To all my fellow Jews out there, Happy Hanukkah! We thought it’d be fun to compile a list of our top 8 favorite Jewish musicians in ABC order. One for each night! And if you’re expecting Adam Sandler to make this list you can forget about it. Once you play yourself as a girl in a should-be-straight-to-DVD movie, you’re off the list.
So without further ado, enjoy.
1. Beastie Boys
Let’s face it, when you think of Jewish musicians, Hip Hop doesn’t often come to mind. Kind of like when you think of Hip Hop, Jews don’t normally come to mind. But these guys have been holding it down since 1979, and still kicking ass 30 years later. No doubt, they were a driving force behind the modern day Hip Hop era, and anyone (much less three…even if one did convert) who can balance that kind of responsibility and temple at the same time…well . . . → Read more
Sarah playing Oktoberfest with her brother, Peter, on guitar, and Ben Bushman on the violin.
The other week, I had a chance to catch up with one of my favorite new acts to come out of the awesome state of Vermont – Sarah Wallis. I have been following her progress since the beginning of the year so I jumped at the opportunity to ask her a few questions after her recent gig in Harvard Square for their Oktoberfest celebrations.
First, how was Oktoberfest? Were you able to check out any of the other artists playing?
Great time in Cambridge at Oktoberfest. There was so much great music going on, I didn’t get see it all! It was a great time, lots of fun people.
You’ve had a killer year so far on Sonicbids, having booked 18 gigs already. What’s the method behind the gigs you submit to or try book?
Well, first and most importantly, I . . . → Read more
Last Thursday we had the pleasure of watching Sinem Saniye play a few songs for us inside our office. After helping her carry up an amp, mic stand, bag full of pedals, another bag full of percussion instruments, and two guitars –for a solo performance, mind you – I can honestly say, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
Soon after, I was one of many in our office, beer in hand and jaw on the floor, as Sinem demonstrated an unbelievable range of styles, playing originals in Pop, Latin, Jazz, and I may have even heard a little Bossanova in there! Of course, it wouldn’t be her style if she didn’t throw in some cultural flares, which included a cover of The Girl From Ipanema in Turkish. 45 short minutes later, and she was on her way to gig at Johnny D’s, in Somerville, MA – although, she really drove up to see us, but don’t tell Johnny D’s!
While this was . . . → Read more
Well friends, as the summer comes to a close, I thought it’d be fun to post a final recap of each book covered in our weekly Summer Reading posts. While Summer Reading might be over, it certainly doesn’t mean we’ll stop writing. Send us your suggestions if you ever come across a book you feel your fellow musicians might want to know about. Tweet at us @sonicbids or feel free to email me directly!
Without further ado:
All You Need to Know About the Music Business: Seventh Edition
Now in it’s 7th addition, Donald Passman has created what many consider to be “the industry bible.” There’s a reason why we started off the series with this book. Covering everything from recording, publishing, merchandising, copyright, management, to digital media, All You Need To Know About The Music Business hits just about every aspect of the music industry. Simply put, it’s the what’s what of the music industry.
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the . . . → Read more
There’s nothing better than sitting back with a cold beer in your hand, shoes off, grass in between your toes, watching your favorite artist perform live with a cool breeze and the sun setting in the background. Beg to differ? You might be right. Let me paint another picture…
Imagine the same scenario, but replace the cold beer with a warm beer, keep the grass but instead of a cool breeze, how about 99 degrees with no wind at all, no tree or any shade for that matter in site – in fact the sun doesn’t seem to ever set. It seems to stay up in that noon-position 24 hours a day, burning the skin off your back. You’re with 80,000 of your closest friends and instead of seeing your favorite band, your seeing 15 of your favorite bands, with another 30 you’ve never heard of before…and then some. You’re at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and it’s a fucking blast.
Without a doubt . . . → Read more