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La Mecánica Popular, Live In The Greene Space

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Watch the psychedelic salsa band perform on a special Soundcheck and Latino USA showcase, recorded live from WNYC's Greene Space.

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Nas: Still 'Illmatic' At Twenty

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee known as Nas -- is one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

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Summer '94: How 'Forrest Gump' Captured The Sounds Of The Sixties

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

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Summer '94: The Music Of 'Forrest Gump'; Bebel Gilberto Plays Live; Nas' 'Illmatic' At 20

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In this episode: "Rock, Forrest, Rock!" Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

Then: We're in the thick of summer now, which means there's no better time to find a reprieve from the heat with a cold drink and the breezy, intoxicating sounds of Bebel Gilberto. As part of the first family of Brazilian music (she's the daughter of the acclaimed and influential João Gilberto), Bebel Gilberto has taken on traditional bossa nova rhythms and infused it with her trademark alluring vocals to create a hypnotic new sound. Hear the world renowned, multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter perform from her latest record, Tudo! in the Soundcheck studio.

And: You can call him an entrepreneur, a mogul and an actor. But Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee Nas -- is best known as one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

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The Polyphonic Spree, 'Hold Yourself Up'

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

You'll want to join the band after watching the new video for its song "Hold Yourself Up."

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Summer '94: The Peak Of Modern Rock; Tiny Victories Plays Live; B.J. Novak Picks Three

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In this episode: As part of Soundcheck's look back 20 years to the summer of 1994, charts guru Chris Molanphy walks us through the genre once labeled as alternative or "modern rock" -- bands like Soundgarden, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam and more.

Then: Two years ago, Tiny Victories wowed fans (and Soundcheck host John Schaefer) with Those Of Us Still Alive, an EP of ecstatic beats, layered electronic production, and ghost story songs built around haunting memories. Now its latest record, Haunts, the Brooklyn duo -- Greg Walters and Cason Kelly -- is back and further exploring that shadowy and complicated emotional territory of that EP live in the Soundcheck studio.

And: B.J. Novak is best known for his role as Ryan, the ne'er-do-well temp on the NBC comedy The Office. But he's also a screenwriter, producer, and author of a new book of short stories, One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. Novak shares a decades-spanning playlist of some of his favorite songs and tells us why being a romantic person is delusional (even though he is one).

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Camera Obscura: Brutal Honesty Through Soothing Love Songs

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

This Scottish band's most recent album features cutting lyrics paired with soothing melodies. Hear Camera Obscura perform songs from their album, Desire Lines, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Óli Palli On World Cafe

Monday, July 14, 2014

The radio personality spreads the word about five of his favorite Icelandic acts.

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Bebel Gilberto: Warm And Intoxicating Bossa Nova

Monday, July 14, 2014

Part of the first family of Brazilian music, the alluring singer-songwriter performs songs from her latest album, Tudo!, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck Smackdown: 'The Sign,' 20 Years Later

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Ace Of Base song "The Sign" was everywhere in 1994: but was it a triumph or a travesty? Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham debate the song's merits on a Soundcheck Smackdown. 

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Soundcheck Smackdown: Ace Of Base; Beastie Boys' 'Ill Communication' At 20; John Fullbright Plays Live

Monday, July 14, 2014

In this episode: Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham, co-hosts of Entertainment Weekly Radio on SiriusXM, debate the merits of Ace Of Base's huge hit, “The Sign” -- the Swedish pop nugget from 1994.

Then: In May 1994, the Beastie Boys released its fourth studio album, Ill Communication, and took the country by storm on the bill of the Lollapalooza festival. Grantland staff writer Amos Barshad looks back at “Get It Together,” “Sure Shot” and the legendary Spike Jonze-directed video for “Sabotage.”

And: The Oklahoma native John Fullbright picked up a Grammy nomination a few years back for his debut album From The Ground Up. Now he’s back with a new album, simply called Songs. Hear him perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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'Weird Al' Yankovic On Parody In The Age Of YouTube

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yankovic says the new digital democracy has forced him to focus his craft and reconsider his release strategy — but where pop parody is concerned, "as long as people don't mind, I'll keep doing it."

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All Things Considered

The History And Meaning Of Boy Bands

Friday, July 11, 2014

As long as there are teenage girls going through huge emotional changes, there will be groups of four to six young men singing pop songs to them (and sometimes dancing).

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Juana Molina, Live In The Greene Space

Friday, July 11, 2014

Watch experimental Argentinian singer-songwriter perform on a special Soundcheck and Latino USA showcase, recorded live from WNYC's Greene Space.

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Tiny Victories: Haunting Memories And Irresistible Peaks

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Brooklyn duo wowed us two years ago with an EP full of ghost stories and live electronic layering. Hear Tiny Victories perform songs from their latest record, Haunts.

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Morning Edition

A Reluctant Star, Sia Deals With Fame On Her Own Terms

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Australian singer never intended to be a pop star, but thanks to David Guetta, she was thrust into the spotlight. Now she's accepting her new stature without bending to the whim of others.

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Summer '94: Blur's 'Parklife'; Au Revoir Simone Plays Live; Bob Dylan's 1961 WNYC Interview

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In this episode: Just a few months before Oasis released its debut, Definitely, Maybe in August 1994, the band's Britpop colleagues (sometime-rivals) Blur released Parklife -- an album that included hits like “Girls And Boys” and “End of a Century.” Stereogum's Michael Nelson talks about the album.

Then: Au Revoir Simone are a dreamy synthpop trio -- who also happen to have eaten tuna sandwiches together in David Lynch’s living room. Hear more about that story, plus hear the band perform songs from its superb 2013 album, Move In Spectrums, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Soundcheck joins in WNYC’s 90th anniversary bash by listening back to some of the greatest musical moments to ever happen during the station’s history. Today, hear Bob Dylan’s 1961 WNYC interview with host Oscar Brand -- in which he tells an entirely fabricated backstory about his life. Dylan biographer Dennis McDougal also joins to separate fact from fiction.

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The Soundcheck Guide To Blur

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Stereogum Editor Michael Nelson remembers Blur's defining moments from 1994 and shares some underrated songs from the Blur catalogue. 

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World Cup Semifinals: A Clash Of Musical Titans

Monday, July 07, 2014

After this weekend's World Cup action, there are now four teams left for the semi-finals. One of these games pits two countries with estimable musical traditions against each other -- Netherlands and Argentina. The other features two of the world's musical giants -- Germany and Brazil. Soundcheck host John Schaefer explores the match-ups and offers up some musical suggestions.

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How To Create A Song: Lake Street Dive Style

Monday, July 07, 2014

The band Lake Street Dive struggled in its early days to use its jazz education without scaring off audiences. For inspiration, they turned to another band, known for transforming the sound of pop.

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