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Accordion Noir 2021-02-24: Purim In The House

February 24, 2021
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Tel Aviv Adloyada Purim Parade, 1959

The train of thought travelled through a few stations to get here, but Bruce figured that as Socalled had donated to support songwriter Rae Spoon (who is doing poorly, and needs your help urgently), it could be framed as a celebration of the imminent Jewish holiday of Purim, apparently characterised by doing good and charitable deeds.

[Bruce interrupts Rowan’s intro: The theme went the other way around. SoCalledβ€˜s Purim song came out on bandcamp last week, so I grabbed it for the playlist. Then, Yiddish Glory mentioned they have the Purim number on their Lost Sings of World War II record. So I got that from BCamp too. As I was talking on-mic about all of them I remembered hearing about (and making a donation to) Rae (a close friend of SoCalled and Geoff Berner). I had, of course, just done in-depth β€œglance at Wikipedia while the song is playing” research into Purim traditions. So I knew about giving gifts and charitable deeds (I’m not Jewish, but celebrate all the accordion holidays). While talking, I realized we should dedicate the show to raising some funds for them. Thank goodness for the podcast so we can set the records straight and give links. So here again is how to support Rae, with our love 😻πŸͺ—.]

Anyhow, one thing led to another, and … hence the playlist you see below for CFRO’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir radio broadcast. It’s all still great accordion music representing a wild plethora of styles and genres (hat tip to Anton Van Oosbree commemorating the retirement of Daft Punk by taking one an accordion arrangement of one of their distinct tunes in our episode’s opening number!) If yourΒ AppleΒ orΒ AndroidΒ podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can listen to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

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 2021-02-17: Cold Days Keeping Us Together

February 17, 2021
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What was Bruce’s plan for this week’s playlist for the weekly hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast on CFRO Co-op Community Radio at 100.5 fm? Those of you who have “a heady melange of alt-accordion recordings in a variety of genres from a wide range of locales” on your Bingo cards, please dab the square. If yourΒ AppleΒ orΒ AndroidΒ podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can listen to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Arachive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-02-17, Cold Days Keeping Us Together

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

Accordion Noir 2021-02-10: Forere Motloheloa and the Squeeze Goes On

February 10, 2021
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As the vanguard of the world accordion beat, we are among the first to learn of exciting new developments in our field… and, sadly, also to be the bearers of bad news. Sadly, it falls to us today to announce the death of Forere Motloheloa, most widely heard squeezing the distinctive accordion riff driving “The Boy In The Bubble” from Paul Simon’s controversial 1986 album Graceland. We didn’t have enough notice to plan an entire episode around squashbox township jive (but our old “Accordion Africa” special is always worth revisiting), but Bruce was able to come up with a couple of his tracks from his band Tau Ea Matsekha to bookend tonight’s episode of eclectic accordion hits with. If yourΒ AppleΒ orΒ AndroidΒ podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can hear tonight’s episode as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-02-10, Forere Motloheloa and the Squeeze Goes On

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

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-02-03: Bandcamp Friday Recommendations on Wednesday!

February 3, 2021
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Celtic Bastard – “New song on my Bandcamp!!” (Apr 23, 2020)

As people who are in the business of giving away music made by others for free (over the radio airwaves), we have long contemplated the question of how to best promote financially supporting the artists whose efforts fuel our weekly broadcasts. Of course, buying from merch tables at live performances gives them a great cut, and Patreon support is pretty direct. It is generally understood however that mp3 sales through the most popular storefronts are somewhat dire, and streaming royalties genuinely abysmal. Bandcamp to the rescue! Already one of the most artist-supporting services (Bruce notes: “on a regular day, artists get like 80% of Bandcamp profits anyways, so do support #AccordionBandcamp the rest of the month too”), since the Covid-19 pandemic put a gentle but firm halt to live music performance across most of the developed world (but hats off to the friends we see gigging in Australia and Cambodia! Gosh, you folks lucked out!) Bandcamp has been helping out many pro musicians whose entire livelihoods have been gutted with one day a month — Bandcamp Friday! — where they waive their cut of fees paid to buy the musicians’ music on their service. It wasn’t always clear whether the essential holiday would be continuing into 2021, but it seems the celebration will be rolling on at least through the Spring — so mark off the first Fridays on your calendars (your Accordion Babe calendars perhaps?) and get ready to support your music heroes on February 5th, March 5th, April 2nd, and May 7th.

