Joel joined Soundcheck in 2007. Prior to that, he worked at Air America Radio’s The Al Franken Show, Broadcasting & Cable magazine and WRHU-FM in Hempstead, N.Y. His radio career began at the college/alternative station Radio K in Minneapolis.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Linda, and a record collection that is getting out of hand. His team is the Minnesota Twins.
Two weeks ago, we took our first steps on a long journey into the mind of a beguiling yet frustrating pop star. We formed a club. We set high goals. Some of us even bought the book. But we never said the journey would be easy.
The Morrissey Book Club reaches its first milestone -- the first third of the book. Soundcheck's own Joel Meyer gives his impressions of the first part of Morrissey's Autobiography.
After three brilliant albums -- and a collaboration with David Byrne -- St. Vincent's Annie Clark makes a major creative leap on her self-titled fourth album, St. Vincent. Members of the Soundcheck and WNYC team give the new record a spin.
Early in his memoir, singer Morrissey describes the kids' TV shows that he loved. Deeply.
Join other Moz fans and the Soundcheck team as we read and discuss his "Autobiography" in three weeks.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and here at Soundcheck, we know that music might play a key role in your Friday night. No need to elaborate on your specific plans, but we do want you to make a case for a single track as The Most Romantic Song Ever.
The singer, songwriter and music icon had a special relationship with New York. He was born in Manhattan, launched his career in the city, and eventually become a pioneer in the folk music movement based in Greenwich Village. He died Tuesday at 94. We want to hear your memories of Pete Seeger, his music and his life.
From Yoko Ono's dance clinic to Pharrell's social-media savvy headwear, here are the best Grammy moments distilled just for you.
Tell us about an unsung artist, album or song that we shouldn't leave behind in 2013.
The author of the acclaimed novel "The Flamethrowers" talks about music that shaped the book.
Soundcheck's Joel Meyer reflects on his go-to karaoke songs and his biggest fail moment at the mic.
Even the savviest music geek will miss a few records here and there. This week, Soundcheck is going to celebrate your better-late-than-never favorites, and ask you why you missed them in the first place. Tell us about the music you missed the first time around, but now love dearly.
In this episode: Harry Nilsson was one of the most famous musicians on the planet in the early 1970s. But by the time he died in 1994 at the age of 52, most people had forgotten his name, even if they never forgot his hits like “Coconut,” and “Everybody's Talkin’.” We discuss the enigmatic musician with Alyn Shipton, author of the new book Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter.
Plus: Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer answers our question of the week when he shares a song he missed out on, but that he loves now.
And: Canadian jazz vocalist and pianist Laila Biali plays live in the studio.
What’s the toughest part of forming a high school band? The self-crowned King of Party Rock, Andrew W.K., says it’s probably coming up with a name. He still has pages of unused band names from that era in his life. “It’s a painful process,” he tells Kurt Andersen. “I remember ...
Soundcheck producers Gretta Cohn and Joel Meyer share some of their answers to the 2012 Music Survey -- and they nearly come to fisticuffs over K-pop star Psy and his megahit "Gangnam Style." Plus, they discuss some favorites of the year, from R&B singer Miguel, southern metal stalwarts Mastodon and more.
Soundcheck Executive Producer Joel Meyer gives us his favorite music of the year.
As Soundcheck's senior producer and "chief political analyst," I spend a lot of time crunching poll numbers, creating colorful maps and Facebooking with my vast array of confidential sources inside the Beltway. It's not an easy job, but I'm able to connect dots that are beyond the grasp of other music shows on public radio.
For example: I recently uncovered a disturbing fact: Neither of the major candidates is a musician. Sure, Barack Obama can sing a little Al Green, and Mitt Romney apparently owns an iPod that his running mate hates. But they're hardly the kind of boundary pushing artist we celebrate every day here at Soundcheck.
Ask yourself: What if a real musician became president of the United States?
Join Soundcheck for an "October surprise" we're calling The Musician In Chief. Over the next few weeks, special guests will nominate eight musicians and make a case for that artist to become commander in chief. (Yes, even if that person is a drummer.)
Then, you'll be asked to exercise your civic duty to vote in a non-binding, non-scientific, online-only election. The winner will be announced on the show on Nov. 5.
[Important disclaimer: The musician will not actually assume the presidency, unless the winner of the Romney-Obama contest cedes his victory to our winner. – The Lawyers]
START THE CONVERSATION: Who do you think should become the first "Musician In Chief"? Our only rule: Your nominee must be a living artist. Copy and paste the questionnaire below into our comments section, or email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominate Your "Musician in Chief"
Reason for nomination:
Campaign slogan: [sentence, short phrase or single word]
Probable running mate:
Core campaign issues:
During first 100 days in office, what will your candidate achieve?
When we asked listeners to tell us about being in music videos, our listener Eddie chimed in with the time he served as an extra for the Rolling Stones.
The late musician and writer Gil Scott-Heron will be remembered with a lifetime achievement award during Grammy festivities this weekend. Today: How the artist's posthumous memoir is adding a new chapter to the story of his life. Plus: reunited Irish pop band The Cranberries plays live in our studio.