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Pure Pop for Now People

There was a time, children, when we thought Nick Lowe would save the world. In the dark days of late ’70s AOR radio programming, when dinosaurs like Led Zeppelin and synthetic prog-sludge like ELP and Styx clogged the FM airwaves like musical… read more >>

Tuesday Wrap-Up

1. Dear Wes Anderson, Why haven’t you hired the McMahon family to score one of your films? Behold Michael McMahon’s Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co’s MySpace, where you can listen to their humorous little ditty “I Hate You.” (Michael is pictured… read more >>

Musi Cali

Here are some nice music images from California for all our dedicated disc bloganatii… The ORIGINAL music makin’ Madonna, namesake for the Madonna Inn, US Highway 1, coastal CA. A modern madonna from the conjunto band, Jose Luis Ruelas y Sus Rivales… read more >>

United Airlines Lacks Musical Sensitivity

As you know, we live in the least developed country of the so-called developed nations. I write this from the San Francisco airport. I fly domestically, maybe, twice a year. I fly internationally 4 or 5 times a year. I have NEVER… read more >>

The Oldest Playable Phonautogram. Ever.

  The New York Times has a new article about the newly recovered, mid-nineteenth century recordings of Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville, a Parisian “tinkerer” who invented a recording device called the Phonautogram YEARS before Edison (that bad bastard) ever even thought about… read more >>

Rock Around The Blooper

Meanwhile, back in the jungle… Freddie’s really been kicking ass, sorting through mountains of 45s for weeks now. Every once in a while he’ll unearth a comedy single which is my meat! When this beauty bobbed to the surface we had to… read more >>

Recoton adapter

45 adaptors

Few inventions are as useful or as elegantly simple as the “centering device for phonographic records” or put more plainly, the 45 adaptor. We have upwards of 200,000 45s here at the ARChive, and since people often just left them in their… read more >>

Recoton adapter

The 45 Adaptor

Few inventions are as useful or as elegantly simple as the “centering device for phonographic records” or put more plainly, the 45 adaptor.  We have upwards of 200,000 45s here at the ARChive, and since people often just left them in their… read more >>

Reason 5446 Why I Love Jamaica

Calling All Vipers?  Yeah…for a “listening party.”  The “records” (*wink* *wink*)just arrived. [youtube=http://youtube.com/watch?v=PLXMkdAXDZw] So maybe it’s not the best Jamaican smuggling scheme I’ve ever heard (my favorite involved a calypso band and a banjo), but its a damn good one.  And it… read more >>

Back From The Dungeon

The reason I have not blogged more often is that I have been down in the cellar—known here at the ARChive as The Dungeon—sorting through some of the old seven-inch 45 RPM records (from here on just called 45s).  The ARC is… read more >>

We Knew That

Sarah Lyall, in The New York Times, 3/4/08, reported: “A plot by the Hells Angels, … in 1969, to kill Mr. Jagger nearly 40 years ago failed when the would-be assassins, traveling by boat, encountered a storm and were thrown overboard, according… read more >>

Bell Biv DeVoe

While riding the 7 train into work today, I found a pair of business cards wedged into the plastic liner above the doors. You know the spot – it’s where you’d usually see fliers telling you either how to lose/gain 30 lbs… read more >>

Rubber Seoul

It was a proud and teary moment when we here at the ARC heard the strains of the Star-Spangled Banner played in Pyongyang, North Korea, last evening by a local band, the New York Philharmonic. It took me back to the early… read more >>

Global Reggae

Got back yesterday from spending a week in Kingston, Jamaica at the aptly named “Global Reggae Conference” held at the University of the West Indies, Mona. There, I presented a paper about mento music’s role in the 1968 Festival Song Competition on… read more >>

Smell of meat, tango

Recently, at Jazz Standard, (one of the best rooms for jazz in New York) I heard the Eternal Tango Orchestra. A plus is that the music from the enthusiastically carnivorous nation of Argentina was performed under the rib-infested Blue Smoke, a pretty… read more >>

Help me! Heeeeellllllllp meeeeeee!

Yesterday, I opened up the gatefold cover of this John Coltrane Ballads album … and I found a crime scene! The death of an innocent fly, probably a jazz lover. You can almost hear the sickening “FWAPP” as the cover is slammed… read more >>

Are They So Very Different Today?

Hipsters, I mean. No, Columbia wasn’t the hippest label in the 1950s, but the cover of their Columbia House Party LP did nothing to hurt them.  Covered with hipsters hanging around with portable pets, drinking martinis, smoking who knows what and carrying… read more >>

Dance Fever

File this as Part Two in an examination of the wonderful world of K-Tel as an instrument of dance education. The kids loved Dan’s previous Pop and Lock post featuring Breakdance (K-Tel NU3360) which helped spread the good word about the hip… read more >>

the NICE

One of the nicest things about the ARC is the nice people who pop up over the Holidays, the nicest time of the year. So Here’s to jolly, saintly, James Doran, who gave us the nicest gift of all to round out… read more >>

Big Thanks To Everyone!

I am proud to announce that from beginning to end, our Sneaky Santa Holiday sale was a raging success. It started with the smooth ballads, boogie and blues stylings of Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. (Homepage, Myspace) at the Members party:… read more >>