Tuesday, April 12, 2011

No Maccabeats Video For Pesach! But Here Are Some Others Worth Watching

I'm not sure why this bit of factual news hasn't circulated around the internet yet, which is rife with expectations and anticipation for the supposed Maccabeats Pesach video. Unfortunately, with the time constraints of their many different schedules it just isn't possible to write and record a new song (some may be familiar with the derailing of their second album because of Candlelight). This is aside from the time and energy required shoot, edit and produce the video.

So, sorry, Maccabeats fans.

However, there are a number of other Pesach videos to keep us preoccupied until the next Maccabeat release.

Perhaps the best Jewish Accapela group out there (sorry Maccabeats, maybe one day, haha) Six13 has a new album for sefira and a new video called "P-A-S-S-O-V-E-R."

UPDATE (4/14/11): From Kol Ish, we have the parody song "Just Had Chametz," a take off of a very notorious/popular and very innappropriate song. I won't write the title here, not because I'm a prude, but because I'm worried about search engines and spammers. It's pretty funny, though has it's own crude/euphemistic moments. I think it's better done than the "I Just Broke Shomer," version.

In the vein of of "Llama song," we have this little gem called "Matza, matza fish."

From Jewish Treats we have "Best Seder in the USA," which for some reason isn't getting many hits, despite it's catchiness (or perhaps people are anti-Miley Cyrus music).

The Fountainheads, who competed with The Maccabeats for Purim Song Popularity released a new song/video called "Dayenu, Coming Home." Note: This features women singing and dancing, as in their previous video. This is the second mainstream Jewish video to utilize the very catchy/popular Celo Green's song "Forget You," after Jew Man Group's "Bar'chu! I'm a Jew."

For the older rock-favoring crowd we have "Passover/I'm Going to a Seder" by The What's Up Band.

This one's a little strange, submitted by a friend of mine. I'm not sure how to translate the Russian titles, but it's basically "Go Down Moses," originally by Louis Armstrong performed by some Russian army chorus/band. I've gotta say, the singer's impression of Louis Armstrong sounds a lot like a Russian Louis Armstrong.

In the non-musical department, we have Ayeka Passover, mockumentary-style short which I think is pretty hilarious (at least on the first viewing).

Lastly, we have the Google Exodus, which I think is by far the most creative entry this Pesach video season. It's very well done, and doesn't simply take off of an established motif, as the other videos do. It's the only video that has cracked the million view mark (though Fountainhead is catching up), which doesn't surprise me at all given it's uniqueness.

Enjoy! And please feel free to send me any other Pesach Youtube videos that are out there from this year you might know about.


  1. These are great! I hadn't seen the Ayeka Passover video- it is hilarious.

    Six13 also has a Pesach video (which is not as good as their NCSY/Chanukah video, but still good): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qSXrnkSeKs&feature=player_embedded

  2. You submitted that comment moments before I had loaded the updated list including them. I saw someone had linked their video on Facebook minutes after I had posted the original list.


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