Wednesday, December 24, 2014

UK Subs - Hey Santa

Happy Christmas Eve everyone. Well I hit about half of the days of Hanukkah. Hopefully I'll be more motivated next year.

So, it's Christmas time and I thought I'd post a Christmas song.

The first time I heard this song was on Al Quint's radio show quite a few years ago. I could not stop laughing. This is a great song for every kid who didn't get the wanted from Santa Claus.

Beware there are naughty words, so if you are sensitive to that sort of thing, don't listen to it.


Brian Guy

Monday, December 22, 2014

אחת שתיים אמא אבא -המפשעות

Very interesting gift that my mother in-law picked up for me in Israel. I'm very lucky that I have a mother in-law that would go into a record store and ask about punk music. She was told that this is the hottest thing in Israel.

If the translation service I used is correct the band is Crotches and the CD is One, Two, Mother, Father.

I have to say that I would not call this punk, in fact I'm not sure what to call it. The music has a lot of different elements to it from 60's pop music sound to country western with a touch of punk thrown in.

The whole album is in Hebrew and since I do not speak Hebrew, I have no idea what the songs are actually about or the lyrics, but I do find this CD enjoyable.

If you are interested in listening to this I have included the link to their Bandcamp site.


Brian Guy

Saturday, December 20, 2014

The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama

"The Story of the Jews," is a great BBC documentary series hosted by Simon Schama. The series is divided into five different chapters.
1. In the Beginning
2. Among the Believers
3.A Leap of Faith
4. Over the Rainbow
5. ReturnI have to admit that I have not seen the last two chapters, so I can only comment on the first three chapters. Basically this is exactly what it says it is, the story of the Jewish people.

From what I have seen I have to say it is all pretty well done and keeps your interest. Mr. Schama who is a historian and Jewish really keeps things moving and does not sugarcoat things and doesn't over do it either.
Of all of the programs of religious history I think this is my favourite one, it's not preachy and not over the top.

The show travels the globe tracking the history of the Jews from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Cairo, Jerusalem, Berlin and New York are also visited.

I would recommend this series to anyone who is interested in Jewish history.

Supposedly there are more episodes in the work, we will see.


Brian Guy

For some strange reason the blog is having issues doing this the way I want to save it and the first two sentences are in bold and don't want to let me correct it. Nothing like frustration. So, if this seems kind of like a short post the frustration quotient came into play.

Friday, December 19, 2014


Okay I missed a day due to being on the road, sorry about that. I have also had about four hours of sleep so we will see how this goes.

On day four I'd like to talk about one of my favourite things about Hanukah: Latkes Parties. I love latkes not only for Hanukah but for all year around.

I never had real latkes until I met my wife. (I'm not Jewish and growing up never had any real  knowledge of Judaism. I grew up around Lutherans, Mormons and Fundamentalist Christians. I was raised as a Christian, but it never stuck with me, but that's another story.)

Back to latkes. My mom used to make potato pancakes using either leftover mashed potatoes or from a box. I have to admit that I really enjoyed potato pancakes a lot. Hey, I give me potatoes, meat and bread and I'm a happy guy. It's the Mick and Limey in me I guess. When I met my wife and she introduced me into how she made potato pancakes or latkes I was over the moon. Shredded potatoes with onion and a pinch of this and that, fry them up, this is even better. Then taking and putting sour cream on top of that, this is what it's all about.

So, do yourself a favour and have some latkes. If anyone wants my wife's recipe let me know. My mouth is watering just thinking of latkes.


Brian Guy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Did Jew Know? by Emily Stone

 Day number two brings us a book called "Did Jew Know? A Handy Primer on the Customs, Culture & Practice of the Chosen People" by Emily Stone.

This book is 255 pages of about every thing you'd want to know about Jewish life and customs. You want to know if Camel meet is Kosher it's here do you want to Jewish Marriage customs it's in the book. There is a lot to this book and I found this book to be kind of over whelming at times. Yeah it has a lot of information but it gets kind of to the point overload. The Star of David wallpaper when you first open the book gives me vertigo. Small complaint/comment.

This is not a book that I would want to read cover to cover but just use it as a reference book.

It's a good reference book full of information and let's leave it at that.

Published Chronicle Books of San Francisco, CA in 2013.


Brian Guy

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Square Brats - Demo 2009

Happy Hanukkah everyone. Not sure if I will be doing a post every night of the holiday as I've been slacking on the blog lately, but we will see.

Square Brats are a punk/hardcore band from Tel-Aviv.

The seem to have more of a hardcore sound than anything else. It's an enjoyable listen. Seems like the last song "Animal," kind of just ends abruptly, may just have been my browser acting up too.

Four songs in total, ranging from 03:29 to 02:01.


Brian Guy