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Matisyahu: "No More Chassidic Reggae Superstar"

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Matisyahu rose to fame with his 2004 hit “King Without a Crown.” But yesterday, the Chassidic Jewish rapper released a beardless photo, and a statement saying “I am reclaiming myself.” Today: The reggae artist speaks about his new look, his upcoming Festival of Light performances, and his new "Miracle" EP. 

Plus: A newly released collection of mid-twentieth-century pop called "Songs for the Jewish-American Jet Set: The Tikva Records Story 1950-1973.” And: a live performance from the Detroit rock band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Matisyahu's "Miracle"

Jewish rapper Matisyahu rose to fame with his 2004 religious hit, "King Without a Crown." But yesterday, he released a beardless photo of himself, and this statement on his website: "No more Chassidic reggae superstar.” Before his eight-night run of Hanukkah concerts kicks off next week, Matisyahu stops by to talk about his new look - and to talk about holiday music, including the video for his newly released EP, called “Miracle.”

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The Jewish-American Jet Set

From the late 1940s to the early ‘70s, New York-based Tikva Records catered to a wide variety of tastes among Jewish Americans, releasing music from icons Eddie Cantor and Leo Fuchs, plus garage rock, funk, klezmer and more. Music preservationist Josh Kun joins us to talk about a new collection called "Songs for the Jewish-American Jet Set: The Tikva Records Story 1950-1973."

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In Studio: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

The Detroit rock band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. recently released their debut full-length album on Warner Bros. The title: “It’s a Corporate World.” The band joins us to play live in our studio.

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Lettuce

Gig Alert: Lettuce

Lettuce plays its groovy, festive funk Wednesday night at Brooklyn Bowl with The Nigel Hall Band as part of the second annual Royal Family Holiday Rage. Download "Blast Off" from the septet's third record here.

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