Portland Jewish Hour

The Portland Jewish Hour

Jewish, Yiddish, Ladino, Klezmer, Israeli, Mizrahi and Sephardic Music and Culture

Every Sunday 10-11 am Pacific Time

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Episode Archive

Pesach is almost here!

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Sun, 04/13/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Passover and freedom music
Tune in to the Portland Jewish Hour this Sunday, April 13 for a special Passover show celebrating the chag in music from all over the world. I'll also be featuring songs about freedom from around the world, since freedom from oppression is the central theme of this holiday. Whether you're frantically chasing down those last crumbs of chametz or cooking for your seder, The Jewish Hour is the perfect Pesach accompaniment. Hosted by Liz Schwartz.

Portland Jewish Hour on 04/06/14

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Sun, 04/06/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Celebrate Spring and love

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Sun, 03/30/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Songs of spring, love and Passover previews
Celebrate Spring with songs about love and spring flowers. Also, get a jump on your Passover cleaning  with the Portland Jewish Hour, hosted by Liz Schwartz.

Be happy, it's still Adar!

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Sun, 03/23/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Revisiting Purim and Jewish-Irish music
Be Happy, it's still Adar!
Due to technical malfunctions, I was unable to broadcast last week's Purim/St. Patrick's Day show. So, since Purim is a topsy-turvy time of year when anything can happen, I'm turning back the calendar one week to bring you the show I wanted to play last week, a combination of Purim and St. Patrick's Day Jewish music. Hosted by Liz Schwartz.

Purim and Jewish/Irish connections

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Sun, 03/16/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Celebrate Jewish/Irish connections and Purim

Did you know there were Irish Jews? Tune in this Sunday March 16 for a combination of Purim and St. Patrick's Day celebrations on the Jewish Hour. 

Portland Jewish Hour on 03/09/14

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Sun, 03/09/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Jewish Music and Culture

Russian around

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Sun, 03/02/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Russian around
Thinking about Current Events, join Barry as we listen to some traditional Jewish music from Russia and the Ukraine. 

Time permitting, we'll also toss in some wild European contemporary klez and perhaps some other surprises.  Perfect for a rainy Sunday (better than sitting around watching CNN).

Portland Jewish Hour on 02/23/14

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Sun, 02/23/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Jewish Music and Culture

Portland Jewish Hour welcomes Portland singer/songwriter Beth Hamon for a live studio performance

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Sun, 02/16/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Singer-songwriter Beth Hamon performs live in the studio

Portland's own home-grown Jewish folk singer-songwriter Beth Hamon joins host Liz Schwartz for a live in-studio interview. Hamon will play songs from her recently released CD, Ten Miles, and we'll offer copies of the CD as thank you gifts to people who call in to become members of KBOO during our winter membership drive. Don't miss this rare opportunity!

Hot Jewish music for a cold weekend!

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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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Hot music for a cold weekend!

Join Barry for some rousing klezmer music, to inspire you to call in your pledge, for our Winter Membership Drive!


Jewish Hour featuring an interview wiht Professor Dianne Ashton about her new book, Hanukkah in America: a history.

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Sun, 12/22/2013
Artist Title Album Label Link
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur (Della Vita) Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Zamir Chorale of Boston Maoz Tsur (By the Waters) Lights! BKM Associates zamir.org
Y-Love/Erran Baron Cohen My Hanukkah Songs in the Key of Hanukkah New Line Records www.amazon.com
Interview with Professor Dianne Ashton        
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Kozatsky 'til you Dropsky A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Dance of the Latkes Queens A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra March of the Macabees A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Araber Tants A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Tants Chinese A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Dance of the Dreydls A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra Waltz of the Ruggelach A Klezmer Nutcracker Newport Classic www.shirim.com
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Sun, 07/07/2013

George Lederer talks about the concept of the Yiddish term "kinnehora" (without the evil eye), and reads a story by the same title, from author Jerome Weidman.

