This Charity Spotlight segment is to get funds raised by a runner in the LA Marathon on March 17. The chap raising the money…? Yep, he’s into Star Trek, comics, and other geeky stuff.
Meet Darnell Davis, a towering man with an even bigger heart. He’s literally heads above the rest. He’s going to be putting himself through one heck of a day in order to raise money for the Lets Foundation. Below is Davis’ pitch for donating, along with the Lets Foundation’s cornerstone story to what they try to provide.
Being a youngster today is hard enough. This cause is something that can tug at almost everyone’s heartstrings. Due to various influences in school, life, and among their peers, kids have started turning to the dark, isolated places of their mind that can lead to self-destructive actions, and people in their lives might not have noticed or not know how to confront it. There is always hope. Please consider donating.
Darnell Davis’ pitch:
So I am going to be running in the Los Angeles Marathon next month. No I take that back my knees don’t really allow me to run so I’m going to be walking in the Los Angeles Marathon. Well by mile 26 I’m sure I’ll be crawling in the Los Angeles marathon. What ever the mode of transportation I will be participating in this years race.
So since I am going to be in so much pain I decided that I might as well do some good at the same time… Also I will be able to to tell strangers I meet on the street, “Did I mention I’m raising money for charity by walking the LA Marathon? Yea cause that’s how I roll”
The charity I am walking for is “Lets”
An organization that wants to help remove the stigma of mental illness from our children and teens. So that can feel comfortable reaching out for help. And hopefully bring to a halt the horror of teen suicide.
So that’s my pitch. I can’t tell you how much I would appreciate you guys donating a few dollars to this cause. Just a little will help a lot.
Everyday youth run for their lives, trying to keep a steady pace with a world that often overlooks them from the start. Without the proper tools of communication, these kids may be lost in the cracks, saddled with fractured mental health. The lack of attention that youth are given to discuss their own personal mental health, to forcibly break the stigma created around issues that they deal with on a daily basis, can cause them to walk towards places that are dark, confining, and permanently destructive.
Without proper alternatives, our world is forcing our youth to run towards suicide as the only solution. For every 100,000 youth – 20.5 of those ages 10 to 24 will die by suicide in just 1 year, including another 11 attempts. Sadly most are not reported. Suicide is not the solution.
We should be teaching kids to run towards the health they want, the health they deserve, the health they can talk about openly with adults, without judgement and fear. We should be teaching youth to race to live their lives to the fullest, not ending them before they have even begun.
At the LETS Foundation, we believe so strongly in this race, to deliver the message of a peer to peer organization that teaches viable communication tools to youth and erases the stigma of mental health, that we are willing to actually run the race ourselves. Physically, we run in marathons to promote the healthy spread of racing for a life worth living, a life that exists without stigma.
We are asking you to race with us. Race for us. LETS race together to bring light that suicide is not the solution.
LETS race for a change. LETS race for the youth. LETS race for you and for me.
Please support our exciting race for kids by running with LETSRunLA in the Marathon or making a donation.
The rest is an amazing tale of pillage and plunder and the lust for a “well tended” life through the years. Comrades were lost along the way, new seafaring souls have come on board. Currently featuring Captain Wolfbeard O’Brady on accordion and whistles, Riven Rahl on toy piano, Rouba Juba on mandolin and steel-string guitar, Stark Cordwain on Irish bouzouki and tin whistle, Deckard Cordwain on ukulele, Smithy Crow on upright bass, and Gunmaster Castle on a mini drum contraption and steel pans, these lads have the energy and talents to keep on churning out incredibly interesting stuff.
The Dread Crew has coined the “Heavy Mahogany” musical genre label (thus the name of their latest CD), and with good reason. They have amassed an applaudable sized following since their beginnings back in 2008. They have received local and national radio play, and have performed live at some of the biggest fairs in the nation.
Being introduced to their band last year via the Renaissance and Pirate Faire circuits, their music and live shows were incredibly rough around the edges. With handfuls of those who caught the shows at one place or another, it seemed to be a situation of people either really loving The Dread Crew, or really not. They must have been working on the unplugged shows, because their recent gig running with the Southern California Renaissance Faire has brought out a more comprehensible show experience. There have been some people in the “really not” category that have happily changed over since the beginning of the Faire. If you have found yourself in that same preference, it’d be good to give them another chance when you can. Make sure that it’s on the NC-17 stage.
As always, The Dread Crew puts out an enormous amount of energy. It’s being channeled into a good mix of audience participation, pleasure in their music, and rum-drenched-head-banging-hair-flinging.
Probably the best example of their energies has been the release of their latest CD, “Heavy Mahogany”. Right off the bat, it’s worth buying it. The CD case alone is chock full of eye-candy-story-artwork and lyrics.
