As mentioned in this post about Tippa Irie.
I came back to Chengdu just in time to play at the Dongjing Music Festival, which was one of the more photogenic NYE events I have played at.
Happy new year! This is the 1,000th post on this site. And by far the most substantial photo update I have ever posted. I have been traveling a lot recently and was lucky enough to hit many of my favorite cities.
I put a few images below each city, with a link to the full gallery below. These were all taken with a Fuji X100T, which I recently upgraded to from the X100.
More Beijing Late-2014 Photos
More Chongqing Late-2014 Photos
More N.Y.C. Late-2014 Photos
More Washington D.C. Late-2014 Photos
As mentioned in this post about Tippa Irie.
I took on a pair of exciting new projects at the beginning of the summer – one of them was the Banana Boat, the tricycle-based sound system that I’ve been cooperating with the Natooke Bicycle Shop on. They make custom fixed gear bicycles of remarkable quality and I’ve been doing music for over a decade so it’s been a good match.
We started with a traditional Chinese pedal-powered tricycle (called a 三轮车 in Chinese, or simply three-wheeled vehicle), but we’re stepping up to a fully custom made bamboo cargo bicycle frame. It’s been under construction for about a month, since our original Banana Boat was stolen outside of the bike shop (due to plain negligence, not some crafty thievery).
As soon as that’s complete I’ll post photos and information on how the cargo bike was designed and constructed, but until then I’ll just post a collection of outdoor movie night flyers along with some info on the movie night events we’ve been doing this summer. We’ve done other events with the Banana Boat – group bicycle rides and street parties, but the outdoor movie concept is the one that I’ll focus on in this post.
All of these events took place in the same alley in the Yulin neighborhood where I live. Sundays at 8pm we’d show up with our tricycle playing music while we set up our projector and laptop to show the movie of the week. How did we select movies? Each film has nostalgic or cultural value that we felt added meaning to our mostly Chinese audience. On our most successful nights, there were crowds of nearly 100 people, watching English language movies with Chinese subtitles in the Chengdu streets.
You can’t just watch a movie anywhere unless you have the right equipment for it. And I gotta say, we are pretty much kitted up for this. Here are the pieces that we assembled:
Although summertime is coming to a conclusion, we still have a few outdoor movie nights left. I’ll be sure to enjoy them.
Chengdu is a city surrounded concentric circles with Tianfu Square at the center. Currently there are three ring roads encircling Chengdu and major construction has just completed on the second, adding a gigantic second layer to the highway which encircles the city. One side effect of all this development is, as many people have been saying, that traffic threatens the Chengdu way of life. It’s hard to be laid back and stuck in traffic at the same time.
But now that it’s done, it doesn’t feel like such a bad thing. Traffic and pollution have greatly improved and this is now the fastest way to traverse the city. Fingers crossed that Chengdu doesn’t grow to demand seven ring roads like Beijing has.
It still looks and feels strange to me though, like walking down into the Chengdu subway for the first time.
After waiting five weeks for construction of the aluminum frame, I’ve taken possession of my new bike.
Built by master bikesmiths Jacob Klink and Larry Adamson at Natooke Chengdu. Some notes:
I love it to death. Big thanks to Jacob and Larry at Natooke Chengdu.
Over the last year in Chengdu there have been a handful of Tailor Made events in the city, organized by an American expat named Michael. Trying and failing to get a suit made in Chengdu of high quality and reasonable price, he coaxed a group of Beijing-based tailors to visit Chengdu for a weekend, taking orders for custom shirts and suits from dozens of expat customers. Tailor Made was born.
I visited for the first time yesterday and ordered a pair of custom cotton shirts which I should receive in about two weeks. The selection process was a little overwhelming – hundreds of different fabric types, in addition to shirt styles. I took about 10 minutes to finalize everything, choosing a pale blue and patterned white shirt, totalling about $80 US. They offered cheaper synthetic shirts but I’m willing to pay more for cotton.