Ghettoblaster [Bonus Track]

Ghettoblaster [Bonus Track]

by SoCalled


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Ghettoblaster [Bonus Track]

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/12/2007
Label: Jdub Records
UPC: 0893209001059
catalogNumber: 105
Rank: 262519

Album Credits

Performance Credits

SoCalled   Primary Artist,Piano,Hammond Organ,Vocals,ARP,Wurlitzer
Theodore Bikel   Vocals
Kali   Vocals
Stuart Brotman   Bass,Bass Guitar
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
Connie   Vocals
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
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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