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Golem

New York, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2000 | INDIE

New York, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2000
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"Golem"

"Tucheses and Nenes," a nod to a Lenny Bruce routine about obscenity, is an amusing look at the language barriers between recent immigrants and more settled Americans. I find second vocalist Aaron Diskin a little too theatrical—imagine Mandy Patinkin in the body of Eugene Hutz—but the music itself is smoking hot, a recklessly giddy amalgam of eastern European styles spiked with especially bracing work from trombonist Curtis Hasselbring and violinist Alicia Jo Rabins. - Chicago Reader


"Golem"

"Tucheses and Nenes," a nod to a Lenny Bruce routine about obscenity, is an amusing look at the language barriers between recent immigrants and more settled Americans. I find second vocalist Aaron Diskin a little too theatrical—imagine Mandy Patinkin in the body of Eugene Hutz—but the music itself is smoking hot, a recklessly giddy amalgam of eastern European styles spiked with especially bracing work from trombonist Curtis Hasselbring and violinist Alicia Jo Rabins. - Chicago Reader


"Golem"

Thankfully, for the past few decades there's been a movement afoot among young American Jews to recapture and update the music, language, and other folkways of their grandparents and great-grandparents, and Brooklyn's Golem play an important role as one of the best current practictioners of Yiddish folk-punk. Their latest album, 2009's Citizen Boris (JDub), is their first written largely in English, and though it takes an outsiders' view on some songs (such as the vaguely sinister "Train Across Ukraine"), it reverts to hilarious type with, the, er, bounciness of "Tucheses and Nenes. - Chicago Reader


"Golem"

Thankfully, for the past few decades there's been a movement afoot among young American Jews to recapture and update the music, language, and other folkways of their grandparents and great-grandparents, and Brooklyn's Golem play an important role as one of the best current practictioners of Yiddish folk-punk. Their latest album, 2009's Citizen Boris (JDub), is their first written largely in English, and though it takes an outsiders' view on some songs (such as the vaguely sinister "Train Across Ukraine"), it reverts to hilarious type with, the, er, bounciness of "Tucheses and Nenes. - Chicago Reader


"New Music from Golem"

Golem, a New York City-based folk collective, have funneled their sound through Eastern Europe on their label debut, Fresh Off Boat (out Aug. 22), and "Warsaw Is Khelm" is that album's accordion-fueled, gypsy-punk gem. The eccentric sextet recruited Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer to sing the elaborate Yiddish folk tale with vocalist/tambourine player Aaron Diskin. "The song is about a guy who leaves a town called Khelm in Poland where everyone is known to be stupid," bandleader/accordion player Annette Ezekiel told SPIN.com. "He leaves to go to Warsaw but gets lost and ends up back in Khelm. He's so stupid that he thinks he's actually in Warsaw. The moral is any place can be any place else -- it doesn't matter where you are. - SPIN Magazine


"New Music from Golem"

Golem, a New York City-based folk collective, have funneled their sound through Eastern Europe on their label debut, Fresh Off Boat (out Aug. 22), and "Warsaw Is Khelm" is that album's accordion-fueled, gypsy-punk gem. The eccentric sextet recruited Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer to sing the elaborate Yiddish folk tale with vocalist/tambourine player Aaron Diskin. "The song is about a guy who leaves a town called Khelm in Poland where everyone is known to be stupid," bandleader/accordion player Annette Ezekiel told SPIN.com. "He leaves to go to Warsaw but gets lost and ends up back in Khelm. He's so stupid that he thinks he's actually in Warsaw. The moral is any place can be any place else -- it doesn't matter where you are. - SPIN Magazine


"GOLEM "Fresh Off Boat" J-Dub"

"Ushti Baba," "Fresh Off Boat's" opening track, kicks off with an accordion and trombone intro, followed by Yiddish singing. But the drums offer a hyper-quick, club-style pulse. That bass is pretty funky, and the violin's wail is so high and reedy that it sounds like that horror-flick staple, the theremin. And the manic gargle/warble of Aaron Diskin will stir deep feelings of nostalgia in anyone who has attended a Pere Ubu concert. - Washington Post


"GOLEM "Fresh Off Boat" J-Dub"

