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Off Notes: Golden Oldies

Happy Friday!

This week turned out to be a nostalgic one here at Soundfly HQ — so many of my submissions came from the archives! We spent the beginning of the week exploring the history of Abbey Road, found out mid-week about the Full House reunionand just yesterday stumbled across the Cher, Elton John, and Bette Midler stunner posted below. We also have some contemporary goodies including hip-hop infographics and cats singing Taylor Swift, so read on, for the best of the 70s, 80s, and today!

The best of the musical internet this week

  • This is the COOLEST. Google Maps created an immersive, interactive tour through Abbey Road Studios, allowing you to explore the history of the artists who recorded there — from the Beatles, to Kanye, to Sigur Ros, and Ella Fitzgerald. You can play with the gear, try your hand at mixing a track, listen to a sound tour, watch exclusive footage, and so much more. It’s endless. [Google]
  • Let’s turn back the clock with a TV special I can only assume was crafted by Bob Mackie whilst in the throws of a drug-fueled tubercular fever dream:
  • The New Yorker put together an in-depth investigation on the man they call “the Patient Zero of internet piracy.” It’s a long one, but it reads like a hollywood thriller, and it manages to explain how the music industry arrived at the state it’s in today, all through the actions of a single person. [The New Yorker]
  • Sample-stitch is so much fun. Create songs using the beats and funk samples producers used on Kanye West’s “Otis”, J Dilla’s “Don’t Cry”, and more. [Sample-stitch]
  • Then check out this infographic by the same guy, breaking down rappers by geography and vocabulary size. The South ain’t looking real good… [MF Daniels]
  • Did you know Phillip Glass composed music for Sesame Street in the ’70s? Because I did not, and it’s a trip:

Miles Davis, CBS Memorandum

every nun needs a synthi

  • Now we’re getting into the good stuff. If this is not the very picture of virtuosity, I don’t know what is:
  • Obviously, puppets can display musical mastery, too:
  • And so can cats (please believe me when I tell you I’m so sorry about this one, even compared to the previous two, it’s deeply stupid):

I’ll close out today by digging back into the archives with this video. One time, at a James Brown concert, both Michael Jackson and Prince were in the audience. Brown notices MJ right away and calls him up to do a song. Then, at 2:05, Brown spots Prince, who is carried onto stage, does an insane guitar solo, strips, and dances with the mic stand. It is magic.

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Zoë Young

Zoë is an internet enthusiast and writer who wants to empower everyone to find the knowledge they need to pursue their dreams through the magic of the internet. When not working on web tools and articles to support the Soundfly community, Zoë cooks up a storm and plots ways to recapture her former glory as a third grade recorder soloist. Follow her @parsnipsbk.