Monday, October 07, 2013
In this episode: Before Soundcheck co-presents the Meat Puppets in concert as part of this week's CBGB Music and Film Festival, the founders of the alt-rock band talk about its punk roots, collaborations with Nirvana and the drug-fueled ten-year hiatus that almost broke up the band for good.
Then, the delightful indie pop duo BOY perform its big hit "Little Numbers" and more in the Soundcheck studio.
And we revisit a conversation with the director of the documentary film Beware Of Mr. Baker -- about famed and unpredictable Cream and Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker.
Monday, September 30, 2013
In this episode: Documentary filmmaker Adam Curtis and Robert Del Naja, of electronic act Massive Attack, discuss their unsettling collaboration underway at the Park Avenue Armory.
Music writer Evelyn McDonnell talks about her new biography, Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, about the influential 1970's punk band that sparked the careers of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, Lita Ford and others.
And Tired Pony, the supergroup featuring members of R.E.M., Snow Patrol, The Minus 5, and Belle And Sebastian, perform live in the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
In this episode: Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy discusses his latest project: composing music for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's drama "Betrayal."
Plus: Nicholson Baker’s new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a man who is having a hard time writing a new book — so he picks up a guitar instead. Baker discusses the book and the real-life companion album he recorded.
And: Sarah Jarosz is just 22, but she’s already made a mark on the folk and bluegrass scene thanks to her deep bluegrass knowledge and exceptional instrumental skills. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from Texas plays live.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
In this episode: The legendary artist, musician, and activist Yoko Ono discusses her new album, Take Me To The Land Of Hell.
Plus: Rachel Kushner, author of the critically-acclaimed novel The Flamethrowers, shares a Pick Three of some of her favorite music.
And: Golden Suits is the solo project from Fred Nicolaus of Department of Eagles, though "solo" is a weird way to describe a record that includes half of Grizzly Bear as well as members of Milagres and Ava Luna. Nicolaus joins us with his band to play live.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Alex Winston's voice may provokes inevitable comparisons to Kate Bush, but her songwriting is distinctly her own. Hear "101 Vultures," a brand new song from Winston that hints at what to expect on her next album.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
NPR Music’s Ann Powers calls Ray of Light Madonna's “mid-life enlightenment” record — and she walks us through this interesting chapter in the star’s career.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
In this episode: NPR Music’s Ann Powers joins us for a deep dive into Madonna’s 1998 album Ray of Light.
Plus: In 1984, Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall interviewed Madonna about growing up in Michigan. Thirty years later, Whitall -- who still works for the Detroit News as a music, features, and entertainment writer -- reflects on that interview with Madonna early on in her career.
And: Minneapolis rapper and singer Dessa — of the independent hip hop collective Doomtree — embraces a melodic side on her latest album Parts Of Speech. Hear her perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Monday, September 16, 2013
All this week, Soundcheck is marking the 30th anniversary of the Material Girl’s first album, and we’re asking listeners and readers to share their "Madonna Moment." Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares his, which involves Spin Magazine's first cover.
Friday, September 13, 2013
Icona Pop's new single "My Party," may sound familiar: The song is an updated version of the classic 1963 song “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore. Strangely enough, this is hardly the first time that the classic hit has showed up in recent pop songs. Jody Rosen, pop music critic for New York Magazine, discusses the song that just keeps showing up.
Friday, September 13, 2013
In this episode: The musician, songwriter, and record producer Butch Walker is the subject of a new documentary called Out of Focus. He’s also in focus, and on the charts right now, with Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," (which he co-wrote), and the Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran duet, “Everything Has Changed,” (which he produced). He joins us to talk about his life in music.
And: New York Magazine’s Jody Rosen discusses why pop stars love Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “It’s My Party.”
Plus: The British electro-pop artist and producer known as Ebony Bones has a flair for larger-than-life musical performances. Her tendency toward the flamboyant earned her a spot opening for Cee Lo Green a few years back. Hear -- and see -- why when she performs live in the Soundcheck studio.
Monday, September 09, 2013
In this episode: We introduce our latest remix challenge: Remix The Mayor. The race for New York City’s next mayor is nearing the home stretch -- and we’re asking you to turn the voices of our most famous politicians (past and present) into song. John Schaefer and producer Gretta Cohn share their remixes, and explain how you can participate.
Plus: TV critic Eric Deggans meditates on the return of Arsenio Hall to late night, and we revisit classic musical moments from the original Arsenio Hall Show with comedian and “ArScheerio Paul Show” Web series creator Paul Scheer.
And: Haim, the up-and-coming L.A. pop outfit led by three sisters, joins us to perform songs from their upcoming debut album.
Sandra Boynton Goes Country; Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell; Anna Von Hausswolff Plays In A Church
Friday, September 06, 2013
In this episode: Popular children's author and illustrator Sanda Boynton recently added "songwriter" to her resume. Her latest project, Frog Trouble, is a book and album of country songs sung by some of the biggest names in the business: from Alison Krauss to Brad Paisley to Ryan Adams.
Then, we revisit one of our favorite sessions from the past few months, country legends Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, who played songs from their collaborative album Old Yellow Moon live from the Greene Space at WNYC.
And Swedish musician and singer Anna von Hausswolff performs her song "Funeral For My Future Children" on an enormous pipe organ in a New York City church.