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2022 Accordion Noir Semi-Yearly Gift Guide!

November 28, 2022

Five times now (2011, 2012, 2013, 2019, 2020), we’ve issued a guide for accordionic giving for the squeezy people on your Holiday list. There are a lot of grifters out there angling to intercept your free-reed dollars, so we consider it a public service to recommend quality goods from upstanding sources.

Donate to Co-op Radio!

Black women's t-shirt with a white square, a roughly printed yellow accordion, the fancy script "Accordion Noir," and tiny text "Squeeze Slowly and Listen."
We’re so grateful for all Accordion Noir’s supporters at our home broadcaster, Vancouver’s CFRO Co-op Radio! Please give a gift for a friend or family member, become a monthly sustaining donor 🤩, or add an end-of-the-year donation. (Accordion Noir 🍌🪗 shirts available at the Co-op Radio online store.)

2023 Accordion Babes Album & Pin-up Calendar

The number-one physical gift in this year’s guide is something everyone can use the day after New Year’s Eve. It gives us great pleasure to announce that the amazing Accordion Babes album / pin-up calendar is back for 2023! We will have a couple of these locally here in Vancouver, or you can order them directly from Accordion Babes founder/producer/rock-star Renée de la Prade. ❤️‍🔥🪗

Text, in florid art nouveau style: 2023 Accordion Babes Album & Pinup Calendar. Image: Sunniva Brynnel

Seasonal Squeezy Cards by Jenny Ritter

Get your gift-giving looking wintery (in the Northern Hemisphere). Only one card is specifically accordionic, though many of the others are musical in nature. 🪕🎻🎄❄️ Designed by our colleague Jenny on Mayne Island, you can get a mixed set of all five cards for $25. If you’re interested, e-mail her directly at: jrvictoria1 at gmail dot com

Five postcards, folk art style winter holiday paintings of figures playing accordion next to Christmas trees, playing banjo while riding a reindeer, dancing on a snowy hilltop, and hanging out on tree branches below the starry sky.

Accordion Books are Always in Season!

🪗📚Since Bruce started researching (and then publishing in 2019) ACCORDION REVOLUTION: A People’s History of the Accordion in North America, books have taken a prominent place in our gift lists… but why shouldn’t they? A full-sized accordion features 120 buttons, why wouldn’t it warrant at least 120 pages, or a shelf full of 120 🪗 books?

This year saw Seattle’s Petosa Accordions factory release AN AMERICAN ACCORDION STORY, celebrating their family business’ first hundred years in operation. 🪗 Lily E. Hirsch‘s “WEIRD AL SERIOUSLY” is now out in an expanded paperback edition and also as an audiobook! 🪗 John “Bermuda” Schwartz continues in his photodocumentation of his boss “Weird” Al with a second volume of behind-the-scenes, all-access photos — this time in colour — in LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACCORDION! 🪗 And if you saw the movie, now there’s a comic book: The Illustrated Al: The Songs of “Weird Al” Yankovic, available in several editions with bonus Weird swag.

TRÉSORS DE LAMES, accordéons bandonéons, by Laurent Jarry.

TRÉSORS DE LAMES, accordéons bandonéons. If you really want to blow an accordionist’s mind, get them this masterpiece. 🥰 Large coffee-table style book has photos of 275 beautiful instruments over 300 pages. It’s just smaller than a 12″ vinyl record but weighs almost 6 pounds (2.5 kg)! Above is a slightly blurry video which doesn’t do justice to the amazing photos. Go to the author’s site for way better images from the book. The accordionist in your life will never forget this gift. Available for about €50 plus shipping from the author’s wonderful 🪗 shop in France.

Support Accordionists via #AccordionBandcamp! ❤️‍🔥🪗

One of the best ways listen to music recordings while supporting artists is Bandcamp. The last two weeks of Accordion Noir episodes (Nov 23 and Nov 30) led up to the Dec. 2nd Bandcamp Friday when 100% (well not quite, 92%) of proceeds go directly to artists. Hard to imagine a better deal without offering to pay your favorite accordionist’s rent directly. [Row – Silly Bruce, musicians get their rent paid by sub-letting during the summer festival tour season!] Ordering on Bandcamp any day gives 82% of your money to the artists, so give a gift any time. Bandcamp Gift Cards are great for giving to 🪗 f(r)iends and loved ones; and one of the designs (you can print out to share instantly) even has an accordion on it! 🌞🪕🎻🪗 🌵

Bandcamp Gift Cards: Image of $100 card with stylized colorful art of banjo , fiddle, and accordion. Also a mask, a hand, cactus, and abstract plants.
Text: Can be used to purchase millions of digital releases and physical items on Bandcamp. Choose a design, add a message and email or print it out.

Accordion Noir has done a series of #AccordionBandcamp episodes with 100% 🪗 Bandcamp recommendations. Here’s ten hour-long episodes full of great squeezeboxers on Bandcamp! Give them a listen and click the links on these playlists (even more all Bandcamp Squeezebox shows). Go right to artists’ Bandcamp pages to give them your support. Some even have physical merch like Cormac Begley’s CDs shaped like concertinas, or Ratas en Zelo’s awesome shirts and ears! 🪗 🐭


Acordeón Hub Norteño Swag

Stickers, car air-fresheners 😎, t-shirts, and chord charts for norteño players and other 3-row diatonic accordionists. And 2023 Acordeón Origami Desktop Calendars! (Only ships to the US for now.)

