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Postby tocharian on Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:33 pm

So I've pretty much figured out all the Yann Tiersen songs that I care to know how to play and am having trouble finding recordings that aren't "A Little Touch of Paris" schmaltz. Does anyone have any accordion composers, performers or recordings to recommend?
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Re: Recommend me some accordion music

Postby yaledelay on Sun Nov 16, 2008 1:45 pm

tocharian wrote:So I've pretty much figured out all the Yann Tiersen songs that I care to know how to play and am having trouble finding recordings that aren't "A Little Touch of Paris" schmaltz. Does anyone have any accordion composures, performers or recordings to recommend?
how do you feel about polka's? if you like them I can give you tons of recommendations, as great grandpa is in the Polka hall of fame.
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Postby ERawk on Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:13 pm

If you haven't you might want to look into some zydeco stuff. I have a friend doing a master's at LSU and he might know of some artists to look into other than Buckwheat Zydeco, BeauSoleil or other big names.
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Re: Recommend me some accordion music

Postby KeithV on Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:15 pm

yaledelay wrote:
tocharian wrote:So I've pretty much figured out all the Yann Tiersen songs that I care to know how to play and am having trouble finding recordings that aren't "A Little Touch of Paris" schmaltz. Does anyone have any accordion composures, performers or recordings to recommend?
how do you feel about polka's? if you like them I can give you tons of recommendations, as great grandpa is in the Polka hall of fame.


I double the dose of the Yale's recomendation here... Go out an buy a bunch of polka albums. They're cheap and often good! Anything with Polish or German folks on it... Anything recorded in Wisconsin... I love polka music. It's in my blood!

Yale, what's your great grandpa's name? Did he make any records?
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Postby Maurice on Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:17 pm

How about Pauline Oliveros? The mp3s on the site aren't fully representative...so you could start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rdnXFXrUhE

Or maybe Guy Klucevsek?
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Postby jimmy spako on Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:18 pm

teodoro anzellotti: satie on accordeon
(would probably be fun to try to play,too, if you can find sheet music for accordeon)

for experimental stuff (listening), check out kimmo pohjonen & guy klucevsek.

a hawk & a hacksaw recorded some good tunes, too.

i've got some bandoneon records here too...think evan lurie, john's brother, made a nice one.

off the top of my head...
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Re: Recommend me some accordion music

Postby yaledelay on Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:07 pm

KeithV wrote:
yaledelay wrote:
tocharian wrote:So I've pretty much figured out all the Yann Tiersen songs that I care to know how to play and am having trouble finding recordings that aren't "A Little Touch of Paris" schmaltz. Does anyone have any accordion composures, performers or recordings to recommend?
how do you feel about polka's? if you like them I can give you tons of recommendations, as great grandpa is in the Polka hall of fame.


I double the dose of the Yale's recomendation here... Go out an buy a bunch of polka albums. They're cheap and often good! Anything with Polish or German folks on it... Anything recorded in Wisconsin... I love polka music. It's in my blood!

Yale, what's your great grandpa's name? Did he make any records?



Great grandpa was in a few traveling Polka bands, the first was the Gresl Family band, which basically all of this brothers and sisters, they were a traveling family band in the 30s, they never made a real record. However Great Grandpa was a session saxaphonist and played on a ton of Polka records many he never got credit for. I forgot what songs he played on are in the hall of fame but I have a ton of records he played on.
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Re: Recommend me some accordion music

Postby barndog on Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:19 pm

Astor Piazzolla - Argentinian Tango music. Really great stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_ZKCAeMQuc

I remember seeing C.J. Chenier doing a version of "Hey Joe" on Letterman once - it was pretty good.
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Postby d865 on Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:24 pm

Sundown Playboys-Saturday Nite Special
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Astor Piazzolla Octeto Electrónico
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXOqMzuZ ... re=related
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Postby perdothegit on Sun Nov 16, 2008 3:56 pm

I'll third the Astor Piazzolla recommendations, at least for listening. But Piazzolla didn't actually play an accordion, he played a [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandoneón]bandoneón[/url] which is a member of the concertina family not the accordion family.

They do sound similar though and it's probably not too hard to transpose from one instrument to the other.
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Postby Robert G on Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:56 pm

Early They Might Be Giants, like the self-titled album and Lincoln, feature the accordion heavily. Basically, find the compilation "Then: The Earlier Years" and you'll see how amazing the Johns were with using an accordion before they got big and had a real recording budget.

I second the Pauline Oliveros and fourth theAstor Piazzolla recommendations. And while the bandoneón isn't exactly related to the accordion, Oliveros would use both those and accordions in her massive accordion works. The disc The Wanderer on Important Records has a recording of the work of the same name, which has over forty players of accordions and bandoneóns.

Also, check out the group A Hawk And A Hacksaw. Jeremy Barnes, former drummer of Neutral Milk Hotel, separated himself from his old band only to make these awesome Eastern European Jewish-influenced albums in addition to one album of wild self-made musique concrete. All these recordings include him on the accordion and the man is a fucking beast on the instrument. I saw him live opening for Beirut (whose last album featured the accordion heavily as well, but more Parisian than Eastern Europe), and holy fuck I was knocked out.
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Postby arthur on Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:48 pm

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Try Esteban Jordan also know as the jimi hendrix of the accordion for plugging his accordion in a flanger and/or an echoplex somewhere in the seventies.
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Postby Tommy Alpha on Sun Nov 16, 2008 7:55 pm

Geoff Berner is fantastic. Really great live- very funny. Absolute pisshead, but never misses a note. Song Written In A Romanian Hospital and Maginot Line are great, great songs.
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Postby tarandfeathers on Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:17 am

I recorded an album for a band called McWatt who use accordion quite a bit. I think it's a really good record.
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Postby falsedog on Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:21 am

Lars Hollmer, Swedish accordionist with changing time sigs, poly rhythms &c. Fun!
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