PYH-20130616- Eprhyme

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Sun, 06/16/2013

Jacob's Last Yiddish Hour Show, featuring an interview with Jewish Hip Hop Artist eprhyme.

Jacob Interviews Eprhyme on Portland Yiddish Hour

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Sun, 06/16/2013

An interview with Eprhyme, a Jewish hip hop artist who drew musical inspiration from the Pacific Northwest

June 9 Yiddish Hour

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Sun, 06/09/2013

the automagic archive was enjoying a Sunday stroll and not working! Here's the audio from the Yiddish Hour this last Sunday

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Eric Klein interview 5-26-2013

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Sun, 05/26/2013

Yiddish Hour host Barry Lavine interviews Portlander Eric Klein, who is working with Toronto writer Michael Wex on a project to translate the 1921 Classic Yiddish novel, "In Poylishe Velder" (In the Forests of Poland) into a free e-book for 2015.  Details can be found at www.michaelwex.com.  The actual project which requires YOUR donation is at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-authorized-translation-of-a-classic-yiddish-novel-into-english?c=home

Ellen Cassedy Interview

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Sun, 02/10/2013

Interview with Ellen Cassedy, author of We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust

Ellen Cassedy went to Vilnius, Lithuania in order to study Yiddish and connect with a place where some of her ancestry originated from.

Find out more at her website: http://www.ellencassedy.com/

Portland Jewish Hour Interview with Ilene Safyan and Beth Hamon

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Sun, 01/20/2013

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring live interviews and performances with local composer/musicians Ilene Safyan and Beth Hamon.

A Prayer in Wake of a School Shooting

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Sun, 12/16/2012

This content aired as part of the Portland Yiddish Hour on December 16, 2012.  The prayer was written by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and is read by host Ed Kraus.  The music is Armenian duduk, played by Djivan Gasparyan.

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Interview with Alicia Jo Rabins of Girls in Trouble

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Sun, 07/01/2012

Liz Schwartz's interview with Alicia Jo Rabins, founder of Girls In Trouble, an original art-pop song cycle about women in Torah. GIT has released two albums with Jdub Records and has toured across the US, Canada, England, Italy and Sweden. Alicia is currently working on A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, an experimental performance piece about the intersection of mysticism and finance, which will premiere in New York City in the autumn of 2012.

This interview first aired on the Portland Yiddish Hour on July 1, 2012. It also includes two new songs from Alicia: "Open the Ground," and "A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff" (the Kaddish was recorded at the LABA Festival at the 14th St. Y in New York City in May 2012).

  • Length: 27:32 minutes (25.2 MB)
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Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 04/01/2012

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So CalledDayenuThe So Called Sederwww.socalledmusic.com
EprhymeTikkun AdamWaywordwonderwillwww.myspace.com
Yiddish RepublikZog Es Mir Nokh a Molwww.yiddishrepublik.com
BurnsideAlready Gonesoundcloud.com
Chana RothmanBeautiful LandBeautiful Land EPchanarothman.com
Vanessa PalomaAl Pasar Por Casablancavanessapaloma.blogspot.com
Erev RavHeavy Shtetlerevravmusic.com
AcollectiveA Better Manwww.myspace.com

 Hosted by Jacob Rosenblum

On-air call in guest Vanessa Paloma

Click here for a video of Eprhyme's "Punklezmerap"

Click here for a video of Acollective's "A Better Man"


Hope you liked it!


Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/25/2012

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Taraf de Haidouks & Kocani Orkestar100 MillionsBand of Gypsies 2
Turceasca a Lu Kalo
KeyArabska igroKef
Krivo Sadovsko horo
Vanessa PalomaHijica Dile a Tu MamaFlor de Serena
Paxarico Sos Mi Alma
Fanfare CiocarliaDusty RoadIag Bari
Lume, Lume
Jocul Boldenilor
Hora din Petrosnitza
Tu Romnie
Besh o Drom

Hosted by Barry, playing wild and crazy Balkan/Gypsy music, highlighting the Eugene band, 'Kef'.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/18/2012

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Lorin Sklamberg/Susan McKeownHeart's BloodSaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.myspace.com
Lorin Sklamberg/Susan McKeownOakumSaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.myspace.com
Lorin Sklamberg/Susan McKeownMy Little BellySaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.myspace.com
Lorin Sklamberg/Susan McKeownThe Hag with the MoneySaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.myspace.com
berg/Susan McKeownThe Little Slender BoySaints & TzadiksWorld Villagewww.myspace.com
De DanannTwo Jewish ReelsBallroomGreen Linneten.wikipedia.org
Black VelvetA Balkan FeastBlack Velvetwww.cdbaby.com
Black VelvetMiddle Eastern PolkasBlack Velvetwww.cdbaby.com
Black VelvetSiobhan O'Donnell's ReelsBlack Velvetwww.cdbaby.com
Vanessa PalomaLa SerenaFlor de Serenawww.flordeserena.com
Vanessa PalomaLa Vida Do Por El RakiFlor de Serenawww.flordeserena.com
June TaborMayn Rue PlatzAqabawww.myspace.com
Mick MoloneyIf It Wasn't For The Irish and the JewsIf It Wasn't for the Irish and the JewsCompass Recordscompassrecords.com
Black VelvetFive and SevenBlack Velvetwww.cdbaby.com

The Jewish-Irish Connection, a celebration of Jewish and Irish music made by both Jewish and Irish musicians, in honor of St. Patrick's day. Hosted by Liz Schwartz

Here's an interesting article about the history of Jews in Ireland:


Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 03/04/2012

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KlezmaticsRebens khasene / Khasene tantsShvaygn = Toyt
Mazltov, Zelda / Zeydns tants
Les Musiciens de LvivPal amendeCabaret Slave I
Rabin Elemeilekh
Danse des Balkans
Di Naye KapelyePurimTraktorist
Balkan Beat BoxAdir AdrimBalkan Beat Box
Sunday Arak
Les Musiciens de LvivDoina et KalousharyCabaret Slave I

Hosted by Barry, with music moving South by Southeast, from Eastern Europe to western Ukraine to the Balkans to the contemporary Middle-East.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 02/26/2012

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David BrozaAsi Mi Corazon - אסי מי קוראסוןParking Completowww.davidbroza.net
David BrozaBelibi (Con Sabreen) - בליביParking Completo
David BrozaParking Completo - פארקינג קומפלטוParking Completo
Rabbi Aryeh HirschfieldHavu Ladonai Psalm 29 (1997)Batee L'ganeewww.rebaryeh.com
The Apples, feat. Shlomo BarBatashwww.myspace.com
Rabbi Aryeh HirschfieldOut of the Depths, Psalm 130 (1980)Batee L'ganee
The Idan Raichel ProjectMi'ma'amakimwww.idanraichelproject.com
Tomer YosefUndergroundLaughing UndergroundJDub Recordswww.myspace.com
Asaf AvidanWeakThe Reckoningwww.myspace.com
Hadag NachashLo FrayerimLazuzhadagnahash.com

 hosted by Jacob Rosenblum.

Thanks to Jenny for her support.

Thanks to Liz and Judy for calling in.

At the end of the show, I read a short story by I. L. Peretz called "If Not Higher." I read it from a compilation of Jewish short stories called The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (edited by Ilan Stavans).

