Apr 4 2014

The soul of music – the heart of XyloVan’s Indiegogo campaign

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XyloVan coaxes all flavors of music out of the people who play it: Jazz, TV themes, happy heedless drumming and wild, intricate improvisation. That’s why we’re raising funds to resurrect it – because it empowers creativity and brings happiness to everyone who grabs a pair of sticks to play – Check out this short video and then Contribute what you can!

Please give us a hand by sharing this link on your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr – anywhere you think people might see it and be moved to help. Just 10 days left!


Mar 24 2014

Starting to machine our Indiegogo perks!

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Hey, friends: We’re hand-machining two types of amulets out of raw block aluminum for our Indiegogo donors.

The end result is a glossy, lightweight, rough-hewn one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry suitable for sweetening your ensemble, deflecting bullets or reflecting flirty glints of love into desirable people’s eyes.

Here’s the process we go through to make a slice amulet ($35 level – which also gets the sticker, XyloVan crew patch and a place of honor on the Roster of Love).

Please share this link and encourage your friends to give us a hand! This is just one of the cool perks we’re offering in thanks!


Mar 11 2014

XyloVan – almost 1/4 toward our Indiegogo goal!

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Hey, friends – the BoingBoing coverage gave us a nice little bump, but we want to keep our momentum going.

In 2 days, we’ll be 25% through our campaign, and we’d like to be past 25% of our goal. Help us get to $2,500 before Thursday!

Please share our campaign link with anyone you know who loves XyloVan but is hanging back for now – and if you’re hanging back, well jump on in!

We need your help to bring the marvelous XyloVan back to the people – and we’re offering sweet handmade perks in thanks for your help. Give us a hand!


Mar 6 2014

XyloVan is featured on BoingBoing – w00t!

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bbsmBig news – We just got featured on BoingBoing!

A huge thanks to Cory for taking note of our work – we couldn’t be more thrilled.

And welcome, BoingBoing readers! We hope you enjoy what you see here and spread the word about our project.

Somewhere out there, we just know there’s a music lover who needs a handbuilt xylophone, Xylovan rides and a personal Xylovan appearance or two – Take a gander at our perks and give us a hand!


Mar 5 2014

Support XyloVan on Indiegogo!

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indiegogohero_smThat’s right, friends, we’re campaigning on Indiegogo right now!

Please jump in, check out our video and give as much as you can to help XyloVan get back on the road and all gussied up with new lights, sound and instruments.

Please share this link with your friends and help us bring more music to the people. What’s in it for you? Aside from keeping one of the world’s weirdest, most interactive art cars in action?

Well, handsome schwag, ruggedly beautiful handcrafted aluminum amulets, gorgeous musical instruments, personal appearances by XyloVan and a helluva lot more. Please come check it out and give us a hand!


Feb 19 2014

Xylovan’s neighbors – and our coming Indiegogo campaign!

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photoSo – a little background:

a) We live on a narrow, hilly street, but most of the neighbors are cool.
b) We’re almost ready to kick off our IndieGogo campaign to give Xylovan a badly-needed new engine
c) Not all the neighbors are cool, it seems
d) We just jumpstarted it (had to use both my car and an auxiliary power pack and a lot of prayer), moved it 10 feet and posted this note on it:

A Note to Our Neighbors!

Hi:

We’re the family that built Xylovan 4 years ago, and it has delighted thousands of people who have had a chance to play on it wherever it goes.

Please know that the vehicle is not abandoned. It’s just awaiting a heart transplant that we can’t yet afford.

The engine blew a head gasket last year, so we cannot move it more than a few feet until we can raise the money to buy a new engine.

As it turns out – just as we were preparing an online fundraising campaign this month at IndieGogo.com to raise the $5,000 we need – one of you complained to the Parking Authority, and we got a ticket and narrowly avoided having it towed from the street today at even greater cost.

It seems we owe you an apology for not having moved it sooner – and perhaps for not talking with you directly about our handmade musical instrument.

