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Accordion Noir Episode, August 27, 2014, Rowan at the Controls

August 28, 2014

Stream the latest Accordion Noir Episode here: Accordion Noir Aug 27, 2014

or click (once) here to download: Download audio file

Thanks for listening!


Rowan in charge while Bruce was out of town. I (Bruce) caught about half the show from my bivouac on the coast of Vancouver Island (Vancouver the city is not on Vancouver, the Island, what’s up with that Canada?)

I particularly liked the Bonnie Prince Billy and Hardrock Gunter pairing near the end which seemed thematically though not stylistically linked. Good one Rowan!


“I Claim To Have Named The Music [Rock And Roll]”

“Hardrock” Gunter

A man who's pseudonym has a nickname.

Bonny “Prince” Billy (Will Oldham)

Accordion Noir Playlist Aug 27, 2014:

1. Promised Land-Johnnie Allan (Belton Richard on Accordion)

2. Andy Fielding -Accordion Noir theme

3. Philippe Bruneau – Valse-Clogue / Waltz Clog

4. Fairport Convention – Si Tu Dois Partir

5. Music Maul-Sorry

6. The Band – When I Paint My Masterpiece

7. Little Muse

8. The Leon Sash Quintet – Perdido

9. Frank Vignola- Swing Gitane

10. The Boxcar Boys – Mugg’s Island

1 1 Kim Barlow-Rest Reprise

12. Beirut-Mimizan

13. Bonnie Prince Billy-Black Ice Cream

14. Hardrock Gunter-Bonaparte’s Retreat

15. Lars Hollmer- Dron

Geoff Berner’s Police Brutality Klezmer Song: “Daloy Polizei”

August 21, 2014

Not terribly constructive to jump on the bandwagon from a distance, but when Geoff Berner talks about his song Daloy Polizei, he leaves it open for people to add verses for local or recent events.  Sadly, people keep producing new words inspired by real lives being lost, with few real solutions being listened to. Comes a point (a hundred years after the song was first sung?) when it becomes obvious that the power-structure doesn’t care if people keep dying. So, what must we do ourselves to change the situation? Certainly more than just listen to this song.

It translates as, “Fuck the Police” in mixed Yiddish, “polizei,” and Russian, “dally.” (Useful language lesson for today.) Written as an anti-tsarist ditty before the Russian Revolution, the original carries some weight when you think about what happened after. Not like Jews did well under the Bolsheviks, but there were other radical futures people were working for in those pre-revolution days.

Tip of the bellows to Birds of the Storm who brought these two versions together for me.


And lest we forget, Geoff and Toronto’s SoCalled are grand-slamming the Accordion Noir Festival in September. I bet they’ll do this song. Today I stumbled on this 2011 McCleans article about them and their mix of klezmer and punk rock, hip-hop and politics.

Care for each other and play accordions at protests, it inspires joy and singing, and confuses your opponants.

Accordion Noir Episode, August 20, 2014, Jianan Tian from China, Kimmo Pohjonen’s birthday, and Police Brutality

August 21, 2014

Stream the latest Accordion Noir Episode here: Accordion Noir Aug 20, 2014

or click (once) here to download: Download audio file

Thanks for listening!

Bruce Triggs, Accordion Noir Radio


Sorry for lack of posts here lately. I’ve been regularly dropping interesting items to Twitter @AccordionBruce and working through my Louisiana French Accordion (Creole/Cajun) chapter of my book.