Bruce’s Accordion Revolution Bookshop:

Banner for the Indie Sellers Guild. Logo of a fist, holding up a paint brush, a ruler, and set of pliers.
You may recall the Etsy Strike of April 2022. That gave birth to the Indie Seller’s Guild, who are working to improve treatment of vendors on all platforms, not just Etsy. I am proudly vendor #16 of hundreds and you can find their shops to support them here!

In addition to his own Accordion Revolution shop, Bruce has collected twin lists of Cool Squeezebox Stuff and Accordion Figurine-a-Rama from other Etsy vendors. (If you want to get him a present, 🪗 salt and pepper shakers are always a hit. OMG, look at KatieGamb’s remorseful cat! 😿)

Four items on sale at Etsy, from Bruce's Cool Squeezebox Stuff list. A concertina playing prince figurine. A Dia de los Muertos calavera accordionist print. A set of vintage wood carvings of a band with accordion, flugelhorn, guitar, and other instruments, and a sad cat painting where it is playing a concertina and has a feather in its mouth. The cat painting is titled "Song of Remorse".

Happy Squeezing from Rowan & Bruce! Visit us on #AccordionMastodon!

If you’ve enjoyed our time on #AccordionTwitter, you can join us as we investigate herding #AccordionMastodon at @AccordionBruce@mastodon.social and @accordionnoir@zirk.us. Follow hashtags like #Accordion, #Concertina, #Melodeon, or maybe #FolkMusic or #Ethnomusicology. Boost each other’s posts, and we’ll see how that goes. Also, if you want to support alternatives to billionaires, set up a one-time or regular donation to a Mastodon project of your choice. ❤️‍🔥🪗🦣

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2022-11-30: Last Bandcamp Friday Before Solstice

November 30, 2022

Go On A Bat, Accordion

Because the holiday giving season is nigh upon us (did you see the new edition of our accordion gift guide just dropped?), we are really hyping up Bandcamp Friday (this Friday) and encouraging people to purchase music from #AccordionBandcamp. That means this is another episode of our alt-squeezebox program devoted to the wildest free-reed music being sold on that online storefront today! We just can’t get enough of it and, hopefully, neither can you. If your Apple or Android (or plain old RSS) podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2022-11-30, Last Bandcamp Before Solstice

* Join the Vancouver Tenants Union – https://www.vancouvertenantsunion.ca
* PIQSIQ – ‟Ikitaa” – (Single, 2022) – Canada – http://www.piqsiq.com/
https://piqsiq.bandcamp.com
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada – http://thedardanelles.com/
https://thedards.bandcamp.com/releases
* Le Winston Band – ‟Retomber en enfance” – (Single, 2022) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – http://www.lewinstonband.com/
https://lewinstonband.bandcamp.com
* Lido Pimienta – ‟Eso Que Tu Haces” – Miss Colombia (2020) – Toronto, Ontario,  Canada   – https://lidopimienta.bandcamp.com
* Canailles – ‟Ronds-Points” – Ronds-Points (2014) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – http://canailles.bandcamp.com
* Mary Beth Carty – ‟Dear Island” – Crossing the Causeway (2022) – Nova Scotia, Canada – https://marybethcarty.bandcamp.com
* Joanna Chapman-Smith & Friends – ‟A Glass of Right & Wrong (Contraries)” – Holiday Gift Basket (2011) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://joannacs.bandcamp.com
* Lindy Gray – ‟Love’s in the Fire” – Ripe For Revival (2014) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – https://lindyandthecrowsnest.bandcamp.com   Katheryn Peterson, acc.
* Entire Cities – ‟Turbines” – Deep River (2008) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada  – https://entirecities.bandcamp.com Josh Lyon, plays acc in the Gertrudes too!
* Geoff Berner – ‟Vilne” – Grand Hotel Cosmopolis (2019) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – www.geoffberner.com
https://geoffberner.bandcamp.com/album/grand-hotel-cosmopolis
* Christopher Cape – ‟Feel the Same” – The Biggest Lie (2013) – Guelph, Ontario, Canada – christophercape.bandcamp.com
* james lamb – ‟Date With a Wrecking Ball” –  Imagineering (2012) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – https://imagineering.bandcamp.com/album/imagineeringhttp://www.saraciantar.com/
* Jordi Rosen – ‟Chamber Of My Heart” – Lotus (2005) – Montréal, Québec, Canada – www.jordirosen.com
https://jordirosen.bandcamp.com
* Zrada – ‟Ukrainian Lion” – Ethnomachina (2017) – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – https://zradamusic.com
https://zradamusic.bandcamp.com
* Trio Martin Bellemare – ‟Insolitement vôtre” – Appellation Musette Nouveau (2017) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – http://martinbellemare.com/https://triomartinbellemare.bandcamp.com Martin Bellemare, acc; Christine Tassan, gtr; Greg Buckles, bass

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 … well, we’re giving Twitter a break indefinitely in pursuit of sunnier pastures, such as Mastodon at @accordionnoir@zirk.us and @AccordionBruce@mastodon.social, Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2012-11-21: Rowan at the Helm!

