rockin' around the menorah


Yesterday afternoon on NPR's All Things Considered, I heard a short piece on the spelling of Hanukkah (or is that Chanukah?). It was a lovely little piece, which had a nice interview ith Rabbi Daniel Zemel. But the best part was the mention of a great duo called The LeeVees, who've done bunch of what they call "great, rockin' Hanukah songs."

You can listen to their music on the web site, and I heartily recommend it--song titles include "Goyim Friends," "How Do You Spell Channukkahh," and "Applesauce Vs Sourcream."

Their album, "Hanukkah Rocks,"  is also available over iTunes...I'm buying it today, to add to my ever-expanding collection of holiday music, which the boys have noted is sadly lacking in "channukkahh" songs.


liz - years ago, there was a song on one of the rock stations about Chanukah. Artist/Title escapes me, but the refrain was: "put on your yamulka, it's time to celebrate Chanukah...drink your gin and tonica, it's time to celebrate Chanukah..." and then the singer went on to rhyme names of Jewish celebrities. Very clever, but I never hear it anymore...

Jen, you're thinking of Adam Sandler's The Hanukkah Song, from the 2002 movie Eight Crazy Nights.

(Once a reference librarian, always a reference librarian...)

Speaking of rockin' out this time of year, the indie-rock band Yo La Tengo does a week-long series of gigs every Hanukkah at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. (NYT article.)

Check out this year's "Hanukkah Diary."

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