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Geeking Out About David Bowie, Deeply

Monday, May 04, 2015

Philosopher Simon Critchley and fellow superfan John Schaefer talk about the many faces of their shared musical hero.

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Tracy K. Smith: Life on Mars

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet found inspiration in the sci-fi visions of David Bowie.

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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, January 16, 2015

The world's longest mixtape, a backhanded gift of glitter, and a David Bowie GIF for the ages win the internet this week. 
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Bowie's free jazz and Reznor's new game are great. Too much fun isn't a good look for Fallon.
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Beyond 'Fame': Ten Deep Cuts That Reveal The True Genius Of David Bowie

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Beneath big hits like “Changes” and “Let’s Dance” lies the real genius of David Bowie. Soundcheck host John Schaefer offers up his favorite essential lesser-known masterpiece songs.
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Review: The 'David Bowie Is' Documentary

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Today, David Bowie Is opened at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. Soundcheck's John Schaefer reviews a documentary film, also called David Bowie Is, which debuted tonight.

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New Sounds

Extended Covers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear new compositions that take as their starting point pre-existing pieces of music, like music based on works by Thelonious Monk or David Bowie.

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Sideshow Podcast: How Animation Helps Us Appreciate Good Audio

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The greatest interview ever recorded won’t get as many hits on YouTube as a cat giving a high five. The people behind Blank on Blank are using animation to make audio go viral.

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Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, July 04, 2014

Chris Hadfield’s recent cover of David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” has more than 20 million views on YouTube. And not because of Hadfield’s voice (which isn’t bad, for an astronaut). Commander Hadfield was singing the song in space aboard the International Space Station ...

 

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Chamber Folk Pop

Saturday, May 31, 2014

For this New Sounds program, hear music that falls in the space between classical and pop, as well as in the small hollow between chamber music and folk.  There’s electronic chamber pop music by composer Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) for yMusic, the versatile composer/performer collective, and some post-rock from the Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist, Richard Reed Parry, in the guise of the  ensemble, Bell Orchestre.   We'll also expand the folk umbrella to include traditional instruments of Korea and Japan making chamber music.

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Sad Batman, Saving 'Space Oddity,' and More

Thursday, May 15, 2014

This week in "Thanks, Internet!": saving "Space Oddity," an implausible violin, blue skies at the 9/11 Museum, Sharon Van Etten's killer crush, and Sad Batman.

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Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, January 24, 2014

Chris Hadfield’s recent cover of David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” has more than 20 million views on YouTube. And not because of Hadfield’s voice (which isn’t bad, for an astronaut). Commander Hadfield was singing the song in space aboard the International Space Station ...

Video: Hadfield sings “Space Oddity” on board the International Space Station

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New Sounds

Extended Covers

Monday, August 05, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear new works based on existing ones.

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David Bowie's Hidden Agenda In 'Valentine's Day'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The new video for David Bowie's "Valentine's Day" may appear to be simple. But looks can deceive.

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New Sounds

Chamber Folk Pop

Friday, May 17, 2013

For this New Sounds program, hear music that falls in the space between classical and pop, as well as in the small hollow between chamber music and folk.  There’s electronic chamber pop music by composer Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) for yMusic, the versatile composer/performer collective, and some post-rock from the Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist, Richard Reed Parry, in the guise of the  ensemble, Bell Orchestre.   We'll also expand the folk umbrella to include traditional instruments of Korea and Japan making chamber music.

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Tony Visconti: David Bowie's Producer And Partner In Secrecy

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tony Visconti, longtime producer for David Bowie, joins us to talk about Bowie's latest album The Next Day -- which came as a complete surprise to most of the world when its first single was unexpectedly released on January 8 of this year. Visconti joins us to share how the team behind The Next Day kept it all under wraps, and he tells us the story of how the album came to be. 

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Tony Visconti on Bowie; Blocking Out Noise; Talib Kweli Live

Monday, April 29, 2013

In this episode: Veteran producer Tony Visconti recently teamed up with David Bowie to ambush the pop world with the from-out-of-nowhere album “The Next Day.” Visconti talks about the secrecy that surrounded the album. Plus, we get a peek at some of his upcoming projects.

Plus, we bring you highlights from Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli’s performance in The Greene Space – including brand new songs from his upcoming record, Prisoner of Conscious.

And, Sam Beam of Iron and Wine answers our question of the week -- how do you block out noise in your daily life? You can answer it too, by leaving us a voicemail at 866 939 1612 or commenting here

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Beck Transforms Bowie's 'Sound And Vision' With 170-Piece Orchestra

Monday, February 11, 2013

Beck is no stranger to ambitious musical concepts, but his latest project is something far grander: The iconolast musician has filmed and recorded the David Bowie classic "Sound And Vision" with a 170-piece orchestra with 360-degree audio and film equipment to let viewers feel as if they're there in person.

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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Billboard editor Joe Levy says that growing old in rock 'n' roll is uncharted territory. Is there such a thing as 'too old to rock'?

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New Sounds

Extended Covers

Monday, April 23, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear new works based on existing ones.  There’s a work by the 2012 Pultzer Prize winner, Kevin Puts - his Symphony No. 3, “Vespertine,” inspired by Icelandic singer Bjork’s album of the same name. Then hear a piece by John Halle based on two Thelonius Monk tunes, “Straight, No Chaser” and “Brilliant Corners.” 

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