Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine | Poor, On Tour, & Over 54

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Poor, On Tour, & Over 54

by Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine

comedy and songs
Genre: Spoken Word: Comedy
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1. Shake Hands
4:28 album only
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2. Separation Blues
3:42 album only
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3. They Call It Existential Monday
5:36 album only
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4. Hip Hop Hobbit and the Ring Thing
6:10 album only
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5. Gregor Samsa Blues
5:34 album only
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6. Big Vermonty Mountains
3:50 album only
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7. Zen Master Blues
5:15 album only
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8. Last of the Beats
5:36 album only
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9. Kosher Buffalo Skinners
7:20 album only
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10. Annabel Lee
6:49 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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MIKHAIL HOROWITZ & GILLES MALKINE have been delighting Hudson Valley audiences for years, as well as others across the country. Their original, zany and imaginative verbal acrobatics and maladaptations of old tunes with new lyrics have left onlookers laughing until they’re gasping for breath. Their satirical takes on world currents consistently hit the mark, as do their rap versions of such literary classics as Moby Dick, Homer’s Odyssey, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, and Waiting for Godot. They perform songs on subjects as diverse as the lack of affordable health care, the blues origins of Macbeth and Hamlet, political unreality and surreality, the scant likelihood of sex after death, and the legacy of orthodox Jewish cowboys. Or, you may be treated to the granddaddy of all disaster-motif songs, or a faded and frayed remembrance of a fiery night in the ‘60s, or a rendition of Joyce Kilmer’s poem Trees as it might be recited by Blackbeard the Pirate.



QUOTES
“Horowitz does with the English language what Jim Carrey does with his face. His stuff is not only funny, it’s bracingly pungent, surprising, ear-opening, and is guaranteed to cleanse your mind of cobwebs.
“Just when you’re thinking about how you can’t remember when you laughed so much at a poetry reading, Mikhail Horowitz throws you a curve, and you find yourself moved. His rap versions of the classics, his language games, and the irresponsible relationship between him and his guitar-totin’ accomplice, Gilles Malkine, are a full-fledged delight to experience.”
- Peter Schickele (P.D.Q. Bach)

“With nimble tongue and dextrous wit, Horowitz and Malkine offer up burnt fallacies to the Gods of Reason. The two bring an insouciant irreverence to these troubling times, with a scathing multi-media performance that comments on everything from organized religion to corporate fat cats to Beat poets. And somehow, it all makes sense...”
- Erica Freudenberger Woodstock Times

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Peter Aaron

Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine – Poor, On Tour, & Over 54 (No Help Here Produ
When it comes to modern comedy, it seems that thinking and laughing are mutually exclusive. Yeah, thank God for Jon Stewart, Lewis Black, and Stephen Colbert, but for each of those outright geniuses there's 200 or so moronic jerks on the level of Larry the cable Guy, dunderheads who parlayed dumb shucks-'n'-yucks routines about how their wives are always on them to cut the lawn when they'd much rather be sitting on the couch drinking beer and watching the game into lucrative, red-carpet Hollywood careers. Yee-haw, buddy. Okay, we all love a little lowbrow action once in a while, but would you be any less discerning when it comes to other artistic disciplines - like music, for example? Which is it going to be, more Coltrane and The Clash or an extra helping of Abba and the 1910 Fruit Gum Company? Hey, you are what you eat. (And swallow that bubblegum!)

Relax: not only does Poor, on Tour & over 54 taste good, it's good for you, too. Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine are the Hudson Valley's leading (only?) erudite comedic duo, a literary/beat-informed pair that references history and the classics while taking occasional aim at political and topical ridiculousness. On this, the pair's second disk, Horowitz (voice, harmonica, kazoo, record) and Malkine (guitar, dumbek, voice) are joined by Charlie Knicely, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Harvey Kaiser, and other top musicians as they tackle such masterful side splitters as" Big Vermonty Mountains" (an ode to the progressive promised land, sung to the tune of "Big Rock Candy Mountain") and "Hip Hop Hobbit and the Ring Thing" (yes, a rap adaptation of The Hobbit). High jinks and hilarity, but without the guilt. ++ Peter Aaron Roll Magazine, 2008
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Sharon Nichols

Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine Poor, On Tour & Over 54 2007, (No Help Here
Stand-up satirist Mikhail Horowitz and deft musician Gilles Malkine in have been cracking up cerebral audiences since the 1980s with their piquant, political meanderings. Their latest recording does not fall far from their previous work; it's every bit as spry, ingenious, and criminally funny. Employing various musical styles from rap and hip-hop to blues and bop, Horowitz and Malkine continue to regurgitate literature and philosophy with their trademark mercurial mojo. Horowitz takes on harmonica, kazoo, and recorder with Malkine on the guitar and dumbek, and both literary clowns can be blamed for vocals and lyrics. Nine guest artists surrender to the duos irreverence on Poor, On Tour & Over 54 (the obvious sequel to their last disk, Live, Jive & Over 45), and no topic is off-limits, be it Irish Alzheimer's, same-sex marriage, The Lord of the Rings, beat poets, Zen monks, the Taliban, or Condoleezza Rice. Recorded live at various Hudson Valley locations including the Rosendale Theater and Unison in New Paltz, the sound quality is the only thing that's lacking, but this does not go unexplained in the liner notes. In fact, an entire page of the accompanying booklet is hilariously dictated to the CDs aural shortcomings, including an invitation to listen hard for "the dull thud of each apple, tomato, and cantaloupe as it splatters upon the stage."
Chronogram Magazine 2008
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