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Punk, Then And Now: Savages, Death, And A Magazine That Burned Out Before It Faded Away

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Soundcheck is revisiting some of our favorite segments from the past year. Today, we're presenting "Punk, Then And Now," featuring a live set from a highly celebrated new post-punk band, a documentary about a rediscovered classic punk group, and a new book looking back at punk's first magazine.

In this episode: In 2012, British post-punk band Savages was hailed as one of the best new bands in the U.K. with just a handful of songs to its credit. Now the group's brutal and elegant debut, Silence Yourself, is earning rave reviews. We hear an in-studio performance.

Plus: A new documentary sheds light on Death, a Detroit-based proto-punk group founded in 1971 by three African-American brothers. We talk with member Bobby Hackney Sr. and the film’s director, Jeff Howlett.

And: Punk magazine folded in 1979 after publishing just 17 issues, but it also chronicled the critical early years of the punk movement. We hear the story from Punk co-founder John Holmstrom.

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    Weekend Staff Picks: Tunnels, Tours & Punk

    Saturday, August 10, 2013

    Here are some tips from WNYC staff members on what to do this weekend.

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    “Punk: Chaos to Couture” at the Metropolitan Museum

    Friday, August 09, 2013

    Andrew Bolton, curator in the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, talks about the exhibition “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” on view at the Metropolitan through August 14. The show examines punk’s impact on high fashion from the movement’s birth in the 1970s through its continuing influence today.

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    A Band Called Death

    Tuesday, July 09, 2013

    Death bassist and vocalist Bobby Hackney Sr. and filmmaker Jeff Howlett join John Schaefer to discuss the new new film A Band Called Death.

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    Slate Culture Gabfest

    The Culture Gabfest: Bondage Trousers Edition

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013

    Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss the new show "Graceland" with Meredith Blake, The "Punk: Chaos to Couture" exhibit at the Met with Simon Doonan and hating cultural objects with Slate's Carl Wilson.

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    Japanther: Throttling Punk Meets Wild Art Project

    Wednesday, June 05, 2013

    Hear the art-project-turned-punk band Japanther perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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    Slate Culture Gabfest

    The Culture Gabfest: Prog Bots Into Darkness Edition

    Wednesday, May 22, 2013

    Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and June Thomas talk "Star Trek" with Matt Yglesias, discuss the new Daft Punk album "Random Access Memories" and debate the mind-numbing qualities of Google glass.

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    Punk At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    In recent weeks, we've covered a lot of music in New York’s museums, from the blues at The Whitney to music videos at the Museum of the Moving Image. Now, it’s time to consider yet another exhibit that draws its inspiration from music. But this one may surprise you: The Metropolitan Museum of Art has organized an exhibit, called Punk: Chaos to Couture. Opening on May 9th, it’s an examination of punk’s impact on high fashion. Nitsuh Abebe wrote about the exhibit, and what punk means today, for New York Magazine, and he joins us to discuss.

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    Iggy And The Stooges In Concert; Iron And Wine In The Studio; Punk On Display; A History of Human Noise

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013

    In this episode: Singer-songwriter Sam Beam, who performs as Iron and Wine, talks about a new direction on the album, Ghost on Ghost. He plays stripped down versions of three songs in our studio.

    Plus: New York Magazine writer, Nitsuh Abebe, discusses his recent piece on the exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    And: Soundcheck and NPR Music presented Iggy and the Stooges at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday. Hear the full live set.

    Also: A recent BBC 4 radio series, Noise: A Human History, has been examining how noise has shaped civilization for the past 100,000 years. Professor David Hendy, the host and writer of that series, talks to us from BBC studios in Oxford, England.

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        Iggy And The Stooges, Live In Concert

        Saturday, April 27, 2013

        Join NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck for a First Listen Live concert from proto-punk band Iggy & The Stooges, broadcast from New York City. Watch the group rip through songs from its new album, Ready to Die, as well as a handful of old favorites. 

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        When Iggy Met Dinah

        Monday, April 22, 2013

        Soundcheck host John Schaefer recalls when the unpredictable rock icon appeared on The Dinah Shore Show.

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        Gig Alert: Savages

        Tuesday, March 19, 2013

        British post-punk quartet Savages plays Music Hall of Williamsburg Tuesday night. Download the song “I Am Here.”

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        Gig Alert: The Thermals

        Thursday, March 07, 2013

        Portland pop-punk power trio The Thermals plays 285 Kent Thursday night. Download the track "Born To Kill"

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        Parquet Courts Thrashes With Elegance

        Wednesday, March 06, 2013

        Lean and urgent like the best of the early punk rock bands, Parquet Courts has quickly become a critical favorite. The band’s short and spunky songs, written by guitarists and songwriters Andrew Savage and Austin Brown, have been able to carve out their place, even in Brooklyn’s crowded music scene.

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        Gig Alert: Desaparecidos

        Tuesday, February 26, 2013

        Long-dormant Omaha punk group Desaparecidos returns to New York at Webster Hall Tuesday night. Download "Greater Omaha"

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        Gig Alert: The Everymen

        Monday, February 25, 2013

        Brooklyn-based rock band The Everymen plays Glasslands Monday night. Download the track "Boss Johnny"

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        Gig Alert: Screaming Females

        Friday, February 08, 2013

        Post-punk shredders Screaming Females return to live performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg Saturday night. Download the track "Ugly."

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        Iceage Speaks Softly, Carries Big Sound

        Tuesday, January 29, 2013

        The Danish punk band Iceage just might set a new record for Soundcheck: shortest answers given in an interview ever. Hear history in the making, and a blistering performance in our studio. 

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        The Story Of 'Punk' Magazine

        Thursday, January 10, 2013

        In the 1970s, punk rock first exploded in New York -- centered around the clubs like the legendary CBGBs. Along with the bands, a magazine was born that had the same raw energy and gritty feel. Writer and cartoonist John Holmstrom joins us to tell the story of the magazine he co-founded, called, simply: Punk.

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        The Story Of 'Punk' Magazine, Tabulating 'Thriller,' And Red Baraat

        Thursday, January 10, 2013

        With a new anthology collecting the best of the publication, we get the Punk story from founding editor John Holmstrom. Plus Brooklyn-based Bhangra party band Red Baraat brings its infectiously fun, high-energy songs to the Soundcheck studio.