Sunday, May 07, 2006

A.K.A. Pella

I don't want to turn this blog into an advertising blog (although, for some reason, Blogger's Spam Robot thought that my blog was spam) but I must plug something. Fellow Kiddush Club member Dovi Ziffer and 7 of his buddies have recently released their first CD, titled A.K.A. Pella - A Premium Blend. The acapella CD was released in time for Sefira, a time when many refrain from listening to music, except for acapella. Most of us put up with acapella during this period because we have to, but this CD is honestly something that I will continue listening to after Sefirah ends.

With the combination of having so many guys and using the latest technology, the CD is able to sound as far away from acapella as any acapella CD has ever been. In fact, one NY/NJ store put up a sign saying that people should refrain from listening to the CD during Sefirah, as they thought it was instrumental.

The CD is a great mix of Jewish lyrics to non-Jewish tunes (ie. Gilligans Island, Heal the World, Scarborough Fair, etc.) and the range of voices among the group is amazing. Check out their website, listen to the clips, and get their CD if you like it. Email me with any questions: AlanLaz AT gmail DOT com.


Anonymous Greg said...

A friendly bit of advice: don't post your email address like that online; there are nasty spam programs that will come along and sign you up for gay midget porn (unless you're into that sort of thing).

I usually put my email out like this: greggersh AT yahoo DOT com. Most people can figure it out, and the spam robots miss it.

Also, this post meets with my approval 100% (although many people listen to recorded music during sefirah...sorry, couldn't resist!)

8:40 PM, May 07, 2006

Blogger AlanLaz said...

Greg, Thanks for the advice. I always wondered people spelled out the AT and DOT.

9:02 PM, May 07, 2006

Anonymous Donniel said...

The video they have attached to the website is hilarious. Thanks for having me check it out!

11:30 AM, May 08, 2006

Blogger Jewboy said...

It's cool. The mixin of non Jewish tunes strikes my fancy.

1:24 PM, May 08, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is unclear to me why listening to music which as you note sounds like that with instruments during sefirah is not just being a navel b'reshut ha'torah. It is not wrong but seems to be an endrun around the law. If you could explain that I would appreciate it.

3:53 PM, May 08, 2006

Blogger SephardiLady said...

>>>In fact, one NY/NJ store put up a sign saying that people should refrain from listening to the CD during Sefirah, as they thought it was instrumental.

Why not post a sign saying that one should consult their Rav about listening to recorded music or acapella music during sefira, if they need to post a sign at all (I am not big on all these signs period)?

We refrain and I will have to check out the sight in just a week (!!!).

4:35 PM, May 08, 2006

Blogger AlanLaz said...


As you are probably aware, it is forbidden to carry 4 amos in a public domain, or transfer from one domain to another. However, the Rabbis said that you can hang a string up around the city and then WAZAM! the entire city becomes like one public domain! I think that should answer your question.

6:07 PM, May 08, 2006

Blogger aishel said...

I agree, great CD! Good job Dovi and Co.!

7:51 PM, May 08, 2006

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You cite a specfic Rabbinic enactment which entire point is to permit something and are then comparing it to a case where there is absolutly NO support for. Instead, in the case of music, since the codifiers mention only instrumental music people have read that in a limiting fashion to be exclusive to instrumental music. Thus, there are those who now produce cds which sound and feel just like a regualar cd and produce the same intended feelings of euporhia and happiniess and are fine listening to it. Is not the point of avioding music to minimize ones happiness in this time of sadness. Do you realize why we are sad now? Putting aside the students of R. Akiva, we are also mourning the various crusader attacks which happened now. Would you be ok listenging to Accpella music on TIsha B'Av? why is now ok and Tisha b'av not?
Of course, there are instances such as eruv, selling hametz, pruzbal etc. where the Rabbis specifically permitted something. That is NOT what is at issue here. Here this is a self proclaimed end run around the prohabition.

7:00 AM, May 09, 2006

Blogger AlanLaz said...

Anon, I will respond to you on my most recent posting.

7:16 AM, May 09, 2006

Anonymous TorahYouth said...


You get a lot of religious people on here :).

If you want to read other reviews on this album (and others) I highly recommend a blog called jewish-music by my friend Aryeh Steiner.


4:42 PM, May 17, 2006

Blogger AlanLaz said...

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11:21 AM, May 18, 2006

Blogger AlanLaz said...


I am privvy to information about the falling out you had with some of the members of AKA Pella. I therefore see your previous post as a loaded comment advising my "religious people" readers to read commentary mostly bashing AKA Pella. Please do not bring your beef with them on to my blog.


11:22 AM, May 18, 2006

Anonymous torahyouth said...

Falling out? There was no falling out. you can ask your kiddush club buddy. And, the site I reference happens to be THE PLACE for solid Jewish music reviews.

4:30 PM, May 18, 2006

Anonymous torahyouth said...

and there has been no AKA pella bashing.

4:31 PM, May 18, 2006


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