"Ushti Baba," "Fresh Off Boat's" opening track, kicks off with an accordion and trombone intro, followed by Yiddish singing. But the drums offer a hyper-quick, club-style pulse. That bass is pretty funky, and the violin's wail is so high and reedy that it sounds like that horror-flick staple, the theremin. And the manic gargle/warble of Aaron Diskin will stir deep feelings of nostalgia in anyone who has attended a Pere Ubu concert. - Washington Post


"Golem"

A lot of today's klezmer music takes itself way too seriously,' says Annette Ezekiel, 32, the founder of, and songwriter for, the six-piece Yiddish crossover band Golem. 'Traditionalists study it like a dead museum piece—or else make it schmaltzy and embarrassing.' Not Golem, which updates convention by infusing conventional klezmer with punk, folk and rock. - Time Out New York


"Golem"

A lot of today's klezmer music takes itself way too seriously,' says Annette Ezekiel, 32, the founder of, and songwriter for, the six-piece Yiddish crossover band Golem. 'Traditionalists study it like a dead museum piece—or else make it schmaltzy and embarrassing.' Not Golem, which updates convention by infusing conventional klezmer with punk, folk and rock. - Time Out New York


"Golem"

The hybrid DNA of last year’s Citizen Boris erupts into zesty party anthems (“Meat Street”) and comic vistas (“Train Across the Ukraine”), while sometimes mashing forms together in dramatic fashion (“Balkan Espanol”). The effort involved is quite serious, yet the musicians don’t act as if they want any of it over-intellectualized. They indulge enough low humor and bawdy, robust rhythms to distract anyone’s attention from such silly things. - Time Out Chicago


"Golem"

The hybrid DNA of last year’s Citizen Boris erupts into zesty party anthems (“Meat Street”) and comic vistas (“Train Across the Ukraine”), while sometimes mashing forms together in dramatic fashion (“Balkan Espanol”). The effort involved is quite serious, yet the musicians don’t act as if they want any of it over-intellectualized. They indulge enough low humor and bawdy, robust rhythms to distract anyone’s attention from such silly things. - Time Out Chicago


"Golem"

Stellar! A wild edgy approach with a reverance for Old World tradition. - The New Yorker


"Golem"

Stellar! A wild edgy approach with a reverance for Old World tradition. - The New Yorker


"Golem takes gypsy music a step further"

Not that anyone from the Old Country will necessarily recognize much in Golem, whose latest album "Fresh Off Boat" (J-Dub) puts their myriad influences through the style processor until it comes out as something unique - Chicago Tribune


"Golem takes gypsy music a step further"

Not that anyone from the Old Country will necessarily recognize much in Golem, whose latest album "Fresh Off Boat" (J-Dub) puts their myriad influences through the style processor until it comes out as something unique - Chicago Tribune


"Citizen Boris review"

The third album from this Brooklyn outfit presents Gypsy punk folk, complete with klezmer jams, Yiddish singing and jokes. With Phish's Mike Gordon on bass and Lenny Kaye on guitar Boat is full of contagious energy and virtuoso playing - Rolling Stone


"Citizen Boris review"

The third album from this Brooklyn outfit presents Gypsy punk folk, complete with klezmer jams, Yiddish singing and jokes. With Phish's Mike Gordon on bass and Lenny Kaye on guitar Boat is full of contagious energy and virtuoso playing - Rolling Stone


"Here Strides the Bride: Catskills Kitsch in Manhattan"

But for five hours on Thursday night, 200 ticket-buying revelers seemed not to notice anything amiss in the club's subterranean Tap Room, where they nibbled on deli meats beneath garlands of fake flowers as Golem, the klezmer rock band, gave itself a wedding in a "Manhattan 2005" version of an old Catskills tradition - The New York Times


"Here Strides the Bride: Catskills Kitsch in Manhattan"

But for five hours on Thursday night, 200 ticket-buying revelers seemed not to notice anything amiss in the club's subterranean Tap Room, where they nibbled on deli meats beneath garlands of fake flowers as Golem, the klezmer rock band, gave itself a wedding in a "Manhattan 2005" version of an old Catskills tradition - The New York Times


