About Matthue Roth

Matthue Roth is the author, most recently, of Losers, as well as the novels Never Mind the Goldbergs and Candy in Action and the memoir Yom Kippur a Go-Go. He's also the associate editor of MyJewishLearning.com. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, and he keeps a secret diary at www.matthue.com.

DeScribe: Homeland-Grown Gangsta for Peace

By April 24, 2008

When hip-hop audiences talk about being born into the game, they don’t usually mean like this. DeScribe, a.k.a. Shneur Hasofer, is the son of Hasidic singer-songwriter Devorah Hasofer, whose music I’ve never heard—her albums specify that her singing is “for … Read More

Diwon is to Yemenite music as Pharrell is to Gwen

By March 13, 2008

Diwon is the newest in the litany of identities of Erez Safar, the producer/drummer/promoter/DJ/occasional backup vocalist. Perhaps best known for being one-half of the touring band for Orthodox hip-hop M.C. Y-Love, Safar, who’s always alluded to his Yemenite Jewish ancestry, … Read More

Formerly Homeless Anti-Folkie Emilia Cataldo Talks About Her New Album

By February 28, 2008

One-woman band Emilia Cataldo’s e-mail signature says "I want to end up happy like everyone else." You have to wonder if it’s biting irony or an honest sentiment—after all, her music is chock full of both. Sincere, sweet, and sugary-voiced, … Read More

Barbez Frontman Adds Experimental Music to Paul Celan’s Post-Holocaust Poetry

By February 21, 2008

Avant-garde musician Dan Kaufman fronts the band Barbez, who play a tangled and compelling web of experimental jazz, prog-rock, and Radiohead-and-Mogwai-influenced barely-pop. Force of Light, Kaufman’s breakaway solo debut, is surprising in several ways. For one thing, all the music … Read More

Jewcy Music: Make Y-Love Sound Better

By February 19, 2008

Remix contests, when done right, can be the coolest things in the world (ultra-hipster warning: refer to the Dismemberment Plan's fan-remixed best-of album that was their final release) or can, of course, be hackneyed cliches. In honor of Y-Love's impending … Read More

The Shondes: Queer, Pro-Palestinian Jewish Punk Rock

By January 31, 2008

The Shondes are the newest product of Brooklyn’s cross-section of Jewish and hipster culture, merging punk sensibilities with queer identity, radical politics and—most importantly—flapper flamboyance. Their just-released debut album, The Red Sea, is noisy enough to be punk, but complex … Read More

Happy New Tree: A Tu B’Shevat Prayer

By January 21, 2008

From the Izhbitzer Rebbe, this little bit of excerptage comes to us by way of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, by way of my old yeshiva Simchat Shlomo. I edited it a bit, solely for purposes of cutting out the Hebrewese and … Read More

Shomer Negiah in the City

By January 11, 2008

It was the summer I left San Francisco. I’d gotten a book deal, gotten hardcore about this whole Orthodox thing, and hitched a ride with my best friend’s ex-girlfriend and her dog to New York City. Suddenly I lived in … Read More