Happy Hanukkah!!!

SOME HOLIDAY CHEER AS THE SIXTH CANDLE IS LIT

Though we lit a couple candles on Monday, we'd like to continue with further gems from some of our favorite musicians of Jewish heritage. Don't want anyone to think we're just "gentile" on our minds. And for those worried about ol' Saint Nick, we saluted Christmas early on Saturday. As with our other holiday reveries this week, we're all about the music and aren't trying to sway anyone towards anything. We love music made by people of all creeds, colors, nationalities, etc. Maybe not Nickelback, but even they made that evilly catchy "Rockstar", so maybe even they're alright.

We begin appropriately enough after sundown with Paul Simon in 1977.


Few artists have done more to celebrate and evolve Jewish culture than John Zorn. Here's his Masada band doing a stunning rendition of "Beeroth" in Warsaw, Poland in 1999.


Kinky Friedman knows how to get a rise out of folks better than almost anyone, and "They Ain't Making Jews Like Jesus Anymore" is bound to offend nearly everyone on some level. He's a living torch for free speech and we adore him.


Serious guitar nuts are probably already hip to Marc Ribot but for those not in the know, well, he's one of the greats going today. Here he is with Medeski Martin & Wood at the Umbria Jazz Festival in 2001 doing the dreamiest "Hey Joe" you ever heard.


Leonard Cohen has written eloquently about spirituality of many stripes. Perhaps it's his understanding of humanity's intrinsic weaknesses and strengths, something abundantly clear in this intimate solo performance from 1967.


Here's Mickey Hart getting to the root of things with the Global Drum Project


Jonathan Richman has a gift for getting the job done in under two minutes, as in this 1978 clip of "New England" from Top of the Pops.


Mike Bloomfield left us all too soon. The man that took us down Highway 61 and helped introduce a fiery new brand of blues to a whole generation with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was, simply put, a marvel of a player. Here's a particularly hot-shit example of the man at work. There's a happy sort of possession that takes him over about 50 seconds in.


Bob Brozman really ought to be a household name. As an interpreter and innovator of blues & folk traditions he's a genius, and he's a damn fine songwriter and picker to boot. This television segment from French TV in the early '90s provides snippets from a live show and interview clips. It's as fine and succinct an intro to a great, under-sung musician as we could find.


No JamBase salute of our favorite Jewish musicians (and this selection is FAR FAR from complete, just a taster of the myriad goodness out there) would be complete without Bob Dylan. This storming attack on "Isis" from the Rolling Thunder Tour in 1975 is one of our all-time fave live moments.


[Published on: 12/26/08]

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harrisonp starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 01:25PM
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harrisonp

bob!

mjoffe18 Fri 12/26/2008 01:33PM
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Love this!! Chag Sameach to all!! btw...where's Phish? Steely Dan? Kiss? Just to name a few other ridic famous Jews.

waxtrax Fri 12/26/2008 01:36PM
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jasonthehead starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 02:00PM
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Lord-K. starstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 02:08PM
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Lord-K.

No mention of festivus? Pass me the bourbon.

spitz66 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 02:13PM
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that mickey hart video was sick! thanks jambase!

crowesfan starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 02:34PM
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Mike Bloomfield one of the most underrated guitar players. The man sure had alot of soul for a white man. It gives us some hope

Samzo starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 02:34PM
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Samzo

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72610428#/pages/High-Klass/36593517517

check out these jewish canadian jam machines while you're at it!

Andrew Bruss Fri 12/26/2008 02:43PM
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Lord-K, if it's festivus you want, I will proudly pin you to the ground amidst the feats of strength after you go around the table and let all know how we've shamed you this year

irtimed starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 02:43PM
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Lord-K. starstarstar Fri 12/26/2008 03:50PM
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Lord-K.

I am surprised that there was no mention of Matisyahu in this article

brooklynite84 Fri 12/26/2008 03:56PM
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EricTW83 Fri 12/26/2008 05:05PM
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This post and the "happy bday jesus" post have had me in stitches. Thanks for the laughs jambase.

What about Phish "Avenu Melenku"?

Broesau Fri 12/26/2008 05:55PM
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^^Alvenu Malkenu is missing. Mazel Tov

CurlyESP84 Sat 12/27/2008 12:29AM
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CurlyESP84

To quote Sandler's Hanukkah song, "Bob Dylan was born a Jew, then he wasn't, but now he's back." He came back to us in the 80s. Also, check out the guitarist's face at 2:57 in "Isis." Amazing! The very definition of "cocaine eyes." What's he biting at?

GeorgieP Sat 12/27/2008 06:17AM
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VikChaudhry Sat 12/27/2008 08:44AM
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kirkbrew star Sat 12/27/2008 12:56PM
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kirkbrew

So..when Ramadan comes, will you put up all the famous muslim musicians? Set your calendar for Aug 21, 2009.

And Diwali is Oct 19, 2009.

And Chanukah isn't like a "real" holiday like Yom Kippur or even Rosh Hashanah. So, one nights of oil lasted 8??? I'll file that under BFD. The only reason people know squat about it is because it is at about the same time as X-mas.

I am pretty sure Dylan's still Catholic.

phalluscooper Sat 12/27/2008 07:58PM
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phalluscooper Sat 12/27/2008 08:02PM
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smokey82832 Mon 12/29/2008 10:28AM
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davidwaller88 Mon 12/29/2008 10:51AM
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mateotee Mon 12/29/2008 07:40PM
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mateotee

SemItic, davibones, anti-SemItic. Two I's in "Semitic", buddy.

BRAHnnie_lott Tue 12/30/2008 12:21AM
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BRAHnnie_lott

i think you have mistaken bubba666 for allah once again, pal

davidwaller88 Tue 12/30/2008 12:05PM
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phalluscooper Tue 12/30/2008 12:47PM
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mateotee Tue 12/30/2008 05:42PM
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mateotee

Well, not all of us are as qualified to fix the world , davibones. For example, I just don't have the ability to take morons that seriously. Just born without it I guess, but luckily I don't need it because there are good folks like you out there to pick up my slack. It's obvious that you care enough for both of us. Thanks!

futhepharmer Wed 12/31/2008 12:06PM
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futhepharmer

jeez...believing in gods is stupid.

believe in yourself.

and UFO's

pornofunk starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/31/2008 05:41PM
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pornofunk

i dont believe in god, i believe in Bubba, paris hilton,futpharmer and other poeple with way too much time

*and davibones chill out....if your really gonna let a 11 year old piss you off on the internet..... i think everybody that frequests this site knows bubba's a fuckin moron....