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Critics Look Back At 2012: The Worst Of The Year (And Some Good Stuff Too)

Friday, December 28, 2012

NPR Music critic Ann Powers joins us to look at what topped her her list in 2012, including one very sexy slow jam. Then, we turn the Soundcheck 2012 Music Survey on its head and asks music writers Maura Johnston and Chris Weingarten about the music that made them writhe in agony this year.

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Critics Look Back At 2012: Auto-Tune, Geezer Rock, And A Dancing Orchestra

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles tells us about some of his favorite records of the year and shares that his biggest musical disappointment of the year is that "Auto-Tune isn't over." Then, Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette shares her favorites from the past year, including a dancing orchestra.

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Critics Look Back At 2012: A Big Year For Frank Ocean

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Billboard editor Joe Levy, hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy and KCRW DJ Anne Litt share their favorite albums, most memorable concerts, biggest musical disappointments and more. Spoiler alert: 2012 was a good year for Frank Ocean.

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Soundcheck's Best Live Performances of 2012, Part Two

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year... because for the last few days, we've been listening back to the most memorable live sessions that were recorded in the Soundcheck studio in 2012. The competition was fierce this year -- but we think we've assembled two great shows.

Be sure to listen to yesterday's show here. Today, we hear from singer and pianist extraordinaire Regina Spektor, modern jazz/R&B/hip op pianist Robert Glasper, and breakout indie Afro-pop artist Sinkane.

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Soundcheck's Best Live Performances of 2012, Part One

Monday, December 24, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year... because for the next two days, we get to listen back to our very favorite, most-prized live sessions that were recorded in the Soundcheck studio in 2012. And let us tell you, the competition was fierce this year. It was really a struggle to select just a small  handful of performances from the dozens that were submitted by our staff. However, we think we've put together two pretty darn good shows, and we can't wait to nostalgically listen back to these performances with all of the rest of you. 

So put on your Snuggie®, make yourself a cup of cocoa, and turn those speakers up. Tonight, you'll hear music from someone who sang on one of the biggest hits of the year, a founding member of the Velvet Underground, a musician from Sierra Leone who's bringing Bubu music to Brooklyn, and much more.

Listen to the entire show up above, or check out each performance individually below. 

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Best Movies of 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Slate movie critic Dana Stevens discusses some of the end-of-year films, including "Les Misérables," "Django Unchained" and "Zero Dark Thirty" -- and her best films of the year.

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Irene Trudel's 2012 Music Survey

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Soundcheck's technical director shares her favorite music and moments of the year.

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Of Monsters And Men, Holiday Music On TV And In Film, 2012 Music Survey

Monday, December 17, 2012

From "White Christmas" and "Silver Bells" to the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, it's a big screen versus small screen holiday music smackdown. Then, Of Monsters and Men perform live in the studio.

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Joel Meyer's 2012 Music Survey

Friday, December 14, 2012

Soundcheck Executive Producer Joel Meyer gives us his favorite music of the year.

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Alex Abnos' 2012 Music Survey

Friday, December 14, 2012

Soundcheck and Gig Alerts producer Alex Abnos gives his picks for his favorite music of 2012.

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Mike Katzif's 2012 Music Survey

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Soundcheck producer Mike Katzif shares his favorite music of year.

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Gretta Cohn's 2012 Music Survey

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Soundcheck producer Gretta Cohn shares her favorite music of year.

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Katie Bishop's 2012 Music Survey

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop shares her favorite and least favorite music of year.

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John Schaefer's 2012 Music Survey

Monday, December 10, 2012

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes stock of the year in music, including favorite album, song and new artist of 2012. 

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Soundcheck's 2012 Music Survey

Monday, December 10, 2012

It's that time of year for list making. Take our survey and tell us about your favorite music of the year.

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Magical Mystery Tour, 2012 Music Survey, Corb Lund

Monday, December 10, 2012

Today on Soundcheck, we kick off our end of year music coverage with our 2012 Music Survey. Then Jonathan Clyde of Apple Corps tells us why The Beatles' film flop Magical Mystery Tour is worth revisiting. And Corb Lund plays in the studio.

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Year’s Best – The Early Contenders

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

At the end of the year, I will do what everyone else in the music biz professes to hate so much, but never misses an opportunity to do: create a top-10 list of the year’s best music.  Since the year’s only halfway gone, though, I’m going to limit myself to 5 current faves for now. 

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