DJ Grenadier’s “Semites-do-it-right-mix”

February 22, 2011 - One Response

Expansive sounds from the Semitic world blast out your speaker’s on this edition of Semitic Soul.

The Nigun Project – The Magid of Koznitz’s Nigun
Steven Bernstein – Dan
Oren Bloedow & Jennifer Charles – Ayyu-Ha S-Saqi
Natascha Atlas – Random Check
The Narcicyst – Second Class Citizen (Hubris)
DeLeon  – La Ner V’Livsamin/To the Candle and the Spices
Electric Morocco – Joe’s Pill
Tomer  Yosef – When the Wind Pushes Me
Rachid Taha – Lil’ Fat Mat
DAM – Kalimat/Words
Excentrik – Mukhabarat Chasing My Oud
Abby Rabinowitz – Flute Doina
Abby Rabinowitz – Dance of the Devil’s Bride
Geoff Berner – Daloy Politzey/Down with the Police (preview)

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

A Teach-In on the Egyptian Revolution

February 18, 2011 - Leave a Response

On February 17, 2011, hundreds gathered on the campus of Queen’s University in Kingston for a teach-in on the Egyptian Revolution. The teach-in provided historical, social, and political context and perspective to better understand the January 25th movement in Egypt as well as revolutionary happenings in Tunisia, the Middle East, and beyond.

Many thanks to Dr. Dana Olwan & Karl Hardy for organizing this very informative and engaging teach-in.

Speakers (in order) include:
Dr. Mohamed Bayoumi, Khaled Shaheen, Dr. Adnan Husain, Dr. Ariel Salzman,  Nasser Saleh, Mohamed Abdou, Dr. Dana Olwan

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 50: Trees of Life

February 6, 2011 - Leave a Response

We are blessed to be able to, once again, present a Tu Bishvat/New Year of the Trees episode. We are late posting this show as it is now a few weeks from the originally broadcast date on the 15th of Shvat, but at any moment this holiday can serve to remind us, daily, of the possibilities for meaningful connections with Trees, fruits, the Seasons, and the world that surrounds us.

There is a lot of work to be done reclaiming this meaningful holiday from those who have used it to justify colonialism, displacement, and erasure of Palestinian and Bedouin histories. Happily, we are able to feature many voices and texts that help us with reclamation by drawing from deep within the roots of Jewish life. Tune-in to hear a reading from Kingston author Leanne Lieberman’s new young adult novel Book of Trees; an update on displacement and resistance in the Negev; preparations and readings from our Kabbalistic Tu Bishvat Seder; plus, other radio waves turned to branches turned to more beautiful metaphors.

radio613’s Tu Bishvat show for 5771 ends with a review of the recently published 70 Faces: Torah Poems by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. 70 Faces eloquently blends feminism and classic traditions of textual interpretation. Listen for readings from parshas B’shalach and Yitro.

Music from Eekwol ft. Mass and Flipdabird (“The Tree”) and Testament (“Generation Z”).

Click here to listen.

Episode 49: Anti-racist action in Toronto + Sarah Palin pathologies

January 25, 2011 - One Response

radio613 speaks with correspondent Yakov in Toronto following the protest against the English Defense League’s talk at the Toronto Zionist Centre on Tuesday, January 11th. The English Defense League is a racist, Islamophobic grassroots nationalist group in England that has been hosting rallies to incite hate for immigrants and people of colour. They were invited to speak in Toronto by the JDL, and facing no troubles at the Canadian border in their quest to spread the hate to Toronto, a robust group of anti-racist activists from many walks of life showed up to protest their talk.

Following the interview, Malcah and Avi discuss the latest in American right-wing anti-semitic lingo. Fear not, the Sarah Palin clip is oh-so-short and our indictments loom large.

Featuring anti-fascist tracks by Kingston’s own Dirty Lickens and Daniel Kahn and the Painted Bird.

Click here to listen (right-click to download)!

Episode 48: “Soviet-Jewish Alienation within the “Bagel & Lox Culture”

January 3, 2011 - One Response

radio613 interviews Vlada Bilyak – creator of a new documentary entitled ‘Soviet-Jewish Alienation within the “Bagel & Lox Culture.”‘ As Bilyak writes, “[T]his is a short documentary I created exploring my feelings of alienation and authenticity doubts within dominant Jewish culture in North America as a Soviet Jew who emigrated from the former USSR as a child. The documentary contextualizes my experiences within interviews (mostly done on Skype) with other 20-something Soviet Jews and my mother.”

Be sure to watch the documentary on YouTube: part 1 & part 2.

Our interview follows up on the poignant questions and stories  in the documentary about anti-semitism and xenophobia, immigration to North America and the normative culture that exists here.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

*Vlada is hoping to continue to work on and expand this project and anyone interested in sharing their own Soviet-Jewish story with her is welcome to contact her at vlada.bilyak@gmail.com.  You can also visit Vlada’s Soviet-Jewish tumblr “Ekh Lyuli Lyuli” here.

