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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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The Return Of The Thin White Duke: David Bowie Is Back!

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

David Bowie unveils a birthday surprise for his fans, a new song and his first album in nearly ten years, The Next Step.

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Beck's Sheet Music Project Revives A Great Tradition

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Beck's new sheet music album Song Reader reminds John Schaefer of the old days, the 1970s. 

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David Bowie's 'Ziggy Stardust' At 40

Friday, October 26, 2012

This summer marked the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's 1972 rock opera classic The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on Bowie's influential concept album.

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Ziggy Stardust At 40, Calexico In The Studio

Friday, October 26, 2012

Host John Schaefer reflects on David Bowie's classic rock opera concept album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, which turned 40 earlier this year. Also, the Southwest-infused folk rock of Calexico, in the studio.

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Songs We're Powerless To Resist

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

After today's interview with Dr. Alisun Pawley about her research into sing-along songs, Pitchfork founder and Soundcheck bullpen member Ryan Schreiber was inspired to compile his own list of irresistible songs. Two lists, in fact. 

See the lists, and hear the music, after the jump...

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Pick 3, June 11

Monday, June 11, 2012

Three new songs you should know about, from John Schaefer.

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Soundcheck (New!): Ziggy Stardust at 40

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today marks the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. In this new edition of the Soundcheck Podcast, John Schaefer reflects on Bowie's influential concept album, first released in 1972. (Psst! You can head over to NME to listen to a stream of the album in all its remastered glory.)

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My Hit Parade

Monday, May 21, 2012

John Schaefer reveals his iTunes play history

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Remembering 1972

Friday, May 11, 2012

Music in 1972 was full of surprises.

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Songs for a Future We Hope to Never See

Friday, March 23, 2012

Great songs for terrible futures

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Got Live If You Want It

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

John Schaefer's mixed feelings about live albums

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Strange Musical Bedfellows

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Loutallica is part of a long history of musical collaboration, says John Schaefer. 

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I Wanted My MTV

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

John Schaefer really wanted his MTV.  Or so he thought...

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Who Is David Bowie?

Monday, July 18, 2011

John Schaefer on the pitfalls of Bowie biographers

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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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Original Covers

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sometimes a cover beats the original.  Really. 

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This Song Will Be Right Back, After This Pause

Friday, October 15, 2010

Sometimes the best part of the music is a moment of silence.

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The Sax In Rock Music

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Somebody seems embarrassed by the sax appearing in rock music...

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