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B. George, Director

B. George is the Co-Founder and Director of the ARChive of Contemporary Music. The initial donation of 47,000 discs that began ARC came from his personal collection.


The Latest Sect

This just in : Today, 5/22/2008, the N Y Times posts a story on Acrassicauda, the (only?) Iraqi Heavy Metal band, who just happen to be named after a species of black scorpion. There’s a new documentary about them and their love… read more >>

Ton o’ Tomes

Today we honor David Hinckley, of the New York Daily News. David has, over the years, contributed mightily to ARC. Unlike MOST critics, David neither sells nor hoards the swag and promos the recording industry sends his way. He reviews and comments… read more >>

Cinco de Mayo, 1948

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we offer this little booklet, from the Mayo of our collective, festive, musical past… And Jon, who is working on our NYMIA (New York Musicians Index and Archive) is busy adding musicians and music related businesses… read more >>

Musi Cali

Here are some nice music images from California for all our dedicated disc bloganatii… The ORIGINAL music makin’ Madonna, namesake for the Madonna Inn, US Highway 1, coastal CA. A modern madonna from the conjunto band, Jose Luis Ruelas y Sus Rivales… read more >>

United Airlines Lacks Musical Sensitivity

As you know, we live in the least developed country of the so-called developed nations. I write this from the San Francisco airport. I fly domestically, maybe, twice a year. I fly internationally 4 or 5 times a year. I have NEVER… read more >>

We Knew That

Sarah Lyall, in The New York Times, 3/4/08, reported: “A plot by the Hells Angels, … in 1969, to kill Mr. Jagger nearly 40 years ago failed when the would-be assassins, traveling by boat, encountered a storm and were thrown overboard, according… read more >>

Rubber Seoul

It was a proud and teary moment when we here at the ARC heard the strains of the Star-Spangled Banner played in Pyongyang, North Korea, last evening by a local band, the New York Philharmonic. It took me back to the early… read more >>

Smell of meat, tango

Recently, at Jazz Standard, (one of the best rooms for jazz in New York) I heard the Eternal Tango Orchestra. A plus is that the music from the enthusiastically carnivorous nation of Argentina was performed under the rib-infested Blue Smoke, a pretty… read more >>

the NICE

One of the nicest things about the ARC is the nice people who pop up over the Holidays, the nicest time of the year. So Here’s to jolly, saintly, James Doran, who gave us the nicest gift of all to round out… read more >>

It’s Official

It’s Official – Today, The New York Times became the Onion – the headline reads : “Study Links Drop in Test Scores to a Decline in Time Spent Reading” And may we suggest: “Music Linked to Instances of Listening”

Tis the Season…

  Tis the Season. This time of year every night is party night in the city. Tuesday it was The Gish Prize ceremony for Laurie Anderson. The event began with a short piano solo by Phil Glass, lots of nice words and… read more >>

Record Hound of Barcelona

As you all know that Spanish visionary, A. Gaudi, loved his music. Some insists he was a serious trance + techno fan, sneaking off to rave the Balerics between concrete pours. But I’m convinced it was the fandango that fueled his modernist… read more >>

Graffiti Artists

This is from Barcelona, where I’m not exactly sure they are referencing the band, but, hey, maybe… So lets see some other graffiti from bands around the world! We would love to publish your photos on our webthing, or, just see if… read more >>

Sputnikary

For more than 20 years now ARC has been setting aside singles and LPs, sheet music and CDs, all with space age themes. The goal is a gallery show, when we gets a gallery, titled, “Music of the Spheres.” What better time… read more >>

That Transitional Time of Year

Yes, once again, as we drift through time, and green turns to brown, its the soothing T-Rex sound of “Celebrate Summer” that prepares us for the shock of Jackie Gleason’s raucous “Autumn Leaves”. T.Rex. “Celebrate Summer” / “Ride My Wheeles” EMI, MARC… read more >>

popPULPmusic

By now you’ve all seen our collection of French pulp paperbacks at ouiouipulp.com, but did you know we also have pulled together a few of our favorite paperbacks pertaining to music? Oh sure we have 25,000 old fashioned popular music books here… read more >>

I WAKE UP SCREAMING

The world’s first post-modern film is I Wake Up Screaming from 1941. The culture-quotes are relentless, beginning with the Gershwin-esque music intro, a quick take on Pygmalion/Galatea, a restaging of a Hopper diner scene, a protagonist named for a early Renaissance Florentine… 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 >>

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 >>

Relax 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 >>