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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-11-24: Wetsuweten Strong, Geoff Berner 50, and Accordion Noir Festival

November 25, 2021
AccNoir 2021-11-24

AccNoir-2021-11-24, #WetsuwetenStrong, #GeoffBerner50, and #AccordionNoirFestival

Support Wet’suwet’en Land Defense!

Tonight’s show opens with the Canadian government sending violent police to illegally arrest press and Native land-rights activists protesting a fossil fuel pipeline. Police helicopters and tanks are doing this in the middle of a deadly flood that cut the whole region of millions of people off from the rest of Canada. Flooding damage was caused by clearcutting forests, which the government is arresting people for protesting too. [The accordion media views this all rather dimly.] Unbelievable. Do what you can to stop them. We talked about this in not one but two episodes just a couple of months ago too!

This summer’s Accordion Noir Festival videostream, featuring not only performances from our concert on Sept 11th, but other local squeezy acts documented through the summer of 2021 (largely in conjunction with Maclean Park Music) is broadcasting this Saturday, Nov 27th, starting at Noon. The featured artists from our concert are Geoff Berner, Ana Bon-Bon, and the Last Minute Trio, but other ensembles represented include Sospiro Misterioso, Teapot in the Tuba, the Vancouver Folk Orchestra, the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle, and the Gram Partisans.

Tonight’s playlist looks at many of them as an audio-only preview (pre-hear?), but a spotlight is cast on Vancouver’s Yiddish punk super-hero Geoff Berner, our patron saint, who is celebrating his 50th birthday with an online fundraiser show streaming live on Saturday Nov 27 (after our canned stream wraps), raising money for community food programs: Geoff Berner’s 50th Birthday Benefit Bash – Livestream Sat Nov. 27 7PM PST

(Also earlier on Saturday, our mothership Co-op Radio is having its Annual General Meeting. If you’re a member, please Zoom on over: 2021 Co-op Radio AGM SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 2PM TO 4PM.)

If your Apple or Android 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 is its playlist:

* Geoff Berner – ‟The Rich Will Move to the High Ground” – In honor of flooding in three countries he’d just toured (in 2007) – Vancouver, Canada – http://www.geoffberner.com
* Jack Garton – ‟The Frontline Is Everywhere (in support of Unist’ot’en land defenders)” – (premier fundraising single) (2020) – Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada – All proceeds to Native land defenders) Download and listen at http://jackgartonmusic.bandcamp.com, or donate directly at http://unistoten.camp
* Buckwheat Zydeco – ‟When The Levee Breaks” – Lay Your Burden Down (2009) – Louisiana, USA –
* Geoff Berner – ‟Zog Nit Keyn Mol (Partisan Song)” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – AccordionNoir.org http://www.geoffberner.com
* Geoff Berner – ‟Bitter Spring” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – AccordionNoir.org http://www.geoffberner.com
* Geoff Berner – ‟Unlistenable Song” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – AccordionNoir.org http://www.geoffberner.com
* Ana BonBon – ‟Change My Mind” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – AccordionNoir.org https://anabonbon.com
* Last Minute Trio – ‟No Good Blues” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – AccordionNoir.org https://clinkermusic.bandcamp.com/  Lucy Lambert, acc
* The Gram Partisans – ‟Let the Light Shine Down on You” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – AccordionNoir.org
* Vancouver Folk Orchestra – ‟Ashokan Farewell” – Maclean Park,  2021-08-29 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – AccordionNoir.org
* Vancouver Squeezebox Circle – ‟Mood Indigo” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – AccordionNoir.org
* Teapot in the Tuba with Stephen Hamm on theremin – ‟la vie en rose and Misirlou” – 14th Annual Accordion Noir Festival, Oct. 5, 2021 (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – AccordionNoir.org

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 (coming up soon, Tues, Dec 7th!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-09-21: Accordion Noir Festival on the threshold 2011