Od yeshama, new Semitic Soul

December 14, 2010 - 2 Responses

Lots of dance-y balkan beats, klezmer, and Romani music on this week’s Semitic Soul. Enjoy!

playlist…

Beats Antique – Nesasatavo
Max Pashm – Anarchy
Klezmer Rebs – Yishama-O-Rama (Cut Loose Remix)
Socalled & Solomon – Headphones
Omfo – Mr. Mamaglia
Balkan Beat Box – Pachima (Ubk Remix)
[dunkelbunt] & Cloud Tissa – Kebab Connection (Shazalakazoo Sharwarma Remix)
Ostblocket ft. Raf MC – Raul Cocek
Shantel – Sota
J.U.F. – Bassar (Spanish Car Service)
Balkan Beat Box – Look Them Act
Frank London & David Yengibarjan – Golem Khosidl
Esma Redzepova – Cherenije
Daniel Kahn – Dumai
Dazoque – Serb Bird

Click here to listen (right-click to download)

The Power of Light

December 14, 2010 - Leave a Response

Last year’s podcast featuring readings of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short Chanukah stories was quite popular. As such, we decided to present another set from Singer’s “The Power of Light: 8 Stories for Hanukkah”. Yes, we’re now in the nearly year long period of non-Chanukah, but we promise that the stories were read and recorded during this year’s chag ha’urim.

Here they are in segments with accompanying music by The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Andy Statman, Ot Azoj, and Shirim Klezmer Orchestra:

“A Parakeet Named Dreidel” (right-click to download)
“The Extinguished Lights” (right-click to download)
“Menashe & Rachel” (right-click to download)

Anarchists Against the Wall in Kingston – November 21

November 19, 2010 - Leave a Response

If you are in Kingston on Sunday at 7pm, please come check out this presentation co-hosted by radio613 and SPHR, featuring Israeli anarchist Noam Lekach. The talk is part of the cross-Turtle Island fundraising tour to cover legal costs of Israeli State repression of the popular struggle against the Occupation in general and the Apartheid wall in particular.

More info:

awalls.org

Episode 47: Book review: “Outwitting the Gestapo”

November 14, 2010 - One Response

This week on radio613, thoughtful reflection and conversation about Outwitting the Gestapo, Lucie Aubrac’s memoir of her life and activities in the French Resistance from May 1943 to February 1944, the nine months during her pregnancy.

Music of resistance from Mark Gunnery (“Ballad of the Uprising of the Rootless Cosmopolitan”) and Mirah (“Monument”).

Also on the show, the Jewish Canadian Open Letter Against Bill C49 and the Haymarket Affair Memorial.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 46: Abrahamic Unity/Disregard

October 25, 2010 - 2 Responses

Part one of this week’s radio613 takes a critical look at a recent radio interview with Muslim Canadian Congress founder Tarek Fatah. The interview, featured on CBC’s The Current, explores the thesis in Fatah’s new book “The Jew Is Not My Enemy”. The author claims that his book’s purpose is to challenge anti-Semitism in Muslim communities. Our analysis, however, suggests that Fatah’s unwillingness to acknowledge the realities of Islamophobia strongly discredits Fatah’s work and hinders the work of confronting anti-Semitism and building unity between Jews and Muslims.

Part two of the show features Malcah’s reading of “Goslin Day” by Avram Davidson from Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy & Science Fiction.

Music this week from Brother Ali (“Good Lord”) and The Narcicyst (“PHATWA”).

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

dovbear.blogspot.com/2010/10/campells-soup-sucks-but-ive-got-their.html

Episode 45: Jew on This

October 6, 2010 - Leave a Response

This week: a real shidduch of anti-colonial Jewish collectives! As part of her visit to Turtle Island, Rachel (aka Anzya) from the Jew on This blog came through Kingston to dwell in our Succah, break bread, dip honey, exchange stories, and build bridges. Since discovering one another on the web over the last year, we’ve been more than happy to find affinity with this wonderful blog coming out of Melbourne. From their ‘About’ page:

We want to embrace the idea that living in diaspora is the most significant way in which Jewishness can exist. When we’re in diaspora we’re without state power: this need not be disabling, but can be a source of empowerment and richness. As Daniel Boyarin has stated, “there is power to living on the margins”. Power here is not to be understood as ‘power over’—after Foucault we know that it is too simplistic to think of power in those terms. We’re thinking instead of power as productive of identities, languages and knowledges.
…We also deeply respect Indigenous peoples claims to sovereignty. The two systems can coexist. And so we acknowledge that this blog and our lives take place on stolen Indigenous land, primarily the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We take this seriously: not just the stealing of land which enabled our lives in Australia, but also the continuing colonial rule which exists in so many ways in Australia today.

During Rachel’s visit to Kingston, we ventured into the CFRC studios to record some of the conversations that took place over Shabbes/Succot. Click here to listen and/or read about her “radical Jewish adventures” here.

jewonthis.wordpress.com
colonialinscriptions.wordpress.com

Episode 44: Velveteen Rabbi Interview

September 17, 2010 - 2 Responses

Just in time for the close of the Yamim Noraim between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we speak with the Velveteen Rabbi, aka Rachel Barenblat. radio613 collective members have appreciated the mindful Jewish thought emanating from Rachel’s blog for years. Malcah and Avi got the chance to hear Rachel’s poetry and speak with her about rabbinical school, High Holy day preparation, new translations, and the transformation of ritual to social justice. In the last week, the New York Times and the Forward have covered Rachel’s online work to support a New York mosque affected by the recent wave of inhumane Islamophobia in America. Rachel comments on these events as well.

