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Some musical notes from Utah as I hiked, climbed and sweated (who knew chocolate melts at 106º ?) in the great outdoors in search of new sounds to add to the ARC.  First off the above.  This is a 1984 hardcore EP… read more >>

Sorting Records In The Twilight Zone…

So I’m sorting and re-boxing about 16 pallets of 78rpm discs, LPs, CDs and 45s that have been donated to us and the Internet Archive out in the San Francisco warehouse.  Looks like this: Quite unexpectedly a car pulls up and all… read more >>

Happy 4th! and Hello to the Newbies

I’m off for San Francisco, but leaving a pile of patriotic cupcakes for all the great new batch of interns that are hard at work as we enter the second half of the season (baseball talk).  Pictured above is: Brendan, a recent… read more >>

Plenty of NEW ARRIVALS and Rainy Day CUREs

Here we are.  The FINAL two days of ARC’s Sizzlin’ Summer Sale.  Above a glimpse of all the new LPs we’ve put out today.  And if it rains?  We’ve got the CURE.  And if you’re WORLDLY… Sale NOW  til Sunday June 24… read more >>

Midsummer Means Scandinavian Music Week is One Year Away!

As you may know every two years ARC focuses on a region or genre of music and pulls together hundreds or essays, performances, articles, blogs and recordings highlighting the culture and music of our chosen topic.  Last year it was Cuba, before… read more >>

NEW @ ARC Summer Sale

Everyday ARC adds new things to sell at our Sizzlin’ Summer Record + CD Sale – such as hundreds of African CDs donated by Sterns Records in London and these tasty vinyl items above, in really beautiful condition.  If you’ve dropped by… read more >>

World Cup + World Music + Pop + ARC

ARC has just been donated this SUPER CD of African music that is the perfect Father’s Day gift for those football crazy Euro-dads + old fashioned American Dad soccer fans.  Features Youssou N’Dour, Super Diamono de Dakar, Sam Fan Thomas, Papa Wemba,… read more >>

Out of the Vaults – Music Magazines

For the first time ARC is featuring a vast quantity of music magazines at our Sale that we have recently unearthed from down in the vaults.  Not only the expected tons of Rolling Stone, but a vast offering of off-beat and punk… read more >>

Cupcakes GONE – Plenty of Records still here!

A big thanks to all the ARC members who JOINED ARC and shopped at our opening Party.  They were treated to some tasty vinyl and suspect (but beautiful) cupcakes. Not to worry there are tons of 45s yet to consume.  Here’s a… read more >>

Beggars Arkive is here

Of course, you’re ALL dropping by for our Sizzlin’ Summer Sale starting this Saturday (June 9), but we wanted to let you know about our generous Sale sponsor, Beggars Arkive.  The Beggars Group has been a thriving label for over forty years… read more >>

Sortin’ Singles @ Sizzlin’ Sale Startin’ Saturday

Yes, that’s our all-Irish intern team, Brendan + Sophie, sorting the many hundreds of 45s we’ll be offering for the first time at ARC’s Sizzlin’ Summer Record + CD Sale.  Lots of rarities as always, including a nice group of British Invasion,… read more >>

Wassup on Hawaiian Shirt Day?

Well it’s Wednesday here at the ARC, and that means it’s Hawaiian Shirt Day.  And that reminded us that there will be a big pile of Hawaiian LPs offered at our Sizzlin’ Summer Sale this year.  In fact there will be a… read more >>

(B.) George ( goin’ 2) Washington Crosses the Delaware

Well yesterday, driving through driving rains, we picked up a swell modern Jazz collection in Delaware. This group of about 1,000 LPs was generously donated by Brad Pires.  The recordings were collected by Brad and his father over the years, and Brad… read more >>

Blind Boy Grunt @ our Summer Sale!

Join us in about a month when ARC becomes the largest record store in New York! WHAT: ARC Sizzlin’ Summer Record + CD Sale WHEN: Sat June 9 – Sun June 24 • everyday 11 am – 6 pm WHERE:   54 White… read more >>

70s Jazz Discographies

A very nice little donation came in today – about 1800 items.  Now we thought they were all Big Band and Jazz LPs, but there were also boxes of CDs, 78s, cassettes and discographies.  So here’s a sample of these 1970s era,… read more >>

Stormy Monday Blues

Forgive our posting the obvious, but the torrential rain today, AND the appearance of Stormy Daniels at the courthouse a few blocks away here in Lower Manhattan, leave us no other choice.   Here’s a few (hundred) of the recordings (artists + songs)… read more >>

Finkelstein-Ranz Recorded Music Collection

Last week we picked up a great folk, bluegrass and political collection in Sheepshead Bay – more than 800 LPs collected and curated by Henry Finkelstein.  Henry is a retired Civil Servant who lovingly described favorite cuts off of his favorite LPs… read more >>

Almost Round Robert Johnson

It is a hope of the ARChive of the Contemporary Music to some day find an actual 78 RPM record of the great blues singer Robert Johnson among a pile of 78s that get donated to us. The possibility of this ever… read more >>

WVON = “The Voice of the Negro”

Well It’s Black History Month and maybe you missed the story on the LP we have on display in our front window on White Street.  So here it is … Fred Schneider, lead singer and driving force behind The B-52’s rock band,… read more >>


The Pres. says that his greatest fear is, “sharks.” Well, maybe it was Stormy Daniels’ pillow talk.  What we do know is that just after saying he hoped “all the sharks die.” marine life conservation groups reported that donations to preserve sharks… read more >>