Episode 82: Turbo Folk Stories with Briga
December 3, 2013

A few years ago an album called Diaspora by Montreal based violinist Briga found its way into the CFRC library – a happy surprise for our collective that yearns for such fierce, beautiful music rooted in Balkan, Ashkenaz, Romani, and Middle Eastern traditions. Briga released Turbo Folk Stories in 2012 -an album produced after Briga’s return from a  tour through the Balkans playing Romani weddings & funerals with Bulgaria’s top violinist and mentor Georgi Yanev. You might have also heard Briga’s playing on one of our favourite Geoff Berner tracks, “Daloy Politsei”/”Down with the Police”. Avi caught up with Briga for an interview before her band’s performance at the “But is it Jewish?” showcase at this year’s Montreal Jewish Music Festival.

Click here to listen to the interview plus musical selections from Briga’s repertoire.

Track listing:
Briga – “Igraj Devojko”
Briga – “Qalbi (Mon Coeur)”
Briga – “7/8 Makedonska”
Briga – “Duj Duj”
Briga – “On The 40”

Lider fun treyst
October 31, 2012

radio613 co-host Avi djs a music show – “Coney Island of the Mic” – every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 11pm-12amET on CFRC 101.9fm/www.cfrc.ca. Last week’s show featured songs of comfort mostly from the music collection of David Lerman (z”l).

Listen/download the show here.

Episode 66: Rhythm in Flame and Jewish anti-racist blogging
June 28, 2012

Tune-in to another great episode of your favourite Jewish politics/culture/religious practice radio show and podcast!

In the first half of the show, radio613’s friend and comrade Nomi shares their beautiful Shabbat poem “Rhythm in Flame” set to music, and speaks with Avi about their poem, yeshiva studies, shabbat and training as a sofer.

During part two of the show, we kick off a new series of interviews, conversations and analysis about Jewish racism & Jewish anti-racism. We will be exploring several historical and contemporary moments of Jewish racism and/or anti-racism to deepen our understanding of the dynamics between Jewishness and racism and our commitment to confronting racism in our communities and religious practices. In this first installation of the series, we speak with Erika Davis from the blog Black, Gay and Jewish.

Listen to part1 of the show with Nomi.

Listen to part 2 featuring the interview with Erika Davis.

Episode 60: On Holy Ground
March 5, 2012

For this year’s funding drive show, radio613 features a conversation about The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground, including an interview with the film’s directer, Erik Greenberg Anjou. The film has recently been released on DVD with extra bonus footage. This radio613 episode includes some great clips from the film in which the band members and others share their thoughts about politics, Yiddishkeit, Klezmer renewal, and operating as a non-hierarchical, consensus-based band.

Featuring some wonderful music, including: a live version of Barikadn by the Klezmatcs, Joshua Nelson, The Well by the Klezmatics with Chava Alberstein and Im Ninalu by Watcha Clan.

We are very happy to share that we raised over $200 during our show. THANK YOU to everyone who donated! If you didn’t have a chance to donate yet, it’s not too late! CFRC is a wonderful, supportive institution, which has provided the radio613 collective the space and support to explore and pursue Autonomous Jewish practice, thought and culture. Click here for more information about making your donation today. Tax receipts or gifts available.

Listen to the podcast here.

To find out more about The Klezmatics: On Holy Groun, go to www.klezdoc.com or 7thart.com.

Episode 57: “Songs of Wonder” & “Khumesh Lider”
November 28, 2011

radio613 presents an hour with musicians Basya Schechter and Avi Fox-Rosen. This week marks the official release of Basya Schechter’s album “Songs of Wonder” (Tzadik Records). The project sets the Yiddish poetry of activist and Jewish theologian Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel to music. A CD release party for Songs of Wonder is happening on Wednesday, November 30 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City.

radio613 caught up with Basya and Avi at the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring’s “Vokh in Yiddishland,” a week of celebrating, learning and teaching Yiddish, where the duo performed selections from Pharaoh’s Daughter as well as their inventive and moving musical interpretations of Yiddish poetry by Heschel and Itzik Manger.

Episode 57 features brand new tracks from the (highly recommended!) Songs of Wonder album, an interview with Basya and Avi, plus sounds from their Arbeter Ring concert.

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

To follow along with a translation of Heschel’s yiddish poetry, click here.

Buy “Songs of Wonder” online here.

Episode 51: Shtetl On the Shortwave
November 9, 2011

Our 2011 CFRC funding drive show!!! As a way to honour radio613’s strong relationship with community radio, on this show we interview Tamara Kramer, host of Shtetl On the Shortwave: a bi-weekly Jewish arts & culture radio show on CKUT 90.3fm in Montreal. Malcah, Avi and Tamara discuss the relationship between community radio and jewish community building. We are big fans of Shtetl and it was such a pleasure to connect with Tamara. Thanks to all who support community radio and thanks to community radio for supporting us!

Featuring fun shout outs and great tunes from Mirah, Socalled and The Shondes.

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

In the last year, Tamara launched Shtetl Montreal – an online Alternative Jewish Magazine that includes event listings for Montreal, creative writing and Shtetl on the Shortwave podcasts. Check out a recent podcast featuring an interview with Rabbi Ronnie Cahana and Karen Knie-Cahana.

DJ Grenadier’s “Semites-do-it-right-mix”
February 22, 2011

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).

Od yeshama, new Semitic Soul
December 14, 2010

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)

Vos Vet Zayn 5771?
September 12, 2010

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 – Odessa
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).

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).

Semitic Soul meets Teruah
April 22, 2010

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.

Baruch horns on Semitic Soul
March 12, 2010

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).

Rootless ballads
February 6, 2010

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).

Gut yor vibes
September 22, 2009

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

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 6: Shtreiml interview…Gravity book launch and interview
November 8, 2008

This week on radio613…an interview with Jason Rosenblatt – arranger and harmonica player for Ashkenaz/Turkish inspired group Shtreiml…a reading and interview with author Leanne Lieberman at the Kingston launch of her novel ‘Gravity’ which tells the story of a young queer woman of faith growing up in an Orthodox Jewish community. The show concludes with a broadcast of Rev Zalman Schacter: “How often are you Jew-ing? With kavanah?”

Music from Shtreiml and Ismail Hakki Fencioglu.

Click here to listen.

Shtreiml: http://www.shtreiml.com
‘Gravity’ website: http://leannelieberman.com/Gravity.html