Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Six13 with P-A-S-S-O-V-E-R

Acapella albums fall into three categories: Chasidish, Yeshivish, and Modern. Of the three, the only groups to do music videos are the modern. Hence, apologies to the blog readers who don't care for that kind of music. I happen to like it, and the videos are fun. During sefirah I will be posting mostly these kinds of videos.

This video was put together by Six13. You'll especially enjoy it if you like secular music parodies, and if you're among those who complain about the lack of women in videoes. Yes, it's after Pesach so we're a little late, but hey, it's acappella.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Acapella: Maccabeats, "Good Life"

With Sefirah upon us, time to post as many acapella videos as I can find - and there are plenty, especially new ones. I will try to post as often as possible... Sorry for the lapse in time.

Here are the Maccabeats with "Good Life".

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Raise your Glass by the Maccabeats

I really wanted to save this clip for Sefirah, when there will be very little in the way of acapella, but it's more befitting for Purim. So here we go: Raise your Glass by the Maccabeats.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Kinderlach, Haman Harasha

In honor of Purim, I am endeavoring to post Purim related videos, whether they're Purim Shpiels or real music videos. Let's make this a fun month!

We'll kick it off with a brand new video, hot off the presses: Kinderlach, "Haman Harasha"

Monday, February 11, 2013

Levi's Legacy by Sholom Jacobs

I heard about this clip this morning on the Nachum Segal show. It was written in memory of Levi Wolowik, a 9 year old boy who passed away suddenly last year. Performed by Sholom Jacobs. It's sweet and uplifting. May Levi's neshama have an aliyah and may be a meilitz yosher for klal yisroel.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Schwebels, "Memories", Ohel concert

I havent posted in a while. Google Adsense yanked my account, and it didn't pay to work on a blog if I'm not getting paid. Truthfully, I only made about 1 cent a day on this blog, so it's no big shakes. But anyway, it's Rosh Chodesh Adar and I should really post something exciting. But this clip touched me to tears and I can't help but post it today. It's also something of a delight to see the Schwebel trio - Rivie and his two sons Eli (a.k.a. Elyakim Yoel - do you know he's named after the Satmar Rebbe zy"a???) and Avrumi perform this timeless tearjerker, at the Ohel concert a year or two ago. Get your hankies ready.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ana Avda by Dovid Gabay

Here's a well-known but always fun-to-watch animated video: Dovid Gabay's Ana Avda.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Reb Shimon By Eizik Honig

Truthfully, I don't feel like keeping up this blog anymore because Google Adsense has disabled my account for no rhyme or reason. But this blog was making on average only 1 cent a day... not even a dollar a month. So I'll continue it for the simple reason that it's easy, it's fun, and it can give my readers a quick lift a day.

Here is a very moving song in Yiddish by R' Eizik Honig. It's something that really drives home for me... it's about a childless couple traveling to Meron to R' Shimon's kever to daven for a child and promise to name him Shimon. Since I went through this myself, this clip makes me cry. The footage of Lag B'Omer in Meron is beautiful and moving as well.

Enjoy... if such a clip can be enjoyed.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Benny Friedman Maaleh Ani

You saw it here first: the BRAND NEW Clip that was posted to youtube barely a few minutes ago. It's Benny Friedman's Maaleh Ani. I haven't even watched it yet!!!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Rabois Machshuvois רבות משחבות By Michoel Schnitzler

How about something really heimish and chasidish for a change? Here's Michoel Schnitzler with Rabbois Machshuvois. Speaking of Michoel Schnitzler, I wish he would produce another DVD like his first one (Di Neshama Flam). I love it; it's the ONLY Yiddish language music DVD out there!

Enjoy this clip.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Thruway by Yoely Lebowitz

Since yesterday's clip was a sad one, let's return to lighthearted today once again.

Here is Yoely Lebowitz's second humorous music video. It's in all Yiddish, so lots of you won't understand it. But trust me, it's absolutely hysterical. Meanwhile enjoy the visual of a chasidishe yungerman with a hoicheh beeber hit in overalls singing the first ever Yiddish country song.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Habeit by Rivie Schwebel & Shlomo Simcha off HASC 18

Looks like I'm taking turns posting sad, pensive songs interspersed with lebedige, fun songs. Time to go back to the sad. This is truly sad and so are the photos and videos. But the song is absolutely gorgeous and should be a source of hope, not only sadness.

Sung by Rivie Schwebel and Shlomo Simcha live at HASC 18.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A Night at the Judaica

After the previous sad video clip, let's take a break with something more lighthearted... like this whimsical animated clip, brought to you by Sameach Music

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Memories by Avraham Fried & MBD

This piece is quite a few years old; If I'm not wrong, it's about (gasp) 15 years old. I think it was performed on Ohel's 1998 concert. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.) It's poignant, gorgeous, and tear-jerking.


(Ignore the Hebrew subtitles)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Copyright Project

Here's something sweet and lighthearted and fun. It's a virtual who's who of the current Jewish music scene. Identifying the faces based on their voices was a lot of fun. And the message is really true...


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Oorah's "Don't Take Kids to a Store"

This week, a popular TV show which is based in Brooklyn, was shooting in Boro Park. One really interesting clip that was circulating all over is this one:

I was going crazy trying to figure out from where I knew that gray bearded guy. Turns out he's Elli Meyer, who has quite a reputation for appearing as an extra or acting as a "rabbi" in many tv shows. He was also on Verplanck - the guy with the long braid/ponytail who doesnt want Verplanck turning into "Hymietown." On this clip he says he was on Oorah's clip "Don't Take Kids to A Store." aha!!! I had wondered who that gray bearded zaidy was - I thought he was Meir Ber Schwartz of Seagate. Ha!!!

So in case you haven't seen the Oorah clip, here we go.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

You're Watching Me by Michoel Pruzansky

This is a story that was widely circulated after 9/11/01. No one was ever able to verify if this story actually happened, but the song is beautiful and so is the video. Enjoy.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Yeshivishe Reid II

Today I'm going to take the lazy way out and post a video that many of you have probably seen, as it's been made widely available on the entertainment DVD that Oorah sends out to its annual donors.

In case you haven't, though, here's "Yeshivishe Reid", from the Oorah DVD. I'm not even exactly sure who the vocals are by, is it Abie Rotenberg? I don't even know. Nor do I know who these hapless performers are....

Sunday, January 6, 2013

It's Shabbos Now by 8th Day

Here's a simple, nice, feel good song about Shabbos, brought to you by 8th Day. Oh, to have such a stunning big house....

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Generations by Shalsheles

The past few days I've been scouring YouTube for videos I haven't seen before. I was surprised to discover that there are quite a few music videos I have never seen before. It's likely you haven't either.

Here is a new discovery I made.

This is not really a "music video" - music videos are usually sung by the singers of the actual song, or by fans parodying the song and lipsyncing. But on this blog I am featuring any kind of Jewish video - it doesn't have to be specifically a "music" video. It can be a production video, such as this one.

This song was composed by and sung by Shalsheles, and written for Bonei Olam. The song is beautiful and so is the video.