Fricke's Picks: Cajun Spice and Thrash


The Zydepunks — a New Orleans quintet with dueling accordions and fiddles instead of rock guitars — play a fast, whirling music that is not just zydeco and way more than punk. Their set at this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival had the Cajun waltzers baffled. Everyone else just jumped for joy to the speed-core mélange of klezmer tornadoes, Balkan dances, Celtic reels and bayou-squeezebox war — also available, at high velocity, on the band's latest album, Exile Waltz (Nine Mile).

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David Fricke

Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke has more than 10,000 albums in his New York apartment. His first record review for the magazine was Frank Zappa's 'Sheik Yerbouti' (RS 290).

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