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.
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.
Jon Madof‘s Zion80 band recently uploaded to Soundcloud a live jam they played in December with indie rapper ePRHYME. Recorded at the Brooklyn Bowl, the track, “Yehi Shalom”, features the band improvising as ePRHYME freestyles over them, mostly cribbing from his breakout hit “Punklezmerap”.
This isn’t the first time such a pairing has occurred; ePRHYME and Madof did a live version of “Heavy Shtetl” for Hevria shortly before this concert
Anti-folker Noah Lehrman was recently on college station WNHU performing his song “Come; Reason”.
Lehrman is currently recording his debut record with C Lanzbom of Soulfarm. Tentatively titled How I Made My Bed and projected for a 2017 release, the disc will feature songs from his digital EP, Wear This Crown. That and other great tunes can be heard at his website and on Soundcloud.
His next solo show will be 7PM Monday night, February 20, at Radio Bean in Burlington, VT.