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I love the Arutz Sheva jukebox. When I am working and want some background music, I just click on one of the hour long streams and just let it play. My favorite used to be Ehud Banai mix. But now I am into New Mellow Selection 284 because it has Kobi Aflalo. You can check it out at: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Radio/Jukebox.aspx
The first time I heard of Kobi Aflalo, I was in the Central Bus Station with my friend David and he asked me if I every played Kobi Aflalo on my show. I told him I never heard of him before. So we went right into Tower Records on the second floor and asked if they had him. He had just released his debut album and they had it as number 1 on the rack. I like the first track a lot, Shir Gaguim. The rest is a littler too mellow for me. I found a cool video of him singing Yosef Karduner’s Shir Lemaalot on the internet.
But back to the Arutz Sheva Jukebox... This is the next best thing to a Jewish Pandora. If I want an hour of Lag BaOmer music, it's there. All accapella music mix? It’s there. David likes the songs by Ariel Zilber because they’re political. I like the new Hassidic selection because they added a lot of “original” music, meaning Moshav Band, Yosef Karduner and other Carlebach influenced stuff. The Hebrew Jukebox, or Tevat Neginah looks the same but has some different selections. Check it out at: http://www.inn.co.il/Radio/Jukebox.aspx
The French Arutz Sheva site has a jukebox too, but instead of lists, they have a separate page and a short biography of each musician. I spent an hour or so listening to Haim Moshe. Check it out at: http://www.a7fr.com/articles/musique.htm
And yes, David, they have Ariel Zilber in there too. David speaks a little French, but If you don’t speak French, you can always use Google Translate at http://translate.google.com
Last night I was on Ben Yehuda Street and caught video of some people hanging out and playing music. Check it out. Also, be prepared for this Tuesday at 5 p.m. when I will have the band Heedoosh live in the studio.
Well another Israel Day Concert in the Park has passed. Once again it was simulcast on Israel National Radio and hosted by our own Tovia Singer. And once again, Piamenta performed to an excited audience. However this year they had some brand new material from their brand new album, Yihiyu Leratzon.
Unlike the previous recent releases from guitarist Yossi Piamenta, this one has both Yossi and his flute playing brother Avi. The two have been performing and recording for decades now. For fans of the new Piamenta Live in New York album or the Heavenly Jams album, this is not a rock band. Like their other studio releases, this is a smooth, well produced album with a horn section. But that doesn't mean it doesn't rock out. Yossi's super fast guitar solos are still present, but in a Hasidic pop package. All the lyrics are in Hebrew and have religious themes. The songs are catchy and upbeat with plenty of guitar and flute solos.
Guests on the album include Yitzchak Bitton of Raya Mehemna, Gad Elbaz, Gershon Verboa, and other members of the Piamenta family. Piamenta is probably best known for their hit Asher Bara, a Jewish version of I Come From a Land Down Under by Men At Work. Some remember the melody as an 80s pop hit. But many Jewish music fans know it solely from the countless Jewish weddings who have featured it, complete with Hebrew lyrics and blazing guitar solo. On this album, they cover Simon and Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence, and transform it into Az Yashir. The other tracks are originals.
The Piamenta family is from Israel and of Sephardic background and many of their songs have a middle eastern vibe. Yossi and Avi's uncle is Albert Piamenta, a jazz saxophone player who still performs in Israel. Once I saw him perform at the Jerusalem Theater, and somewhere we have Albert Piamenta's sole recording, a record album which features a crazy, jazzy version of Rabbi Shalom Shabazi's Im Nin Alu.