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Elvis was the male Janis Martin

Janis Martin, rockabilly immortal, passed away this week. Sadly, she will forever be known, courtesy of the boys in publicity at RCA, as “The Female Elvis”. That moniker would be plenty for a novelty flash-in-the-pan mediocrity trying to cash in on the… read more >>

One Billion Year Old Run-off Groove

Thirty years ago today the US Government launched Voyager 1, a spacecraft designed to provide data on Jupiter and Saturn. By now scientists expected Voyager to be damaged or lost, yet it is still zooming through space, more than 10 billion miles… read more >>

The Message: Run-Off Grooves and Pop Music Consciousness

  In the manufacture of phonograph records, there are a number of blank or “musicless” grooves at the end of each record. These are put there for several reasons, among them the inability of the operator of the recording machine to raise… read more >>

Brooklyn Baseball

Well the Sox are in town, and baseball fever grips the ARC. Fred, our archivist, is star (only) softball pitcher for the “The People”, who ended the season tied for first place (MAYBE a playoff?) in the amateur Zen League last evening… read more >>

Beat & the Unbeat

Never one to miss an opportunity to hear some Spontaneous Beat Prosody, while grazing at a local purveyor of vinyl slabs I recently laid a paper George Washington head on the checked-out counter and strolled away with this item. Click here to… read more >>

RIP Jah Jerry

August 11, 1921 – August 13 2007 [dailymotion id=12x6bSM2C1JevjyIf]

Cool T-shirt of the day

Today, this T-shirt was spotted on a fellow talking on his cell phone across the street from the ARChive. This is one way of saying “corporate rock sucks.”

French Girls Are Vicious!

As you head out on vacances let us suggest some light reading… ARCster B., having donated all his records to the ARC, exposed a gap in his psyche. Luckily, rushing in to fill the abyss were the ladies of France. Go to… read more >>

In Today’s ARChivewear Fashion

When I arrived, I learned that it wasn’t simply Hawaiian Shirt Day, but that it was Tiki Hawaiian Shirt Day. Neither Jon nor I have tikis on our Hawaiian shirts, so once again B. and Phreddie are Wednesday’s fashion elite. Here they… read more >>

Past Lives

If you ask, nearly everyone you know went to Woodstock, or was in a band, or once dated someone in the Eagles – or at least it seems that way. So it’s nice to see some proof every now and then. [Joshua… read more >>

Happy Birthday, The CD.

  Today is the 25th anniversary of the compact disc. Although there seems to be some consensus that today is indeed the CD’s silver anniversary, astute readers may note that different sources disagree over which one of the above three CDs was… read more >>

Crazy like a fox.

God knows we love Britney Spears, y’all. But she’s troubled. Oh, so troubled. “Celebrity train wreck” troubled. The divorce from K-Fed, rumors of a sex tape, botched rehab, crotch shots, hair weaves that don’t fool anyone, greasy couture chicken fingers and a… read more >>


Everytime you think you’ve seen it all, done it all, lived long enough – wham, there it is, in a pile, on the ground, at a flea market – the Cugat Calypso Tie Collection. No matter that Calypso + Cugat go together… read more >>

More Osteo-Musicology

To prove there’s nothing new under the sun, witness the Bone Fone. A classic white elephant of the ‘Seventies, you could usually find one in anyone’s basement next to the yogurt maker and the wood burning kit, waiting patiently for the next… read more >>

It Makes Brushing Okay, I Suppose.

Hasbro has a product line called “Tooth Tunes” which consists of toothbrushes that play music while you brush your teeth. What makes these toothbrushes different is that you hear the music through your teeth via bone conduction while you brush. They even… read more >>

“A Kazoo With Strings”

Over at Boing Boing yesterday, Cory Doctorow blogged about Patrick Costello, a Maryland based banjoist who wrote a book – free online, with a creative commons license – called the How and Tao of Old Time Banjo. Costello’s quite prolific with the… read more >>

Acoustic Pulmonary Imaging

Anyone who has read Jonathan Sterne’s work on audile technique and mediate auscultation (and for those interested in the cultural history of sound reproduction, Sterne’s The Audible Past is a must read) will appreciate the potential of this, a new device that… read more >>

Hep Cats, N’est-ce pas?

Last weekend the hillbilly combo I am a member of, Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co., played the Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Weekend fest in beautiful St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.  Kind of a hike for us, but we had a wonderful time. … read more >>

Helicopter Girl on Hawaiian Shirt Day

It’s a long story: P. went to Sweden as a High School exchange student.  P. loved it.  Abba dominated the airwaves.  P. was an amateur classical cellist.  Later in life, P. went back to Sweden to learn to weave. One of her… read more >>

Relax with ReveenRelax with Reveen

Don’t MIND me…

Accept it; he is the Master of Self-Suggestion. Nay, the Impossibilist. But, relax? This Reveen is in the Valley of Creepsville. The Latinate vocal pace is, we hope, slightly, electronically altered slowspeech that one could imagine the devil or an alien brain-only… read more >>