Music from Beyond the Pale and Kol Nidre incantation by Cantor Moishe Oysher.

Tune-in here!

More info:

velveteenrabbi.blogs.com
ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal
Jewish Fast for Gaza

Vos Vet Zayn 5771?

September 12, 2010 - 2 Responses

New Semitic Soul podcast. Music for entering a new year. Vos vet zayn 5771?/What will be for 5771? Reflecting on the previous and hoping for and working towards a year filled with love , trust, shalom v’tzedek. L’Shana Tova and Eid Mubarak to our listeners. Thanks for tuning in.

Playlist…

Mikveh – Vos Vet Zayn
Austin Klezmorim – Birobidzian
Golem – Oessa
Gogol Bordello – Passport
Di Nigunin – Haveinu Shalom
Banda Olifante – Los Peces
Rotfront – Red Mercedes
Russkaja – Dobrij Abend
Slovonoski Bal – Moscow Fever
Klezmorim – Baym Rebns Sude
Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band – Drei Neytorins
Dazoque! – Romanian Raspberry
Itzhak Perlman – Flatbush Waltz
w/ reading of Marge Piercy’s “The Low Road”

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 43: Anti-Roma Racism in Europe & Canada

August 8, 2010 - Leave a Response

In the same week that Romani communities commemorated the Roma Holocaust (August 2), countries across Europe pushed through legislation to expel Romanies and destroy their settlements. Systemic racism and day-to-day violence against Roma persist in Europe – and with impunity. Episode 43 features our interview with Robert Kushen, director of the European Roma Rights Centre, who outlines the current and historical climate in Europe for Romanies. Special guest Laura joins the show to situate anti-Roma racism in a Canadian context. Finally, we speak with Rabbi Jonathan Freirich about shared experiences of exile as radio613 discusses the need for developing stronger Jewish-Roma solidarity.

Music from Boban Markovic (“Balkan Fest”) and Gogol Bordello (“Immigrant Punk”).

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

More info:
www.errc.org
www.romarights.net
Jewish and…

Episode 42: Open Source Judaism

August 3, 2010 - 2 Responses

Episode 42 features an interview with Aharon Varady, founder of the Open Siddur Project. Aharon lays out how copyright creates barriers to meaningful prayer and access to the diversity of Jewish traditions. In response, Aharon created OpenSiddur.org – “a Jewish free culture and open source project that bridges bookcraft, scholarship, and spirituality” – a Jewish DIY challenge to for-profit publishing companies. Yasher koach! If capitalism hurts your kavanah, you should tune-in to this podcast!

Music from Alain Chekroun (“Psalm 121″), Andy Statman Quartet (“You Were Revealed”), David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness! (“Electric Sher”).

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

varady.net
zinelibrary.info

Episode 41: Diasporic Temples

July 19, 2010 - Leave a Response

radio613 marks Tisha Ba’Av, the commemoration of the destruction of the ancient Temples. As Jews committed to practice in the diaspora, where do we situate ourselves in relation to the 9th of Av? If there is no redemption in a State, what traditions can we draw upon or create to rebuild following collective tragedies?  A passage from Abraham Joshua Heschel’s The Sabbath inspires conversation about building temples of time, prayer, community, and tikkun (repair).

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 40: Fringes from Philly

July 12, 2010 - One Response

After many episodes of wandering in radio land, radio613 comes to its 40th. Malcah and Avi recount experiences at the recent G20 protests, including inspiring community mobilization and  violence from police and an anti-Semitic attack experienced on the streets of the Toronto.

This week’s show features an interview with four rad Jews from Philadelphia. Lots to learn from these folks, connecting non-nationalist Jewish religious rituals and practice with local community building and solidarity. Particular reflection is made on the Philly-based feminist havurah “Fringes” and the work of Philadelphia Jews for  a Just Peace. Tune-in!

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 39: The Shondes

June 12, 2010 - Leave a Response

radio613 interviews Temim Fruchter from The Shondes – Brooklyn`s incredible riot grrrl/yiddishkayt-inspired rock ’n’ roll band. In the last month, The Shondes released their second studio album  My Dear One and completed an extensive tour of the U.S. This week’s show celebrates My Dear One and features its intricate yet catchy songs and Temim’s perspective on an album defined by the politics of heartbreak. Temim also reflects on The Shondes’ approach to building musical community, temples of activism, queer liberation and justice for Palestine and being part of a rich and proud, anti-colonial Judaism.

Tracklist:

“My Dear One”
“Miami”
“I Watched the Temple Fall”
“Lines & Hooks”
“Let`s Go”

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

shondes.com
Fanatic Records

Bay Area to the Balkans

May 21, 2010 - Leave a Response

Semitic Soul returns to air after DJ Grenadier’s trip to California. Bay Area artists and record shopping featured this week, including Beats Antique, San Francisco Klezmer Experience, Klezmatics remixed. Tracks from the new Balkan Beat Box (“Blue Eyed Black Boy“) and Gogol Bordello (“Trans-Continental Hustle“) albums.

