07/18/2005: We stand corrected...
Thanks to Kim Schulz (Josh's lovely and multi-talented wife), we're informed that the Jewish musician Matisyahu (who we mentioned yesterday), isn't a Hasidic Jewish rapper, he's a Hadisic Jewish reggae star (the domain name of Matisyahu's official website, http://www.hasidicreggae.com/ makes that perfectly clear).
I regret the error; the fact is that I'm not into reggae (and don't even get me started on rap/hip-hop), and I'm a bit color blind in that area of the spectrum. In the video clip of Matisyahu's Jimmy Kimmel Show appearance that appears on the I Am Bored post I cited, Kimmel refers to Matisyahu in his introduction as a "Jewish rapper". In situations like this, when I am completely ignorant, I defer to what I would think is the superior information of one who should know.
Then again, that means I am relying on Jimmy Kimmel. And if that's the case, I deserve to have my ignorance exposed to the world to see.
And for the record, Kim tells us (and a quick look around the Web confirms) that Matisyahu isn't a joke along the lines of The Electric Amish. Which is cool with me; it's just that these days it's getting a bit difficult to tell the serious acts from the satirical ones without a scorecard.
UPDATE: And for any of you locals who are interested, Matisyahu will be playing Memphis at the Hi-Tone on September 28. Be there or be square.
Len on 07.18.05 @ 06:59 AM CST