9 Great Sounds
|A short list of people, places, and things that are part of the city's soundscape.
The songbirds that are brought into the Hua Mei Bird Garden on the LES are as transporting as they are unexpected.
Nowhere in the world are people advised to watch their back as frequently, colorfully, sometimes impatiently, as they are in NY. It's a shibboleth that means, of course, move!, but watchyerback! manages to sound less like a command than a bit of benign urban wisdom.
The monthly radio show of the NY Society of Acoustic Ecology on free103point9. The next edition, May 23rd, is on the sound sculptures of Jesse Seay.
Morning, After A Snowstorm
If the city were a grand piano, this would be the only time the damper pedal is ever used.
A Broadway Audience, 7:55pm
An overture to the overture, the sound of happy anticipation and benefit of the doubt.
Riverside Church Carillon
The bells of New York.
Whispered sweet nothings never sound better than they do at the Whispering Gallery outside Grand Central's Oyster Bar.
The Big Sleep
At the Mercury Lounge on 5/13, our friends at Oh My Rockness say The Big Sleep's driving pysch-rock doesn't sound like every young NYC band.
Even though the beloved Mets announcer died in 2004, it's still impossible to hear the sound of that voice and not think of NY. Vice-versa, too.
Today on Wish You Were Here:
skint - adj. british slang (1930-35)
lacking funds, broke, bust, stone-broke, impecunious
Around town this weekend, courtesy of the skint: a daily listing of free and cheap things to buy, see, do and eat in New York.
a who's who of modern documentarians gather to discuss their new doc. freakonomics, based on the book. eugene jarecki (why we fight), morgan spurlock (supersize me), seth gordon (the king of kong), alex gibney (taxi to the dark side), heidi ewing and rachel grady (jesus camp). followed by jean-pierre jeunet (amÃ©lie, delicatessen) discussing his latest film, micmacs. apple soho, free. [fri 6pm]
the tribeca film festival's family street fair takes over the nabe with activities, performances, a free screening, more [sat 10am-6pm]
the godmother of punk patti smith talks about her new memoir, just kids, with jonathan lethem (motherless brooklyn). cooper union, $10. [sat 1pm]
town hall's annual free for all concerts provide 1,500 free tickets to performances [sun 12pm + 6/6]
10 food trucks (calexico carne asada, rickshaw dumpling, treats truck, more) convene at the hell's kitchen flea market for the gourmet food truck bazaar. pay-as-you-go. [sun 11am-4pm]