drive and Listen
June 14, 2020 7:11 AM   Subscribe

drive and Listen is a mashup of YouTube city driving videos with the same city's local radio stations. Pick a location, sit back and relax.
posted by Cardinal Fang (27 comments total) 44 users marked this as a favorite
 
Wow this was very relaxing to have while i'm at work right now. I've had next to no desire to ever go to france, but seeing the Nice coast might have changed me mind
posted by FirstMateKate at 9:05 AM on June 14 [2 favorites]


I do like the option of disabling the radio and just turning on the "street noise" so that you're just watching a stream of someone driving with their inside the car driving sounds.

Loving this so much. It has a very twitch.tv quality. Reminds me of a lot of the truck simulator games that you can watch that have this same energy and vibe. Thanks for sharing.
posted by Fizz at 9:11 AM on June 14 [1 favorite]


Wow I didn't know I needed this so much. It's a going outside simulator!
posted by Tom-B at 9:16 AM on June 14 [1 favorite]


This is excellent. I'm back outside again and very thankful. :)
posted by Ms. Moonlight at 9:18 AM on June 14


I really like it - it does have weird pop-up ads on iOS, though. (Or is it me?)
posted by dominik at 9:27 AM on June 14


This is really neat. It's surprising how much big cities around the world look similar at street level (at least in the clips we see here). If I wasn't paying super close attention, I'd guess that Beijing was Toronto. St. Petersburg could pass for that hotel/retail area you pass as you're approaching the airport in many US cities.
posted by jonathanhughes at 9:29 AM on June 14


I'm a sentimental crying type to begin with, but the several months of stay-at-home orders has somehow made me even more so.

I live in the Bronx, and since I don't drive and am disinclined to get into public transportation just yet, I have not been outside my immediate neighborhood in ages.

The "New York City" drive made me nostalgic, and when they got really close to Grand Central, gave a nice cathartic cry. I want to believe I will see a lot of my beloved city again--in person--but it seems like a dream right now. Seeing at least this much was a reminder of what it looks like, and I enjoyed it, tears notwithstanding.
posted by zorseshoes at 9:30 AM on June 14 [2 favorites]


It's surprising how much big cities around the world look similar at street level

This might have a little to do with car culture. The São Paulo drive goes through one of its most interesting neighborhoods, Bixiga, but it does so on a Robert Moses-like expressway that cut through it in the 70s so you don't see anything.
posted by Tom-B at 9:47 AM on June 14 [5 favorites]


Very cool. Needs New Orleans + WWOZ.

(Also I had the notion to start up GTA: Vice City just to listen to the radio stations in my virtual stolen car)
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 9:49 AM on June 14 [1 favorite]


LOL The Tokyo drive has that thing where people ride around in Mario Karts!
posted by Tom-B at 9:50 AM on June 14


Stockholm might be a little triggering if you don't like winter driving.
posted by LionIndex at 10:04 AM on June 14


Wow watching as someone drives you through downtown Miami is a million times more pleasant and relaxing tban actually driving that exact route.

It’s striking how different the experiences are.
posted by oddman at 10:16 AM on June 14


This is so cool!!!!
posted by wats at 11:41 AM on June 14


I did this in real life last week, just for a change of scenery. I went shopping and then took a detour home and did a drive around the streets of my nearest big city, with the radio playing, just to see some different streets and buildings and hear some different radio stations to the rubbish I can pick up at home. Leeds has a new dance music station, which seems oddly-timed but is a good listen in the car.

The choice of (four!) radio stations for London is odd. Kiss 100 and Magic 105.4 are really popular stations, but Virgin Radio is marginal at best and Jack Radio is so obscure that you've probably only heard of it if you work in radio. Where are BBC Radio 1 and 2, Capital, Heart?
posted by winterhill at 12:10 PM on June 14


jonathanhughes : It's surprising how much big cities around the world look similar at street level

The drive from the airport looks the same a lot of the time, growing more distinct as one approaches where the city's label would be placed on a map.
posted by bendybendy at 12:38 PM on June 14 [2 favorites]


Very, very, very cool. I've been desperately missing travel lately and this doesn't really make the knife twist any less, but it's so pleasurable. Although now I wish it had 360-degree cameras, so I could pop on a VR headset and look around for maximum taxi ride gawking.
posted by bowtiesarecool at 1:34 PM on June 14


ALSO I've only driven around San Francisco a couple of times and it was beautiful but incredibly stressful with the hills so this is way, way better.
posted by bowtiesarecool at 1:36 PM on June 14


So cool that some aren't cars, but motorbikes and even bicycles!

