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June 20, 2016

Cavs win championship

Although the KlezmerShack has some serious catching up to do, what with Frank London's Hungarian knighthood and Alan Bern being honored by the city of Weimar for his decades of wonderful cultural work, priorities are priorities. I would like to remind readers that the City of Cleveland is home to some amazing and wonderful musicians like the Klezmer Guy, Walt Mahovlich, Steven Greenman, Lori Cahan-Simon. But now, even more extraordinarily, Cleveland is home to the NBA champions.

Congrats Cleveland Cavaliers!

May this be the first of many new honors as people recognize what a cool place Cleveland is (despite, or even with the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame).

June 5, 2016

Review: David Krakauer's Ancestral Groove / Checkpoint (2016)

krakauer passport photo-ish.'To the extent that I have been tweeting the last couple of months, it has been to reflect how blown away I am by the new (to the US--released in Europe 2014) David Krakauer CD. This is the sort of CD that makes me celebrate the klezmer revival: entirely new music built on not just Eastern European roots, but also infused with jazz, funk, hip hop, and even modern classical traditions. This is what originality sounds like, but only when originality is accessible, approachable, and danceable. Let me invite you to check out David Krakauer's Ancestral Groove / Checkpoint. Available wherever good music is purchased or downloaded, or via David Krakauer's website.

June 3, 2016

naftule's dream / blood - review on NPR

Yes, there is a new Naftule's Dream CD, and NPR's Milo Miles is on it:

Naftule's Dream Returns, With A Fleshy, Folkie New Album, by Milo Miles, June 1, 2016