Accordion Noir Playlist Aug 20, 2014:


* Motion Trio – Asfalt Tango – Pictures From The Street (2004) – Poland –
* Tian Jianan – Carnevale – Brahms’s Smile: Pop Instrumental Album (2010) – China –
* Riccardo Tesi – Short Italian agnostic stinger – Stingers (2014) – Tuscany, Italy – Thanks to Linda Bull!
* Riccardo Tesi – La Cena Della Sposa – Acqua Foco E Vento (2001) – Italy (“New traditional music from Tuscany.) –
* Vishtèn – Pour Jacob – Mosaïk (2012) – Acadia; Prince Edward Island; Quebec, Canada –
* Kerry Reigler – CFRO ID 40 twilight zone Station ID PRA – Co-op Radio PRA (100.5 FM) (2013) – –
* Pinnin Pojat: Arto Jarvela, Kimmo Pohjonen – Vuoma Pertti & Eastwoodin Clinitti – Gogo 4 (1994) – Finland –
* Kimmo Pohjonen – Keisari Aleksanteri – Murhaballadeja (2012) – –
* Andrea Parkins – Beautiful Animal – Slippage (0) – New York, New York, USA – from Ellery Eskelin…
* The Three Suns – Movin’ ‘n’ Groovin’ – Movin’ ‘n’ Groovin’ (1962) – –
* Zeellia – Tsvite Teren = Blossoming Thornbush – Zeellía (1998) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Geoff Berner – Daloy Polizei (swearing) – Victory Party (2011) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Antti Paalanen – Gaza – Breathbox (2011) – Finland –  (This may have been cut off, I’ll play it again.)

Accordion Noir Episode, July 23, 2014, Weird Al hits #1, Jason Webley has fantastic plans for your donations, and the Lost Bayou Ramblers rock!

July 24, 2014

Stream the latest (July 16, 2014) Accordion Noir Episode here: Accordion Noir July 23, 2014

or click (once) here to download: Download audio file

Thanks for listening!

Bruce Triggs, Accordion Noir Radio (the radio show) (the book I’m working on)
twitter: @AccordionBruce


Accordion Noir Playlist July 23, 2014:


Lost Bayou Ramblers – Blues De Bernadette – Mammoth Waltz (2012) Louisiana, USA –  (I posted on them today too.)

Blowzabella – Eight Step Waltz / Lisa / Stukka Gruppa – Compilation (1995) UK –

The Duhks – Lazy John – Beyond the Blue (2014) Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada –  Blake Miller, acc.

Les Tireux d’Roches – Le Long Du Chemin – XO 15 Ans D’âge (2013) Quebec, Canada –

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Now That’s What I Call Polka! – Mandatory Fun (2014) California, USA –

Jason Webley With Sxip Shirey – Days With You – Days With You Bonus CD (2009) Everett, Washington, USA –

Rattletrap Ruckus – Easy Winner – Redlight Rag (2013) Bellingham, WA, USA –

Alexander Prince – Nazareth – Foreign Blue Amberol: British series.  Edison Record Release: 23055 (1913) Glasgow, Scotland  – From the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project:

La Bergère – Retournons À La Maison – Fi De L’eau (2006) marçais, Centre  France –

Gloria Deluxe – Song For The Servants – Devotionals (Songs For Shunkin) (2001) Brooklyn, New York, USA – Cynthia Hopkins, acc.  (Also, see my post on her from last  week.)

Quartetto Gelato – Anon: Russian Medley – Quartetto Gelato (2005) Toronto, Ontario, Canada –


[Dang, took me an hour to re-jigger my broken script to print out these playlists.  Thanks to Doug's Applescripts for iTunes for the raw materials.]

Lost Bayou Ramblers, Traditional Punk Rock Cajuns, not Epcot

July 24, 2014

Louis and Andre from the Lost Bayou Ramblers, (from Naked New Orleans.)

Had my mind blown this weekend at the Vancouver Folk Festival by the Lost Bayou Ramblers.  Cajun country/punk/rock (whatever that means) band from Louisiana.  Andree Michot played rough with a little one-row button box going through effects and such. Noisy. All in Cajun French that sounds like it’s channelling energy from the old singers in the 1930s-40s. Very fun, and reaching a new generation of Cajun kids who might have trickled away from the music.  Guitarist Cavan Carruth said they didn’t want Cajun music to become “like Epcot.” They seem to be doing a good job of it. Read more…

Accordion Noir Episode, July 16, 2014, Vancouver Folk Festival, Riccardo Tesi, Lemon Bucket Orchestra, Les Tireux D’roches

July 18, 2014

Stream the latest (July 16, 2014) Accordion Noir Episode here: Accordion Noir July 16, 2014

or click (once) here to download: Download audio file

Thanks for listening!

