A new clip provides a musical sneak peak at The New Moon All Stars Party Band, a recently-formed all-female ensemble that includes Bulletproof Stockings members Dalia Shusterman and Dana Pestun among its ranks. The clip, taken by Pestun during a practice session, is sadly minus vocals (reportedly due to kol isha concerns), but the music is plenty intriguing.
Plugged by Shusterman on a recent episode of HevriaCast, the group reportedly plays a blend of New Orleans jazz, Brazilian bossa nova, French cabaret, American funk, and even traditional Hasidic nigunim. A recent Facebook post cites influences including Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, and Edith Piaf. Shusterman herself was an active jazz drummer in New Orleans for a time, as discussed on the podcast.
Later this week, the band will be kicking off the Jewish month of Elul with a “New Moon Cabaret” at Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse in Brooklyn. Support bands have not been announced, but the show will reportedly include stand-up comedy from Soon By You‘s Jessica Schechter and art by Elanit Kayne. Details as they develop can be found here.
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Mikhal (Mikhal Weiner) has released a colorful stop-motion video for her song “Clouds“, off her debut album, Daughter of the Sea, which released in May. You can check out the video below.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Weiner is a classically-trained composer, having studied at both Rimon College in Israel and Berklee College in Boston, and her classical pieces have been performed by the likes of Ehud Ettun, the Esterhazy Quartet, and the ALEA III Chamber Orchestra. Her album blends her classical background with folk, funk, pop, grunge, and spoken word, influenced by artists like Ani DiFranco, Joni Mitchell, Aaron Copland and Bjork, with lyrics ranging from abstract poetry to scathing social commentary.
Daughter of the Sea can be purchased on Mikhal’s website, as well as on iTunes and Amazon, and is available to stream on Soundcloud and Spotify.
DJ duo Dreams In Static (comprised of Erez “Diwon” Safar and Levi “Dugans” Martinez) have just released their sophomore album Part of the Machine through Diwon’s Bancs Media label. The album features vocals from Brooklyn-based soul singer Akie Bermiss, as well as LA-based gospel singer Ashley Rachelle and her Baptist church choir. You can check out the video for the title track and the full album on Bandcamp below.
Dreams in Static originated as a side project for Safar, who is also the founder of Jewish hip hop label Shemspeed. They released their debut album, Serene Poetic, in 2012.
The Promised Land (Israeli rapper Sagol 59‘s Hebrew-language Grateful Dead tribute project) recently appeared at The Deanery in Brooklyn, NY, during which they performed their cover of “New Minglewood Blues“. The onstage menagerie included Noah Lehrman on drums and Soulfarm‘s C Lanzbom on guitar. You can watch the clip below.