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Accordion Solo!

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Released  2005 (US)
Length  76:20
Release date  2005
Label  Asian Man Records
Recorded  1999-2000
Artist  Ten in the Swear Jar
Producer  Jamie Stewart
Genre  Experimental rock
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Accordion Solo! is a 2005 album by Ten in the Swear Jar. It is the band's third release under that name, a complete discography derived from all their previous releases. It is released by Asian Man Records who described it as "A collection of live recordings, "field recordings" and studio tracks with complex lyrics, beautiful melodies, and diverse instrumentation." The live tracks are acknowledged to be of imperfect quality.


Track listing

  1. "Malafuquana Espana"  – 1:47
  2. "Hot Karl"  – 3:04
  3. "San Jose Fight Song"  – 4:20
  4. "I Don't Play the Drumz"  – 4:13
  5. "Gauntlet of Thor the Destroyer"  – 5:33
  6. "Fort Awesome Drunk Tank"  – 0:52
  7. "Helsabot"  – 3:21
  8. "Famine"  – 4:32
  9. "I Love the Valley"  – 3:39
  10. "Leg Show"  – 4:14
  11. "King Earth"  – 4:09
  12. "Melon"  – 0:48
  13. "When You Write"  – 3:58
  14. "Worry Boy"  – 3:54
  15. "Sita Deth"  – 3:31
  16. "House Quake II"  – 3:56
  17. "Sad Girl"  – 3:21
  18. "In The Blue Trunks J.H."  – 3:28
  19. "Accordion Solo!"  – 0:04
  20. "Gauntlet of Thor the Destroyer (live)"  – 5:41
  21. "I Love the Valley (live)"  – 3:21
  22. "House Quake II (live)"  – 4:23

Explanation of tracks

  • 1, 6, 12, 19 are field recordings
  • 20-22 are live recordings from The Usual in San Jose, California
  • Reception

    Tiny Mix Tapes wrote, "Save the chirp 'n' croak of the unnecessary field recordings, Accordion Solo! presents a compelling alter ego to counteract the clucking of one of indie-rock's favorite chickens . . . [A] calculated, cocksure, and soiled like a bona fide dumpster mattress with all sorts of beautiful yellow, orange, and brown taint/mung stains."

    Pitchfork Media wrote, "Accordion Solo! is the rare early-career document that works as a stand-alone record. One gets the sense that Stewart had yet to develop the confidence to be as melodramatic as he'd like, and Xiu Xiu detractors might find this preferable to the more realized recent work, while for neophytes, it will provide a valuable foothold on Stewart's daunting, alien terrain."


    1Malafuquana España1:48
    2Hot Karl3:04
    3San Jose Fight Song4:21


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