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Accordion Noir Festival Fundraiser Ringtone Album!

November 30, 2016

Support the Accordion Noir Festival this season by sharing our premier Accordion Noir Ringtone Album! Your favourite Festival artists have donated a stack of cellphone ringtones so you can have Accordion Noir in your pocket all year long!

The Creaking Planks can help if you’re planning to interrupt a boring meeting. Miss Murgatroid‘s electronic accordion feedback will definitely wake you up in the morning. Schedule Jack Garton or Geoff Berner to liven up boring moments at the movie theatre. Even organize a flash-mob to join in at your next accordion concert! Carefully choose your phone’s personal squeezebox anthem by Wendy McNeill, Scott Dunbar, Barbara Adler, Katheryn Peterson, or try out Andy Fielding’s Accordion Noir Theme.



How it works: Send the Accordion Noir Society (sponsor of the Festival) a donation (you decide how much… $5, $20, $500?) and we will send you an epic eight-minute album filled with custom-made ringtones by some of your favorite Accordion Noir Artists. You can read about individual artists and preview tracks here.

Our campaign runs throughout December and we are aiming to raise $3000 to pay for our charitable status application and related set up costs. Your donation to this project will help make future Accordion Noir Festivals possible in a very real way. You can donate via:

  • Donate to the Accordion Noir Festival by PayPal here Donate Button
  • Interac E-Transfer via our email
  • Real-World Donations can also be sent to: Accordion Noir Society #1 – 139 West 11th Ave, Van BC V5Y 1S8, cheques payable to Accordion Noir Society.


When you’re ready to rock your Ringtones, here’s some instructions:

Donate to support the Accordion Noir Festival! (Feels great so far. What’s next?)

Ringtones should be emailed to you (with these instructions). Click to open the zipped folder to access the different formats for different phones.

You need a file browser app to move the .ogg or .mp3 ringtone files into the Ringtones and/or Notifications folders. May then require a reboot of your phone.
Lots of instructions out there like:

Drag the .m4r format ringtones into iTunes. Sync phone. Should be available.
Trouble with iPhone?

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2007-01-12: May As Well Keep Going

January 13, 2017

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Episode number ? six ? of Accordion Noir Radio Classic, from way back on January 12 2007 (airing, if you will recall, 2-3 in the morning), we’re back on track to keep pace sharing historical episodes from a decade ago along with modern episodes which, sorry, just need a little trim before being ready for prime time — with a little extra perk on top, to boot! At its old home this episode rung up 7152 listens over the past 10 years, but we think it’s just sitting on untapped potential and look forward to sharing it at its new home with thousands more listeners over the next decade and beyond! Anyhow, while you can hear it at the link above, here’s the playlist to help you follow along:

Accordion Noir: Playlist: January 12, 2007
CFRO Co-op Radio in Vancouver, BC, Canada
102.7 FM 2-3 AM (ugh!) for web-streaming worldwide.

Bad Things (Seattle) – Vaudeville Show (2006) – Lopsided Lullaby
Daniel Kahn & the Painted Bird (Berlin) – The Broken Tongue (2006) – Beyze Vintn
Griff (Belgium) – Griff (2005) – Lazâr/An Dro Tortue
Mr Peters and his boom & chime (Belise) – Weh Mi Lova Deh (1997) – Two Pounds
Larry Unger & Ginny Snowe (US) – Waltz Time II (2005) – Yolanda (and) Carina and Gary
Rachelle Garniez and the Fortunate Few (NY) – Luckyday (2004) – Quality Star
Mucca Pazza (Chicago) – A Little Marching Band (2006) – Last Days
Copper Box (Wisconsin) – Sunny Days (2005) – Comfortably Numb (ho-down style!)
Lars Hollmer’s Global Home Project (Sweden) – SOLA (2002) – Yrsa Requem (with Snotan the dog.)
Emily Smith (Scotland, sorry if we messed that up) – A Different Life (2004) – The Salt Necklace
the Carnivaleros (Tucson) – Lost in the Graveyard (2006) – Bazaar 54/Bus Stop
the Marvin Sewell Group (NY) – The Worker’s Dance (2005) – Mexico Blues
Rowan – live in our studio – theme from Fargo
Simone Zanchini & Frank Marocco (Italy) – Be-Bop Buffet (2006) – Peace (and) the Flinstones (wish they did the Jetsons, now there’s a theme song!)