“no more soldier on the border/to create a new world order” -BBB

Hawk and a Hacksaw – Ihabibi
Balkan Beat Box – Marcha de la Vida
Beats Antique – Dope Crunck
Amsterdam Klezmer Band – Immigrant Song
Mahala Rai Banda – Colindat
New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars – Mazl Tov Cocktail
San Francisco Klezmer Experience – Dem Ganefs Yikhes
Geoff Berner – Authentic Klezmer Wedding Band
Cracow Klezmer Band – Haniel
Klezmatics – Khisidim Tants (Ben Mandelson’s Honga Onga Mix)
Abraham Inc.  – Figure It Out
Gogol Bordello – Pala Tute
The Shondes – Let’s Go
Balkan Beat Box – Why

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 38: No Bill 94 – Kingston Panel Discussion

May 4, 2010 - One Response

In early 2010, the Jean Charest government proposed legislation which, if approved by the National Assembly of Quebec, would deny essential government services, public employment, educational opportunities, and health care to people who wear facial coverings.

This week, radio613 airs audio from a panel discussion held in Kingston on April 27, 2010 exploring Bill 94 from legal, feminist, and religious perspectives. Featured speakers include: Dr. Mona Rahman – Active member of the Islamic Society of Kingston;  Dr. Beverly Baines – Gender Studies Department Head & Professor of Law, Queen’s University; Dr. Dana Olwan – Assistant Professor, Gender Studies, Queen’s University.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

For more info about organizing around Bill 94, please visit
nonbill94.wordpress.com
aqsazine.blogspot.com

Semitic Soul meets Teruah

April 22, 2010 - Leave a Response

A very special edition of Semitic Soul with guest Jack from Teruah-JewishMusic.blogspot.com. Jack’s has become one of the most influential Jewish bloggers on the internet by way of an incredibly informative, comprehensive and updated exploration of the Jewish music landscape.

In a happy joining of Yids living in rural-ish Christian towns, Jack joins DJ Grenadier this week live over the phone from Grass Lake, Michigan. From Post-Revival Klezmer to Yiddish song, reworked Ladino melodies, Sephardic electronica, Uptown to Downtown, Punk to Cantorial, Jack helps us understand what is happening in the “Silver Age of Jewish Music“. Don’t sleep on this music, Teruah will wake you up!

Naftule Brandwein – Turkish Yalle ve Uve
Budowitz – Bughici’s Tish Nign
David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness – Moscovitz and Loops of it
Golem – The Rent
Zahava Seewald – Papirosn
Harel Shachal & Anistar – Esh
Oren Bloedow & Jennifer Charles – Quinze Anos
Diwon – Tikkun Klali # 10
Chevan – Psalm 121 Esa Enai
The Sway Machinery – Ivdu Es Hashem
Girls in Trouble – Mountain/When My Father Came Back
Shabbat ReSouled – Borchu
Abraham Inc. – It’s Not the Same (Figure It Out)

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Follow Teruah’s post here and on Twitter.

Episode 37: Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Memorial

April 19, 2010 - Leave a Response

Today, April 19, marks the start of the most intense period of  fighting between the Jewish resistance and the Nazi occupation during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. In a week of Holocaust Remembrance, many around the world are celebrating the spirit of resistance against oppression that arose during the Shoah.  The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring (a 100+ year old Jewish organization committed to Yiddish culture and social justice), for one,  is hosting Warsaw Ghetto Uprisig Memorials today in New York, Toronto, and elsewhere.

On this week’s radio613, we speak with Adrienne Cooper of the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring. Our conversation explores Holocaust education and remembrance through themes of resistance and mutual aid,  the work of AR and the Bund, Yiddish music as historical text, and much more. The show begins with the song “Di Shvue”, the theme of the Bundist movement, performed by Adrienne Cooper, The New Yiddish Chorale, and The Workmen’s Circle Chorus and concludes with a rendition of “Zog nit Keynmol” from the Partisans of Vilna album.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Adrienne Cooper is one of the most acclaimed singers of Yiddish vocal music in the world today. She has written, performed, and produced countless Yiddish theatre shows, was a key part of the “Klezmer Revival”, and worked for a decade as Assistant Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Recommended reading: “The Ghetto Fights” by Marek Edelman

Episode 36: “Riot Folk” An interview with Mark Gunnery

April 6, 2010 - Leave a Response

In the midst of our simkhe celebrating movement from oppression to freedom, Avi and Malcah catch up with Mark Gunnery over the phone from Baltimore. Gunnery is a veritable Yidisher kemfer with a lot to share about radical Jewish community building…Tune in to hear about Purim protests and Human Rights seders, the Yiddish-zine “Fun Yidishe Reyd Ken Men Zikh Nit Opvashn Tsen Vasern (Ten Washings Won’t Cleanse You of Jewish Talk)”, reclamation, folk and klezmer, and the all-seeing state in a subversive Jew Town near you.

Gunnery has six albums available through through the Riot Folk collective. This week’s show includes the tracks “Government is War” “Destroy all Dreamers” “Kineahora” “Jew Town” and “Anarkikes”.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Check out Gunnery’s new album Panopticon.
Learn more about the U.S. Assembly of Jews Confronting Racism and Israeli Apartheid.

