Androgynous People with Accordions!

Tonight’s  show started out as our big tribute to David Bowie.

But, to be perfectly honest, we couldn’t find a lot of Bowie material that featured the accordion, so we had to settle for the next best thing:  Androgynous People with Accordions!

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Need I say more?

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PMand the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio.  And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host,

Joe Markulin

I don’t know

It was just sitting there on the side of the tracks. . .

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He picked it up, took it home and the rest is (accordion) history.

Tonight on In Heaven There Is No Beer, a one man show featuring the music of Chango Spasiuk.

From Argentina, of Ukrainian extraction, nobody plays a happier, more festive accordion.  He can also be plaintive and elegiac when called upon to do so.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursdayevening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio.  And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host, who has, in fact, been to Argentina, but was not fortunate enough to find an accordion on the side of the railroad tracks,

Joe Markulin

The Spirit of Christmas Past

Once upon a time, the accordion was the quintessence of Christmas–shiny and bright, all tinsel and light. It was virtually an incarnation of the spirit of the season, one big Christmas decoration.

Not anymore. Kids nowadays want an iPhone.

But just imagine what it must have been like back in the 50s and 60s when Dad took you to Buday’s (or any one of hundreds of similar shops all over the country). Please join us here at In Heaven There Is No Beer in resurrecting the spirit of Christmas Past tonight.

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No songs about pagan gods (Santa, his horde of elves, reindeer), just reverential stuff (for a change)–the baby Jesus, his mother Mary and St. Joseph.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY. We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at wioxradio.org. Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio. And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your occasionally reverent host,

Joe Markulin

The Big Christmas Event, Part I

Dwarves, nymphs, elves and a dwarfish, nymphish elfin accordion– what could be more Christmas?

As always, tonight on In Heaven There Is No Beer, we will veer erratically from the sacred to the profane with an emphasis on the profanity of Christmas: that is to say, dwarves, nymphs, elves, reindeer, Santa, sleighs, toys, jingle bells, silver bells, yodeling, the blues, divorce, wrecked homes, abandoned children, drunks, and Bob Dylan.

Next week, since our show will fall on the Holy Night, Christmas Eve, we will certainly take a more reverential approach–mangers, oxen, lambs, Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus. But tonight, Our Big Christmas Event, with all kinds of Christmas vulgarity.

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In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio.  And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your dwarfish, nymphish elfin host,

Joe Markulin