photo by annie monroe via instagram
Ray & Remora, from their upcoming EP titled ‘1994’, here covering Pavement's Gold Soundz
I need secrets
the songs covered on 1994:
1) “Like a Fool” (original by Superchunk)
2) “Gold Soundz” (original by Pavement)
3) “Say It Ain’t So” (original by Weezer)
4) “Skull” (original by Sebadoh)
5) “Feel The Pain” (original by Dinosaur Jr.)
6) “The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory” (original by Guided by Voices)]
Noise in NYC
Big cities like NYC are full of great sights, sounds … and noises.
Ambient noise is the noise from traffic, construction, industrial or recreation activities, animals, or people’s voices, that someone doesn’t want to hear. Too much ambient noise can cause stress, higher blood pressure, and interference with sleep.
To gain a better understanding of ambient noise disturbance among all New Yorkers, a recent Community Health Survey asked adults about how often they were disrupted by noise within the previous three months and why. Here’s what we learned:
- 4 in 10 New Yorkers reported having activities disrupted by noise from outside their homes at least once in the previous 3 months.
- 3 in 4 of New Yorkers experiencing frequent noise disruptions —about 828,000 New Yorkers—reported noise disruption 7 or more times per week.
- More than half of all those reporting any noise disruption said they were disturbed by noise coming from traffic – noise from cars, trucks, or other vehicles, excluding emergency sirens – and about half said neighbors and emergency sirens caused their noise disruption.
NYC also tracks noise complaints through its 311 calling system. Of the 1,783,133 complaints to the 311 call system in 2009:
- 111,730 (6%) of 311 calls were noise-related.
- More than half of 311 noise complaints were related to noise from loud music and parties (34%) or other social environment causes (24%) such as noise from neighbors, loud talking, loud TV, alarms going off, ice cream trucks, or noise from ventilation units.
- 1 out of 5 noise calls to 311 were to complain about traffic or transportation noise.
- 311 complaint data show that residents of Manhattan disproportionally called about noise-related complaints in 2009.
- Central Harlem-Morningside Heights, Chelsea-Village, and Union Square-Lower Manhattan were among the top five communities with the highest 311 noise-related calls rates as well as the highest prevalence of noise disruption, as reported to the Community Health Survey.
Want to learn more? Check out our new report for more NYC noise facts.
I suppose it was only a matter of time…
[via @bmorrissey on twitter]
Liz Phair, sort of covering The Star Spangled Banner in an unreleased song from 1997, Bars of the Bed
When I want to go out
I tell my husband I gotta work late
Oh, say, can you see
By the dawn’s early light
This is a long read, but really interesting and timely, if you love San Francisco. And who doesn’t? It’s a phenomenal place. But it’s changing. And in some ways its refusal to change is causing unintended changes anyway. Most people won’t have or take time to read this TechCrunch article, but I do recommend it to anyone interested in the city and in things like inequality and rigid building codes and earthquakes and evictions and people who want to work and live in a great city that is already full.
Today, the tech industry is apparently on track to destroy one of the world’s most valuable cultural treasures, San Francisco, by pushing out the diverse people who have helped create it. At least that’s the story you’ve read in hundreds of articles lately.
It doesn’t have to be this way. But everyone who lives in the Bay Area today needs to accept responsibility for making changes where they live so that everyone who wants to be here, can. The alternative — inaction and self-absorption — very well could create the cynical elite paradise and middle-class dystopia that many fear. I’ve spent time looking into the city’s historical housing and development policies. With the protests escalating again, I am pretty tired of seeing the city’s young and disenfranchised fight each other amid an extreme housing shoupdatertage created by 30 to 40 years of NIMBYism (or “Not-In-My-Backyard-ism”) from the old wealth of the city and down from the peninsula suburbs.
Here is a very long explainer. Sorry, this isn’t a shorter post or that I didn’t break it into 20 pieces. If you’re wondering why people are protesting you, how we got to this housing crisis, why rent control exists or why tech is even shifting to San Francisco in the first place, this is meant to provide some common points of understanding.