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Warren Covington… is In Our Window

The Music Window is a new blog concept developed in the laboratory of the ARChive of Contemporary Music. It consists of displaying an album cover in the ARC window (conveniently located at 54 White Street, Tribeca/lower Manhattan) every couple of weeks (or… read more >>

NY Theramin Society

I Herd of Theremins

Herding cats, collecting moonbeams, getting a great $10 dinner on the upper East Side – these are a few of the impossibilities that can’t hold a candle to an upcoming NY Theremin Orchestra concert this Sat in Brooklyn.  Yes they’ll be waving… read more >>

Gilberto Gil, 1968

PercPan

What’s a desk jockey to do? It’s been five sedentary years since my last out-of-office experience (see Colombian stories; Picolandia and Vallenato) — much too long to go without nudging the equator, swizzle-sticking fuzzy drinks and scooping up rare petroleum based audio… read more >>

Great Pretenders

In a 2010 obituary, Cat Coore, the guitarist and cellist for the seminal reggae band Third World, called Gregory Isaacs “the Frank Sinatra of Jamaica.” It was one of those “it’s a stretch” references, necessary throughout the world to make a foreign… read more >>

Ties that Bind

Staying in NYC for the weekend for this and that, for both of them, saw and heard some very nice performances by Khaira (or Haira) Arby and Laurie Anderson. On Saturday Khaira , ‘The Nightingale of the North,” aka, “The Aretha Franklin… read more >>

Las Loss – The Sweet Beat in Bronze

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas will close on October 18, 2010. In the 50s Liberace was on our TV, the candelabra was on the Steinway, and my family took delight… read more >>

vacance, puces et…we’re back!

To celebrate the new year, the end of summer, strikes in France or as the kids say, “whatever,” I took the day off and made a trek way uptown to the Whitney Museum.  Prime reason was to see the Christian Marclay exhibition… read more >>

trickle-down donations

Just back from Ohio, ARC picked up portions of two recent donations that have been, and will be, given piecemeal, over the past and future years.  And what meals they are!   The first was the first donation of approx. 1,200 LPs, part… read more >>

Polish Music

As I’m heading back to Poland (Ohio) see me Mum, a flurry of old friends have surfaced.  Turns out it’s about the same time as a reunion of my elder brother’s high school class.  You may think that Poland Seminary High School… read more >>

ARC SUMMER RECORD + CD SALE

It’s hot, it’s sticky, it’s another ARC Summer Record & CD sale! Saturday, JUNE 12 – Sunday, JUNE 20 Everyday 11 am. to 6 pm BONUS DAY Monday June 21 – because it’s the equinox and Make Music Day in NY Admission… read more >>

Minuet of Mayhem

My ‘Minute of Mayhem’ honoring punk impresario Malcolm McLaren (who I was not a fan of, but, geeze, he did do something) is the 45 rpm 12” Booji Boy version of “(I cån’t gèt mé nö) Satisfaction” by Devo (BOY 1, 1977). … read more >>

What Happened in 2009?

As we send out deeds of gifts (if you sent materials), thank you’s (for services or monetary donations), and plan, as best we can, for what we should be doing in 2010, we have POSTED our “2009 Year End Roundup” on the… read more >>

300 LPs make a great stocking stuffer!

The ARChive Holiday Record + CD Sale is a success so far with plenty of folks shoppin’ n’ boppin.’ Still plenty of tasty vinyl and CDs left.  300 LPs make a great stocking stuffer!  So come on down and tell your friends. … read more >>

Alternative China in New York

For MORE than just this week Columbia’s Arts Initiative, with minimal help from ARC, brings the latest Beijing music scene to your very doorstep.  Organized by the Chinese record label Maybe Mars and the rock club D-22, it’s THE CHINESE UNDERGROUND INVASION… read more >>

We Built This City On…

It is a little known fact that the ancient Nabataeans were early adaptors of new sound recording technologies.  They began with cylinder discs (called columns) but found them awkward.  Later, around 70 BC, they sliced the cylinders into wafer thin segments, well… read more >>

Brazil or Brasil

ARC is busy building a comprehensive Brazilian collection here at the Library.  To our shame there is currently no major institution in the States actively building a comprehensive collection of this great music. Our chief advisor in all this has been Béco… read more >>

Some RIPs

Well, the Summer Sale is over and was a great success.  Thanks to all who braved the rain and helped us out by carting off our wretched excess.  We’ve neglected the blog for a while, so here’s some recent things that caught… read more >>

Dave Clark – Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay

We know the world has lost its moral compass when Gandhi chotskis hit the auction block.  Further proof is when former rockstars ask for a favor, on a quick turnaround, and than stiff you.  No we won’t go into ALL the folks… read more >>

Strategien Gegen Architekturen

Recently the ARSC list posted info on the problems with the increasing number of unstable modern concrete structures, and how safety concerns were rumored (not true) to have led to the relocation, and unavailability, of the great pop music collection at Bowling… read more >>

Save the Economy

I was cataloging some 60s folk recordings the other day and ran across something I had never seen before; spelling mistakes, or at least odd archaic forms in the titles of two LPs.  Two, in one day.  That there are mainstream products,… read more >>