Hotzeplotz Calls

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Instrumental PDF | Midi mp3
Vocal PDF | Midi mp3

Now that you’ve moved on from hot latkes, we’ll be serving up an even hotter dish of “Hoffle Poffle” — along with “The Viper’s Bulgar” and “Hotzeplotz” — for a three-part medley of klezmer songs that don’t actually exist outside of this medley but are supposed to sound like they do.

“Hoffle poffle,” the food, is a scrambler-type dish of eggs, cheese, fried potato cubes, beef salami, mushrooms, etc., and is more commonly known as “hoppel poppel,” as it is at Benji’s Deli in Milwaukee, which is where I eat it. But “hoppel poppel” doesn’t rhyme with wanting it “something awful,” and the rhyme always wins.

Benji’s Deli in Shorewood, WI, home of the Super Hoppel Poppel.

The PDF/mp3 links above take you to the back-to-back versions in the songbook, one for instrumental performance, one vocal. Of course, you can mix and match and reorder from both, and arrange as you will.

Here’s how we played in when we appeared on WMSE Local/Live show in February 2014.

Hotzeplotz Calle, WMSE, February 2014

Video footage from around the same time with a four-piece version of the band and Riley Broach on the violin playing about 2 blocks from my current residence in Walker’s Point, Milwaukee.

“Hotzeplotz Calls,” Anodyne Cafe, Walker’s Point, Milwaukee, WI, October 24, 2014

Then check out this footage from three years hence of the three-piece version that really makes it a bass showcase for Riley Broach, playing about 2 blocks from my previous residence in Washington Heights, Milwaukee.

“Hotzeplotze Calls,” Boulevard Bash, Washington Heights, Milwaukee, WI, August 26, 2017. Cameo appearance by Lowell Peacock.

the kind of music your great-great-great-grandparents warned your great-great-grandparents about