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Hanukkah Rocks

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One day last spring while on tour with his band Guster, Adam Gardner was hanging out on the bus with friend Dave Schneider of the other band on the bill, The Zambonis. They were discussing being Jewish when Adam asked Dave if he wanted to make an album of original songs about Hanukkah-not traditional or comedic but light-hearted, spirited, rockin' songs. At first Dave thought he was joking, but Adam said, "Dude, I'm serious." The two picked up guitars and TheLeeVEes were born. Eight days later the album Hanukkah Rocks was completely written. Call it kismet, call it b'sheret, but most important, call it the miracle of Hanukkah.

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Picking up where Adam Sandler left off, Adam Gardner, Dave Schneider (The LeeVees) and friends turn in an entire batch of Hanukah novelty tunes that are simultaneously hummable, at times funny and clever and played with a kind of informed garage rock spirit and oddball sensibility that will appeal to fans of They Might Be Giants and NRBQ. They sing as much about the cultural underpinnings of the season as they do about the meaning of the menorah, musing about how the hell you spell "Channnnukah" (sic), "Kugel," and "Applesauce vs. Sour Cream" (on those delicious potato cakes). Clearly--like everyone else, Jew or Gentile--they live to eat at this festive time. The fun keeps rolling as they get Adam's mom involved on the tune about the timeshare in Florida, and rhyme Madonna with Kabala, pondering how the former got into the latter, then take us to the Matzah Ball in "Jewish Girls," a Jewish singles party with "girls all shapes and sizes." Oy, and yes it does, it rocks too! -- Martin Keller

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Latuke Clan
  2. Applesauce Vs. Sourcream
  3. Goyim Friends
  4. At The Timeshare
  5. How Do You Spell Channukkahh?
  6. Kugel
  7. Jewish Girls (At The Matzoh Ball)
  8. Gelt Melts
  9. Nun Gimmel Heh Shin
  10. Untitled
  11. Untitled


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000BH4YJA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,810 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By R. Greenfield on November 7, 2005
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Believe it or not it is a Hanukkah album and not one accordian can be heard on this CD. Finally, my Hanukkah music, not my great grandparents music from the old Country. The LeeVees are two guys who were recently touring with their bands and kept talking about the lack of Hanukkah music they could relate to and the the feelings of disinfrancisment during the holiday season.

They came up with this great record. Music about being Jewish, happy, and celebratory all to some great pop/rock hooks. I put this in the car and my two boys (10 & 8) had the heads bobbing and air guitar going.

All I can say is way to go LeeVee's and keep making records.
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This is not your bubbe's Hanukkah CD. Rather than the new takes on old standards, The LeeVees have recorded 11 new songs that celebrate everything from Latkes in their ode to the competing toppings "Applesauce vs. Sour Cream" to the difference between Christmas and Hanukkah gifts in Goyim Friends. However, the cleverest of many clever songs addresses the challenge of writing the name for this holiday in "How Do You Spell Channukkahh?"

This is a fun CD full of catchy tunes that young and old will enjoy. We listen to this CD every year at Hanukkah time, and it is always fantastic.
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Many listeners, attuned to popular music and enjoying cheerful takes on Hanukkah topics, will love this. The music is pretty, the words are witty, the beat is toe-tappy, the lyrics rappy.

The CD is a new take on Hanukkah and listened to as such, it is fun: clever, rocking along, nice voices, good instrumental and acceptable recording/production quality. Would go well for dessert when folks are talked out for a while, ready to listen and be entertained.

Listeners who want a great version of the old classic songs may wish to buy or upload a supplementary CD. Of these songs, there isn't an echo. No "Oh Hanukkah, oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah" or other kind of hora. Your choice, but the price is low enough may be you/we can have it all? If the space had permitted, I personally would have liked a few of the classics on this CD so we could have it all on one disc.

But try it, you might like it, Sam I am!
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I bought this for my Christmas-carol-weary daughters (ages 10 and 12) and they LOVE it. They downloaded it into their i-pods and listen to all the tunes even long after the holiday. The lyrics are funny for anyone,the attitude and tunes are sophisticated, and it really gives a sense of belonging to Jewish kids for whom the Christmas season can be alienating. I highly recommend this album to Jewish kids and parents.
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Catchy hooks, incredible arrangements, tasteful production and hilariously clever lyrics will keep this disc in your CD player all holiday season. Whether you be Jew, Gentile, or a tasty mix of both, you will enjoy many a good listen to this excellent project. A perfect grab-bag gift/stocking stuffer.
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Not as "zippy" as some other Hanukkah music, but beggars can't be choosers. The music and lyrics are not of the cookie cutter variety, so I guess it will be a good addition to our collection of holiday music.
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I would say these guys sound like the Jewish version of They Might Be Giants, but I think those guys are Jewish too. Maybe they're like the Jewish Barenaked Ladies. But, wait, aren't they Jewish too? Anyway, the Leevees are a great band in their own right. Their lyrics are clever and funny, but probably only to Jewish people because when I played it for my non-Jewish friends they didn't know what kugel was so how could they laugh at a song about kugel? They did love the song about spelling Hanukkah though, because that is a problem that has befuddled Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries. Anyway, I too am so relieved to find a hip, cool band that sings about Jewish stuff in a way that isn't sad or klezmery or cantor-like. I hope they write a song some day about haroset. Which can also be spelled charoset.
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Just how do you spell Hanukkah? And is it apple sauce or sour cream for your latkes? These are the question posed by The LeeVees in their holiday album: Hanukkah Rocks. Adam Gardner and Dave Schneider combine for this fun, contemporary, and entertaining album of new Hanukkah songs. Released in October 2005, Hanukkah Rocks seeks to fill a gap in Hanukkah music. Outside of the ubiquitous "Driedel Song", there aren't too many songs out there for Hanukkah. Gardner and Schneider, both established musicians with their respective bands (Guster and The Zambonis), successfully fill this void with sure to be classics like "Latke Clan": "We'll put the oil into the pan/So come and join our Latke Clan/'Cause we are latke fans" and the hilarious "How Do You Spell Channukkahh?": "I remember when I was/In Elementary School/A Spanish kid told me/that it starts with a silent J/But Julio was wrong". These songs capture the secular sense of Hanukkah that connects most Jews to the holiday, but they are also good enough to listen to year round. Other songs are about the love for kugel, the adventure of the Jewish Matzoh Ball, and the unofficial Jewish tradition of going for Chinese food on Christmas day. The album is often amusing and always fun; and furthermore, full of the joy of being Jewish.
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