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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.”

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Yuda & The Retro Drop New Years Single “As Long As The Candle Is Lit”

Yuda & The Retro, the reggae rock side project of Aharit Hayamim frontman Yehuda Leuchter, have released a new song for the High Holidays entitled “Kol Od Haner Dolek” (As Long As The Candle Is Lit).

The track, a cool, somber jam about maintaining hope in dark times, was produced by David Lifshitz, who also sings on the song and wrote the lyrics based on the teachings of R’ Yisroel Salanter, and features Leuchter’s AH bandmate Rafael Barkats on saxophone.

Newcomer YM Covers Leonard Cohen, Preps Debut Album

YM (Yitzchok Meir Malek), an under-the-radar American-Israeli folksinger, has been making his mark this past week with several new releases and announcements.

First is his recently-released cover of the late Leonard Cohen‘s classic “Who By Fire“, timed for both the High Holidays and the recent string of natural disasters. The cover distinguishes itself by YM’s overlaid vocals, blending a Cohenesque low end with a Dylanesque high end, and by a featured performance from oudist Elyasaf Bashari.

He has also released a music video for his bouncy love ballad “Love Is Like A Bird“, produced by Daniel Goldstein and directed by Shlomo Weprin.

Both songs, as it happens, are heralds of the singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut album, Dear God, which is currently being crowdfunded on the Israeli site Headstart. The album’s planned title track is another cover, this one of “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)” by the supergroup Monsters of Folk. You can sample the album below and contribute here.

Originally from New York before moving to Jerusalem, YM was mentored by Grammy-winning guitarist C Lanzbom and cites among his influences Cohen, Dylan, Marley, Sinatra, and Carlebach. He has described his sound as “alternative rock meets R&B with a touch of pop” and “a classy and suave flirtation of jazzy flows and bluesy bass, peppered with the occasional ballad and campus quad acoustic.

PERL releases live clip “Say It Again”

PERL, the new project of Bulletproof Stockings co-founder Perl Wolfe, has released a new song entitled “Say It Again” via live acoustic clip.  The audio was recorded by Tyler Rice at Transient Sound Recording Studio in Chicago.

Showing the strength of her voice and songwriting, Wolfe here gives a mesmerizing performance with only a piano and a programmed kick drum for support. The song’s haunting minor-key melody is just dripping with ’90s alt-pop goodness, while the lyrics about the dangerous power of words (with lines like “Check your facts / Only the truth lasts“) feel especially relevant in the current political landscape.

PERL will be performing at The Camping Trip this Sunday and are currently working on a debut album.

The Camping Trip 2017 To Feature All the Cool Bands (Updated 8/3)

The Camping Trip, an annual outdoor music festival held in Jefferson, NY, will be happening the weekend of August 4-6, and the announced lineup for this year is chock full of huge names in Jewish alternative, both established and up-and-coming.

The list includes Jewish rock pioneers Moshav and Soulfarm; rappers Matisyahu, Kosha Dillz, and Hebro; and Hasidic folksters Zusha and Levi Robin. Elsewhere on the marquee are Simple Man, Chillent, PERL (ex-Bulletproof Stockings), Yisroel Arye Gootblatt of Brooklyn Jazz Warriors, singer-songwriter Emily Zimmer, and Jeremy Gaisin’s Midnite Remedy, with even still more unrevealed slots set for later in the festival.

You can find out more about The Camping Trip and how to purchase tickets here.

(h/t Ash at That’s Frum!?)

UPDATE 7/26: A new promo for the event (below) has officially added a whole bunch of new names to the list. Among them are: singer-songwriter Esther Freeman, who will be hosting a Shabbat Candle Lighting for women as well as performing on Sunday; Yanky Shpigelman, brother and former bandmate of the previously-covered Esther S.; John Wylde (aka Avi Yaniger), a folksinger originally from Jerusalem; Glaser Drive, a folk rock/Americana quartet of sisters; Pesach Stadlin, a student rabbi, “spirit guide”, and songleader; and Moishy “Mark” Klaver, a pop singer-songwriter from Suffern, NY. Other additions, lacking in web presence but nevertheless intriguingly named, include JooraffeMs. Shira, Shloni, Psydlox, and The Klezmaniac (presumably not to be confused with the Grammy-winning Klezmatics). The video ends with “More Artists TBA”, so expect more updates to this post as the festival nears.

 

UPDATE 8/3: A more-or-less final lineup has been published (see below), although a “Secret Set” is still listed and the bottom asterisk on the poster notes that it is subject to change. Ignoring DJs and artists without an easy-to-find web presence, here are some of the new acts revealed (another h/t to That’s Frum!?):

  • Pumpidisa, a youthful NY wedding and simcha band, will play the Main stage Sunday evening.
  • Innocent Persona, a pop rock band led by vocalist Ittai Stern and affiliated with Diwon’s Bancs Media, will play the Cloud stage earlier that day.
  • Elana Brody, a Virginia-born, Brooklyn-based musician who eloquently describes her sound as “Melodramatic Orgasm Pop”, will play an acoustic set that afternoon.
  • Aaron Holder, a folk-pop singer-songwriter influenced by the Lubavitcher Rebbe and praised by the likes of Moshe Hecht, will play the Cloud stage after PERL.
  • Blanket Statementstein, a very, very underground hippie/punk/alternative collective best known for their association with Moshiach Oi!, will close out the festival that night on the Cloud stage.

 

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The Camping Trip lineup