Cool Jews | Salon Arts & Entertainment

Leonard Cohen is a Jew. But he’s not just any Jew: He’s dark, mysterious, unabashedly prurient and eternally hip. This is a troubling prospect. Not because of what it says about Cohen himself, but rather because of what’s been left in his wake. Which is nothing. My interest in Leonard Cohen’s music was rekindled by “I’m Your Man,” a documentary and concert film that further entrenches the poet and songwriter’s status as one of the coolest dudes around. After reacquainting myself with a body of work that includes darkly beautiful and richly evocative classics like “Hallelujah,” “Bird on a Wire,” “First We Take Berlin” and “Famous Blue Raincoat,” I began to wonder where I could find some contemporary examples of Jew-man coolness. I didn’t know where to turn. Looking for poets, I found only pishers. Shmendriks abound, sex symbols are few and far between. Where have all the cool Jews gone?


The Sound Of Worms - And Fish, And Rats!

The Sound Of Worms – And Fish,

 And Rats!

Tony Burrello
Omnibus Music
This perfect if you have say a 5 to 12 year old boy.  Not music so much as really freaky sounds.  This is a remastered rerelease of the 1952 original

Download “There’s A New Sound (The Sound of Worms)” (MP3, 192kbps)

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This article is right up my alley. Although my kid is too young to really discriminate – he digs Raffi, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Damien Marley and Tegan and Sara – I’m already starting to hate the CDs and MP3s that we have for him. I reviewed “See You Over The Moon” a while back. This is more stuff in that vein.

I love the primer playlist.

1. “Meltdown,” Justin Roberts
2. “House Party Time,” Dan Zanes
3. “Happy Song,” Milkshake
4. “Walk Along the River,” Laurie Berkner
5. “Sand Castles,” Justin Roberts
6. “Bottle of Sunshine,” Milkshake

So, it’s been a very long time since I posted a music review. I figured some children’s music since the kid is now getting into listening. Some of you might be familiar with Boowa and Kwala ( I wasn’t) but now is your chance. The music is fun and the lyrics are often the great sort of nonsense that kids love.
Definitely recommended.

12 Sing Along Songs… (music for children)
12 Sing Along Songs... (music for children)
Boowa & Kwala
UpToTen Records

Download “Boowa and Kwala” (MP3, 192kbps)