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Accordion Revolution Part 1 (Chap 1-2)

December 9, 2017
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Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 16.18.24.jpgI’m sharing drafts of my book chapters. For a bit about the book and more chapters, click here.

Ok, Here are the first two chapters of the book, with a very premature preface:

Dropbox Download: Accordion Revolution, Free-Reader Draft Ch 1-2

Chapter 1: The Accordion Conquers the World

Chapter 2: The Accordion’s Family Tree

Have a look and have fun. If you have comments I’d love to hear from you.

The link should be a downloadable Word .docx file so if you want to make detailed edits you can track changes and send the whole document back to me.

If you know anyone who would like an exclusive preview, please Recommend the Accordion Revolution to them.

Do tell me if there’s issues with the files, missing parts, randomly included author comments not meant to be visible, etc.

More to come!

 — Bruce

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Accordion Revolution Book Chapters

December 9, 2017
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Skip to the bottom for Chapter Drafts.

Bruce here:  I’m closing in on publishing my long-rumoured book Accordion Revolution: the Squeezebox Heart of American Popular Music.

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The book is a “peoples’ history” of the accordion, about artists who shaped pop music but were forgotten because of the instrument they played: American immigrants, blues icons, jazz titans, country stars, the highest-paid player in vaudeville, and the “first” rock ’n’ roll band. It’s the music we hear every day, with the accordion track restored for an entirely new mix.
Read more…

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2008-02-22: Chutzpah Festival 2008

February 20, 2018

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From ten years ago, here’s Accordion Noir radio episode number 65!  After a year or so on the air we began to suss out at just which local festivals (other than our own, of course) one can find accordionists brought into town to strut their stuff.  There’s a pack of them in the spring, usually led with the Chutzpah festival of Jewish culture in the vanguard.  (While not the first time I saw him perform live, which would have been at the Britannia school auditorium opening for Dan Bern, in a lineup at the Chutzpah festival is the first time I met Geoff Berner!  Not long after that, they stopped inviting him back… but I digress.)  Through the years they have consistently offered a great slate of varied programming, and of course it is always easier to get someone else to bring the accordionists in from far-flung locales than the fundraise to do it ourselves.

At its original online home this episode, a Chutzpah festival promotion, racked up
some 12798 listens… and you can continue enjoying listening to this episode at its new, forever home.  Now here’s the playlist!

Accordion Noir: Playlist: February 22th, 2008
Chutzpah! special! (While Rowan the pirate is off repelling boarders.)
Chutzpah Festival of Jewish culture (and occasional accordions)
Feb 23 – March 2, 2008 Vancouver
http://www.chutzpahfestival.com/programs-music.html#04
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Artist — Song — Album (Year) — Origin — Label/Contact info.

Peregrino – Juan – Arboles Junto a la Costa (2008) – Argentina – http://www.myspace.com/peregrinoahoraeterno
Pharaoh’s Daughter (Uri Sharlin, acc) – Enpesare – Haran (2007) –
They’re from the US, and all over. – http://www.pharaohsdaughter.com/
Klezmer Buenos Aires (Lerner Maguilevsky Duo) – Sirba En Fa Major
[haunting lack of accordion here…] – Sobreviviente (Survival) (Live,
2003) – Argentina – http://www.lernermoguilevsky.com.ar/
SoCalled – Baleboste – Ghettoblaster (2007) – Montreal, Canada! – http://www.socalledmusic.com/
Pharaoh’s Daughter – Ija Mia – Out of the Reeds (2000) – Ok, they’re based in New York – http://www.myspace.com/pharaohsdaughter
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The next three are by “Peter Soave & Azzano Laboratories Orchestra,”
from Peter Soave’s album, “Astor Piazzolla – Carmine Coppola,” 2006) –
Peter commutes from Detroit to France! –
http://www.petersoave.com/index.html
– Decarissimo (A. Piazzolla)
– Concerto For Accordion & Orchestra 1. Allegro Moderato (This one’s
actually by Carmine Coppola, I lied about Piazzolla on the air.)
– Oblivion (A. Piazzollal)

ps. This episode’s “cover” is… SoCalled: Man or Most-intelligent Mollusk?