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 02/19/2012

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Brave Old WorldThe TuneBlood Oranges
Abe Schwartz OrchRoumanian DoinaThe Klezmer King
Taraful din BaiaBade tine-ma bineGypsies of Romania
Avishai CohenLeolamAurora
New Orleans KlezmerNot Too EggyFresh Out The Past
David KrakauerFunky DaveKlezmer Madness
R. Yitzhak Husbands-HankinShine Your LovingkindnessTreasure Each Day
R. Yitzhak Husbands-HankinV'taher LibeinuDancing Through Eden
Chava LabersteinSoolam (The Ladder)Foreign Letters
TangeleYidish TangoThe Pulse of Yiddish Tango
Ramon TasatTres moricasComo La Rosa en La Guerta
Hazzan David PropisOseh ShalomThe Spirit of Shalom
Qadim EnsembleIm Nin'aluEastern Wind

Host Ed Kraus (pre-recorded show)

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 02/12/2012

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Balkan Beat BoxKabulectroBlue Eyed Black BoyNGMwww.myspace.com
Balkan Beat BoxBalcumbiaBlue Eyed Black BoyNGMwww.myspace.com
Molly PiconYidl mitn FidlYouTube videowww.youtube.com
Frank KrasnowskyUn Du AkerstChutzpah
Allan ShermanHarvey and SheilaYouTube videowww.youtube.com
Margalit TzananiMocher PrachimYouTube videowww.youtube.com
The Barry SistersMakin' WhoopeeYouTube videowww.youtube.com
Shlomo Artzi/Arik EinsteinChozrim Habaita
Andy HamonMein Yiddishe Momme
Ofra HazaYerushalayim Shel ZahavYouTube videowww.youtube.com

Special listener reqeust show hosted by Liz Schwartz. Thanks to everyone who became a member or renewed their membership during our winter membership drive. If you haven't yet done so, just go to http://kboo.fm and click on the tip jar.

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 02/05/2012

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Frank London's Klezmer BrassIn Your Garden 20 Fecund Fruit treesCarnival Conspiracy
In the Marketplace All is Subterfuge
Brave Old WorldBessarabiaIn the Fiddler's House
KlezmaticsFun TashlikhRhythm and Jews
NY Psycho-Freylekhs
Buhushner Khosid
Tsiveles Bulgar
OomphYankl's TanzBetween Two Worlds

Hosted by Barry, playing music from the Klezmatics and other all-time favorites.  Thank you, new and renewing KBOO supporters!

Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 01/29/2012

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Bait JaffeMax Epstein's DoinaZweigesprache
Bait JaffeMaxie's WaltzZweigesprache
Andy Statman and David GrissomAdon OlamSongs of Our Fathers
Shawn's KugelZemer AtikSimcha!
Mohammed FairouzTahrir for Clarinet and Orchestralive performance
FafillaltAromimcha YahTafillalt
Shawn's KugelEin KelohaynuFinger Play
The KlezmorimBand IntroJazz-Babies of the Ukraine
The KlezmorimKishineverJazz-Babies of the Ukraine
The KlezmorimDigga Digga DooJazz-Babies of the Ukraine
The KlezmorimCircus SirbaJazz-Babies of the Ukraine
DeLeonEn el CafeDeLeon

Host Ed Kraus

The classical piece was Tahrir for Clarinet and Orchestra by Mohammed Fairouz, performed by clarinetist David Krakauer with the orchestra Ensemble 212 conducted by Yoon Jae Lee.  You can get more information at



Portland Yiddish Hour playlist for 01/22/2012

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Iraqi Jewish MusiciansNakhon LibboShbahotRenair Recordswww.midrash.org
Yair DalalBagdad-BarcelonaSamarMagdawww.yairdalal.com
Sacha ReichInterview-JTC Cafe Baghdadwww.jewishtheatrecollaborative.org
Lyrics of Rabbi Israel NajaraYoutube Videowww.youtube.com
Idan RaichelMai NaharWithin My WallsHeliconwww.idanraichelproject.com
Daoud & Saleh Al-KuwaitiEndak Aun GhatalaMasters of Iraqi MusicARCwww.classicsonline.com
Yair DalalJethroThe Perfume RoadMagdawww.yairdalal.com
Naim Rejwa/Abdu Sa'adaInta Omri
Hakki ObadiaPassover SongsIraqi Jewish and Iraqi MusicGlobal Village Musicitunes.apple.com

Hosted by Liz Schwartz, featuring an interview with Sacha Reich, Artistic Director of Jewish Theatre Collaborative, about JTC's upcoming production, Cafe Baghdad. Also featured: Music of Iraqi Jews and the Fertile Crescent.


