Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast

The Israel Beat Jewish Music Podcast interviews the latest Israeli and Jewish artists and covers a wide range of styles from Carlebach, cantorial, klezmer, Israeli trance, Mizrachi, rock, Sephardic, hasidic and everything in between. Past interviews have included Matisyahu, Avraham Fried, and Miri Ben-Ari. IsraelBeat broadcasts live every Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Israel time on

Monday, September 24, 2007

Russian Israeli Yiddish Metal with Gevolt

Interview with Yevgeny Kushnir, guitarist for Gevolt on their albums Yiddish Metal and Sidur.

Plus the latest hits from:

* Yonatan Razel,
* Boaz Sharabi,
* Akiva Gersh & Mat Tonti,
* Yitzchak Fuchs and
* Dov Shurin.

And don't forget our guess-that-song trivia question for your free CD.

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Dreamy, Introspective Jewish Music

The Beat with Ben Bresky for September 16, 2007

* Eric Berman - Gate 6 - A lot of this album is slow and mellow, but this song is exciting and jumpy.
* Haim Israel - Milmalah - A mix of Mizrachi and hasidic, a little hareidi and a little Sephardic from his latest album.
* Shabak Samech - Nofel v'Kam - An upbeat funky hip-hop song from the old-school Israeli rap-metallers.
* Shotei HaNevuah - Kol Gilgul - A beautiful ballad of life, death and resurrection
* Shlomo Carlebach - an obscure and inspiring story about a husband and wife who want a divorce from one of Dov Shurin's albums.
* Ein Od Milvado - Ein Od Milvado - The uncut 15 minute mantra-like epic.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Maarava Mikan, Jordan Chaviv and More of Your Requests

A mix show of Jewish/Israeli hits including:

* Maarava Mikan - Elokai Neshama - I get numerous requests for Lo Tira, the Gush Katif anthem and Tovia Singer Show theme. But it is this song that the Gush Katif group's rare and only album says is their hit single.
* Jordan Chaviv - We Will Survive - This new singer has also become a fixture on the Tovia Singer Show. Every time I play him, I get emails for more.
* Miki Shaviv - A new single from this funky Israeli singer
* DJ Hillel Goldblum - Ed, I know this is your favorite singer. Hope you liked this one!
* Beit Habubot - a new single form this popular Israeli band
* Kfir Epstein - a brand new singer with nothing but a single and a MySpace. He sounds good!
* Idan Reichel - Gary, hope you like this. It's the less reggae and more world-beat sounding version.
* Eden MiQedem - More funky middle-east fusion going out to a listener in Austria who says he lives in "a desert of Jewish music."
* Ziggy Elman - And the Angels Sing - Benny Goodman's sideman developed this based on Yiddish and klezmer roots.
* Maury Epstein - jazzy Carlebach
* HaTapuchim - Natri BaMakom - a quirky fun sample-based electronica track from a Kol HaCampus compilation CD I got at the Uganda comic book store/bar/record store in the Russian Compound of Jerusalem.
* Rabbi David Zeller - a listener once told me they cried when they heard this song, so I had to play it again.
* plus our guess-that-song CD give-away of the week. (no, it's not The Jungle Book!)

Monday, September 03, 2007

All-Request Hour With Your Favorite Jewish & Israeli Music!

The Beat with Ben Bresky
September 2, 2007

The show the listeners created live featuring:

* Dan Bern - Lithuania - A passionate 10 minute track about his family's Holocaust experiences from The Swastika EP

* Yosef Karduner - Ani Maamin - I get plenty of requests for this soulful acoustic singer

* RebbeSoul - Esa Enei - a sort of dreamy, hip-hop, new-age, electronic beat version of a Carlebach classic

* Arik Rudich - Shma Yisrael - The Cantorial Project - This award winning Israeli soundtrack composer took old cantorial records and made them new-age ambient electronica tracks.

* Piamenta - Arabic Medley - I never liked the Sason V'Simcha album because I thought it was over-produced and too shmaltzy. How wrong I was! The flutes rock!

* The Klezmatics - Shprayz Ikh Mir - The trumpet player Frank London is performing here in Israel this week. He's the best. The Jpost had a nice interview with him. So did I a year or so ago. Check out the link for more.

* Mickey Katz - Yoshke And The Beanstalk - I couldn't find the requested Mazeltones, so I hope this is good enough.

* Jo Amar - Barcelona - My friend Isaac looks exactly like a young Jo Amar! We used to joke about this often.

* Yishai Lapidot - Akshav - A funky new single from the leader of Oif Simchas.

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