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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J1U7rcTLZE] O, you and your notions of Western modernity, superiority, creativity. I’m in Singapore and that America is in yesterday’s timezone is more than a metaphor. This is the book checkout system in Singapore at all the libraries. A credit card, National… read more >>

The sound of Greenland melting

  I wonder if this is a relatively new sound that is now happening more often (thus providing sonic evidence that climate change), or something indigenous Greenlanders have heard for hundreds of years? (I suspect the former.)

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National Day of Slayer

Lest we forget, today is the one year anniversary (06-06-07) of the National Day of Slayer (6-6-06). My official statement on participation will be by forcing Jon and Phreddie to listen to South of Heaven here at the ARChive. No, they won’t… read more >>

The Boys in the Backroom

Every year there is a major music industry trivia contest organized by Rich Appel up at Sony, and a cast of indefatigable characters in-and-out of the music industry. They have a lot of fun and the event raises money for good causes…. read more >>

The Making of a Governor

In January of ’07, ARC was asked to create the soundtrack to accompany the exhibit “Making of a Governor” that would also be played at the New York City reception for the new Governor of New York, Eliot Spitzer, at Vanderbilt Hall… read more >>

The Prisonaires

She’s in the jailhouse now

Paris Hilton is in the clink, poor thing, but jail can be a source of creativity – witness the glory of The Prisonaires. Can’t wait for that new album, honey. You should try a few Leadbelly covers. – Jonny UPDATE: ‘NOTHER UPDATE:

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Conga Can

Check it out! The garbage cans at the airport in São Paulo, Brazil, look like conga drums!  Does anyone out there know if these can be found elsewhere in São Paulo? dtn

The MP1 is in the Lotus

No idea exactly what to call this playback device, but found it in a religious store, between a Buddhist and Hindu temple in the Little Indian section of Singapore. Buttons on top switches tracks, and this battery operated chocolate colored plastic item… read more >>

Back from Bahia

Dan here, just back from the Caribbean Studies Association (CSA) meeting in Bahia, where I presented a paper looking at the intersection of early Jamaican mento records, eBayers in Jamaica and eBay’s potential role in the theory of historical ethnomusicology. I’m glad… read more >>

Crazy Bumpkins

B here. Am in Singapore with Göran Andersson, who is on our Board of Trustees in ARC’s Paris office, to discuss the possibilities of an ARCeast. Singapore is an oasis of hygiene in South East Asia. Think of it as similar to… read more >>

Thank you Ms. Ariel!

Yesterday, Ariel Hyatt of Ariel Publicity donated nearly 1200 CDs to the ARChive!! For the rest of the day, Bryan, Diana and I went through them to determine what we needed and what we could sell (The ARChive sells the third copy… read more >>

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Mom’s basement may be too small

In last week’s New Yorker is a supremely bugged out article about a guy who is keeping a “Lifelog” documenting practically every moment of his life. He walks around with a heat sensitive camera around his neck which takes a couple thousand… read more >>

Bloomberg Save CBGB

Damn!

This morning, the ARChive received a call from the Mayor’s office informing us that they had received our invitation to the Summer Sale. You can imagine our excitement. It was with great regret, however, that we learned he would not be able… read more >>

ARCHIVE SPOTLIGHT

Leonard James and His Orchestra—Boppin’ and A-Strolllin’ (Decca) By Phast Phreddie Patterson   Leonard James was a high school friend of Mac Rebbenack—AKA Dr. John the Night Tripper. They went to different high schools together. James was also a saxophonist and bandleader… read more >>

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Today’s Special Guest

As happens now and again, we have visitors who knock on our door looking for records. Although we are not a record store, we do have a twice-annual record and CD sale that helps keep us going.  This year, our sale starts… read more >>

Fleshtones - Hexbreaker

Fleshtones

Yesterday at the ARChive, we listened to the Fleshtones’s album Hexbreaker. It was awesome. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VCzXvzcuIk] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xPEF28DI7E]

Calypso Website and Radio Show

Right now at the ARChive, we’re listening to Irwin Chusid’s excellent radio show “Muriel’s Treasure” on WFMU. It happens every Wednesday from 2:00-3:00 and can be streamed simply by navigating over to the WFMU website. Muriel’s Treasure now has a blog, upon… read more >>

bacteria music

Apparently a team of researchers at Keio University in Japan are coming up with a way of storing data in Bacteria. The linked article reads: “Character combinations can stand for specific letters and symbols — so codes in genomes can be translated,… read more >>

Bo Diddley is Our Hero.

From all of us here at the ARChive to all of you, Bo Diddley.  We wish you well on a speedy recovery. Without you, there’d be a lot less interesting music to listen to.

Hoo Hah!

If you are old enough to remember when MAD Magazine was subversive – I kid you not: it really was an under-the-parents’-radar how-to journal of anarchy for preteens – then you know the central importance of Jack Davis. One of the original… read more >>