Klein looks like the Jewish WWF Wrestler Mick Foley
We’ve saved the best for last. It’s no secret that The Duckman and I have a bit of a love affair with My Jerusalem. Sometimes you can’t explain love. You can’t explain the flusterings in your heart. You just know something’s destined for greatness. Words don’t do justice. Enter: My Jerusalem
They’re from Austin, Texas. Jeff Klein, frontman, is a naturally funny guy (wonder how that always happen with Joos). During a recent twitter conversation, he told me 2 important bits of information. 1) He once wanted to start a clothing line called Shmata. 2) Klein wants to do an HJ photo shoot wearing 2 yarmulkas as a bikini top. He’s my type of man.
I could try to give a bio of the band, but I wouldn’t do justice, mainly because I’m a hack blogger and whoever wrote their bio is a damn good writer. Here’s the first paragraph on the website, you should check the rest of it out here.
What’s a nice boy like Jeff Klein doing on the Lower East Side, doling out bruised rock anthems instead of taking up a nice, steady dental practice? Instead of being corrupted by cigarettes and whiskey, and transforming himself into one of the most accomplished purveyors of urban Americana, Klein could have maybe put down the guitar and pursued the rabbinical study. But after years of going it alone with critically acclaimed solo albums and working with fellow tarnished souls like Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan, Klein is finally making up for whatever heartbreak he’s caused his family by revisiting the Holy Land of My Jerusalem—though as the possessive indicates, it’s still on his own terms. Hey, it could have been worse, Papa Klein. He could have been Philip Roth, and spent 40 years writing about his penis.
They recently played Daytrotter. They played SXSW last year and in 2009. Their latest song, Shake the Devil, is catchy as fuck. The raw, scratchy emotional vocals. The simple yet elegant folksy guitar picking. The brass. Jeff Klein’s massive BEARD. It’s all there. For your entertainment. (Seriously just listened to it 6 times in a row.)
If you are in NYC Apr 16, I highly suggest you mark your calendar and check them out at the Mercury Lounge.
Hear more of their songs here.