “even in the darkest moments and experiences, the Divine Presence is with us.”

Moshiach Oi! release lyric video for “Sitra Achra is Dangerous”

Hardcore punks Moshiach Oi! have released a lyric video for “Sitra Achra is Dangerous“, off their latest album Rock Rabeinu. The clip, which evokes both street art and Breslov gedolim, was created by Fiverr user ‘guywhoedits’.

The lyrics are themed around spiritual warfare (“sitra achra” is a Kabbalistic term meaning “Other Side”, the realm of evil), with audio samples from an unnamed rav emphasizing the emptiness of the physical world. Musically, the song is one of the heavier on the album, bordering on metal in the intro, but their punk lineage is revealed through some Black Flag references – the opening chant is from “Rise Above”, while the verse guitar riff is modeled on “Six Pack”.

Video: Rachel Kann, “Dancing Lesson (Or How To Let The Words Leave You)”

LA-based spoken word poet Rachel Kann has released a video for her composition “Dancing Lesson (Or How To Let The Words Leave You)“. The clip, which was a Finalist and Curator’s Choice at the Rabbit Heart Poetry Film Festival earlier this year, is directed by Bradford L. Cooper, who also crafted the backing music with producer Atom Smith. Kann and Jhon Gonzalez handled the choreography.

Over a simmering beat of tribal drums, synth chirps and buzzes, and a groovy bassline, Kann’s signature earthy voice passionately encourages listeners to shed feelings of shame and frustration to better pursue an “ineffable” internal source of inspiration. The clip illustrates this theme by showing Kann and various women as they express their pain through interpretive dance while screaming cathartically.

Kann, an established figure in the performance poetry world, has had her work featured on TEDx Talks, NPR, and the podcast Welcome to Night Vale. She has released two poetry collections and three spoken word albums, and is a regular contributor to Hevria.