November 27, 2022

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 312 of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast, squeezing the wildest alt-accordion musics from all around the globe out onto the airwaves.  Looking at the playlist and the episode title, I, your humble author [Rowan] must conclude that this was one of those weeks that, for whatever reason, the regular host Bruce was unavailable to hold down live on the air.  No worries, I didn’t live far from the station!  I had also run out of my personal stash of accordion music, but from the looks of things I leaned heavily on my wife’s iTunes library to provide the free reed tunes in this week’s broadcast.  If you missed it the first time around (or could simply benefit from a refresher), please feel welcome to enjoy listening to it again as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist: 

* DeVotchKa – Contrabanda – 100 Lovers (2011) – Maybe “Earth,” maybe “Denver, Colorado, USA” – http://www.devotchka.net/
* Andy Fielding – Acc Noir theme song
* P:ano – I Felt His Presents / Doing the Can Can
* Ewan MacColl And Peggy Seeger – Legal/Illegal – The Best of Broadside 1962-1988 [Disc 4] (1984) – – http://broadsidemagazine.com/
* The Coup – We’ve Got A Lot To Teach You, Cassius Green – Sorry To Bother You (2012) – Oakland, California, USA – Robbie Levin, acc.
* The Tom Fun Orchestra – Lungs – Earthworm Heart (2012) – Cape Breton Island, Canada – http://www.pigeonrow.com/the-tom-fun-orchestra-earthworm-heart/
* Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Allez-Vous-En – The McGarrigle Hour (1998) – Quebec, Canada – http://www.McGarrigles.com
* Tanita Tikaram – It All Came Back Today
* Kim Barlow – Old Woman
* Paul Simon – That Was Your Mother
* Talking Heads – Mommy Daddy You And I
* Bruce Springsteen – Stolen Car #1
* Jodi Gilbert – Silcing Silence [Sinister Singing]
* The Decemberists – The Chimbley Sweep – Her Majesty The Decemberists (2003) – Portland, Oregon, USA – http://www.decemberists.com/

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 … well, we’re giving Twitter a break indefinitely in pursuit of sunnier pastures, such as Mastodon at @accordionnoir@zirk.us and @AccordionBruce@mastodon.social, Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2022-11-23: Prepare for Bandcamp Friday Two Weeks Early!

November 24, 2022

Paper Foldable accordion calendar

Once a month, on Bandcamp Friday — the magical first Friday of the month! — the Bandcamp e-storefront hosts a sale of sorts for the digital music sold there. The price doesn’t actually go down, but the company’s share of the revenue goes to the recording artists, so it’s a little perk for them. We devote roughly one episode every month to #AccordionBandcamp, because getting musicians paid their fair share has never been easy, and Covid has been making it even harder for years now. In any event, there’s another such occasion coming up soon, but Bruce has another theme lined up for its week’s episode of our weekly alt-squeezebox broadcast out of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio. So we celebrated December’s Bandcamp Friday early this week! If your Apple or Android (or plain old RSS) podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2022-11-23, Prepare for Bandcamp Friday Two Weeks Early!

Save these Tracks in your bandcamp cart and send 100% of proceeds to artists on Friday, Dec 2. (The last #BandcampFriday in 2022)

Learn more at:
http://isitbandcampfriday.com

* Support the Vancouver Tenants Union – https://www.vancouvertenantsunion.ca
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada – http://thedardanelles.com/
https://thedards.bandcamp.com/releases
* Sóley – ‟1” – Harmóník (2017) – Rykjavik, Iceland – https://soley.bandcamp.com
* Rob Curto – ‟Port Richmond Waltz” – Goat Waltz (2022) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – http://robcurto.bandcamp.com/http://robcurto.com/
* Mary Beth Carty – ‟Blueberry Mountain” – Crossing the Causeway (2022) – Nova Scotia, Canada – https://marybethcarty.bandcamp.com
* Katzen Kapell – ‟13 Juni Triste” – Min Barndoms Ragadang (at studio decibel 1986) (1986) – Stockholm, Sweden – Catharina Backman, acc.
https://katzenkapell.bandcamp.com (released in 2021)
* Famous Grouse – ‟Make too Much” – (Single) (2021) – Boston, Massachusetts, USA – https://famousgrouse.bandcamp.com
* Aranis – ‟Finale” – Songs From Mirage (2009) – Belgium – http://www.aranis.be/  MaRjolein Cools, acc.
* Zrada – ‟Mazury” – Ethnomachina (2017) – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada – https://zradamusic.com
https://zradamusic.bandcamp.com
* Flowk – ‟Sr. Clenque” – Trobada (2022) – Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain – https://www.facebook.com/delpinocardona/
https://flowk.bandcamp.com/album/flowk
* Emily Portman & Rob Harbron – ‟The Healths” – Time Was Away (2022) – UK – http://www.emilyportman.co.uk
https://robharbron.com (Rob plays English Concertina in Leveret)
https://emilyandrob.uk/
https://emilyandrob.bandcamp.com/
* Kepa Junkera – ‟Cançó De Dona I Home” – FOK (2017) – Basque Country, Europe – https://kepajunkera.bandcamp.com/album/fok  http://www.kepajunkera.eus  Kepa Junkera, Basque trikitixa acc.
* Guy Klucevsek – ‟Anthony Coleman – Medjunarodni Nacin Polka” – Polka from the Fringe (2012) – New York State, USA – http://starkland.bandcamp.com
* Vinta – ‟Waltz” – Vinta Plays Melchior (2022) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – https://vinta.bandcamp.com
Accordionist Elisabeth Melchior (1926-1999) was from the Wallonia region of Belgium. John David Williams: acc, clarinet; Emilyn Stam: fiddle, acc; Nathan Smith: fiddle; Robert Alan Mackie: bass

