Our guest this episode is the well-traveled, well-spoken and unapologetically outspoken musician Mark Rubin. From co-founding the influential Americana trickster band The Bad Livers to being a leader in the contemporary klezmer scene, Mark’s storied career strands weave together perfectly in this latest release, The Triumph of Assimilation. We talk about the new album, his experiences as a Southern Jew, the intersectional fascism reboot, cultural appropriation do-nots, and Yiddish songwriter/poet Mordechai Gebirtig.
Featured music is “It’s Burning,” “A Day of Revenge“,”Royal Street Shuffle” and, just in time for Revenge of the 5th, “The Dark Side Has Doughnuts,” by Mark Rubin, courtesy of the artist.
FOLLOW MARK AND PR-EORDER HIS NEW ALBUM
LEARN MORE ABOUT MORDECHAI GEBIRTIG
At Home with Mordechai Gebirtig
“Our Town is Burning” and “A Beam of Sunlight”
Mordechai Gebirtig Memorial (note: link is to English translated page)
…and, finally, here’s that whole thing about the color blue Sarah and Joy were talking about in the post-interview segment.