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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2010-02-12: Nolympics

February 18, 2020


From ten years ago, here’s episode 166 of Accordion Noir radio, in which we really look rather dimly at the Winter Olympics mania sweeping our home base of Vancouver, Canada at that time.  At its original online home it nonetheless garnered some 10361 listens, and for a little anti-Olympic nostalgia, you can revisit it today at the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2010-02-12, Sunshine-Olympics rant episode. (Sometimes accordions have to take a stand).

*Artist – Song – Album (year) – Contact info if we’ve got it.

* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme (short version, 1:06) – Accordion Noir (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – recorded special just for our show!
* BU☆LI – 霧と煙 (Fog and Smoke) – Chitty Chitty (2005) – Sapporo City, Japan –
* La Strada – Sun Song – La Strada (2009) – Brooklyn, New York (USA) –
* Dsd (Derrick Stacey Denholm) – Sunlit Clearing – Norsk Drag (2006) – Prince George, BC, Canada – good luck finding his stuff, we don’t even have it.
* Gordon Fleming – Sunnyside Beach – According To Gordie (2004) – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada –
* They Might Be Giants – The Sun is a Mass of Incandescent Gas – (0) – Brooklyn, New York, USA –
* Jack Velker – Bad Weather – Mojo Zydeco – Live (2006) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Amede Ardoin & Denus McGhee – Sunset – “Cajun: Rare & Authentic: 1929 – 1934” (this track, 1934) –
* Orchestre Tropicana à la Bananeraie – Mano RCI Ka Sonjé – Haiti –
* Kenosha Kid – Weather Conditions – 10/4/07 “Steamboat Bill Jr.” Cine – Athens, GA (2007) – Athens, Georgia, USA –
* The Captain & Me – See the Sun (radio edit) – Leave Your Friends And Family (2009) – Oslo, Norway –
* Paul Reddick – Climbing Up The Hill – Sugarbird (2008) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – w. Garth Hudson, acc.
* Speedy West – Sunset – Steel Guitar (1960) – with Billy Leibert on piano accordion
* UpSouth Twisters – Where’s My Money? – The UpSouth Twisters (2008) – Palisades, New York, USA –
* Bruce Triggs – Harriet’s Accordion PRA
* Geoff Berner And Associates – That’s What Keeps The Rent Down, Baby – Live In Oslo (2004) – Canada –

This episode’s cover is… Fraea Morgana, the Gumshoe Banshee, one of several accordionists who showed their discontent with the six billion dollars spent on the olympics, while arts, social services and school sports (!) programs get cut. British Columbia – the Canadian province with the highest childhood poverty rate in Canada – could have done better, so accordionists had to speak out.

We got to meet another accordionist (who’d never heard of us) at the women’s march remembering hundreds of mostly impoverished, Native, or sex-trade workers who were murdered in BC. Their cases have been ignored by law-enforcement for years; hundreds of women’s families still wait to find out what happened to them.

More Olympics and BC poverty info (it’s strange to see some of these issues upstaged in the media by speed-skating or whatever):
Poverty Olympics (Bruce walked on stilts and got on Russian TV):
Red Tents homeless visibility project:


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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2020-02-12: Waters of Just About Time

February 13, 2020
AccNoir 2020-02-12

Vancouver and indeed all of Canada are captivated this week by protests by Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief land and water defenders making a stand against the incursion of fossil fuel infrastructure on their traditional territories. Naturally Bruce did his best to program an hour of accordion music thematically linked to the current events… a stiff proposition! But if anyone could pull it off, it’s Bruce… and even if he fails, it’s still an hour of quality alt-accordoin music, so it’s a low-stakes proposition for listeners. You be the judge! If you’re not podcast subscribers on your Apple or Android devices, you can go check it out over here. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2020-02-12, Waters of Just About Time

Wet’suwet’en land-rights issues and updates

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2010-02-05: Happy Valentines Day

February 10, 2020


From ten years ago, here’s the Very Romantic episode 165 of Accordion Noir radio!  At its original online home, it racked up some 8732 listens, and if  you like you can contribute to a new ticker by listening to it at its new online home.  Here’s its playlist.

AccNoir-2010-02-05, Happy Valentines (not olympics) Day!

*Artist – Song – Album (year) – Contact info if we’ve got it.

