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Heck, it's Tex-Czech!

If you're going to listen to a brass band play a waltz, it might as well be a joyously exuberant one, with a unabashed sense of humor and a firm conviction that notes were made to be bent. Right? Oh, and it might as well be played, by, say, a Texas Czech (yes, a Texas Czech) band. Right? OK then, here's Circling Pigeons Waltz by the Joe Patek Band of Shiner, Texas. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite on Dec 31, 2013 - 20 comments

Blowing Away the 'Leek Spin' Polka...

Every good Polka band* needs horns, right? Well, the fun-loving German** quartet Hoch Tirol has Konis Hupen (Koni's Honking)
(Short version for those of you who cannot handle more than 40 seconds of Polka.) (Live performance for those of you who think the video was all fancy editing and fakery) (Seven hour version because there are people on YouTube who do things like this) (Leek Spin Polka Previous)
*NOT an oxymoron
**also NOT an oxymoron

posted by oneswellfoop on Nov 29, 2013 - 31 comments

I Am a Ski Train Polka Master

A polka band that accompanies a yearly ski train. A musk ox farmer. A bush pilot. A Native youth Olympian These are some of the subjects covered in the new web series Indie Alaska. Each episode aims to capture a colorful aspect of life in Alaska, whether it be someone's work, art, or play. A collaboration between Alaska Public Media and PBS Digital Studios. [more inside]
posted by timelord on Sep 3, 2013 - 8 comments

The answer, surprisingly, is awesome.

Sometimes you have to deal with those big, eternal questions, like what would happen if you put polka music over video of German industrial dance. [slyt | previously | via]
posted by quin on Jun 6, 2013 - 43 comments

Black and White Tights Dance

A group of young girls in black and white tights perform a trippy dance......to the popular tune of German folk-rock polka band Hiss.
posted by kinnakeet on Jun 4, 2013 - 19 comments

Shufflin' Grandpa is Shufflin' Everyday

Shufflin' Grandpas are polka dancers redubbed.
posted by quin on Dec 21, 2011 - 12 comments

Note to self: invest in a deadbolt.

When Brandon left for camp, his last words were, "stay out of my room!" Unfortunately for Brandon, he has the meanest most awesome family in the entire world. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Aug 15, 2011 - 577 comments

Any Way The Wind Blows

"Bohemian Rhapsody" covered the the Porkka Playboys. Finnish polka group covers Queen's classic. [more inside]
posted by Joey Michaels on Jun 30, 2011 - 20 comments

CLOP CLOP CLOP CLOP

Pony Polka!
posted by furiousxgeorge on Apr 18, 2011 - 24 comments

Must Be Santa, over the years (now with more Dylan)

Must Be Santa was originally recorded (song on YT) in 1969 by Mitch Miller, with simple call-and-response lyrics that were a hit (song on YT) for Lorne Greene in 1966. The catchy song is amusing for small children, and cute when sung by groups of kids. With minor lyrical tweaks and a rowdy polka style (live clip), Brave Combo liven up the Christmas classic. Leave it to Bob Dylan to take it further. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Dec 20, 2010 - 15 comments

Word to your Mo-Ther!

Polka medleys are a trademark of Weird Al Yankovic in which he covers the era's most iconic songs on accordion. His next album will likely include Polka Face. But, if you like some of the older stuff... [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Oct 30, 2010 - 27 comments

Säkkijärven polkka

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

These Guys Kissed Several Girls Just to Try It

Los Colorados, Ukrainian Polka Band, Plays Katy Perry's Hot 'n' Cold.
posted by stresstwig on Apr 8, 2009 - 16 comments

Ievan Polkka

The Ievan Polkka ("Eva's Polka"), as sung by the Finnish quartet Loituma (lyrics). Suddenly, in a flash (previously) of brilliance, youtube is inundated with lots and lots of remixes. Most contain Bleach girl Orihime Inoue spinning a leek (now lovingly known as Leek Girl). Others teach you how to dance, play piano, and, of course, sing. But don't forget Rick!
posted by zonem on Nov 26, 2008 - 23 comments

Polka Power Digitized for Your Protection

Something to make the inner geek that is inside your inner geek do the boogie-woogie: "Weird Al" Yankovic announces that thanks to digital distribution, he will begin releasing songs as he records them, while the parodied song is still fresh in the public's mind, instead of waiting for an album release every three to four years. The first one will come out on October 7. iTunes will have first dibs on the new singles for the first 14 days, after which they'll go to other online music retailers. (via /.)
posted by WCityMike on Oct 3, 2008 - 73 comments

Historical Slovenian Popular Music

Slovenian compositions, mainly performed by solo singers (with piano or orchestra accompaniment) and by different orchestras and smaller vocal groups. The tracks are listed here. Might I suggest you start with Vinko Vodopivec and see if this the sort of thing you like?
posted by tellurian on Jul 11, 2008 - 6 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

congressman dennis kucinich has submitted a resolution to impeach VP Dick Cheney on charges of "high crimes and misdemeanors."

impeachy keen! learn why cleveland is the capital of polka, bowling and kielbasa.
posted by quonsar on Apr 26, 2007 - 37 comments

Just when you thought the the world was going to hell, a story like this makes you realize that there are still things that are right in this world.
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Sep 1, 2001 - 12 comments

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