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Tired of the same old yuletide tunes during the holiday season? Paul Libman of Chicago's Libman Music has answered your prayers with a CD of the same old yuletide tunes . . . played by a klezmer band! Yes, Libman and his merry Klez monauts are offering Oy to the World: A Klezmer Christmas. Hear "Deck the Halls," "Joy to the World," "Jingle Bells" and other favorites just like they must've sounded at Christ's bar mitzvah. "I didn't do it as a joke, but more as a humorous reaction to all the Christmas records that are pumped out," says Libman, who admits to walking with some trepidation on potentially politically incorrect waters. "A friend said, 'You want to be Salman Rushdie's roommate?' I thought there'd be controversy, but so far everyone likes it." The record, on Libman's own Satire label, is available in Borders and Virgin stores as well online at and Libman, who pla ys piano in the group, wrote all the clever and often funny arrangements and even contributed an original, "Santa Gey Gezunderheit" (translation: Go in good health), with his own vocal. "It's a good theme album for mixed marriag es," he says. "My wife's an Italian Catholic and she likes it." Is there a follow-up planned? Like In Your Easter Yarmulke? "I'll let you know after Christmas," says Libman, still
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