The first track brings in a powerful start with “Meat Bread and Wine”, a song of camaraderie and pleasures in life, along with a toast to living another year and having another drink. This song is the first teasing bit into the harmonies that the gents are capable of on this album. At the end of the song, the CD paused for the next track, and the thought of “Holy crap, this shit is good” (verbatim) came into the brain.
Æirship Of Doom is a fantastically imaginative story, while keeping true to the roughened piratical nature. The harmonies come in and add a great effect to the chorus to the point of being catchy enough to have it stuck in the head for hours after.
Just a side note, at this point, one hopes that any who have prejudices regarding accordions has since been swayed. Yes, Wolfbeard’s accordion rocks this album.
Moving on through the songs, Brothel Royale! is a plethora of whores here/there/everywhere, dirty lyrics and enticing rhymes. Or perhaps it’s enticing lyrics and dirty rhymes.
If you’re looking for a harder sound, the song Berserker is for you. It brings out the deep, dark depths of the non-Disney’fied pirate soul.
The end of the album rounds itself out nicely with a Spanish undead uprising (Flesh Breakfast), Serpents Feast, and a brilliant mix of punk and celtic stylings in the Seafarers Medley.
Immortal Souls. As with anyone who has a musical or other artistic ambition, there’s the urge for the music to get out into the cosmos. Through this song, the soul of The Dread Crew of Oddwood, with its sea shanties, adventures, and legends will continue to get tossed about through the eternities where they will forever live on.
All in all, this album is an amazing collection of skills from some extremely talented guys. The lyrics embrace so much of pirate lore, the music can be enthralling and sometimes slightly hypnotic, and it’s apparent that a lot of heart, sweat, and blood went into this.
In continuing with keeping their fan base entertained, their website (CLICK HERE) is full of things to keep your eyes satiated for hours. Everything from the “About” story being read aloud as an audio book by Wolfbeard himself, to lyrics on past albums, shows and past shows, and their marketplace (where you can just so happen to purchase the newest album, “Heavy Mahogany”, along with other of their merch). If you’re out at the So. California Renaissance Faire, they have most of their stuff available for sale onsite.
The last album released had the first track “Queen’s Decree”. They turned out a brilliantly constructed music video. Check it out here! The ending will even fulfill a bit more of the nerd-side. Beware, gratuitous puppet blood.
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Recently, The Dread Crew of Oddwood provided their taste buds for this week’s recipe, Rum Runner’s Trifle. They approved of it, and let the lowly messengers escape unharmed. Click here to view the recipe!
Mead. Honey Wine. Grog. “Pond Water”. For Renaissance Faire-goers, sweet wine aficionados, and the normal mortal human alike, there can always be Mead. The sweet honey nectar starts at the basic part of fermentation and home brewing, and can reap some amazing rewards. Some brewers opt to add fruit and spices, each creating a new, bright, and unique taste. However, it can take up to a month for the brew to finish. If you’re rushed for a refreshing glass, and don’t have a store that carries it nearby, here’s an exceedingly easy recipe that can cost as little $7.50, and that’s if you have to go out and buy the wine and honey. Ladies and gents, I give you: Minute Mead. *Slainte*
This recipe creates a moderately heavy honey taste. The Chablis is the undertone flavor on this. You can always adjust according to your own preference.
1 – 1.5L bottle of dessert wine (using Chablis)
2/3 cup honey
(2) 2cup, or larger, liquid measuring cup, one of them should be Microwaveable
Warning: Due to displacement with the honey as a denser additive, there will be a slight bit of extra wine. Consume as necessary.
Pour 8 ounces (1cup) of wine from the bottle into each measuring cup. Into the one microwaveable cup, add the 2/3 cup honey.
Microwave the honey and wine mix for 1 minute on High. Keep an eye on it to prevent boiling.
Stir mix to make sure that the honey is incorporated into the wine to create a uniformed concentrate.
Pour this back into the wine bottle.
Replace cap on the wine bottle & shake gently to mix. Remove cap to allow any heat built up to escape. If there is still a bit of room in the bottle, feel free to add any more of the remaining wine from the other measuring cup (if not yet consumed). Remember to leave a little room in the bottle for agitation.
Replace cap and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Enjoy. The longer that it sits, the more it will “mature”, and the honey flavor will deepen slightly. Use within a month. (Personal experience has left bottles for up to a year, although it gets a little murky).
For times when more would be required, many stores also carry the Chablis in the big jug bottles (Carlo Rossi has a 3.0L bottle, which would mean that you just double everything). Muawahahahaha.
“Wish You Were Beer”. The Poxy Boggards have done it again. Publicly. Another album has been released to the world, and this newest addition displays even more refined harmonies, musical accompaniment, and sound processing capabilities. *Thumbs up Angryfolk.com.* And yes, they bring back the dirty nerdy ear candy that fans know, love, and want more of.
