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Various Artists / Deeper Polka
Album:Deeper Polka Collection:World
Artist:Various Artists Added:06/2002
Label:Smithsonian/Folkways 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2002-09-23 Pull Date:2002-11-25 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:13 Oct6 Oct29 Sep
Airplays:123

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 08, 2011:Music Casserole
Raisin-Nut Polka, Suviyon Valssi
4.Oct 02, 2002:pressandrelease
Laughing Concertina, Lumber-Jakki
2.Nov 17, 2006:Carrots & Sticks... But Mostly Sticks
In Heaven there Is no Beer, Betty Polka, Laughing Concertina
5.Sep 25, 2002:Brownian Motion
In Heaven there Is no Beer
3.Oct 09, 2002:Brownian Motion
I Won't Go Home
6.Sep 24, 2002:At the Cafe Bohemian
Betty Polka

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2002-08-28 
Polka. Yes, Polka. Awesome Polka. Think Tom Waits stripped of hipster’isms. Celebrating Polka’s roots through its American evolution via seven vital musicians/groups born and raised in ethnic centers throughout the Midwest. Not too much English sung anywhere, but instead Polish, Czech, Croation, Finnish, Dutch, Norwegian. These are contemporary, or at least fairly recent recordings by artists born with accordions in their hands and kielbasa in their mouths. Excellent bios and history and track by track descriptions included in the liner notes. Songs are either urgent fun 2/4 polka or more swaying smiling ¾ waltzes. Eastern European languages sound strange and exotic. Drinking fun stuff that fits anywhere. Don’t be shy.

1-4) Polish “Honky” Chicago style, clarinet and trumpet 3 is in English
5-7) Croation, no drums, tamboritza (mandolin-like), old world trad. sounding
8-11) Czech, brass band feel w/ tuba, nice clarinets
12-15) Slovenian, female lead and played, electric bass rocks this, w drums, heavily accordian centered, all instrumental
16-19) Finnish, no drums, folky mellower feel, instrumental except 19, track 18 is Tom Waits all the way w/o hipster gloss
20-23) Dutch , rings of germanic homeland tuba oom pa pa
24-27) English/Norwegian/German used in track 24, the greatest ode to beer ever written east of the Pecos (a traditional German song). In fact, this last group perfectly exemplifies the roots of old western hillbilly in european folk polka waltz. All four of these tracks are lovely.

Track Listing
 ArtistTrack Name
1.Golonka, StasI Won't Go Home
2.Golonka, StasIron Casket Oberek
3.Golonka, StasChicago Is a Polka Town
4.Golonka, StasReturn to Me
5.Grcevich, JerryVatrogasna Polka
6.Grcevich, JerryDaj Mi Daj
7.Grcevich, JerryMoja Juliska
8.Vyhlidal, MarkBetty Polka
9.Vyhlidal, MarkRed Handkerchief
10.Vyhlidal, MarkGrandmother's Joy Laendler
11.Vyhlidal, MarkClover in the Woods
12.Hlad, NancyRaisin-Nut Polka
13.Hlad, NancyAnne's Waltz
14.Hlad, NancySweet Sixteen Polka
15.Hlad, NancyTop of the Hill Polka
16.Reko & TikkanenJatkaen Jenkka
17.Reko & TikkanenNujalan Talko Polkka
18.Reko & TikkanenSuviyon Valssi
19.Reko & TikkanenLumber-Jakki
20.Brian & Mississippi Valley DutMuziky Muziky Polka
21.Brian & Mississippi Valley DutLaughing Concertina
22.Brian & Mississippi Valley DutChicago Waltz
23.Brian & Mississippi Valley DutJulida Polka
24.Goose Island RamblersIn Heaven there Is no Beer
25.Goose Island RamblersThere's no Norwegians in Dic
26.Goose Island RamblersWendy's Schottische
27.Goose Island RamblersSwiss Yodel Waltz