Bruce Triggs, Accordion Noir Radio (the radio show) (the book I’m working on)
twitter: @AccordionBruce


Folk Fest banner: July 18-20 Jericho Beach Park

Vancouver International Folk Festival this week!

Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana (Italy)

Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana (Italy)

(Also playing the CBC stage by the Downtown Vancouver Library today at Noon-1:00 (that’s one hour from when I post this, sorry.)


Accordion Noir Playlist July 16, 2014:


* Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana – Donde Estas Maria (Intro) / Thapsos – Thapsos (2000) – Tuscany, Italy –

* Les Tireux D’roches – Oh! Mémé! – Roches… Papier, Ciseaux! (2006) – Québec, Canada –

* The Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Seminar – Lume, Lume (2012) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada  –  Tangi Ropars, acc.

* Charlie Angus & The Grievous Angels – Village Of The Bomb – The Great Divide (2013) – Timmons-James Bay, Ontario, Canada –

* Great Lake Swimmers – Ballad Of A Fisherman’s Wife – New Wild Everywhere (2012) – Ontario, Canada –   Michael Boguski, acc

* Dan Zanes & Friends (Sophie & Emma) – Weather Report – Rocket Ship Beach (2004) – Canada –

* Rattletrap Ruckus – Los Beardos Mysteriosos – Redlight Rag (2013) – Bellingham, WA, USA –

* Riccardo Tesi – Saltarello per Eugenio – Il Ballo Della Lepre (1997) – Tuscany, Italy –

* Hackberry Ramblers – Steppin’ Fast – Deep Water (1997) – Louisiana, USA –

* Quartetto Gelato – Rondo Alla Zingarese – Various: Travels The Orient Express (2005) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada –

* The Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Lume, Lume – Lume, Lume (2012) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada  –  Tangi Ropars, acc.

Gloria Deluxe, Cynthia Hopkins: Old Accordion, Young Artist

July 11, 2014

While visiting Tempo Trend Accordions over in Victoria, BC, Canada I got to dig around in their back-room(s) through their 600+ accordion collection and spotted this lovely item from, I’d say, the late 1920s or 30s.


This immediately reminded me of the New York artist Cynthia Hopkins, who performed for years as… “Gloria Deluxe!”  She’s kind of a combination of Laurie Anderson, Wendy McNiell, and Vancouver’s Veda Hille. Her voice is curiously remarkable and her lyrics can be painfully intense.  Backed with sort of Tom Waits-ish accordion (or piano) it’s quite a combination.  Listen here to Cynthia/Gloria Deluxe’s music.  May I suggest the spooky “Ballad of the Cherry Blossoms” from her Devotionals album (2001).  We only have two of her eight records, but I long for more to play on the radio show.  Maybe someday we’ll get her out to our Accordion Noir Festival?  She’d surely go over well with the fashionable multi-generational accordion crowd here in Vancouver.  Heck, she’s played up in the Arctic Ocean, so Canada’s just a stop on the way.

From the Cynthia Hopkins website.

I wonder if she named herself after one of these accordions?  Hey, if Freddy Fender could, why not?  Such a lovely namesake.  The one I saw was made by the Italo American Accordion Company in Chicago.  (They are still around.)  It looks like they have rooms full of accordions you can visit there too.  
These stockpiles of old accordions are all over the place, aging elegance consigned to velvet-lined boxes and forgotten.  Who knows how many millions of accordions?  Would that they all inspired artists like her.

The corner-trim on this vaudeville-era fancy accordion.

Some serious glitter on this baby.


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