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) — actually, now late in 2022, it seems that Bruce has given up on Twitter entirely, and you can find both entities instead on Mastodon, at @accordionnoir@zirk.us and @AccordionBruce@mastodon.social — , Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2012-11-14: Autumn-ation

November 20, 2022

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From ten years ago, here’s an archival episode (number 312) of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast, sharing the greatest alt-squeezebox music from around the globe.  I can’t see from the playlist that it features any theme more focused than that, but even when we’re thematically vague, our curation is solid.  If you missed hearing it the first time around, you can give it another whirl as digital audio served up from the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

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* La Bergere – (Et Puis) Elle Allait – Fi De L’eau (2006) – marais, Centre France – http://www.labergere.net
* Figgy Duff – Centennial Highway Reel/ Cooley’s Reel – After The Tempest (1982) – St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – http://www.ambermusic.ca/artist_figgyduff.htm
* Nathan – Malana – Stranger (2001) – Winnipeg, Canada – http://www.nathanmusic.ca/homepage.html
* De Danann All Stars – Coleraine Jig – Derrane’s – John Stenson’s – Moher Reel – The Star Spangled Molly (1978) – County Galway, Ireland (etc) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Dannan
* The Kit Cat Band – Sam The Old Accordion Man – The Kit Cat Band Play Hot Music (2010) –
* Roy Hogsed and the Rainbow Riders – Cocaine Blues – (Single, reached Number 15 on the Country charts in 1948) (1948) – Arkansas, USA – http://doctorfuckwit.wordpress.com/2011/05/25/doctor-fuckwits-the-thrill-that-kills/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocaine_Blues http://countrydiscography.blogspot.ca/2009/08/roy-hogsed.html Gene Dewez, acc.
* Al Dexter – Saturday Night Boogie – compliments of grimriper2u@yahoo.com (1947) – http://www.captaincrawl.com/f.php?link=http://www.archive.org/details/AlDexter-01-08&title=Al%20Dexter-01-08&pos=0&q=al+dexter
* Bixy Guidry & Percy Babineaux – I Am Happy Now – Cajun – Rare & Authentic: 1929 – 1934 (1929) –
* Al Dexter & His Troopers – Pistol Packin’ Mama – Doughboys Playboys & Cowboys: The Golden Years of Western Swing – Oakie Boogie [Disc 4] (1942) – Paul Sells, acc. http://www.propermusic.com/ (My local record shop manages to order these great collections outside of Europe…. They are so great.)
* Mark Berube – Rhapsody Of The Yellow Raincoat – Sketches From The Sidewalk (2003) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.markberube.com/ (Berube and Ray Faoro, acc.)
* La Bottine Souriante – Ciel d’automne (Autumn Sky) – Rock & Reel (1998) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Denis Frechette, accordeon piano, Yves Lambert, accordeon 3 rangees http://bottinesouriante.com/

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 2022-11-16: Our Best Fundraiser Yet!

November 17, 2022

Last night’s episode of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast has a topic beyond our usual “great squeezy tunes from all over the planet” theme — often we find ourselves revisiting comforting old past favorite songs that have previously aired, but Bruce often reflects on just how much music there is in his “Play These Next Show” directory, that he never quite gets around to. Well here it is! In honour of CFRO’s fall member drive, allowing you to (if you like) support our parent radio station responsible for keeping us on the air all these years, he has (finally!) gotten around to airing the eminently worthwhile tip of that excellent iceberg! Delightful as our classics are, perhaps we will see further selections from that splendid well of fresh music going forward? Only time can tell!  If your Apple or Android (or plain old RSS) podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist!

AccNoir-2022-11-10, Our Best Fundraiser Yet!

Donate to Support Accordion Noir for another 16 years!

* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada – http://thedardanelles.com/
https://thedards.bandcamp.com/releases
* Aldo Granato – ‟Saïda” – La Noche (2006) – Belgium – https://www.facebook.com/aldogranato
* Le Winston Band – ‟Pagaille” – (Single) (2021) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – http://www.lewinstonband.com/
https://lewinstonband.bandcamp.com
* Caamaño&Ameixeiras – ‟Transatlántico” – Aire! (2021) – Galicia, Spain – https://es.caamanoameixeiras.com  Sabela Caamaño (chromatic button acc) and Antía Ameixeiras (violin and voice)
* Dusminguet – ‟Mi Arte” – Postrof (2001) – Catalonia, Spain, sort of. – https://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dusminguet
* The Creole Belles – ‟Johnnie Billy Goat” – Creole Belles (2008) – Louisiana, USA – www.creolebelles.com
* Mother Mother – ‟Mamma Told Me” – Mother (2005) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.motherband.com/site.html
* They Might Be Giants – ‟She’s An Angel” – They Might Be Giants (1986) – New York, USA  – www.tmbg.com
* Flowk – ‟Bon matí” – Trobada (2022) – Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain – https://www.facebook.com/delpinocardona/
https://flowk.bandcamp.com/album/flowk
* Frank Edgley – ‟Archie’s Fancy/Elsie Marley/The Muckin’ Of Geordie’s Byre” – Anglo International (0) – Ontario(?), Canada – http://www.angloconcertina.co.uk/www.concertinas.ca
* Mahotella Queens – ‟Nomshloshazana” – Kazet (2005) – South Africa / Madagascar – www.marabi.net  Regis Gizavo, acc.
* Balfa Toujours – ‟Le canard a Bois Sec” – Deux Voyages (2011) – Louisiana, USA – http://www.balfatoujours.com/
* Monster Ceilidh Band – ‟Twisted Bridge” – Mutation (2017) – Manchester, England, UK – https://haystackrecords.bandcamp.com/album/monster-ceilidh-band-mutation
https://monsterceilidhband.co.uk  Amy Thatcher, piano acc
* Conjunto Aztlan – ‟Yo Soy Tu Hermano, Soy Chicano” – Rolas De Aztlan : Songs Of The Chicano Movement (1999) –  – https://folkways.si.edu/rolas-de-aztlan-songs-of-the-chicano-movement/american-folk-latin/music/album/smithsonian
* Tom Waits – ‟Cold Cold Ground [Live]” – Big Time (1988) – California, USA – http://www.tomwaits.com/

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 2012-11-07: Blankity Blank Blank

November 14, 2022
AccNoir 2012-11-07

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 311 of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast.  From poring over the evidence before me, I think I can safely assert that this episode didn’t boast any particular theme other than our faithful standard — of delivering up a deliciously varied set of squeezebox musics representing a wide variety of musical traditions from different cultures all over the world!  If you’ve got to have a “same old”, that’s not a bad one to have.  If you missed it the first time around, you can enjoy listening again as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist: 

AccNoir-2012-11-07, Blankity Blank Blank

* Shawn Colvin – American Jerusalem – All Fall Down (2012) – Carbondale, Illinois, USA (etc.) – http://www.shawncolvin.com/ john Deaderick, acc. (Bill Frisell is on this too I think.)
* The Give ’em Hell Boys – Drink Until I Drown – Barn Burner (2012) – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – http://www.giveemhellboys.com
* Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra – 25 Years – Follow My Lead, Lead Me To Follow (2012) – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – http://www.ttmo.ca
* Dardanelles – Josephine’s Jigs – The Eastern Light (2011) – Newfoundland, Canada – http://www.TheDarddanelles.com Aaron Collis, acc.
* Ostava – Accordion Song – Rock’N’Roll Song Designers? (2008) –
* Ennis – Ladies Lounge – The Fortunate Ones (2012) – St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – EnnisMusic.com
* Melissa Bandura – Parting Song – Dark Dreams: Day (2012) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.MelissaBandura.com Katheryn Petersen, acc.
* Gus Viseur – Automne – 50 ans d’accordŽon 109 grands succs (disque 4) (0) – France – “Le swing”
* Bodega – Helyinagro – Under The Counter (2008) – Glasgow, Scotland – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodega_(band)
* Box Club – Benism – Box Club (2008) – Glasgow, Scotland – http://www.myspace.com/boxclub
http://www.boxclub.co.uk
* Lau – Banks Of Marble – Beginners Guide To Celtic CD2 Teine Geal – Bright Fire (0) – UK, Scotland/England/Orkney – http://www.lau-music.co.uk Martin Green, acc.

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 2022-11-09: “Weird” Al Yankovic, Opportunistic Marathon Fundraiser Rebroadcast

November 9, 2022
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Movie poster for "Weird:  The Al Yankovic Story." In the style of 1980s action-movies, with explosions in the background. Daniel Radcliffe with Weird Al hair, mustache and accordion. Evan Rachel Wood dressed as Madonna is looking sexy at his feet.
The obvious reason to rebroadcast these three episodes as one 3-hour “Weird” Al Marathon is that it’s the Co-op Radio Fundraiser! And it took a tremendous amount of work putting them together to broadcast the first time. And, oh yeah, there’s this movie we can coat-tail on. But Al’s films have historically all bombed, so hopefully it won’t matter that I forgot to mention it when I updated the shows with new information from the other artists we interviewed. Maybe Al’s fans won’t be weird about it because there’s lots of other great stuff in these episodes, which you might have missed even if you already listened to them last year. So listen again, next year there will be a quiz. But if by chance you haven’t heard, Al’s new movie is quality non-fiction filmmaking as seen on the History Channel. But you of course already know that if you’re even considering listening to three hours of Weird radio/podcast, so it probably isn’t the end of the world that I forgot to mention that Al has a new movie, which could be eligible for awards as both best documentary and best fictional drama. So listen to our show while you make a whole lot of popcorn before watching the movie, and then donate to Co-op Radio, and tell them Accordion Noir sent you.
🪗 Bruce

