AMAZE at the Plant Hypnotist


AMAZE at the Plant Hypnotist, Yid Vicious' 5th and newest CD, is the first recorded output from the band’s “Kid Vicious” oeuvre. The collection of tunes for children and childish adults throws the beloved klezmer band into a blender with a carnival sideshow, a rusty circus calliope, and even a couple of monsters from under the bed. The result is sure to enliven any slumber party, Hanukkah feast, boat show, or clam bake.

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Dollars to Doinas


Giant Clam Records, 2008.

Review by Michael Popke, The Shepherd Express:

A doughnut with pink frosting and colorful sprinkles on top graces the cover of Dollars for Doinas, the fourth CD from Madison's internationally renowned klezmer band Yid Vicious. It's a fun, deliciously appropriate image for a group that's helped keep Yiddish folk songs alive for almost 15 years. Few bands, regardless of genre, make music as celebratory as Yid Vicious. Indeed, these 14 songs-punctuated with fiddle, tuba, saxophone, French horn, clarinet, accordion, Theremin and guitar-may conjure carnivals, circuses and parades. But that's the point. Yid Vicious flavors Eastern European and Russian Jewish musical traditions with contemporary spices and serves it to the masses. "Serfing on the Dead Sea" rides a tidal wave of tuba, the dark classic-rock vibe of "Vicious Grrlz" ends with a horns-galore finale, "The Breathless Terk" flirts with free jazz and "21st Century Tangar" tones down the frenetic pace without diminishing the band's art of noise.

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The Seventh Schlemiel


Giant Clam records, 2005

"...these talented youths incorporate their own generation's sounds into the mix, from country to reggae. Brainy and fun... this is music that thinks on its feet."

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"Klezmer acts on the coasts get far more play than Yid Vicious, but few can claim to have produced a collection this inventive, varied and vivacious."

            - Tom Laskin, Isthmus

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Knitting Factory Records, 2001

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Klez, Kez, Goy Mit Fez


Uvulittle Records, 1998

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Go to Sleep You Tiny Beast

CD credits: Go to Sleep You Tiny Beast