November 22, 2021

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Ten years ago, we were getting ready for the fourth year of our annual Accordion Noir Festival, drumming up interest and excitement locally by airing tunes by the performers planned to perform that weekend — festival regulars Geoff Berner and local squeeze kings Maria in the Shower, plus assorted virtuous locals and of course our international headliner, the Bay Area’s certified punk rock accordion god Duckmandu who, it turns out, was refused entry at the border.  All that and more you can hear and enjoy in episode 250 of our weekly radio program!  And why, you may ask, did we hold back this episode in order to air this material this week?  You see, just as it was curated to spur interest in our festival then, we’re revisiting it now to help spur interest in our virtual 2021 Accordion Noir Festival program, airing as a potted video stream on Facebook this Saturday, Nov 27th, starting at noon PST.  Yow!  At its original online home, this episode logged some 5940 listens, but you can continue enjoying it today as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-09-21, Accordion Noir Festival on the threshold 2011

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.
* AccNoir Fest 2011 PRA mp3 – Accordion Noir PRA’s (2011) – –
* Duckmandu (Aaron Seeman) – Girl U Want – Fresh Duck for Rotting Accordionists (2005) – San Francisco, California, USA – http://www.duckmandu.com/
* Geoff Berner – Rabbi Berner Finally Reveals His True Religious Agenda – Victory Party (2011) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.geoffberner.com
* Maria in the Shower – Mojo Hand – The Hidden Sayings of Maria in the Shower (2011) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Visit http://mariaintheshower.bandcamp.com
* Fang – Walking – Diskopatska (2011) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.badler.ca/ http://www.dropcards.com/diskopatska/content/index.php
* Duckmandu – Powerpuff Girls Closing Theme – Quack Rock: Five Duckades of Accordion Mega-Hits (2009) – – http://www.duckmandu.com/
* Tina Tew – Manifiesto de Victor Jara
* Tiber Aliba – Albanian Folk Mix
* Simon Kendall – Lively Pals
* Goran Bregovic – Daddy’s Gone
* Greenbelt Collective – Heart the Size of Texas
* Geoff Berner – Wealthy Poet

Tonight’s cover illustration is: the Seagull Accordion Woman! (Maria in the Shower used her on their festival posters.)

Please, support Accordion Noir and Co-op Radio (without whom there wouldn’t be an Accordion Noir), by becoming a member. Go to http://www.AccordionNoir.org or http://www.CoopRadio.org and donate online. We really especially supporters who’ve become “sustaining” donors by arranging to donate a little bit every month. Those add up to a lot of support over the year. We love that most of all.

When you’re able to donate, please do add a comment that, “Accordion Noir sent me!” Then we know who loves squeezing.

Thanks much,

Bruce and Rowan

——–

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, 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 2021-11-17: “Weird Al” Yankovic — the final chapter

November 17, 2021
AccNoir 2021-11-17
“Weird Al” Yankovic with Accordion (Photo by Nick Elgar/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

Like “Trapped in the Drive-Thru”, you thought it might never come to an end. And yet here we are, Accordion Noir radio concluding our three-episode salute (episode 1, episode 2) to the unlikely career of “Weird Al” Yankovic. While he taps numerous sources for each of these installments, this week’s focus is on Nathan Rabin, the man who just released The Weird A-Coloring to Al coloring book (along with a Colored-In version 🌈). Also by Nathan — Weird Al: The Book (2012); and The Weird Accordion to Al (2020) detailing every song Al ever released, and its 500 pg annotated sequel that includes all of Al’s video and TV work. All available for sale in time for this holiday season!.


