Paris – Day six – L’Empire des Signes

24 12 2013

The Marché de Noël des Abbesses in Montmartre was offering a course on Roland Barthes this Christmas Eve, with vinyl examples…

record_Sign13Here a vendor uses the disc to advertise his wares.  Enamored by it’s surface, and delighted by its re-application, I forgot to read it, or have a drink.

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Using vinyl discs as a canvas deKo Facto creates objects depicting musical icons and images.  Is a appropriately corresponding disc used, or are the Beatles adorning an Abba LP?  What meaning/songs lie beneath the red Steve McQueen vs the blue?  Doesn’t Serge seem to be listening?  Who is the author?  Sign or symbol?  Lost in this plurality of meaning, my head spinning (like a record), am I quoting Pete Burns, Little Nell, Adam Sandler, or yet another re-mix?  A simple fellows seeking universal meaning in a closed situation I opt for the obvious bourgeois solution; lunch.





Simon, Nile + Reed – in the news

3 06 2013

Well, quite a few of our Board Members are in the news these days.  First off here’s a pic of Paul Simon who visited the ARC last week (ignore that other guy).

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We had a mint copy of his Jerry Landis early personae release, “The Lone Teen Ranger,” for Paul to peruse. What we didn’t have was his single with Tico and the Triumphs,  (anyone out there have one to donate to the collection?).

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He was kind enough to autograph a copy of Graceland for that wall of signed classics behind us in the photo.

Paul was witty and gracious and stayed for over an hour    – a treat for everyone here.

Board member Nile Rodgers is also on our radar as his recent collaboration with Frenchies Daft Punk seems to be top of the charts on every continent.  Congrats.

Now these days YouTube is so commercial-laden that I suggest you have a look at the video on: http://www.youtubeskip.com/watch?v=h5EofwRzit0   By the way, see those space helmets in the video?  Watch for an upcoming feature here on bands in helmets!

Finally a hearty get-well-soon to Lou Reed, recovering from major surgery in Cleveland.  Laurie told us about this a while ago, but we  didn’t mention until story officially released.  Lou send us a pic of you doing yoga!

And don’t forget  ARC’s Swingin’ SUMMER  Record + CD SALE   –  THIS WEEKEND.  Sat, June 8 and runs through Sun, June 16.    everyday, 11am – 6pm.

Books, CDs, LPs, singles, VHS, DVDs, sheet music + more    Help us out !  Blog, face, tweet, post or shout out about our sale…

Join the ARC ($50 minimum) and attend our Summer Party – great food, nice people and first crack at all the recordings!  ARC members ONLY, Thursday June 6.  Call or e-us.  You can Join via    Paypal   or   NYcharities.org   –  or go to our website, click dancer image, and use the paypal button.  http://arcmusic.org

PARTY treats provided by:
Brooklyn’s Bonnie’s Grill (hotwings + beer).  Tribeca’s Bubble Lounge (champagne), and Two Boots Pizza.   Krrb is your host for the evening, a local classified startup.   Do visit:  Krrb.com

ARChive of Contemporary Music
54 White Street in Tribeca   New York City, 10013
between Broadway and Church St – 3 short blocks south of Canal
tel : 212-226-6967     e : info@arcmusic.org
http://arcmusic.org       blog: https://arcmusic.wordpress.com





1 Week 2 Go til ARC Summer Sale

30 05 2013

Yes, just about a week till the ARC sale and this is just about the last time we’ll be letting you know.  About 40K new LPs + CDs have arrived, we’ve been staying up late sorting it all, and you can reap the benefits and help support ARC and get some great bargains by coming by next week.

The ARC’s Swingin’ SUMMER  Record + CD SALE

Sat, June 8 and runs through Sun, June 16.
We are open everyday, 11am – 6pm.

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from the art-y + nice $10                                         to the nice + art-y $50

PLUS…thousands of items $3 and UNDER

This is our major fundraiser, so come by and shop  – books, CDs, LPs, singles, VHS, DVDs, sheet music + more    Help us out !  Blog, face, tweet, post or shout out about our sale…

Join the ARC and attend our Summer Party – great food, nice people and first crack at all the recordings!  ARC members ONLY, Thursday June 6
Call or e-us.  You can Join via    Paypal   or   NYcharities.org   –  or go to our website, click dancer image, and use the paypal button.  http://arcmusic.org

PARTY treats provided by:
Brooklyn’s Bonnie’s Grill (hotwings + beer).
Tribeca’s Bubble Lounge (champagne), and Two Boots Pizza.
Krrb is your host for the evening, a local classified startup.
Do visit:  Krrb.com

ARChive of Contemporary Music
54 White Street in Tribeca   New York City, 10013
between Broadway and Church St – 3 short blocks south of Canal
tel : 212-226-6967     e : info@arcmusic.org
http://arcmusic.org       blog: https://arcmusic.wordpress.com





Brazil vs India – go with the flow

15 05 2013

Some things are just too good to be true.  While finishing off the cataloging of recordings that ARC collected for Brazilian Music Day, in preparation for India Music Week, I came across this album by Egberto Gismonti.