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 2018-02-14: Valentine’s or Not So Much

February 15, 2018

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Gung Haggis Fat Choy, move over!  I proposed to Bruce that we give this week’s episode a Mardi Gras theme and he demurred, claiming that he was giving up Mardi Gras for Lent.  But here we have Chinese New Year’s nearly coinciding with Valentine’s Day, a real dogpile of holidays and special occasions.  Bruce didn’t like the idea of a single occasion completely setting the scene, so here is a mix of romantic – and non-romantic – songs from this week’s episode of Accordion Noir Radio, which you can enjoy listening to over here.  And here, to further that enjoyment, is its playlist!

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* The Mojo Men – Sit Down, I Think I Love You – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era (1967) – San Francisco, California, USA – Jan Ericco/Ashton on drums.
* Hank Penny – When You Cry You Cry Alone – from Kevin Coffey’s collection (1945) – Los Angeles, California, USA – (Stan Ellison, acc.)
* Old Man Luedecke – Proof Of Love – Proof Of Love (2008) – RR 2 Chester, Nova Scotia Canada – http://www.oldmanluedecke.ca/
* West My Friend – The Tattoo That Loved Her Anyway – When The Ink Dries (2014) – Vancouver Island, BC, Canada – http://www.WestMyFriend.com
* Lynne Hanson – Trading in My Lonesome – River of Sand (2014) – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – http://www.LynneHanson.com
* Miss Murgatroid – (Love Like) Anthrax – Through Alien Empires (1997) – Portland, Oregon, USA – http://www.missmurgatroid.com/ recorded 1995
* Leon Self (Selph) and his Blue Ridge Playboys – You Went Away – from Kevin Coffey’s collection (1941) – – (“Ralph?” Freddie Courtney, acc.)
* The Gram Partisans – Love’s a Word I Never Throw Around – You Will Not Stand Alone (2012) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://thegrampartisans.bandcamp.com
* Amelia Curran – Love’s Lost Regard – Hunter, Hunter (2009) – St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – http://www.ameliacurran.com/
* Chigmo – Don’t Take My Loneliness Away, Unless You Can Replace It With Something Better – Chigmo (2006) – Bay Area, California, USA – http://www.garageband.com/artist/chigmo
* Amédé Ardoin – Si Dur d’Etre Seul (So Hard To Be Alone) – Cajun – Rare & Authentic: 1929 – 1934 (1934) – Louisiana, USA –
* Bennie Moten Orchestra (1929-32) – When I’m Alone – Band Box Shuffle [Disc 2] (1930) – Kansas City, Missouri, USA – (HEP Records UK)
* Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band – Lonesome Vagabond – Reign Of Revelry (2010) – Somerville, Massachusetts, USA – http://www.ensmb.com/index.html
* Jason Webley – My Love Left Me In April – Margaret (2014) – Everett, Washington, USA – http://www.jasonwebley.com
* Anna Atkinson with David Occhipinti – Lovers – Sky Stacked Full (2016) – Toronto – Halifax, Ontario, Canada – http://www.AnnaAtkinson.ca

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 2008-02-15: Tango Train

February 13, 2018

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Ten years ago we found we had an extra hour on the air to fill during a week when our lead-in program (the Gospel Train) was taking a little break, which happened to coincide with a week in which our dear friend (and tanguista par excellence) Ariel Marsh happened to be in town.  One thing led to another and she led us down a two-hour guided tour of the many facets of tango music — some selections more accordionic than others — as a gentle ramping down from the intense romance of Valentine’s Day the day before.  (Of course, our parent radio station CFRO Co-Op Community Radio does also have a dedicated tango music program, but this was outreach to the accordion community specifically 8)

At its original online home this episode (our 64th!) was enjoyed some 2780 times, but in time the numbers at its new online home will meet and even surpass that impressive total.  You can go there and listen to it today, but if you do you might appreciate the following playlist to help tell your ears just what it is that is moving your feet and stirring your soul:

Accordion Noir: Playlist: February 15th, 2008

Tango Train: a Tango-Lesson, a Valentine, and a Birth-Announcement!