If your Apple or Android 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, in addition to links to all the related projects of the guests aired and subjects mentioned over the past three weeks of broadcasts, is its playlist:

Weird Al Yankovic
http://www.weirdal.com/

Support Co-op Radio (Accordion Noir’s mother-ship) with a sizable or tiny donation:
http://www.coopradio.org/

Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place:
The Weird A-Coloring To Al Coloring (or colored-in) Book
NathanRabin.com

Lily Hirsch:
Weird Al Seriously
www.lilyhirsch.com

Jon Burmuda Schwartz:
Black & White & Weird All Over
http://www.bermudaschwartz.com

The Beer’d Al Podcast
www.beerdalpodcast.com/

Dave & Ethan’s 2000” “Weird Al” Podcast
https://2000inch.com

Mentioned in Al’s Interview:

Dave’s Accordion School in Los Angeles
http://davesaccordion.com

List of Weird Al Polka Medleys:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic_polka_medleys

Accordion Noir’s Epic Three-Week “Weird Al” Co-op Radio 2021 Membership Drive Series

Accordion Noir 2021-11-03: “Weird Noir” Yankovic (episode 1) with Lily E. Hirsch
https://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2021/11/04/accordion-noir-2021-11-03-weird-noir-yankovic-episode-1-with-lily-e-hirsch/

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-11-10: “Noir Al” Yankovic (episode 2)
https://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2021/11/11/accordion-noir-radio-playlist-2021-11-10-noir-al-yankovic-episode-2/

Playlist: AccNoir-2021-11-17, “Weird Al” Yankovic A-Coloring to Nathen Rabin

* Bill Davis Trio – ‟Bring the Money In” (1954) – Co-op Radio Member Drive PRA – http://www.coopradio.org/
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009)  http://thedardanelles.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”

Amusing “Pac-Man” Video:

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 2011-11-16: Drama in Real November

November 15, 2021

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 259 of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir radio broadcast.  This particular episode appears to contain nothing more (and nothing less!) than our typical heady brew of varied styles of squeezebox music in different genres from different parts of the world (or at the very least, a great European tour.)  At its original online home, it logged some 3764 listens, but you can continue enjoying it as digital audio today courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-11-16, Drama in Real November

* Artist – Song – Album (year) – Where are they from? – Contact info if we’ve got it.
* Steve Gates` – Hello Jesus – Hello Jesus (EP) (2011) – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – http://www.stevegates.ca
* Andy Fielding – Accordion Noir theme (medium version, 1:47) – 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
* Gurzuf – Non-Existent Movie – Non-Existent Movie (2007) – Belarus – http://gurzufband.com/
* Trio Mio – Anglaise – Pigeon Folk Pieces (2005) – Denmark – http://www.triomio.dk/index_e.html
* Laura Peek – Away from the Harbour – Key (2010) – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – http://www.peekpeekpeek.com
* Accordion Noir, Promo Stinger (2008) – With Gerlinde and Wolfgang Wiehler!
* Devin & The Dark Light – Riverside – Loud To Live With (2009) – Orangeville, Ontario, Canada – http://www.myspace.com/devinandthedarklight Meredith Grant (from Guelph), acc.
* Teenager – Lipstick Fool – Entitled (2007) – Auburn, New York, USA – Theresa Walsh, c/g diatonic anglo concertina http://www.teenagerrock.com/
* Al Dexter – Calamity Jane – The Original Pistol Packin’ Mama (0) – –
* Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha – Tummaa verta – Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha (2010) – Finland – http://www.myspace.com/mrjaakko http://helmilevyt.com/
* The 3 Jacksons – Siver Dollar-Sam’s song-Wilhelmina (P 1951) – the 3 Jacksons – Reuzepotporri (1951)
* Motion Trio – Sunrise Dance – Islamabad – Metropolis (2007) – Poland – http://www.motion-trio.art.pl/a2Home.html
* Viola Turpeinen – Mikkelin polkka – Viola Turpeinen – American hanuriprinsessa vol. 2 – 1929-1945 – Champion, Michigan, USA / Finland – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schlager
* Franz Nicolay – The Ballad of Hollis Wadsworth Mason Jr – Watchmen (The Owl) – http://www.franznicolay.com/index.html
* Charanga Cakewalk – Melodica – Chicano Zen (2006) – Austin, Texas, USA – http://www.myspace.com/charangacakewalk
* F&M – Music By The Sea – Wish You Were Here (2011) – Calgary, Alberta Canada – http://www.fandmtheband.com/
* Alicia Baker – Reine de Musette – On The Accordion (2011) – Milwaukie, Oregon, USA – http://www.bakerchoir.com/Alicia%20Baker.html
* Kris Archie/Rise Ashen – Ignite the Light PRA – with the track “Tebwe Mikana – Path Of Truth” from the album One Nation (2011) – – http://balanced-records.com/

