Monday, March 02, 2009

And The Winner Is...

"Einayich" aka "There Must Be Another Way" will represent Israel in Eurovision 2009!

If you haven't heard the song (by Noa and Mira Awad), check out the video below.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Eurovision '09...Which Song Is Your Favorite?

As announced on The Israel Hour, Achinoam Nini (Noa) and Mira Awad will represent Israel in Eurovision '09. On March 2nd, they will perform 4 songs in a mini Kdam (Pre-Eurovision) contest to decide which song will represent Israel.

The four songs, all sung in Hebrew, English and Arabic are:

1. Kol Shniya - Second Chance

2. Na'amin Bachalom - Faith In the Light

3. Bo'ee Lirkod Iti - Will You Dance With Me

4. Einayich - There Must Be Another Way

The 4 songs are now posted online at

Check out the songs, and tell us which is your favorite on our Facebook discussion board!

We'll announce the winners of our own internal vote this Sunday on The Israel Hour.

Remember...we're now on the ar every Sunday at 11 am. Spread the word!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Three New Israeli Albums

Thought I'd share some quick thoughts on some new albums I picked up recently.

1. Shiri Maimon - Rega Lifnei She... (A Moment Before)

Shiri's second album definitely ventures into "soul" music in a big way. She's been working quite a bit with Momy Levy, and his influence on this album is evident throughout. You can easily hear his musical style all over the album. I've always been a big fan of Shiri's voice, and she certainly doesn't disappoint here - although I feel that she's a bit more subdued here than on her first album. Some of my favorites include "V'ratziti She'ted'i" (Track 5), "Laila" (Track 6), "K'she'halachta" (Track 7), "Mamshicha Mikaan" (Track 8) and the very popular "Yoter Tov Lisloach" (Track 3).

2. Rita - Remazim (Hints)

Rita's now separated from Rami Kleinstein - both physically and musically - and now it's time for her to reinvent herself. Although Rami did write a couple of the songs on this new album, Rita worked closely with Ivri Lider on this effort, and it shows. She's singing much lower than she used to, avoiding the high notes and showing off the lower range of her voice. I've only listened to the album once, and although she sounds great, my one complaint is that many of the songs seem to sound very similar. There's not a whole lot to distinguish one from the other. Maybe a second listen will make me feel otherwise.

3. Momy Levy - Yevo Ishi (Personal Import)

My love-fest with Momy Levy continues. I finally get the new album this week,
and I love it. I can't put my finger on why, but his music just puts me in a
great mood. Almost every song is a hit in my book. Momy sounds great, and he
knows how to make a song fun. We've already heard four singles before the album came out: Zot Lo Ahava (Track 7), Lo Valentino (Track 13) , Banu L'ha'ir Ta'ir (Track 4) and Tehee Karov (Track 5)...all big hits, with the exception of the
last one (a great ballad, written by Arkadi Duchin). But there's so much more. I especially like the collaborations, including the funky, jazzy "Ma She'lo Yehiyeh" with Shai 360, a really nice pop ballad with Shirley Tzafri and a beautiful remake of Rami Kleinstein's "Notzah Ba'ruach" with Ayala Ingedashet. Aside from those, "Od Yom" (Track 3) and "Lo Yashen" (Track 6) are a lot of fun, and I love the gospel sound on "Bo Elai" (Track 9). In all, an incredible album...and I'm not just saying that because Momy mentioned me on his Radios 100FM radio show yesterday... :-)

If you're interested, all 3 of these albums are now available on the home page
of with two new podcasts.

Has anyone else heard any of these, or other new albums? Discuss.......

Monday, September 03, 2007

Rami and Rita: The Final Song?

"K'she'habayit Reik, Zeh Lo Meshaneh Im Ani Tzodek..."

First Orna and Moshe Datz, now this. Say it ain't so!

It was announced today that Rita and her husband Rami Kleinstein are separating after being together for 28 years. They were married in 1988. Apparently they are not yet getting divorced, just separating for now. Rami moved out of the house about a month ago.

More details:,7340,L-3445322,00.html

I've always been a fan of both singers, and we've interviewed each of them a number of times over the years, so this was a bit disturbing to me. One of my favorite Israeli albums of all time is the joint concert album they released a few years ago. Still, in showbizz, I suppose it was always just a matter of time...

Sad news.

Friday, June 15, 2007

The Israel Hour: June 10, 2007

Join us for brand new music this week from Mazi Cohen and Yoni Bloch, and find out all you need to know to catch a professional BASEBALL game in Israel this summer! the new Sarit Hadad hit a bit too similar to a song released a few years ago? We're not sure. You'll have to let us know your thoughts!


The Israel Hour: May 27, 2007

The Israel Hour Podcasts are back (at least for now)! And boy, this is a good one. This week, 60 minutes of BRAND NEW Israeli music! No oldies here...with your favorite artists like Sarit Hadad, Shlomo Artzi, Momy Levy, Miri Messika, Dana International, Ivri Lider, Ninette Tayeb and many more!


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Israel's 59th

I hope many of you outside of Israel have been listening to Israeli radio online today.

It just "feels" different today. You can tell that there is a festive atmosphere. That there is reason for elebration. That there is a clear sense of national pride.

For those of you in the USA, do you feel this way on July 4th?

Last night, I had the pleasure to host a special edition of The Israel Hour from the streets of Rutgers University during Rutgers Hillel's Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration. Hundreds of college students joined us as Israeli music blared through the streets and blue and white Israeli flags were everywhere. You could just feel the excitement in the air, and made me proud to be associated with the land of Israel.

As Israel celebrates its 59th birthday, please take a moment today to reflect on the wonderful things accomplished by this young nation in such a short period of time. In some small (or large) way, take the time to celebrate Israel today - its language, its culture, its history and especially its music.

And take the first step in planning your next visit. I plan to be there this summer. Will you join me?


Monday, April 23, 2007

In Honor of Yom Hazikaron

Today is Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day in honor of fallen Israeli soldiers. To mark the day, Ynet invited Momy Levy and Ayala Ingedasht to record a new version of "Notza Baruach." It's a beautiful, moving rendition.

Check it out here.