Extra-special, extra-looong, installment of Accordion Noir with special guests: Ariel “Scissor-kick” Marsh, expert in tangology by acclaim, and strong-silent-type “Wyoming” Johnny Lyon of the Creaking Planks!

This is sometimes one of the sillier discussions of the dignified Tango I have ever heard. Hope nobody comes after us.

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Artist — Song — Album (Year) — Origin — Label/Contact info.

Carlos Gardel – La Mariposa / Yira Yira
Francisco Lonuto – Si Soy Asi
Carlos Gardel – Milonga del 900
Ousmane Touré – Dimba – Putamaya presents: Tango around the world (2005) – Senegal – http://putumayo.com/
Juan D’Arienzo – Milonga de Mis Amores – (soundtrack to the Tango Lesson)
Roberto Firpo – Olga
Roberto Firpo – Tierra Negra
Gerardo Hernán Matos Rodriguez – La Cumparsita – Tango No. No. 9: here live no fish (2007) – San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – http://www.tangonumber9.com/
Francisco Canaro – Me Buenos Aires
Miguel Caló – A las 7 en el Café
Miguel Caló – El Vals soñador
Alfredo di Angelis – Flores del Alma
Lucio Denare – Nunca Supa Porque
Osvaldo Fresedo – Tristezas
Pedro Laurenz – Vieja Amiga
Rodolfo Biagi & Andrés Falgás – La Chacarera
Angel D’Agostino – El Aristocrata
Carlos Disarli – Milonga del Sentenario
Osvaldo Pugliese – Desde el alma
Duo Milla Vilijamaa & Johanna Juhola – Milonga Sylvia – Piazzolla Passage (2003) – Finland – http://www.johannajuhola.net/

Einmal Kommt Die Liebe – Tango for én – Røversanger (2006) – Oslo, Norway – http://www.myspace.com/einmalkommtdieliebe
Astor Piazzolla – Michaelangelo ’70 – Tango: Zero Hour (1986) – http://www.piazzolla.org/
Rowan Lipkovits and John Lyon (after “Weird Al” Yankovic) – One More Minute

Maria Kalaniemi & Sven Ahlbäck – Sörglåten (Lamentation) – Airbow (2000) – Finland/Sweden – http://www.mariakalaniemi.com/
Danielle Martineau – Les secrets du vent – Les secrets du vent: Compositions instrumentes à l’accordéon (2004) – Canada – http://www.qim.com/albums/description.asp?albumid=2679
Deux accords diront – Aller Simple Pour Caracas – Gardavergur (2006) – Belgium – http://www.anneniepold.be/

ps. This episode’s “cover” is… from a 2004 dance piece, Tango Forever. http://www.ballet-dance.com/200501/articles/forevertango20041229.html

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!

Orville Brown: African American New York Jazz Accordionist in the 1930s

February 8, 2018
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Accordion hero Alan Zisman of the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle found this fantastic photo of Orville Brown’s band taken in New York in the mid 1930s. (From Banjo/guitarist Danny Baker’s memoirs A Life in Jazz (1986).

1930s jazz band. 6 black men with trumpet, drums, accordion/piano, guitar, 2 saxes

It’s extra-remarkable because Brown has a Luttbeg duel-piano keyboard accordion! (Patented 1931).
I gather there were only about a dozen of those made. Perhaps Brown was a pianist who wanted to pick up accordion, but didn’t realize the keyboard bass was impractical? 
Old Luttbeg piano-bass keyboard accordion with several broken keys
Kimric at Smythe’s Accordion Centre in Oakland has an instruction booklet in case you have trouble picking it up.
Instruction book for the Luttbeg piano-bass keyboard accordion ($1)
Definitely adding Brown to the growing (still small) list of African American jazz accordionists.

