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Thread #39590   Message #1618709
Posted By: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
02-Dec-05 - 01:52 PM
Thread Name: Mexican Music - German Origins?
Subject: RE: Mexican Music - German Origins?
as a longtime lover of Eastern European music..

what about the 'Tex-Czech's..

heres a convenient cut'n'paste from Tom Wait's favourite albums list..

"12 Bohemian-Moravian Bands by Texas-Czech (Folk Lyric) 1993

I love these Czech-Bavarian bands that landed in Texas of all places. The seminal river for mariachi came from that migration to that part of the United States, bringing the accordion over, just like the drum and fife music of post slavery, they picked up the revolutionary war instruments and played blues on them. This music is both sour and bitter, and picante, and floating above itself like steam over the kettle. There's a piece called the 'Circling Pigeons Waltz', it's the most beautiful thing - kind of sour, like a wheel about to go off the road all the time. It's the most lilting little waltz. It's accordion, soprano sax, clarinet, bass, banjo and percussion."