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Monday, April 09, 2012


One of my regular blogreads posted Springtime Klezmer by the Amsterdam Klezmer Band.
For whom the main singer seems to be Alec Kopyt, an Odessa native.

Odessa has its own sub-cultural place in Russian, Ukranian, and Yiddish.

Here’s a response to E-KVETCHER, as a groissn dank for posting the video.


By VulgarGrad. Source: ]

It's about strong-arm robbery, thuggism, and burglary.
Criminal anthems are a fundamental part of everyone's musical upbringing.
They're the last stage before patriotic songs.
Still unspoiled.

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  • At 10:35 AM, Anonymous e-kvetcher said…

    In many ways, the popularity of the music from Odessa's Jewish mafia is a direct consequence of the popularity of Isaac Babel's stories - such as "How Things Were Done in Odessa", "The King", and many others.

    A truly remarkable author...

    This band, Vulgargrad, I had not heard of. Fronted by a Pole, but he does a pretty good job.

    Limonchiki (little lemons), btw, is a pun on Millionchiki, i.e. millions (of rubles) - He is singing about money not fruit.

  • At 10:55 AM, Blogger The back of the hill said…

    Limonchiki > millionchiki.
    I did not know that.
    Thank you.

    VulgarGrad seems to be a clever wordplay too.
    Especially if pronounced with an Australian accent.

    And perhaps they're all expat Russians who went to college in Melbourne.
    It's a theory.


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