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2018-02-07: Visitors and Guests

February 8, 2018
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Giancarlo Petrini: Accordion to three hands

Accordion Noir radio’s regular host Bruce was feeling a little bit under the weather last night, but fortunately for him he had some back-up moral support in the form of Charlene, a new operator-aspirant at our parent station CFRO, who is lurking behind the scenes in order to glean deeper insights into just how the radio sausage is made.  (Mmmm… delicious radio sausage!)  Anyhow, you can enjoy listening to a digital audio stream of last night’s episode, and to help make some sense of what you’ll be hearing… here’s its playlist!

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* Bon Débarras – La Vie Du Bon Cote – Errance (2013) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – http://www.bondebarras.ca
* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme (long version, 2:30) – Accordion Noir (2010) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – recorded special just for our show! http://www.zisman.ca/squeezebox/Music/Accordion%20Noir%20%28leadsheet,%2004feb10%29.pdf
* Trio Dhoore – Flandinavian – Momentum (2017) – Flanders, Belgium – http://www.triodhoore.be
* KTU (Kimmo Pohjonen, Trey Gunn, Pat Mastelotto) – Keho – 8 Armed Monkey (2005) – USA, Finland – http://www.kimmopohjonen.com/index.php
* Mark Growden: The Monsters of Accordion show – I’m Your Man (L. Cohen): The Monsters of Accordion show – The Monsters of Accordion show, Spokane, WA, (The P.A. System, Spokane7 Podcasts) (2008) – USA – Ryan Pitts: RyanP@SPOKESMAN.com http://www.spokane7.com/music/podcast/?id=244
* Blackbird Raum – Everyone Up To The Wall – Swidden (2008) – Santa Cruz, California, USA – http://www.anti-politics.net/raum/ http://www.blackpowderrecords.com/raum/
* Feufollet – Baby’s on Fire (Brian Eno cover, 2017) – Southwest Louisiana –
https://youtu.be/ROH3m68UfAYhttp://feufollet.net
* Los Alegres De Terán – La Palanca – polka – Grabaciones Originales 1952-1954 (1953) – Mexico – https://folkways.si.edu/los-alegres-de-teran/grabaciones-originales-1952-1954/latin-world/music/album/smithsonian
* Didier Laloy & Kathy Adam – Mercredi Froid – Belem (2014) – Belgium – http://www.homerecords.be/ http://www.didierlaloy.be Laloy, diatonic acc.; Adam, cello.
* Youssra El Hawary – Jessica – No’oum Nasyeen (2017) – Cairo, Egypt, North Africa – http://youssraelhawary.bandcamp.com
* Gloria Deluxe – Once In The Mountains – Hooker (2000) – Brooklyn, New York (USA) – Cynthia Hopkins, acc. http://www.gloriadeluxe.com/
* Alan Mills – Hard, Hard Times – We’ll Rant and We’ll Roar: Songs of Newfoundland (1958) – Newfoundland, Canada – http://www.folkways.si.edu/index.html

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 2008-02-08: Valentines Day Show!

February 5, 2018

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day?  We’re sure not ready for Valentine’s Day!  And yet this many weeks into the year, ten years ago, we were definitely girding our loins for this holiday, looking for ways to remind people that the accordion was not just a musical punchline, but in the right hands could be a dangerous weapon of passion and violent emotion!  Anyhow… here it is, from the archives, Accordion Noir episode number 63.  At its original online home it was enjoyed some 3266 times… we’re sure in time that will be met or surpassed at its new forever online home.  Enjoy downloading this vintage episode and to help you better understand what you’re hearing, here’s the playlist:

Accordion Noir: Playlist: February 8th, 2008

We gotta do an all-jazz show someday… But this is our Valentines Day show!

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Artist — Song — Album (Year) — Origin — Label/Contact info.

Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra – Let’s Get It / Moten’s Blues (both 1929) – Squeeze Me: The Jazz And Swing Accordion Story (Disc 1. Accordion Joe) (2006) – http://www.proper-records.co.uk
The Burning Hell – Everything You Believe Is A Lie – Happy Birthday (2007) – Peterborough, Ontario Canada – http://www.myspace.com/mathiaskom
Levon Helm – A Train Robbery – Dirt Farmer (2007) – Woodstock, New York, USA – http://www.levonhelm.com/
Rowan Lipkovits (after Barry White): Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Renato Borghetti – Milonga Para As Missóes – Accordionist: Brasilian music from the Rio Grande du Sul (1995) – Porto Alegre, Rio Grande du Sul, Brazil – http://www.renatoborghetti.com.br/eng_default.asp
Jane Vain & the Dark Matter – These Ghosts – Love Is Where The Smoke Is (2008) – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – http://www.rectanglerecords.com/
Rosapaeda – Angelo benedetto – Mater (2007) – Italy – http://www.rosapaeda.it/
Rowan Lipkovits (after Louis Prima): Just A Gigolo – (where is he from?)
Swamparella – Ossum Blues – Swamparella (2001) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – http://www.swamperella.com/
Clifton Chenier – Boppin’ the Rock – Bayou Blues (1955) – Louisiana, USA
Rowan Lipkovits (after Frank Zappa) – Dirty Love – (Canada loves you)

ps. This episodes “cover” is… A singing-telegram valentine, from an accordion playing rat. Brought to you by: http://SqueezeboxHero.com/ (We should get him to do “Godzilla” on our show.)

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 2018-01-31: Last of the First

February 1, 2018

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It’s been a cold and rainy start to February 2018 here in Vancouver (as usual), but wherever accordion music is audible, flowers begin blooming!  (Except when the accordion music is sad.  Then the rain intensifies.  Or when the music is passionate and enraged, then you have to avoid spontaneous knife fights.  But you get the idea.)  Bruce aired a nice variety of emotional squeezebox tunes on last night’s hour-long episode of Accordion Noir, vacillating between the two poles of zydeco and new music.  (I didn’t know they were opposites either!)  You can enjoy listening to it as a digital audio stream, and to enhance your enjoyment… here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2018-01-31, Last of the First

* Compassion Gorilla – Sippin’ On A Sunday – Coalesce (2017) – Victoria, BC, Canada – wwww.Leyatess.com Ariel Palacio, acc.
* Sonny Landreth – The High Side – Recorded live in Lafayette (Acoustic set) (2017) – Louisiana – http://sonnylandreth.com Steve Conn, acc. http://www.steveconn.com
* Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers – Everybody Talking – Top of the Mountain (2017) – Lafayette, Louisiana, USA – https://www.dwaynedopsie.com
* Bee Fontenot – Hey Catin – Louisiana Creole Music (1978) – Louisiana, USA – http://www.folkways.si.edu
* Lost Bayou Ramblers – Rice Pump – KALENDA (2017) – Louisiana, USA – http://lostbayouramblers.bandcamp.com
* Rossy – Eka Ouzy – A World Out Of Time, Vol. 2: Henry Kaiser & David Lindley in Madagascar (1993) – Madagascar, Africa – http://thehenrykaisercollection.blogspot.ca/p/playola-notes.html
* Matthew Byrne – Long Years Ago – Horizon Lines (2017) – Milton, Nova Scotia, Canada – http://www.matthewbyrne.net Aaron Collis, button acc.
* Gloria Deluxe – If You’re Going Through Hell Keep Going – Accidental Nostalgia (2005) – Brooklyn, New York (USA) – Cynthia Hopkins, acc. http://www.gloriadeluxe.com/
* Mary Beth Carty – Henri – Les biens-nommés (2017) – Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada – http://marybethcarty.com
* Ron Samworth – On The Trail – Dogs Do Dream (2017) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – https://tysonnaylor.com Barbara Adler, voc.
* Jeffrey Bützer – The Garden of Scissors – The Garden of Scissors (2009) – Ile-de-France France – http://www.myspace.com/jeffreybutzer http://www.lona-records.com/artists/jefferybutzer.html
* Nels Cline – Reconciliation / New Monastery – New Monastery: A View Into The Music Of Andrew Hill (2006) – USA – Andrea Parkins, acc. at 7:37 (and before that)

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!