Tonight’s cover illustration is: Two Salvation Army guys scaring a little kid. At least I assume she’s scared, I would be. http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/6053926627/in/photostream

Please, support Accordion Noir and Co-op Radio (without whom there wouldn’t be an Accordion Noir), by becoming a member. Go to http://www.AccordionNoir.org or http://www.CoopRadio.org and donate online. We really especially supporters who’ve become “sustaining” donors by arranging to donate a little bit every month. Those add up to a lot of support over the year. We love that most of all.

When you’re able to donate, please do add a comment that, “Accordion Noir sent me!” Then we know who loves squeezing.

Thanks much,

Bruce and Rowan

——–

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, 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 2021-11-10: “Noir Al” Yankovic (episode 2)

November 11, 2021
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Sketchy-Guy on Redbubble is selling this Weird Al-meets-Misfits pastiche on t-shirts. In time for the holidays!

Last week, Bruce got around to hosting a belated birthday celebration for the man who singlehandedly kept the accordion flame burning in the mainstream music industry through the 1980s and ’90s, the celebrated parodist known as “Weird Al” Yankovic. He conducted a number of interviews with authors of recent books examining his career and legacy, ultimately getting a chance to enjoy a chat with the weird one himself, and, well, he found that he had enough material for more than one episode. So here we are sharing further deep cuts from Al’s illustrious life! On this episode he digs deep with Al’s drummer, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, who has recently published the “Black & White & Weird All Over” photo-book of candid backstage snapshots from the band’s early years, and the hosts of the “Beer’d Al” and “2000” Weird Al” podcasts. If your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy it as streaming audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2021-11-10, Bermuda Schwartz, Weird & Beer’d Al Yankovic (week 2 of 3)

Support Accordion Noir’s fundraising for Co-op Radio
http://www.coopradio.org/

Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz – ‟Black & White & Weird All Over: the Lost Photographs of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, ’83-’86”
http://www.bermudaschwartz.com
https://www.blackandwhiteandweird.com

Lauren Carey – “Beer’d” Al Podcast
https://www.beerdalpodcast.com/

Dave & Ethan’s 2000” “Weird Al” Podcast
https://2000inch.com

Last Week:
Accordion Noir 2021-11-03: “Weird Noir” Yankovic (episode 1) with Lily E. Hirsch
https://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2021/11/04/accordion-noir-2021-11-03-weird-noir-yankovic-episode-1-with-lily-e-hirsch/
With “Weird Al” himself on how to choose the right accordion (on Craigslist)
and
Lily Hirsch, author of “Weird Al Seriously”
http://www.lilyhirsch.com

Next week:
More from “Weird Al” himself on playing accordions in concert (“Always have a backup accordion.”)
and
Nathen Rabin, creator of a shelf of “Weird Al” literature, including the new “Weird A-Coloring to Al” coloring book (and its colored-in edition)
https://www.nathanrabin.com

* Bill Davis Trio – “Bring the Money In” (1954) – Co-op Radio Member Drive PRA – http://www.globaldogproductions.info/o/okeh-45s.html
* The Many Voices of Accordion Noir” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009)  http://thedardanelles.com/
* “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)
[Dave from Dave & Ethan’s 2000″ podcast helped us source the next two tracks – https://2000inch.com]
* “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/

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 2011-11-09: Before the Blues with Jared Snyder

