Sunday, September 24, 2017

Polka Dan Zantek

Blow Musik is based in San Francisco. We find that there's a lot of great polka music happening in other parts of the world. Today's subject, Polka Dan, is from Alaska!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ernst Mosch Rarities!

It's September! Oktoberfest season is just a couple of weeks away!

Here's an Ernst Mosch documentary to get you in the mood.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Romy Gosz: Svestkova Alej, aka The Prune Song, aka We Left Our Wives at Home

Svestkova Alej is a Czech song that recalls fondly the days of eating plums with a sweetheart... "but you cheated on me, plums now have no value.  There have been english versions: "The Prune Song" or "We Left Our Wives At Home".

still performed in Czech land:

And finally, the great Elmer Scheid! Apparently in a closet at a Denny's in a mall somewhere...

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tex-Czech, Circling Pigeons

Have I posted this before? Can't hurt to post it again, what a great recording!

Mark Rubin has a worthy article on Tex-Czech music
Denis Svatek's most recent podcast has a great album by the Gil Baca Orchestra. Wise, wonderful, human music!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Josh Eidsor

Since I started looking for concertina music on YouTube a few years ago, I've been seeing Josh Eidsor. He's 19 or possibly 20 years old now -- and he's a very good concertina player! I hope he sticks with it!

A long radio show with Josh:

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

WFMU's Dance With Me, Stanley

Here's an archive of WFMU's show Dance With Me, Stanley -

Lots of eclectic music, including that hard-to-find POLKA variety!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Pilsen Polka

In 1930, "Pilsen Polka" was the first record that Romy Gosz played trumpet on, after only six months on the instrument (after switching from piano)! What a great, original sound. Rooted in european folk music but with a contemporary awareness of Duke Elllington and popular music of the day.
Here is a 1946 re-recording of the traditional Bohemian tune, with Romy leading the group:

A more recent version, with Jerry Minar on concertina:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017