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Accordion Noir radio playlist 2022-12-28: Last Week of 193 Years of Accordions

December 29, 2022
Painting of an elderly couple smiling. One playing a one row accordion (with treble buttons on the left side). The other in a dress. Stereotypical working class or peasant folks in their simple home.
(This couple looks like perhaps they’ve personally witnessed all 193 years the accordion has been on this planet so far!) Anyone recognize this super-cute image? No source is given online. If it’s an AI thing, that accordion is upside down.

Bruce is drawing a line in the sand against tradition. As we’ve been demonstrating with our churning up our old archival posts, there was a time we’d devote December to “year in review” content, giving triumphant tunes a victory lap. Now he feels there is too much urgency to share contemporary music while it is still fresh, as a new band having a cut from their latest album played for the first time will feel the recognition more than an established band will if we re-broadcast a song of theirs we’ve already shared. Fair enough! Everything in this week’s episode is certified fresh. (I bet you didn’t even know Rotten Tomatoes covered accordion music!) 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–2022-12-28, Last Week of 193 Years of Accordions
Review of some musicians we played in 2022.
More great songs from the best records of the year.
Because why do a best-of list of songs we already played, when there’s more we didn’t get to?

* Vancouver Girl’s Rock Camp – http://GirlsRockCampVancouver.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
* Vinta – ‟Whippersnapper” – Beacons (2022) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – https://vinta.bandcamp.com/album/beacons
http://vintamusic.com/
* Gogol Bordello – ‟Focus Coin” – Solidaritine (2022) – US / Ukraine – www.gogolbordello.comhttps://gogolbordello.bandcamp.com
* The Ciderhouse Rebellion – ‟Moors Edge Above Old Kilns” – Genius Loci 2 : The Valley of Iron (2022) – UK – https://theciderhouserebellion.com https://theciderhouserebellion.bandcamp.com Murray Grainger, acc; Adam Summerhayes, fiddle
* Manu Champagne, Didier Laloy and Damien Chierici – ‟Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Folk Nevermind (2022) – Belgium – (Folk versions of Nirvana songs) http://www.folknevermind.be/ https://homerecords.be/produit/folk-nevermind-manu-champagne-didier-laloy-damien-chierici/
https://didierlaloy.be
* DLÙ – ‟Moch” – Moch (2022) – Glasgow, Scotland  – https://www.facebook.com/dluband/ Zach Ronan, acc
* Emily Portman & Rob Harbron – ‟The Oakham Poachers” – 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/
* Tamsin Elliott – ‟Emerging / Full Squirrel” – Frey (2022) – Bristol, UK – https://tamsinelliott.bandcamp.com/album/frey (Tamsin plays 🪗  with Solana)
* Suad Bushnaq – ‟Bless This Mess” – Blissful State of Surrender (2022) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada / Jordan – http://www.suadbushnaq.com/
https://suadbushnaq.bandcamp.com Adis Sirbubalo, acc
* Joseph Petric – ‟Norbert Palej — SEEN, I – Vision of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque” – SEEN (2022) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Petrichttps://redshiftmusicsociety.bandcamp.com/album/seen
* Cormac Begley – ‟The Road to Glountane (Barndance)” – “B” (2022) – West-Kerry, Ireland – www.cormacbegley.comhttps://cormacbegley.bandcamp.com The first bass-concertina record ever.
* Pere Romaní – ‟La Barraqueta” – Harmònic (2022) – Barcelona, Spain – Member of the duo 21 BouTons. Publishing a tune-book “36 composicions” gathering his works for melodeon (1999-2021).
http://www.pereromani.com/
* Topette!! – ‟Pot Neuve / De La Flamme” – Bourdon (2022) – UK / France – https://www.topette.co.ukhttps://topette.bandcamp.com Andy Cutting, Diatonic acc and melodeon
* Eloise & Co. – ‟We’re Not Broken” – (Video release, and in her tune book!) (2022) – Brattleboro, Vermont, USA –
www.RachelBellMusic.com
https://rachelbellmusic.bandcamp.com/merch

The video that goes with the closing Rachel Bell track we played tonight. “We’re Not Broken.” Made with Vermont state arts funding, a sunny day and a cool rock sculpture.

