Each year since 2012, we've compiled a survey of the past year's historic preservation gains, losses and the bittersweet things that teeter in between. Today we released 22 for 2015, where you'll find all our favorite funiculars, cafeterias, neon signs, giant hot dogs, celebrity pet hospitals, tiki bar fish friends and so much more. If you dig old L.A., stop by and see if your favorite place made the list.
For many Los Angeles residents, the green fence represents dramatic change. Its arrival signals a tear down of an older home and months-long construction of a mcmansion on their street. The Green Fence Projects documents the transformation in one neighborhood that's seeing a growing number of these tear downs and build ups. [more inside]
An immersive nocturnal ambient sound experience created and performed by yours truly. Mixing hundreds of field recordings, soundscapes, shortwave radio interceptions, natural drones, found audio, and more, it's a wide-ranging sonic odyssey which reflects ecologies of many kinds: environmental (ocean sounds, wildlife, atmospheres), religious (calls to prayer and ritual singing), radiophonic (data transmissions, Morse code, folkloric music) and beyond. The Flight is performed live and, like a traditional performance, adapts to the interests, affinities, and response of its audience. [more inside]
From Esotouric, the offbeat Los Angeles tour company, here's a very opinionated list of the past year's most notable historic preservation gains, losses... and those bittersweet moments that hover somewhere in the middle and keep us up nights.
Photos, mostly of LA, mostly with a Holga.
Bunny and Coco podcast from an enormous bed in downtown Hollywood, California, telling weird and wild stories from the most famous neighborhood in the world. Episode four includes an interview with Julia Marchese, who started the petition to save 45mm film, and who discusses the unique pleasures of the revival house cinema. Theme song by MeFi's own frenetic, AKA Brad Sucks: It's this incredible song. [more inside]
A look at the strange history of the Los Angeles neighborhood known as Hollywood, written from inside a building on Cherokee where the Go-Go's formed. [more inside]