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Zach Braff On 'Bullets Over Broadway' And New Film; Cannabis And The Colorado Symphony; Sylvan Esso Plays Live

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

In this episode: Zach Braff, of Scrubs, and Garden State fame, and co-star Marin Mazzie stop by to talk about the musical Bullets Over Broadway, based on the Woody Allen film of the same name. Plus, Braff spills a few details about his upcoming Kickstarter-funded film Wish I Was Here, and its indie rock-leaning soundtrack.

Then: The Colorado Symphony Orchestra recently announced a new addition to its concert season: “Classically Cannabis: The High Notes Series.” We talk with the orchestra’s CEO about why they’ve decided to partner with the state’s weed industry, and what they’re hoping to get out of it -- besides a serious contact high.

And: Hear electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Watch: Sylvan Esso, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, May 05, 2014

Watch electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso perform songs from its self-titled debut album in the Soundcheck studio.

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Francine Prose Picks Three; White Hinterland Plays Live; Perfect Pussy On Gender, SXSW And Kool Keith

Friday, May 02, 2014

In this episode: Author Francine Prose recently released a novel called Lovers At The Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 -- a kaleidoscopic portrait of one very complicated woman's life and those affected by it in the lead-up to World War II. She joins us to talk about the actual Parisian club and Henry Brassai photograph that inspired her tale -- and shares three songs that helped her get into her characters' heads while writing it all down. 

And: Musicians and songwriters on Soundcheck often say that “getting out of your comfort zone” is a good way to create fresh and surprising work. For Casey Dienell, who records under the name White Hinterland, getting out of her comfort zone meant scrapping her new album (twice), moving back to her hometown, and building a studio in her parents’ basement. Hear the dynamic songwriter perform songs from that album, Baby, in the Soundcheck studio.

 

 

Then: The noise-punk band Perfect Pussy, led by singer Meredith Graves, recently lent Soundcheck host John Schaefer a pair of earplugs and let loose in our studio. Watch them play in the Soundcheck studio and talk about everything from the term “cisgender” to Kool Keith. 

 

Q2 Music

Sample Rate: 24-Hour Marathon of Electronic and Electro-acoustic Music

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 27, join us for a special encore presentation of Sample Rate: 24-hours of electronic and electro-acoustic music curated and hosted by Morton Subotnick, Tyondai Braxton, Tristan Perich, Angélica Negrón, Matmos, Olga Bell and Daniel Wohl.

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In Time For Sochi, Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know About Russian Pop Music

Monday, January 13, 2014

It’s cheesy. It’s punk. It’s Russian pop music — and it’s almost as fascinating as the Olympics themselves. Right in time for Sochi, Soundcheck fills you in on everything you never knew you needed to know.

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Spinning on Air

A Very Jolly Synthesized Christmas

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Plug in the Christmas cheer! David Garland presents vintage recordings of holiday favorites performed on Moog, Buchla, and other analog synthesizers. You might think this sonic tinsel would seem synthetic, but it's full of genuine joy and warmth.

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Knee-Jerk Reaction: Soundcheck On Beyoncé's Surprise New Album

Friday, December 13, 2013

For those who went to bed at a sensible hour last night, you likely awoke this Friday morning to discover Beyoncé dropped an entire new album overnight. From the Soundcheck team, reactions range from "it's a visual delight!" to "I’m not hearing many up-tempo playlist contenders." 

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Mixtapes

Electronic Musician Oneohtrix Point Never in Dialogue with the Past

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The music of Daniel Lopatin – aka Oneohtrix Point Never – is at once futuristic and in constant conversation with the past. His Mixtape collides Renaissance master Orlando Gibbons with contemporary experimentalist Paul Lansky. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Marvin Lin on the Proliferation of Electrical Currents

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Marvin Lin is the editor-in-chief of the webzine Tiny Mix Tapes. His Mixtape tours the history of electronic music, from Duchamp to Matmos. Listen Wednesday at 3 pm.

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The Stone Roses Return; Lady Gaga's 'Artpop'; Chet Faker Plays Live

Thursday, November 21, 2013

In this episode: For a certain generation of rock fans, little induces nostalgia like The Stone Roses, the influential Britpop band from in the late 1980's and early '90s. But the band collapsed amid legal wrangling and personality clashes, leaving many fans wonder what could've been. But last year, The Stone Roses surprised everyone by reforming and embarking on a reunion tour -- which is the subject of a new documentary, The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone.

Then, a look at the what the low sales for Lady Gaga's newest album ARTPOP means for the pop star.

And the soulful electronic musician and singer Chet Faker performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Chet Faker: Soulful Electronics And A Sensitive Croon

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hear the soulful electronics of Chet Faker in the Soundcheck studio.

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Watch: Poliça, In The Studio

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Watch the Minneapolis electro R&B group Polica play songs from Shulamith in the Soundcheck studio.

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Song Premiere: Philip Perkins, 'At Home And Away'

Monday, November 04, 2013

Hear "At Home And Away," a track from Philip Perkins' just re-issued 1985 album Drive Time.

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House Of Horrors: Scariest Musician Smackdown; Sparks; Son Lux Plays Live

Thursday, October 31, 2013

In this episode: All week, listeners and guests have been weighing in with nominations for the most terrifying musicians of all time. Soundcheck's House Of Horrors culminates with a spooky speed-round debate that pits musician against musician.

Then, the influential glam and disco pioneers Sparks reflect on a 40-year career making challenging and funny songs with a new retrospective box set.

And, the inventive composer, producer and musician Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott) performs music from his latest album Lanterns in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Watch: Son Lux, In The Studio

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Watch Son Lux perform solo piano renditions of songs from his latest album, Lanterns, live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Favorites From The Studio: Bobby McFerrin, Jon Hopkins, Eleanor Friedberger, And More

Friday, June 21, 2013

In this episode: We spin some of our favorite recent performances recorded live in the Soundcheck studio. There's new music for every taste: Bobby McFerrin's latest gospel-infused Americana project; Eleanor Friedberger's 1970's AM radio-influenced rockers; and Jon Hopkins' stunning electronic tapestries; and much more.

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Bernhoft: Looped Soul, In The Studio

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hear the soul singer Bernhoft perform in the studio.

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Gig Alert: Cosby Sweater

Friday, May 31, 2013

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The electronic trio Cosby Sweater plays Brooklyn Bowl Friday night. Download "Hey Girl Hey."

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Phil Kline

The Future According to Eno

Monday, April 22, 2013

"When Brian Eno first beeped across my radar screen, it was as the other-worldly, boa-draped synthesizer player in Roxy Music." All this week, Phil Kline explores Brian Eno's contributions to modern music. Listen weekdays at 11 am.

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New Sounds

Electronic Places

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Hear electronic works on this New Sounds from three different countries - Iceland, Germany, and America, and about very specific places - Copenhagen, Milan, Borodino, near Moscow, the Okeefenokee Swamp, and an American piece about a French zoo.  Listen to electroacoustic wizard and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score from an impressionistic documentary film by director Max Kestner, along with ethereal music from Sigur Ros.  There’s also music from Apparat, which is the stage name of German electronic musician Sascha Ring.  Plus, hear music from pioneering electronic musicians Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin, from their recent “Instrumental Tourist,” and more.

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