Monday, October 16, 2017

Video: Mr. Shabbos, "Borei Nefashos"

Hasidic entertainer R' Josh Alpert, aka Mr. Shabbos, recently released a video for his song "Borei Nefashos". Alpert composed the song and co-directed with Dovid Tenenbaum the video, which was also written by Alpert's wife, Pircha Alpert, and filmed at Camp Nageela in Lawrence, NY.

The track, a throbbing techno tune, is something of a departure for Alpert, who originally made his name in the JM underground, both as a Celtic/bluegrass solo artist and through association with Jewish punk bands like Moshiach Oi! and White Shabbos (his brother, Paul "Pesach Simcha" Alpert, drums for both). Not that his old identity has been completely discarded: Alpert maintains his cowboy-hatted look in the video, and parts of the song's melody have a distinct country twang.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Kulam Sharim": Benny Friedman plus muppets

The new video for "Kulam Sharim", the latest single from Benny Friedman's most recent album Fill the World With Light, has some...interesting guests.

The clip, directed and produced by Chaim Hershkowitz, has Friedman interacting with the felt-covered puppet "cast" from the popular frum children's DVD series Mitzvah Boulevard. While the gimmick doesn't lend much besides an awkward framing device and some questionable instrument miming, the song itself - a bouncy dance-pop track courtesy of producer Sruly Meyer and composer duo Eli Klein & Yitzy Berry - is likeable enough to stand on its own. (Side note: What is with JM artists taking forever to release singles? This album came out almost a year ago.)

Nuriel Hadad releases "Emuna"

Kiryat Gat-based vocalist Nuriel Hadad has released his sophomore single "Emuna". (He debuted with "B'Rigei Osher" in June.)  The track, an oud-tinged Latin jazz/pop groove, was co-written by Hadad with Shai Ravizda, who also composed it, while Reuven Chiyun produced and arranged.

The 26-year-old Hadad has been musically active since 2006, appearing in several reality singing competitions on Israeli TV, performing with an orchestra at The Opera House in Tel Aviv, and getting significant local radio play from his debut single. It is unknown if a full-length album is in the works.