Tel Aviv and Rome are motorbike ones that I've found so far, and Wuhan looks to be a cyclist!
posted by freethefeet at 7:04 PM on June 14 [1 favorite]


Must be more than one video per city then, freeethefeet, as the Wuhan video I just saw was definitely in a car.
posted by motty at 7:51 PM on June 14


I watched three videos in a row from Tokyo. One looked like a business district, with a decent view of that giant tower thingy. Then there was one shot on an expressway with lots of turns, and sometimes it was elevated and sometimes it went through tunnels. The last one was of the Ginza district at twilight. The expressway video is my favorite and I will watch it again.
posted by LindsayIrene at 9:26 PM on June 14


The visuals I see in the Singapore version are _very very close_ to my office. The visuals along with Gold 90.5 FM makes me feel as if I'm taking a cab to work.

(Oooh, now the visuals are at CBD proper, next to Suntec. Judging by the traffic and the F1 lights etc in various stages of (dis)assembly, I'm guessing the video was taken on a Saturday morning in late Aug / early Sept 2019. Definitely not recent, as all the coffee shops are open and Lau Pa Sat has crowds. :) )

As for the other city roads I'm intimately familiar with, Barcelona: seems to me the driver is taking a long route from Diagonal towards the general direction of Passeig de Gracia/ Rambla by crossing Carrer d'Arago somewhere. Getting frustrated with this route; would have taken a completely different route. :)

Relaxing in general. Haven't stepped out in a while thanks to Covid.
posted by the cydonian at 3:23 AM on June 15 [1 favorite]


A few years ago, you used to be able to navigate around Britain from listening to the radio stations come and go in the car. There were stations you'd look forward to coming into range of, stations that were very much of their place. The music, accents, even the commercials had a sense of place. I always used to enjoy driving through Lancashire listening to the upbeat and slightly cheesy Wave 96.5 from the top of Blackpool Tower; I knew I was getting close to home if I could hear Signal 1; the huge-sounding 95.8 Capital FM "from the tower of power" was a sign that you were getting close to the excitement of London rather than just the name of a generic national pop network. The station names were inextricably linked with the places. Key 103 was Manchester, BRMB was Birmingham, Pirate FM was holidays by the Cornish coast.

These days, of the few that still have their local names rather than being yet another translator of Heart, Smooth, Capital etc, most are part of a syndicated network and have the same programme up and down the country with the local station name clumsily inserted here and there. It makes driving around quite boring, really. You could be anywhere. We've definitely lost something in recent years - everything has become far too homogenised for my liking.
posted by winterhill at 4:38 AM on June 15 [2 favorites]


The Amsterdam drive starts off at the Rijksmuseum and turns onto Stadhouderskade towards the Heineken museum, but then it takes off northwards up the Vijzelstraat towards the centre, and right back out again southwards down the Utrechtsestraat. Like the cydonian says about Barcelona, this isn't a route any Amsterdammer would drive in order to actually get anywhere; only for fun.
posted by Cardinal Fang at 6:08 AM on June 15


These make me so motion sick. Man I suck.
posted by The_Vegetables at 7:49 AM on June 15


The rumors about Delhi's devil-may-care attitude toward traffic laws seems to check out. That ride starts off with about half a dozen near-misses of oncoming cars. For a minute I swore the driver was going down a one way street. Also, generous horn deployment. I am glad I'm just along for a very remote ride.
posted by hilberseimer at 10:32 AM on June 15


Also, generous horn deployment.
Horn OK Please!
posted by winterhill at 12:46 PM on June 15


I'm a sentimental crying type to begin with, but the several months of stay-at-home orders has somehow made me even more so.

Oh gosh, me too. I lived in LA for a long time, and when I clicked on that city's view the starting point was a spot in Venice Beach that I must have biked through hundreds and hundreds of times. I immediately got a little lip tremble. And I don't even like or miss LA! Just the time, the people, the experiences... yeah, not getting out much for a few months has really amped up my ease of dropping into this weepy/thoughtful headspace. I did not expect a video of someone driving past a dog park I used to go to to be what did it today.
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 4:15 PM on June 15


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