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  • “Suck it, Christmas”: The story of a Chanukah comedy album

    By Julie Bien

    November 22, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Rachel Bloom, 26, and Dan Gregor and Jack Dolgen, both 31, have just released their first Chanukah album, "Suck it, Christmas"--an adult-themed comedic ode to the standard holiday music released en masse this time of year. The Jewish Journal was able to interview the trio of...

  • Rick Moranis returns, brings ‘brisket’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 10, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Actor Rick Moranis has busted ghosts in the “Ghostbusters” flicks, shrunk the kids in that comedy film franchise, tried not to get gobbled by a man-eating plant in “Little Shop of Horrors,” spoofed Darth Vader as Dark Helmet in Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” and over-parented in...

  • Ellen Grossman reviews new Jay-Z album

    July 8, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    After befriending rapper Jay-Z on the R train to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Ellen Grossman is now reviewing his latest album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” for MTV News.

    Grossman, a Brooklyn born visual artist, was contacted by MTV News after a clip of her subway encounter with...

  • James Franco Q & A:  His Film on Tortured Gay Poet Hart Crane

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 15, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    One has to wonder when James Franco ever sleeps. Hollywood’s most educated thespian — perhaps best-known for his Oscar-nominated turn as the guy who cut off his own arm in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” – has famously juggled acting on soap operas and in blockbusters (think Rupert...

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  • Justin Bieber’s Musical Father Figure, Dan Kanter [UPDATED]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 18, 2011 | 10:52 am

    Before Justin Bieber stepped onstage in front of 40,000 radiant fans at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park last month, Dan Kanter, Bieber’s musical director and guitarist, took the spotlight to deliver a Jimi Hendrix-style rendition of Hatikvah, the Israeli national anthem.  “It was one...

  • Madonna and the Elusive Isaac

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Madonna and scandal have been virtually synonymous from the start of the pop star's career more than 20 years ago. There were songs about being like virgins touched for the very first time and girls getting pregnant and telling their fathers that they wanted to keep the babies. There...

  • Surprise: Raichel Is All About Love

    By Amy Klein

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    "Who lends his soul so you should be happy?/ Who lends his hand to build your house....?"

    Idan Raichel does -- that's who.

    Israel's latest world music pop sensation returns to Los Angeles next week with a concert to highlight his second album "From the Depths." The album and its...

  • Bob Dylan: In His Own Lyrics

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Torah References:

    Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"

    Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"

    God say, "No." Abe say, "What?"

    God say, "You can do what you want Abe, but

    The next time you see me comin' you better run:

    Well Abe says, "Where do you want this killing' done?"

    God...

  • Spectator - A Hand in Global Harmony

    By Gaby Friedman

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Middle Eastern fusion music on "Hamsa" is so insidiously infectious and rhythmic that you will not only be humming along but tapping your feet, as well.

    "It was never intended to become an album," said Carvin Knowles, the CD's creator. "It was how I felt at the time. But I kept...

  • The King of Israeli Hip-Hop

    By Kelly Hartog

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With angry lyrics that court controversy, two multiplatinum albums and a third on the way, his own clothing line, record label, legions of fans and glittering religious jewelry, Subliminal could easily be mistaken for a Jewish P.Diddy.

    The lyrics are mostly in Hebrew (although...

  • Project’s Tunes Hit Multicultural Notes

    By Kelly Hartog

    February 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    There's an old adage that the overnight sensation took years to get there. It's certainly a sentiment that can be applied to 27-year-old Israeli music sensation Idan Raichel.

    His debut album, "The Idan Raichel Project," shot straight to No. 1 upon its release in December 2002,...

  • Was Is Back

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A few weeks ago, Sweet Pea Atkinson stood on the stage of the Los Angeles House of Blues, dapper in a red double-breasted, collarless suit, wearing a red fedora and red leather shoes. The occasion was the historic reunion of seminal groove band Was (Not Was) after a 14-year...

  • Spend Chanukah Barenaked

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    While naming your holiday album "Barenaked for the Holidays" is a pretty catchy way to get some attention, for the quirky pop band that calls itself the Barenaked Ladies, it made sense -- about as much sense as getting naked on "The Sharon Osbourne Show" last year, anyway....

  • Did You Know…?

    By Joan G Friedman

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Did You Know...?

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    • Sometimes the marriage ceremony is held outdoors. Particularly in ultra-Orthodox and Chasidic weddings -- but anyone can do this -- the marriage ceremony is performed outside at night. The custom developed because the stars are associated with God speaking to...

  • Long-Hair Music Gets Kid’sBuzz Cut in ‘Beethoven’s Wig’

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Move over Baby Mozart and Baby Bach. If you really want your children to learn the classics -- and know the composer's name to boot -- check out "Beethoven's Wig, Sing Along Symphonies." The Grammy-nominated release by Richard Perlmutter adds witty lyrics to some of classical music's...

  • Newman Cares

    By Tom Teicholz

    February 5, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Are we the luckiest people in the world to live in Los Angeles, leading the lives others only dream about? Or is this the most unfair city in the nation, where the few are insulated from the harsh realities of the many? And what, you may wonder, does any of this have to do with Randy...

  • Folk Singer Observes a Pensive ‘Holiday’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 1, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Some years ago, folk diva Chava Alberstein discovered the rundown immigrant neighborhood around the south Tel Aviv central bus station. For the Israeli superstar, the area became a refuge, a place to stroll or sip coffee unmolested by fans. The residents were foreign workers from...

  • A Song in His Heart

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Singer-pianist-archivist Michael Feinstein's new album, his first with a symphony orchestra, is all standards and all Jewish.

    "Using all Jewish composers didn't take effort," Feinstein said, describing his latest CD, "Michael Feinstein With the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra"...

  • Sweet And Loeb

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb is eating a tuna sandwich and a spinach salad, talking about "Cake And Pie."

    In a voice as sweet and knowing as her wistful folk-pop, she says the point of her new album is that in life, as on the dining table, you can have your cake and eat your pie, too....

  • CDs to Light Up Eight Nights

    By Paul Wieder

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    They are round, shiny and popular. But CDs don't melt like chocolate coins -- and they have fewer calories. To give the gelt without the guilt, try the gift of music.

    Rick Recht "Shabbat Alive!"

    You don't want to miss Rock Recht with his voice, guitar and charisma, he's held his...

  • Elias and Company

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    You may know Jonathan Elias as the guy who composed the music to Chaplin and 9 1/2 Weeks. Or most of the songs on the Yes album, Union. Or the ditty to the original MTV promo, the one where the astronaut plants the MTV flag on the moon.

    So it may come as a surprise that Elias' latest...

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