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 putting our Twitter on the back burner 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 2012-12-19: Best Live Guests 2012

December 26, 2022

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Back when, er, it was safe to have live guests join us in the radio station studio (and generally, when Rowan was spending fewer evenings tucking his kids into bed and more evenings hanging out at bars networking with gigging musicians) we would strive to feature as many relevant live musical guests as we could on our weekly alt-accordion broadcast on CFRO Co-Op Community Radio.  Some years there were surprisingly rather a lot of them, especially when we had traveling acts coming through town to play at our festival!  One of our frequent end-of-year, “year-in-review” episode themes would be a look back at a highlights reel featuring live recordings made of all of the live musical guests we’d featured on our program that year.  Looking at the playlist for this episode, our 316th, suggests that perhaps we didn’t manage to book all that many guests in 2012, but they were all solid gold. The highlights reel allows us to underscore their intimate musical performances without bogging them down with our distracting banter and interview questions.  You can enjoy giving it another listen courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2012-12-19, Best Live Guests 2012

* Alison Jenkins – I Was Here – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Alison Jenkins – In The End – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Alison Jenkins – Rainy Town (plus her accordion) – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Alison Jenkins – Not My Baby – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Guro von Germeten – Spiderman – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Guro von Germeten – Kom – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Guro von Germeten – The French Way – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012
* Renee De La Prade – Baby I Love You – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Renee de la Prade – Chocolate Jesus – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Renee de la Prade – Nerd Love – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)
* Renee de la Prade, John Barbour – Les Chevaliers de la Table Ronde, Baby Got Back – Accordion Noir Live Guests 2012 (2012)

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 2022-12-21: Snowy Night, Solstice Night

December 20, 2022
Painting, "Winter" by Igor Andrianov, known as Shulman. Accordionist in red headscarf playing a bayan button accordion in the snow. Eyes closed, head leaded back, bare-hands, smoking a cigarette. Looks cold.

“Winter” by Schulman

We’re releasing this week’s episode of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly Accordion Noir broadcast a little early this week as it is on seasonal themes and, gosh, it’s hard to get a winterier feeling than right now in these parts, temperatures sub-zero beneath a massive dump of white powder. You will find a reference to this time of year or type of weather in almost every song Bruce has selected for inclusion in this week’s program. 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–2022-12-21, Snowy Night, Solstice Night

* As always, support the BC 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
* Longest Night Ensemble – ‟Driving Away” – Not Too Dark (1999) – Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada  – http://www.longestnight.ca/
* Tango Paradiso – ‟Winter” – Passion (2007) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – Douglas Schmidt, Henry Lee, Amanda Chan, Leanna Wong    www.tangoparadiso.com
* Black Prairie – ‟The White Tundra” – Fortune (2014) – Portland, Oregon, USA – www.blackprairie.com
https://decemberistsshop.com
* Bjarke Mogensen – ‟Chamber Suite – III. Snowfall at Night” – Winter Sketches (2011) – Copenhagen, Denmark / Kraków,  Poland  – www.bjarkemogensen.dk
* Geoff Berner (as the token Jew) – ‟When Chanukah Comes To Town (Live)” – Paul Anthony’s Talent Time’s 9th Annual Christmas Special (2016) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – www.geoffberner.comwww.talenttime.biz

* Alexander Sevastian – ‟Rachmaninoff – Scherzo from a Midsommer Night’s Dream Suite” – Accordion Accordionist (radio demo) (2010) – Thornhill, Ontario, Canada – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Sevastian
* Gabby La La – ‟Let It Glow” – Snow Angel (2011) – California, USA – http://gabbylala.com/
* Viola Turpeinen – ‟It’s Raining & Snowing, Schottis (Sataa Vettä, Sataa Lunta)” – Viola Turpeinen – American hanuriprinsessa Vol. 4 1949 -1951 (1949) – Champion, Michigan, USA / Finland

Text, in florid art nouveau style: 2023 Accordion Babes Album & Pinup Calendar. Image: Sunniva Brynnel.
Accordion Babes Album and Pin-up Calendars available on our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide

