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My World Cup Vacation Ends; America’s Too

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

For two weeks, Soundcheck host John Schaefer went down the rabbit hole that is the World Cup. But as he returns to work, the improbable and courageous run of the U.S. comes to an end as well. Schaefer reflects on the game, Tim Howard's exceptional performance, and what it means for the USMNT's chances going forward.

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A Rational Conversation: Is Charli XCX A Pop Star?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Opportunities for the British singer and songwriter have not shriveled up, despite disappointing sales for her debut album. What could be her route to stardom from here?

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Features

Diving into the WNYC Audio Archives

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

WNYC

Over the past 90 years, WNYC has had the honor of hosting some of the world's most prominent figures on our airwaves. From Robert Frost to Miles Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Winston Churchill and Alice Monro -- we have learned about the world alongside our listeners during these poignant interviews. Take a listen to some of the most compelling guests that have graced the WNYC airwaves.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Celtic Show Bands

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

This week, host Fiona Ritchie takes on big sounds created by unusual combinations of instruments. Hear music by Skolvan, Coolfin and others.

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Soundcheck

Summer '94: Listening To (And Learning From) Nick Cave

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In the summer of 1994, a fateful autograph from a musical hero put future Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer on the straight and narrow. 

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What Happens When 350 Musicians Meet For The First Time In Brooklyn?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

And then perform a world premiere within just a few minutes? Watch the bliss-inducing results of this commission by NPR Music.

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Best Songs Of The Year (So Far) Puzzler

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Know your Sylvan Esso from your Future Islands, or Ana Tijoux from André Laos? Test your knowledge of current music in this puzzler and discover the year's best songs.

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Summer '94: 'Pulp Fiction' Soundtrack Ricochets Into Release

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Quentin Tarantino's 1994 masterpiece 'Pulp Fiction' turns 20 this year. Equally iconic is the film's soundtrack. RollingStone.com staff writer Kory Grow tells John Schaefer about the manic movie's surf-oriented music. 

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The Auction Project

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Supergroup plays a fusion of Celtic, jazz, and Afro-Latin influences at Birdland through Saturday. Download "Beare Island Reel."

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Pulp Fiction, 20 Years Later; Wyatt Cenac At RadioLoveFest; Amen Dunes Plays Live

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In this episode: The summer of ’94 was full of big movie releases, from Forrest Gump to The Lion King. It also saw the release of the Quentin Tarantino indie classic Pulp Fiction – whose surf-and-soul soundtrack became almost as iconic as the film itself. Rolling Stone writer Kory Grow talks about some highlights from the album.

Then:Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Wyatt Cenac is best known for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was a correspondent and writer for half of the last decade. His upcoming album, BROOKLYN, will be sale on vinyl only in fall 2014. Hear his stand-up set from Soundcheck's live show at BAM as part of RadioLoveFest.

And: The Brooklyn band Amen Dunes just released its third record, the sprawling and intricate Love. Watch frontman Damon McMahon and his band perform in the Soundcheck studio.

Mixtapes

Ingram Marshall's Quiet Music for a New England Summer

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The composer Ingram Marshall writes otherworldly soundscapes that defy easy categorization and often incorporate elements of Indonesian Gamelan. Listen to his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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Wyatt Cenac At RadioLoveFest

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The comedian and actor best known for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart delivers a hilarious stand-up set at Soundcheck's RadioLoveFest show at BAM, recorded live on June 7.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: The Gloaming in The Greene Space (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concerts, listen to the Irish-American "Supergroup" The Gloaming, recorded at our own Jerome L. Greene Space a few weeks ago. The all-star ensemble is made up of extraordinary musicians: New York pianist Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Chicago guitarist Dennis Cahill, gifted Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, hardanger innovator Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Irish master singer Iarla Ó Lionáird. Together, their collective sound creates a haunted world where spellbinding sounds of Celtic music meet the spare rhythms of minimalism and the artistic ferment of New York’s post-rock, post-classical scene. Host John Schaefer also interviews the musicians from the stage. 

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Around Broadway

A Singer-Songwriter's Coming-of-Age Story in Song

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Benjamin Scheuer is a New York singer-songwriter and the star in a new Manhattan Theater Company production called The Lion directed by Sean Daniels. New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reports.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: 'Andriessen 75' Pushes the Violin Envelope

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

At the "Andriessen 75" festival, pieces by Andriessen, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon and Donnacha Dennehy tested the versatility of the violin. The concert took place April 7 in Washington, D.C. with a performance by violinist Monica Germino and sound design by Frank van der Weij.

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Soundcheck

Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Back in the 1990s, the very building where WNYC Radio is located -- 160 Varick Street, in the so-called "Hudson Square" area of Manhattan -- was home to the offices of Def Jam Records. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records, the influential hip-hop label co-founded by Russell Simmons and his partner Rick Rubin. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Simmons reflects on those early years, and revisits his old Def Jam stomping grounds.

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The Jonathan Channel

Staff Picks: The Great American Songbook Live

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The Jonathan Channel is committed to bringing you great music - it's our job. Each week, we compile a concert calendar that is guaranteed to satisfy even the most selective music fan (from New York to Montreux). Here are our picks for July 1 - July 6. 

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All Things Considered

On Its Confident Debut, Phox Puts A Reluctant Voice Front And Center

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Phox frontwoman Monica Martin has an impeccable voice. But if it weren't for bandmate Matt Holmen and the rest of the Wisconsin band, it might have stayed hidden.

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What You Don't Know About Mel Tormé

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Mel Tormé was a singer of jazz standards, nicknamed The Velvet Fog and co-wrote the holiday smash-hit, "A Christmas Song". And you probably know those things. What you might not know: Jonathan Schwartz and Mel Tormé were good friends. Over the years, the two spent quite a bit of time together and in this essay, Jonathan Schwartz reveals a little of what he has learned about The Velvet Fog. 

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Lydia Loveless: Tiny Desk Concert

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

A 23-year-old singer-guitarist, Loveless performs gritty, countrified blues-rock in the NPR Music offices. Her three subdued but seething songs paint a picture of a smart, no-nonsense talent.

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