JEWMONGOUS, a comedy song concert with occasional guests, is the colicky, uncircumcised brain child of SEAN ALTMAN: the golden-voiced song-writing wiz and former leader/founder of Rockapella (yes – of “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” TV fame). Sean was featured in Time Out New York’s cover story “The New Super Jews” and in the New York Times feature about “the Jewish Hipster Movement.” He debuted JEWMONGOUS in 2006 and has drawn press accolades and sold-out audiences in 25 major U.S. cities.
JEWMONGOUS’ debut album Taller Than Jesus is available on JEWMONGOUS.COM and on iTunes. The title song is 6’3″ Altman’s tribute to John Lennon’s 1966 misunderstood declaration that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” The album’s dozen original songs include the fractured Passover story song “They Tried to Kill Us (We Survived, Let’s Eat)”, which was featured on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross; the Irish drinking song ode to the infamous Blood Libel “Christian Baby Blood”; the venomous anti-Jews-For-Jesus punk anthem “Jews For Jesus”; the ska-inflected “What the Hell is Simchas Torah?”; the bluesy “My Pact with Satan”; the longing crooner ballad “Another Inch”; the cowboy romp “Long-Tongue Shloime”; the dysfunctional Bar Mitzvah anthem “Today I Am A Man”; and the swinging “Blow, Murray, Blow!”, about a Yom Kippur shofar (ram’s horn) blower so virtuosic that his playing purges listeners of all their sins, no matter how despicable. The album’s only cover song is a semiticized version of the Ramones’ classic “I Wanna Be Sedated”, as Altman believes that Joey Ramone (born Jeffery Hyman) would have wanted it sung that way.