Since my post about the stairs around Julliard I found this video about some musical stairs that were installed in Odenplan, Stockholm. The idea was that if stairs were made to be fun, that more people would use them. As it turns out, the stairs saw a 66% increase in usage because of this. Cute, right?
Now imagine if we did more imaginative things like this with stairs, but instead of music they produced power? Foot traffic is one of the most under utilized forms of potential energy. In my opinion they should rip out escalator all together and make stairs that capture the energy of your step to power buildings. I definitely realize that there are people out there with disabilities and so you have elevators to help them. Wouldn’t it be nice to start using these everyday objects in a more productive way?
The folks over at La Blogotheque started a new series earlier this year called Soirée de Poche, which is like their Take Away Shows except for the fact they play in front of a very small, intimate audience. So far there have only been 5 shows but with amazing artists like Kings of Conveneience, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Bowerbirds and Beirut, who I’ve pasted above.
The style of these videos feels very off the cuff and you absolutely feel like you’re there partying and singing along with the band. Beirut just has the best energy of any band I’ve seen live and the French certainly know how to have a good time, especially when they start singing Shiki Shiki Baba. I want to go to there.
It’s still Monday here in Los Angeles, so I thought I’d post one other musical tidbit. My buddy Punchy just posted this to his Twitter and I’ve been listening to it on repeat since I clicked the link open. I’m not familiar with Beni, and I have only a passing knowledge of Sam Sparro, but this is THE JAM. It’s got a real Planet Rock vibe to it, something you just want to dance reallllly hard to. I’d be disappointed if this wasn’t playing in every club in the nation by next week.
Last month the folks over at Soundwalk released a 24 hour long mix that was created for Philippe Starck. The mix is one giant loop which never ends, giving you a constant stream of music that’s entirely mixed together from beginning to… oh, right.
They’ve presented the mix in a couple different ways. First, you can download an app for your iPhone or iPod touch that allows you to listen to it through your headphones. I tried this the other night, and I actually fell asleep to all the weird ambient sounds and I’m pretty sure there French people speaking. The other way is through your browser, which you can find here. They also let you control the music in a small way. You can shake the iPhone, the real one or the browser version, and it’ll change times, and thus, the mood of the music.
It’s a really great idea and the music is really wonderful. I heard a couple of Erick Messler songs on there which surprised me, cuz’ I didn’t think anyone knew who he was. I’m sad I didn’t come up with this idea first for the mixcasts or mixtapes!
Tonight at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus The Decemberists will be playing a very special show as a part of their tour. They’ve commissioned four filmmakers, Guilherme Marcondes, Julia Pott, Peter Sluszka and Santa Mari, to create visuals that coincide with their most recent album, The Hazards of Love. The show is called Here Comes The Waves and will feature the band playing the entire album along to the visuals that have been created.
This is being put on by friends over at Flux, who’ve yet again created another amazing event to go to here in Los Angeles. The event is also benefiting The Grammy Foundation helps support music programs for high school students. Check out the preview above, it’s a pretty great look at how amazing the work in the show is.
Royce Hall / UCLA
340 Royce Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Box Office 310-825-2101