All of our direct neighbors have told us they are comfortable with its parking place and they enjoy having it around. But we did not reach you – and for that, we are sorry.

Please do feel comfortable contacting us directly – we don’t bite – and let us understand your concerns so we can work to address them directly.

Xylovan *is* here to stay – it’s part of our lives and the lives of more of your other neighbors than you may realize – and we hope that we can work with you to make you feel more at ease with it as part of our neighborhood together.

Here’s the good news – We expect to raise the money within about 30 days and repair the engine soon thereafter. and we will be working all spring to get the van cleaned up, repainted and ready to bring music to more people. So while Xylovan will always be big and a little weird-looking, at least it will look more attractive and move a lot more often.

In the meantime, we will try to keep the van parked closer to the neighbors who appreciate it (and farther from your door) – and we hope you will take a little time to learn more about us, and about our musical art car.

Yours,

The Reeds | 310.722.3392
Xylovan.com (and) Facebook.com/Xylovan

We really hope they contact us so we can do right by them. We can’t keep paying tickets, and we really can’t park it anywhere substantially different.


Sep 9 2013

What happened … And what’s next for XyloVan

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IMG_8513So here we were, all ready for Burning Man 2013.

We were gonna drive up there, set up XyloVan for all the Swing City visitors to play, get re-married on Tuesday, volunteer at Gate and Cafe again – just have a total ball.

 

Look! Here’s Xylovan all stuffed to the gills with gear, ready (or so it seemed) for the 12-hour drive to Black Rock City, NV! Continue reading


Aug 24 2013

Xylovan down, but crew will make it to BRC

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imageSad news, friends.

Xylovan suffered a mysterious overheating problem en route to the playa. After toiling 12 hours to replace the thermostat and water pump in a gas station in one of the sketchier parts of Pacoima, we were heartbroken to discover that the problem still wasn’t cured, so we made the best decision we could.

Xylovan is being towed home to Silver Lake, and we’re offloading everything to a rental van for the big drive to Black Rock City.

We have important business there – renewing our wedding vows after 19 marvelous years together!

We’ll see you all in the dust very soon.


Apr 18 2013

Lucidity Festival 2013

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Lucidity Festival was a much needed calm in the storm of our lives. Lately, it’s seemed like the plates we’re spinning are spinning us, and someone keeps adding more plates! At some point, your realize your life is living you, and you need to re-center, to find peace and solidity among solid souls with good intent.

So you came to the Lucidity Festival (again) , and you lose yourself in play and art and noise, and embrace old friends and make new ones and then you remember what it was you were up to before you got too busy to smile.

And then you smile.

We were so glad to bring the van out again and invite you all to play. Thank you all for the lovely sounds you made with us. We hope you found your peace, too. Maybe we’ll see you on the playa, if not sooner.


Mar 23 2013

L.A. Burning Man Bequinox 2013 – The first time

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We built Seraphim, a 24-foot-high multi-ton wooden sculpture, in the desert last weekend near Joshua Tree, for BEquinox, the inaugural spring gathering of the Los Angeles Burning Man community.

Four artists adorned the flame vortex with angels representing the four largest cultures of modern L.A. – Latino, African, European and Asian – and participants wrote and painted their dreams, fears, desires and wishes onto salvaged pallet slats that we then screwed and nailed to the outsides of the vortex.

When the structure was almost complete, we secreted “The Human Spirit” – an angel sculpted in steel – inside and then finished walling her up. This weekend, we gathered for BEquinox – nearly 1,000 of us – and enjoyed each others’ art, music, libations and company.

Then we fueled the structure with gasoline, kerosene and lamp oil, lit road flares and put it to the torch.

Flames roared into the gentle desert night, warming and exciting us all, burning away the structure and revealing the surprise – the scorched, warped steel angel twisting inside the howling, wind-driven blaze.

Just a hunch – I think this is the start of a long and marvelous tradition for those around L.A. who burn brightest – in art and spirit as in life.

Huge hugs and thanks to everyone who welcomed me to the crew and made this the best, hardest, most rewarding thing I’ve ever helped build.