* The Decemberists – Isn’t It A Lovely Night? – The Hazards Of Love (2009) – Portland, Oregon, USA –
* Janet Klein And Her Parlor Boys – Cooking Breakfast for the One I Love (1930) – Paradise Wobble (1930) – Los Angeles, California, USA –
* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme (medium version) – Accordion Noir (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – recorded special just for our show!
* Geoff Berner – Beautiful In My Eyes – We Shall Not Flag Or Fail, We Shall Go On To The End (2003) – Canada –
* Tex Williams, Joaquin Murphey – Steel Guitar – Careless Love – Tex Williams On The Air 1947-1949 –
* Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band – Got to Have Your Love – I’m Here! (1982) – Recorded at Studio In The Country, Bogalusa, Louisiana
* Art Van Damme Quintet – Gentle Art Of Love – Swinging The Accordion On MPS – USA – features the full albums Mit Art Van Damme In San Francisco, Ecstasy, Gentle Art Of Art, Lullaby In Rhythm, Art In The Black Forest, On The Road, Art & Four Brothers, Squeezing Art & Tender Flutes, Keep Going, and Blue World (whew) –
* Gordon Fleming – Hello Young Lovers – According To Gordie (2004) – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada –
* Pietro Frosini – I Hate To Love You – Jolly Caballero –
* Murder My Sweet – MurderMySweetVeryAttractive – Film Noir (1945)
* The Magnetic Fields – Zebra (Daniel Handler/lemony snicket, acc) – 69 Love Songs, Vol. 3 (2000) – Boston, Massachusetts, USA –
* Harriet Dykstra – Harriet’s Accordion PRA – Bruce Triggs’s Album (2010)
* Terror At The Opera – Lovely Day – Terror At The Opera (2004) –
* Steve Jordan – You’ve Lost That Love’n Feel’n – Steve Jordan 25 Hits (2000) – Texas, usa –
* The Leon Sash Quintet – Lovely Way to Spend an Evening – Live At The Velvet Heart Club (1962) –

This episode’s cover is… Rowan’s heart or hearts. (It says, “‘Accordion’ to this, you’re mine.”


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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2020-02-05: World Inferno (Noir) Society

February 6, 2020

We were very excited to hear that our NYC friend Matt Dallow, alt-accordionist of the cruise ship lanes, fearless dating site self-saboteur, Banksy accompanist and would-be Groucho Marx impersonator, was being brought to town with this renowned ensemble. Indeed, they are scheduled to be performing just down the street from our radio station, at the Rickshaw Theatre, as our monthly Vancouver Squeezebox Circle get-together wraps up. And despite being held up in Canadian Customs due to a bandmate in a different crew being denied entry back in the primordial days of the Myspace era and missing his connecting flight, there’s a very good chance that Matt may actually get a chance to perform with his notorious band tonight! The only way to find out is to buy a ticket and head out there! In the meantime however, you can use this week’s playlist to give you a sneak preview of what to expect. (Apple and Android device owners should already have been notified of the podcast’s availability, but the rest of you can go on to listen to it over here.)

AccNoir-2020-02-05, World Inferno (Noir) Society

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (this Thursday night!)  Cheers & squeeze on!

#AccordionTwitter Aflame with New Emoji 😍

February 3, 2020

As you may have heard, there’s a new emoji in town 🪗!
(How to Successfully Create an #AccordionEmoji.)

The announcement of an Accordion Emoji 🪗, to be released over the course of 2020, raised a flurry of responses. My Accordion Noir co-host Rowan and I combed #AccordionTwitter (as usual) to document this cultural event.

The #AccordionEmoji met a long-felt need 😢

There was even a request the day before it was “announced” 🤔

Then came the announcement 📢

“Weird” Al voiced his support 👍🏼

Billboard boosted the story, and many, many click-bait sources copied their tweet 👀

Read more…

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2010-01-29: Earle Peach & Barbara Jackson, Concertinas & Finnish Metal

February 3, 2020


From ten years ago, here’s episode 164 of the weekly Accordion Noir radio program, featuring a guest concertina appearance by the local community music forces of Earle Peach and Barbara Jackson (together known as Songtree), plus some of whatever Bruce had at hand and couldn’t resist throwing on-air while it was fresh.  At its original online home this episode clocked some 8040 listens, and you can continue enjoying it today via the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2010-01-29, Earle Peach & Babara Jackson, Concertinas & Finnish Metal

*Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where they’re from – Contact info.
* Bette Et Wallet – Squeegees – Voici… Bette & Wallet (2008) – –
* Daisy de Bolt – Wind Fall
* Swamp Ward Orchestra – Beanfield/Draailleraroma
* Earle Peach & Barbara Jackson – Fondez le Bois
* Swamp Ward Orchestra – Donkey Boy’s Lament
* Nemours Jean Baptiste – Contre No.7 – (0) – Haiti –
* Ramirez – Hablando (Accordeon Mix) – (0) – Haiti –
* Jean Baptiste Universal Kompas – Chanson de Nemours – (0) – Haiti –
* Earle Peach & Barbara – World Turned Upside Down (the Diggers’ Song)
* Swamp Ward Orchestra – Albert’s Song
* Daisy DeBolt – Clydesdales & Cadillacs
* Harriet Dykstra – Harriet’s Accordion PRA – Bruce Triggs’s Album (2010)
* Korpiklaani – Karhunkaatolaulu – Tervaskanto (2007) – Finland –

This episode’s cover is… Earle’s 2009 album By The Flood.


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Accordion Emoji: Coming in 2020!

January 30, 2020

The Accordion Emoji has just gone public! It took more than a year to be approved, so today is a happy day. ♬😻🎶 That’s right, a real-live Accordion Emoji will roll out onto digital platforms between now and Fall 2020. Exactly when will they be available? Twitter tends to update to the new emoji early, Apple Mac and iOS usually not until later in the year.

Red cartoony Accordion Emoji as seen on
The Accordion Emoji on Emojipedia
(there will be other versions)
(Emojipedia misspelled Accordion 🤣)

Setting the stage: this year has many great new emoji, but we dearly miss the Disco Ball that didn’t quite get accepted yet. I wanted to celebrate with a disco-accordion emoji party. Perhaps with tunes by our friends Hey, Wow! the greatest traditional French-Canadian disco-accordion band.
(Listen while reading:)

(If you want more, there’s like 1,800 accordion videos over here.)

The Accordion Emoji Process

Some have asked: Where do emoji come from?

We’d joked about an #AccordionEmoji for a while, but my Accordion Noir Radio co-host Rowan said the process was daunting, with lots of paperwork and bureaucracy. He wasn’t wrong, and it would have been much harder without help.

Emoji decisions are made by a combination of tech interests and community advocates who work together in the Unicode Consortium.” (I love saying that in a commanding voice.) Unicode sets standards so everybody’s fonts look the same on different computers and phones. They meet at least four times a year, with a few days spent on new emoji.

I started working on the project after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez retweeted something by Jenny 8 Lee. Jenny’s organization EmojinNation provided templates, sample proposals, and editorial advice. They connected me with emoji-artist Aphee Messer and basically made the long process as easy as possible. If you have an Emoji on your wish list, no need to start a petition, write it up and propose it!

How long does it take?

I started on the Accordion Emoji proposal while my book was in copy-edits last winter. It took about a week to put a draft together. It would be a lot longer, though, before the emoji would arrive on any phones.

It takes a remarkably long time for an emoji to be born. Usually more than a year. After exploring the idea in November of 2018, I submitted the final proposal in February of 2019. It then took until this week for the approved emoji to go public.

It will probably take up to six more months for the new emoji to be usable on everybody’s phones. Companies will update the emojis at different times over 2020. As I said, Twitter often comes first, and Apple usually doesn’t update them until the fall.

Each platform designs their own

Every emoji looks different on Twitter, Windows, iOS, Android, Mac, etc. Emojipedia will track different versions. It’ll be fun to watch each one come out.

Screenshot detail of Unicode site, chart showing four different designs for the accordion emoji, above four different "long drum" emoji with congas and djembe
Unicode has several different versions on their “Recently Added Emoji” page, including @Emojipedia‘s cartoony one, and the button version from the original @AccordionEmoji proposal

Highlights from the Emoji Proposal

Front page: "Proposal for Emoji: Accordion" with draft images, color and black and white

The Accordion Emoji proposal included ideas about how the accordion emoji might prove useful, and statistics on the frequency of the word “accordion” in online searches. We started, though, with some background on squeezeboxes around the world, and a run-down of the different instruments. Then a few more amusing arguments.

Why an Accordion Emoji?

Accordions have existed since the 1800s, and their popularity grew for more than a century. The instrument lost popularity in some English speaking cultures as amplification boosted new electric instruments, but the squeezebox remains part of the common culture and language. Since the 1980s the instrument has risen in popularity again and is widely recognized, with no sign of fading.

