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April 2020

The Gangsta Rabbi: 10 Years Leukemia, 5 Years Terminal, Still Here

Steve “Gangsta Rabbi” Lieberman’s days might have seemed numbered. In 2016, he talked about his battle with cancer in an interview featured on this blog. In 2018, he started hospice care. In 2019, he ominously posed next to his grave following his wife’s passing. But in 2020, that photo is an album cover, because the King of Jewish Punk is still making music. The prolific Lieberman is hard at work on his 76th album, The Noise Militia. He explained that on his “final and ongoing album,” he “creates…

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Chabad Religion: An Odd New Heavyweight for Jewish Punk

My initial impression was that Chabad Religion was as big as it gets and would “bring a new spotlight to Jewish punk like never before.” The band features Yotam Ben Horin of Useless ID, the most successful punk rock band ever to come out of Israel, and Fat Mike of NOFX, which has put band members’ Jewishness on display more frequently, overtly, and humorously than any other prominent punk rock act. Were those expectations too high for Chabad Religion’s self-titled debut, which came out…

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Outstanding Passover Content All in One Place

I’ve written about Passover a lot over the past decade and a half. From Jewish punk to vegan food, here are some highlights all in one place! Last year I blogged about the Shondes’ Passover-themed video for “True North.” I wrote “Passover Punk Playlist” and “A Punk Playlist for Passover” for Jewcy in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The playlists include songs by Electric Menorah, the Gangsta Rabbi, Gefilte F*ck, G-d Is My Co-Pilot, Moshiach Oi!, NOFX, the Schleps, Schmekel, the Shondes, Total Passover,…

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