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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2018-06-13: So Much Polka with Jordan Rody

June 14, 2018
AccNoir 2018-06-13


Jordan has been on our radar for years, possibly a decade, back when he was the kid whose gumption allowed him to willfully overlook the “Noir” part of our program.  The young man is part of the final generation (thus far) of North America’s 1950s accordion golden age, exemplified by Lady of Spain and a peculiar but undeniable fervor for polkas.  His enthusiasm manifested at KIOTAC and, indeed, outlasted it, and he has been surveying the scene so as to determine which empire to conquer next.  (I think of Alex Meixner as the top of this particular game, so that may indicate some career direction for Jordan.)  He’s in town to perform at the Dreadnoughts’ “Polka Time” spin-off show this Saturday night, the improbable (but if anyone can pull it off, it’s these Celtic punks with their spirited following) 1st annual East Van Polka Dance (he’ll also be kicking off our Accordion Noir stage at the Car-Free Main Street festival at noon on Sunday, about which see more below) and we figured that this was a good chance to finally catch up with him and have a meeting of the worlds.

The episode is technically a little rough — Bruce is accustomed to playing music through an overly-elaborate (but now-routine) setup that sends music out of his computer through a turntable mixer (radio station problems, amirite?), while Jordan came prepared with … CDs!  While we know how to play compact disks, we are very much not in the habit of doing so.  Anyhow, we’re not professionals — merely niche experts — but we come with a whole lot of heart you can use to plaster over any glitches in the broadcast, which you can enjoy listening to online over here.  Here’s the playlist to help you keep up with what you’re hearing!

AccNoir-2018-06-13, So Much Polka with Jordan Rody!

* Polka Haunt Us – White Witch of Jamaica
* Jordan Rody – By Bye My Baby Polka
* The Dreadnoughts – Gavrilo – Foreign Skies (2017) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Scott Heathcoat – Intro, Lock Up Granny (Beer Barrel Polka)
* Bavarski – Cheese and Cracker Polka
* Terror of Tiny Town (Geoff Berner) – Kim Philby – Terror of Tiny Town (1994) – Vancouver, BC, Canada –
* Frankie Yankovic – Give My Heart Back Waltz – Frankie Yankovic: The Early Years
* Jordan Rody – Let’s Have a Party
* Alex Meixner – Why Die Thirsty
* los Lobos – I Wanna Be Like You
* Western Senators – A Cleveland Polka
* Jordan Rody – Three Yanks Polka

And just to remind you again, we’ll be running the Car-Free Main Street Guitar-Free Accordion Stage at the west side of the intersection of 21st Avenue and Main Street, from noon through to 7 pm this Sunday, June 17th.

12:00-12:30 Jordan Rody (polka)
12:30-1:00 Joana Reis (Portugese folk music)
1:00-2:00 Alison Jenkins (theatrical folk music)
2:00-3:00 Basilissa (Portuguese fado-inspired music)
3:00-4:00 Doracito Prieto (folk music)
4:00-5:00 Squeezebox Circle Orchestra (world music)
5:00-6:00 Teapot in the Tuba (whimsical world music)
7:00-8:00 Breaking Boundaries (Colombian cumbia)


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!

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