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December 2017

Short Jewish Punk Songs for the Shortest Day of the Year

Today is Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. There’s so little daylight that every minute counts. It’s the perfect time to listen to under-a-minute Jewish punk songs! There’s a tradition of short punk rock songs that cut to the chase. Behold the Dead Kennedys’ “Short Songs” and Fat Wreck Chords’ 101-band compilation, Short Music for Short People. Today of all days, why waste time with extended intros or guitar solos? The Schleps Hanukkah ended at sundown yesterday, but can’t you spare another…

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Photos from 2006 Hanukkah Tour

My favorite Hanukkah memory is covering the Eight Crazy Nights tour for the Forward in 2006. The tour featured Yidcore, Jewdriver, and the Zydepunks as well as Jericho’s Echo: Punk Rock in the Holy Land. I attended shows on the first two nights of Hanukkah in San Francisco and Berkeley. After that tour, it was inevitable that I’d write Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk. Check out my Forward article, which noted, “The tour featured a magical world where Manischewitz wine…

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