We’re living through weird times at the moment, and a resurgence of interest in the life and career of famously squeezy parodist “Weird” Al Yankovic is resulting from the recent release of his mockumentary biopic on Roku. For our parent radio station CFRO’s fall member drive, Bruce has taken the opportunity to remaster his three-episode suite dedicated to that peculiar subject from a year ago, bundled together as an omnibus complete with re-edited interviews with “Beer’d Al” podcaster Lauren Carey, Al authors Lily Hirsch and Nathan Rabin, longtime Yankovic sideman Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz and, well, the Weird One himself. If your Apple or Android (or plain old RSS) podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟I’ll Be Mellow When I’m Dead” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Lynnwood, California, USA – http://www.WeirdAl.com
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polka Your Eyes Out” – Off The Deep End (1992)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – interview – ‟Craigslist Brand Accordions”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Love Lies Bleeding (Elton John)” – The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour – Night 60 / May 18, 2018 – Turlock, California, USA –
    https://www.stitcher.com/show/weird-al-yankovic-the-ridiculously-selfindulgent-illadvised/episode/60-turlock-ca-54808691
  • Lily E. Hirsch – “Weird Al Seriously” interview – ‟Expanded Edition” and ‟Seriously Funny” – http://www.lilyhirsch.com
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Lasagna” – Even Worse (1988) Parody of “La Bamba”
  • Lily E. Hirsch – interview – ‟Accessible (and other books)” and ‟Funny Music Seriously (looking forward to her next book)”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟NOW That’s What I Call Polka!” – Mandatory Fun (2014)
  • Lily E. Hirsch – interview – ‟Dispelling Catagories (what about the accordion, and food?)” and ‟The Accordion Cool as Hierarchies are Switched”
  • Betty White’s How to Dance Course – ‟Heel and Toe, Skater’s Position (Man and Woman)” – How to POLKA (1960)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polka Party!” – Polka Party (1986)
  • Lily E. Hirsch – interview – ‟Nice Person” and “I love Rocky Road”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟I Love Rocky Road” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Parody of “I Love Rock And Roll” by Joan Jett
  • Lily E. Hirsch – interview – ‟Fan of Fans” and “The Mean Weird Al Fan”
  • Helen Ketcham – Introducing ‘Everything You Know is Wrong’ – Helen was so helpful getting this episode together!  Follow her on twitter! https://twitter.com/HelenOE
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Everything You Know Is Wrong” – Bad Hair Day (1996) Pastiche of They Might be Giants. (Journalists love Weird Al because they get to use words like “pastiche.”)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Alternative Polka” – Bad Hair Day (1996) – Lynnwood, California, USA – www.WeirdAl.com Medley of….
  • Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz interview – ‟Black & White & Weird All Over, Photo Book,” ‟Accordion Case Drumming”  – http://www.bermudaschwartz.com
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Another One Rides The Bus” (1983)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Mr. Frump In The Iron Lung” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) (With the musical air-valve)
  • Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz interview – ‟Weird Al Polka Style”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polkas On 45” – In 3-D (1984) – See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stars_on_45
  • Walter Ostanek – ‟Button Accordion Polka ” – I Like Frankie Yankovic (1969?) – Canada – http://walterostanekband.com/
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟The Hamilton Polka” (2018)
  • Lauren Carey, “Beer’d” Al Podcast Interview – ‟Beer’d Al podcast (Water Quality)” – https://www.beerdalpodcast.com/
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟My Baby’s in Love with Eddie Vedder” – Running with Scissors (1999)
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Headline News” – Medium Rarities (Squeeze Box: Complete Works boxed set) (2017)
  • Alfred Yankovic, Tom Walters, Jon Iverson, and Joel Miller – ‟Take Me Down” – Medium Rarities (November 24, 2017)
  • The Creaking Planks – ‟Kiddie Closer” (2011) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://creakingplanks.com/
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Angry White Boy Polka” – Poodle Hat (2003) – Lynnwood, California, USA – www.WeirdAl.com
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polka Power!” – Running with Scissors (1999)
  • Nathen Rabin interview – ‟How Did This Start? / Gift That Keeps on Giving” – Nathen Rabin Weird Al Interview (2021) – https://www.nathanrabin.com
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟My Bologna” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Parody of “My Sharona” by The Knack www.WeirdAl.com
  • Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Many Many Books / The Coloring Book”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic & Wendy Carlos – ‟Peter & the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals – Part II ” – Peter & the Wolf (1988) –  – http://www.wendycarlos.com
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_%26_the_Wolf_(%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic_%26_Wendy_Carlos_album)
  • Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Music Today vs 1986 / Self Indulgent Projects”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Classical Gas (Mason Williams)” – The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour | Night 64, May 24, 2018 (2018) – Eugene, Oregon, USA – http://www.weirdal.com/
    https://www.stitcher.com/show/weird-al-yankovic-the-ridiculously-selfindulgent-illadvised/episode/64-eugene-or-54808772
  • Ken Emerson & Jim “Kimo” West (w/”Weird” Al Yankovic, acc) – ‟Slack Key Polka” – Slackers In Paradise (2017) – Canada / California / Hawaii – https://jimkimowest.com
    https://jimkimowest.bandcamp.com
  • Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Accordion on first album / Polka Nonsense”
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Bohemian Polka” – Alapalooza (1993) – Parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic interview – ‟Always Have a Backup Accordion” – 2021-10-27
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Stop Draggin’ My Car Around” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Parody of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty
  • “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Pac-Man” – Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic (1981) – Parody of the Beatles’ “Tax Man”

