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Monday, November 05, 2007

Name That Band!

I've come up with a few good band names in my time. Most of them have been unusable. Truth be told, PsychoToddler was originally destined to be a band name. But I didn't have a band to go with it so I used it for a blog.

Anyway, you probably already know that I've been involved with many bands over the years, and that frequently I'm involved in a few bands at the same time. What can I say? I'm a musical swinger.

My main band, MSB, is a hardcore Jewish Rock band. But sometimes I want to be...what's the word...quiet. Not so ear-splittingly loud. And sometimes I just want to strum a guitar and sing to a couple of people in a room. Or some old folks at the Home. And sometimes I want to stretch a little musically and try something new.

So for the last year or so, I've hooked up with a couple of talented guys who go to my shul, and we've been doing acoustic performances. We do a couple of my original songs, a few Chassidic standards, some Carelbach, the occasional jazz standard, and most recently, with the addition of our talented clarinet player, some Klezmer.

Now we're at the stage where we're tired of being called, "the guys from the shul" or "Mark and Adam and Bryan" and we need a name. Here are a couple of ideas:

Goldie's Klezmer Band (named after Bryan's grandfather, Nathan Goldstein, a retired NYC Cop, nice but confusing)

49th Street Klezmer Band

West Side Shtreimel

Milwaukee Klezmer Works

Mark and Adam and Bryan

Bryan and Adam and Mark

Adam and...well you get the picture

The Guys from the Shul

The Not as Loud Orchestra

Fakaktamus (this is what my daughter used to call the Plecostemus)

Anyway, we're looking for ideas. Please help us! Leave your ideas in the comments. I can't guarantee that we'll use them, but I do guarantee that we will read and laugh at them.

To give you an idea what we sound like, here are a couple of videos from a Melaveh Malka last year at the Young Israel of West Roger's Park:


anon who you know said...

Since I really am not cool with Adam and/or Bryan (what's the matter - Bais Dovid too good for you!), I cannot offer an opinion.

PsychoToddler said...

Bais Dovid is "not for everyone."

Anyway, it's bad enough with all that CBJ riff raff showing up for maariv motzai shabbos. You want more? Where are the rest of us supposed to stand?

Hila said...

West Side Shtreimel sounds the best, IMHO :-)

Halfnutcase said...

"running from the poretz"

or perhaps something in yiddish meaning something like "boys who've outgrown their britches"

Anonymous said...

Dear anon who you know said...

I love davening at Bais Dovid. I just starts too early for me. I'm a musician and like to sleep late.


torontopearl said...

The NoGoodniks.

Ta'am Tov.

The Milwaukee (Music) Mavens.



PsychoToddler said...

Wow, those are all good, Pearl.

Bryan wanted me to correct myself a little. The band isn't really about "quiet" acoustic music. We may do gigs with drums and more horns and louder instruments. Weddings etc.

I just want to let Bryan know that compared to MSB's usual setting of "11", everything else is quiet in comparison.

Adam: how much for the women?

Ahuva said...

"West Side Shtreimel" has my vote. You guys sound great!

Shira Salamone said...

Using last-name initials, EMS, anyone? (Is there a doctor in the house? :) :) :) )

"West Side Shtreimel" is a good one.

westbankmama said...

You guys sound great. How about "Heimisch?"

Baila said...

1. gei kaken ofen yam
2. the meshugana hunts
3. ah bissel cholent
4. ich veis nisht
5. farvoos?
6. mach a tumult
7. (since its a quiet band) gei shlufen

good luck

Ezzie said...

I like WSS, Not as Loud, and 49th St.... what about 49th Street BAM (for the initials)? (Too much Emeril?)

49th Street [by itself]

49th & Out Of Town

House of Jehudah

The Twersky Three

Mechitza Machers

No Earplugs Klezmer

Bryan said...

If we want to depict ourselves as a quiet band, how about "Der Shtiler Orchestra"?

