DAILY MAGPIE – February 28th – Balloon Mountains at ARTHURDESH

Before you go to ARTHURDESH, I want to let you know about another contributor to the benefit’s jam-packed lineup: balloonist and inventor Mathew Lippincott of the portal Where The Summer Calm of Charity Perpetually Reigns. Keep watch during the ethereal warblings of Californian experimental folkie Michael Hilde (Mountainhood) as Lippincott’s balloon mountains float across the stage. Lippincott recently finished a guide to solar balloon-building (available for download in .pdf format here), and if you find him after the performance he will give you free plastic and instructions so that you can make your very own inflatable tetrahedron — it’s even better than flying a kite!

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in JTHomesteader.com with Stephanie Smith.

3 thoughts on “DAILY MAGPIE – February 28th – Balloon Mountains at ARTHURDESH

  1. “Lippincott recently finished a guide to solar balloon-building (available for download in .pdf format here), and if you find him after the performance he will give you free plastic and instructions so that you can make your very own inflatable tetrahedron — it’s even better than flying a kite!”

    i was there but never did get one o’ these. the mary poppins song “let’s go fly a kite” has been stalking me for the past two days, and i keep thinkin’ about how i never got to fly one of these glorious spacebags. can i still get one? can anyone see this?

  2. Hi! If you were at the benefit, you probably also noticed that parts of this post did not come to fruition – there were some technical difficulties with Mat’s balloons, so he wasn’t able to fly them during Mountainhood’s set. And the guides were actually being sold for $3 (production cost).

    BUT if you are in the New York area I’m sure Mat would be more than happy to give you a tutorial, and cut you free plastic…right now’s he’s in California recording the sound of the Pacific Coast from the air (using balloons), but he’ll be back…I’ll forward your message to him if that’s ok!

    – Camilla

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