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A Rhythm That Has Waltzed Away With Hearts

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Swaying triple time has besotted dancers and musicians alike around the globe. But the quintessential high-society dance has surprisingly indecent roots.

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Soundcheck

The Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The genre known as "shoegaze" isn't very well understood -- probably because the label itself is awkward and misleading. Given the recent resurgence of the loud and melodic sound, Flavorwire senior editor Tom Hawking presents "The Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze."

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Watch: Hurray For The Riff Raff, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Watch the folk pop band Hurray For The Riff Raff perform songs from its forthcoming record, Small Town Heroes, in the Soundcheck studio.

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John Carter Cash On Johnny's Lost Record; Hurray For The Riff Raff; Soundcheck Guide To Shoegaze

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

In this episode: John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny Cash and June Carter, talks about his father's "lost” record, Out Among The Stars. Recorded in the early ‘80s, it was shelved as Johnny Cash was in the process of being dropped from Columbia, but now it's finally seeing the light of day.

Then: Hurray For The Riff Raff is the country-folk project of Alynda Lee Segarra, a former freight train-hopper who left her home in the Bronx at 17 and made her way to New Orleans. She plays a stripped down set of new songs with fiddler Yosi Perlstein.

And: Soundcheck digs into the messy wall of noise and guitar distortion that is shoegaze, with a guide to must-hear bands, deep cuts, and music best left alone.

Watch Hurray for the Riff Raff perform in the Soundcheck Studio below:

 

 

This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.

Mixtapes

An Hour with Son Lux

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Composer-performer Ryan Lott, AKA Son Lux, has collaborated with yMusic, members of Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens and the Young People's Chorus of New York City. Listen to his Mixtape on Wednesday at 3 pm.

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New Sounds

Variations on Keith Jarrett's Koln Concert

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The quiet lyricism of pianist Keith Jarrett's intimate encounter with a Bosendorfer in 1975, all spontaneous improvisations - was the first ever jazz concert given at the Köln Opera House.  It was recorded and released as a double LP.  "The Köln Concert" became an instant classic, and many years later, in 1990, Jarrett finally agreed publish an authorized transcription.  In 2006, a new interpretation by the Polish conductor, composer, arranger, and pianist Tomasz Trzcinsk was published.  For this New Sounds, we'll hear Jarrett's original, Trzcinsk's new interpretation, and other recent works based on the concert.

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Gig Alert: The Ebony Hillbillies

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The only all-black string band in NYC playing on the square outside Brooklyn Public Library tonight.

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John Carter Cash Releases His Father's 'Lost Album'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Johnny Cash recorded Out Among The Stars in the early 1980's, but it's never been heard until now. John Carter Cash talks about unearthing and releasing this "lost album."

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My World Cup Vacation: Germany Ices Ronaldo, German-Americans Bolster Team USA

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More commentary from host John Schaefer, as he takes the week off to watch the World Cup.

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The Infamous Stringdusters On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Since the band's formation in 2006, The Infamous Stringdusters' perfectly balanced mix of old-time, bluegrass and indie jamgrass has developed a serious cult following. Hear a live performance.

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All Things Considered

Album Review: 'While You Were Sleeping'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Singer-songwriter Jose James' music lives at the intersection of jazz harmony, pop songcraft and hip-hop rhythm.

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The Jonathan Channel

A Note of Thanks from Jonathan Schwartz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Recently, The Jonathan Channel sprang to life on the BAM stage with Sunday in New York with Jonathan Schwartz. It was a complete success. The Harvey Theater was packed, the performances were top-notch and there was even a standing ovation. In this essay, Jonathan Schwartz expresses his gratitude for "a remarkable and profoundly moving afternoon".

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Ages And Ages, 'Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)'

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ages And Ages' jubilant plea for unity and understanding on the song "Divisionary" was made for a massive group singalong. The band's latest video finally delivers it, complete with a kids choir.

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Fresh Air

Parquet Courts' Misery Is Exhilarating

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The quartet has drawn comparisons to the Velvet Underground, the New York Dolls, and Sonic Youth, but rock critic Ken Tucker says this album proves Parquet Courts is an original.

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The 2014 World Cup Anthems Quiz

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Know your "Marseillaise" from your "God Save the Queen?" If you fancy yourself a World Cup know-it-all, try matching the team to its national anthem in this musical puzzler.

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Amy Tan: Pick Three

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Amy Tan is best known for The Joy Luck Club and The Kitchen God's Wife, and her just-released book The Valley Of Amazement. Hear the acclaimed author talk about the new book, and share three of her favorite songs she listens to when writing.

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Terry Teachout On A New Ellington Biography

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A new biography of Duke Ellington paints a complex picture: a man who was brilliant but undisciplined, prolific but prone to taking credit for the work of his sidemen.

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Matana Roberts: Exploring History Through Free-Flowing Improvisation

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hear jazz saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Mix: Tom Petty, Lana Del Rey, Adult Jazz, More

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

On this week's All Songs Considered: Classic rock from a classic band, a dramatic and cinematic turn for singer Lana Del Rey, the strange, off-kilter sounds of Adult Jazz and more.

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My World Cup Vacation: Musings On Croatia, The Dutch, And Wayne Rooney

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Host John Schaefer takes the week off to watch the World Cup, and sends back these thoughts from his TV viewing spot in Park Slope. 

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