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Kan Wakan: Moody Atmospheric Pop

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Los Angeles group Kan Wakan performs songs from their debut album Moving On live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Jenny Lewis Fights Fear And Insomnia On 'The Voyager'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman's new record, The Voyager, promises to be some of her most personal songs to date.

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That Was A Hit?!?: The Tornados, 'Telstar'

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Charts analyst Chris Molanphy shares the story of an unusual instrumental hit from 1962, The Tornados' "Telstar," as part of Soundcheck's series That Was A Hit?!?

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Gig Alert: Nat Baldwin

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Dirty Projectors bassist plays songs from his solo record at Baby's All Right. Download "In The Hollows."

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Matisyahu's Spiritual And Musical Evolution; That Was A Hit?!? On Telstar; The Death Of The Movie Musical

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In this episode: Matisyahu, the self-proclaimed "Hasidic reggae superstar," found success and earned countless fans of both classic reggae and the Jewish community. Matisyahu reflects on the changes in his life, the evolution in his spirituality and music, plus he and his band performs songs from his latest album, Akeda, in the Soundcheck studio.

 

 

Then: Charts analyst Chris Molanphy shares the unusual and dark story of an instrumental hit from 1962, The Tornados' "Telstar," as part of Soundcheck's series, That Was A Hit?!?

And: In a six-month period in the 1960s, three movie musicals premiered: Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, and The Sound Of Music. Each would sweep across American movie theaters, Billboard charts, and awards shows. They effectively killed the movie musical, according to the recent book, Roadshow: The Fall Of Film Musicals In The 1960's.

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New Mix: Premieres From Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, Elephant Stone, More

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The latest episode of All Songs Considered features music that reflects on the passage of time, including incredible songs from singers Jenny Lewis and My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden.

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Jamie Cullum Plays Live; Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow On 34 Years Leading The NY Phil

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In this episode: British singer and pianist Jamie Cullum is known for his energetic live shows and his jazz-inflected reinterpretations of modern rock as well as old classics. He plays songs from his new album Momentum live in the Soundcheck studio, and sneaks in a surprising cover too.

Then: Thirty-four years after he began his tenure with the New York Philharmonic, concertmaster Glenn Dicterow is “retiring” back to his native California. He plays his final performance with the NY Phil on June 28, and talks about his decades in the lead seat.

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Jamie Cullum: Infusing Pop With Jazz Sensibilities

Friday, May 30, 2014

Hear Jamie Cullum perform his signature blend of pop and piano jazz live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: David Poe

Friday, May 30, 2014

Understated singer-songwriter plays Rockwood tonight. Poe says he wrote “Lonely Like Me” one morning under a trumpet tree, which dropped pink flowers as he wrote. Says Poe, “The lyric sheet is stained with flower blood."

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Reggie Watts Plays Live; Studio 360's Blues Challenge; Maya Angelou Remembered

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In this episode: Comedian, actor, and one-man band Reggie Watts joins us to talk about the new season of the IFC talk show Comedy Bang! Bang! Plus, hear him rigs up his loop pedals and mics for an impromptu set in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Our friends at Studio 360 recently launched the “1914 Blues Challenge” which for the past few weeks, asked listeners to record a 100-year-old W.C. Handy classic, “Yellow Dog Blues.” Host Kurt Andersen and the contest’s judge, musician Chocolate Genius, join Soundcheck to review some of the submissions they’ve received so far.

And: Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the life and legacy of poet and civil rights icon Maya Angelou, who died yesterday at age 86.

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Analyzing 50 Years Of Summer Jams

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spotify data storyteller Eliot Van Buskirk has crunched 50 years of summer hits to come up with the defining qualities of a summer song and the ultimate playlist for the summer of 2014.

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Andrew W.K. And Phillip Crandall On 'I Get Wet'; 50 Years Of Summer Jams

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In this episode: Back in 2002 Andrew W.K. kickstarted a party-rock movement with his debut, I Get Wet. The musician-turned-entertainer-turned-advice columnist and writer Phillip Crandall -- who covered W.K.’s debut in his new book for the 33 1/3 series -- reflect on that now-classic album. Plus, Crandall describes what it’s like to listen to I Get Wet on repeat for an entire year and we ask Andrew W.K. for the three people with whom he would most like to party.

Then: Blogger and “data storyteller” Eliot Van Buskirk has been crunching 50 years of Billboard and Spotify data on summer jams. He joins us with his analysis and some surprising conclusions about sun-soaked songs.

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Soundcheck's Ultimate Summer Mix

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's time to debut our crowdsourced Ultimate Summer Mix -- featuring seasonal classics like "Hot Fun In The Summertime" and "School's Out" and more unexpected gems, like The Church's "Under The Milky Way" and Joe Cuba's "Bang Bang!"

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Sharon Van Etten Plays Live; NY Philharmonic's Biennial; Enigma's 'Sadeness' Was A Hit?!?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In this episode: Since she last visited Soundcheck, Sharon Van Etten has opened up for The National, toured as a backup singer with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and recorded a Bruce Springsteen cover at the Stone Pony. Hear the singer-songwriter and her band perform songs from her just-released fourth album, Are We There, in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: New York Philharmonic music director and conductor Alan Gilbert talks about dreaming up the first-ever NY Phil Biennial, which kicks off this week. We take a listen to some of the new music that will be showcased.

And: Charts guru and writer Chris Molanphy explores the puzzling success of another chart-topping single -- this time, the sexy New Age, Gregorian chant-laden “Sadeness” by Enigma -- as part of our series That Was A Hit?!?

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First Listen: Meshell Ndegeocello, 'Comet, Come To Me'

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The iconoclastic singer's 11th album is the sort of rich work that keeps changing inside the listener's head — an often-quiet set of songs with intense staying power.

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Soundcheck's Summer Essentials: 14 Ways To Have The Best Three Months Ever

Friday, May 23, 2014

Despite the rumors that the weather is going to be ridiculously awful this summer (who started those rumors anyway?), we're pretty sure it's going to be the best summer ever. Here are 14 ideas to jumpstart your summer '14 to-do list — concerts to attend, movies to watch, books to read and albums to hear. 

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'Mistaken For Strangers': A Story About A Band Becomes A Story About Two Brothers

Thursday, May 22, 2014

When Tom Berninger joined his brother's band The National on the road, he brought a camera, and managed to capture the entirety of his conflicted (and hilarious) relationship with his rock star sibling. The Berningers talk about the film that resulted, Mistaken For Strangers.

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Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks Play Live; Free Concerts Guide; The National Are 'Mistaken For Strangers'

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In this episode: Stephen Malkmus has now released more music as a solo artist than he did with his influential former group, Pavement. Now, he and his band The Jicks have recently released their new album, Wig Out At Jagbags. Hear Malkmus and the Jicks play some of it live in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: Summer has a way of really taking a chunk out of your bank account. But there's one thing you don't need to pay for this summer: live music. And in New York, free shows are happening all over the city practically every night from June to September. Patrick McNamara from the concert listings website Oh My Rockness shares some highlights to look forward to this summer.

And: Lead singer of The National Matt Berninger and his brother Tom talk about Tom’s new film Mistaken for Strangers. It started as a documentary about the band, but became a funny, unsparing look at living in the shadow of a rock-star brother.

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Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: Enigmatic And Elastic As Ever

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wig Out at Jagbags is the Jicks' first album recorded since the Pavement reunion a few years back. Hear the group perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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What Will Your Summer Jams Be?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Writer Rich Juzwiak asked his readers on Gawker: What will your summer jams be? He joins host John Schaefer to talk about the songs that will be everywhere in summer 2014.

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