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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Given what hip-hop has become, calling Montrealer Josh Dolgin a hip-hop artist invites all sorts of confusion. Dolgin, who also plays accordion and performs magic tricks, is more likely to sample Yossele Rosenblatt than Rose Royce, and his most telling rhymes -- "We were spoiled upper middle class, living a life of ease, worst-case scenario, we're skinnin' our knees" -- don't pretend otherwise. But Dolgin's music is by definition hip-hop, and truer hip-hop than most chain-hang-low gangster manqués ply. Dolgin's source material is Ashkenazic Jewish ephemera: Yiddish vaudeville, cantorial recordings, and schtick, and the way that he juxtaposes them is constantly ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Given what hip-hop has become, calling Montrealer Josh Dolgin a hip-hop artist invites all sorts of confusion. Dolgin, who also plays accordion and performs magic tricks, is more likely to sample Yossele Rosenblatt than Rose Royce, and his most telling rhymes -- "We were spoiled upper middle class, living a life of ease, worst-case scenario, we're skinnin' our knees" -- don't pretend otherwise. But Dolgin's music is by definition hip-hop, and truer hip-hop than most chain-hang-low gangster manqués ply. Dolgin's source material is Ashkenazic Jewish ephemera: Yiddish vaudeville, cantorial recordings, and schtick, and the way that he juxtaposes them is constantly insightful and entertaining. Case in point, on the brilliantly titled "(Rock the) Belz" he sets a backbeat to Theodore Bikel's mournful interpretation of the Yiddish classic and instantly conjures a sidecurled cousin to such hip-hop elegies as Puffy's "I'll Be Missing You." The presence of a gruff rapper barking in French is just the magician's art of distraction. Then he assembles his own source material -- à la the Check Your Head Beastie Boys -- and mines these for even deeper meaning. Nonagenarian pianist Irving Fields plays "Slaughter on 10th Avenue," then realizes that the recording session has already ended; like Dolgin's strange Jewish ghetto visions, he's out of time, an affable anachronism. Later, as a rapper freestyles over the same track, Dolgin tries to explain the song; the rapper, lost, rhymes something about Saks Fifth Avenue and Bartles and Jaymes. Mix that up with a tribute to Jewish cowboys ("You Are Never Alone"), a salute to bossy women ("Balaboste"), and some Borscht Belt humor, and you have an alternately hilarious and touching disc. Like DJs from Kool Herc to Cut Chemist, Dolgin makes you hear everything differently, ears wide open for outrageous samples, ironic juxtaposition, and absurdly original sounds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/12/2007
  • Label: Jdub Records
  • UPC: 893209001059
  • Catalog Number: 105
  • Sales rank: 151,774

Album Credits

Performance Credits
SoCalled Primary Artist, Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, ARP, Wurlitzer
Theodore Bikel Vocals
Kali Vocals
Stuart Brotman Bass, Bass Guitar
Connie Vocals
Matt Darriau Saxophone, Nai
David Krakauer Clarinet
Frank London Trumpet
Rob Schwimmer Theremin
Fred Wesley Trombone
Gonzales Piano
Adrienne Cooper Vocals
Irving Fields Piano, Voices
Martin Van De Ven Clarinet
Andrew Burr Vocals
Aleksandar Gajic Violin
Ganesh Anandan Percussion
Ron Caswell Tuba
C-Rayz Walz Vocals
Subtitle Vocals
Philip Shaw Bova Drums, Tambourine, Human Whistle, Finger Snapping
Josh Dolgin Vocals
Elaine Hoffman Watts Drums
Susan Hoffman Watts Trumpet
Sophie Trudeau Violin
SP Vocals
Bogdan Djukic Vocals
Leon Louder Vocals
Katie Moore Vocals
Ahmadou Vocals
Bert Bolden Steel Drums
Joe Cobden Vocals
Teah Downey Vocals
Four Freres Vocals
Doris Glaspie Vocals
Ahmandou Vocals
Brett Higgins Bass Guitar
Rainer Weins Guitar
Shayna Vocals
Giselle Numba One Vocals
Rodney Sothmann Bass Guitar
Adrienne 'Agent' Cooper Vocals
Sophie Treau Violin
Allen Watsky Guitar
Jr. Phil Bova Drums
Erik Stein Mandolin
Josh 'Socalled' Dolgin ARP
Throdore Bikel Vocals
The Reich Kids Vocals
Erika Miller Violin
Milosj Popovitch Accordion
Manspino Turntables
Technical Credits
Richard Rodgers Composer
Antal Fekete Composer
Gonzales Audio Production
Mark Lawson Engineer
Gary Bolton Engineer
Pierre Walfisz Executive Producer
Philippe Teissier Du Cros Engineer
Philip Shaw Bova Arranger, Echoplex, Engineer
Josh Dolgin Composer
SoCalled Arranger, Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Graphic Design, Audio Production
Larry Kerr Engineer
Leon Louder Audio Production
Kees Dekker Engineer
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