Monday, June 05, 2006

SF Accordion Festival

Did you know that the accordion is the offical instrument of San Francisco?

I tried to get this one under the ourmedia file size limit, but there was simply too much cool stuff to show. YouTube it is, then. In any case, I was pleasantly relieved to see lots of young people there. Not only does this make it easier to blend in, but they also tend to be more vigorous dancers.

Big thanks to the amazing Skyler Fell of Accordion Apocalypse for being such an excellent interviewee. Big thanks to Tom Torriglia of All Things Accordion for driving the festival.

The performers, in order of appearance are:

Sunday, June 04, 2006

B.A.D. Girls!

Bay Area Derby Girls

The Bay Area Derby Girls are our local all-girl flat track roller derby club. The two original teams, the Oakland Outlaws and the S.F. ShEvil Dead, recently welcomed two new teams, the Alcatraz Escapees and the Treasure Island Gold Diggers. This was shot at the newbies' first exhibition bout.

Modern roller derby, for those of you unfamiliar, is like a cross between a relay race, rugby, and a burlesque. Unlike 70's roller derby, the bouts aren't choreographed, so all the bumps and crashes are teeth-jarringly real.

I've been to other B.A.D. Girl bouts, and they have all been totally sweet.. Check their website for upcoming events, or, if you're of the XX persuasion, consider signing up.

The music is "Anything Goes" as sung by Ramona Davies, from a remarkably well-preserved 78 in the public domain, available at the internet archive.