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December 19, 2003 - Image 105

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-19

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from page 73
Like the tide says, this is traditional,
classic klezmer. Clarinet and fiddle lead
the band in familiar tunes like "Odessa
Bulgar" and "Russian Sher." Most rec-
ognizable will be the medley of songs
in "South Coast Hora," which include
"Hava Nagila" and "Siman Tov
U'Mazel Tov."
Led by Renah and Keith Wolzinger,
the eight-piece band is composed of
solid musicians, keeping the feel family
friendly and fun, rather than raucous
like the Klezmatics.
The album is completely instru-
mental, mixing slower songs like
"Der Gasn Nigun" with faster ones


like "Freilach in Swing." The boun-
cy oompa keeps the smooth clarinet-
led beat moving.

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Philadelphia's Adam Guren returns
with another album of fast, quirky elec-
tric guitar-driven songs. Although often
categorized as punk rock, the sing-songy
feel of his music makes him closer to
They Might Be Giants or Weird Al
All the songs are written and per-
formed by Guren alone, using guitars,
sequencers and drum machines, which
"I unfortunately years ago named my
package," he says.
Many tracks are goofy and sarcastic,
but like on his previous CD What We
Do On Christmas, Guren takes a polit-
ical turn on Jewish issues.
In The Palestinians Are Not the
Same as the Rebel Alliance," he attacks
anti-American and anti-Israel protes-
tors: "You're so leftist/You're so pro-
peace/You hate the death penalty/But l-
ove it in the Middle East." 7

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The CD also features Friedman's
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Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary fame)
song "Light One Candle," plus a won-
derful rendition of "Maoz Tzur."
To hear selected cuts from the CD,
log onto Friedman's website at

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