November 8, 2021

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 258 of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir program.  On this occasion, Bruce interviewed Jared Snyder, the preeminent scholar of the Black American accordion tradition, and this episode can be considered foundational to one of the most interesting chapters in Bruce’s “Accordion Revolution” history book, answering the question of how and why Leadbelly and Muddy Waters knew how to play windjammer.  At its original online home, this episode logged some 5810 listens, but you can continue enjoying it as digital audio today courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-11-09, African Americans played Accordion before they played the Blues, with Jared Snyder

Many thanks to the Blue Ridge Institute of Ferrum College for use of a number of these rare recordings: http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/

Some Blue Ridge Institute recordings are happily online at the Digital Library of Appalachia: http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/

Playlist:
*Artists – Song – Album (year) and more information

* 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
* Frank Tolliver, Hiawatha Giles – Get Right With God – Digital Library of Appalachia, recorded by Lip Lornell (1981) – Massies Mill, Nelson County, Virginia, USA – Digital Library of Appalachia / http://www.aca-dla.org/
* Lead Belly – John Hardy (b) – African American Accordion (1943) – Mooringsport, Louisiana (in Caddo Parish), USA
The five Lead Belly accordion tunes are: “Corn Bread Rough,” “John Hardy” (2 different versions), “Laura,” and “Sukey Jump.”) They can be found scattered over a few compilations from the Library of Congress and Smithsonian/Folkways and Mose Asch’s recordings available on Document: http://www.folkways.si.edu http://www.document-records.com
* Walter Rhodes – The Crowing Rooster (1927) – Ruleville, Mississippi, USA – http://www.document-records.com
* Blind Jesse Harris – Sun’s Gonna Shine in My Backdoor Someday – African American Accordion (1937) – Shuqualak, Mississippi, USA (recorded in Livingston, Alabama) – http://www.document-records.com
*Sidney Babineaux, Rayne One Step… Zydeco Early Years (Various Artists) – http://www.arhoolie.com/
* Clarence Waddy – Eve – Virginia Traditions: Non Blues Secular Black Music (1977) – Northumberland County, Virginia, USA – (recorded at Wicomico Church by Roddy Moore and Kip Lornell. April 6, 1977.) – The Blue Ridge Institute has released some of these recordings over the years: http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/
* Lead Belly – Laura – Where Did You Sleep Last Night? (1947) – Mooringsport, Louisiana (in Caddo Parish), USA
* Amédé Ardoin and Dennis McGee – Les Blues De Crowley (1934) – Louisiana, USA – Mama, I’ll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of Amede Ardoin, 1929 – 1934, http://www.TompkinsSquare.com
* Frank Tolliver – Death’s Cold Hand Be Leaving Me – Digital Library of Appalachia, recorded by Lip Lornell (1981) – Massies Mill, Nelson County, Virginia, USA – Digital Library of Appalachia / http://www.aca-dla.org/

Tonight’s cover illustration is: Sister Sadie B. Saddler, in Shaw Mississippi, 1972. From Jared Snyder’s article “Squeezebox: Legacy of the Afro-Mississippi Accordionists.” Black Music Research Journal, Vol. 17, 1997. (pg 37-57)

Please, support Accordion Noir and Co-op Radio (without whom there wouldn’t be an Accordion Noir), by becoming a member. Go to http://www.AccordionNoir.org or http://www.CoopRadio.org and donate online. We really especially supporters who’ve become “sustaining” donors by arranging to donate a little bit every month. Those add up to a lot of support over the year. We love that most of all.

When you’re able to donate, please do add a comment that, “Accordion Noir sent me!” Then we know who loves squeezing.

