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From Her To Eternity

The ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) is pleased to announce our latest initiative and focus for 2021, From Her To Eternity.  Our mission is to create a physical collection of recordings and related music materials and to organize events and activities that… read more >>

Slow but sure…

So sorry for the dearth of posts these days.  Renovating the new space and new buildings are a full time occupation.  But more soon as we get ready to launch new initiatives and get ready for our first group of new interns… read more >>

Earth Day

Remembering a chant or two @ at The Dream House in Lower Manhattan, around the corner from ARC.  This his first LP, 1972, from our collection.  Still not clear if the planet’s groove is a rut.  And yet, Happy Earth Day!

Out with the Old…

Our last post was about the changes that came with the new year, so, out with the old, (above) and in with the new ! (below) Above is a street shot of the outside of the old ARC in Tribeca – inside… read more >>

New Year, Old Song

This is the first of a few posts by Henry Locke, ARC’s intern from Bennington, working remotely on contacting labels for us and doing some blogs – here’s his first…  We’ve added the above, a related 45 from ARC’s collection. At the… read more >>

Wha Happened? A Few ARC 2020 favorites…

Happy New year. But as Fred sez, it doesn’t really start ‘til Jan 20!   That said, we’re busy working on our end-of-the-year Record Roundup. Still waiting for a few more things to come in. BTW as of Jan 1 there have been… read more >>

The Shirt Off Our Back?

In our humble efforts to massage, entice and cajole – how about this? Donate $100 and we’ll send you a Rolling Stone Tour tee shirt. The Band’s office sent 1,200 tees recently to help fund our relocation and reopening. Better yet, donate… read more >>

About Donating

On these cyber and giving days, here’s what we think : if you can, please give to folks who need food, help out some musicians who need work, and then consider The ARChive of Contemporary Music.   We’ve finally completed our new office… read more >>

Karen Dalton

More serendipity – Quite by accident, on the day I got this Facebook notice below, I watched the Karen Dalton documentary that is part of the NY Doc Fest. This is what my pal Tim Broun wrote on his page. “Today’s mission… read more >>

Nov 2

Chance, coincidence and serendipity are curious things. Last night in search of a Halloween film, chilling and not gory, I watched The Thing (1951). Maybe for the 5th time. It hosts an incredible ensemble cast, effortless overlapping dialog, Howard Hawks the rumored… read more >>

The Essentials

The Essentials. “Fast Music In A Slow Town EP : Turn Off Your Radio / I Don’t Get // Johnny / It’s Essential.” (Safety Net Records, US, Net-1, 1982; picture sleeve, includes a 6.5″ square white paper insert printed both sides with… read more >>

You Sure That’s The Correct Number?

Today Sothebys Auction House auctioned off the Hip-Hop classic, “Beat Bop” to benefit The ARChive of Contemporary Music. It was donated by Cory Robbins, the founder of Profile Records.   It sold for $126,000.00 Here’s the dope : Rammellzee vs K-Rob “Beat Bop”… read more >>

Cupolas 4

It’s not often you get to ask folks to have a look at your cupolas.  But here ya’ go.  Just painted in the newly renovated temp ARC office.  Still in an undisclosed location on the Hudson.  This is our 19th c. Piggery. … read more >>

A Label is Born

Before they rocked the world of Hip-Hop, the boys in the dorm issued this very Punk single.  It’s the first Def Jam seven-inch release : Hose. Mobo // Girls / Zoo. (7″ 45 rpm, no mfg. #, matrix DEF-SP-1, no date [1982]). … read more >>

As I slowly catalog our Punk era singles I am amazed by the value of these scarce, independently released, 45 in ARC’s collection.  These are not the mass produced and widely promoted bands we are familiar with. These are releases by mostly… read more >>

9:40 pm – Time to Start Work

9:40 pm.  3 screens running – the Yankees game, the nominating roll call at the Democratic convention, and the ARC singles database.  Going through a stack of 45s I start cataloging a few from Girls At Our Best and the first disk… read more >>

Dead But Not Forgotten

Not the Grateful Dead cover band but an LA punk group formed 1977, and this was their only single. While the “Kill the Hippies” cover catches your eye, the b-side sound of “Brainless” is the weirder wonder, with some nice arty No… read more >>

The above is not a minimalist canvas, but the cover of a scarce Bauhaus release.  I discovered it while going through our Punk era singles.  We’re cataloging this large group of 45s in preparation for a graphics book on our collection, and… read more >>

ARC on the Telly

Hi!  For the last 35 years, the ARChive of Contemporary Music has preserved over 3 million records in its Tribeca facility, making it one of the largest record collections in the world. Now, rising rents are driving ARC out of New York… read more >>

C+C = Celebratin’ + Catalogin’

Well I haven’t worn shoes for a week as I go into the 4th of July weekend!  And it will be a few weeks before we can start workin’ at the new ARC.  So I thought I’d pass the time on my… read more >>