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Bongo X-mas!

“Just once I’d like to spend Christmas listening to carols instead of bongos!” Not me! Therefore I suggest you abandon those old saws and try a few new Holiday traditions, or at least films. Our go-to is “Bell, Book and Candle “(1958)…. read more >>

All This Weekend – 25% Off @ ARC

Hi everyone – It’s the final weekend of the ARC’s Sale and still plenty of swell records left at our Holiday Record and CD Sale.  So do drop by and support the library!  ARC is @ 54 White St, Tribeca. All weekend… read more >>

ARC Needs a Hug

Arc needs a hug now and then.  Here’s Laurie Anderson hugging DJ Bunny Ears at our Benefit Dance Party.  They’re big ARC fans and we hope you will join them in supporting the ARC.  Help us grow and prosper.  We’re the only,… read more >>

Heading Towards the Final Weekend

ARC’s Holiday Record + CD Sale is still going, but ending soon.  We’re here all week until the 23d, everyday 11am – 6pm.  Come on down for tons of great bargains.  New LPs added daily and great folks drop off great albums. … read more >>

The Sale is STILL on!

OK, the Dance Party is over, but ARC’s Holiday Record + CD Sale is ongoing.  Come on down for tons of great bargains.  New LPs added daily.  Here’s an example of the variety above.  Do drop by and support the ARC!

Happy Are We…at the ARC Party

Here’s the first snap from the evening. More info soon when more pics arrive.  This great one of Laurie by a dancing photographer and photo historian, Guido Harari.  On Monday night we threw a Benefit Dance Party with spinning vinyl-only sets by… read more >>


Well sorta.  ARC is hosting our end of the year Benefit Dance Party to help us stay in NYC.  And we’re making it affordable for all, just $25.00! ARC BENEFIT DANCE PARTY THIS MONDAY DEC 10  2018 7 pm – Midnight  Our… read more >>

ARC Holiday Record + CD Sale!

Sat Dec 8 – Sun 23 everyday 11am – 6pm Yes, we’re back – and better than ever.  All the swell folks who donated discs this year gave us plenty of extra copies that we can offer to YOU.  Remember LPs and… read more >>

It’s A Wrap…

Dear Arcsters,  As you may know I have been 10 days in Roskilde, Denmark, packing up a large donation of recordings to be digitized by the Internet Archive. You can listen to more than 100,000 sides @ Great78Project. Here’s a picture of… read more >>

DK – Day 2

Busy packing up 78s here in Denmark to be digitized and have found TONS of great images on the record sleeves.  More than half of the 5,000 discs in our first shipment are advertising images for the shops selling the discs, not… read more >>

Viking Music

Here’s a very nice embossed image from one of the 78rpm record sleeves, from a collection of 50,000 discs I am packing up in Roskilde, Denmark.  Like American releases these EU discs seldom contain the recording that should be in them, or… read more >>

Holiday Sale + Parties One Month Away

I’m getting ready to go to Denmark, but YOU should be saving up for that trip down to the ARC for some tasty vinyl treats as we’re a month away from our annual Holiday Record and CD Sale! Sat Dec 8 –… read more >>

The Past is Pretty Scary!

Here’s an Al Jolson sleeve for a 78 rpm disc on Brunswick Records.  Freddie found it this morning and will be doing a blog soon on all the very decorative sleeves from this bowling company cum record moguls.  Al Jolson usually performed… read more >>

The Greatest Cover…Ever!

Every few months or so we unearth the greatest record cover we’ve ever seen.   Here’s the latest, “Buonumore e Canzoni,”  by Neapolitan singer/actor Gino Maringola.  It arrived by mail with about 60 other Italian 45s and 78s last week.   Thanks to… read more >>

Latest donation from Ed Ward

This week ARC received another donation from Wisconsin based Ed Ward.  In the past Ed has focused on this C&W materials. His 15,0000 or so discs are one of our treasured Special Collections and we’ve posted a gallery of his Cowboy +… read more >>

The Deacon Rides Again!

On September 16, the great saxophonist Big Jay McNeely passed away. It would be remiss of The ARChive if we did not bring him to the attention of those who may have missed his contribution to the world of music. His wild,… read more >>


Arc was at the First Day of Issue ceremony for the John Lennon Stamp here in NYC. It was held at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park.  Nice, in that Lennon had filmed the video for “Mind Games” there in 1973. So… read more >>

Labor Day, and that means…

Back to school is just around the corner.  So what better time to remind you about the Student Teachers!  We only thought about ’em because of a new book out by Laura Davis, the woman drummer, 17 when she began hittin’ the… read more >>

Ridin’ the Red Wave…

Since joining the ARC team as an intern in July, I’ve been busy listening to, translating, and researching the Internet Archive’s collection of over 300 Russian 78rpm records. My Russian-immigrant family’s story and culture were always fascinating to me, and I wanted… read more >>

Today is Wednesday, and…

… that means it’s Hawaiian Shirt Day here at the ARC!  Once a week we’re forced to don colorful garb, lunch on exotic grub and catalog tropical discs in our little grass shack on the isle o’ Manhata.  Enjoy the shirts from… read more >>