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I bet Avril has never even HEARD of Peaches!

Over on AbsolutePunk they’re doing the vergleichende Musikwissenschaft thing again, this time examining the connections between Avril Lavine’s “I Don’t Have To Try” and “I’m The Kinda” by Peaches. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0d2z-dWZmE] Oh, when are they gonna leave it alone. The two CLEARLY don’t… read more >>

Dr. Luke Exposed: Rubinoos v. Avril part deux

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37Ec9sRh8FI] Nice. Every time I listen the conviction that the “old people,” as the Rubinoos are known on the Avril Lavigne fan forums, totally kick teenybopper ass. In the comments section of part one of the Avy-noos saga HeyHeyYouYou outs producer and… read more >>

Music of the Living Dead.

Compliments of 1982… HOME TAPING IS KILLING MUSIC AND ITS ILLEGAL I come across this kind of a lot on records from the late 70s and early 80s.  If someone makes this into a t-shirt, please send some over to the ARChive,… read more >>

An Exotic Sheet Music Cover Collection Online!

While cataloging New York based organizations for the New York Musicians Index and Archive (or the NYMIA, a forthcoming resource for musicians in New York State), I found a really cool link on the New York Sheet Music Society’s web site to… read more >>


Happy National Day of Stryper, y’all!  How are you celebrating? Let us know in comments! I know I said I’d be listening to metal, but instead I’m writing and listening to dub: In a couple of minutes I’m going to mess around… read more >>

Avril v. Rubinoos: Is it theft if you leave out the hook?

So Avril Lavigne is getting sued for stealing the Rubinoos‘ super pop classic “I Wanna be Your Boyfriend” First, let me say I like both these songs a lot. What can I say? I’m a sucker for bubblegum! Naturally in the interest… read more >>

The Anti iPhone Contest.

Edit: ALL SYSTEMS GO NOW!  GO HERE TO HEAR! Yes, the iPhone’s out and I can’t read anything without having to wade through all sorts of iPhone crap. I’m sure our readers have had enough about the iPhone as well, so in… read more >>

A Sprinkling of Dub

Today the ARChive got a package from Sanctuary Records that included some really amazing albums.  In the glamorous world of ARChiving, what happens normally is that material shows up, it gets cataloged and it gets put away.  Now and again, we pull… read more >>

Tiki Redux

Wednesday is Hawaiian Shirt day, again. Let the ukuleles ring out, and we’ll celebrate with one of my favorite cereal commercials: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvCxfdcl1yM] Aloha, – Jonny

Pour some Shuggie on me

Did a little shopping for my brother-in-law’s birthday at the ARChive sale today. Is everyone hip to this trip? Shuggie Otis’ Inspiration Information re-issued on vinyl, with bonus tracks, we got a big stack of them, AND THEY ARE TWO DOLLARS APIECE!… read more >>

Gore Verbinski, Pirate of 1980s Punk Rock

The other day I was cataloging a box of 80s punk and metal records (lots and lots of bad 80s metal from Metal Blade Records) and came across this record: Not a bad cover, I s’pose.  Anyway, it stood out because it… read more >>

Guess what I have in my hand

I’m becoming a bit of a specialist, I’m afraid. Whenever a comedy record comes over the transom, usually found tucked discreetly in a dark corner of a large donation of music, it lands on my desk. Don’t know what gave it away,… read more >>

Reggae. ReggaeReggaeReggae.

One afternoon in late 2002 (November?), while I was living in Jamaica doing fieldwork on mento for my dissertation, I bumped into Colby Graham at the National Library’s circulation desk.  I don’t exactly remember why we started talking – maybe someone suggested… read more >>

National Day of Stryper

Last night’s members pre-sale party went GREAT, thanks to all the members who stopped by, and to all the new members who signed up! Today we’re busily preparing for tomorrow, the first “official” day of our summer sale. It promises to be… read more >>

What a Difference a Day Makes!

Overture, curtain, lights This is it, the night of nights! Members, don’t forget! Tonight is our big pre-sale party! We want to see you all there not simply because we love you,and not merely because this will be our biggest sale EVAR,… read more >>

Tiki ARChive.

So, it’s Wednesday again. ARChive insiders know that can mean only one thing: Hawaiian Shirt Day is here again. Also known as Tropical Shirt Day, or occasionally referred to as Day of Phony Pan-Polynesian Cultural Appreciation. Nerds? Maybe. But the whole staff… read more >>

More Paris Hilton Madness!

Today is the ARC is annexing the adjacent space so we have some friends over helping us prepare four our BIG SUMMER SALE (I encourage anyone in NYC reading this to clink on the link and learn more). One of the folks… read more >>

Yes, It’s Perfunctory Now.

On father’s day, a singer named John Ogrodowczyk sang “God Bless America” during the seventh inning stretch at the Red Sox game at Fenway. Normally I change the channel during this little bit of baseball “tradition” because I feel like it was… read more >>

Another great donation.

  Today the ARChive received an incredibly generous donation from a fellow whose marriage was in jeopardy—his wife told him to get rid of his records, or to get rid of her. With that ultimatum, he packed up more than 30 or… read more >>