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May 2020

Jump for Joy: Newly Rediscovered Electric Simcha

Electric Simcha put out four releases, ranging from one to three songs, in 2010. That short-lived catalog was enough for me to declare in Oy Oy Oy Gevalt! Jews and Punk that in their “sound and overall approach, Electric Simcha might have been the best effort to seamlessly pull off a musically skilled, decidedly punk take on a form of traditional Jewish music.” The Philadelphia quartet was together for about two years and took a hardcore/punk approach to Hasidic simcha music. Since…

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