Thanks much,

Bruce and Rowan

——–

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

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Accordion Noir 2021-11-03: “Weird Noir” Yankovic (episode 1) with Lily E. Hirsch

November 4, 2021

Since Bruce published his accordion history book he’s been more tuned into the world of publishing, especially when he is joined in the relatively small club of people who have written and published new books pertaining to accordion affairs. There is one subset of Accordion Studies which is currently booming in the print world, and it is volumes celebrating the career and legacy of California’s accordionic parodist par excellence, “Weird Al” Yankovic. Bruce started interviewing the author of one of these books, Lily Hirsch and her Weird Al Seriously, only to find himself travelling down a rabbit hole that also led him to Nathan Rabin’s The Weird-A-Coloring To Al Coloring Book (also available Colored In). and Al sideman Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz’s Black & White & Weird All Over photo book… and indeed, ultimately to a phone interview with the very peculiar Alfred himself. This journey yielded rather more grist for the radio mill than Bruce was expecting to rustle up on his expedition, so rather than throwing together a brief episode about Al on the recent occasion of his birthday, you are getting a comprehensive series on the elephant in the room, after conspicuously failing to investigate him rigorously in our 15 years covering the alt-squeezebox beat. Lie back, relax, and get ready for a few weeks of patented Yankovic weirdness. If your Apple or Android 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-2021-11-03, Weird Noir Yankovic (episode one) with Lily E. Hirsch, author of Weird Al Seriously (Expanded paperback edition, pre-order now!)

Thanks to Lily Hirsch for writing about Weird Al seriously and talking with Accordion Noir. Her work inspired this whole series of episodes.
Get copies of Weird Al Seriously for all your family and friends, and ask your local library to acquire it!
http://www.lilyhirsch.com

Fan-fact: Lily got an extremely rare interview with the great Tom Lehrer for her sequel on funny music. I can’t wait!

This episode is a fund-raiser for Vancouver’s Co-op Radio. Independent media since 1975. (Accordion Noir since 2006)
Squeeze on over to https://coopradio.org/ and support us, and remind them Accordion Noir loves you.

Here’s the promo I made for Accordion Noir’s ongoing Weird Al series:
The next few episodes — Wednesday, Nov 10 and 17 — will feature Al’s drummer Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Nathan Rabin producer of the Weird A-Coloring to Al coloring book, and Lauren Carey from the Beer’d Al podcast. I may also go off on polka, accordions, and fashionable prejudice.

Playlist:

  • Bill Davis Trio w/Bruce Triggs – ‟”Bring the Money In” (1954) – Co-op Radio Member Drive announcement
  • ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009) – http://thedardanelles.com/
  • “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.”)

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 2011-11-02: Not Quite Spooky Enough

November 1, 2021

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From ten years ago minus a day, here’s episode 257 of CFRO Co-op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir program.  A theme for the program is difficult to discern from here beyond our standard excellent mix of squeezebox recordings in different musical genres from different parts of the planet, which is theme enough!  At its original online home it logged some 5114 listens, and you can continue enjoying listening to it today as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-02, Not Quite Spooky Enough

