DJ Magazine: A new archive to capture the memories of the ’80s and ‘90s rave scene is going online. “A new online archive will celebrate Blackburn’s acid house rave scene of the late ’80s / early ’90s. FLASHBACK is a new online archive comprising images and audio interviews, reflecting on the infamous acid house parties that took place in Blackburn, Lancashire between 1988 and 1991.”
Billboard: LDH Japan Streaming Concerts Free for Fans Affected by Coronavirus Measures: Watch. “LDH JAPAN — home of popular J-pop vocal and dance groups EXILE, Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS, GENERATIONS, E-girls and more — has announced it will make approximately 40 of its artists’ live concert footage available for streaming on its official YouTube channel free of charge for a limited lime until the end of the month.”
This is from last year, but I missed it, and it’s too good not to share. Syncopated Times: San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation’s West Coast Revival Collection Digitized. “Realizing that they had amassed a huge collection of important artifacts of the jazz revival, and hoping to ensure their preservation, The San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation (SFTJF) transferred 750 linear feet of materials to Stanford’s music library in 2009. Fundraising to digitize the SFTJF’s most historically significant recordings, photographs and documents began in 2014, and digitization was begun in 2016. The process of organizing and digitizing them is finally complete and we are delighted to share with you the result of their efforts.”
New-to-me, from Open Culture: The Opera Database: Find Scores, Libretti & Synopses for Thousands of Operas Free Online. “If you don’t live in a major city or can’t get to the opera often, you can watch full-length performances online at projects like The Opera Platform, which not only includes filmed popular operas like Verdi’s La Traviata, but also, as Colin Marshall noted in an earlier Open Culture post, ‘provides a host of supplementary materials, including documentary and historical materials that put the month’s featured opera in context.’ If you’re ready to dig deeper, however, or are already a scholar of the form, or if you, yourself, happen to be an opera singer, then you will absolutely want to visit the Opera Database.”
Happy Mag: You can now download 900 hours of Andrew Weatherall’s mixes. “Fans have paid tribute to the career of acid house legend Andrew Weatherall with an enormous library of his music mixes. The online resource, called Weatherdrive, is a Google Drive folder that spans Weatherall’s career since age 25. It features live recordings, radio shows and studio mixes, amongst unreleased tracks, fan art, and old gig posters.”
NBC News: What’s bedroom pop? How an online DIY movement created a musical genre. “Many musicians have found success starting on the internet before signing with a record label to cement their rise to stardom. But bedroom pop has emerged in recent years as a music movement shaped and established by the internet, fueled by online platforms, easy access to high-quality music software and algorithmically driven recommendation systems that can take an artist from obscurity to fame.”
Remezcla: Hasta ‘Bajo Is the First Digital & Physical Archive of Puerto Rican Reggaetón. “Patricia Velázquez once tried to search any records of the word ‘reggaetón’ on the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueño’s official website. She came up emptyhanded, so she plotted a way to change this.” I knew what reggae was, obviously, but not reggaetón. Fact Magazine has an extensive overview. I think the next hour or so of RB will be accompanied by this soundtrack.
XXL: How Social Media Changed Hip-Hop in the 2010s. “Of course, hip-hop and social media haven’t always been so inescapably intertwined. Yet in this past decade, the two gargantuan aspects of pop culture have molded and shaped each other in ways that have left each forever changed.”
Grammys: Alan Lomax Archives Partner With “Little” Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock On Teaching Resources. “The legendary body of work collected during the life and career of Alan Lomax is about to reach a whole new generation. The Alan Lomax Archives have announced an exciting content partnership with ‘Little’ Steven Van Zandt’s TeachRock and Rock and Roll Forever Foundation. Under the new partnership, The Association For Cultural Equity in conjunction with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will provide content to TeachRock to be utilized in creating lesson plans and other teaching resources.”
Columbia News: Community Scholar’s Mixtape Museum Is an Ode to Hip-Hop. “Fifteen years ago, Regan Sommer McCoy looked around at the collection of mixtapes, album cover art and music industry paraphernalia overflowing her boyfriend’s Bronx apartment and thought, ‘This place could be a museum.’ Now, as McCoy finishes her third year as a Columbia Community Scholar, her Mixtape Museum is a reality and she is preparing to join the advisory board of the Universal Hip Hop Museum as a historian when it opens in the Bronx in 2023.”
University of Rhode Island: Iconic Pittsburgh jazz DJ donates show archives to URI music Department. “Calvin Stemley, a close friend of [Ronald “Butch”] Perkins, coordinated the gift of the archive from Mr. Perkins’ family to the University. On Oct. 25, he played with the URI Jazz Band and accepted a plaque on behalf of Perkins and his work as a DJ and strong supporter of jazz. Stemley is a retired music educator from Pittsburgh Public Schools and continues to perform in the Pittsburgh area where he mentors young people and teaches them about music, especially jazz.”
DJ Magazine: Listen To This 239GB Archive Of German Techno Mixes. “A huge library of German techno mixes has been shared online. You can listen to it below. The mixes are taken from the Hr3 and XXL Clubnight radio programs, which ran out of Frankfurt from 1990 through until 2014.”
My Reddit filter tipped me to this new database of black metal music lyrics. From the GitHub page: “Database of Black Metal lyrics in .JSON format to be used for computer-assisted lyric analysis projects, collected from https://lyrics.fandom.com with additional metadata from https://www.metal-archives.com/ for my sociological bachelor thesis on Ideology and Black Metal.” There are over 11,000 songs in this collection.
Classical Music: Warner Classics digitises its full catalogue on new streaming site. “Warner Classics’s back catalogue of classical music will now be available to stream for free on the label’s new website. It allows users to access 30-second samples of recordings from the likes of Jacqueline du Pré, Simon Rattle and André Previn. Subscribers to Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer are able to stream entire tracks.”
HoustonPress: Tracking Folk Punk’s New Wave With Its Archivist. “The folk punk genre has its share of skeptics. Type the words into your Google search engine and plenty of derisive tropes and snarky memes will populate. But, maybe now more than ever, you’ll also find a broad and acclaimed array of music from diverse artists whose blend of folk music’s activism and punk’s urgency is just right for the times.”