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.

KneePlays2   Madonna+Fever5
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

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What Storm?

28 10 2012

Well it’s the storm that is keeping me in India – That’s what storm.  So as no one from United Airlines has the slightest idea what to do to help, I’ll show you this sky related item:  A beautiful specialty generic 45 sleeve that Angel in India had made to package their ‘ethnic’ releases.  Very nice indeed I think.  NOW, can I fly home?





Still Time to Donate to the ARC!

22 12 2011

Friends – We KNOW next year will be a great deal better than the last, and we hope you will join us in building an even larger, better and more active ARChive.

Next year we’re going to launch an online site of the Keith Richards’ Blues Collection, continue to scan our 25,000 music books and host Brazilian World Music Day, a worldwide event in Sept.

We’re doing our best and can use your help.

So please Donate via paypal (button below), on our nycharities.org page  (best for matching funds) or via that ol’ mailbox like the one above.  And let us know if you have recordings to donate to help build the collection.

All the best from Bob, Fred, Will and all the volunteers @ ARChive of Contemporary Music.

54 White Street, New York City, 10013
tel : 212-226-6967     e : info@arcmusic.org

ARC is a not-for-profit archive, music library and research center
located in New York City.  The ARChive collects preserves and
provides information on the popular music of all cultures throughout the world.
Since 1985 our holdings have grown to two million sound recordings,
making the ARChive the largest popular music collection in the World.





Boo-La La!

29 10 2010

Ah, the past.  It’s all coming back to me now.  Spirits in the air, then airmail brought this very nice memory from the UK.

This large poster was one of six placed around London in 1983 when I launched Volume, (736 page discography on punk and new wave music).  I was working out of the Rough Trade office, and doing my semi-official show with John Peel on the BBC.  Hand drawn this, calling on one-time artschool skills.

Brits like to dress up funny, but Halloween was not a big deal then.  So the idea was a costume party with music and books to hawk and a stellar group of judges (John Peel, Siouxsie Sue and Genesis P Orridge!) for best lookers.  Well I don’t remember much more than that, oh, except the bands were great and leaving Heaven at about 4 am, dressed in a latex red devil outfit, pouch stuffed with £4oo in small bills, with a bit of a buzz on, I was stopped by the police.

But that’s another story.

What I meant to say was my mother grew up in an inner city, industrial city, and her best friend’s family ran a funeral parlor.  Her best story was the time they were playing hide-and-go-seek.  Well who could resist crawling in an empty display coffin to hide?  Not my Mom.   Of course the lid came down and quilted screams did their best, but it was hours before they found her.  To this day plush interiors leave her cold.

So on this All Saints Day, in Mom’s honor, with a nod to the recently deceased singing undertaker, Solomon Burke, I’m building a musical coffin corner.

The king of emerging (from a coffin) artists will always be Screaming Jay Hawkins.  With his hand-held skull-on-a-stick and occasional upturned bonemustache. SJH put a spell on youth in the 50s. Freddie (ARC archivist) actually saw him perform, and here Fred laughs at one of Jay’s jokes in a scary 80’s LA TV appearance on Art Fein’s Poker Party.

Freddie also remembered some buried footage in one of the worst rock movies ever made (…and the good one is?), “Bop Girl Goes Calypso.” Here the Goofers leave no grave-stone unturned for a laugh, and perform one number rising from the pine.  Truly horrifying!

Now I mention Lady Gaga because to do so brings an additional 300 readers to our blog.  Like all novelty acts, she too has struck the occasional resurrectionist pose.

I could go on and on.


You see there’s CD cases, and guitar cases, a Japanese band and DJ turntable cases all shaped like coffins.  But blogs have to honor people who view the news on their mobiles, and never get to the bottom of anything, let alone a grave.

I say the ARC is not about entertainment – two bit knowledge, and too much of it – that’s what makes us spooky.  And this Halloween Mom bids you, Vichnaya pamyat! (Memorial eternal!) – that’s RIP in Ukrainian.





ARC SUMMER RECORD + CD SALE

9 06 2010

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 is free! New items daily.
Over 20,000 items for sale

Join the ARC and other ARC members for our fab COCKTAIL PARTY, Thursday, JUNE 10. You get to shop before the general public and have Hot Wings donated by Bonnie’s Grill in Brooklyn + Champagne from the great folks @ the Bubble Lounge.

You can now join online via our website or Call for details : 212-226-6967

We haven’t moved, still at our ground floor office: @ 54 White St. 3 short blocks south of Canal, between Broadway & Church in Tribeca. Take the 1 train to Franklin, or any train to Canal.

Help support the ARChive – a not-for-profit music library – America’s largest and BEST popular music collection.

CDs are NEW donations from record companies, NOT used, returns or defects! Mostly pop and rock recordings. Collectible LPs are priced below book value. Hundreds of CDs are priced at $1 to $5 each. Cassettes + Classical LPs – 2 for $1.00.  Boxes of Classical LPs, 125 records for $5.   Just released NEW & HOT CDs are $5 – $10.

PLUS – 7″ singles – ARC has recently alphabetically sorted the singles in the basement, so if you like bands beginning with ‘C’ or ‘D’ there will be 100s of 7 inch singles on SALE. many desirable and hard to find – Old + new music books – sealed/unopened LPs – African, Reggae & world-music releases – laserdiscs – videos – For the dis-en-vinyled our Astroturf Yardsale of 50s kitchen stuff and clothing!!!

Come on down + tell Your friends = face, tweet, link + blog us.





Record Hound of Barcelona

7 11 2007

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.

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But I’m convinced it was the fandango that fueled his modernist visions. Regardless, images of records, LPs mostly, began to shade his architectural landscape. Here are examples from around the 1900s at the Casa Mila, Casa Batllo and the Park Guell in Barcelona.

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Years ago we had asked Gaudi to help us out and try his hand at an ARC logo. Pretty good, but we had to pass. Like Charles Dickens; a great mind, but his spelling was not quite up to snuff.

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B. = Barcelona








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