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.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
By Joe Levy
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
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.
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.
Sunday, March 04, 2012
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.
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.