Episode 78: Feature Interview with Socalled (!)
July 5, 2013

It’s been nearly 9 years since we first heard Socalled’s Ghettoblaster album – a work that was instrumental in blowing up parts of our pre-fab contemporary Jewish identities. Scalled (aka Josh Doglgin) uncovered worlds of Ashkenazic culture and drew connections between soul musics of various kinds, including our own. In many ways, Socalled’s has guided the musical yiddishkeit of radio613, yet we have never before done an interview with him!

Mit groys fargenign, we had the chance to speak to Josh at the media showing of Tales From Odessa: A Socalled Musical based on the stories of Russian-Jewish novelist Isaac Babel and produced by the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre. Tales From Odessa runs in the Segal Theatre from June 16th-July 7th; in Yiddish with English and French supertitles. Set in 1917 Odessa in the gritty Jewish neighbourhood of Moldavanka, the play follows the rise of Benya Krik, Odessa’s “King of the Gangsters”. The interview explores the process of creation and collaboration that helped Tales From Odessa and many other exciting projects come to fruition.

Click-here to listen to the interview.

And, more importantly, if you can make it to Montreal, you have three more days to see the musical! Our collective is going on Saturday night and we can’t wait! Buy your tickets from the Segal Centre here.

More info:
Tales from Josh Dolgin’s Experiences in Odessa
The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre
socalledmusic.com

Isaac Babel

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Bay Area to the Balkans
May 21, 2010

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).