I'm off in a few minutes to do some klezmerized radio. It's not just that something in my nature rebels this time of year against the overwhelming Christmas machine. It's also that there's some great new music I want to share. As mentioned earlier, I recently got hold of the music of the Hip Hop Hoodios, a wild Latino-Jewish crew from NYC. Then there's the music of Nikitov, Yair Dalal, Golem, Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars, the Klezmatics, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Yale Strom & Elizabeth Schwartz ... and so on, and so on.
Of particular note is the recent release Bubbemeises: Lies My Gramma Told Me - a deft blend of klezmer and hip-hop. Hear an interview with David Krakauer (mp3) in which he admits that he can't speak Yiddish, and talks about his collaboration with DJ Socalled and the state of Jewish music.
By the way, if you're in the mood for awards, take note that the 2006 Grammy nominations are out. No, they haven't added a klezmer category this year. For a European perspective, have a look and listen (a full-length streaming song from each nomineee) at the BBC Awards for World Music 2006. Starting in January, you can vote for the BBC audience award while you're there.