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Of bells, harps, accordions, the kalimba and a saw: amiina

If you've encountered delicately uplifting chimes and bells or a singing saw, seen the contributions of a string quartet in a Sigur Rós video, heard the last recording by Lee Hazlewood and noticed the gentle singing and music, or listened to Yukihiro Takahashi consider words, then you've possibly encountered the Icelandic band amiina. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 28, 2014 - 7 comments

Down with autocracy in Russia

In honour of Labour day, enjoy a documentary on Jewish anarchism at the turn of the 20th century, and the story of The Free Voice of Labour, their Yiddish newspaper that ran from 1890-1977. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Sep 1, 2014 - 3 comments

Singing is Serious Business Until You Find a Stick

Dog Sings Along with Accordion [slyt | cute | via]
posted by quin on Oct 1, 2013 - 19 comments

Fun With Accordion Covers, Part 2: Revenge of the Accordions

Accordion covers (previously) are no longer just for soloists. You've probably seen five North Koreans performing A-Ha's "Take On Me." (Previously.) And of course tango is ever-popular for the accordion. But have you heard Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor? Or a medley from "The Sound of Music?" Or the first movement from Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik? Or a choreographed routine for North Korean school children? Or the theme from E.T.?
posted by jph on Sep 12, 2012 - 8 comments

In a day or twooooooo

North Korean Accordion quintet covers "Take On Me." (SLYT) Part of a project by Morten Traavik, a Norwegian theatre and film director, (previously featured on Metafilter). [more inside]
posted by dismas on Feb 3, 2012 - 51 comments

it could be very fresh and clean it could be Frankie

In honor of Philip Glass's 75th birthday (look at the cake!), here are three rather odd albums of or based on his music, all free to play:
Glassworked by U Can Unlearn Guitar ranges from drone to speed metal.
What Capitalism Was Plays Philip Glass on Accordion is as described.
Glassbreaks by dj BC mashes up Glass and Hip Hop. (previously)
posted by moonmilk on Jan 31, 2012 - 22 comments

When I'm dancing at a party I don't think about death

El Acordéon del Diablo is a captivating documentary about Francisco "Pacho" Rada Batista, the great Colombian accordionist and singer-songwriter. In this film, Pacho Rada, in his nineties, tells stories and reflects on celebrity, copyright, tradition and the shortcomings of pop music. His stories include a shipwreck that left a boatload of accordions washed up on a Colombian beach and an accordion duel with the devil himself. In ten parts: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
posted by Jode on Nov 21, 2011 - 2 comments

Amelié goes to Sweden

Detektivbyrån (The Detective Agency) was a little-known Swedish band that made delightful music often inspired by Yann Tiersen's soundtrack to Amelié. E 18 - Om Du Möter Varg - Generation celebration - Nattoppet - Partyland - Monster - Laka kaffa - Vänerhavet. (Warning: aggressively cute and happy music containing accordion and bells.) [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter on Jun 20, 2011 - 11 comments

The Cockroach

La cucaracha, la cucaracha - ya no puede caminar - porque no tiene, porque le falta - marihuana pa' fumar. (The cockroach, the cockroach, - can't walk anymore - because it doesn't have, because it's lacking - marijuana to smoke) The records of the Dutch accordion-playing duo Henny Voskuyl & Coby Mol (known as Die Kirmesmusikanten). Cecil Adams about the lyrics to the song.
posted by growabrain on Mar 11, 2011 - 23 comments

Boba Fett: dire straits, or starving artist?

Happy Halloween! Here's a guy in a Boba Fett helmet playing the accordion: Star Wars, Megaman, Zelda one / two / three, Mario Level 2-2, Amelie, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Macguyver (sans helmet), Punchout.
posted by tybeet on Oct 31, 2010 - 11 comments

Organ Grindin' (and Accordion Smashin')

"Most people think that Pipe Organs are only capable of producing the classical evil growl from horror movies, but in truth, they are capable of making quite a wide variety of noises that you wouldn't normally expect to come from a Pipe Organ." YouTube user FromTheGang plays covers on the pipe organ at his church and a couple accordions. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 27, 2010 - 19 comments

Säkkijärven polkka

Säkkijärven polkka. YouTube.
posted by Anything on Aug 29, 2010 - 43 comments

Hockey Hair

Hockey Star is the latest in Seattle accordionist Jason Webley's collaborative EP series. Recorded with Big Little Dipper Dipper, it's described as "dance music from the early 90's of the future". [more inside]
posted by mannequito on Jul 28, 2010 - 5 comments

Ipad Accordion!

iPad use #457 - Accordion.
posted by The3rdMan on Jun 4, 2010 - 51 comments

Weird.

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story
posted by Greg Nog on Mar 23, 2010 - 82 comments

Técső Banda tear it up.

Fiddle, accordion, and a singing drummer. Seven minutes and fifty seven seconds of Gypsy music from Ukraine, live in Budapest. The real thing. Totally wailing. Kickass. Técső Banda at Kertem.
posted by flapjax at midnite on Oct 10, 2009 - 23 comments

Just a song

Just watch this, I think you'll love it. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on May 6, 2009 - 107 comments

Petrouchka

My favorite piece of music is Stravinsky's "Petrouchka." (Scroll down to the 2002-2003 Season for mp3s.) Today, I was blown away by this recording (CD for purchase, alas) of parts of the piece played on accordion. (If you're a Stravinsky fan, please do yourself a favor and acquire this CD!). I've always associated accordions with polkas (and Ennio Morricone music ... and, of course, the Doctor Who theme). I never knew they were rich enough to stand in for a whole orchestra! And I didn't know much about accordions used in classical music. Anyway, back to Petrouchka: here are videos of the ballet: bit, I II, III, IV.
posted by grumblebee on Nov 10, 2007 - 14 comments

Mama's got a squeezebox, Daddy never sleeps at night

Today begins National Accordion Awareness Month. Check out some fun accordion facts, and make sure to polka! polka! polka!. (It was big in Sheboygan).
posted by mr_crash_davis on Jun 1, 2007 - 28 comments

Scream and Run Away

Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler in real life), author of the 13 books in "A Series of Unfortunate Events" [Flash], has now released the album A Tragic Treasury [Sound] in which he plays the acordian. The CD also features Stephin Merritt, with whom Handler was in the band called The Magnetic Fields. Handler is touring the country to plug the album and latest book. [via NPR]
posted by niles on Dec 3, 2006 - 22 comments

Tamborine hero is next

Ever since someone wrote software to teach geeks to dance, the DDR craze has enjoyed quite a number of spin-offs. Karaoke Revolution got people singing. Donkey Konga is the same thing but for bongo drums. Guitar Hero for the PS2 has gotten rave reviews and while letting you rip some guitar solos. Christian game makers are even cashing in with Dance Praise. But nothing comes close to the coolness of Accordion Hero. Squeeze hard, die young.
posted by mathowie on Mar 4, 2006 - 31 comments

Squeeze me!

Sex Advice from Accordion Players! Because sex advice is too important to be trusted to guitarists.
posted by AccordionGuy on May 27, 2005 - 11 comments

Honey Won't You Be Meshuga Tonight

Klingon Klezmer. CD Review. Video (real, sorry). Audio clips, including Klingon Mating Dance, as cited in Webster's Online. QaHplaH! er, I mean, l'chaim!
posted by mwhybark on Oct 4, 2004 - 4 comments

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