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What I did this weekend.

On Saturday I went to the Ulster County Fair. It was great. There were 4-H (the four Hs are Head, Heart, Hands and Health) exhibits, a chainsaw sculptor, barbecue, a petting zoo, a wild animal exhibit (with lemurs, a kangaroo and a… read more >>

Hey, a-look! Is enough pizza to have a Party!

As I was looking through the ARChive’s Biz Markie holdings, I happened upon Pizza Party, a 1957 album featuring accordionist Joe Biviano. Joe who, who ask? A founding member of the American Accordionists’ Association (and its President from 1942-5, 48-9, 61-2 and… read more >>

Death Goes To The Movies

So if you weren’t paying attention to the Spears/Federline bust up, you will have noticed the death of Ingmar Bergman. But another giant of post-war art cinema, Michelangelo Antonioni passed on the same day, bad luck for him because I don’t think… read more >>

Goodbye Tom Snyder

CNN’s reported that Tom Snyder died yesterday. Snyder had lots of important musicians through his various shows over the years, including John Lennon, Johnny Rotten, Kiss, Iggy Pop, The Plasmatics, U2, the Grateful Dead and this band, The Clash: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijiazWlawUY]

Garage Sale Find

Last week the Baroness Von Oomph and I made the scene in the swingin’ Finger Lakes region of New York State. If you are a fan of Coneys (local white hot dogs) root beer, drive-ins and very skinny lakes, go there. Nuff… read more >>

Anti iPhone Contest: All Systems Go!

Hey kids! Remember our Anti iPhone Contest? Well, it’s still on [not really – check below]! But what’s changed is that I can now listen back to your submissions! As you can see, my New Edison-style Cup Phonograph Kit is here, it’s… read more >>

Queens in Space

Congrats to Brian May, for FINALLY turning in his doctorial thesis, “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud,” to supervisors at Imperial College London. May explained he had placed the draft in a guitar case in 1970, while he was still a… read more >>

If you keep picking at it, it’ll never heal.

A band most of us here had never heard as of two weeks ago is now part of our life.  We found this while cataloging today.  I bet it’s the best record ever.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The opening act at NYC’s Downtown River to River Festival series tonight was a group called the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  The group consists of Justin Robinson (fiddle, vocal), Rhiannon Giddens (banjo, vocal), Dom Flemons (banjo, guitar, jug, vocal) and Sule Greg Wilson… read more >>

Harry Bradshaw at the ARC

For fans of Irish music, Harry Bradshaw is something of a household name. Although long an engineer and producer at RTE, what he is probably best known is his work researching and reissuing Irish music recorded during the 78rpm era. Indeed, most… read more >>


Wandering around the internets recently I found a really well done blog entitled = VITAPHONE VARIETIES = Observations On Film, Music & Imagery of the Past ARChivers, as inveterate fans of antique recording technology (and rabid ukulele heads) will dig these pages… read more >>

Oops! There Comes A Smile!

Click on any cover for a larger view. Tammy Faye fell from grace Tammy Faye had a make-up face She + Jesus cut lots of wax “Oops” is our favorite trac RIP TFB 7/23 Select Discography (or, “Tammy” things, plus other relevant… read more >>

Tunes and Beer

  Brian McNamara, Tim Collins* and Michael Rooney  Yep, the craic was good and the tunes were flying this week at the annual Irish Arts Week in East Durham New York. We were only able to manage a last gap weekend visit,… read more >>

Never Talking, Just Keeps Walking

Spreading his magic… What with the imminent release of the newest and last Harry Potter book, this morning’s Marketplace ran a little feature on Wizard Rock. Well, this piqued our interest here at the ARChive because we maintain a database of genres,… read more >>

Kioku / Happy Fun Smile

My friend Wynn Yamami leads a great experimental music group called “Kioku” (Japanese for “memory”), and they’re going on a west coast tour this summer. You can go to their myspace page to hear what they sound like, but if you’d rather… read more >>

Paris Hilton has nothing to do with Hawaiian Shirt Day

This is a watershed Wednesday. Everybody came be-decked in their ersatz Polynesian finery. It’s getting embarrassing. Maybe next week we’ll bring in our ukuleles. Hang loose, wahinis.

Dashboard Confessional at the Knitting Factory Part II!

As promised, here is a picture of the line for Dashboard Confessional’s free show at the Knitting Factory. A few comments about the photo: I love how happy the guy in the front in the hat looks. And he deserves to be-he’s… read more >>

Dashboard Confessional Secret Show! To-nite!

So, b.ARC comes in today and says “hey, you got your camera? There’s a line of people outside of the Knit. Go over and figure out what’s going on.” The Knitting Factory is one of our neighbors, so I waltzed right over… read more >>

“Some are dead and some are living…”

Silence of the lambs… Yes it was lug nuts in the carcasses last weekend at the more-or-less annual Lamb Roast and Bulgarian Folk Music & Dance Party upstate at Breezy Hill Orchard near Poughkeepsie NY. Tell me Clarice, how noisy are those… read more >>

Rubinoos / Avril update

Part three, kids, hang in there. In case anyone was curious, the musicologist the Lavigne camp hired is Anthony Ricigliano. He was the expert – on the losing side – when the Isley Brothers sued Michael Bolton. In 1994, a jury found… read more >>