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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.

Accordion Noir Episode, July 9, 2014, “Vancouver Folk Festival, Kongos, Karen Street at the Tour De France, etc.”

July 10, 2014

Stream (most of) the latest (July 9, 2014) Accordion Noir Episode here:

or click (once) here to download:

Thanks for listening!

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


* The Willis Brothers – Candy in a Room with a Baby – The Golden Age of the Willis Brothers (0) – Oklahoma/Kansas City/Nashville, USA – “You work like a magnet when you draw my eyes, I’ll either get my lovin’ or I’ll get demagnetized.”
* Mat Mathews – Summertime – Squeeze Me 4: 1951-55 A Lesson In Bop (The Jazz and Swing Accordion Story) (1955) – The Netherlands –
* The Groanbox Boys – I want you to know – The Theopolis Stokes Demo (2005) – London, England – Recorded in Wimbledon, summer 2005:
* Dan Zanes & Friends (Sophie & Emma) – Weather Report – Rocket Ship Beach (2004) – Canada –
* Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana – Justin – Thapsos (2000) – Tuscany, Italy –
* Les Tireux D’roches – Le Banc d’Jos – Roches… Papier, Ciseaux! (2006) – Québec, Canada –
* The Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Borisova – Lume, Lume (2012) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Tangi Ropars, acc.
* Kongos – This Time I Won’t Forget – Lunatic (2014) – South Africa –
* Karen Street – Horseshoe Bay – The Giulietti Sound (Book and CD) (2008) – UK –
* The Gertrudes – Sailor – Dawn Time Riot (2010) – Kingston, Ontario, Canada –
* T. Texas Tyler – Hot Rod Rag – Swingbillies, (Disc 2) (1953) – Texas, usa (one assumes) – (This song has no accordion! But, “Watch the tomatos file in that crate.” Yikes. Why is antiquated sexism quaint?)
* Sharon Shannon – Summer Sands (Featuring Carol Keogh) – Saints & Scoundrels (2009) – Ireland –
* Rob Frayne – And The Horse… – Dr.EAMBAND (2013) – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – (dead link?) Megan Jerome, acc.

Accordion to Motörhead

May 24, 2014

Shoddy photoshop of  Motörhead Snaggletooth Warpig eating an accordion

I got up with Motörhead in my head, so instead of writing my book while listening to them for inspiration, I succumb to procrastination and fantasize about Motörhead on accordion.  I believe this would be a good thing with a good enough accordion player to do the bass-side justice.

A while ago I was reading an interview with punk-rock accordion goddess Angel Corpus Christi where she talked about wanting to do an accordion metal cover album with Motörhead, “because I like swearing and cussing in songs.”

Angel Corpus Christi’s “Louie Louie” album of Lou Reed covers.

This guy has made a brave attempt while busking.  It’s hard to stand up to Lemmy’s Marshall stacks without having a pretty heavy bass technique though.  Maybe with a full band?

Hey, he’s from Seattle – Ando Ehlers/Shubes the Wandering Chicken Maybe we should get up here for the Accordion Noir Festival?

Hunting for “Motörhead” “accordion” online, the first hit was from the Hohner accordion company!  No way!  It turns out though that the band plays Hohner harmonicas, sigh, one step of separation.  Just need the right squeezebox to tip them over the edge.  Can you imagine, the “Hohner Motörhead-banger” Accordion?  Yeah man.

Geez, enough of this, get some work done already.


Lemmy detailing his dream accordion with Hohner rep Wilhelm Wlassow.

Custom Motörhead Hohner Harmonica.  That is Phil Campbell's ear there.



Download Accordion Noir Radio, learn jazz history and how to rent your accordion out for beer-money with Steve Normandin from Montréal, May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014

Great episode of Accordion Noir Radio last night, May 21st, 2014, with Steve Normandin from Montréal!

Download it here:

Or Click Here once to listen now in a stream of Accordion Noir goodness..

(Last week’s show with Steve was good too, but this one is a winner.)

Poster for Steve Normandine's Paris, Chansons de la belle epoque show.  Nice one.

Playlist (does not include all the banter about jazz history, Charlie Parker’s other accordionist, and being famous enough to rent out your accordion by the minute to buy beer.  That was a fun show, Thanks Steve Normandin from Montréal!  Can’t wait to see you again at the Accordion Noir Festival in the fall.


That playlist thang, laid out like so:

* Band – Song – Album – Where they’re from (if we know) – contact info to go buy all their awesome records and hire them to play the wedding you’ve decided to plan just to have an excuse to hire the band.

* Eläkeläiset – Peljätty Humppa (Carl Douglas’s Kung-Fu Fighting) – Werbung, Baby! (1999) – Finland –

* Kal – Play It Again – Romology (2013) – (I don’t know enough about this band)

* Yoddler Broute – Steve Normandin (Live at Co-op Radio on Accordion Noir)

* Flambée Montalbanaise – Steve Normandin (Live at Co-op Radio on Accordion Noir)

* Gus Viseur – Swing 39 – Accordeon 1913-1941 (Disc 2) (1941) – France –

* Gérard Lajoie – Money Musk – 25 Folklores Québécois (1956) – Québec, Canada – (Rent this guy a beer so he can buy an accordion.)

* Samba Jaqueline – Steve Normandin (Live at Co-op Radio on Accordion Noir)

* Amede Ardoin & Dennis McGhee – Sunset (Sunset) – Cajun – Rare & Authentic: 1929 – 1934 (this track 1934)

* Gordon Fleming – Strike Up The Band – According To Gordie (1953) – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada –

* Rue d’la Gouaille – Pupazzi de Pacotille – Fête Foraine (2935) – Nantes, Bretagne (Brittany),  France   –

* Chinese Waltz – Steve Normandin (Live at Co-op Radio on Accordion Noir) – “The Oriental Riff” on Wikipedia.

* Bertram Levy – Reb Dovidls Nign – Anglo International – Washington State, USA –


[There, fixed that sspelling error I hope.  Thanks Rowan, sorry Steve.]


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