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It’s the perfect transition – the perfect bridge between the two cultures and the annual focuses here at the ARC.  Last year Brazil, this year India.  Força Lascada (EMI, Brazil, 064 422 940, 1984) offers a jazzy and dissonant use of a dilruba and the “sitara” – untuned, loung-ey and peculiar – as nearly all such cultural mashups are.

It’s the perfect addition to the collection we’re building of non-Indian musicians incorporating Asian Indian instruments into their music. Often it’s a straight ahead and flatly melodic use, like on a Beatles record.  But sometimes it’s an avant-garde mess bordering on genius.  As this is.  At least on two cuts.

We’ll have a full rundown and essay on more than 30 of these recordings ready for India Music Week in Oct.  Stay un-tuned!

AS YOU MAY KNOW our Swingin’ Summer Record + CD Sale is coming up – June 8 – 16.  So another benefit of re-Brazilin’ is the big pile of Brazilian/Brasilian LPs that we will have at our sale.  Things in near mint condition, like below @ below market prices…

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A Blizzard of Sound

9 02 2013

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Last Thursday Fred + B wandered over to lower Soho to see a gallery show that caught our ear, “We Buy White Albums.” It’s by artist Rutherford Chang, who confesses a passion for cataloging, so of course we liked him instantly. Here you can view the 650+ copies of the first pressings of the Beatles’ White Album (undated. Capitol Records. real title: Beatles) with the band’s name embossed on the white cover. The Recess Gallery functions as an anti-store (place that buys things off you and sells nothing), complete with neon signage, respite from the inappropriate commercial sprawl of the Met and MOMA.

As you may know the earlier versions of this double LP were numbered, and contained a few letter or symbol prefixes. While no one knows exactly, looking at our copies and talking to Rutherford, the numbered copies range into the three millions.

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He had only one copy older than our earliest numbered copy here at the ARC, 0015105. Like ours, most of these artifacts have split covers, are tattered and yellowing. In his record store-like racks a clean white edge immediately catches your eye, on the gallery wall the ones that are drawn on evoked a kind of folk art, the flat white surface offering a chance to make the commercial, personal. One of our favorites was this one from Argentina featuring our favorite band, Los Beatles.

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Beyond the visual, you can listen to any copy, and your informed choices will be part of an instant aural mix and eventually a layered reimagining of the album.

So trek through all that white stuff this weekend and have a look/listen to “We Buy White Albums.” You can also attend the closing Reception on March 7, 6-9pm to see how the collection has grown and the show evolved.

Recess Gallery, January 7 – March 9, 2013.  (646) 863-3765‎    info@recessactivities.org
http://www.recessart.org/activities/6753





ARC roundup 2012

26 12 2012

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Did you clean 4,500 LPs covered in talcum powder?

Did you work during Hurricane Sandy searching for albums by flashlight?

Did you wade through a mile long alley of engine parts and motors, piled 4 ft high, in 96 degree weather, to find a Beatles 78?

Did you unload 150,000 recordings?

Well that’s only a portion of what we did this year at the ARC. You can read all about it on our Year-end Roundup on our website   www.arcmusic.org

And if you can, please send a donation so we can continue this important, and sometimes preposterous work of preserving the world’s music.

So please Donate via paypal (button below), on our nycharities.org page (best for matching funds).  It’s tax deductible, and for as as little as $50 you can become a member, shop early at our sale and attend two swell parties.  And let us know if you have recordings to donate to help build the collection.

Drop by anytime to see this great place.  Thanks

B.+ Fred + Quinn and the 47 volunteers and interns who made it all happen in 2012.





Beatles + Elvis + India

13 10 2012

Well the Beatles Made-in-India 78 was not affordable (there’s still a chance if you all make a donation!) at $1000, but I did muster the lucre for these swell 45s.

In Rajasthan now on the music tour organized by the American Institute of Indian Studies [AIIS], and led by ethnomusicologist Shubha Chaudhuri.  Mostly it’s been swell food and having a swim, but more food and music tonight, and more tomorrow.

Pairs above, pairs below; two paths to heaven as posted at the Delhi airport

You think it’s fun traveling through India looking for records and listening to music?  (Well, actually, it is).  So if you can help support the ARC as we scour the earth for audio treasures and trash, that would be swell…








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