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More Capitol Fun

Well, If you’re like me you spent last Tuesday listening to the great Eddie Simpson singing “Pray and Vote” (“Listen people…ain’t gonna wear these shoes no longer, ain’t gonna stay in this house no longer, ain’t gonna carry these blues no longer,… read more >>

Happy 105th Birthday “Whistling Girl”

Today, the stars aligned while I was alphabetizing the “J” section of the ARChive’s collection of 78 rpm records – a small collection here of about 8,000.  Tucked in between the Harry James and the James Johnson was a runty nine-inch record… read more >>

The Whole World In His Hands

Watching the Dems wonderful halftime show in the stadium last night there was a little aside that was fascinating.  The starting point was the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington DC.   Margaret Warner, a  PBS… read more >>

Nigerian Musician Sonny Okosuns Dies

Nigerian composer, singer and activist Sonny Okosuns died May 24 in Washington DC of Cancer. Not well known in the States, Sonny’s great voice (the only African voice) may have been noticed on Sun City, the anti-apartheid album from 1985 or on… read more >>

One nice thing about the ARC sale is the new friends we meet who come in to shop. Our latest pal’o’pals is Joel who runs one of the nicest little record shops left in Manhattan, Tropicalia In Furs. Joel shopped at the… read more >>

Dan Donates!

A good friend of ARC, Dan Zanes, has done the impossible; donated ALL, not some, no ALL of his LPs to the library. Sure he threw in a nice pile of CDs (841), but ALL’s a lot, or at least 1,954 discs,… read more >>

The Latest Sect

This just in : Today, 5/22/2008, the N Y Times posts a story on Acrassicauda, the (only?) Iraqi Heavy Metal band, who just happen to be named after a species of black scorpion. There’s a new documentary about them and their love… read more >>

Ton o’ Tomes

Today we honor David Hinckley, of the New York Daily News. David has, over the years, contributed mightily to ARC. Unlike MOST critics, David neither sells nor hoards the swag and promos the recording industry sends his way. He reviews and comments… 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Record Hound of Barcelona

As you all know that Spanish visionary, A. Gaudi, loved his music. Some insists he was a serious trance + techno fan, sneaking off to rave the Balerics between concrete pours. But I’m convinced it was the fandango that fueled his modernist… read more >>

The Message: Run-Off Grooves and Pop Music Consciousness

  In the manufacture of phonograph records, there are a number of blank or “musicless” grooves at the end of each record. These are put there for several reasons, among them the inability of the operator of the recording machine to raise… read more >>