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Williamsburg, NY - Don't Expect Much Sleep at New York's Marcy Hotel

Published on: July 2, 2010 07:19 PM
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Williamsburg, NY - Zev Eisenberg and Gadi Mizrahi provoke extreme reactions. As the production duo Wolf + Lamb; as DJs at their Marcy Hotel parties; and via their leftfield house label – also called Wolf + Lamb – these two Jewish Brooklyn-born music fanatics inspire devotion. Not all of it wise.

“Numerous times,” says Zev, “people say to me, ‘I came to the Marcy a couple of years ago, and afterwards I was like, ‘I could live in New York!’ Then I moved here, I’m waiting, and there’s no parties. What’s going on? You guys have a party every seven weeks, that’s awesome, but what am I supposed to do in between?’”

Such is modern New York. Despite respected underground clubs like ReSolute and Blckmarket Membership, clubland has yet to recover from the Guiliani-era “clean up”, which closed many venues. Yet Wolf + Lamb’s modest, 500-capacity parties resonate globally. DJ Magazine calls them, with Berlin’s Panorama Bar, “the ultimate pilgrimage for thrill-seeking dance tourists”.

But that’s one difficult pilgrimage, given that Gadi, 34, and Zev, 28, now only advertise their parties at 24 hours’ notice, to avoid being overrun with tourists. Despite the hype, they’re determined to evolve at their own pace. Particularly Zev, who, though he is now in recovery, has twice been diagnosed with cancer.

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In lieu of a visit to the Marcy, Love Someone, the duo’s debut album, shows why the Wolf + Lamb project has got people so excited. A set of fractured, psychedelic, sometimes provocatively slow house music that owes as much to Moodymann or leftfield disco as it does minimal techno, it’s distinct and original, the product of a singularly creative environment.

That environment is the Marcy Hotel, which isn’t a hotel at all. The name is an in-joke, as is Zev’s elaborate spoof website for this “AAA five-diamond” luxury hideaway. In reality, this three-storey Williamsburg building was a shell, which Wolf + Lamb (“wolf” and “lamb” being the Hebrew for Zev and Gadi’s names) made into a recording studio/party space, office and apartments, and where they run a label that’s Factory Records-like in its idealism.

Deliberately, they have fostered a close-knit creative community, with friends and musicians living on site. More dramatically, Wolf + Lamb don’t ask their artists to sign contracts. This leaves the likes of Soul Clap, Deniz Kurtel and 20-year-old wunderkind Nico Jaar free to create some very strange, soulful electronic music: “We’ve told them, ‘Open it up, be crazy.’”

That can, though, make it awkward when promoters book Wolf + Lamb expecting banging club tunes. “There’s still places I won’t play,” says Gadi. “Like Italy; I’m too nervous; I know they want hard techno.” But Wolf + Lamb fans will follow them anywhere. You don’t need to move to New York, just open your mind.



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 Jul 02, 2010 at 07:40 PM Babishka Says:

I like the Wolf & Lamb restaurant in Manhattan. Is that run by the same guys?

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 Jul 02, 2010 at 09:46 PM Steakiteasy Says:

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Babishka Says:

I like the Wolf & Lamb restaurant in Manhattan. Is that run by the same guys?

I don't think the Williamsburg location is glatt.

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 Jul 03, 2010 at 09:33 PM Anonymous Says:

These young Israelis are not that frum but nonetheless add a much needed element of cutting edge music and artistic flair to Willy. The neighborhood is much better off having a bit of yiddeshe diverstity. Much hatzlacha to these young entrepreneurs.

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 Jul 03, 2010 at 10:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Kol Hamechall Shem Shomyaim berabim..... I pray they do Teshuvah and stop inspiring Tumah and evil in this world.

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 Jul 03, 2010 at 11:09 PM LIBERALISM IS A DISEASE!!! Says:

I only wish Wolf & Lamb would sue these oybir chachumim for copyright infringement.

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 Jul 04, 2010 at 02:54 AM E Says:

zevi and gadi are two of the nicest guys around, they each have hearts of gold and someone to come in here and knock them for not living their lives as you choose to shows how far from religion the 'religious' have strayed

all you frum racists and bigots who wear yarmulkes and daven daily need to take your yarmulke off or get real

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 Jul 04, 2010 at 03:17 AM AryehLeib Says:

They're inspiring the oilem with meisos from y'mei moshiach doing their part to uplift the velt, there's nothing evil about that. they should have a lot of hatzlocho

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 Jul 04, 2010 at 07:01 AM Anonymous Says:

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Babishka Says:

I like the Wolf & Lamb restaurant in Manhattan. Is that run by the same guys?

NO! Wolf and Lamb in Manhattan is run by Lubavitchers.

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 Jul 04, 2010 at 09:15 AM Anonymous Says:

I wish Zev good health and Hashem should open their golden hearts to do teshuva, they can be very productive frum yidden.

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 Jul 05, 2010 at 06:30 AM Anonymous Says:

i know them in their quiet way they help yiden with their own money and time

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 Jul 05, 2010 at 06:35 AM helpayid Says:

b' h we often see that these at risk bochurim have golden hearts and are the first to be moser nefesh for another yid and the torah
first hand i know of their largesse in helping yiden in trouble
their shtick is just a cover up for thier deep rooted love of yiden and hashem

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 Jul 05, 2010 at 07:17 AM Milhouse Says:

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LIBERALISM IS A DISEASE!!! Says:

I only wish Wolf & Lamb would sue these oybir chachumim for copyright infringement.

Copyright?! Copyright on what? They're not copying anything from the restaurant. And there's certainly no trademark issue, unless the restaurant starts running dance parties! No possibility of consumers mixing them up. So where's the lawsuit?

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 Jul 05, 2010 at 07:18 AM Milhouse Says:

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E Says:

zevi and gadi are two of the nicest guys around, they each have hearts of gold and someone to come in here and knock them for not living their lives as you choose to shows how far from religion the 'religious' have strayed

all you frum racists and bigots who wear yarmulkes and daven daily need to take your yarmulke off or get real

As "we" choose? Or as God chooses? They may be nice guys, but if they're breaking shabbos and eating treif then it's legitimate to knock them for it, because those are NOT optional.

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 Jul 05, 2010 at 07:19 AM Milhouse Says:

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AryehLeib Says:

They're inspiring the oilem with meisos from y'mei moshiach doing their part to uplift the velt, there's nothing evil about that. they should have a lot of hatzlocho

Huh? What exactly is uplifting about this sort of music? What "meisos from y'mei moshiach" do they tell, exactly?

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