Anyway, the first of those is just around the corner at the end of this week, and so this week’s episode of Accordion Noir radio is promoting some of the many, many artists (here’s Bruce’s (mostly Accordion) Bandcamp Suggestions (Collection and Wishlist)) whose day you can make by buying their music (not the first time we’ve done this) — and actually having most of that money reach them! But timing is critical: Bruce notes “Bandcamp Friday is on California time I think. Look to IsItBandcampFriday.com for time-zone help to make sure it is Friday [where you are].” And just a final note before we get to the meat of the matter: Bandcamp isn’t the only thing that makes Fridays special for accordion fans — the Accordion Babe performers have been offering free programs of live videostreams on alternating Fridays (not this week, seemingly) in addition to which… we’re trying out Zoom versions of our monthly Vancouver Squeezebox Circle gatherings the first Friday of every month, at least until the weather puts outdoor get-togethers back on the table. We’ll see you in about 48 hours!

As for this week’s episode of Accordion Noir, well… if yourΒ AppleΒ orΒ AndroidΒ podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can listen to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-02-03, Bandcamp Friday Recommendations on Wednesday!

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us,Β there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoirΒ andΒ @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook atΒ Accordion Noir fans,Β the Accordion Noir Festival, andΒ the Vancouver Squeezebox CircleΒ (over Zoom, this Friday night!Β  Inquire for details!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-01-19: Gung Haggis Fat Choy, Bellowing Pipes!

February 1, 2021

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 214 of CFRO Co-Op Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast, featuring all the wheezes that are worth squeezing!Β  This episode featured yet another visit from our colleague hybrid vigour enthusiast Todd(ish) (Mc)Wong, famously of the Gung Haggis Fat Choy combination Burns Night / Chinese New Year dinners — which Bruce, Alan and I had the pleasure of experiencing for the first time as Todd’s guests one year ago, just before everything went sideways.Β  (It’s a blast, and maybe you’ll have the chance to find out for yourself in 2022!Β  But I digress.)Β  On this occasion Todd brought along his friend Allan McMordie, and the two of them blasted us with a few tunes with the Scottishness turned up to eleven.

At its original online home, this episode logged some 4757 listens, but it remains online for the enjoyment of future listeners courtesy of the Internet Archive.Β  Here’s its playlist:

2011-01-19, Gung Haggis Fat Choy, Bellowing Pipes!

With special guests Allan McMordie and Toddish McWongish
visit: http://www.gunghaggis.com/

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.
* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme (long version, 2:30) – Accordion Noir (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – recorded special just for our show! More, http://www.andyfielding.com/temp/visigoth.pdf
* Dominguinhos – Querubim (Cherub) – Brazil Classics 3: ForrΓ³ etc. (1981) – Northeastern Brazil – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ForrΓ³ or http://luakabop.com/
* Brad Shepik – Blue Marble (Africa) – Human Activity Suite (2009) – Brooklyn, New York (USA) – http://www.bradshepik.com/
* Ophiusa – Hit – Paos (2008) – Santiago de Compostela, CoruΓ±a, Spain – http://www.myspace.com/ophiusafolk (Their website’s in Galacian!)
* Allan McMordie and Toddish McWongish – Royal Scots Polka
* Bruce Springsteen (with Danny Federici, acc.) – Fire
* Jackie Daly – Sweeney’s Wheel
* Joe Burke – The Bucks of Orandrune
* Allan McMordie and Toddish McWongish – Molly Malone
* Blackthorne – A Man’s a Man
* Allan McMordie and Toddish McWongish – The Fields of Athenry
* The Barva Mackeal’s – Tooneile Time
* Allan McMordie and Toddish McWongish (and choir) – Loch Lomond
* 16 Horsepower – Low Estate – Hoarse (1998) – Denver, Colorado, USA – http://www.16horsepower.com/main.html

And for the cover image? Todd and a kilt-wearing piper-lion
http://gunghaggisfatchoy-seattle.com/

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Get all your Vancouver Area accordion information at:
http://www.SqueezeboxCircle.org

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us,Β there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoirΒ andΒ @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook atΒ Accordion Noir fans,Β the Accordion Noir Festival, andΒ the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (over Zoom, this Friday night!Β  Inquire for details!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-01-27: If You Like an Artist, Let them Know

January 28, 2021
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Bruce gets caught up in the tyranny of themed episodes, compelling him to air songs that are relevant to something going on out in the world instead of the songs he’d rather be playing right this minute!!!! (Granted, he does his best to find a way to slot the songs he likes into the themes we decided we should be pursuing.) There was no theme this week, making for a playlist full of the kinds of songs that he put in his “play this at the earliest available opportunity!” file. This is it! This is the earliest available link. So these are all songs that he was, presumably, quite jazzed to share with you. That’s a little exciting, isn’t it? (Well, I’m excited.) If yourΒ AppleΒ orΒ AndroidΒ podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can listen to it courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-01-27, If You Like an Artist, Let them Know