Don’t Think the World Is a Tavern

March 28, 2010 - One Response

by I.L.Peretz (translated from Yiddish)

Don’t think the world is a tavern – created
For fighting your way, with fists and with nails
To the bar, where you gorge and you guzzle, while others
Look on, glassy-eyed, from a distance
Swooning from hunger, and swallowing spit
Drawing their swollen cramped bellies in tighter
Oh, don’t think the world is a tavern.

Don’t think the world is a market – created
So the stronger can prey on the tired and weak
And purchase from destitute maidens their shame,
From women, the milk of their breasts, and from men,
The marrow of their bones, from children their smiles
That infrequent guest in the innocent face
Oh, don’t think the world is a market.

Don’t think the world is a wasteland – created
For wolves and for foxes, for spoils and for booty
The heavens – a curtain, so God shall not see!
The mist – so that no one might look at your hands;
The earth is to soak up the blood of the victims.
Oh don’t think the world is a wasteland.

Translated by Jeffrey (Shaye) Mallow

Episode 35: ZIOslam

March 18, 2010 - 2 Responses

This week on radio613, local DIY literature hits the airwaves. Kingston activist Eytan joins the show to speak about his brand new zine “ZIOslam: Strengthening the Anti-Zionist Movement”. Conversation ranges from the author’s  journey to Jewish anti-Zionism, moving from guilt to solidarity, positionality  in the Free Palestine movement, strategies for confronting anti-semitism, theoretical and practical disentangling of Zionism and Judaism, and more. Tune in to hear about an incisive and timely project.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Also, the  Miasma Infoshop is having a launch party at the AKA Autonomous Social Centre this Sunday, March 21, with zine readings, music, and tasty food. Miasma is a radical literature distributor with anarchist and other kinds of radical media including books, zines, pamphlets, film, music, and more.

Baruch horns on Semitic Soul

March 12, 2010 - Leave a Response

New episode featuring…

Enrico fink – Bessarabia No.2
The Sherele Jazz Band Innovators – Moldavian Hora
Boban Markovic & Marko Markovic – Ajde, Ajde Fato
Fanfare Ciocarlia – Moliendo Cafe
Balkan Beat Box – War Again
Watcha Clan – Marashtein
King Chronic vs. Barrio Populaire – Paznja!! Pazn!!
Bart B More – Romane
dunklebunt & Cloud Tissa – Kebab Connection
!Dela Dap – Kaj Tu Salas
Arab Summit – Lost Ones
Arab Summit – Spy Oud
Ali Hassan Kuban – Al Samra Helwa

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Episode 34: Love Revelation Concrete Revenge Purimspiel

February 19, 2010 - Leave a Response

It’s a Purim pre-drink this year on radio613 as the show welcomes Michelle and Ariel – two actors from the “Choose your own PURIM!” party in New York City on February 20 presented by Jews for Racial & Economic Justice, the Workmen’s Circle & Great Small Works Spaghetti. A preview of what promises to be a spectacle of masked gentrification fighters, revisioned Esther/Vashti revolution, Haman blasting horns, rebel yids, arbeter theatre-a-la-balagan, and more!!!! Tune in…

Music from the Klezmatics, DJ Lil’ Ray, Rude Mechanical Orchestra, and Slavic Soul Party.

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Soul Shakedown

February 11, 2010 - One Response

Another way to support campus and community radio is to come dance at CFRC 2010: A Beat Odyssey on Saturday February 13 at the Time to Laugh Comedy Club in Kingston. As per the newly founded blog:

“Soul Shakedown parties aim to bring the best in rare dance grooves from funk, soul to Latin, Brazilian, Pan-African, Arabic, Asian Dub, Bhangra Hip Hop and more. The party also raises funds for organizations doing social justice work and groups that challenge the status quo of neoliberal capitalism and colonization. We strive to construct a safe space where diverse peoples can shake it out with freedom and flair.”

Funds for the upcoming event go towards supporting CFRC. I will be joining the incredible Soul Shakedown crew this Saturday to play a funky mix of klezmer, Balkan, and Roma music.

Time to tantz!!!!

-DJ Grenadier

Support Community Radio!

February 11, 2010 - Leave a Response

The CFRC 101.9fm in funding drive is underway! The drive runs from February 5-14 and the goal for this year is $25,000. CFRC is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based, listener-supported station broadcasting out of the 613-area code in Kingston, Ontario. The station relies on contributions made during the Funding Drive for much of its operating revenue. It is also a station that provides the radio613 collective with space and enthusiasm needed to bring some Yiddishkayt (and many other critical voices) to the airwaves.

The radio613 funding drive special was yesterday…we had a wonderful time and so appreciate the donations that were called in. The archived show is available here. Don’t worry, you still have a chance to donate!!! Click here to do so online, or call in during Semitic Soul tonight (Thursday) from 10-11pm to make an on-air donation. The number is 613-533-CFRC (2372).

Thanks!