We should really find some standardized boilerplate way of entreating you with all of our social media hookups, because repeating this pitch 500 times is going to get old really fast. That said, the accordion beat on social media is evergreen, so every day gives you new reasons to see which squeezy signals we’re boosting and what the day’s free reed news is (hint: today it’s the announcement of “Weird” Al’s accordion-shaped career retrospective boxed set): you can keep up with us on Twitter as @AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce, on Instagram as @AccordionNoirFest, and on Facebook through groups for our three faces there: Accordion Noir fans, the Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2007-01-05: Happy Old New Year!

January 12, 2017


Here we are with another vintage Accordion Noir radio episode — only our fifth ever — which racked up some 4753 listens at its original hosting over some ten years and hopefully will garner quite a few more at its new home at the Internet Archive, starting tonight! As the title suggests, it originally aired January 5th, 2007, from 2-3 am in the middle of the night. It was the first episode of the new year, 2007, and gets us a little step closer to getting all synchronized posting episodes a decade apart, which it turns out isn’t as easy as it seems it ought to be, even though most of the work was done along time ago!

Accordion Noir: Playlist: January 5, 2007
CFRO Co-op Radio in Vancouver, BC, Canada
102.7 FM 2-3 AM (ugh!) for web-streaming worldwide.

Turlu Tursu (Belgium) – Accordion ‘n Drum ‘n Base (2005) – Geamparakle Lui Haidim (Romanian)
Neko Case (Tacoma!) – Furnace Room Lullaby (2000) – Thrice All American (Linda McRae, sweet acc solo.)
Steve (Esteban) Jordan (Texas) – 20 Golden Hits! (1992) – Vengo a Decirte
Gogol Bordello (New York!?!) – Gypsy Punks (2005) – Oh No
Hamster Theatre (Bolder, Colorado) – The Public Execution of Mister Personality (2006) – Race Against Time, “162” (two-fer)
Rowan, doing Prince’s – 1999
Pink Sabbath (now the Pinks, California) – the Pink Sabbath (2006) – Freezer Burn
Zetaboo (Finland) – MediZine (2000) – Hiisi/Dickens
Mark Growden (California-land) – Downstairs Karaoke (1999) – Rain (drier edit)
Something About Reptiles (Vancouver, Canada!) – From Istanbul to Orangeville (2000) – Bosvermisim (i give empty)
Pee Wee King! (from the land of Western Swing) – Country Hoedown (1999 reissue, recorded 1952-ish) – Fool’s Gold
Guy Klucevsek (New York) – The Well-Tampered Accordion (2004) – One Less Bell to Answer
Rowan & Mark Twain learn to play Robert Burns while tangling headphone cables in the bellows. Bruce adds a bit of Guy Klucevsek’s Accordion Misdemeanors underneath, but this confuses things. (Interesting piece that by sir-Guy, it’s incidental music for the audio-book of Annie Proulx’s Accordion Crimes, showing accordion-music through history. Fun: gotta play some more of that.)
Marlene Dietrich closed us out from – the Cosmopolitan Marlene Dietrich – Time on My Hands (1951) (Lovely)

And that brought us to the end of another episode. If you just can’t get enough of us, please consider keeping up with us on social media: here in 2017 we’re on Twitter as @AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce, Instagram at @AccordionNoirFest, and we have three Facebook groups for the related projects: Accordion Noir fans, the Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2006-12-22: Bruce plays “Santa Claus” horribly!

January 10, 2017


Tearing right through history, here we are with another episode from the Accordion Noir Radio back catalogues a decade (and change) back — it’s our 4th episode, Dec 22 2006 (as close as we would get to Christmas that year), and then we’ll be skipping alllll the way forward to… early 2007. Hopefully soon we’ll be synched up 10 years back in lock-step.

Our records tell us that at its original location this recording was enjoyed 26455 times.  (Some of those times, presumably, by bots.) Now we have arranged for (Episode IV:) a new home to be extended to these positively historical recordings, to which we encourage you to go and visit for a good listen.

Accordion Noir: Playlist: December 22, 2006
CFRO Co-op Radio in Vancouver, BC, Canada
102.7 FM 2-3 AM (ugh!) for web-streaming worldwide.

