Recommendation: Schmekel

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"Schmekel: 100% Trans Jews - Queers on Rye" album cover. A babyblue table with a pomegranate and four plates with the band's members' heads between slices of bread. Two are wearing the typical Jewish male headcovers, the other two wear glasses.

Schmekel is Queer Jewcore from Brooklyn — 100% Transgender, 100% Jewish! Their music offers a Bar-Mitzvah buffet of punk, klezmer, jazz, rock, and polka influences, while their lyrics combine bawdy humor and critical awareness; encouraging audiences to laugh at butt jokes while deconstructing systems of oppression. Schmekel’s bespectacled transsexual singer-songwriters are guitarist Lucian Kahn and keyboardist Ricky Riot. Bearded bassist Nogga Schwartz yells loudly, and genderqueer drummer Simcha Halpert-Hanson carries two big sticks. “Schmekel” is Yiddish for “little penis.”

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Posted by on July 14th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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One Response to “Recommendation: Schmekel”

  1. Lane

    I saw them in concert and got to hang out with them afterwards! They are not only solid songwriters, they’re also really nice.


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