January 3rd, 2007


Maybe I'm just late to the game...

The leftovers at the Tower Records store-closing sale in the last week were pretty much crap.

I still found a strange album by a group called Ekova that's kind of interesting and was dirt cheap. I found a re-release of Open Mind by Jean-Luc Ponty.

The really interesting thing, though, was God is a Moog, by Gershon Kingsley (of "Popcorn" and "Baroque Hoedown" fame) released by Reboot Stereophonic.

I haven't even listened to it yet.

But they had dozens of copies.


At $2 a pop.

I don't think anybody knew what it was.

Hell, I didn't know what it was, but I figured it was worth taking a chance on. For $2? What could possibly go wrong?

I was processing a bunch of other CDs when I decided to look at the liner notes. Then I decided to look up Reboot Stereophonic.

I have got to make time to listen to this.

From the liner notes? God is a Moog is a collection of unreleased Gershon Kingsley tracks from the early 70's, including electronic adaptations of Jewish folk music, original Jewish devotional music and serious period weirdness.

From the Reboot Stereophonic Website? Well, it turns out that Reboot is a nonprofit Jewish arts and history organization, and Reboot Stereophonic is their music publishing arm. They've also released a remaster of Irving Fields' Bagels and Bongos, a collection of Jewish mambo music, and Joe Quijano's Fiddler on the Roof Goes Latin.

Their most recent release is Jewface, a collection of rare early 20th century Jewish comedy songs. Examples are up at the Jewface MySpace page (the remix by Mocean Worker of "Under the Matzoh Tree" is priceless). I have got to get this. It's just too wild.