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i promise i won't delve into music all the time, but i wanted to do a quick post about this. i just downloaded (finally) the matisyahu album and i've loving it. if you don't know matisyahu yet, you will. he's a crown heights, brooklyn based hasidic reggae singer. now, i don't normally like reggae (at all), but something about this is really interesting. what's even better is i used to work with matisyahu's record label pres., aaron bisman. we were both ropeadope crew and when i left i knew he was destined for big things. bisman started j-dub records to celebrate jewish music and i'm so thrilled to see how big the label's gotten and how big one of his artist's has become. very cool stuff. if you're into checking out something different, click here. i suggest starting with "king without a crown". enjoy!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just bought this cd and I really like it too! And, I too am so not into reggae. It is definitely worth checking out!

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love it love it love it

3:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he`s just awsome.... i really enjoy he`s music... he has great lyrics (althought i`m not very religious).. and i just cant wait to see him in grand praire, tX !!! :D

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw him recently at the Garden when he opened for O.A.R. (I was photographing the latter) and he was AMAZING. Wow, truly a unique sound.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my sister found him on myspace a couple of weeks ago, and we've pretty much been rocking out to "king without a crown" ever since.

4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been listening to Matisyahu for a while, and I love seeing him get more and more attention. An amazing live performer with a great band making some of the best dub/reggae I've heard in years. New album in March!

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as long as you're talking music, check out The Avett Brothers...not exactly classifiable but incredibly true and infectious.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is so awesome, my boyfriend and I really like him too. We've found out that he's also on the new P.O.D. album if you're interested at all, it gives them a new feeling to their music.

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the benefits of working for MTVN is occasional live music in the cafeteria, and Matisyahu performed here a few months ago. Now, on the opposite end of the spectrum, I am a huge rock steady, dancehall and reggae fan, so I (like to!) think that my taste within the genre is pretty discerning. He totally blew me away! I downloaded a few of his sonegs ('King Without A Crown' included) from iTunes and admittedly wasn't AS impressed. So if all of you're digging his recorded sound, try to check him out live.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Scott said...

yeah king w/o a crown totally kicks it.

hey, if you get a minute, maybe you'd like to check out some of the imix's i post... maybe you'll find something new. or not.


1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the songs I liked, some didn't impress me as much... but I really like "Candle." Beautiful song.

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You all do know that he refuses to shake hands with a woman or perform with a woman? I know it's a religious choice but people should be aware he houses very, very archaic and anti-woman beliefs.

1:22 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

perhaps you're unaware of hasidic traditions? it's a religious tradition- i may not love the thought behind it, but i think it's silly to not want to listen to someone's music because they follow rules and traditions of their religion. do you know hasidic women don't shake men's hands, either?

just a lesson in jewish tradition from a hasidic site:

"Hasidic Jews don't shake hands with the opposite sex. The rule is for modesty and privacy, and is not limited to Hasidim. The non-Hasidic Orthodox Jews have this same rule also. It is observed with varying degrees of strictness, depending on the location and circumstances. In New York City and in Israel, most Orthodox Jews will not shake hands with the opposite sex at all.

In general, Orthodox Jewish men and women do not shake hands or touch each other unless they are married, and then only in private. It is not that women are considered dirty or unclean as some people -- even some Jews -- wrongly think. Quite the opposite. It is because both men and women consider our bodies to be sacred and not for everybody else's gaze or touch. When you consider the amount of sexual harassment in the secular workplaces nowadays, you can see the wisdom of this rule.

Also related to this rule is the tendency for a Hasidic man to not look directly into the eyes of a woman who is not his wife, and vice versa. Again, this is not limited to Hasidim. Many American Indian tribes -- even matriarchal ones -- avoid eye contact between men and women in this way. In both American Indian and Hasidic cultures, it is considered very rude to stare at somebody from across the table, so there is a tendency for both men and women to look down or off to the side during conversations."


1:37 PM  

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