Ho ho fucking ho! It's Christmas here on the Cream, haven't you noticed? Jewish readers out there might saying to themselves, "But what about my Jewish brethren and me--where is our Creamatic representation?" Here I am to the rescue. In the Scene's recent holiday gift guide I had this to say in my rather Semitic entry: "Christmas in the U.S. is so secularized that most of our cultural associations with yuletide cheer have far more to do with embarrassing sweaters, pine trees and reindeer than with the birth of Jesus Christ." Nevertheless, with all the Christmas-themed happenings going on there's bound to be something for the chosen people, right? Right.
Local retro-fetishist Renaissance man Paul Burch has taken it upon himself to celebrate the festival of lights--that's Hanukkah for all you Gentile-folk--with a musical web series called 8 Nights of Rock. Starting at sundown tonight, Burch will post one new song a night, on his official website, until the conclusion of what's known in the South as the Jewish Christmas. Each song will stay on the site for 24 hours--sun up to sun down. On the eighth and final night, all eight tracks--or musical mitzvahs, as I call them-- will be available for download over a 24-hour period. The songs will include contributions from members of Lambchop, Calexico, Superchunk and more. Happy Hanukkah and mazel tov to all!