* Bela Karoli – ‟Snow” – Furnished Rooms (2009) – Denver, Colorado, USA – www.brigidmcauliffe.net  Brigid McAuliffe, acc.
* Story – ‟Snowbank” – Car Free Day Vancouver, Accordion Noir Stage 2020 (2020) – Prince Edward Island, Canada – www.carfreevancouver.orgwww.instagram.com/storyallegory
* David Broscoe (sax), Bernard Stepien (acc) – ‟Snow Rain Snow” – Accordion Conspiracy (2013) – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – http://www.improvisedmoo.com/imoofest-2013/artist-bios/accordion-conspiracy/  Broscoe lent Stepien some Andrea Parkins records and this project is what happened.
* Al Soyka, His Accordion & His Orchestra – ‟Candlelight Polka” – Polka Tropicale – https://www.discogs.com/es/release/12179461-Al-Soyka-And-His-Orchestra-Polka-Tropicale

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 putting our Twitter on the back burner 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 2012-12-12: Bruce’s Half-Birthday Faves

December 18, 2022

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 315 of CFRO Co-Op Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast, where we share some of the wildest and woolliest alt-squeezebox music from all over the world.  In December we traditionally aired year-in-review content.  The previous week’s episode saw Rowan airing his favorites of the music we had aired over the course of 2012, but Bruce likes to do it differently, throwing the spotlight (well, the microphone) at his favorite accordion tunes that had been released that year.  In its time it was very current and now it poses an opportunity to get a good look back at what the state of the accordion art was like back in the year 2012, to consider how far we’ve come and to get a look at currents that are still ongoing and vital in our corner of the musical world.  If you missed it the first time around, you have a splendid opportunity here to listen to it again, as digital audio served up by the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist:

AccNoir-2012-12-12, Bruce’s Half-Birthday Faves?

* Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra – Lives Be Brave – Follow My Lead, Lead Me To Follow (2012) – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – http://www.ttmo.ca
* Daniel Handler – Daniel Handler Stinger 100.5 – Daniel Handler Interview (2012)
* Proud Animal – Little Hinge – Proud Animal (2012) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.proudanimal.com http://www.badler.ca/
* Jenny Conlee – Jenny Conlee, 100.5 stinger – (2012) – Portland, Oregon – http://www.decemberists.com/
* Black Prairie – Across The Black Prairie – Feast Of The Hunters’ Moon (2010) – Portland, Oregon, USA – http://www.blackprairie.com/home/
* The Tom Fun Orchestra – I am Bleeding Hallelujah – Earthworm Heart (2012) – Cape Breton Island, Canada – http://www.pigeonrow.com/the-tom-fun-orchestra-earthworm-heart/
* Le Vent Du Nord – Toujours amants – Tromper Le Temps (2012) – Quebec, Canada – http://www.leventdunord.com
* Hot Club Of Detroit – Midnight In Detroit – Junction (2012) – Detroit, Michigan, USA – http://hotclubofdetroit.com/ Julien Labro, acc.
* Calexico – Algiers – Algiers (2012) – Tucson, Arizona, USA – http://www.casadecalexico.com/
* Conjunto Los Rumberos – Cumbia del Puerto – The Original Sound of Cumbia (The History of Colombian Cumbia & Porro As Told By The Phonograph 1948-79 compiled by Quantic) (0) – Colombia – http://www.soundwayrecords.com
* Tref – Kadar – Dampf (2012) – Belgium – http://www.homerecords.be/
* The Debutante Hour – Sexy Sister (swear at end) – An Awkward Time with The Debutante Hour (2012) – Brooklyn, New York (USA) – http://thedebutantehour.com/
* Canailles – Alice Tougas Stinger 100.5 – Vancouver Folk Festival 2012 Interviews (2012) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada –
* Canailles – Bien-tre – Manger du bois (2012) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – http://canailles.bandcamp.com/
* The Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Banu-Perenita – Lume, Lume (2012) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – http://www.lemonbucket.com/ Tangi Ropars, acc.
* Melissa Bandura – Parting Song – Dark Dreams: Day (2012) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.MelissaBandura.com Katheryn Petersen, acc.
* Music Maul – Penelope – Boxy (2012) – Kingston, Ontario, Canada – http://musicmaul.com/
* Radio Radio – Y’en A Qui Connais (Feat. Horace Trahan) – Havre De Grace (2012) – Montreal/Acadia, Canada; Louisiana, USA – http://www.laradioradio.com/ http://www.horacetrahan.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 putting our Twitter on the back burner 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 2022-12-14: Seven Sleeps ’til Solstice

December 16, 2022

Happy Solstice from Latvia!

