Two words for you (or potentially, two words hyphenated into a two-word word. which in any case is two words. Whatever.) Heeb-Hop. This term comes to you courtesy of two entities, the JTA and the home of Hebrew Hipsters Gone Wild, London, England:
[…] call them Heeb Hoppers, Heebsters or harbingers of Jewish hipsterism, London youngsters are picking up where Two Live Jews left off, intent on questioning tradition and creating dialogue about what it is to be a Jew.
Poor word choice. If I were writing this, I’d have to go with “harbingers of Hebraic hipsterism,” to maintain the alliterative flow. The article identifies the new musical trend of hip-hop artists identifying with their Jewish roots (hence, “Heeb-hop”), including of course the “Chasidic beatboxer” Matisyahu. They also mention Emunah and Ghettoplotz, and a student/Zionist/hip-hop artist known as Anithesis. But then the article segues to
the love of CK’s life the Heeb-Jewdas Punk Purim party. Which we’ve covered enough.
But Jewish music comes in all flavors, from Heeb-hop to klezmer hip-hop fusion, from heavy metal to Pop (or Aba music, as it’s known in Hebrew-speaking countries…yes, folks, she’s kidding…), Jews are representin’ and are in da bayit, yo.
No genre is safe from the lampooning lyrics and music of What I Like About Jew, which is a good thing. And while some of the songs (from their new album “Unorthodox” and which they will perform in concert in NYC this Thursday night, see details below) are certainly likely to ruffle some of the more straitlaced among us and plays with stereotypes in a way that many might not be comfortable with (“Jews drink blood/we’ve done it since the flood/we drain it from the veins of Christian babies ’cause it makes the matzah taste so good.”) the comedic intent should be clear.
“Jewish Chicks” features WILAJ, also known as Rob Tannenbaum and Sean Altman, doing their best Rat Pack imitation for the loungesingery song, which revels in the stereotypes and the grooviness of hot Jewish chicks. The undulating Eastern tones and the patchwork of historical lyrics of “They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived) Let’s Eat” make you yearn, through your laughter, for a better educational system. “Jews for Jesus” begins by lulling you into the comfort of a slower-paced mellow song (think “Crimson and Clover”), with lyrics like “I’d gladly baptize you in my toilet/for you just like the bowl are full of shit…” before the transition to a punk chorus. “A Little off the Top,” is a father’s plea to a mohel, reminiscent of a Sesame Street song (Ernie and Bert come to mind, in particular) that needs no further explanation. And “Taller Than Jesus,” as it turns out, is something many Jewish men can claim…which, come to think of it, would make an excellent description in the “height” category on JDate.
It will surprise no one that the songs I found to be the most relevant was “JDate” with its chorus of “Everyone’s funny and everyone’s smart/And three inches shorter than they say they are” and the self-explanatory and slightly stalkerish but kind of sadly heartbreaking “I’m Better Looking (Than the Guy You’re Going Out With)”.
They’ve been called the “Bart Simpsons of the Yeshiva,” but I think that the equation runs more like this:
(Weird Al + Jewish education) x 2 + (Barenaked Ladies/They Might Be Giants) to the power of South Park
Surely this is something you’d like to experience for yourself, and now, thanks to Jewlicious, you can! We’ve got one pair of tickets to this Thursday’s 9:30 show in NYC and one pair of tickets to the April 20 show at the Tangiers in Los Angeles (location info below) available for Jewlicious readers…and all you have to do to win is to answer this “Six Degrees of Esther” trivia question…
Rob Tannenbaum was part of a television project in which my brother (stage name “Simmy Kay”) also participated. What was the name of that TV project?
First correct answer in the comments section wins a pair of tickets. Only answer if you can make the 9:30pm show in NYC on Thursday night.
Second correct answer wins a pair of tickets to the concert on April 20 at the Tangiers in Los Angeles.
Didn’t win? Want to join your friends who did win? Catch them live in New York Thursday night (2 shows) at the Canal Room ($18 advance, $20 at door, 7pm and 9:30pm, 285 W. Broadway (at Canal St). Tix available at available at Ticketmaster, ConcertsTonight, charge-by-phone, (212) 307-7171 or the Canal Room box office, (212) 941-8100. West Coasters never fear…they’ll be back in Seattle and California during the rest of April. Info on all shows is available on their website.