In response to Anon who you know: I feel the love. I really do. You gonna have some splainin' to do if you ever want back stage passes when we're famous.


PsychoToddler said...

No love for Fakatemus?

An early alternate for "West Side Shreimel" was "West Side Simcha", but I think the Shtreimel sounds funnier and more like "Story".

How bout:

Quieter than Mendy

Better than Ezra

laughing on the inside said...

I know of a social group (just a bunch of couples who have been friends for more than 20 years) called the "Yaks" - Young Alte Kakers. I think it makes a great band name, personally.

PsychoToddler said...

Young Alter Kakers is a funny name. Yaks, not so much.

orieyenta said...

PT's "fakatemus" is the best. I can't believe that Little Orieyenta didn't come up with that one for her plecostemus. Interestingly enough, her plecostemus is named "Moshe". Another sign that she and PT are kindred spirits?

Shira Salamone said...

Heimlich and the Maneuverers (take 2 aspirins and call them in the morning) :) :) :)

Markie and the Merry Music Men

Moshe and the Midwest Meshuggenahs

Moishe and the Milwaukee Mishagoyim

Adam and the Eve's-droppers (on second thought, maybe not)

Bryan and the Blatt Boys

Okay, I'll behave. You can put down the phaser now. :) :) :)

The Lakeside Lerners

The Lakeside Leiners (That's more your speed, Mark.)

The Sherman Park Sher Players (a bit obscure for many people, but what do you expect from a folk dancer? :) )

Baila's and Ezzie's choices are good, too. Gei shlufen??! No Earplugs Klezmer??! :) This is fun! Keep 'em coming. :)

Shira Salamone said...

Oh, I forgot one:

Two Stringers and a Licorice Stick

:) :) :)

Shira Salamone said...

Two Strummers and a Tooter

Picky, Picky, and Klezmer Kvetchie

:) :) :)

Shira Salamone said...

You really know how to pick 'em. Literally :) :) :)

Shira Salamone said...

Shtiler and Mara :) :) :)

RaggedyMom said...

Fakaktemus is a term that probably deserves its own blog.

Since you're taking what you do and mixing it up a bit .. Tzumisht?

Another one is Kakamun. When I was about 2 years old, we were at my grandparents' house in Boro Park for an extended stay. While going for a walk at night, my parents asked me, "Where's the moon?" and I (loudly) replied, "Kakamun!"

West Side Shtreimel and The NoGoodniks were good too.

I always thought a cool name would be Quercus Palustrus (I think that's the scientific name for a white oak tree) but it's totally irrelevant for this project.

PsychoToddler said...

These are all very interesting names, but on the off chance that I might actually want to..y'know...book some gigs with this band, I suppose we should stay away from names that either describe or denote defecation, feces, or have many of the same letters as sh*t.

torontopearl said...

How about you, the doctor, with this band of yours, can now have an....


Neil Harris said...

Originally I was thinking something like: Pabst Blue Gartel.
Probably there's a copyright issue, so how about "The Blue Gartel"?

It's sort of esoteric, yet funny if you grew up where you currently live.

Shira Salamone said...

Between MBA and EMS, you've got everything covered. :)

On second thought, not Shtiler and Mara--make that Shtilers and Moreh :) :) :)

Blue Gartel, the Jewish equivalent of a karate black belt? :)

Seriously, I like West Side Shtreimel best.

Halfnutcase said...

viser shtreimel?

Anonymous said...

one more:

drei heiser alter yidden zingen shtiller lieder

the town crier said...

Wester Rogers Neighborhood
Western Rogers Neighborhood

Reed Only

Klez Virus


White Fringes

Knotted Gartel

Dm Squared

Century 18

Fried Green Shlishkes

Rolling Cholent Bones

Halfnutcase said...

rocking shtender?

Leaning shtender?

PsychoToddler said...

TTC: Just a correction: we're not from West Rogers Park. That's in Chicago. We just played there.

