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A Super Villainous Playlist: Six Songs That Grapple With Hitler's Legacy

Thursday, August 01, 2013

In Chuck Klosterman's new book 'I Wear The Black Hat,' the writer delves in to villains, real and imagined. When finally grappling with Hitler, Klosterman looks at two songs -- by Bowie and Dylan. Soundcheck host John Schaefer offers up a few more songs that grapple with the dictator's legacy.

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Is There Such A Thing As 'Too Old To Rock'?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Soundcheck contributor and Billboard editor Joe Levy says that some of rock 'n' roll's biggest and oldest stars are having banner years in their sixties and seventies. What do you think? Is there such a thing as too old to rock?

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Ben Folds Five Strikes Back And Michael Kiwanuka Acoustic

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Alt-rock power trio Ben Folds Five has its first album out in 13 years, The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. Writer A.J. Jacobs gives an update about his summer spent listening to Bob Dylan, and weighs in on Dylan's latest album Tempest. And Michael Kiwanuka brings his acoustic guitar and his soulful voice to the Soundcheck studio for a captivating, acoustic performance.

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A.J. Jacobs Learns to Love Dylan, Survives 'Tempest,'

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Before our team began the Soundcheck Workshop in June, we issued a challenge to our listeners. As we embarked on a self-improvement plan, we dared you to join us in making a summer resolution of your own. 

Many of you stepped up, including the writer A.J. Jacobs of Esquire magazine. Having authored books like The Year of Living Biblically and Drop Dead Healthy, Jacobs took experimental living to a new level: He set out to become a Bob Dylan fan. Today, A.J. describeshis summer of Dylan and reviews the singer-songwriter's new album, Tempest.

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Bob Dylan Returns, Clare And The Reasons In The Studio

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Today on Soundcheck, a look at Bob Dylan's new record Tempest with AJ Jacobs, Esquire magazine editor-at-large and author of the book The Year Of Living Biblically. Jacobs spent this past summer delving deep into the Dylan catalog as part of our Summer Resolutions series. So, what did he think of Dylan's latest effort?

Then, find out about the creative philosophy that links Tchaikovsky and Jack White.

And chamber-pop band Clare And The Reasons performs songs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Bob Dylan, Fifty Years Later

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his first album, Bob Dylan is releasing a new album called “Tempest.” And The Takeaway is looking at the album, as well as who Bob Dylan has become. What does he offer a new generation of listeners?

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One For The Aliens, One For The Sun

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Inspired by the Voyager project's playlist for future humans and aliens, blogger Adam Dawson and musician Jarrett Nicolay, who have come up with a hypothetical game: Two spacecrafts are being sent out into space. One is loaded with music so good we want to share it with other lifeforms. The other is loaded up with songs that no one -- not even humans -- should ever hear again and sent directly into the sun. The catch? The songs are from the same band. 

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Songs For Other Lifeforms And Anais Mitchell In Studio

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

On today's show: We play a game. One song can be sent out into space to share with other lifeforms. One sent into the sun so no one can hear it ever again. Then, Anais Mitchell delivers a stirring performance in the studio.

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Parallel Play: A.J. Jacobs' Reaction

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Last week, author A.J. Jacobs (A Year of Living Biblically, Drop Dead Healthy) joined John Schaefer and lots of our listeners for an online web chat and listening session of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. As A.J. told us after the fact, "It was like going to a party, but you don't have to wear any pants." In addition to hearing the author's reaction to the album, we also hear from a young Dylan fan who joined in our inaugural Parallel Play. She tells us about her listening experience - and recommends an album from the indie pop duo Beach House for A.J. to check out next. 

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Parallel Play: Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks'

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The author A.J. Jacobs is known for setting self-improvement goals and sticking to them, no matter how radical they might be. Back in June, Jacobs set out to fill in a gap in his music knowledge -- and listen to (a lot of) Bob Dylan this summer. On July 24, we aimed to school him in a critical chapter of Dylan's discography, as part of a Soundcheck Workshop experiment called "Parallel Play."

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Dylan Listening Party: You Pick the Album

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When we asked our listeners for their summer music resolutions back on June 1, we got a lot of interesting responses. Writer A.J. Jacobs' was simple: get to know the work of a singer-songwriter named Bob Dylan. We want you to help him.

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Bob Dylan’s Two Tempests

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

News of the forthcoming Dylan album is jockeying for position with a TV show that claims to have found the electric guitar Dylan famously plugged in at Newport in 1965. First the new album: it will be called Tempest, and will be his 35th full-length release and his first album since the puzzling Christmas record he did in 2009.

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Hendrix Plays - Just Not Hendrix

Thursday, July 05, 2012

A new film about Jimi Hendrix will not include any of his songs.  Neither does this list of great Hendrix performances. 

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Early progress on summer resolutions

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

AJ Jacobs, Bob Dylan, and snobs

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Summer Resolutions: Visiting "Highway 61..."

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Our Summer Workshop continues! You'll be checking in with us as we progress on our redesign...and, we'll be checking in with you. Less than a week since writer A.J. Jacobs  (“My Life as an Experiment,” “The Year of Living Biblically,” “Drop Dead Healthy”) resolved to get to know the work of Bob Dylan, he reports back:

I've begun the Never Ending Musical Education Project, my quest to fill in my embarrassing lack of familiarity with the work of Bob Dylan. Listening to "Highway 61 Revisited." Loving it. Magnificent. Though I'm a bit surprised at the harshness of the lyrics to "Like a Rolling Stone". That's not a feel-good happy little ditty. I don't know what this woman did to him, but Dylan sure is sure grooving on the Schadenfreude.

John responds on The Soundcheck Blog here.

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Nora York: Power/Play

Sunday, March 04, 2012

 

"Power/Play" is a musical kaleidoscope of culture and politics; a powerful and playful collage of references and insights; a revealing re-mix of the familiar and the new. New York-based composer and singer Nora York began work on "Power/Play" soon after Congress passed the bipartisan resolution authorizing President Bush to use military force in 2002. With verses from Bob Dylan’s 1963 song "Masters of War" as its centerpiece and leitmotif, "Power/Play" deconstructs and re-imagines established musical masterworks by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Foster and many others, adds in songs by York herself, and weaves it all into a compelling narrative about Americans at war and work. 
David Garland presents an hour of highlights from "Power/Play," radio being a very effective medium for York's art. Coming up on Friday, March 9th, Nora York and her ensemble will perform the complete "Power/Play" in a free concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's BAM Cafe.

 

With verses from Bob Dylan’s 1963 song "Masters of War" as its centerpiece and leitmotif, Nora York's "Power/Play" deconstructs and re-imagines established musical masterworks by John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Stephen Foster and many others, adds in songs by York herself, and weaves it all into a compelling narrative about Americans at war and work. David Garland presents an hour of highlights from "Power/Play." Nora York will perform the complete "Power/Play" in a free concert at BAM Cafe, Friday, March 9th.

 

 

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Hot Weather

Sunday, July 24, 2011

It sure has been hot, and David Garland has the solution for making it feel cooler: music that's hotter still! Hear sweltering performances by Anna Calvi, and the trio of Devin, Gary, and Ross; fiery music by Dave Hertzberg's Hearts & Bones, and The Mast; and even the cool breeze of songs from Bob Dylan, Arborea, and Holland Hopson.

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When Covers Rule

Monday, July 11, 2011

John Schaefer wrestles with a list of truly original covers

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Gaga Is No Dylan - And Vice Versa

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

John Schaefer disagrees, politely, with his guest.

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Original Covers

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sometimes a cover beats the original.  Really. 

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