Kimmo Pohjonen (Finland) – Kalmuk – Kellua
Kimmo Pohjonen (again) – Kalmuk – Mantis
Nix Noltes (from Iceland!) – Orkideur Hawai – Griska Lagid
Bad Things (Seattle) – The Bad Things – Death of the Inferno (Pirates!)
Hossam Ramzy (Egyptian Mohsen Allaam: microtonal acc) – El Amar – Yammal-Amar Aalbab
Rowan! – Sandwich Artist
Pauliina Lerche (Finland) – Katrilli – Katrilli Kintaan Kylästä (rockin!)
Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana (Italy) – Thapsos – Baccala’ Baccala’ (intro)
Riccardo Tesi & Banditaliana (again) – Thapsos – Charnevale
Tres Chicas (North Carolina) – Am I Too Blue – Sweetwater
Thin Man (Chicago) – No Fun – H.M.S. Monde Green
Rowan! – (Beastie Boys Squeezen!) – Rhymin’ and Stealin’

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whistle, no acc? (Spot the parts of the playlist I haven’t sorted out yet.) [What, ten years wasn’t enough time to figure it out? Now we have the Shazam app — still nearly two years away at this point — to help us unravel these thorny conundra!]

Squeezebot – (Polkapocalypse!) – Well You Needn’t (Monk on banjo and ‘box. Excellent.)
La Musgaña (Basque Country) – Las Seis Tentaciones – El Márlo
Marjut Tynkkynen (Finland) –Kalevi Aho, “Black Birds” Sonata for Accordion no. 2 – IV Birds of Desolation (whoa.)
The Serfs – Live on Local Motives on WMPG in Portland Maine – Serf City
Rowan! – The Grinch (of course)
Bruce & Rowan (!) – Santa Clause (The Sonics from Tacoma Washington stole this song from the Premiers back in ’65.)
Resonator (Germany) – Red Room Diner – Theme from Morgana

Thanks for joining us on another visit to our accordion time machine — if you like, we can whisk you to the very cusp of the present via social media, if you care to follow us at @AccordionNoir on Twitter, @AccordionNoirFest on Instagram, and/or one of our three Facebook groups for Accordion Noir Fans (that’s you!), the Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers and squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2006-12-15: Our Third Episode

January 9, 2017


From way back — slightly over ten years ago — we’re beefing up our weekly postings of new episodes by sharing their counterparts from a decade previous. Looking back through the outstretched bellows of time, today we reach what was only our third time on the air together, in the middle of the night from 2-3 am midway through December of 2006. Though over the past 10 years it garnered some 7979 listens from accordion fans, robots and web-spiders at its original location, it has a new home: we are relocating the back archives to the Internet Archive where someday, hopefully, the new episodes can join them in a colossal podcast archive once again. You can listen there, and here’s what you missed:

Accordion Noir: Playlist: December 15, 2006
CFRO Co-op Radio in Vancouver, BC, Canada
102.7 FM 2-3 AM (ugh!) for web-streaming worldwide.

Horst Wende – Happy Accordion (1972) – Medley
Stupid – Stupid – Red Sweater
Ultramarine – Folk – Antiseptic
Lea Nicholson – The Concertina Record – Liberty Bell (Monty Python Theme)
Piedro Frosini – New York Blues (Edison Diamond Disk from 1918)
Klezmer Conservatory Orchestra – Yidi Mit’n Fidi (Yidi With His Fiddle) (did this have any accordion in it?)
Concertina Record (again) – Kopya (weird one!)
Motion Trio – Play-Station – Game Over
Rowan [live on the set] – Shakespeare’s Got a Gun
Speedy West – Steel Guitar – Sunset (maybe the best pedal steel guitar players ever, with Billy Leibert on acc.)
Iva Nova – [off their site] – Countryside Corrida (Tex-Mex from Russia; we love this band of crazy women!)
Circus Contraption – Grand American Traveling Dime Museum – Hot Coals [Seattle’s own circus-noir].
Jason Webley – Only Just Beginning – Balloon Feather Boat Tomato
Astor Piazzolla – Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night – Knife Fight
Decembrists – Her Majesty – the Cimbley Sweep
Rowan (after Danny Elfman) [live in the studio] – Town Meeting
Horst Wenlen – (still) Happy Accordion – More Medley
Lorin Swelk – Stay Free! Magazine’s 2004 Christmas Album – Bombing Iraq in Time For Christmas