"Citizen Boris review"

Their fifth disc's originals, based loosely on Ukrainian immigrant songs collected by singer Annette Ezekiel-Kogan, are in English and just about every tongue spoken East of the Danube, with rock and reggae underpinning whirling dervishes and Old World lovers' laments. - Blender


"Citizen Boris review"

Their fifth disc's originals, based loosely on Ukrainian immigrant songs collected by singer Annette Ezekiel-Kogan, are in English and just about every tongue spoken East of the Danube, with rock and reggae underpinning whirling dervishes and Old World lovers' laments. - Blender


"Album review: Citizen Boris"

Golem are a New York City band who take klezmer and Eastern European folk strains and bash them out with a punky fervor, which aligns them philosophically with Gogol Bordello and such JDub labelmates as Balkan Beat Box and Matisyahu. Accordionist-bandleader Annette Ezekiel Kogan and Aaron Diskin trade off lyrics in English, Yiddish and Ladino as trombonist Curtis Hasselbring and violinist Alicia Jo Rabins stitch the songs together with frantic tempos and madcap melodies on their latest album, Citizen Boris. But Kogan’s lyrics don’t ape the surreal bohemianism of Gogol Bordello singer Eugene Hütz’s wild-eyed tales. Instead, her tunes are more overtly sensual, such as “Tucheses and Nenes,” where Diskin frankly lists his favorite types of women (”I like them dirtier than clean”). Even more intriguing is “Come to Me,” which unwinds with mesmerizing, serpentine weaves of Rabins’ violin as Kogan sighs and screams with orgasmic delight. The song pulls off that rare trick of being sexually thrilling without being crass or juvenile. Diskin and Kogan are also delightfully whimsical on the title track, where they grill each other with questions lifted directly from a citizenship test. - LA Weekly


"Album review: Citizen Boris"

Golem are a New York City band who take klezmer and Eastern European folk strains and bash them out with a punky fervor, which aligns them philosophically with Gogol Bordello and such JDub labelmates as Balkan Beat Box and Matisyahu. Accordionist-bandleader Annette Ezekiel Kogan and Aaron Diskin trade off lyrics in English, Yiddish and Ladino as trombonist Curtis Hasselbring and violinist Alicia Jo Rabins stitch the songs together with frantic tempos and madcap melodies on their latest album, Citizen Boris. But Kogan’s lyrics don’t ape the surreal bohemianism of Gogol Bordello singer Eugene Hütz’s wild-eyed tales. Instead, her tunes are more overtly sensual, such as “Tucheses and Nenes,” where Diskin frankly lists his favorite types of women (”I like them dirtier than clean”). Even more intriguing is “Come to Me,” which unwinds with mesmerizing, serpentine weaves of Rabins’ violin as Kogan sighs and screams with orgasmic delight. The song pulls off that rare trick of being sexually thrilling without being crass or juvenile. Diskin and Kogan are also delightfully whimsical on the title track, where they grill each other with questions lifted directly from a citizenship test. - LA Weekly


Discography

Golem (debut EP) (2001) Golem Records
Libeshmertzn (Love Hurts) (2002) Golem Records
Homesick Songs (2004) Aeronaut Records
Fresh Off Boat (2006) JDub Records
Citizen Boris (2009) JDub Records

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Yiddish folk punk band Golem was founded by Annette Ezekiel Kogan, singing and playing accordion. Since then, Golem has become the leading re-interpreter of Yiddish and Eastern European music as well as innovators, creating new songs and pushing tradition forward into new territory. Golem performs nationally and internationally, from the east coast to the west, and from Paris to to Stockholm to Warsaw. The band is perfectly at home in venues as varied as rock clubs, festivals, and theaters, and at weddings and bar mitzvahs as well. They have two albums, “Fresh Off Boat” and “Citizen Boris” released on independent Jewish label, Jdub Records (Matisyahu). In 2014 Golem released a new album "Tanz" on renowned Mexican label Discos Corason. Golem is known for its theatricality and fearless wild energy, combining a punk rock sensibility with love and reverence for tradition. This is music to which Eastern European grandparents danced over a century ago, and now Golem has its unwrinkled fans moshing to the same pulsing beats.

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