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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-12-01: 15th Anniversary + the Last Bandcamp Friday of 2021!

December 2, 2021
AccNoir 2021-12-01
Screenshot of 16 album covers by accordion artists on Bruce's Bandcamp Wishlist
Accordion Noir welcomes Bandcamp gift-cards to support artists on our wish-list.

Tonight’s episode of Accordion Noir features artists whose music is available on Bandcamp Friday when 100% of proceeds goes directly to musicians! So jump down to the playlist below, follow the links, and share some 💸 in exchange for nice sounds.

First though, Accordion Noir Radio turns 15 today! [Bruce] was going through the archives and found an email from Vancouver’ klezmer revolutionary Geoff Berner. It was from November, 2006, two days before Accordion Noir first went on the air, and we didn’t have a name for the show. Rather, we had dozens of names and couldn’t pick one. Down to the wire before our broadcast and Geoff suggested — Accordion Crime Spree. That would have been a few more letters on festival posters over the years.

Pick your favorite from the list of Alternate Noir names below. We left off “Accordion Crimes” because we didn’t want to get lost if Annie Proulx’s book got made into a movie. [Rowan notes: At this early time, Mike Danner of Portland was also already hosting an excellent podcast already named “Accordion Crimes”, featuring him accompanying PDX-area songwriters on his squeezebox. We didn’t want the namespace conflict, nor eventual collision with Annie Proulx’s lawyers when we eg. wanted to get into the world of book publishing as Bruce did, so we carved out our own brand.]

Geoff signed his response with his Myspace page, which is why he just turned 50. We still play a lot of accordionists we met on Myspace. [Rowan notes: it turns out that Myspace was an excellent way for musicians to network with fans and venues, and in retrospect its failure to undermine democratic institutions and promote genocide seems almost quaint. We spent a lot of time and work building up a cadre of 5000 accordion friends on MySpace (here’s an episode of our program exclusively dedicated to them!) only to have them evaporate when FB came around, but have no regrets. The time was not wasted. But I digress. Back to Bruce!] ⏪

Alternative Noir Names: Nov 28, 2006 (“Noir” was already on top)

Accordion Noir
Accordion Disorder
Accordion Crime Spree
Shiny Red Accordion Show
Accordion Reform Party
Button Collectors (what?)
Accordion Agenda
Accordion in Absentia
Accordion Abstract
Accordion Extract
Accordion Overload
Squeezebox Conspiracy
Accordion Crime Report
Squeezebox Speakeasy
Accordion Crawl
Hard Boiled Accordion
Accordion Underground
Accordion Ambulance—like an accordion bus, but with sirens
Global Accordion
Accordion Attitude
Accordion Crumbles
Accordion Deluge
Accordion Daydream
Peak Squeeze
Peak Accordion
Accordion Nightmare
Accordion: a New Hope

Accordion Outrage
Accordion Overthrow
Accordion Undercurrent
Underground Accordion
Unheard Accordion
Accordion Overture
Accordion Noise Farm
Accordion Noise
Accordion Rapture
Brand New Accordion Show
Shiny New Accordion
Bright Red Accordion
Accordion X-Ray
X-Ray Accordion
Accordion Fairy-Princess
Accordion Mosh
Accordion Mescla
Accordion Global
Accordion Totál
Accordion Monolith
Accordion Unbecoming
Accordion Drama
Accordion Fire
Accordion Crime-Scene
Accordion Autopsy
Accordion Hit Squad
Accordion Conspiracy
Accordion Injury
Accordion Drill-bit (huh?)

Accordions have Feelings Too
Accordion Rhapsody
Accordion Cafe (open all night)
Accordion Repair Show
Rebel Accordion
Alt-Accordion Show
Accordion Lust
Accordion in a Handbasket
Accordion Bookmobile
Accordion Outsider
Insurgent Accordion
Accordion Snake Oil
Accordion Shadows
Self Help Accordion
Accordion Light
Accordion Undergrowth
Accordion Interlude
Accordion Undertow
Accordion Overlord
Accordion Onslaught
Accordion Now
Accordion Key (?)
Accordion Hairstyles
Accordion Now!
Accordion Cunning

Tonight, Accordion Hairstyles is giving back to musicians whose music we’ve shared all these years. All the tunes are available for Bandcamp Friday, Dec 3rd (click to check the hours in your time zone), when 100% of proceeds go to artists. Before that we’ll post a much longer list of #AccordionBandcamp recommendations [Bruce has] been collecting since 2018. Check back here, and support our squeezy friends on Friday.

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 the 15th Anniversary Playlist: (that’s like 780 playlists, whew 😅. Glad we haven’t been on at 2 AM for all that time.)

* Clinker – ‟Russian Rag” – Clinker (2021) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Lucy Lambert, acc.
* Our Native Daughters – ‟You’re Not Alone” – Songs of Our Native Daughters (2019) – USA –  Dirk Powell, acc.
* Canailles – ‟Su’l coin d’ma rue” – Canailles EP (2010) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada –
* Slack Bird – ‟Samassa piirissä” – Hämärään (2021) – Finland –
* Hannah James and Toby Kuhn – ‟The Faint and Weary Traveller” – Sleeping Spirals (2021) – UK –
* Lost Bayou Ramblers – ‟Freetown Crawl / Fighten’ville Brawl (Live)” – ASTEUR (2019) – Broussard, Louisiana, USA –
* Tau Ea Matsekha – ‟Ke Malibabe Ngaka Ntaole” – Mohlape Oa Litau (2019) – Lesotho, Southern Africa –  Forere Motloheloa, acc (1945-2021)
* Amy Thatcher – ‟Look At You Now” – Let What’s In Out (2021) – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK –
(see also The Shee, and Monster Cailidh Band)
Story about her:
* The Gertrudes – ‟Parham” – Emergency To Emergency (pre-release singles! Out Nov 26) (2021) – Kingston, Ontario, Canada – All proceeds from the Parham single, by The Gertrudes, will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association ( 
* Spiers & Boden – ‟The Fog” – Fallow Ground (2021) – England –
* Alex Sturbaum – ‟Stan Rogers / Calvin Payne’s Step Dance Tune / Hound’s Tune” – Atlantic Dreams (2021) – Seattle, Washington, USA –
* Ried Kapo Ku – ‟Pua Pi Anuhea” – Eia Mai Ka La (2006) – Hawaii / California – 
Produced by Jim “Kimo” West  w/”Weird” Al Yankovic, acc
* Hailu Mergia – ‟Ambasel” – Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaye (2013) – Washington, DC, USA / Formerly, Ethiopia, East Africa –

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!

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