After hearing high praise from numerous sources over recent months, I finally had the opportunity to see The Destroyers play live this weekend and discover if they live up to the hype.
To categorize or pigeon-hole this multi-musician ensemble isn't so easy. However I'll make a ham-fisted attempt by describing their rawkus, energetic and relentlessly fun performance as a moravian-ooomp-pah, folk-punk wall-of-sound infused with an acid laced soul of Ennio Morriconi. No offence to anyone involved or to you more articulate and enlightened musos - it's meant in a complimentary fashion.
Festooned with a vast array of instruments (many of which I recognized) and some fantastically bizarre pointy hats The Destroyers provide an audio-visual assault on the senses which you can't help but both smile at whilst simultaneously jumping about to.
Good to briefly catch up with band member Dan O'connoll, formerly of Brum mates 3form who recently relocated to the big Smoke and has found himself at McCann London.
“Do I hear any more bids? Going once, going twice . . and sold to the generous person with the extremely large wallet”
A quick update to a previous post. We attended the Art Auction in support of Cure Leukeamia this week. It was a highly enjoyable evening, not to mention a tremendous succes, having raised over Â£10,000 for the Leukaemia centre at University Hospital Birmingham.
Thanks to all concerned for putting on such a fabulous event. I will begin saving now for next years event with a view to acquiring a future-masterpiece!
Accomplished charmer, general good-guy and mate-of-made Harvey Scriven is running the marathon this weekend, why not visit his marathon blog and donate a few quid in aid of the Parkinson’s Disease Society? The blog’s worth a look in its own right, featuring nike/ipod/wordpress/google-map mash-ups. Harvey’s not your typical web 2.0 geek either, so it just goes to show how these nerdy technologies are filtering into the mainstream. Josh wrote a post about the nike/ipod stuff a while back.
Good luck to our overworked accountant Phil Ward too, he will also be running. You can donate on his page, this time in aid of Diabetes UK.
On Wednesday 11th April weâ€™re giving a short presentation, The Making of Diarised, at Oxford Geek Night. Our proposal suggests:
A 100 mile an hour run through the development of Diarised.com, the lessons we learned, the highs and lows, the use of microformats, internationalisation, and the launch day experience of making the Daring Fireball linked list...
So not much to pack in then? We really are going to try and cover the lot in just five minutes. Itâ€™ll be fast-paced, breathless, and, hopefully, a whole lot of fun. Itâ€™s already looking like itâ€™s going to be packed but if youâ€™re quick you may yet be able to reserve a place. Entry is free and a number of us will be on hand to answer questions and generally geek out afterwards.
The keynote speakers for the night are Jon Hicks, talking about web typography and what's hot in the typography world for 2007 and James Webster from Amazon UK presenting Amazon's suite of powerful web services. With several other mini-presentations, thatâ€™s a mightily impressive line-up for such an informal event and itâ€™s quite an honour to be given one of the slots to talk about Diarised for the first time in public.
Weâ€™re looking forward to it.