The Famous Polka + Balkan Fever

KAFM Grand Junction, 9pm - 12am

It was a day of jet-setting, starting in the dark hours of morning, and it wasn’t going to be over until the studio light went off. To keep up the energy levels, we presented a double-header of a special, first an hour of The Famous Polka, featuring songs titled after real (mostly) people, and following that two hours of Balkan Fever, with music that was far from exclusively Balkan but all fed into that manic two-step non-stop feeling.

In this episode: Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Asylum Street Spankers, Balkan Beat Box, Balkan Beat Box, Besh o drom, Bishop Allen, Boban Markovic Orkestar, The Boneless Children Foundation, Boom Pam, Brave Combo, Cake, Camper Van Beethoven, !Dela Dap, DelaDap, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Gaëtano Fabri vs. Koçani Orkestar, Gogol Bordello, Goran Bregovic, Gorillaz, Habiluim, Hefner, Hip Hop Hoodíos, Human Sexual Response, Jony Iliev & band, Kalman Balogh, Kiril feat MC Wasp & Rucl, Lightning Head vs. Koçani Orkestar, Magnifico, Mahala Rai Banda, MGMT, Mitsoura, O.M.F.O., Poor Little Fools, Self, Señor Coconut vs. Koçani Orkestar, Shantel, Shantel feat. Boban Markovic Orkestar, Shibboleth, Sir Richard Bishop, Spot 1019, The Squirrels, They Might Be Giants, Uncle Tupelo

  Song Artist Notes
1 Brian Eno MGMT Making the Happenings
3 Clint Eastwood Gorillaz Something about muesli
4 D. Boon Uncle Tupelo Guitar for the Minutemen
5 Alan Bean Hefner The fourth man on the moon
6 Jackie Onassis Human Sexual Response You had me at big sunglasses
8 Paul Revere Asylum Street Spankers A double whammy
9 Abe Lincoln Bishop Allen Very fast walker
10 Dean Martin Poor Little Fools A smooth operator
11 Frank Sinatra Cake That’s enough
13 Meg Ryan Self It’s the dream
14 Bill Cosby Shibboleth Different times
15 Peter Tripodi Spot 1019 Self-referential
16 Vincent Van Gogh The Squirrels He loved color
18 Carl Sagan The Boneless Children Foundation Billions of stars
19 James K. Polk They Might Be Giants More presidentialism
20 Jack Ruby Camper Van Beethoven His hat tilted forward
22 Tortapapír Besh o drom Put it all in the blender
23 Shy Kind Of Guy Gogol Bordello Like Peter the Great
24 People Are Strange Brave Combo As it was meant to be
25 Bucovina Shantel Sad and lonely
27 Adir Alam Balkan Beat Box Eastern driftings
28 Hir aj kam, hir aj go Magnifico Wandering wandering
29 Ani Meki (I'm Throwing Up) Habiluim Feeling queasy
31 Havana Nagila Hip Hop Hoodíos What about telekinesis?
32 Optisani Boban Markovic Orkestar The haze has reached the mountains
33 Lei Toi Mitsoura A rare mixing
35 Lautlos !Dela Dap Dig that squeezebox
36 Magic Mamaliga O.M.F.O. Fluting on the hump
37 Usti, Usti Baba Señor Coconut vs. Koçani Orkestar Please form an orderly conga
38 Sidi Mansour Sir Richard Bishop A standard
40 Sadagora Hot Dub Amsterdam Klezmer Band Via Shantel
41 The Souvlak Boom Pam A true odyssey
42 BBBeat Balkan Beat Box Dusty street scene
43 Mahalageasca (Bucovina Dub) Mahala Rai Banda Plenty of mileage left on this one
45 Goldregen (n.o.h.a. Mix) DelaDap Opa!
46 Disko Shantel feat. Boban Markovic Orkestar Sounding old-fashioned
47 Jungle Shadow Kiril feat MC Wasp & Rucl Relentless
48 Siki, Siki Baba Gaëtano Fabri vs. Koçani Orkestar Strict, strict father
50 James Bond Theme Fanfare Ciocarlia Next level
51 Gypsy's Kolo Jony Iliev & band A dramatic presentation
52 The Lark Kalman Balogh Red hot cimbalom
53 L'Orient est Rouge Lightning Head vs. Koçani Orkestar Hit those timbales
55 Soske Murseske Manglape Kurva Goran Bregovic Truly operatic