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Joan Jett Is Still 'Unvarnished'; Eagulls Play Live

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In this episode: Joan Jett, the founding member of The Runaways and leader of the Blackhearts, discusses her new record, Unvarnished.

And, England-based punk band Eagulls performs a couple of noisy new songs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Listen to Lucy

Competence beats confidence every time

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Competence beats confidence every time

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Irish Novelist Kevin Barry Picks Three

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This week’s Pick Three comes to us from the award winning Irish novelist and writer Kevin Barry. His first novel, called City of Bohane was set in a dystopian near future. But his new short story collection, called Dark Lies The Island, focuses in on outcasts living their lives in a more recognizable present.

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CMJ 2013 Is Here! Now Who Should I See?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Right now, hundreds of bands, college radio programmers and DJs, music industry folks, and music fans are descending upon New York City for this year's iteration of the CMJ Music Marathon. Because there's so much going on, we've combed over the official (and less-than-official) schedules to pinpoint a small handful of bands we're really excited to check out this year.

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New York Subway Album Art; Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Plays Live; Kevin Barry Picks Three

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

In this episode: The New York City Subway has inspired album artwork for records by The Velvet Underground, Grandmaster Flash, and Billy Joel, among many others. Robert Del Bagno, the curator of a new exhibition at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn, talks about subway-related album art. Plus, Latin soul king Joe Bataan tells the story behind his infectious 1968 boogaloo hit "Subway Joe."

Then, Detroit-based indie rock band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. -- named for the NASCAR hero -- performs songs from its new record The Speed Of Things in the Soundcheck studio. 

And Kevin Barry, the award-winning Irish author of City Of Bohane and a new short story collection Dark Lies The Island shares a few favorite songs for Soundcheck's Pick Three series.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.: In The Studio

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hear the indie rock band Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Saint Rich

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The New Jersey rockers perform at Bowery Ballroom tonight. Download "Crying From the Home."

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New Sounds

Voices and Soundscapes

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hear music from the duo, White Canvas, whose world of sound moves between song, avant-garde and improvisation, with vocal lines over guitar-based soundscapes. The title of their record is taken from texts by the Sufi mystic and poet, Jalaluddin Rumi - “There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”  Also, Jocelyn Montgomery (Miranda Sex Garden) and David Lynch arrange music by the 12th-century abbess Hildegard von Bingen. Listen to Montgomery’s sublime renditions from a recording called Lux Vivens.  And more.

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Subway Album Covers

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

An exhibit at the New York Transit Museum features 3 decades of album cover art inspired by the subway. A look at the albums - plus a chat with Latin Soul King Joe "Subway Joe" Bataan.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

An Orchestral Conductor Looks at Radio

Monday, October 14, 2013

In 1941 John Barbirolli was the Conductor of The New York Philharmonic-Symphony Society Orchestra. In February of that year he wrote the following for the WQXR Program Guide.

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The Head and The Heart: In The Studio

Monday, October 14, 2013

Seattle indie folk band The Head and The Heart performs songs from its new album Let's Be Still live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Pipedreams

'The Only Crayfish in My Brook'

Monday, October 14, 2013

On this week's Pipedreams, host Michael Barone makes a centenary salute to Johann Sebastian Bach's favorite and most prolific student, Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713–1780).

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Gig Alert: Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks

Monday, October 14, 2013

The jazz band Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks performs at Iguana NYC Monday. Download "There'll Be Some Changes Made."

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Jonathan Demme's Music Doc; The Head And The Heart In Studio

Monday, October 14, 2013

This this episode: Filmmaker Jonathan Demme is perhaps best known for The Silence Of The Lambs and Rachel Getting Married, as well as the classic Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. But his 2012 music documentary is about relatively unknown Italian saxophonist Enzo Avitabile.

Plus, indie folk band The Head And The Heart performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Americana Infusion

Monday, October 14, 2013

Drummer Dave King (he of the Bad Plus) is also a pianist who leads the Dave King Trucking Company - what he calls his "Americana project." It's rock-based jazz married to traditional American folk music, or at least classic Nashville sounds of the '60s and '70s.  We'll sample some of this record - "Good Old Light" on this New Sounds.

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Chamber Music Society

The Jupiter String Quartet

Monday, October 14, 2013

The Jupiter String Quartet performs music by George Gershwin, Samuel Barber and Felix Mendelssohn.

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Jonathan Demme On Enzo Avitabile

Monday, October 14, 2013

Jonathan Demme, the filmmaking force behind The Silence Of Thee Lambs and concert films of the Talking Heads and Neil Young, turns his lens on Italian saxophonist, singer and songwriter Enzo Avitabile in the documentary Enzo Avitabile Music Life.

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Hammered!

Musical Genetics 101: A Little Goes A Long Way

Monday, October 14, 2013

This week, musical genetics 101. We survey keyboard-centric pieces whose forms are born from the brief but compact strands of musical DNA that begin them. 

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Exploring Music

Verdi, Part II

Monday, October 14, 2013

Host Bill McGlaughlin launches into a second week exploring the music of Giuseppe Verdi.

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New Sounds

With Dustin O'Halloran

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dustin O’Halloran is an American pianist/composer based in Berlin, whose approach to solo piano music is geared to avoid being lumped into either the buttoned-up classical tradition or the vapid noodlings of new age.  He has developed an introspective, cinematic, perhaps “post-classical”/”post-rock” sound, which feels atmospheric, emotive and melodically direct.

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