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Daniel Neely, Former ARCster

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=]

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>


“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 >>

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=] 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.

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=] Oh, when are they gonna leave it alone. The two CLEARLY don’t… 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 >>