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Goon bones + Oysters

B. here. In San Fran. Goin’ through tens of thousands of 78s in our collection, stored a-way out West in partnership with the Internet Archive, and these caught my eye. Old as the hills, buried in the dirt, throughout history bones made… read more >>

Paper or Plastic?

  Have you checked out the ARChive’s Instagram (username: arcnyc) lately? This month we are highlighting some of the interesting paper and plastic flexi discs in our collection. These are phonograph records pressed into very thin plastic or plastic coated paper. Popular… read more >>

Hills + Heels

Hills + Heels.  That’s what they got here in San Francisco, and as you can see from these LP covers from our collection out here.  I’m going through boxes and boxes of LPs and 78s for the next few weeks.  Speaking of… read more >>

Bobby Rydell Delivers That Old Black Magic!

For the last dozen or so years, I have been asked to DJ at least one night at the Lincoln Center’s excellent Midsummer Night Swing series of outdoor events. Each event consists of a DJ, a dance instructor to teach the proper… read more >>

Red, White and the Blues

This Indi Day I found a few very nice blues LPs at a flea market upstate. Above; here I am shopping in my usual 4th outfit.  Below; some records I found. Like all good Americans I also watched the latest Independence Day… read more >>

Polka Patriots

A tip-o-the-tricornered-cap to Rachel Austin Shapiro who donated a box of Holiday Happiness to light up our 4th!  These LPs were mostly polkas, mostly Patriotic PA based bands, all on independent labels – just perfect for celebrating our Independence Day.  And who… read more >>

But It’s All Over Now…

Well, the walls are nearly empty as dealers start buying up all the left-overs from ARC’s Sizzlin Summer Record + CD Sale!  We’ve got buyers from Lebanon, Brazil and even far-flung Jersey City.  You may not know it but we clear out… read more >>

Some Disks that made a Brexit!

As England swings to the right, we’ve still got a few British pop record left at the ARC’s Sizzlin Summer Record + CD Sale!  So come on down and support America’s largest (and best) popular music archive.  Only a few days left… read more >>

45s + forty-fives = singles

Pa-lenty of very nice 45s available at the ARC’s Sizzlin Summer Record + CD Sale!  Thousands in fact – punk, country and good ol’ rock n’ roll – all at great prices.  So do drop by, the sale going on now and… read more >>

Moon, June, Swoon…Moog

It’s the Summer Solstice, and uniquely (every 70 years) it’s also a full moon, AND a Strawberry Moon (corresponding to the berry harvest).  So while we sold our Prince’s Strawberry Beret single right off, and The Longest Day LP is pretty rare,… read more >>

ARC’s Worldly Sale continues…

Do drop by this week as ARC’s Sizzlin Summer Record + CD Sale rolls on!   Come by anytime during our sale…   Sat June 11- Sun June 26   everyday 11-6   54 white st, tribeca Above is a shot of some of the hundreds… read more >>

Sure it’s clever to sell that Tripod Jimmie record with a dog on the cover next to a Skinny Puppy LP, but what’s really cool is this Ray Charles over-the-top box set! Pure Genius: Complete Atlantic Recordings 1952-1959 is in a faux… read more >>

Still shoppin’

Sunday morning, and like all New Yorkers, these nice folks came to shop at the ARC’s Sizzlin Summer Record + CD Sale right after church!   You can join them or come by anytime during our sale…   Sat June 11- Sun June 26  … read more >>


Yes, Rounding out the alphabet, and front-and-center at our checkout counter, you can catch some “Z’s” today – OPENING DAY – of the ARC’s Sizzlin Summer Record + CD Sale. Sat June 11- Sun June 26 everyday 11-6 54 white st, tribeca… read more >>

Sale Starts Sat

Here’s a pic from the Member’s Party last night, and now we’re restocking for the opening for the general public.  Lots of new stuff that members donated, so DO NOT THINK that the best things are gone!  Paaa-lenty of great 45s, jazz… read more >>

Hawaii + why we….

As you may know yesterday was Wednesday, and  Wednesdays are Hawaiian Shirt Day here at the ARC, a long standing tradition for the past 60 or so years.  And this Weds was no exception, and Alex and Fred and B donned some… read more >>


Back at work @ ARC weds, now focusing on our Record Sale. June 11-26.  On our final night in Havana we had one of  our best meals of the trip (onionskin-thin swordfish carpaccio) at Mediterraneo Havana Restaurant.  Then a few jazz clubs,… read more >>

Flamenco in Cuba

Kind of a lost day here in Havana as the lunch place we were going to had closed it’s dining room, the rumba place was crowded beyond belief, the temp hit 90+, and shows scheduled for 5pm were now to begin at… read more >>