Saturday, September 24, 2016

Gedy Ronen - Hot in Yaffo

It's that time of the year when every hot weekend feels like it might be the last one before autumn takes over. So here's one last breezy summer song (though I'm probably wrong and next weekend will be just as hot), an ode to Yaffo by Gedy Ronen with a light touch of autumn melancholy.

It's hot in Yaffo, hot on Yefet and Street 60
Cats celebrate here on the stones
Whoever doesn't get through the selection comes here to dance
No matter how much she didn't give me I just wanted more

How every time she's burning how she's not quiet
In a painted dress she walked around
And now for a long time again I won't see her
I won't see her

When the summer will end you'll be drained
Go look at yourself honestly in the eyes

On the Zodiac Path, another day of photo shoots
Passerby shout:"what a pair of love doves"
They go down to the port to catch the sunset
They have the frame- they just need the picture

She would like to be remembered this way
Her hair tossed in the wind sails in her dress

It's hot in Yaffo, hot on Yeffet, jump into the salad
The whole city which gets mixed will mix a bit
Only she is coming, she's about to leave, just to stay a bit more
Just to stay a bit more

When the summer will end you'll be drained
Go look at yourself honestly in the eyes
She said that she's leaving she probably won't come back
Probably won't come back...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Noga Erez - Hold Me

Indie City is back! A perfect opportunity to introduce you to the very talented Noga Erez, and also to the Israel Museum, one of my favorite places in Jerusalem. Stay updated (or catch up!) on upcoming Indie City clips here.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tamar Aphek - Dream inside a dream

When the credits rolled last night at the end of "One Week and a Day", I stayed a bit longer than I needed to in my seat, and I wasn't the only one. I needed a minute or two to process what I had seen before heading out into the crowded and noisy mall. Asaph Polonsky uses a number of artistic elements in his debut feature film and one of the strongest is his use of music. I first heard a bit of this song in the trailer for the movie, and it was one of the reasons why I wanted to go and see it. Tamar Aphek's music throughout the film adds an emotional layer but also keeps things from getting too heavy. The scene where 'Dream inside a dream' appears illustrates how loved ones deal with death in different ways while at the same time it feels like a much-needed gasp of oxygen in a suffocating reality.

Tired from hearing you talk
Can't hear you walk inside the house
While I'm asleep
I'm in a dream
You were a dream
Inside a dream inside a dream

What? I can't understand
Say it again
I was thinking about something else
A violent drive, ash trays in cars
Spending April behind bars

Fun, we never had fun
It's not what we had
Doesn't mean anything bad
You had your life and I had mine
Dinners, hospitals and wine

What? I can't understand
Say it again
I was thinking about something else
A violent house, ash trays in bars
Spending August inside cars

Saturday, September 3, 2016

ECHO - Come Sit With Us

Echo has already made a name for herself as half of Echo and Tito and now she's inviting us to chill with her crew and enjoy some blissful end-of-the-summer vibes. First single from her upcoming album 'Calling on Wonders'.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Deaf Chonky - Shirley

Get ready because Deaf Chonky are on their way to taking the world by storm. Adi Bronicki and Tami Kaminsky met in Rehovot (my hometown!) and the name of their band comes from the Russian meaning of "girls" (devochki), which is how Tami's dad would call them. Their sound is an eclectic mix of music they love and you can take a peek into their minds with this mixtape they made.

Can't get enough of them? Neither can I. Here's another clip of them doing their thing:

Plus, check out their fresh new album over on bandcamp

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Nahal Band - Shores

In memory of the great songwriter and composer Nachum Heyman who passed away this week. He composed so many Israeli classics but this is one of my favorites. Lyrics by Nathan Yonathan. There is also a famous version of this song sung by Chava Albertstein but there is something very special about this version, sung by the Nahal Band featuring Yardena Arazi and Efraim Shamir.

Shores sometimes yearn the river.
I once saw a shore
That the river abandoned
With a broken heart of sand and stone.
And a man, and sometimes a man can also
Remain abandoned without any strength
Just like a shore.

Also shells
Like shores, like the wind
Shells too sometimes yearn
The home we always loved
Which was and just the sea
Sings by itself its songs

So between the shells of a man's heart they sing songs of his youth

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Niv Demirel - Normal

"I love you all. This medal belongs to you all. I'm glad to have brought pride to Israel. I can't imagine living anywhere else. Whenever I fly, I only want to get home." Those are the words of Or Sasson, after winning the bronze medal in the men's over-100kg judo competition at Rio. It was a happy ending to an emotional day, highlighted by the Egyptian judoka's refusal to shake hands with Or after being defeated. I don't know where I'll be in four years during the next Olympics but there really is something special about watching on TV together with your family these rare moments when an Israeli olympian takes his or her place on the podium and watching the flag go up. Niv Demirel does a beautiful job at capturing the feeling of returning home and knowing that you're exactly where you're supposed to be.

Again I stood helplessly
Under the old Maariv bridge
Above me are advertisements
For TV shows
Which sell us a life

I don't have a peace of mind just a collection of facts
Mad at you but sending hearts
You are always left in the end
Just with yourself, walking by foot
Saving yourself the ride

Who will listen to you?
Who will see you?
With last bursts of energy
I wash my face
I'm home, I'm home

Fighting again to search for a bit of certainty
There are those who crash from every mistake
The quiet night
Doesn't organize the head
The advertisements tell me, soon

Who will listen to you?
Who will see you?
With last bursts of energy
And a soldier's duffel
I'm home, I'm home

And asking what will I do
When I grow up
I hoped it would be easier to choose
God just please make sure
That I will be normal
One chance against the lack of alternatives

Who will listen to you?
Who will see you?
With last bursts of energy
I'm going back to the parents
I'm home, I'm home