"West Side" refers to the West Side of Milwaukee, which is where we all live.

PsychoToddler said...

Shtender is not a bad name. But then we're all sitting.

Halfnutcase said...

shtenders work sitting or standing.

Most of them have little things on them to allow you to use it also while you sit. I know that my rabbi's has a little compartment under the top part, closed with a nifty little door that is hinged to the inclined surface's lower edge, so when you pull it open it makes another little place to put a book, a little bit lower such that one can easily read while sitting (and naturaly it comes closer to you while sitting as well.)

what do you think a music stand is anyway?

dov said...

The perfect name for such a band: Red Bendl

Anonymous said...

More Cowbell

yonah said...


it's hot, it fills you up, and there's something in it for everyone.

good luck!

psachya said...

Here's a few -

The Yid Pickers

Peter, Paul & Mark

The Milwaukee Plucks

And, to steal an idea from the Klezmatics -
Jews Without Horns.

Good luck, guys!

PsychoToddler said...

I like Cholent.

But Cholent does not like me.

Anonymous said...

how about redneck chussids??Brad

Shira Salamone said...

They're too far north to be rednecks, Brad. On the other hand, how about the Frozen Frummies? :)

Anonymous said...

Possible names for your band:
The Klezmaniacs
Sheer Simcha (sheer=shir=song)
Kol Trio
Anyway, you guys are good!

Shira Salamone said...

Northern Nusach?

Milwaukee Music Menschten?

West Side Strummers and Hummers?

Yenimvelt Yidden?

Far-out Farbrengen?

Niggun from Nowheresville?

:) :) :)

Shira Salamone said...

Sherman Park Shir

Jack said...

How about...

Lemon-Cheeky (Limonchiki)

It's a great song title and would make a great band name. You can here the song at

Anonymous said...

Goldie's Beat

Shira Salamone said...

Two Streimels and a Homburg :)

Shira Salamone said...

(Er, make that "Shtreimels.")

West Side Wunders

Twersky Tummlers

Sherman Perek

Jack's Shack said...

The Bar Mitzvah Boys

Kid Yid

The Besht You've Heard

Jewish Blogmeister said...

Moses and His Mitvah Men

The Mitzvah Men

The Bar/Mitzvah Men

Total Metizous

Gavaldic Klezmer Band

Moshe's Simcha band

Take your pick

Anonymous said...



The Kings of Klez




Noch Klezzer


Anonymous said...

Kishke Kugel & Klez

Klez Kandy


Klez Kabob




Head of the Klez

Klezzin' Around




Klez It To Me



Anonymous said...

Klezza Nostra

Klezza Nova

A Touch of Klez

Shira Salamone said...

"The Besht You've Heard"


Yes, thus far. :) You go, Jack!

The Punster's Wife
and no slouch, herself :)

Jewish Blogmeister,I'll raise you one:
Take Your Pick, and Licorice Stick

Anon., I'm a folk dancer by avocation, so I'll go for Klezatzkah. :)

The Kool Klez Katz, anyone (or am I showing my age? :) )

Jameel @ The Muqata said...


Milwaukee Lox

PS: You got a heck of a lot of comments!

Doctor Bean said...

Blues by Jews

Gefilte Fish From Last Rosh Chodesh

Shira Salamone said...

"Blues by Jews"

Definitely grin-worthy. :)

So nu, Mark, how long are you going to keep us in suspense, or are you having too much fun reading the comments? :)

Shira Salamone said...

But as long as you're still asking . . .

The Sherman Park Shtarkers

Sherman Shtreimel

Halfnutcase said...

how about sherman sharkers, with a picture of a sherman tank as your logo?

lol. not entirely appropriate I know.

sara said...

i would hire you in a heartbeat.... if you were in AZ and i had need of a band. :)

Anonymous said...

Cholent are leftovers - and so GROSS! EWWW, yonah, cmon, you're more creative than that - your bro needs some help here.