Punk News: Massive East Bay Punk digital archive released. “Stefano Morello has curated and launched a massive digital archive of east Bay Punk materials. The site includes many zines from the time period and a few other materials.” East Bay in this case is apparently the San Francisco Bay area. Sounds like punk there is quite a thing.
TechCrunch: YouTube partners with Universal to upgrade nearly 1,000 classic music videos to HD. “YouTube has teamed up with Universal Music Group to remaster nearly a thousand classic music videos, the companies announced today, including those from Billy Idol, Beastie Boys, Boyz II Men, George Strait, Janet Jackson, Kiss, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga, Lionel Richie, Maroon 5, Meat Loaf, No Doubt/Gwen Stefani, Smokey Robinson, The Killers, Tom Petty and others.”
CNN: Facebook reverses ban on Led Zeppelin album cover. “Facebook has reversed a ban it placed on a classic Led Zeppelin album cover that features images of naked children. The cover of the British rock band’s 1973 album ‘Houses of the Holy’ was posted to Facebook (FB) by the page Ultimate Classic Rock earlier this week, but was removed because Facebook said it violated its policies.”
Ultimate Classic Rock: Introducing UltimatePrince. Com . “We’re launching the site today with more than 450 stories already published, each taking in-depth looks at various Prince songs, albums and important events. To make your exploring a little easier we’ve created two helpful index pages: one alphabetically listing and linking to our stories on nearly 400 of his songs, the other breaking down our features and lists on a chronological album-by-album basis.”
Washingtonian: How Can We Preserve Go-Go’s History?. “This spring, noise complaints forced a Shaw retailer to turn off the go-go recordings that had played in front of his store for more than two decades. The outcry was fast and intense, and in the wake of protests and a #DontMuteDC hashtag started by a Howard student, the music was eventually allowed to return. One intriguing piece of news that came from the coverage: The store’s owner, Donald Campbell, wants to launch a digital streaming platform to share the thousands of hours of live go-go recordings he’s amassed over the years—probably the biggest such collection in existence.” When I saw “go-go,” all I could think of was the 60s and those white go-go boots that used to be popular. This ain’t that. Looking into it further, go-go reminded me of the early rap I grew up with, mixed in with funk and lots of drums. I liked it. If you want to explore, 8tracks has a bunch of playlists.
Baylor University: Preacher Archives Add New Element to Baylor University’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project. “The Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University is preserving more than just gospel music. In the past few years, Baylor journalism professor and former Billboard gospel music editor Robert Darden and his team have undertaken the project of restoring and preserving recorded sermons from black preachers in addition to the gospel music. While both are equally important to preserve, finding sermons to preserve comes with a unique set of challenges.”
New-to-me, from Middle East Eye: Lost in music: How Palestine’s forgotten songs got rebooted. “They gathered in an apartment in Ramallah for two weeks – a diverse group of musicians and DJs brought together for a unique project. They included DJ and producer Sama Abdulhadi, Nasser Halahlih, a pioneer of 2000s electronic music, and Muqata’a, the godfather of Ramallah’s hip hop scene. Their task? To compose and record Electrosteen, an album based on a huge, painstakingly collected audio archive of Palestinian folklore.”