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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Hear the soulful electronics of Chet Faker in the Soundcheck studio.
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.
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.
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.