Cantors/Liturgical Music


                                                                                                              September 5, 2010

Dear Mrs.  Falk:


     The liturgical music is splendid!  Thanks so much.  Please keep it coming.

     By the way, if you have any cookbooks left over after distributing them to your children, please make an announcement during the "The Yiddish Hour".  I would love to purchase some more for my collection.


     Happy New Year.



                                                                                                            S.E.  Halpern

Got up late. ;-(

 Hey, I missed the Yiddish Hour this morning. Is it archived? How do I find it to listen to? --DameEdithDivine@gmail.com

 Dylan in Costa Rica!

Old Show archives

Dear Dame Divine!

We don't podcast our regular music shows for legal reasons.  KBOO pays a license to broadcast and stream live over the internet, but not for later podcast so ... sorry.

If we produce content ourselves such as the comedy skits and interviews, that you can find via the audio link on our Yiddish Hour page.  We also post playlists in case you need to know what we played.   That show was by Barry ... the KBOO website is undergoing a revision and it might take a few more days before you can see the playlist from that show.

Of course, if you are clever you could set your computer to capture the live stream of the show to disk then play it back at your convenience!  It's just that we can't legally do this for you.

All the best,


Yiddish Hour - 9/6/09 show

A lively broadcast. Enjoyed Sheila Fox's voice and joyful klezmer music, a beautiful gift for Elul. Thanks to Liz for bringing this show to KBOO.

Ramon Tasat


Who is Ramon Tasat? (Who is John Galt?!!?)


Ramón Tasat

Hello L ... I have posted comments on the playlist for today's show (Feb 8th) that should point you all in the right direction regarding Ramón Tasat. Sorry that I neglected to give you this basic biographical info on the air, but the Emergency Alert System procedures distracted me. Please give us your feedback about the Yiddish Hour, we are always looking to find out what the audience likes. As your program hosts, we have a great deal of flexibility in what we program...so if you give us feedback we can do a better job for you! Ed

yiddish hour

I like this fuzzy-quality, old-school stuff from the 1920's and earlier that comes up every now and then on the Yiddish Hour! My entry into Klezmer and other Yiddish music was through modern bands like New Orleans Klzemer All-stars and Rabbincal School Dropouts, definitely yiddish-infused but with a heavier, funky beat. It's cool to go back and hear the source. Thanks!

Old-school klezmer

Glad you like the archival stuff; it's some of my favorite music to play, too, precisely for the reason you mentioned. Also, nobody tears it up like Dave Tarras, IMO.

Zei gezint,


great program, shanda at Spertus

Hi Yankl,

Great show today!

I hope you had a great time in Chicago visiting your kids. I got to know Shainah when she joined the shul where I davened in Chicago. I moved back to PDX (my hometown) last summer, though I try to get back to visit the Chicago chevra at least once a year. I was hoping to see the maps exhibit at Spertus too when I get back there next, and think that censorship is generally an immature response to difficult questions. I hope you get someone from Spertus on the show next week so we can hear more about this.

Groisse dank,

Portland Yiddish Hour


I was looking for the set list for the May 11th 2008 show. There was a song that I heard at about 10:30 am that morning, entitled "Gefilte Fish and Matzo Balls" I think. I wanted to know who the artist was that performed the song.

Greatly Appreciated!!

Much Thanks,

Gefilte fish and matzo balls

Thanks for getting in touch about our May 11 show. We had a sub that day, but I know (and love) the track that you're asking about, which was recorded by Slim Gaillard. He had a few other Yiddishoid records, such as the immortal "Draysik Sents".


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