Friday, December 3, 2010

"Santa Lost A Ho" Helps Out in SF

"Santa Lost A Ho" is starting to show up again. Here it was closing out a fundraiser in SF at the 18th annual "Songs of the Season".  Makes me feel good that I can help out in my own nutty, musical way.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Gift Paks From TDA

The Holiday Gift Paks seem to be a hit with the accordion lovers out there. I'm not surprised, it's a pretty insane deal.  Check it out here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Cool Photo Essay of TDA At Oktoberfest NW 2010

Here's a cool photo essay of our show at the 2010 Oktoberfest NW in Puyallup, WA. It was put together by our new friends at This is a huge Oktoberfest and one of our favorites.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Those Darn Accordions In San Francisco

We are set for a "Holiday Party" show in San Francisco on Dec 16 at The Red Devil Lounge.  Show time is 7 pm, so folks can mosey over after work and cut loose with accordions, cocktails and a few carols to boot. Of course we'll have the usual mash up of rock classics and unbelievably hip and catchy originals. We'll also have some cool prizes to give away during the show. Everyone's going to be there, so make sure you are too!

Red Devil Lounge  1695 Polk St. @ Clay  7 PM   $10 cover  415-921-1695

Saturday, October 23, 2010

This Is Why Band's Shouldn't Do Live Albums

Down singer delivers possibly the worst-ever live performance. Somebody at the label must hate him.

[via Chunklet: "My Ears Just Threw Up"]

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oktoberfest in Puyallup With Those Darn Accordions

TDA ends it's 2010 Oktoberfest run with the biggest one yet! We head to Puyallup, WA for Oktoberfest Northwest on Friday Oct 8 and Sat. Oct 9.  We go on at 9:30 pm each night, but the fun begins at noon each day with lots of music, great food and beer!  See you there!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Those Darn Accordions Head for The Mountains

This weekend we find ourselves in the High Sierras playing the Village at Mammoth Lakes Oktoberfest. Our first show is at 6 pm on Friday Oct 1 and then 3 pm on Sat. Oct 2.  There's great food, beer and, of course,  music in one of the most beautiful settings in the world! C'mon up!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Those Darn Accordions Head for The Giant Pumpkin Drop

Seems like we are doing more Oktoberfests than ever this year, but no two are alike. I mean, I can't think of another Oktoberfest we play at that features a Giant Pumpkin Drop that smashes a car into an iron pancake. That's what is going to happen when we play in Seaside, OR on Sept 25. Look, the food, beer and music are gonna be great, but let's be honest, can you really resist seeing this thing smash into a million pieces? Not me.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Those Darn Accordions At Widmer Bros. Oktoberfest

Oh yeah, just a few days until we head back to Portland to play one of our favorite gigs,the Widmer Bros. Brewing Oktoberfest on Sept 11. There's always a great crowd and lots of excellent food and of course, beer! Lots of cool bands playing from 3 pm. We go on at 9 pm. Best of all, you only have to buy a $5 mug to get in! Sweet.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Paul Rogers at "Watervale Talent Show Night"

Every year the family and I return to Northern Michigan to a wonderful resort called Watervale. Of course, there's a 'talent show night" and this year I wrote a song about Watervale and enlisted my kids, Laura and Jonny, and a group of other talented "Watervalians" to play it. Fellow Watervalian, John Haapaniemi, made a video that gives you a good sense of the place. Can't wait to go back next year!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Paul Rogers' "Cul-de-Sac Kids" on XM's "Kids Place Live"

The coolest kids radio station, SiriusXM's "Kid's Place Live" has added another track off "The Cul-de-Sac Kids". They are now playing "Stop The Haircut" and "Sick Of Being Sick". You can check out samples to all the tunes right here.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Paul Rogers Interview on WERS FM

I'm pleased and honored that WERS FM in Boston is giving "The Cul-De-Sac Kids" airplay on their show, "The Playground". They also just posted an interview with me on their website. Cool!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New TDA blog

We've started a new blog that will work with our blog host. Oh, yes we have!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Here come "The Cul de Sac Kids"

The past 6 months I've been working on a kids CD. I've been threatening to do it for a while (about 10 years) and 2010 finally seemed like the right time to knuckle down and get it done. The CD is set for a July 20 release, but you can check out song samples here. I'll be adding an order button soon. Enjoy!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Accordions On The Rise

What's the range of a guitar? Twenty yards if you've got a good arm!

You may hear jokes along those lines soon , if an article by Seattle University Spectator is right. Accordion playing Seattleites discuss the rise of the accordion & the decline of guitars that overtook music in the 60's through 80's.

Have you noticed a rise in accordions in today's popular music? Team TDA has noticed the familiar sound in lots of T0p 40 bands - The Decemberists recently, Britney Spears years ago, & The Beatles decades ago. Who have you heard bellowing?

Image of Gogol Bordello courtesty of Flickr/Gregor_y

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spoof Trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

What made "Weird Al" weird? Modern Accordionist and Accordion Player magazines, according to the spoof trailer for biopic Weird: The Al Yankovic Story.

It's all a joke, but I wish some savvy studio would take the idea and run.

Friday, March 12, 2010

How To Wear Your Underwear

In these days and times, we've got to make every penny count and stretch our dollars as far as we can. Right? Here's a tune from the upcoming Kid's CD, "The Cul de Sac Kids", that provides instruction on how to get maximum undie "wear".
Listen carefully, there will be a quiz tomorrow!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Bratwurst: Cook 'Em Right!

An excellent article by Bob Currer on how to properly cook a brat. It also gives mention to TDA's "First Bratwurst Of Summer". I'm looking out at the grill and thinking it might be time to attempt a mid-winter fire-up.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pecking out a Tune with Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

As part of a show later this month at The Curve Gallery in London, artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has combined zebra finches with a Les Paul guitar; video embedded above. See more photos of this work & other dadaist pieces here.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Happy Birthday, Ray Stevens!

Ray Stevens, writer of great songs like 1974 nudist novelty smash "The Streak" (video above), turns 71 Sunday.

Stevens' other wacky hits over the years have included "Ahab the Arab," "Shriner's Convention" and "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills."

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Prince Reveals His "Fight Song" For The Vikings

Prince's fight song for the Vikings might work if they played badminton, but it's WAY too wimpy for football. Then again, if they play this in New Orleans, the Saints might be laughing too hard to play. Brilliant!