Merry Christmas Goys and Girls!

18 12 2009

For your listening pleasure, I’d like to present the most ironic rendition of the Christmas classics since Barbara Streisand and Bob Dylan’s holiday albums!

That’s right, it’s time to get excited for the Klezmonauts’ Oy to the World!  A Klezmer Christmas.

I'm so glad this exists.

Seriously though, this is pretty good stuff even if you don’t like Klezmer.  And if you happen to like Klezmer (and I happen to)…

Anyway, there’s something deeply hilarious about hearing Joy to the World done in a traditionally Yiddish musical style.  Of course, this irony will probably be lost on any Jews for Jesus out there.  But that’s okay, because the whole album (though it’s rather short) is thoroughly entertaining without any context.

Take the Little Drummer Boy, for example. Apparently a Klezmer rendition of this sometimes tedious classic wasn’t unconventional enough.  So they added some surf guitar.  It works, somehow, as do the other random bits and pieces thrown in.

I’m sure this album has been around for a while, but I just found out about it thanks to my parents this year.  You should really check it out; download it from iTunes or Amazon or whatever.  Fittingly, it’s a real bargain.

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