21 05 2014

Please note THIS BLOG now rests inside the very bowels of the NEW
ARChive of Contemporary Music webthing.

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It’s at www.arcmusic.org

There you can see our latest postings, view spiffy galleries of fab record covers, like us, hate us, join us, read all about us and our mission of preserving all forms of popular music.

Also our next sale is June 7 – 15.  Do drop by virtually or in person!

What to do on a Saturday

18 04 2014

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One of our favorite people, and photographer of the vinyl elite, Eilon Paz is launching his book this weekend at the PowerHouse Arena, 37 Main St, Brooklyn, New York. The fun starts at 4pm and looks like it will go late into the night at the afterparty. Party this Saturday, April 19. All the details are here.

It’s also Record Store Day so they’ve scheduled a whole day of groovy fun, including an exhibition of the pics, spins by the collectors in those pics and a meet-and-greet with the author eager to sign a copy of his book just for you!

Don’t forget to check out the Dust and Grooves blog also. I can’t make the event, but I’ll be there in spirit – oh, and in the book too!

FOR COLLECTORS ONLY (everyone is a collector)

1 04 2014

Artist Allen Ruppersberg has a show up in London based on a large collection of 78rpm recordings here at the ARChive. The Barrie H. Thorpe/Batavia Public Library Collection was donated to ARC last year, comprising some 48,000 seventy-eight rpm discs, and is scheduled for digitization, But for now you can virtually tour the show here, and if you just happen to be in London, do have a look. Runs till the 19th (coincidentally, Record Store Day).
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FOR COLLECTORS ONLY (everyone is a collector)
1a Kempsford Road
SE11 4NU London
T +44 (0)20 7840 9101

I Herd of Theremins

27 03 2014

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 their arms in the air (say ho!) to a hard-to-wrangle SiFi beat, slipin’ anda slidin’ electronically, guessing at notes just for you. Our pal P. George will be one of the players. Plus some amazing ringer, like Dorit Chrysler and Rob Schwimmer, who will add gravitas and gracenotes proper.


Saturday March 29th, at 8pm
Dorit Chrysler, Rob Schwimmer & The NY Theremin Orchestra at
Pioneer Works, Center for Art and Innovation
159 Pioneer Street Brooklyn, NY 11231
tel : (718) 596-3001
Admission: $20

Ann Coulter + Afrika Bambaataa, Together Again!

7 03 2014

Strange bedfellows last night at the the We Are Family Foundation Gala in NYC.  But for a good cause.  The evening honored Little Steven Van Zandt and your host was ARC Board member Nile Rodgers, whose foundation mentors young high-minded go-getters and builds schools around the world.


OK, so AC and AB were not on the stage together, but she did introduce big supporters, members of the Mellon family, and this speaks tons for good causes bringing a WIDE variety of people together.  It was a great night, lots of money raised (how much would you pay for an autographed “Get Lucky” single?) and a rollicking version of “Sun City” performed by Bambaataa, Melle Mel, Steve Van Zandt, a Sister Sledge, Nona Hendryx and Nile with the latest version of Chic. Not stuffy and a very nice evening indeed.

A Hollow Muscular Organ

14 02 2014

Yes, it’s that time of year again

– Happy V day from your pals @ the ARC – B, Fred + Quinn!


Happy New Year from Chinatown

2 02 2014

Happy Chinese New Year!  And wasn’t it nice of New York City to fly in a heard of Broncos to celebrate the year of the Horse on Super Sunday!  I visited Chinatown for some casual music and big bangs.

Wading through foot-high piles of red firecracker paper and dodging explosions are a thing of the past, replaced by big bang sticks that shoot confetti.  As one container says, “erupt into the sky and bulid [sic] an atmosphere of joy and happiness.”


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