This week’s episode of CFRO’s weekly, hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast was cooked up by your humble host Bruce while on the road to visit family, so if it helps you to cast things in a more holiday mindset you can imagine him pecking away at his laptop with headphones in the background of a scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles. 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–2022-12-14, Seven Sleeps ’til Solstice

Great songs and tunes tonight. Hampered by Bruce being on the road and recording his parts in his folks’ bathroom to escape a weird ambient noise that seems to surround their whole building/neighbourhood. The bathroom was not as charismatic as the one Weird Al famously recorded in, but it was the room with the least windows, so most isolated from the mysterious noise. You can still hum along though. No fans were running, but everything sounds like it’s recorded in a wind-tunnel. 

🤷🏼‍♂️

Great set though!

*  The Vancouver Tenant’s 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
* Eastborough – ‟Shuffle and Slide” – Your Place (2011) – Ontario, Canada – http://www.eastboroughmusic.com/  Marie-Josée Houle, acc.
* They Might Be Giants – ‟Subliminal” – John Henry Demos (1993) – New York, USA – Available free right now on their shop at https://www.theymightbegiants.com/
https://tmbw.net/wiki/John_Henry_Demos
* Dan Zanes & Friends (Sophie & Emma) – ‟Weather Report” – Rocket Ship Beach (2004) – Canada – http://danzanes.com/
https://danzanes.bandcamp.com
* Rob Curto – ‟Missouri Moosehat” – Goat Waltz (2022) – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA – http://robcurto.bandcamp.com/http://robcurto.com/
* Jeffrey Butzer – ‟L’affaire de l’escalier deroule” – Collapsible (2013) – International Man of Mystery – Visit http://jeffreybutzer.bandcamp.com
* Valaida Snow, The Ali Baba Trio – ‟Patience and Fortitude” – Short “Soundie” films  (1946) – Los Angeles, California, USA – Cleveland Nickerson, piano accordion; Nike McKendrick, guitar; Calvin Ponder, bass.  https://www.jazz-on-film.com/alibabatrio.html#learn

Valaida Snow, The Ali Baba Trio – ‟Patience and Fortitude”
https://youtu.be/UfqZAv3slNM

* Heather Ferrier – ‟CIRCLES” – (Single) (2021) – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK – Visit https://heatherferrier.bandcamp.com
* Emily Portman & Rob Harbron – ‟Borstal Boy” – 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/
* Nat Brookes – ‟The Good Old Way” – (Single) (2022) – Northampton, UK – https://www.natbrookesmusic.co.uk/https://natbrookes.bandcamp.com
* La Famille Léger – ‟La Pêcheuse/Les Sœurs Cotnoir/Reel de Tadoussac” – La Famille Léger: Music from Québec and Acadie (2008) – New Brunswick, Canada; Shoreline, Washington, USA – www.myspace.com/familleleger
* Katzen Kapell – ‟Rävspel” – Si Tu Veux (2007) – Sweden – https://katzenkapell.bandcamp.com/  Catharina Backman, acc
* Sóley – ‟2” – Harmóník (2017) – Rykjavik, Iceland – https://soley.bandcamp.com
* Farnakht – ‟Maqsoum” – Ultraviolet (2018) – New York, USA – https://www.zoeaqua.comhttps://farnakht.bandcamp.com Mattias Kaufmann, button acc.
* Nisia Trio – ‟Le Parfum de La Gavotte” – Li Pedi (2022) – Belgium – https://homerecordsbe.bandcamp.com/album/li-pedi
Jonathan De Neck, diatonic button acc.
* The Euphorians – ‟Just What I Needed” – The Euphorians (2012) – Victoria, BC, Canada – https://www.davidpsmithmusic.comhttps://davidpsmithmusic.bandcamp.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 putting our Twitter on the back burner 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 2012-12-05: Rowan’s Faves on Little Richard’s Birthday

