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Golem - Fresh Off Boat Review

by Sherrill Fulghum

The name Golem usually invokes images of a Jewish version of a Frankenstein type monster or the folk legend hero who saved the Jews of Prague in the seventeenth century. But in this case Golem is a band from New York City. The old world meets the new world. The shtetls of old Europe are gone but the music of those small villages not only survives; but have been modernized with electric guitars, modern instruments, and the Eastern European punk style music of Golem. While some of the tracks are contemporary songs, many are the old traditional tunes revived by Golem. English is heard on three of the songs but the old tunes are sung in the language of the old country - Yiddish, Russian, and Ukraine.

The New York sextet have invited a few modern rockers to join them in their debut release Fresh Off Boat for JDubb Records. Amanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls, Mike Gordon of Phish, and Lenny Kaye of Patti Smith join in on this musical romp.

If you're a purist when it comes to tradition then Fresh Off Boat and Golem are not for you, but if you like good music or just want an album of fun music then this is the album for you - a must have.

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Label:Jdubb Records/2006

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