Jew York. The big Jewish apple. The center of the world, both secular and Jewish (yeah I went there Jerusalem, deal with it). Presenting our final installment of our HJs @ SXSW 2013 series – Jew York City.
Self proclaimed ‘negative Jewish girl‘ Marnie Stern is as New York as one can get. Marnie’s Stern tans formation from singer-songwriter to modern day rock and roller…well it can be well summed up in her song ‘Transformer’.
Homegirl can kick ass. But that’s not all;
“I never want to become that bitter musician who is pissed but there is a part of me that is just like, Motherfucker! Put some effort into it!” She says. “I want to hear effort. You can tell when something has been slapped together in five minutes.”
Marnie sighs and let’s out an “Oh God” so nasal and drawn-out she sounds like Fran Drescher. “I’m very comfortable in the underdog position,” she sheepishly admits. “I don’t know how to be anything else.”
Up and coming band from Brooklyn. The video below says it all.
Allison Weiss is a five-person band under the moniker of the 25 year old Brooklynite front-woman Allison Weiss. Her best solo credit is when she toured with Lou Reed in Europe this past summer. Listen to her indie-pop below.
This folk-rock duo, comprised of Talia Osteen and Dov Rosenblatt live in LA but were originally from NYC. Their biggest credit to date is a song that played on House, below.
Elizabeth and the Catapult
Elizabeth Ziman is the leader of this musically beautiful group. Below is a soft, sad song ‘Thank You‘, which is the perfect way to end this unpredictable winter. Winter blues, good bye and fuck off!
Michael Gerner hasn’t written a a raucous album since 2007, which is why their next album, An A.merican D.ream, coming out sometime in 2013, should be delightful and should be on your radars. Welcome to My Room, off of their 2007 work, is an indie-rock, foot stomping indie rock anthem.
Ravens and Chimes
Ravens and Chimes are a bunch of NYU grads who decided to form a band in 2005. Asher Lack, the singer, is the son of artist Stephen Lack. They’ve opened for lots of great acts, including The band Dan Deacon, Frightened Rabbit, and Sondre Lerche at SXSW 2011.
The Andy Statman Trio
The only Orthodox, Jazz group at SXSW in 2013 is The Andy Statman Trio.
Andy Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions and performances as “spontaneous
American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.” This modest man takes for granted that a performer
might embody several worlds in his art, and seems humbled by the fact that his music, like his story, is extraordinary.
Andy’s musical journey began early, when he was a child in Queens, not far from his current home in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Born into a family with a long line of cantors and some well-known professional musicians in the family tree, Andy grew up singing hasidic melodies in the afternoon Jewish school his parents sent him to, and listening to show tunes, klezmer, and classics – along with every other variety of music playing within earshot.
Below is Andy Statman playing the Chuppah March. Mazel tov.
Miracles of Modern Science
Miracles of Modern Science formed at Princeton, but is now resides in Brookyln. They play a lot of antique instruments. Below is an awesome video of theirs, covering She Drives Me Crazy. No idea how it doesn’t have tens of thousands of views.
Trummors are from Jew York, but they aren’t city folk. Hailing from West Saugerties, their music reflects their country lifestyle. These folks aint masquerading folksy hipsters. The real deal.