Ten years ago we were jazzed to have a MySpace account for Accordion Noir Radio (which, believe it or not, really helped in networking with squeezy bands); today, that social media credential is a little underwhelming, and so we have diversified our portfolio — you can follow along on our beat scouring every mention of the word #accordion in realtime on Twitter with @AccordionBruce and @AccordionNoir… we share images from our local accordion scene and our squeezy travels on Instagram over at @AccordionNoirFest, and maintain no fewer than three Facebook groups specialised for Accordion Noir Fans, the Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle… choose your favorite or sign on to all three! Thanks for joining us on this expedition through time… cheers and squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2016-12-28: Lookin’ for Hindsight

January 6, 2017


And here we are again with a more contemporary episode of Accordion Noir, this one was our last of the year 2016 — the last before Bruce’s… accident, in which our humble host attempts to come to terms with the conclusion of a seemingly culturally ruinous year, through the medium of… playlist curation. (Also, he nods to the fact that two years running, we have had a wager where one of us will treat the other to a screening of that year’s holiday Star Wars movie, depending on whether I manage to come up with a published Accordion Noir Gift Guide blog post. Despite my strong start, before there were any films at stake, he’s won, two years running!)

You can hear a digital audio stream by clicking through this link (provided you are using a Flash-equipped web browser, we’re working on it!), and of course here are the tunes that appeared in the program:

* The Bordens – Theme From Star Wars – Good Times (1980) – Dryden, Ontario, Canada – father George Borden (accordion), mom Jeanette (Electrovox organ), sons Roger (saxophone and guitar) and Gary (drums), and nephew Bill Dombradi (guitar)
* Heinz Frank – Accordion Noir Theme – Unknown album (11/24/2016 9:40:16 PM) (2016) – Edmonton, Alberta Canada – Submitted his version through the website, home of all things sheet-music.
* Stuart Estell – The Princess Royal – Food for the Foodbank 2 (2015) – Birmingham, England, UK – Visit
* Geoff Berner – When Chanukah Comes to Town – We Are Going to Bremen to be Musicians (2015) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Brave Combo – Holiday – Kikiriki (2010) – Denton, Texas, USA –
* Amber Lee And The Anomalies – Time Master – West Coast Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar 2010 –
* Po’ Girl – Le Partisan – Live (2009) – “All over Canada” –
* Joseph Petric (Bach) – Orbiting Garden – Orbiting Garden (2002) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Sounds like Tattooine from John Williams’ Star Wars, 13:29)
* angry birds – star wars boss music (duel of the fates)
* Sarah Savoy – La Tempête – Accordion Babes Pin-up Calendar 2017 (2016) –
* Myriam Alter – No Man’s Land – Crossways (2015) – Belgium – Luciano Biondini, acc.

I know — you love accordions and our work covering the accordion beat, but these recordings aren’t just being shared quickly enough? Fortunately, we also offer on-the-minute coverage over social media. You can keep up with us (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce) on Twitter, over on Instagram, and we have no fewer than three Facebook groups for our Accordion Noir fans, the Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle that just enjoyed a get-together last night!

Cheers and squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2006-12-08: Our Second Episode

January 5, 2017


Usually this morning I would have been sharing with you a link of last night’s new episode of Accordion Noir, a survey episode Bruce curated containing one new song representing each of the ten years we’ve been on the air. But… on the way to the radio station, bicycling on icy roads, he slipped and broke his shoulder! The DJs on the Soundscape show before us had to fill in our hour live on the air, and in the meantime all I have for you is a chance to catch up on our historical archives from a decade ago. So here it is — our second-ever episode, from way back in December of 2006! (I know, we should be all the way up to 2007 by now. Chipping away!)

As of press time, it lingers on still at its original location of , where it has been enjoyed some 10955 times (phew!) by accordion lovers and likely more than a few robots and spiders. Now it will live on forever at its new home on the Internet Archive, to which we hope to hitch our long-dormant podcasting widget sometime soon. So you can enjoy listening to it there (at either of those two sites, actually!) and to help enhance your enjoyment here is a transcript of the episode’s playlist:

Accordion Noir: Playlist: Episode 2: December 8, 2006
CFRO Co-op Radio in Vancouver, BC, Canada
102.7 FM 2-3 AM (ugh!) for web-streaming worldwide.

