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By Michael Croland

The Most Convenient Golem Show Yet

Last night, Golem, a klezmer-rock band with a punk edge, played a free show at Penn Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. It was an approximately 10-minute walk from my office. When I lived in Virginia, I drove to DC, Arlington, and Richmond to see Golem. This was by far the most convenient Golem show I’ve attended! I can list […]

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Asher Yatzar: Yiddish Pop-Punk

There’s a new Jewish punk band, and it’s a Yiddish pop-punk band! Asher Yatzar formed last year and got its name from the prayer said after excretion. The Chicago band played its first show in March. Click here to watch a video from an Asher Yatzar show. In the below interview, drummer/singer Dave and guitarist/singer […]

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Memoir by MDC’s Dave Dictor

I was eager to read MDC: Memoir From a Damaged Civilization by MDC singer Dave Dictor, which came out last week. I knew MDC’s song “The Jew That Got Away,” but I wasn’t sure if Dictor was Jewish or wrote the song. The chorus declared, “Now I’m Max’s grandson, and I’m back to say, here I am, […]

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Selfies with the Book!

I enjoyed receiving photos from readers when their copies of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk arrived in the mail. Some shared photos of the book via text messages and Facebook posts. In what is truly a sign of the times, some took selfies!   Yidcore singer Bram Presser poses with Louie.   This reader impressively emulates the […]

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Metalcore “Adir Hu” by The Schleps

Joshua Sherer is The Schleps. He handles vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and recording for the one-man Jewish metalcore band. The Schleps’ earlier songs included “Maoz Tzur” and “Adon Olam.” For Passover last month, The Schleps released a new song, “Adir Hu.” Click here to listen. “Adir Hu” has never rocked so hard! One could debate whether this metalcore song […]

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Queens Museum Exhibit Marks 40th Anniversary of the Ramones’ Debut Album

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ self-titled debut album. The album was a landmark in the development of punk rock, and the group has been widely cited as the first punk rock band. As discussed in Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, two of the quartet’s founding members, Joey and Tommy, were Jewish, […]

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In Time for Passover, Jewish Punk Versions of “Dayenu”

When I was in high school, I didn’t know that Jewish punk existed. I often joked with my friend Dan Horowitz that he should start a “Heebcore” band called Hamotze Lechem MeinHorowitz, which was a pun on his last name and the blessing over bread. I suggested a metalcore cover of “Dayenu,” which would be screamed […]

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NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories

No prominent punk rock band has put its members’ Jewishness on display as overtly, frequently, and humorously as NOFX has. The quartet includes singer/bassist Fat Mike and guitarist Eric Melvin, who are both Jewish. NOFX’s “The Brews” is the number-one Jewish punk anthem. Fat Mike’s and Melvin’s Jewishness comes up sporadically in NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub […]

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Punk Rock and Jewish Music as Part of a Larger Stew

In Chapter 4 of Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, I talked about punk approaches to klezmer and other types of Jewish music. I focused on klezmer (particularly the Klezmatics), Radical Jewish Culture, Golem, Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird, and Electric Simcha. For numerous other bands, klezmer (and other types of Jewish music) […]

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Purim: Homotaschen!

Happy Purim! I want to share a hilarious punk rock song about Purim: “Homotaschen.” Click here to listen to the song, and click here (scroll down) to read the lyrics. The transgender Jewish punk band Schmekel made songs about most Jewish holidays, and the band’s 2013 Purim song, “Homotaschen,” was a masterpiece. The title is […]

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