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us,Β there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoirΒ andΒ @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook atΒ Accordion Noir fans,Β the Accordion Noir Festival, andΒ the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle (another Zoom session held not this Friday, tomorrow, but Fri Feb 5th!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-01-12: a hot time with Robyn Carrigan

January 25, 2021

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Just last week I was sharing her live version of “Lowlands” from this chance visit, to school the TikTok kids about the full potential of sea shanties, and now here it is washing up promptly as if planned in our “ten years ago” schedule!Β  It’s episode #213 of CFRO Co-op Radio’s weekly Accordion Noir program, for which we hosted the astounding Robyn Carrigan after she experienced a harrowing house fire!Β  At its original online home it accumulated some 6128 tracked listens, but you can continue enjoying it going forward at its new online home courtesy of the Internet Archive.Β  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-01-12, House on Fire, with Robyn Carrigan

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – 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! More, http://www.andyfielding.com/temp/visigoth.pdf
* Groanbox Boys – Fire Underground – Gran Bwa (2008) – London, England – http://www.groanboxboys.com/
* Big Spank – Mariposa – Gypsy Rug Burn (2007) – Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA – http://thebigspank.com/
* Robyn Carrigan – Butcher Boy – Live in the Accordion Noir Studio!
* Bottleneck – I Think You’ll Get By – Live in the Accordion Noir Studio!
* Robyn Carrigan – Lowlands – Live in the Accordion Noir Studio!
* Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell – Keep Your Lamps Trimmed And Burning – Tony Furtado & Dirk Powell (1999) – Portland, Oregon / Louisiana – http://www.dirkpowell.org
* Robyn Carrigan – Apartment Song – Live in the Accordion Noir Studio!
* Hey Negrita – Burn The Whole Place Down – King Easy Radio Sampler Vol. 6 (2009) – London, England – http://www.myspace.com/heynegrita
* Hand – The Getaway [Feat. Luz Gaxiola] – Accordion Babes 2011 (2010) – http://accordionpinupcalendar.com/
* Robyn Carrigan – You’re Not the Greatest – Live in the Accordion Noir Studio!

And for the cover image? Robyn from her myspace: http://www.myspace.com/robyncarrigan

Get all your Vancouver Area accordion information at:
http://www.SqueezeboxCircle.org

Support Accordion Noir, we love our supporters, and our supporters’ supporters – even our detractors love our supporters.

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

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-01-20: Shanties a’Trending?

January 20, 2021
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Home Sweet Home“, Norman Rockwell, 1923.

No one had “sea shanty revival” on their 2020 bingo card. But because the ducks and swerves of popular culture stubbornly can’t be predicted or dictated, that improbable eventuality came to pass, with “the Wellerman” taking youth video service TikTok by storm and introducing an entire generation to a musical tradition they had likely never imagined, let alone encountered, before. Meanwhile, here we are on the sidelines, observing how if the least hip thing (I can make that claim, for over a decade I fronted a band called The Creaking Planks) sits on the shelf long enough, sometimes the odometer eventually ticks over and it suddenly becomes the most hip thing. (Maybe in 2021 it’ll be the Morrismen’s turn.) “Hey Bruce,” I says, “looks like Hell has frozen over and sea shanties are trending this week. You must have a couple dozen hours of them in your audio collection, if we jump on it we just might be accidentally relevant before the bubble pops!” Which brings us to the present — always striving for relevance, but only rarely actually having the extraordinary conditions in place to make actually achieving it remotely possible. In any case, our Nautical By Nature sea shanty episode went out over the airwaves this week — if your AppleΒ orΒ AndroidΒ podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you canΒ listen to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-01-20, Shanties a’Trending?

