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Comprehensive Digital Archives And The Fall Of Tangibles

Comprehensive Digital Archives And The Fall Of Tangibles

D.C. punk band Fugazi sets out on the task of compiling all live footage and delivering it to anyone with an Internet connection and love of thrashing, pointing to the ongoing death of rarity.

Stephanie Pottinger

Last week, we reported on the Internet’s increasing capability to kill ‘rarity’, thus robbing us of the thrill of hunting for hard-to-come-upon music and footage. It’s probably safe to say that music nerds will continue to dig in secret basement record shops and travel the world amassing and then digitizing cassette tapes from far-flung regions, for many reasons. The tangibles (a dusty record sleeve with liner notes penned by a cult-favorite writer) and intangibles (the stories of interactions with gatekeepers that led a record digger to a choice find) will always be enough to motivate an admittedly dwindling few on the prowl for physical manifestations of their favorite music.

That said, digitization of these finds is on the rise and is losing much of the previous stigma felt by older ethics-concerned collectors. On the contrary, many younger artists are posting their b-sides and outtakes to their tumblrs, and facilitating their own fans’ access to the ‘rare’. Last week, Consequence of Sound reported that non-digital-native D.C. punk legends Fugazi will join those ranks. The band will soon unveil a website featuring footage from every concert they performed together.

Consequence of  Sound: “Fugazi to archive every concert they ever played”

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