1. Gubbish (California?) – Notations in Tonation (2004) – Crack in Space
2. 17 Hippies (Berlin) – Berlin-Style (1999) – Der Zug um 7.40 Uhr (and) Der Song von Mandelay
3. Rowan plays – Kalashnikov – Rowan did not play this on the soundtrack of the film Underground, but it sounds like a good movie.
4. The Gay (Vancouver locals) – You Know the Rules (2003) – Opulent Canine
5. Vladimir Denissenkov (Ukraine/Russia/Italy) – Guzalka (2004) – Eterlesi
6. Sinister Luck Ensemble (Chicagolandia) – Anniversary (2002) –Small of the Back
7. Angel Corpus Christi (New York) – The 80’s (2004) – Blank Generation (yup, Richard Hell got squeezed.)
8. Gus Viser (France) – Les As du Musette (2000) – L’africain (recorded in 1943.)
9. Walking Hellos (Brooklyn in the house!) – (self title-ated) – Three Minutes
10. Miss Murgatroid and Petra Haden (Portland, OR, and the globe) – Bella Neurox (1999) – Theme for the Sleepless
11. Andrea Parkins (New York-it’s a theme) – Slippage (1998) – Lost Lure
12. Rowan – Underground tango, during tango PSA
13. Rowan plays: Brenda Brink’s “Merry Freakin’ Christmas”
14. Rowan plays: Korobeiniki (theme from Tetris) …and we’re off to bed!

More back-recordings soon! Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2016-12-14: Jingle Bellows fundraiser

December 30, 2016


All right, friends, we’ve been playing fast and loose with chronology here, flickering between the present and our nascent selves ten years ago but the end of the year is our chance to get things back into shape. So here’s one from earlier this month we were sitting on in order to release in a delayed fashion for maximum impact. Well here and now is that moment when that maximal impact is needed! In this episode from the middle of December Bruce looked at the full versions of all the songs that were represented in our “Jingle Bellows” campaign in abbreviated ringtone form. That campaign is only in effect for a few more days, still needing (as of the solstice) to raise about $750 further before the end of the month, so we need to remind you all of the excellent reasons to donate to our festival and help make that happen for its own 10th anniversary in fall 2017!

So. You can hear the episode as a digital audio stream (through Flash-compatible web browsers, sorry would-be listeners on mobile devices!) by clicking on this link right here! And so as to further enhance your appreciation of what you’re about to hear… here are all the details about the songs you’ll be encountering in the playlist!

* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme – Accordion Noir (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – recorded special just for our show!,%2004feb10%29.pdf
* Katheryn Petersen – Accordion Noir Theme Song – (2016) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – All parts were played by me on accordion, toy piano and squeeky chair and all the effects were done live with my pedals and not by robots or in post.
* Ten Thousand Wolves – Battle of New Orleans – Ten Thousand Wolves: Johnny Horton Remix (2014) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Fang – Hipsters Playing Sports! – Diskopatska (2011) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Geoff Berner – Clown & Bard – We Shall Not Flag Or Fail, We Shall Go On To The End (2003) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Geoff Berner – The Rich Are Going To Move To The High Ground – Free download in honor of flooding in three countries he’d just toured. (2007) – Vancouver, Canada – – Free download in honor of flooding in three countries he’d just toured.
* Scott Dunbar – Tinfoil Hat – My Boy’s Gonna Play in the Big Leagues – British Columbia, Canada –
* The Creaking Planks – Closer – Flogged Round the Fleet (2008) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Wendy McNeill – Such A Common Bird – Such A Common Bird (2004) – Calgary, Alberta, Canada –
* Miss Murgatroid – No Noise – Through Alien Empires (1997) – Portland, Oregon, USA –
* John J. Kimmel – Medley of Irish reels (1909) – Edison Standard Record: 10284 (1909) – Irish? USA? – Part of the UCSB Cylinder Digitization Project:
* Bill Haley & The Comets – Rockin’ Little Tune – Bonus Accordion Ringtone Mix (If you donate and get the album, get ahold of me and maybe get a few extras for Accordion Noir listeners.)
* Jack Garton & Demon Squadron – 700 Years – Move the Mess Around (2016) –

You’ll be hearing more from us in the next little while as we continue getting “caught up” so I’ll just gloss over how you ought to be keeping up with us on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) and … stay tuned!