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 2012-10-31: All Handler’s Eve Halloween Special

November 6, 2022
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Ten years ago, Bruce celebrated Hallowe’en of 2012 with episode number 310 of our weekly hour-long (this one was a double, though!) alt-squeezebox radio program, interviewing celebrated and problematic “Series of Unfortunate Events” children’s book author Lemony Snicket aka Magnetic Fields sideman Daniel Handler.  If you missed it the first time around, you can enjoy listening to this program as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2012-10-31, All Handler’s Eve Halloween Special

* Accordion Crimes – In Another Time, Bessy – Accordion Crimes (2005) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – http://www.accordioncrimes.ca/
* Dandelion Junk Queens – Creepy Song – Bumtape (0) – Bellingham, WA, USA – http://www.dandelionjunkqueens.tk/
* Murder My Sweet – MurderMySweetWetRockToad – Film Noir (1945) –
* Bijoux Du Bayou – Swamp Creature – Canajun Pardi Gras (1999) – Duncan, British Columbia, Canada – http://www.bijouxdubayou.com/
* Carnivaleros – Hang ’em High Tango Redux – Lost In The Graveyard (2006) – Tucson, AZ USA – http://www.carnivaleros.com/index.html
* Rasputina – A Skeleton Bang – Colours Are Brighter (2006) –
* The Magnetic Fields – Xavier Says – Distortion (2008) – Boston, Massachusetts, USA – http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/ plus Daniel Handler (A.K.A. Lemony Snicket) on accordion
* The Magnetic Fields – Zombie Boy – Distortion (2008) – Boston, Massachusetts, USA – http://www.houseoftomorrow.com/ With Daniel Handler on the piano at the end.
* Frans Wouters En Zyn Dansorkest – Dr. Hekyll And Mr. Jyde – Squeeze Me 2: 1938-45 Squeezin’ The Blues (The Jazz and Swing Accordion Story) (1941) – http://www.venerablemusic.com/catalog/TitleDetails.asp?TitleID=12048
* David P Smith – ill wind – Hurtin’ Dance Party (2002) – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – http://www.myspace.com/davidpsmith
* Ginggang – The Spell – The Twentieth Century Zodiak (2005) – Portland, Oregon – Nissa Diamant, concertina. http://www.myspace.com/ginggangband
* Vladimir Sidorov – Toccate et fugue, re mineur BWV 565 – Bayan (2001) – Russia / Montreal, Quebec, Canada –
* The Captain & Me – Roadhouse By The Sea – Leave Your Friends And Family (0) – Oslo, Norway – http://www.thecaptainandme.com/
* The Magnetic Fields – The Dada Polka – Realism (2009) – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
* The Magnetic Fields – From A Sinking Boat – Realism (2009) – Boston, Massachusetts, USA
* Corbin Murdoch And The Nautical Miles – Hallowe’en in Churchill – Tell Me Again How This Place Got Its Name (2006) – East Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.corbinmurdoch.com/
* The Nevers – Soul Circus (2:03-4:38, mp3 version) – Girls Rock Camp (extra-credit) (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Agnes, Harriet and Myriam (they wrote this yesterday)
* Hot Panda – The Ghost – How Come I’m Dead? (2010) – Vancouver/Edmonton, Canada
* Peter & Daniel Wyper – Stranger March – Melodeon Greats (1913) – Scotland, UK – http://www.topicrecords.co.uk (With notes by Keith Chandler.)
* The Gothic Archies – Scream And Run Away (from The Bad Beginning) – The Tragic Treasury: Songs From A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2006) –
* The Gothic Archies – Things Are Not What They Appear (from The Penultimate Peril) – The Tragic Treasury: Songs From A Series Of Unfortunate Events (2006) –
* The Three Suns – Serenade (Schubert) – RCA All Star Spectacular (0) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Suns (Daniel Handler likes them.)
* Daniel Handler – Daniel Handler Stinger 100.5 – Daniel Handler Interview (2012) –
* Daniel Handler – 1. The Accordion Media – Daniel Handler Interview (2012) – http://www.lemonysnicket.com/violet/author.cfm
* Daniel Handler – 2. Feedback Accordion – Daniel Handler Interview (2012) – http://www.lemonysnicket.com/violet/author.cfm
* Daniel Handler – 3. Distortion Accordion – Daniel Handler Interview (2012) – http://www.lemonysnicket.com/violet/author.cfm
* Daniel Handler – 4. A Number of Musical Evenings – Daniel Handler Interview (2012) – http://www.lemonysnicket.com/violet/author.cfm
* Daniel Handler – 5. A Touch of Accordion Here and There – Daniel Handler Interview (2012) – http://www.lemonysnicket.com/violet/author.cfm
* Daniel Handler – 6. Accordion Rock Star Moments – Daniel Handler Interview (2012) – http://www.lemonysnicket.com/violet/author.cfm

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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2022-11-02: Only Two Bandcamp Fridays Until New Years!

