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“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we… read more >>


Picture this:

Nifty update this morning on NPR of ongoing progress on a visual scanning technology for reading records that the Library of Congress is funding. A no-toucha-my-vinyl routine which will preserve a whole lotta music without damaging the original artifact. Basically this machine… read more >>

Woody Guthrie

Tomorrow, July 14, Woody Guthrie would have turned 95.  Happy birthday, Woody!  Here’s a short little clip of him playing (gotta love the part where the narrator says “lost in archives for over 40 years”; sounds so nefarious): [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5NJKx8ObDY] Also, some really… read more >>


So I took the ‘G’ train. I’ve never taken the ‘G’ train. NO ONE has ever taken the ‘G’ train. But two Dutch stops later ( Hoyt-Schermerhorn and Bedford-Nostrand} I was in Bed-Sty, past alternating magnificent and run-down town houses, passing under… read more >>

The bar has been raised.

Today, Gizmodo blogged a YouTube video of a woman playing Ode to Joy on a panpipe made from tampon applicators.  It’s an amazing idea whose time I am surprised hasn’t yet come (apologies if it has; I am as of yet totally… read more >>

Shoutout to Mr. Butch

A friend just told me that a Boston institution, Mr. Butch (the King of Kenmore Square) has passed. Vaya con dios, sir. http://bostonist.com/2007/07/12/boston_has_lost.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Butch

iPhone Contest (continued)

 Yes, folks, my “New Edison-style Cup Phonograph Kit” has arrived safe and sound.  Now, when you send your contest entries in, I should be able to listen to them.  (If you’re just finding our blog, I launched the “Greatest Contest Ever” a… read more >>

I bet Avril has never even HEARD of Peaches!

Over on AbsolutePunk they’re doing the vergleichende Musikwissenschaft thing again, this time examining the connections between Avril Lavine’s “I Don’t Have To Try” and “I’m The Kinda” by Peaches. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0d2z-dWZmE] Oh, when are they gonna leave it alone. The two CLEARLY don’t… read more >>

Dr. Luke Exposed: Rubinoos v. Avril part deux

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Ec9sRh8FI] Nice. Every time I listen the conviction that the “old people,” as the Rubinoos are known on the Avril Lavigne fan forums, totally kick teenybopper ass. In the comments section of part one of the Avy-noos saga HeyHeyYouYou outs producer and… read more >>

Music of the Living Dead.

Compliments of 1982… HOME TAPING IS KILLING MUSIC AND ITS ILLEGAL I come across this kind of a lot on records from the late 70s and early 80s.  If someone makes this into a t-shirt, please send some over to the ARChive,… read more >>

An Exotic Sheet Music Cover Collection Online!

While cataloging New York based organizations for the New York Musicians Index and Archive (or the NYMIA, a forthcoming resource for musicians in New York State), I found a really cool link on the New York Sheet Music Society’s web site to… read more >>


Happy National Day of Stryper, y’all!  How are you celebrating? Let us know in comments! I know I said I’d be listening to metal, but instead I’m writing and listening to dub: In a couple of minutes I’m going to mess around… read more >>

Avril v. Rubinoos: Is it theft if you leave out the hook?

So Avril Lavigne is getting sued for stealing the Rubinoos‘ super pop classic “I Wanna be Your Boyfriend” First, let me say I like both these songs a lot. What can I say? I’m a sucker for bubblegum! Naturally in the interest… read more >>

The Anti iPhone Contest.

Edit: ALL SYSTEMS GO NOW!  GO HERE TO HEAR! Yes, the iPhone’s out and I can’t read anything without having to wade through all sorts of iPhone crap. I’m sure our readers have had enough about the iPhone as well, so in… read more >>

A Sprinkling of Dub

Today the ARChive got a package from Sanctuary Records that included some really amazing albums.  In the glamorous world of ARChiving, what happens normally is that material shows up, it gets cataloged and it gets put away.  Now and again, we pull… read more >>

Tiki Redux

Wednesday is Hawaiian Shirt day, again. Let the ukuleles ring out, and we’ll celebrate with one of my favorite cereal commercials: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvCxfdcl1yM] Aloha, – Jonny

Pour some Shuggie on me

Did a little shopping for my brother-in-law’s birthday at the ARChive sale today. Is everyone hip to this trip? Shuggie Otis’ Inspiration Information re-issued on vinyl, with bonus tracks, we got a big stack of them, AND THEY ARE TWO DOLLARS APIECE!… read more >>

Gore Verbinski, Pirate of 1980s Punk Rock

The other day I was cataloging a box of 80s punk and metal records (lots and lots of bad 80s metal from Metal Blade Records) and came across this record: Not a bad cover, I s’pose.  Anyway, it stood out because it… read more >>

Guess what I have in my hand

I’m becoming a bit of a specialist, I’m afraid. Whenever a comedy record comes over the transom, usually found tucked discreetly in a dark corner of a large donation of music, it lands on my desk. Don’t know what gave it away,… read more >>