A legend in his own right, the Gangsta Rabbi is a one man machine, playing flute, bass (backwards and upside down) and a myriad of percussion machines and pedals. By day, a town comptroller, by night– Steve Lieberman is the Gangsta Rabbi, a snarling, savage beast on stage and in his home-studio.
Recorded by JDub, the following videos are only the first two in a four-part documentary series meant to give fans an inside look into how the Gangsta Rabbi came to be, and how he has evolved both as a musician and a man living “against the grain.”
PART ONE: ORIGINS
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I can see those JDub CDs sitting in your virtual shopping cart, waiting to be purchased. Hey, I get it! It’s been a busy spring at JDub, you have 5 new albums to check out, and they are all awesome. Tough decisions…
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“More Than Wine” is the first single off Casata, the groundshaking, dance move making new album by DeLeon!
The track’s only lyric, “nothing makes the world cry more than wine” (sung in Ladino and English), is an old Judeo-Turkish proverb. Says bandleader Dan Saks, “I’m frequently drawn to music with simple, repetitive lyrics. I like how a simple phrase can shift meanings the more you hear it until you no longer hear it and it just becomes another melodic or percussive element to the song.”
Listen to this catchy new summer tune below and you’ll find yourself moving to the beat just as Dan promises!
Things are getting steamy up here in NYC- which means it’s time to pump up those summer jams. Cue CASATA, DeLeon’s new album out June 14th! You can now pre-order your very own copy for $8.99.
CASATA is DeLeon’s re-imagining of ancient melodies into contemporary indie-rock pieces. The band’s groundbreaking global pop sound successfully marries ancient Sephardic melodies with the celebratory symphony of modern life. DeLeon is front-man Daniel Saks, along with bandmates Kevin Snider, Justin Riddle, Amy Crawford and Andrew Oom.
Elements of African guitar funk and doo-wop come together in one song, while Ladino-English lyrics preside over another– one song even manages to find the unlikely common ground between El Guincho’s tropical grooves and Tom Waits’ clangs. Stories of wedding celebrations, forsaken lovers, and the births of biblical prophets are all told through upbeat, roaring, rocking melodies that even at their quietest banjo-picking moments, still make you move.
To be released June 14th, 2011 on JDub Records, CASATA features stomping, whooping, soaring trumpet and sensual slow jams. Pre-order today!
For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Jewish Music Festival is featuring an amazingly talented JDub band! Last year, both Girls in Trouble AND DeLeon traveled south to perform for our friends down under (the Mason-Dixon line). This year, The Sway Machinery heads to Georgia to perform at the festival’s closing night concert celebration. They’ll be performing songs off their newest album, The House of Friendly Ghosts Vol. 1!
“A dynamic folk-rock group” - The New Yorker
“One of the year’s stellar albums. Alicia Jo Rabins is one of my favorite singer-songwriters, and her storytelling skills continue to amaze me.” - Largehearted Boy
HALF YOU HALF ME is the sophomore debut of folksy indie pop group Girls in Trouble!
“Girls in Trouble is Brooklyn songwriter, violinist and Bible scholar (yup) Alicia Jo Rabins, who pens songs based on stories of Biblical women. Fans of Andrew Bird and Joanna Newsom are likely to dig her (no theological expertise required)” writes Time Out New York. Read More »
Welcome to a JDub Kids and Kveller Passover movie production, “starring a talking, walking, fame-obsessed and more-glam-than-glam seder plate.” Your kids just might pause in their hunt for the afikoman to catch a glimpse of Seder Plate and his fabulous friends, Maror, Charoset, Karpas, Z’roa, and Beitzah!
Girls in Trouble’s Upcoming Album
Half You Half Me
Brings the Stories of Biblical Heroines to Light
“I find myself often going back to that record [Girls in Trouble] and marveling at the storytelling skills of Alicia Jo Rabins… Half You Half Me is another captivating collection of first person tales of women in the Torah.”– Largehearted Boy
On May 17th, 2011 JDub Records will release Half You Half Me, the sophomore album from “hauntingly lovely” (LA Weekly) group Girls in Trouble. Through Girls in Trouble, unrecognized Biblical heroines are given a voice to tell their side of the story. Brooklyn poet and multi-instrumentalist Alicia Jo Rabins’s lyrics bring these women to life with tales of androgynous storm demons, jealous sisters and knife accidents.
Walking around a small and dusty record store in Brooklyn one weekend, something odd caught Rob Markoff’s eye as he dug through old vinyl: “Sing Out it’s Shabbos” was described as “A folk rock Sabbath celebration by the young people of Temple Shaari Emeth, Englishtown, New Jersey.” Rob had never seen a record like this before, and he was instantly attracted to the colorized photos splayed across the sleeve in yellow, red and blue, depicting Chuck Taylor-clad teenagers strumming guitars against a curtained backdrop– a sign above them reading “Give God the Nod.” Markoff felt immediately nostalgic for the ‘70s synagogue of his youth, in which the congregants feathered their hair and the rabbis played guitar and sang in harmony, so he opened his wallet, forked over two bucks, and rushed home to listen. Read More »