SS396

September 25, 2016

“SS396,” written by Vince Benay and Louis John Adessa, recorded by Paul Revere & the Raiders in (perhaps) 1966. The love object here is Chevrolet’s 60’s V8 muscle car, the Chevelle Malibu Super Sport 396.

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Cadillac Cowboy

September 25, 2016

“Cadillac Cowboy,” written and recorded by Heather Myles in 1995.

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Streets of Los Angeles

September 25, 2016

Driving in Los Angeles in the 1950s. Film from the King Rose Archives.

h/t: The Old Motor

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The Drunken Driver

September 24, 2016

“The Drunken Driver,” a recitation by Ferlin Husky, 1954.

Lyics here.

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Daddy’s Car

September 24, 2016

“Daddy’s Car,” composed by artificial intelligence in the style of The Beatles, with lyrics and arrangement by Benoît Carré.

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Hot Rod Lincoln

September 24, 2016

“Hot Rod Lincoln,” written by  Charlie Ryan in 1955, performed here by Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen.

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Pontiac Blues

September 24, 2016

“Pontiac Blues,” written and performed by Sonny Boy Williamson ll (Alex “Rice” Miller). Recorded by Trumpet Records in 1951.

Sonny Boy Williamson (vocal, harmonica), Willie Love (piano), Elmore James & Joe “Willie” Wilkins (guitar), Leonard Ware (bass).

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Big Cars

September 24, 2016

“Big Cars,” written and performed by Heather Myles. Released in 2002.

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Handy as Roller Skates, Twice the Fun

September 24, 2016

The Renault Dauphine comes to America, 1959.

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120-Character Tweets Pile Up In the Library of Congress

September 23, 2016

120-Character Tweets are Piling Up In the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress announced its plan to archive all public messages on Twitter in 2010 (on Twitter, of course). The Library has the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. It preserves Barack Obama’s presidential victory tweet as well as George Washington’s diary.

But Since 2010 the fire hose of tweets has become an endless tsunami, 500 million messages each day. And volume is the least of it. Archiving is not just amassing stuff. The Library has yet to figure out how to make the stuff usable while protecting privacy. And the tweets keep on coming.

More:

“Can Twitter Fit Inside the Library of Congress?” Andrew McGill, The Atlantic

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