December 11, 2022

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 314 of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly hour-long Accordion Noir broadcast.  In our early years, we would devote the month of December to celebratory year-in-review fare, as part of the festivities surrounding our own anniversary!  Starting in late summer, co-host Rowan would go back and start re-listening to episodes we had aired that year in search of his absolute favorites of tunes we had previously broadcast, to present a creme-de-la-creme victory lap at year’s end.  This is that episode for 2012.  In case you missed it the first time around, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtsey of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist: 

AccNoir-2012-12-05, Rowan’s Faves on Little Richard’s Birthday

* David Perry (after Robert Service) – Accordion – The Man from Eldorado
* what capitalism was – Cloudscape – Plays Philip Glass on Accordion (2009)
* David P. Smith – Ghost – Mantennae (2010) – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – http://www.inflatableeye.com/music.html
* David P Smith and the Euphorians doing the Cars song – Just What I Needed [Playlist corrected 2022]
* Styx – Boat On The River – Cornerstone (1979) – http://www.styxworld.com/ Dennis DeYoung, acc.
* Baby Dee – When I Get Home – The Robin’s Tiny Throat: Love’s Small Song (2007) – Cleveland, Ohio, USA – http://www.babydee.org/
* Cecile Corbel – Haru’s Chase – Kari-gurashi (2010) – from the Arietty soundtrack
* Renee De La Prade – Nerd Love – Notes From Underground (2011) – San Francisco, California, USA
* Kate & Anna McGarrigle – La Porte En Arriere – The McGarrigle Hour (1998) – Quebec, Canada – http://www.McGarrigles.com
* Levon Helm – A Train Robbery – Dirt Farmer (2007) – Woodstock, New York, USA – http://www.levonhelm.com/ Brian Mitchell, acc.
* Maria Dunn – Tell Her I Was Brave – The Peddler (2008) – Alberta, Canada – http://www.mariadunn.com
* Sophie’s Rockin’ Squeezebox – Twin Peaks Theme Song, Love Theme on Accordion
* Festmeister Hans Featuring Heino! – Oktoberfest Gangsta 2012! – (2012) http://www.flvto.com
* Sivuca – Forr— Na Penha – Pau Doido (1992) – Brazil (Brasil) – http://www.sivuca.com.br/
* Rasputina – A Skeleton Bang – Colours Are Brighter (2006)
* Chahut d’ruelle – La bohemienne – (2012) – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – http://chahutdruelle.bandcamp.com
* Sara Ciantar – South America – How Long (2006) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.saraciantar.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 2022-12-07: Accordion Noir’s (counts to self…) Sixteenth Anniversary!

December 8, 2022

Bruce was feeling the weight of the years this week, as you can see from his song selections, not just because we are getting old, but — because Accordion Noir itself is getting old! This week’s episode was the 16th anniversary of its first going on the air back in December of 2006 (and I gotta say, we’d all be feeling a lot older still if we were still broadcasting from 2-3 in the morning like we were at that time!) Still squeezy after all those years. 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–2022-12-07, Accordion Noir’s (counts to self…) Sixteenth Anniversary!

THE ACCORDION BABES PIN-UP CALENDAR
https://accordionpinupcalendar.com

I talked about this video on #Accordion #Mastodon this week:
TOPETTE!! Just Heavy
https://youtu.be/hgygYNcyGms

*  Join 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
* Miss Natasha Enquist – ‟The Anniversary Song (Danube Waves)” – Accordion Babes 2020 Pin-up Calendar CD (2020) – Victoria, BC, Canada – http://accordionpinupcalendar.com/ www.NatashaEnquist.com
* Renée de la Prade and Culann’s Hounds – ‟Try and Try” – Accordion Babes 2009 Pin-up Calendar CD (2008) – San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA – www.SqueezeBoxGoddess.com
* BU☆LI – ‟Papapa” – Chitty Chitty (2005) – Sapporo City, Japan – http://www.myspace.com/buli1993 http://www.sister.co.jp/english/catalog_e_benten.html

