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Talkin’ “Craps”

This Thursday ARSC will present a talk on the early recordings of Richard Pryor’s comedy LPs on Laff Records.  Sounds like fun.  Here’s the details for any and all in the NYC area.  Dan Blazek presents Richard Pryor’s Laff Recordings.  7:00 P…. read more >>

Happy + Relaxed + Ready for 2017!

Happy Everything as we wind down 2016 and prep for 2017!  Look for our first new posts in the coming year  highlighting all we’ve done lately – Big things like collecting more than a quarter million seventy-eights and smaller things like finding… read more >>


The End Days are HERE!

No, we’re not talkin’ bout the new administration, or some other Apocalypse, but the final two days of ARC’s Holiday Record + CD Sale This Sat + Sun, Dec 17 +18, 11am-6pm Still plenty of bargains to be had, like these above… read more >>

But Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

Sure it’s cold.  It’s supposed to be cold.  But here at the ARC the deals are still hot, hot, hot.  See above for some of what we got. So mitten-up and come on down to our Holiday Sale and take home some… read more >>

Yet Another Reason for the Sale!

You know, the Holiday sale is not just for getting rid of extra copies, it’s a clarion call for MORE. Responding to that call was ol’ pal Ben Young who dropped off ten cartons of record and distribution company catalogs accumulated over… read more >>

More Jazz + More…

Here’s another batch of great Jazz LPs we’ll be offering at our Holiday Sale STARTING NEXT WEEKEND.  So do drop by.  I am sorting and pricing this weekend and also found lots of amazing reggae, Brazilian, modern classical and experimental music to… read more >>

Why We Do the Things We Do…

While dodging the hoards of Whole Foods workers delivering $80 turkeys to the 1% in Tribeca this AM I saw this in the trash.  Marriage breakup?  Death?  Eviction?  Space problems?  New beginnings?   Whatever the reason a portion of history, albeit personal, was… read more >>

Jazz Me, Baby…

It’s sale time again and ARC has an unprecedented group of Jazz LPs for sale at this years Holiday Record + CD Sale!  Sure we have all styles of great music, but Jazz is really strong this year.  You can see a… read more >>

Clean your closets! …please.

ARC’s Holiday  Record + CD Sale Well, it’s sale time again and we need your help.  This year we have tons of nice jazz LP – really beautiful stuff.  Not to mention the World Music CDs – the best we’ve ever had… read more >>

Decor d’Audio

Before a recording was marketed by eye candy designed to appeal to your audio sweet tooth, 78rpm singles were housed is generic sleeves touting the record label, not the artist.  But people, the great wild-card in any scheme, felt the need to… read more >>

Scary how many records

The above is one of the recently donated 80,000 seventy eights – yet another scary collection! You can read a bit about our work with all this frighting material and Fred’s great DJing gig a-way out West where we packed up the… read more >>

Fan-tastic, Fan-tabulous, Fan-delicious…

Loving an artist enough to build your world around them is not a new idea. Even those Roman’s knew how to cheer with a little Latin “fanaticus” meaning ‘inspired by god,’ So while we knew you could swoon for Sinatra, be bitten… read more >>

ARC HOLIDAY SALE – just around the corner

Yes, records are the stuff that dreams are made of.  OK, maybe a few nightmares too.  But if you love to cuddle up to some great music, at great prices AND support the ARC in our 31st year, do drop by for… read more >>

We Preserve Insect Parts!

Today The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced they would launch a Hip Hop Collection.  Congrats.  Well we LOVE this great library, so to honor their being 39 years behind the times, and 31 years after we started collecting… read more >>

Prince Buster

Last Thursday, September 8th, saw the passing of Prince Buster (real name Cecil Bustamente Campbell), one of the most influential figures in ska and rocksteady music. Starting in the early 1960s, when sound system DJs began recording their own, distinctively Jamaican music,… read more >>

Lazy Days + Kid Plays

Slowin’ down here as we approach the Holidays, and thought the most we could muster was a nice pic of a pallet-full of mostly early 10″ children’s records that have recently arrived here at the ranch.  So what are we doing for… read more >>

Crown Heights

On this 25th anniversary (not the best term) of the violence and riot in Crown Heights I want to show two 78rpm recordings donated recently here at the ARC.  Why?  Well I was on Utica Avenue the morning of August 19, 1991,… read more >>

Bridging the Gap

If you’ve been following Alex’s excellent Instagram posts, you know that last month we focused on flexidiscs and paper recordings, and in August we are exploring the outer reaches of space from inside a space helmet. Well, lo and behold, we came… read more >>

Instagram: Space Helmets

! We’re changing up the theme for our Instagram account every month, and for August the theme is Space Helmets. Here at the ARC we have countless recordings with outer space related artwork, and these are a few of our favorite covers… read more >>