By Michael Croland

Golem’s “Vodka Is Poison”: New Video!

Golem, a klezmer-rock band with a punk edge, released a new video today for “Vodka Is Poison” (from the band’s 2014 album, Tanz). Click here to watch the video on YouTube. In Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk, I discuss in depth how the label “punk” relates to Golem. In the chorus especially, “Vodka Is Poison” has a […]

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They Went Away from Punk

  Jewish musicians have figured prominently in some extremely successful, mainstream acts that had punk rock roots but went in a different direction musically. We will focus on the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane’s Addiction, and P!nk.   Beastie Boys The Beastie Boys was a landmark group that helped bring hip-hop to […]

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Punking Up the Friday Night Service

I sometimes lead Friday night services for an independent minyan. I’ve never made a conscious effort to “punk up” services, but I have done so in a few different regards. “Adon Olam” is a prayer that is sung to a wide variety of melodies, including traditional melodies and pretty much anything else. Back in 2003, […]

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Farewell, Shmarya Rosenberg of Failed Messiah

Shmarya Rosenberg announced on Tuesday that, after nearly 12 years, he is leaving his blog, Failed Messiah. Failed Messiah was a one-man powerhouse covering (and uncovering) injustice, hypocrisy, and a variety of issues in the Orthodox world. Failed Messiah was a big reason I got interested in running a Jewish blog in the first place. In 2004, when PETA […]

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Jew Cocks: Circumcised for Your Pleasure!

I had a feeling that I’d find out about another Jewish punk band once it was too late to include the group in Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk. So instead, appearing on this blog, are the Jew Cocks! Warning: Sometimes punk rock can be offensive! The LA-based band released its first full-length album, Full Release, in July. The […]

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Not Dead

Both Jewish culture and punk have faced frequent claims that they are dead. Both have showed strong resistance against naysayers who make those claims. There have long been predictions of the demise of the Jewish people and their culture. Klezmer music was presumed dead until its revival, which began in the 1970s. At many points […]

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Fiddlin on Ya Roof

This week I got to see the new Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, which just opened last month. It was my first time seeing Fiddler on stage as an adult, and it was a blast witnessing all the iconic songs, beloved characters, and classic lines. There’s a special reason why the Fiddler songs speak to me […]

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B’Nai Mitzvah and Bestowed Adulthood: Adolescents Getting Into Punk as Men

To signify that they are now adult members of the Jewish community, boys have a bar mitzvah at age 13 (and girls have a bat mitzvah as early as 12). This bestowal of adulthood happens around the same time (or shortly before) many adolescents get into punk rock. It could be inspiring at that age […]

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Yiddish New York Klezmer Blowout

While most musicians in Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk play punk rock, Chapter 4 looks at punk influences of musicians playing klezmer and other types of Jewish music. The chapter explores an overview of klezmer (most notably the Klezmatics and Hasidic New Wave), Radical Jewish Culture (especially Pitom), Golem, Daniel Kahn & The […]

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