Rootless ballads

February 6, 2010 - Leave a Response

Partisan and resistance music on this week’s Semitic Soul podcast!

playlist…

Sirba Octet – Bessarabye
Andy Statman and Zev Feldman – Ternovka Sher
Sasha Argov – Ahuvati Sheli Livnat Tzavar (For My Beloved)
Klezmatics – Fischerlid
Goran Bregovic and Modena City Ramblers – Bella Ciao!
Michael Alpert, Lauren Brody, Adrienne Cooper, Irena Klepfisz, Henry Sapoznik, Keff Shandler, Lorin Sklamberg, Josh Waletzky, Alan Zemel – Zog Nit Keynmol
Mark Gunnery – Ballad of the Rootless Cosmopolitan
Amsterdam Klezmer Band – Ispjenzola
Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Zuma Preserve
Makale – Salla
Ragtop and the Philistines – Hala

Click here to listen (right-click to listen).

Episode 33: “Where I Stay” An interview with Josh Healey

February 1, 2010 - One Response

Josh Healey is a writer, poet, and community organizer based in Oakland, California. Speaking to radio613 about coming up in the East, activism in the Bay, being dis-invited from the JStreet conference in October 2009, and more – with knowledge of self, strong words to incite, and a callout for solidarity. Live poetry reading of the pieces “Born in 1984″, “Queer Intifada”, and “Where I Stay.”

Music from Invincible (“Spacious Skies”), Zion I ft. Brother Ali (“Caged Bird”), and Lauryn Hill (“Lost Ones”).

Tune in!!!!! Click here to listen (right-click to donwload).

More info:
Huffington Post article “Searching for a Minyan: Our Response to Being Censored by JStreet”
Josh Healey presents HAMMERTIME
Kevin Coval.com

Episode 32: Yid a lamden from the Bay

January 21, 2010 - Leave a Response

This week on radio613, Avi’s Talmud khevrusa from Yeshivat Hadar, Eli Rosenblatt, joins the show. Eli is a Phd candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley. His insights have appeared in The Forward, Jewschool.com, and other arenas of Jewish thought. The conversation ranges from Talmudic Aggadatah and the contours of “Jewish community”, secularism and piety in Yiddish literature, historical narratives and Halakhic decisions, and a reading of Yiddish American poet JL Teller’s work.  Klezmer this week by Abraham Inc. (“Figure it Out”), Black Ox Orkestar (“Stav Ya Pitu”), and Andy Statman (“Ariela Perle”).

Click here to listen (right-click to download).

Funkisyiddishforspark

January 1, 2010 - Leave a Response

Another edition of ‘Semitic Soul’ hosted by DJ Grenadier.

…playlist:

Komatcha Klezmer – Tall of Moonlight Stone
Beyond the Pale – Bulacharescu
Kal – Mozzarella (Gaeten Fabri Remix)… See More
Balkan Beat Box – $20 for Boban
Max Pashm – Manea-k
Crookers – Gypsy P
Ian Oliver – Bucovina 69
Pizetta – Klezmer
Shantel – Donna Diaspora
Abe Schwartz – Akdomes Un Af B’ri (At the Beginning and Daybreak)
Amsterdam Klezmer Band – Koningspiel
Amy Goodman
Jaffa Road – Binah
Beyond the Pale – Gyrations
Di Nigunim – Fascist Degradation

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Episode 30: Virtually Jewish Spaces

December 24, 2009 - 2 Responses

radio613 welcomes Ruth Ellen Gruber – writer, photographer and independent scholar – joining the show via phone from Budapest, Hungary. The interview highlights Jewish cultural developments and other contemporary European issues that are critically examined in her book Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture and her recent essay featured in the Jewish Quarterly Review, “Beyond Virtually Jewish: New Authenticitiy and Real Imaginary Spaces in Europe”.

Ruth Ellen Gruber shares insights on the state of Klezmer in Europe with music this week from Itzhak Perlman and the Klezmatics (“Dybbuk Shers”), Brave Old World (“Berlin 1990″) and Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird (“Broken Tongue”). Tune in!

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Check out articles from Gruber’s Ruthless Cosmopolitan column in JTA reporting on the recent Swiss Minaret ban and anti-Semitic demonstration in the Capital of Moldova.

Episode 29: Hanukkah stories

December 17, 2009 - One Response

A Freylekhn Khanike listeners! Light up the 6th candle and settle in for music and Hanukkah short stories. Malcah and Avi read from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Power Of Light: Eight Stories for Hanukkah. Also a short piece on Jewish heroines who inspired a tradition of resistance.

Music from Juez, Dazoque, Andy Statman, Klezmer Conservatory Band, and a new Diwon/Y-love remix .

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Episode 28: National Day of Action for Migrant Justice

December 4, 2009 - Leave a Response

radio613 speaks with local migrant justice activist Authman about the Canadian government’s new regulations for temporary migrant workers, restrictions placed on refugee claimants, and the culture of fear and xenophobia fomented by the Conservative party. Authman also provides an overview of Canada’s Security Certificate policy and an update on the status of Mohamed Mahjoub who has been on a 179 day hunger strike to protest his 9 year detention at Kingston Immigration Holding Centre without charge.

Finally, a message of solidarity responding to the Swiss banning of Minarets and a collective call out of Haman Jason Kenney, Canada’s Immigration Minister.