* Tummel â Est schmerz in Hanoi â Transit (2004) â Sweden â http://www.tummel.nu/
* Andy Fielding â Accordion Noir theme (medium version, 1:47) â Accordion Noir (2010) â Vancouver, BC, Canada â recorded special just for our show! More, http://www.andyfielding.com/temp/visigoth.pdf
* The Magpies / Roger Hoover â Tea Kettle â Eastern Standard Time (2008) â Cleveland, Ohio, USA â http://www.the-magpies.com
* Meatdraw â Crazy â Fin Du Monophone (2008) â Victoria, BC, Canada â http://www.meatdraw.com
* Culann’s Hounds â A Thousand Flowers â West Coast Accordion Babes Pin-Up Calendar 2010 (2009) â â
* Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys â Nobody Loves Me (alt take) â The Essential Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys: 1945-1949 [Disc 1] (1945) â â With Sally Ann Forrester, acc! (I think she’s in thereâ¦)
* Amber Lee Baker â Waiting for the Night to Fall â http://www.amberleeandtheanomalies.com/merchandise.htm
* Hannah James & Sam Sweeney â Ploughboy’s Dream â Catches & Glees (2009) â Sheffield , UK â http://www.hannahandsam.co.uk/
* David Roy Parsons â To Everyman’s Closet â Self-Titled (0) â Vancouver, BC, Canada â http://www.myspace.com/davidroyparsons
* Elfin Saddle â Running Sheep â Ringing For The Begin Again (2009) â Montréal, Québec, Canada â http://www.myspace.com/elfinsaddle
* The Tiger Lillies â Cheapest Show â Circus Songs (2000) â United Kingdom â http://www.tigerlillies.com/
* Guy Klucevsek And Alan Bern â Sideways: Final quartet â Notefalls (2007) â â
* Dsd (Derrick Stacey Denholm) â Picasso’s Last Words (drink to me) â If We Ever Get Out of Here: a Prince George tribute to Band on the Run (2008) â Prince George, BC, Canada â Apt 9, 423 3rd Ave West. Prince Rupert, BC. V8J 1L4, Canada
* Enoch Kent â Some Ha’e Meat â One More Round (2008) â Glasgow, Scotland / Ontario, Canada â http://www.enochkent.ca/

Tonight’s cover illustration is: A mysterious advertisement for accordion-shaped security windows? Or something more sinister? “broker-security-systems…” Perhaps an attempt to profit off of people’s fears of “crime” despite sinking crime rates? Fear costs, and profits others. But what’s up with the accordion windows?

Please, support Accordion Noir and Co-op Radio (without whom there wouldn’t be an Accordion Noir), by becoming a member. Go to http://www.AccordionNoir.org or http://www.CoopRadio.org and donate online. We really especially supporters who’ve become “sustaining” donors by arranging to donate a little bit every month. Those add up to a lot of support over the year. We love that most of all.

When you’re able to donate, please do add a comment that, “Accordion Noir sent me!” Then we know who loves squeezing.

Thanks much,

Bruce and Rowan

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

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

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 (tomorrow night at the Ukrainian Hall in Strathcona!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-10-27: Dr. Carmel Raz on Seances, Sperrits, and Ghostly Accordions

October 28, 2021
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You may not know it, but the Victoria period was rife with manifestations of unruly spirits, denied their eternal rest and driven to ensure that no one else enjoyed any — by appearing at seances and spectrally operating squeezeboxes! (Insert “polkageist” joke here.) Truth is stranger than fiction. To elaborate on the topic, a highly niche yet intensely seasonal aspect of the accordion’s history, Bruce has interviewed Dr. Carmel Raz of Frankfurt’s Max Planck Institut to speak on the subject. (Also, after ten years on the back burner, Bruce has attempted an arrangement of his song “Zombie Dog”!) If your Apple or Android 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-2021-10-27,  Dr. Carmel Raz on Seances, Sperrits, and Ghostly Accordions

Thanks so much to our guest Dr. Raz of the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt! (Did I say Berlin on the air? My mistake.)

Her work is open-access at:
https://aesthetics-mpg.academia.edu/CarmelRaz

I highly recommend:

Séances, “Sperrits,” and Self-Playing Accordions: Musical Instruments in Victorian Spiritualism
Journal of Musicology, 2021
https://www.academia.edu/49053468/S%C3%A9ances_Sperrits_and_Self_Playing_Accordions_Musical_Instruments_in_Victorian_Spiritualism

and

How the Sheng became a Harp
Journal of Sound Studies, 2020
https://www.academia.edu/43992671/How_the_Sheng_became_a_Harp

* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009)  http://thedardanelles.com/
* Whiskey’s Wake – ‟He’s Alive!” – (Single) (2021) – Salt Lake City, Utah, USA – http://Bio.link/whiskeyswake Andreas Petersen, acc
https://whiskeyswake.bandcamp.com/releases
* Bluebox – ‟I Don’t Believe in Paranormal” – All I want to do is play the blues (2015) – Permbrokeshire, UK – www.GeorgeWhitfield.co.uk
* Those Darn Accordions – ‟Dancing With A Dead Man” – Lawnball (2004) – San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – http://www.thosedarnaccordions.com/index.htm
* Bob Skyles & His Skyrockets – ‟Ghost Of The St. Louis Blues” – Single (1938) – San Antonio, Texas, USA – http://countrydiscography.blogspot.com/2010/06/bob-skyles.html
* Martin Green – ‟I Saw the Dead” – Crows’ Bones (2014) – England / Scotland – http://martingreen.tv  with Becky Unthank, and Kiklas Roswall on Nyckelharpa
* Amy Denio – ‟Dead” – Prodigal Light (2013) – Seattle, Washington, USA – http://www.amydenio.com/
* Hot Panda – ‟The Ghost” – How Come I’m Dead? (2010) – Vancouver/Edmonton, Canada – https://mintrecs.com/artist/hot-panda
* Ryder Cooley – Dust Bowl Faeries – ‟Vampire Tango” – The Plague Garden (2020) – New York Hudson Valley, USA – Visit https://rydercooley.bandcamp.com
* Bruce Triggs – ‟Zombie Dog” – Demo (2021) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.accordionrevolution.com/
* Circus Contraption – ‟Loligo’s Pickled Punks” – Grand American Traveling Dime Museum (2005) – Seattle, Washington, USA – www.circuscontraption.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 (coming up next week!) Cheers & squeeze on!

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2011-10-26: Hurdy-Gurdy Noir (part 2) with David Burda

October 27, 2021

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I don’t know what was in the water ten years ago, but we must have been really reconsidering the long-term viability of the accordion thing (spoiler: in the long term, it seems have been really rather viable) since we followed up our hour of Hurdy-Gurdy Noir with … an unprecedented SECOND episode dedicated to that fellow traveler underdog instrument, featuring a second local expert guest, David Burda (who Rowan met while they were both busking on Granville Island), demonstrating just what could be done with his extraordinary instrument.  Here it is, episode 256 of CFRO’s weekly Hurd– Accordion Noir radio program.  At its original online home, it logged some 5239 listens, but you insatiable hurdy gurdy enthusiasts can glut yourselves, enjoying it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2011-10-26, Hurdy Gurdy Noir (Fund-raiser part II) with David Burda!

Thanks David for being such a great guest! And thanks to all our supporters for helping keep us on the air! Without you, we’d have to sit sadly at home. With you, we are joyful in your ears!
Contact David at: http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/David-Burda/687249999

* Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan’s Greatest Hits (1968)
* David Burda – Glory of the West
* The Decemberists – Annan Water – The Hazards Of Love (2009) – Portland, Oregon, USA – http://www.decemberists.com/
* David Burda – She Moves Through the Fair
* David Burda – Schottische: The Dining Table
* David Burda – Estampilla (13th Century top-40 hit)
* David Burda – An Dro
* David Burda – Becked’Orfer
* David Burda – Death and the Maiden
* Dsd (Derrick Stacey Denholm) – C&O Adrenalins Polska – Le Petit Bourdon, etc. (2006) – Prince George, BC, Canada

Tonight’s cover illustration is: An un-named (by the photographer – hope he left a tip) Hurdy-Gurdyist from Vancouver: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kalicokahlia/6007222373/

Again contact our guest David Burda at: http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/David-Burda/687249999

Please, support Accordion Noir and Co-op Radio (without whom there wouldn’t be an Accordion Noir), by becoming a member. Go to http://www.AccordionNoir.org or http://www.CoopRadio.org and donate online. We really especially supporters who’ve become “sustaining” donors by arranging to donate a little bit every month. Those add up to a lot of support over the year. We love that most of all.

When you’re able to donate, please do add a comment that, “Accordion Noir sent me!” Then we know who loves squeezing.

Thanks much,

Bruce and Rowan

——–

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, 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!