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Daniel Neely, Former ARCster


[youtube=] 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.)


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 >>

São Paulo, Brazil, garbage can

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 >>

Bloomberg Save CBGB


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 >>

Money Mark

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


Yesterday at the ARChive, we listened to the Fleshtones’s album Hexbreaker. It was awesome. [youtube=] [youtube=]

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.

What’s On at the ARChive?

Today, Bryan picked out this record by The Baroques for us to listen to. He tells me it’s quite valuable and has always been curious about what it sounds like: Chess Records 1967 psychedelia madness. You know, there might be nothing more… read more >>

Fred Mask Replica

Our First Post.

Welcome to our blog, this is our first post. Phast Phreddie’s phavorite album is Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica. Ever since he was a teenager, this record has been his springboard into all sorts of different music, including delta blues, free jazz… read more >>