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“A Kazoo With Strings”

Over at Boing Boing yesterday, Cory Doctorow blogged about Patrick Costello, a Maryland based banjoist who wrote a book – free online, with a creative commons license – called the How and Tao of Old Time Banjo. Costello’s quite prolific with the… read more >>

Acoustic Pulmonary Imaging

Anyone who has read Jonathan Sterne’s work on audile technique and mediate auscultation (and for those interested in the cultural history of sound reproduction, Sterne’s The Audible Past is a must read) will appreciate the potential of this, a new device that… read more >>

Hep Cats, N’est-ce pas?

Last weekend the hillbilly combo I am a member of, Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co., played the Red Hot and Blue Rockabilly Weekend fest in beautiful St. Hyacinthe, Quebec.  Kind of a hike for us, but we had a wonderful time. … read more >>

Helicopter Girl on Hawaiian Shirt Day

It’s a long story: P. went to Sweden as a High School exchange student.  P. loved it.  Abba dominated the airwaves.  P. was an amateur classical cellist.  Later in life, P. went back to Sweden to learn to weave. One of her… read more >>

Relax with ReveenRelax with Reveen

Don’t MIND me…

Accept it; he is the Master of Self-Suggestion. Nay, the Impossibilist. But, relax? This Reveen is in the Valley of Creepsville. The Latinate vocal pace is, we hope, slightly, electronically altered slowspeech that one could imagine the devil or an alien brain-only… read more >>

What I did this weekend.

On Saturday I went to the Ulster County Fair. It was great. There were 4-H (the four Hs are Head, Heart, Hands and Health) exhibits, a chainsaw sculptor, barbecue, a petting zoo, a wild animal exhibit (with lemurs, a kangaroo and a… read more >>

Hey, a-look! Is enough pizza to have a Party!

As I was looking through the ARChive’s Biz Markie holdings, I happened upon Pizza Party, a 1957 album featuring accordionist Joe Biviano. Joe who, who ask? A founding member of the American Accordionists’ Association (and its President from 1942-5, 48-9, 61-2 and… read more >>

Death Goes To The Movies

So if you weren’t paying attention to the Spears/Federline bust up, you will have noticed the death of Ingmar Bergman. But another giant of post-war art cinema, Michelangelo Antonioni passed on the same day, bad luck for him because I don’t think… read more >>

Goodbye Tom Snyder

CNN’s reported that Tom Snyder died yesterday. Snyder had lots of important musicians through his various shows over the years, including John Lennon, Johnny Rotten, Kiss, Iggy Pop, The Plasmatics, U2, the Grateful Dead and this band, The Clash: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijiazWlawUY]

Garage Sale Find

Last week the Baroness Von Oomph and I made the scene in the swingin’ Finger Lakes region of New York State. If you are a fan of Coneys (local white hot dogs) root beer, drive-ins and very skinny lakes, go there. Nuff… read more >>

Anti iPhone Contest: All Systems Go!

Hey kids! Remember our Anti iPhone Contest? Well, it’s still on [not really – check below]! But what’s changed is that I can now listen back to your submissions! As you can see, my New Edison-style Cup Phonograph Kit is here, it’s… read more >>

Queens in Space

Congrats to Brian May, for FINALLY turning in his doctorial thesis, “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud,” to supervisors at Imperial College London. May explained he had placed the draft in a guitar case in 1970, while he was still a… read more >>

If you keep picking at it, it’ll never heal.

A band most of us here had never heard as of two weeks ago is now part of our life.  We found this while cataloging today.  I bet it’s the best record ever.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

The opening act at NYC’s Downtown River to River Festival series tonight was a group called the Carolina Chocolate Drops.  The group consists of Justin Robinson (fiddle, vocal), Rhiannon Giddens (banjo, vocal), Dom Flemons (banjo, guitar, jug, vocal) and Sule Greg Wilson… read more >>

Harry Bradshaw at the ARC

For fans of Irish music, Harry Bradshaw is something of a household name. Although long an engineer and producer at RTE, what he is probably best known is his work researching and reissuing Irish music recorded during the 78rpm era. Indeed, most… read more >>


Wandering around the internets recently I found a really well done blog entitled = VITAPHONE VARIETIES = Observations On Film, Music & Imagery of the Past ARChivers, as inveterate fans of antique recording technology (and rabid ukulele heads) will dig these pages… read more >>

Oops! There Comes A Smile!

Click on any cover for a larger view. Tammy Faye fell from grace Tammy Faye had a make-up face She + Jesus cut lots of wax “Oops” is our favorite trac RIP TFB 7/23 Select Discography (or, “Tammy” things, plus other relevant… read more >>

Tunes and Beer

  Brian McNamara, Tim Collins* and Michael Rooney  Yep, the craic was good and the tunes were flying this week at the annual Irish Arts Week in East Durham New York. We were only able to manage a last gap weekend visit,… read more >>

Never Talking, Just Keeps Walking

Spreading his magic… What with the imminent release of the newest and last Harry Potter book, this morning’s Marketplace ran a little feature on Wizard Rock. Well, this piqued our interest here at the ARChive because we maintain a database of genres,… read more >>

Kioku / Happy Fun Smile

My friend Wynn Yamami leads a great experimental music group called “Kioku” (Japanese for “memory”), and they’re going on a west coast tour this summer. You can go to their myspace page to hear what they sound like, but if you’d rather… read more >>