Sunday, March 19, 2006

6 Links

1. Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Streams and downloads of thousands of cylinder recordings. (Article about it in NYT). Superdope.

2. David Byrne Radio, two hours and 43 minutes of music he likes (not music by him). This month it's "Afro-Cuban classics mostly from the 40s and 50s." In April, "Salsa and Merengue favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s," and in May, "Latin Rock from the 80s, 90s and 00s." In all, "more than 9 hours of music in total — more than you’d get from most box sets. And it’s free." And unlike a box set, you don't actually own it. Unless you hear a song you like and buy it. Then it's not free. Anyway, part one is a nice listen. Thanks Mr. Franklin.

3. A blogger muses about New Orleans hip hop, post-Katrina. Interestingly (maybe), on a recent road trip we stayed at a Best Western in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and were startled to encounter B.G.'s tour bus parked outside -- and even more startled to see B.G. himself, making a cell phone call while a member of his entourage looked on. The adver-paintings on the side of the bus touted the single this blogger mentions, "Move Around." Evidently B.G. and his colleagues stayed at that Best Western the same night we did; it seemed like a pretty downscale choice for the originator of "Bling Bling."

4. New Orleans pal Scott Aiges sends word of the Louisiana Music Export Office, "a nonprofit sales and marketing bureau for the diverse music of Louisiana" that aims to become "a multimedia distribution hub."

5. GenoTV features a number of video clips, such as Lower Ninth Ward footage, post-Katrina. There's other stuff there too, and there's a lot of it; I only watched a few pieces of the New Orleans material.

6. Me, guest-blogging for Powell's, for a week.