Piano accordion

Two photos of piano accordions. A nice black Victoria model, and a photo of a woman in Ia parade playing accordion, next to another woman playing fiddle

Common in many traditions including Brasilian forró, North American zydeco, Jewish klezmer, Egyptian Baladi and Korean trot music.
(For public-domain photo sources, click on photos and look for footnotes in the proposal. The one on the right is from Saint Patrick’s Day in Dublin)

Diatonic button accordions

two photos of diatonic button accordions. A three-row Dino Baffetti, and Nigerian jùjú accordionist I.K. Dairo – black man playing a one-row button-box
R: Nigerian jùjú accordionist I.K. Dairo

Dozens of different types of these button accordions have unique names in different traditions. “Trikitixa” in Basque Music; “Melodeon” in Irish and English folk music; “Acordeón” in Colombian cumbia, vallenato, and Mexican norteño. They play Cajun music in Louisiana, Jùjú in Nigeria, Inuit music in the Arctic, merengue típica in the Dominican Republic, rake ‘n’ scrape in the Bahamas, and many other styles globally.

Smaller Concertinas

Two photos of smaller concertinas, a hexagonal Anglo-German model, and an octagonal English concertina

Several types of hand-held concertinas are played in various folk styles including Irish traditional music, and traditional Sotho and Afrikaans music in South Africa.

Bandoneons and Chemnitzer concertinas

two photos, one a man with longish hair, playing a black bandoneon, and a white, decorated Chemnitzer concertina
L: Bandoneon player Matias Rubino

The larger concertina-like bandoneon is used in tango and chamamé in Argentina and Uruguay. The related Chemitzer concertina is played in European folk styles and in polka bands in the United States.

Chromatic Button Accordions

Two photos, a large black concert chromatic button accordion, and Finnish metal accordionist Netta Skog with her face painted, playing a white five-row Finnish chromatic
That’s Finnish metal-accordionist 🤘🏽 Netta Skog

These larger button keyboard instruments are used for folk, popular and concert (classical) music. Notable designs include the Russian Bayan, the French musette accordéon, and the Finnish harmonikka.

The Multilingual Accordion

Accordions are central to traditional and popular music styles around the world, so an emoji would serve many regions and people. Similarly, an ACCORDION Emoji might stand in for related squeezeboxes played internationally. These include instruments called:

AccordionBayan / баянLootspill
AkkordeonGarmon / гармоника手風琴

Metaphorical and Other Uses

The “accordion” concept is often used metaphorically too. It describes articulated “accordion busses,” “accordion folders” and wallets, “accordion pleats” in clothing, “accordion menus” in digital GUIs, “accordion window-shades” and doors, “leporello” or “accordion-fold” books (Japanese, 折本; Korean, 折帖裝; Chinese, 摺子裝, 經摺裝), and the “accordion effect” in physics, traffic jams and collisions.

There is no other emoji that represents the instrument’s compressing / expanding action. Thus the Accordion emoji would be useful for both musical and non-musical users.

Other uses include the effect of expanding and contracting continents and mountain-ranges, the solar-panels on the International Space Station, and anything that gets squashed like a cartoon character.

The related “Concertina” is also used informally in English as the verb “concertinaed,” for compressing something, and as an adjective in descriptions like “concertina wire.”

Use in Sentences and Sequences

The accordion idea is often used as an adjective and could be combined as ACCORDION + 📖 BOOK, , 👗 DRESS, 🚌 BUS, 📂 FILE FOLDER, among others.

Regional and national traditions might add flags: Irish 🇮🇪, Colombian🇨🇴, Azerbaijani 🇦🇿+ ACCORDION. Various instrument types could be indicated using: Piano Keyboard 🎹+ Accordion, or Button 🔘+ Accordion.

Who Helped Make the Accordion Emoji Happen

"EmojiNation" logo, with a flag that looks like the United Nations' with olive-laurel leaves around a smiley emoji

The Accordion emoji wouldn’t have happened without lots of help and inspiration from the folks at EmojiNation, especially Jennifer Lee, and concept-artist Aphee Messer.

Working to increase multicultural representation, Emojination has shepherded many emoji through the complexities of the Unicode process. Their Slack and AirTable tools track and organize the process, with lots of tips and examples to take inspiration from.

Screenshot from page: "Emoji We've Helped Pass" with images of: Hijab, Sauna, Red Envelope, Dumpling, broccoli, and DNA emoji.

Who will adopt the Accordion Emoji?

"Official Gold Sponsor, Unicode Consortium, Adopt a Character" "Vinton G. Cerf" (Vulcan "live long and prosper" hand sign)

Unicode takes donations to help “sponsor” individual characters. People and organizations can then use these cool badges!