“100% Trans Jews”

Posted by – November 27, 2011

The band’s name is Schmekel and they play klezmer-core punk. Oh yes. If they’re playing any gigs while I’m in NYC I will be at one.

The music itself merges traditional klezmer scales and rhythms with the aggressive energy of early gay punk bands like Pansy Division.

If the musical satirist Tom Lehrer were to write a hard-core anthem about sex reassignment surgery, with a driving guitar lick, a “Hava Nagila” breakdown and a keyboard line lifted from Super Mario Brothers, it might approximate the Schmekel sound.

Schmekel means “little penis” in Yiddish. And people wonder why I like hanging out with trans guys.

4 Comments on “100% Trans Jews”

  1. jenalex says:

    nice one :)

    I always liked Pansy Division.

  2. jeannie says:

    link to the quoted ny times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11.....laugh.html

  3. helenboyd says:

    thanks, Jeannie. I meant to link.

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