November 3, 2022
AccNoir 2022-11-02

the band had been playing for many years and was called the Rubber Band
because it stretched to include anyone interested in performing

Bandcamp Friday is once again in effect, the best way to get your music-buying dollars into the pockets of your favorite recording artists! Once again this week’s episode shines the musical spotlight on performing artists of the accordionic variety who you can financially support through #AccordionBandcamp purchases. If your Apple or Android (or plain old RSS) podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2022-11-02, Only Two Bandcamp Fridays Until New Years!

* Announcing: “Weird” Al Yankovic Three-Hour Marathon broadcast of Co-op Radio Fundraising Episodes. Make a donation to support Accordion Noir!
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – Newfoundland, Canada – http://thedardanelles.com/
https://thedards.bandcamp.com/releases
* Nat Brookes – ‟Steam Powered Sponge” – (Single from the upcoming Album “Cormorant”, Jan 2023) – Northampton, UK – https://www.natbrookesmusic.co.uk
https://natbrookes.bandcamp.com/track/steam-powered-sponge-radio-edit
* Flowk – ‟Andròmines” – Trobada (2022) – Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain – https://www.facebook.com/delpinocardona/
https://flowk.bandcamp.com/album/flowk
* TURFU – ‟Cercle (KasbaH Remix)” – Chevauch​é​e Cosmique (Astrale Nouba Remixes) (2022) – France – https://turfu.bandcamp.com
* Mary Beth Carty – ‟Bon garçon” – Crossing the Causeway (2022) – Nova Scotia, Canada – https://marybethcarty.bandcamp.com
Original field recording of Peter Chiasson from 1944. Details about this song: https://marybethcarty.bandcamp.com/track/bon-gar-on-ft-nicole-deveau
* Katie Grace Harris – ‟Bedlam Boys” – The Toledo Sessions (2022) – UK – https://www.katiegraceharris.com/
https://katiegraceharris.bandcamp.com/album/the-toledo-sessions
* Anna Atkinson – ‟All We Have To Do” – Mooniture (2011) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada  – https://annaatkinson.bandcamp.comwww.AnnaAtkinson.com
* Tamsin Elliott – ‟Old Wax Jacket / A Coat of Sawdust” – Frey (2022) – Bristol, UK – https://tamsinelliott.bandcamp.com/album/frey (Tamsin plays piano accordion with Solana)
* Franz Nicolay – ‟Garlic And Vine” – New River (2022) – New York, USA – https://franznicolay.com
https://franznicolay.bandcamp.com/album/new-river
* The Zydepunks – ‟One More Chance” – Finisterre (2008) – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA – http://www.zydepunks.com/
https://zydepunks.bandcamp.com/
The Dreadnoughts reminded me of the Zydepunks with this post: https://open.substack.com/pub/thedreadnoughts/p/artist-spotlight-the-zydepunks
* Yegor Zabelov – ‟NITI I” – NITI (2020) – Balarus – https://yegorzabelov.bandcamp.com/ (Yegor used to be in Gurzuf)
* Mostly Kosher – ‟Wade In The Water” – This World Is Yours (2022) – Los Angeles, California, USA – Gee Rabe, acc.
https://mostlykosher.bandcamp.com https://www.mostlykosher.com
* Solana – ‟Mare Tempesta” – Mirage (2022) – Bristol, UK – http://solana.uk
https://solana.bandcamp.com/album/mirage Tamsin Elliott, piano acc.
* Jackie Oates – ‟Time Time Time” – Gracious Wings (2022) – Wallingford, UK – www.jackieoates.co.ukhttps://jackieoates.bandcamp.com/album/gracious-wings-2 Mike Cosgrave, piano acc.
* Meowrion – ‟A Spirit on The Wind” – The Weight of The Machine (2022) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – https://meowrion.bandcamp.com/album/the-weight-of-the-machine-ep https://twitter.com/Meowrion
* Canailles – ‟Le cirque” – Canailles EP (2010) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – https://canailles.bandcamp.com
* One Leg One Eye (Ian Lynch from Lankum) – ‟I’d Rather Be Tending My Sheep” – .​.​.​. And Take The Black Worm With Me  (2022) – Dublin, Ireland – Ian Lynch, English Concertina
https://nyahhrecords.bandcamp.com/album/and-take-the-black-worm-with-me http://lankumdublin.com/
Fire Draw Near is Ian’s podcast. Highly recommended if you like either Irish ballad history or punk rock: https://www.patreon.com/firedrawnear

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!