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Paris – Day 9 – Europunk + the Anonymous B.George

Today a visit to the immense and impressive music complex at the Parc de la Villette to see the exhibition Europunk @ the Cité de la Musique. Cité is a wonderful space hosting a musical instrument museum, concert, teaching and listening areas,… read more >>

Paris – Day six – L’Empire des Signes

The Marché de Noël des Abbesses in Montmartre was offering a course on Roland Barthes this Christmas Eve, with vinyl examples… Here a vendor uses the disc to advertise his wares.  Enamored by it’s surface, and delighted by its re-application, I forgot to… read more >>

Paris – Day five – Locks’o’Love

Passed over the Pont des Arts today, a bridge sagging from tens of thousands of padlocks, left by lovers, a recent trend here in Paris.  So while I’m taking this picture, a man falls off a tour boat under us in the… read more >>

Paris – Day four – Sun Ra Learns to Weave

Visited Decorum, a tapestry exhibition by artists @ Musée D’Art Moderne and there was an unexpected soundtrack running throughout.  My ear caught by Sun Ra’s aptly named “Tapestry From An Asteroid.”  Pretty hip, not to mention Can, Dave Holland, John Cage, Aphex… read more >>

Paris – Day Three = Pagan

As you may or may not know ARC (et moi) maintain websites of rock pulp paperbacks ,  and those depicting French girls – the infamous Oui Oui Pulp page. Odd maybe, yet you must collect something when you give away all your… read more >>

Paris – day one

I’m back in my favorite neighborhood in Paris, after a grueling flight, wrong metro turns and no sleep.  And yet.  Visiting friends in the 16e I met the downstairs neighbor, a Madam Paturel, who, like most French women, just happens to have… read more >>

SUNDAY – Final Day of ARC’s Holiday Sale

Sun Dec 15 – Outside it looks like this…Inside it’s warm and colorful– not only records, but lots of lovely housewares from donated estates like this “Slick and Fancy” Jeannette glass punchbowl set with enough cups to egg-knock over your whole family…. read more >>

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The Wine Is Gone, but We Still Have Plenty of Records

Archivist Quinn MacRorie pictured before the start of our sale.  Notice the custom ARC wine label courtesy City Winery! After the ARC Party, no more wine, but we still have lots of great stuff on the wall! Last night’s members party at… read more >>

ARC Holiday Record + CD Sale! Dec 7 – 15

Our Holiday Sale Starts this weekend, and we hope to see you there! Great stuff, good people, all to help support the not-for-profit ARChive of Contemporary Music. A full week of X-mas shopping fun. more than 25,000 items – More vinyl and… read more >>

ARC Holiday Record + CD Sale! Dec 7 – 15

The LONG wait is over.  More than 20,000 never before offered recordings just in time for the Holidays.  Join us as for one week every December ARC is the largest record store in New York City! when: Sat Dec 7-Sun Dec 15,… read more >>

Do “The Ostrich” one last time…

With the passing of an artist that one admires, one always returns to favorite works by that artist in order to commemorate him or her; in this case, Lou Reed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgAqWsv7xMs Around 1963 or so, after graduating from college in Syracuse, where… read more >>

ARC Boardmember (Almost) Looses his Cool (Guitar)

ARC board member Nile Rodgers had a close call last week when he nearly lost his beloved 1959 Stratocaster on the Metro-North railroad. The guitar has been nicknamed the “Hitmaker” due to the number of hit records (“Good Times,” “We Are Family.”… read more >>

Charming Chinese Indian Fusion

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9-Q3bwf49c ARC pal, Prof. Victor A. Vicente at the Chinese University of Hong Kong had his students in “The Music of Bollywood” course,  arranged, performed + recorded some of the best-known Bollywood songs of the past decade.  It was their contribution to India… read more >>

What Am I Doing Tomorrow for India Music Week?

B. George here – Saturday I’m heading out to flushing Queens to the Ganesh Hindu Temple Canteen for a quick dosa in the basement, then a FREE concert across the street @ Saraswati Hall.  Take the # 7 train to 45-57 Bowne… read more >>

More India Every Day!

Every day more and more data and info and fun things to do are pouring into the India Music Week, Oct 6-13 webthing.  Just last night  •  a discography of Tibetan music from in India • links to the audio for a… read more >>

B. wet, Fred hot + Quinn dry

ARC was closed late august, so I went swimming, Fred went to LA where the heat was all they talked about and Quinn, to everyone’s surprise,  attended Burning Man – a week-long annual festival held in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. … read more >>

Grubby Dub Surfaces

Everyone knows that ARC has the BEST interns in the American League, and today’s All-Star is Arlo, who, while inspecting classical LPs for surface worthiness, discovered some booklets stuffed inappropriately in inappropriate sleeves. Who could have have thought to place these very… read more >>

2 new adds 2 The Keith Richards Blues Collection + 1 Jazz LP

Our fearless leader here at the ARC, known affectionately as B., often prowls rural flea markets, combing the stalls for unique and/or interesting sound recordings. The recent Fourth of July weekend was no exception, as B. returned with an armful of 12-inch… read more >>