More info:
No One is Illegal

People’s Commission on Security Certificates

CFRC Interview with Mohamed Mahjoub

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Episode 27: Sacrifice culture

November 19, 2009 - Leave a Response

Canadian and American Remembrance Day and Memorial Day celebrations abound in 2009 with myths and messages from a culture in which war is glorified and soldiers are presented as means of sacrifice. Voices from this week’s show include: a syndicated JTA interview with Sholem Keller – a Jewish veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, famous comedian Jackie Mason’s Memorial Day address, Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” and real talk and analysis from the radio613 collective.

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Episode 26: Memories of a “Jewish Market”

October 30, 2009 - Leave a Response

After enduring a campaign of stonewalling and slander from mainstream Jewish institutions, artist Reena Katz and curator Kim Simon’s exhibit ‘each hand as they are called’ returned to the streets of Toronto this October. radio613 caught up with Katz for the exhibit’s finale. Tune in for the results of a public site work that evokes a complex and dynamic representation of Toronto’s diverse personal, political, and cultural Yiddish and Jewish histories. Included in the broadcast – Katz’s haunting musical compositions performed throughout Kensington Market. Inspired by the exhibit, Malcah recounts the landscape of Toronto’s Jewish feminist labour movement in the 1920s and 1930s.

This week’s show concludes with a new (comic) book review segment and tries to answer what it means to be a Jew…ish cat: a reading and review of Johann Sfar’s brilliant work The Rabbi’s Cat. Music from The Barry Sisters and Adrienne Cooper.

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Episode 25: Succos and an Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving

October 15, 2009 - One Response

Chagim air-time proceeds. Following some harvest-y music, the show begins with a look at the succah as a check on opulence during a period of joy. In light of the succah’s symbol of the temporary nature of ownership, we explore some of what it means to live as a settler on stolen land. Joining us for this discussion is Matt – one of the organizers of the annual Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner in Guelph, ON, Turtle Island. Tune in for  informative words and thoughts. The show concludes with a lament for the loss of Marek Edelman – the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto resistance, Bund Member, committed diasporist, cardiologist, and a lasting anti-fascist voice in Poland.

Music from Frank London’s Klezmer All-Stars, Klezmer Conservatory Band, and Testament.

For audio from last’s year’s Anti-Colonial Thanksgiving Dinner, visit resistanceisfertile.ca.

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Episode 24: Transgression and Transformation

September 25, 2009 - Leave a Response

radio613 returns to the airwaves in time for the the Holy Period between the New Year and Yom Kippur. Beginning with sounds from Avi’s chevrusa study at Yeshivat Hadar this summer. The show features an interview with lifelong anti-racist activist Tema Okun – one of the organizers of the upcoming North Carolina Havurah Yom Kippur Retreat. Tema speaks about the possibility of uplift through a process of Teshuva in the context of the ongoing Occupation of Palestine. Efforts to bridge anti-oppressive politics with religious practice and community building are also explored. The show concludes with a Rosh Hashanah themed Hasidic tale about the Baal Shem Tov.

Music from The Sway Machinery and Davka.

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Gut yor vibes

September 22, 2009 - Leave a Response

Click here to listen to the newest Semitic Soul podcast.

playlist…

The Workmen’s Circle Chorale – Daloy Politzei!
Di Nigunim – Solidarity
Boom pam – The Wedge
Charming Hostess – Esterlu
The Sway Machinery – Aveinu Malkeinu Z’khor
Romashka – Shimdiggy
Max Pashm – Klezmernaki
Balkan Beat Box – Delancey
Nickodemus – Brookarest
Watcha clan – Qoulu
Epryhme – Punklezmerap
Shadia Mansour ft. DAM – Kollon 3endon Dababaat
Narcicyst/Rugged Intellect – Semitic Geneology
Andy Statman Quartet – Maggid

Semitic Soul

September 3, 2009 - Leave a Response

Dear listeners,

radio613 will start regular broadcasting on September 16 on CFRC 101.9fm in Kingston. In the mean time, here are some episodes of ‘Semitic Soul’ – the musical extension the radio613 collective with dj grenadier bringing klezmer/balkan/roma, arab/sephardic/mizrachi dance and soul to the airwaves. For playlists, contact radio613@riseup.net.

Right-click to download the mixes. Some of the shows start a couple minutes in.

Chariming Hostess
V’im lo Achshav, ei matai?
Downtempo doubkets and dance-heavy horas

Shalom Aleykoum Congregation

Episode 23: Abrahamic handoff show

June 16, 2009 - Leave a Response

As the collective gets set to go on hiatus for the summer, radio613 passes off its coveted 5-6pm Monday timeslot to a brand new show airing on CFRC 101.9fm – “A Study of the Muslim Species”.  Real talk, plans for the future, encountering challenges faced by our respective communities, Koranic passages from the Autonomous Seder, anti-imperialist-Jewish/Muslim MCing from Narcicyst and Rugged Intellect, and kufi or kippah lyrics from Lupe Fiasco. Tune in!

Check out “A Study of the Muslim Species” every Monday from 5-5:30pm on www.cfrc.ca or 101.9fm in Kingston, ON!!!!

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radio613 will begin live broadcasts again in Fall 2009. Stay tuned to radio613.wordpress.com in coming weeks for updated posts and audio. Thanks for listening.

