Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Slovenefest Potpourri-Polkas & Waltzes

This week's installment of the Polka Hole features a cassette tape my beautiful girlfriend Danielle purchased for me for my birthday. How exciting! The title of this tape is Slovenefest Potpourri "Polkas and Waltzes", or at least that's what I thought it was. While uploading the tape, I realized that Slovenefest Potpourri wasn't the name of one single act, but, as a matter of fact, was a compilation featuring several different polka musicians. Ooops. I figured it wouldn't be that big of a deal if I didn't list every single musician. This way, the album can be downloaded in a single, tiny package. Now isn't that nice? I thought so too.

So you may be asking yourself, "What is Slovenefest?". Well, Slovenefest is an annual festival held by the Slovene National Benefit Society, also known as the Slovenska Narodna Podporna Jednota, or the SNPJ. According to the SNPJ's website, the organization was founded in 1904 with the intent to offer affordable life insurance to Slovenian immigrants. Cool! Polkaing against Polio. Book it.

So, back to the tape. Lots of good stuff on here. In fact, it even features Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostanek. Judging by the album cover, I assume he's the one in the bottom left hand corner. That guy looks like he should be a king. I wonder how he acquired that title. I assume that with all the beer our best buds in Canada enjoy there must be A LOT of polka musicians.

I made sure to get this tape up in time for a pretty good reason, the final song on the album. Titled "Night in May Waltz", I didn't know of a better time to release this to your ears. Pop this song onto your MP3 player or into your Walkman and enjoy the rest of this beautiful month!

Download it here:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Frankie Yankovic's Polka Party

Alright, so I apologize for this long awaited update. As many of you know I am a very lazy man. Anyways, here we go again! This time we have Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks! Unlike the previously posted record, this album consists of a much smaller band. Personally, I enjoy their sound much more than the Polka Extravaganza. It's a very rustic, simple sounding recording. It consists of lots of banjos and organs. Very cool stuff. Speaking of the Polka Extravaganza, Frankie Yankovic and His Yanks also do a rendition of "Beer Barrel Polka". Thinking about it makes my mouth water for an ice cold brew and a salty pretzel.

Many of you may be wondering this, but no, Frankie is by no means related to Weird Al. I know, I was kinda bummed out too, but it turns out that Al played accordion on one of Frankie's last songs. Now that is pretty damn rad.

I hope you guys enjoy this one, and I promise you that updates will be more frequent!

Download here:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Polka Extravaganza-The World‘s Biggest Polka Band

Alright Ladies and Gents, let‘s truly get this party started. Here is the first record up for download, and let me tell you, it‘s one of the best I have in my collection. This record is what anyone would expect polka to sound like, lots of horns and lots of folks having a damn good time. With song titles like “Pizza Polka“, “Grandpa Likes to Polka“, and “Beer Barrel Polka“, how can you possibly go wrong? Let‘s get this revolution started right, with the Polka Extravaganza!

Download here!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Time to get this party started...

Welcome, my friends, to a blogging experiment that is sure to fail. In the next couple of days I will begin my journey as a "Polka Blogger", bringing you the best polka tunes this side of the forever demolished Berlin Wall. So grab a beer, get on your dancing shoes, and enjoy!