TOPETTE!! Just Heavy
https://youtu.be/hgygYNcyGms

I talked about the English #FolkMusic bands in this next set on #Accordion #Mastodon earlier today:
* Topette!! – ‟Just Heavy” – Bourdon (2022) – UK / France – https://www.topette.co.uk https://topette.bandcamp.com Andy Cutting, Diatonic acc and melodeon
* Spiro – ‟The White Hart” – Lightbox (2011) – United Kingdom – www.spiromusic.com https://spiromusic.bandcamp.com/album/lightbox
* Bellowhead – ‟Let Union Be” – Revival (2014) – England – http://www.bellowhead.co.uk/
* Richard Buckner – ‟Six Years” – Bloomed (1995) – California / New York, USA – http://www.richardbuckner.com/
* Jack Garton & Demon Squadron – ‟700 Years” – Move the Mess Around (2016) – Galiano Island, British Columbia, Canada – https://jackgarton.com
* The Vitak-Elsnic Collection [Alex Meixner] – ‟Snow Waltz” – Then And Now (2015) – http://alexmeixner.com/
* Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra – ‟25 Years” – Follow My Lead, Lead Me To Follow (2012) – Victoria, British Columbia, Canada – www.ttmo.ca
* Gerry Mulligan/Astor Piazzolla – ‟Years of Solitude” – Gerry Mulligan/Astor Piazzolla (0) – Argentina, New York?
* Tom Waits – ‟Strange Weather [Live]” – Big Time (1988) – California, USA – http://www.tomwaits.com/
* Figgy Duff – ‟Weather Out The Storm” – Weather Out the Storm (1989) – St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – http://www.ambermusic.ca/artist_figgyduff.htm
* Geoff Berner – ‟Beautiful In My Eyes” – We Shall Not Flag Or Fail, We Shall Go On To The End (2003) – Vancouver, BC, Canada – http://www.geoffberner.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 2012-11-28: Accordion Rescue Squad

December 5, 2022

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From ten years ago, here’s episode 313 of CFRO Co-Op Community Radio’s weekly Accordion Noir radio broadcast, showcasing an hour of the wildest and wooliest squeezebox music from all around the planet!  I don’t see a thematic connection deeper than that running through this episode’s selection of squeezy tunes, but is one really necessary?  (SPOILER WARNING: no, this is sufficient as it is.)  If you missed it the first time around or have simply forgotten how it went, you can enjoy listening to the broadcast as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive.  Here’s its playlist: 

AccNoir-2012-11-28, Accordion Rescue Squad

* Amelia Curran – Mad World, Outlive Me – Hunter, Hunter (2009) – St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada – http://www.ameliacurran.com/
* Hannah James & Sam Sweeney – Polska – Catches & Glees (2009) – Sheffield , UK – http://www.hannahandsam.co.uk/
* Silverio Pessoa – Amor De Capinheiro – Bate O Manca – O Povo Dos Canaviais (2000) – Brazil (Brasil) – http://www.silveriopessoa.com.br/
* The Tom Fun Orchestra – Boxcar Lullaby – Earthworm Heart (2012) – Cape Breton Island, Canada – http://www.pigeonrow.com/the-tom-fun-orchestra-earthworm-heart/
* The Missouri Mountaineers, Jack Shook (leader), Mac McGar, fiddle – Open Up Them Pearly Gates – Blue Ridge Institute & Museum of Ferrum College (194) – Possibly recorded from WDBJ Roanoke Country Radio, Virginia, USA – http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org – also see the Digital Library of Appalachia, http://www.aca-dla.org/
* Viola Turpeinen – Two Row Accordion, Polka – Viola Turpeinen – American hanuriprinsessa Vol. 4 1949 -1951 (1949) – Champion, Michigan, USA / Finland
* Entourloupe – L’alambic / l’accroche-pied / AndrŽ ˆ Toto – Les Choux Pis Des Melons (2000) – Quebec, Canada
* Dwight Lamb – Quadrille (Fra Tyskland uddrog …) – Live in Denmark 2010 (2011) – Denmark – http://www.gofolk.dk
* David Wax Museum – Harder Before It Gets Easier – Knock Knock Get Up (2012) – Amherst, Massachusetts (most recently), USA – http://www.davidwaxmuseum.com/Site/Home.html
* Dm Lafortune – If They Take Us In The Morning – Beauty And Hard Times (0) – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – http://www.mamadhorizondancer.ca
* The Rakish Angles – Any Time at Anytime – Track 10
* Taraf de Haidouks – Dumbala Dumba – Taraf de Haidouks (1999) – Romany

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 2022-11-30: 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!

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. ❤️‍🔥🪗🦣