Cities are always looking for ways to stand out when it comes to projecting their personality to the rest of the world. Toronto, for example, has decided that it wants to let the world know that it’s a major music centre with its 4479 initiative, something I wholeheartedly endorse and support.
I’m not part of that committee, but if anyone where to ask me what I think should be done, I have these two suggestions.
In April, Sub Pop Records will open a retail store at Sea-Tac International Airport in Seattle. There are also plans to have local bands play at the baggage claim and elsewhere. Plus there will be installations feature recordings and videos by everyone from Eddie Vedder on down. And if that weren’t enough, visitors will hear recorded greetings over the PA from people like Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie (“Welcome to Seattle”) and Alice in Chain’s Jerry Cantrell (“You can’t smoke inside the terminal”). Brilliant.
James “LCD Soundsystem” Murphy wants New York subways to sound better. From the New Yorker:
Fantastic–although given the horrible dysfunction of Toronto City Council and the glacial pace of progress at the TTC, I can’t see this happening anytime soon.
But maybe there are other cities who might like to run with these concepts. Anyone have any other ideas?