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us,Β there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoirΒ andΒ @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook atΒ Accordion Noir fans,Β the Accordion Noir Festival, andΒ the Vancouver Squeezebox CircleΒ (Zoom song circles the first Friday of every month, next up Feb 5, 7-9 pm PST!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Bonus: co-host Rowan was jumping on the shanty bandwagon (er, dinghy?) this week with his Stupid Accordion Tricks video series, foisting nautical tunes at TikTok as part of his midlife crisis. Enjoy his take on Ewan MacColl’s “The Shoals of Herring”:

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-01-05: New Year’s Squeeze

January 18, 2021

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We’re at the point in our back archives where we’ve finally gotten past New Year (thanks a lot, bonus December programming!), so here in our ongoing series of ten-years-back looks is Accordion Noir episode #212, our first January broadcast from the halcyon year of 2011.Β  (It’s totally tragical, they’ve only got 9 years ahead of them to 2020 and the poor saps haven’t got a clue!)Β  It’s our house mix of excellent squeezebox musics in various styles and from different cultures around the planet, just the way you like it!Β  At its original online home it tallied some 6827 listens, but you can enjoy listening to it today, tomorrow and onwards as digital audio at its new forever home courtesy of the Internet Archive.Β  Here’s its playlist:

2011-01-05, New Year Squeeze (it’s 2011, isn’t it?)

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.
* The Hold Steady – Modesto Is Not That Sweet – Misc. – New York City, New York State, USA – Stuff Franz Nicolay played accordion!
* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme (short version, 1:06) – Accordion Noir (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – recorded special just for our show! More, http://www.andyfielding.com/temp/visigoth.pdf
* Richard Buckner – Six Years – Bloomed (1995) – California / New York, USA – http://www.richardbuckner.com/
* Cat Jahnke – Five Straight Days – The Stories Are Taking Their Toll (2010) – Winnipeg, Canada – http://www.catjahnke.com/
* Magnificent Seven – The Killer – The Broken Hearted Show (2010) – Sweden –
* Alex Meixner – Livin’ Groove – Stay All Night – Denton, Texas, USA – http://alexmeixner.com/Welcome.html http://www.polkafreakout.com
* Ultramarine – Softspot – Folk (1989) – http://www.ultramarine.uk.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultramarine_(band)
* The Groanbox Boys – Hobo Heaven – Smokestack Trilogy (2006) – London, England – http://www.groanboxboys.com/
* Terhi Puronaho & Timo Alakotila – Kardiitti – Aatos (2008) – Espoo, Uusimaa, Finland – http://www.myspace.com/terhipuronaho
* Yesterdays Ring – Quebec City Blues – Diamonds In The Ditch (2009) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada
* Tony De La Rosa – El Chalaquite – Β‘Conjunto! Tex-Mex Border Music, Vol. 3
* Les Cowboys Fringants – Plus Rien – La Grand-Messe (2004) – Montreal, Canada – http://www.cowboysfringants.com/
* Eyerish Heather Collins – The Prettiest Wings [Feat. Molly Petite] – Accordion Babes 2011 (2010) – http://accordionpinupcalendar.com/
* Three Mile Stone – I’ll Mend Your Pots And Kettles β€’ Martin Mulvihill’s Jig [Feat. Marla Fibish] – Accordion Babes 2011 (2010) – http://accordionpinupcalendar.com/
* Meg Hutchinson – At First It Was Fun – The Living Side (2010) – Massachusetts, USA – Steve Sadler, acc. http://www.meghutchinson.com
* Bette Et Wallet – Jeanette – Voici… Bette & Wallet (2008) – Quebec / Nova Scotia Canada – http://www.bette-wallet.com
* Hand – The Getaway [Feat. Luz Gaxiola] – Accordion Babes 2011 (2010) – http://accordionpinupcalendar.com/
* Rebecca Qumarluk – Taanisirutialuk – Nunavik Concert (1993) – Inukjuak, Nunavik, QC, Canada – Inukjuak Artist Association Inc. PO Box 180 Inukjuak, Nunivik, QC, J0M 1M0 Canada. Fax: (819) 254-8113

And for the cover image? A new year’s accordion memory book!
from: http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/kidscraftsactivitiesblog/2010/12/making-a-new-years-memory-accordion-pocket-book-to-hold-precious-memories/

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Get all your Vancouver Area accordion information at:
http://www.SqueezeboxCircle.org

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Support Accordion Noir, we love our supporters, and our supporters’ supporters – even our detractors love our supporters.

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

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-01-13: So Canadian (Exceptionalism is a Problem)

January 13, 2021
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Here it is, just into a new year, and already we’re sequence-breaking and skipping directly to a homegrown celebration of all squeezy things Canadian as if it was July 1st! There are reasons we tend to visit this territory at this time of year, and I promise you: they are boring ones not worth discussing at great length. But it makes for a good show, so if your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to its availability yet, you can listen to this week’s episode of Accordion Noir radio as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-01-13, So Canadian (Exceptionalism is a Problem)

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 (we’re going to try another Zoom song circle the first Friday of the month!) Cheers & squeeze on!