After the wonderfully delightful opening sea-shanty drinking tune, “Drink The Night Away”, the album slowed down for a few more traditional songs, which were still brilliantly done. I had to revert back to the iTunes album playlist to see how long a person had to wait for the first “explicit” song to come along.
Ah, there it is. Track 7’s “I Love You Beer” will get you going down to that happy Boggard place.
The Poxy Boggards have gained much of their fame from their NC-17 material, yet they seem to be displaying a more sensitive side with original songs of love and loss. “Why Are You Cryin’” is a heartfelt song (despite its uptempo beat), and might still be a real tear-jerker if you have lost a loved one, whether from life’s swift hand or in the line of noble duty.
By far, the public service announcement “Don’t Drink And Joust” is a hilarious contribution, and while you might not actually be cited as described, the advice is nonetheless well-taken. It’s nice to know that there are others out there having dealt with this issue. One can sincerely hope that a music video will come from this song.
The rendition of “She Moved Through The Fair” is an elegant re-creation of the original Irish folk song. The Boggards have captured a haunting sound for this sad story of a lost love, and the dream that followed it.
Overall, The Poxy Boggards have turned out another amazing piece of work, blending their vocal and musical talents to produce a deep and rich sound. The quality keeps getting better and better, and with their original gritty albums still holding a fond place in the heart, it’s going to be exciting to see how they further progress.
If you’re a fan of CD collecting, you can purchase “Wish You Were Beer”, along with the rest of The Poxy Boggards albums from CDBaby. If you’re into the nice and neat electronic format, iTunes is your place to get the digital downloads. Don’t forget to leave feedback and reviews on whichever forum you purchase from.
The Poxy Boggards are a 13-member harmonizing group. You can check out the band website HERE! for up to date info on music, podcasts, shows, and more! Don’t forget their shows at the Southern California Renaissance Faire!
Here is a video for the song “I Wear No Pants” from the “Liver, Let Die” album. If it sounds slightly familiar, a rendition of it was used in the Docker’s ad that aired during Super Bowl a couple of years ago.
It’s part punk rock; it’s part pirate; it’s all around awesome vocals and music! This band can be embraced by a range of peoples from renaissance faire lovers to accordion lovers to those who enjoy a deep European gypsy styling. It’s a band who doesn’t fail to get listeners and pub-goers up and dancing. While they do have a sound reminiscent of The Dropkick Murphys or Flogging Molly, these guys definitely hold their own with a unique sound and great hooks. The Facebook page reflects the genre of music as “Pub’n roll, Sailor Punk, Celtic Punk”, which brings in two interesting sub-categories that this band has nailed down (the Celtic Punk has become a world-wide known genre).
By far, the song “Pilgrim On The Road” can be set aside as one of their best tunes. Between the two albums presently released, the other songs “Brotherhood”, “Clock Strikes Midnight”, “Six Rat Rovers”, “Paddy’s Ballad”, and “Pub’n Roll” give a great feeling for the all around capabilities of the band. Paddy’s got an amazing voice which displays great passion, and the band members have an incredible grasp of their instruments which shows in the impressive sound.
Paddy and the Rats is a Hungarian band that has joined international forces to bring in some talented musicians from around Europe. Their official videos are visually stunning, and they weave interesting stories.
“Paddy & The Rats was formed by the singer-songwriter Paddy, Vince (bass) and Joey (electric guitar) in 2008. Then Seamus (drums) joined them and two authentic musicians, Sonny (accordion) and Sam (fiddle, tin whistle, banjo and bagpipe). As for their becoming rats, the six “Irish” guys say: punk is the same in music as rats among the animals – dirty and malicious, and they exactly play it. The band is combining different nations’ pub music with hot and dirty punk rock. To spice up their own songs, they use Irish pub music and Celtic features, but sometimes Russian and gypsy elements and rhythms are also present.
The band’s first album – Rats On Board – will be released in march 2010 by Nordic Records and it will be available on iTunes and Amazon. Also, Uncleowen Records is releasing it in Japan. Those listening to their music won’t definitely stay sober, because the rolling jig rhythm makes everybody dance and even jump – and get drunk! Most of the lyrics are about drinking and pub stories (Fuck You I’m Drunk, We will fight, Pub’n roll).
Last year they had more than 100 gigs, they took part in festivals in Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Slovakia and Serbia. At gigs, besides their own songs they play such Irish songs as Wild Rover or Whiskey In The Jar, sailor songs (Drunken Sailor, Bully In The Alley) and punk anthems (Sex Pistols, Green Day) with fiddle, banjo, accordion, bagpipe, whistle – and of course, a lotta rock’n’roll.
Their aim is to introduce the crowd to different kinds of pub music and pub culture… To be more precise: turn the whole world into a pub!”