Idan Raichel Performing at SF Jazz

Really excited that Idan Raichel is coming to San Francisco.  He’s performing as part of the SF Jazz Spring Season later this month – details here.

The Idan Raichel Project is an Israeli musical collective that features singers from Ethiopia, and a cross-cultural roster of Yemenite, Arab, African and Caribbean musicians.”  Happens to also be one of this artists I listen to most 🙂

Below is one of his popular songs:

If you are in SF,  definitely worth checking out.

2008 Year-End Wrap-Up for My Blog & iTunes

Last year this time I posted some stats from 2007 about this blog, and I spent a couple of minutes today doing the same for 2008, plus looking at iTunes for similar types of “buzz” data:

Top Posts (based on pageviews):
Apple MacBook Air Commercial – Catchy Song
The Great Sync on OS X: Google
Switched to Google Apps for Personal Email
Garmin Nuvi 350 portable GPS navigator
Quick Tip For BlackBerry Users When Call

Top Referrers:…>

Top Search Terms:
apple air commercial song (or a slight variation of this )
comcast blast
garmin nuvi
viigo review
installing leopard

Top Clicked Links:…

From iTunes – looked at top songs played. What was interesting is that since I almost always just click “shuffle” – the distribution is pretty much flat among 1000 or so albums, but the ones listed below had a slight edge:
Mosh Ben Ari: Live ( earlier post )
Daniel Salomon: Haifa 87
Hadag Nachash: Live
Habanot Nechama
The Idan Raichel’s Project: Within My Walls
Avishai Cohen: Shaot Regishot ( thanks Yoav )
Roy Adri: Until End

Here’s to a happy, safe, and quiet start to 2009 !

MTV Music

Everyone I’ve talked to the last couple of days has lost countless hours on the new ( soft launched ) MTV Music site which has a huge archive of music videos.

What’s amazing for me is that I don’t think I ever saw these videos – especially since MTV basically stopped playing music videos in the early 90s.

Here are a few classic early 90s hip hop vids I found browsing around that bring me back to my college days 🙂

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Mosh Ben Ari in NYC

If you are in NYC the next few days and into reggae/world/israeli music, try to catch Mosh Ben Ari.

Sunday he’s playing a free concert as part of summer stage in central park and Monday night downtown in the lower east side @ Pianos — a great spot for music. Then Tuesday July 1 in Brooklyn at the Williamsburg Musical Hall

I was able to see him last week in San Francisco at the Independent and it was a great show.

For those who have never heard of him, here is a clip of a live show below, with tons of other clips and a 3 part interview of him all on youtube.

iConcertCal for iTunes: Super Simple and Smart

Just want to give props to iConcertCal:

iConcertCal is a free iTunes plug-in that monitors your music library and generates a personalized calendar of upcoming concerts in your city. It is available for both Windows and Mac OS X and supports worldwide searches.

It simply runs inside iTunes and notifies you of all the concerts of your favorite artists when they are performing in your town.

I listen to some obsecure music and lots of non-US stuff, and so far so good.  Not exactly clear if it’s handling languages other than english though.