YouTube will delete indie musicians’ music in a few days

youtubeYeah, so I guess I won’t be using YouTube anymore.

YouTube is preparing to radically change the site, adding a subscription service that is intended to help them compete in the streaming music industry. The Google-owned video site has already signed new licensing deals with all of the major labels, but many independents are refusing to take part. Apparently, not only are smaller, indie labels not being offered the same deals as the majors, but the contracts that Google is putting in front of them are less than fair.

In order to show their muscle, Google has stated that any label—meaning smaller, independent ones—that does not sign a deal with them will not only be left off the new service, but will have their content taken down from the original, free YouTube. Vice President and Global Head of Business at YouTube Robert Kyncl recently claimed that they already had deals with 90% of the industry, and that they had no choice but to move forward. [Forbes]

One could argue that no website has been as vital to independent musicians in the modern era as YouTube, the number one streaming music platform in the world has been. Its philosophical construct as an open distribution platform helped level the playing field for independent musicians, who in the old days, could never compete with the closed radio and television-based infrastructure dominated by major labels. And this is a major step back in that direction.

XL and Domino are two notable labels that will have its artists deleted from the streaming video site in the coming DAYS. YouTube has released the following statement: [Read more…]

Young Man Turns Youtube Stardom Into Haunting Debut Release

Opening with beach waves and strumming simplicity Young Man’s debut release, aptly named Boy, brings us straight into a summery trance of hypnotic proportions. Slowly unfolding into the more hopeful “Hands”, we imagine Panda Bear and Fleet Foxes having a brain child and naming him Colin Caulfield— which should ring a bell to us Youtube obsessed music lovers.

Caulfield, who has made it a habit to post hauntingly beautiful covers of notable bands such as Deerhunter, Animal Collective, and now Beach House’s “Heart of Chambers”, even garnered attention from those he has recently emulated. Bradford Cox, Deerhunter’s leading man, recently noted Caulfield’s rendition of “Rainwater Cassette Exchange” as “fantastically superior to the original.”

“It actually sent shivers up my spine, especially during the second verse,” Cox noted.

Boy closes with “Up So Fast”, that we can only assume is the title track with the repetitive declaration of “I’m a boy, I’m a little boy” — which is not just a call to losing touch with childhood but foreshadows a seriously blooming career for a Young Man. The 7 song album is streaming over yonder, and it’s sure to make your day. You can check out Young Man’s NYC debut at Governor’s Island on August 7th, opening for Local Natives, while you longingly await the October 12th release of Boy on Frenchkiss Records.

Students at Williamsburg High School Fight & Post Vids to YouTube, Teachers Blame Technology

Can student fights be blamed on technology?

That’s the question administrators at Progress High School and the School for Legal Studies in Williamsburg are asking as they struggle to crack down on student fights — many of which are ending up on YouTube. Instead of addressing any roots of the problem, they are addressing the means kids hype-up the fights and record them for viewing online.

A teacher at Legal Studies told the Daily News kids are using their cell phones to schedule the fights and later post them on the internet. Her solution to bring peace: “We need to enforce the rule prohibiting electric devices at our campus.”

[Side note: One video Gothamist linked to this morning has already been removed “due to terms of use violation.” Another’s still up with about 1,300 views.]