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Re: Re: Random Posts For Non-Meshugeners You might be a DDFer if...
...You start watching the 'Hawks game, and you suddenly feel a genuine sadness for a "John" you've never met or knew of; with whom your only connection is a relative's moniker (or two).

From this obnoxious NY sports fan, RIP, John. May your family find comfort.

May 19, 2015, 09:34:01 PM
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Re: Vaccine Discussion Master Thread
I'll miss it.  Also, it just encourages them because they say they're being silenced.

Also, buying a house can be thousands of dollars in brokerage fees.  Ever wonder why having a house is so important?

I saved hundreds of dollars on car insurance by switching to ... a bicycle.

September 09, 2015, 10:59:16 PM
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Re: Jewish Music (New CDs, hock, and opinions) Even though this thread is virtually dead, I’m going to review DDF’s own Sibling Singer, Shmueli Ungar’s debut album, Shmueli 2.

I first heard of Shmueli in a DDF thread asking for recommendations for a wedding singer:

my brother is friggin AWESOME
Shmueli Ungar: 845.248.8723
he sings at all types of weddings (and bar/bat mitzvas, sheva brochos, events, concerts, etc). Usually in chassidishe havura (sp?) charges $1400-$1600 depending on location (obviously not including overtime, mitzvah tantz, or chupah but is negotiable).

I’m snarky by nature, so I scoffed at the comment, thinking, “Don’t we all think our brothers are awesome singers. Maybe he’s good enough to sing at your wedding.” (Full disclosure: My brother, who has made an appearance on this forum, is an awesome singer. No, he didn’t sing at my wedding. No, he isn’t putting out an album. No, he isn’t on YouTube.)

Anyway, I clicked on the video, and the dude can sing! My surprised reaction to his great voice was similar to this: (Language warning, goyish music warning, just warning you all round: https://youtu.be/_cw1uLVSl1Y)

As for the next video, Chazi, I’m responsible for most of those 50,000 views. Duly chastised, I vow never to dismiss claims of sibling excellence by DDFers ever again – at least until I am disappointed. (Like if a brother gives away exclusive DDF rights for United Club Pass Sales)

Anyway, we know he can sing, and he put out an album. Is it any good?

In short: Yes.

If you are a masochist, you can continue reading for a too-long music review by someone whose sole music-critic qualification is owning a keyboard.

While almost every album that comes out is billed as “fresh, modern, but keeping a Jewish sound,” - whatever that means, this album is old school. Much of the arrangements have the heavy brassy sound of Avraham Fried and MBD ‘80s' and ‘90s' albums. And that is not a bad thing. I’ve played the album on repeat in the background for the past couple of days, and it has been extremely pleasant listening.

Rachmuna is one terrific stand out – this stunning number goes beyond “easy listening” and grabs you. Forget humming along as it plays in the background; Rachmuna pulls you in with its beautiful melody and terrific vocals.

The album's opener, Emes, is one of the faster “pop” songs on the album, all of which are treated with synth arrangements. Shmueli’s vocal twists and shtick are fun and not overdone. You’ll hear more of that later, most notably in Yiten Lecha, where I most enjoyed them.

Lulei is a pretty sing-along song you’ll be foot tapping to at once. My one criticism is that like a few other songs on the album, it runs long. There are a few unnecessary musical interludes or overly repetitive verses (kavei kavei kavei kavei) that could have been cut so as to leave the listener wanting more, rather than looking for the skip button 5+ minutes in.

Ani Holech, like Yishoma, opens “cantorial” before switching to an up-tempo ballad (in Yishoma’s case, rock). Sure, you want to show off your vocal chops, but one song is fine. We get the point ;-). The song itself is enjoyable enough, nothing superlative, as are Asher Buchar and Mah Yisroin - unremarkable, albeit pleasant ballads, though the latter has the benefit of pretty modulation, which I'm a sucker for.

Oid Yishoma is a solid rock number that is already popular since being released as a single a few months back. We get a taste of Shmueli’s Dedi-like “vocal rev” as I like to call it – when his voice sounds like it is motorcycle revving its engine before diving into a chorus. Fun tune.

