Originally Posted by Piobaire
I can't believe no one has mentioned klezmer yet!
Maybe you are kidding?
I think Klezmer is great sociable music, especially mdoern interpretations. I saw a wonderful 8-piece klezmer band from Iceland called Storveite Nix Nolte which got even the shittiest jaded hipsters dancing.
So Called is a Canadian artist who does these hip hop/klezmer pastiches (seriously - and they don't suck)
A lot of John Zorn's Klezmer stuff from his Tzadik label is well worth a listen.