Soundcheck Revue

On this installment of New Sounds, hear live in-studio performances from WNYC’s afternoon program “Soundcheck.” There’s music from the Tin Hat Trio, and their blend of tango, bluegrass, contemporary classical, and Eastern European folk traditions. Listen to music by Calexico, who perch on a pinhead drawing from country, folk, jazz, surf, mariachi, and the blues. Plus, the WNYC Young People’s Radio Chorus sings Tod Machover, tunes from The Bad Plus, Celtic beats from the energetic Irish funsters Flook, and more.

PROGRAM #2356, The Best of WNYC’s Soundcheck, live (First aired 12/17/04)





The Bad Plus

Live, 6/9/04

And Here We Test Powers of Observation [3:30]

Appears on the Bad Plus CD, “Give” Columbia #58331**


Live, 8/30/04

2,3,5 [4:00]

Appears on the Clogs’ record, “Lantern.” Brassland #010*


Live, 7/6/04

Alone Again, Or… [3:30]

From the “Alone Again Or” EP (2003)

Christopher O’ Riley

Live 12/11/02

Let Down [5:30]

O’Riley’s CD of Radiohead Transcriptions, “True Love Waits” is available on Sony Classical #87321

The WNYC Young People’s Chorus & Tod Machover

Live, 4/22/04

I Dreamt A Dream [3:30]

Info on the Young People’s Chorus of NY:

Machover’s music is readily available in stores** or online*


Live, 9/17/04

Wrongfoot Forward [5:30]

Flook has several CDs, available at

Tin Hat Trio

Live, 8/16/04

Compay [4:30]

The tune is on their CD “Book of Silk,” on Ropeadope Records,

Bela Fleck and Edgar Meyer

Live, 4/27/04

Pile Up [6:30]

This work appears on the Sony Classical #92106

John Cale

Live, 10/13/04

Things [3:30]

From his CD “Hobo Sapiens,” available from Or Music

Ethel & Gutbucket

Live, 12/17/02

John Oh John [3:00]

Not commercially available, but info and CD’s by both Ethel and Gutbucket are available at

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