Music from Columbia

Where accordions are likely to sprout strange appurtenances and emit even stranger sounds.

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We’ve just come back with a boatload of music you may never have heard before. Here’s a recipe for Vallenato, a popular Colombian musical form:

Ingredients:

1 caja (small bongo drum)

1 guacharaca (a ribbed stick played with a fork.  Think of it as a kind of washboard.

1 accordion

Mix well.  Guitars, bass and drums optional, but not advised.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard on WIOX, community radio (aka Radio Free Roxbury),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.  Just go to the Apple App Store and search WIOX.  And on Margaretville Cable Channel 20.

Your host,

Joe Markulin

Donkeys with accordions?

Be careful what you wish for . . .

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Join us tonight as we explore a controversy that is tearing our idyllic little community apart at the seams–i.e., the brouhaha over donkey basketball.

We’ll take a hard-hitting look at both sides of the story.  It’s got all the ingredients of a pot-boiler on the radio–strife, madness, betrayal, shrill, unfounded accusations, vicious personal attacks, slander, name calling, even red-baiting!

In Heaven There Is No Beer:   It’s take no prisoners radio!   It’s Hee-Haw with accordions!

And yes, in accordance with longstanding policy,  we do fully intend to rush in where wise men fear to tread.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard on WIOX, community radio (aka Radio Free Roxbury),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.  Just go to the Apple App Store and search WIOX.  And on Margaretville Cable Channel 20.

Your host,

Joe Markulin

Outlaws with Accordions

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Outlaws.

Bandits.

Folk heroes

And other louche characters

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Last week’s phenomenally successful show featuring narcocorridos was our most well received ever.   See what the critics are saying:

Siskel and Ebert: 2 thumbs up!

Robert Parker: 99!

The Catholic Legion of Decency: a C rating–morally objectionable and condemned!

This week, in the same vein, we’ll follow up with songs about outlaws and bandits.

Join us for  In Heaven There Is No Beer,  heard on WIOX, community radio (aka Radio Free Roxbury),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.  Just go to the Apple App Store and search WIOX.  And on Margaretville Cable Channel 20.

Your bandido host,

Joe Markulin

Do you have an AK-47 in your band?

I didn’t think so.

How about two and a sidearm?

Americans are so pusillanimous!   Well, even if you’re not a risk-taker you can still put an accordion in the band–and get white cowboy boots for everybody.

Tonight on In Heaven There Is No Beer we take a serious look (seriously, honest!) across our southern border.  There, we’ll find drugs, violence, murder, betrayal, torture, and extortion–all immortalized in song.  Welcome to the musical world of the narcocorrido.   We’ll be boldly going where angels fear to tread.  None dare call it anthropology.  Musicology?   How about Ethnomusicology–on the radio!

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Join us in taking a look at Mexico’s hottest outlaw music and some of the people who play it.  It’s not for the feint of heart.  In Heaven There Is No Beer  is heard on WIOX, community radio (aka Radio Free Roxbury),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.  Just go to the Apple App Store and search WIOX.  And on Margaretville Cable Channel 20.

Your host,

Signor Professor Jose Markulin