Corn Mo and Main Squeeze in NYC

Main Squeeze/Corn Mo Concert PosterAfter talking up the Main Squeeze Accordion Orchestra a few weeks ago, I noticed in Corn Mo’s blog that he sat in at one of their rehearsals this week. Both artists will be anchoring an accordion-heavy lineup tomorrow (Saturday) night at Pianos in New York City. Other acts on the bill include Hang the Lights (solo project of Joshua Camp, from One Ring Zero), Infinite Orchestra, and Jonathan Vincent.

Apparently Corn Mo will be performing Bohemian Rhapsody with Main Squeeze, which sounds like a dream squeezebox collaboration if there ever was one. Drop us a line if you go to the show and we’ll post your review here next week.

Cajun Music MP3 Collection

Neal Pomea’s cajun music collection is a phenomenal resource for anyone interested in cajun music and its history. Neal’s gathered MP3s of recordings that go all the way back to the 1920s, often recorded off the original 78s. (I just realized that some people have probably never seen a 78…) Artists include Nathan Abshire, Joe Falcon & Cleoma Breaux, Octa Clark, Roy Fusilier, and many more. Take some time and explore the site — there’s a lot of great stuff in there. Here are a few hot tracks to get you started on your Bayou journey:

Dominic Frontiere’s Mighty Accordion Band

Album CoverWith an album cover featuring an accordion-playing gorilla, you know it has to be good. Or at least, well, really bizarre. And that’s definitely the case with “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done” by The Mighty Accordion Band. The album features a 20-accordion-strong band playing unique arrangements of classics like “April in Paris”, “La Vie En Rose”, and “Caravan” (check here for audio clips), while the back cover boasts:

“If you’re looking for a nice old-time accordion album with Lady of Spain and the like, it should be pretty clear already that this isn’t it. For the listener, music by the Mighty Accordion Band can be summed up simply: more fun than a barrel of monkeys.”

The album was the brainchild of Dominic Frontiere, a jazz accordionist known for his willingness to push the envelope, who later turned his attention to arranging scores for film and television. Perhaps not surprisingly, this seems to be the only album he made with the Mighty Accordion Band. [Found via Echoes from AP3 in Pezland]

We’re Back!

That’s right — Let’s Polka is back in action! As some of our loyal readers may know, Anna and I were recently married in Vegas (where we met up with Gordy) and we’ve just returned from a wonderful, but sadly accordion-less, tropical honeymoon. So we apologize for leaving you high and dry for the past couple weeks, but now we’re tanned, rested, and ready to serve your squeezebox needs!

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