Jan 19, 2010

Blue Fringe ROCKED My World.




A little over a month ago, I had the pleasure of meeting and listening to the stylings of Blue Fringe, an indie Jewish music group out of NYC featuring Hayyim Danzig, Avi Hoffman, Dov Rosenblatt, and Danny Zwillenberg. I'm not going to go into their history or how they met or who their influences are or any of that business, you can read that for yourself over on their website. I will, say, however, that I was completely blown away at how incredibly awesome these guys are. Not only do they play amazing indie music, but they also manage to weave beautiful Jewish melodies and lyrics into their songs. It's true "Jewish music," but without the overwhelming aura of much "Jewish music." Coming from a non-Jewish, hipster, show-going, musician-dating, bar-hopping background (as I am), it was a breath of fresh air to be able to hear these guys live.


After listening to their album "The Whole World Lit Up," I was struck by the sound. They sounded like someone else, but with their own, unique twist, but I couldn't place it. I let it go, and continued to listen, hoping it would come to me, and somewhere in the middle of Bereishit I realized that it was Iron and Wine. It's that hint of softness with hauntingly beautiful music that cater to that sound. I can't really pick a favorite on the album, but Bereishit and Eshet Chayil are two of my favorites. I also am a huge fan of their cover of The Flaming Lips' Do You Realize, which is a soft, distinct spin on the original.

The night they were at my shul (for a Chanukah performance), one of the guys -- Avi Hoffman -- wasn't available that night, so the stellar frontman of band Pitom, Yoshie Fruchter, filled in for him. The funny thing about this is that when I was at Middlebury over the summer for ulpan, I spotted a flier near the mailboxes for the band Pitom. So low and behold, when I finally met the frontman, I was stoked!

The great thing about Blue Fringe, aside from the awesomeness of their Jewish music abilities, is that they sound just as good -- if not better -- live than they do on their album. Now I just have to figure out how to get them to play for my wedding. (Nudge, nudge.) So go out, buy their albums, and enjoy the beautiful, beautiful lyrics, music, and voice of Dov. Oh, and if you get a chance, try to get a listen/copy of their song on Shidduchim and dating. It is, in a word, HILARIOUS.

8 comments:

Talia Davis said...

Flipping Out was the first one I heard and I just fell in love! Such a great band! Wish they came to Colorado... ever!

Shades of Grey said...

They're the ones that started the modern Jewish rock scene - and they're amazing! The lead-off song from the 2nd album, "70 Faces" is a must hear for anyone flying back to Israel for a return visit.

Chaviva said...

I accidentally REJECTED this! Oops.

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Nice to see the shul has good stage lights...Just a heads up to you and the CT wide shul goers; my band 'Blanket Statementstein back from the UK', will be playing the Beth David 2010 Purim Concert.

GilaB said...

Avi is a good friend of mine, and while he's never mentioned weddings, I know they've played bar/bat mitzvas before. You should email them and ask. Avi's in law school and pretty swamped (I think the Chanuka show at your shul was during finals), and Chaim and Danny are also both in various grad schools, so it may depend on their academic schedules more than anything else.

Chaviva said...

@Gila I actually asked Dov and he's pretty sure it will work -- except for Avi maybe. I understand the stress of academia. Luckily, we finish here early May. However, I'll be working on grad exams and a hefty grad exam paper by then. YIPES!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know if Avi is single? :)))

Chaviva said...

Alas, Dov is happily married :)

Anonymous said...

hehehe I know Dov is married, but I was asking about Avi. Him too? :O)

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