Episode 22: Queering notions of diaspora

June 1, 2009 - Leave a Response

On June 1, 2009, Inextricable - a video art installation by Alexis Mitchell & Sharlene Bamboat – opens at the the Goldfarb Gallery at York University in Toronto. Inextricable presents three interconnecting videos that queer prevailing understandings of diaspora. Alexis Mitchell joins radio613 this week to speak about the upcoming exhibit. The interview outlines a queered notion of diaspora that does not rely on the restrictive binaries of the nation-state. Mitchell also discusses her own experiences as a queer Ashkenazi Jew living in Canada/Turtle Island and unattached to the idea of a homeland.

Music and poetry from Charming Hostess, LAL and Kevin Coval.

Be sure to check out Inextricable from June 1-5 at the Goldfarb Gallery, Fine Arts Building at York University. More information: alexismitchell.com

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Episode 21: Blocklisting Jewish Art

May 21, 2009 - One Response

Over the last year, Toronto sound, installation, and performance artist Reena Katz has developed an inspiring exhibit exploring Jewish history in Kensington market. The exhibit – each hand as they are called - was set to launch at the Luminato Festival on May 20, 2009. A last minute decision by the Koffler Centre For the Arts to completely dissociate from Katz, based on their perception of Katz’s Israel/Palestine politics, is currently preventing the exhibit from taking place.

radio613 spoke with Katz this week to talk about each hand as they are called, the process of blocklisting, and the efforts of hegemonic institutions to confine exchange of ideas and expression.

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Episode 20: “Jewish” humour and Sefirat Ha’Omer

May 12, 2009 - 2 Responses

The radio613 collective takes time to explore ideas around “Jewish” humour. Is there such a thing? Can it be useful for inspiring religious practice and interrogation? Can it be liberatory? Can it act to constrain and essentialize? Whose parents have the worst weekly Shabbat jokes? Many questions.

Also this week, Malcah outlines some meaningful interpretations of the Omer calendar, highlighting attributes of G-d embodied by Jewish women throughout history. Including a story by Rabbi Jill Hammer of Ritualwell.org told to mark the 18th day of the Omer.

Music from Jeszcze Raz and Daniel Kahn. Tune in!

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Episode 19: Convergence Theatre, new klezmer tradition(s)

May 5, 2009 - Leave a Response

This week on radio613, an interview with Julie Tepperman and Aaron Willis, the duo behind Convergence Theatre and the play Yichud (Seclusion).  Yichud has been performed at the Lab Cab, Ashkenaz, and Fringe Festivals in Toronto since 2008. Harold Green Jewish Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille are co-producing tan extended version of Yichud to be performed beginning in February 2010.

The second half of the show features a radio613 interview with Klezmer musicians/thinkers Michael Winograd, Daniel Blacksberg, and Henry Sapoznik. The discussion explores paths paved by communities of musicians seeking new forms of expression rooted in traditional culture and sound. Songs from Klezmer Conservatory Band, Michael Winograd and Khevre.

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Episode 18: Autonomous Seder 5769

April 20, 2009 - 2 Responses

radio613 episode 18! The Festival of Freedom goes to air broadcasting the Autonomous Seder 5769, held in Kingston on the first night of Passover. Jews, Muslims, political and spiritual allies gather to retell the story of Exodus. The Seder provided a forum to resist Pharaohs of all forms through songs, prayers and readings from a Passover Haggadah for Us, Koran and Torah teachings, and discussion. From Kadesh to Nirtzah, it’s maror for your ears!

Much thanks to all those who participated in this year’s Autonomous Seder.

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Download our “Haggadah for Us” (thanks to the Velveteen Rabbi,  and Micah Bazant and Dara Silverman whose Haggadot were used to compile our own).

Episode 17: Who knows three – yiddish stories?

April 2, 2009 - One Response

Three yiddish stories hit the airwaves with accompanying music:

“Mazel Tov” – I.M. Weissenberg
“A Quiet Garden Spot” – Shalom Asch
“Dreyfus in Kasrilevske” – Sholom Aleichem

Accompanying music by Black Ox Orkestar, Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Andy Statman and Zev Feldman, and Boban Markovic Orkestar. Readings by Malcah.

While Sholom Aleichem recounts the news of the Dreyfus Affair travelling to Eastern Europe, the show concludes with a presentation by Dr. Ariel Salzmann: “What will we learn from l’affair Arar?” Dr. Salzmann discusses the parallels between the anti-semitic fervor that led to Alfred Dreyfus’ unjust trial and the anti-Muslim attitudes and policies that led to Maher Arar’s rendition. Tune-in.

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Episode 16: Purim hangover show

March 18, 2009 - Leave a Response

One week after Purim celebrations, Malcah and Avi  are in-studio to speak about the story of Purim, Megillah reading, today’s Haman(s), Esther-Vashti unity, and other gluten-free-hamentashen goodness.

Also featured this week, an interview with Katie Goldstein, community organizer for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) in NYC. On Saturday March 14, JFREJ, The Workmen’s Circle/ Arbeter Ring and allied organizations in the Lower East Side presented “Lower East Shushan: a Purim of Vacant Lots” a Purimshpiel that weaves current issues of housing justice, oral histories and the story of Purim.

Music from: Galeet Dardashti (“Vashti”) and Le Tigre (“Deceptacon”)

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