Well, yes and no. Remember that Israel is a nation of immigrants, and it's got lots of nice waterfront. As much as anything, those two factors explain Boom Pam's pairing of duo surf guitars with tight tuba bass lines. Crazy Balkan time signatures and minimalist percussion make their self-titled album irresistible to the musically curious, whether your usual fare is rock or world music. Mostly instrumental, the feisty songs bear titles such as " The Souvlak," "Kova Plada (aka Tango)", and "Wedding Song."
One should take warning of the immensely creepy song "Let Me Touch" with lyrics indicating a certain, um, lack of romantic sensitivity. I'm not saying I dislike it -- I laughed out loud at the over-the-top lyrics. But it's scary enough that I included it in a Halloween show. Whether because of that track or in spite of it, this album comes highly recommended.
[mp3] Boom Pam: "
from their self-titled album Boom Pam
[Whether the surf guitars have anything to do with the Israeli surfing scene, I don't know. Maybe you should ask someone at the beach.]
A number of other new Jewish/Israeli albums have been showing up recently, which we may or may not get around to reviewing. They include:
Lenka Lichtenberg & Brian Katz: Pashtes/Simplicity info
Channe Nussbaum & Spielniks: Copenhagen Klezmer and Jidishe Mame info
Theresa Tova: You Ask Me Why-Tova Sings Beyle info
Makondo: Makondo info