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Daniel Neely, Former ARCster


The Irish Session of the Future!

We have lots of Irish music here at the ARChive (the entire Green Linnet catalog, for example), but I don’t think we’ve got anything like this. Here is a video of someone playing a very convincing set of jigs on a game… read more >>

Old Dirty.

On this date in 2004, the world lost Ol’ Dirty Bastard, a.k.a. O.D.B., a.k.a. Dirt McGirt. I had a brush with O.D.B. once. It was an afternoon in the late 1990s and I was sitting in front of the Knitting Factory on… read more >>

Doing The Good Day

B. came back from Europe yesterday with all sorts of exciting stories and a stack of great records. One record that caught my eye was this 45 with an instructional picture sleeve about how to do a dance called the “Casatschok”: As… read more >>

We Love Joe.

As B., Phreddie, Jon and I turned the corner of White Street on the way to work this morning, we noticed Joe Torre sitting on our stoop. Just sitting there, waiting. When we got close, he stood up, stretched out his hand… read more >>

Pop and Lock

The ARChive is a deep and wonderful place. As I was sorting through the children’s section for the records I wrote about yesterday, I came across these two gems, both from 1984 and I just had to share. First, we have Break… read more >>

Hey You Guy-ys!

Sure, we all watched the Electric Company at one point or another. Chock full of famous actors (Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman were regulars while folks like Gene Wilder, Victor Borge, Mel Brooks and Joan Rivers all popped in now… read more >>

RIP Jah Jerry

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

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 >>

Cugat

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>