Saturday, April 24, 2010

Haunted Accordion

It takes real balls to play an accordion-based cover of one of your own songs, but band Haunted Stereo was up to the challenge. Anja McCloskey both plays the accordion and sings their song "Cross the Sea" at a Christmas party a few months back... and the effect is, well, haunting.

Yeah, another band whose music you won't find in record stores...

-- Badtux the Music Penguin


  1. I really don't get why accordions and concertinas and harmoniums et al are looked down upon. Guess I sux.

  2. Lawrence Welk.

    The man has been dead for twenty years now, but he made accordions completely un-hip for generations of American youth. Accordions for anybody who grew up in the Welk area are inextricably associated with fat German men in lederhosen, and they've passed down their prejudices to their children. Of course, that doesn't apply to folks who know the zydeco, which inherently revolves around the accordion. But we're not the majority ;).

    - Badtux the Accordionated Penguin

  3. I agree: accordions are much unappreciated. There's a lovely little Italian movie: Bread and Tulips: featuring an accordion playing middle aged woman, on the run and finding friends and love in Venice. Beautiful.
    And if you've ever heard a good Russian accordion player....incredible.
    I blame it more on bad polka bands than Welk (somehow, every song sounds exactly the same).


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