For further reading, this site also includes my thoughts on the history and marginalization of the polka, a bibliography of polka resources, links to important polka articles on the Web (both popular and scholarly), and some essential information for polka musicians. (The Polka Nuts, self published [no number], 2011) Oh, how I love that Dutch Hop music!The instrumentals by the Polka Nuts of Brighton, Colorado, are just wonderful; I particularly love "Poudre Valley Waltz." The vocals are less pleasing, but the instrumentals alone are worth the price.After you buy this CD, go out and get (Ed Goldberg and the Odessa Klezmer Band, self-published, #1002, 2006) Because most of the 19th century interest in polka music centered around the "polka belt," which stretched north from Croatia all the way to Norway, there wasn't much overlap with klezmer music, whose compass was to the east, in particular Romania and Moldavia.But Ed Goldberg is surely the man to make the match.A [Read Steve Terrell's review](Polkaholix, Monopol Records, 940833 (M 5369), 2010) How these guys scammed money out of the German Federal Government to make a polka CD is beyond me, but if government dough results in music this good, we should try it here in the US.Most of the songs are original and they're top notch, as is the performance, the mix and the packaging.He played polkas for 25 years with Jimmy Sturr and for many of those years also led the Odessa Klezmer Band as they gigged around New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
This is the compilation I would have programmed if they hadn't thought of it first.The Polkaholix sound reminds me a bit of Polkacide or Babylon Circus.As usual, Wild Wilson discovered this before I did — darn you, Wild Man!The sharp dressed men of Banda Machos have been performing since 1990 and have honed a style some call Techno Banda because of its use of electric bass, synthesizer, and drum kit, alongside the traditional horns and percussion.
In addition to their rhinestone cowboy outfits, mugging, and occasional dance moves, Banda Machos demonstrates consistently high standards of musicianship.Thank you for the gracious mentions and thank you for putting construction time in for polka music. I've been meaning to send this note your way for quite some time but shame on me." "I enjoyed viewing your web site. " Your website is a wealth of information and a pleasure to read.