I’m not a complete boki in album liner notes, but I would guess Atu Huraisu is the first time Ilya Lishinsky gets a singing credit. And that’s what kind of song it is – heavy on synth and auto-tune. This cheesy-pop tune isn’t my favorite style, but it does enough to get by without me automatically skipping.

Yiten Lecha is a wonderfully fun, folksy song with an arrangement that rings country. Opening with Shmueli singing acoustic as if walking down the street is a nice touch, though it could have been even better had that blended into the arrangement. Had the song ended the way it started, or perhaps with a Carebachesque whistle, that would have been perfection!

The album closes with S’benkt (Yearnings), an emotive, beautiful ballad which departs from the verse-chorus-repeat formula to impart a meaningful musical narrative – to great effect.

In all, a solid debut. As mentioned previously, Rachmuna alone is worth the price of the album.

Shmueli’s impressive vocals, tasteful arrangements, and song selection that is free of any true clunkers are the perfect ingredients. I predict this is an album that won’t be shelved, and I’ll keep listening even after the novelty wears off.

I give the album a Like, Thumbs Up, 5 stars – whatever it is we are rating things with nowadays on DDF.

August 30, 2016, 02:07:55 PM
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Re: I've Had It! The Grammar/Punctuation Hall of Shame Master Thread
I have a question.
The word "are" is used for a tangible number, such as the amount of jelly beans in a jar. "How many jelly beans are in the jar?" The word "is" is used for a non tangible number. "How much water is in the cup?"

In the example I quoted above, we know he's talking about points, a tangible number, but he doesn't mention the word points. Do I use "are" or "is"?
The question is about the value - not the points. Points are worth $1, their value is $1.

The word are is used for plural, such as, "how many jelly beans are there in the jar."
The word is used for singular, such as, "what is the cost of UR points?"

I do not believe intangibles has anything to with it. For instance:
"Derek Jeter is the greatest baseball player to have ever lived."
Wait, you are right. Intangibles is everything

August 31, 2016, 04:07:30 PM
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Re: Colin Kaepernick protest against USA
I don't think that's what "personal" means.

Personal means using details about someone's private life to make them look bad instead of arguing the issue. What I am doing is pointing out how one person expresses a consistent ideology represented across many conversations. If someone predictably pushes the same agenda on every issue, is it a personal attack to point that out? I'm not talking about HIM. I'm talking about his OPINIONS. We're allowed to argue against OPINIONS without being accused of besmirching PEOPLE.

Just my humble opinion. You may think I'm wrong. I won't take it personally.
Saying "I'm sure you're a great guy in person [as apposed to your online persona, which is not great]" is making it personal. You could have argued your point without bringing that up, twice.

September 01, 2016, 07:53:11 PM
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Re: BOGO Tuition Scam
Cool. 24 page recap?

Zvi Bogomilsky is a scam artist. No, not that one, the other one. He's a cousin.
JJ is a shvantz
exGingi is a fool and a liar. Or he might not be.
Dan hates Lakewood.
Baruch is mad.
Freddie is also mad, but for different reasons.
Trump is involved.

September 06, 2016, 03:04:11 PM
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Re: Comments That Leave Me Speechless... Sorry to interrupt, but on the topic of the thread title:

What are your profits going to be ?

September 07, 2016, 10:49:26 AM
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Re: Random Posts
If you want brusque, there are great rabbis who were known for their sharp style.

Are you getting mixed up with Brisk?

September 07, 2016, 12:26:07 PM
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Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread The most shocking thing is that Trump hasn't said anything yet. I'm picturing him tied up kicking and screaming begging for a phone to tweet with, and his team showing him giant golden Trump signs to try calm him down.
September 11, 2016, 09:12:49 PM
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Re: 2016 Election Pick Your Poison Master Thread

Let me translate, for you: Other people don't know what's good and right, I really do, so I'm going to make sure that everyone follows what I believe to be right, whether they like it or not. And those "minorities and gays", oh they are different, they need special help.

BTW, if you think about it, ARROGANCE = כפירה.
You don't see how that is condescending?

You should: a. choose your friends carefully, b. consider going off FB.

You don't see how that is condescending?

November 09, 2016, 03:18:24 PM
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