December 24, 2011


Jewish music gets hipster touch (MICHELLE BOORSTEIN

Thousands of music lovers are expected to attend Hanukkah parties worldwide Saturday night, marking the Jewish holiday by dancing to klezmer-punk, hip-hop in Arabic and folk-rock tunes such as Applesauce vs. Sour Cream, a campy song about condiments for latkes, a potato pancake that is a Hanukkah staple.

The parties are being put on by JDub Records, a Jewish label. The Eight, JDub's name for the multicity event, is expected to be the biggest contemporary Hanukkah music happening in North America, drawing about 7,000 people. Cities were still being added even this week and listed on Miami is included.

The Jewish music industry has flourished over the past decade and uses Hanukkah, a minor religious holiday that began Tuesday night at sundown, as a time to party.

The movement that some call ''new Jewish music'' uses sounds and lyrics from the Jewish world present and past. Three labels have started since 1995, including JDub, which opened in 2002 and produced Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu and the rock band LeeVees, composed of Jewish members of better-known bands and has sold over 10,000 copies of its 2006 album, Hanukkah Rocks.

While the industry and shows go on all year for such bands, Hanukkah is a key time in the United States because of the Christmas-driven party season.

Hard to describe America's influence better than: the Jewish music industry depends on Christmas.

[originally posted: 12/08/07]

Posted by at December 24, 2011 3:08 AM

Apple sauce v. sour cream?

Everybody knows a latke is just a sour-cream delivery system.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at December 8, 2007 2:15 PM
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