I also had a browse through some blog posts about him. I liked this one: Matisyahu destroyed my car. I also liked the way Matisyahu fits so easily into this awesome reggae sound system inspired mix from the ever-reliable Motel de Moka: Gaspar Fiyah Sound System. A few posts from Metal Jew: 1, 2, 3, 4.
From the wonderful Waxidermy, a little dispatch from an earlier, more innocent era of black/Jewish relations:
Soul Messengers - Sweet Land Of Mine (Kingdom 1976)
From what I have been told the Soul Messengers were a group of Americans that immigrated into their chosen holy land of Israel in the 70's. This makes sense as the title track is a blatant Neil Diamond rip off but the writing is credited to "The Soul Messengers". Despite the comical religious reworking of "Sweet Caroline" there are some great moments on here. It is a very diverse LP and ranges from sweet soul, to funk and even spaced out free jazz.
In my last Bob's beats post, I briefly mentioned the wonderful Kirsty MacColl, South London heroine. Completely by coincidence, I just came across a couple of related things. Her half-brother Neill MacColl has a new record out with Kathryn Williams - lovely, as you can hear at To The Dogs. And Cover Laydown, amidst a bunch of other fantastic cowboy songs, posts a gentle Kelly Willis country cover of Kirsty's "Don't Come the Cowboy with Me, Sonny Jim".
Glancing through the To The Dogs blog (which I liked a lot), the words "Covering Bob" alarmed me, until I realised it was Bob Dylan of course. Just recently I submitted "To Ramona" as my favourite song in my Normblog profile, and, lo, here is Sinéad Lohan singing it. There's also a track by Brockley's own Gabrielle.
On of my favourite songs is The Clash's "Guns of Brixton". Berkeley Place posts loads of cover versions. Bedouin Soundclash is good and interesting, Nouvelle Vague is lovely, and the Calexico version is, in my mind, far better than the original. Most of the others are dodgy though. The Nouvelle Vague version also comes up in a cool bunch of Clash covers at Cover Freak, including, shockingly, Dwight Yoakam's country "Train in Vain", as well as the classic Rachid Taha "Rocking the Casbah". When I was a kid, my local corner store was called the Casbah, so I was always a bit confused about what the Clash were on about.
Finally, Maxim Gorky got jazz wrong, and Buddy Rich proves it. See Shiraz Socialist for details and video.
Vanity-generated bonus link: Undomundo Monday re-blog: a mention from one of my favourite music bloggers!
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