Sunday, October 12, 2014
By Brian Wise
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
For this New Sounds, there’s music that falls into the cracks between rock and classical, between popular music and contemporary chamber music. Listen to music by Yann Tiersen, probably best known for the “Amelie” soundtrack. Hear selections from his latest, “∞”(Infinity), which is a collection of songs, stories and instrumentals made mostly in Iceland and incorporating Breton and Icelandic, but also Faroese and English.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Hear ensemble music led by the sounds of wind instruments like clarinet, saxophone, and bass clarinet, along with a little bit of brassy-ness from trumpets and trompbones. There’s music from England by the jazz-rock-electronica quartet Get the Blessing, from their recent release, “Lope and Antilope.” Portishead fans take note, the bass player and drummer are Jim Barr and Clive Deamer, respectively. (Fun Fact: since 2012, Deamer has been Radiohead's second live drummer.) Also, hear a soaring saxophone in a piece from the Portico Quartet, whose rhythm section includes the hang. Then, listen to music featuring bass clarinet by Parisian-born Brooklyn-based composer Daniel Wohl as well as an arrangement for trumpets and trombone of music by Wayne Horvitz.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
John Schaefer introduces Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche to award-winning chef Michael Anthony for a conversation about food, music, and what they're grateful for this Thanksgiving.
Monday, November 11, 2013
In this episode: Steve Reich, the composer that reinvented orchestral music discusses his newest composition, Radio Rewrite, a work inspired by the music of Radiohead.
Then, music has played a pivotal role in the work of Chuck Klosterman, who wrote about hair metal in his first book, Fargo Rock City. Today, he joins us to talk about villains, as dissected in his new book, I Wear The Black Hat.
And, the Los Angeles-based power pop group HAIM perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
In Chuck Klosterman's new book 'I Wear The Black Hat,' the writer delves in to villains, real and imagined. When finally grappling with Hitler, Klosterman looks at two songs -- by Bowie and Dylan. Soundcheck host John Schaefer offers up a few more songs that grapple with the dictator's legacy.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Sometimes there's nothing better than a simple and striking dance video, like the latest from Thom Yorke's side-project Atoms For Peace. Set on a stark stage, Yorke and his dance partner gyrate and groove in eerie unison.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
In this June 12 show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Ensemble ACJW performs an adventurous and eclectic program of their own design with works by Oscar Bettison, Béla Bartók and Fréderic Chopin combined with the non-traditional tunes of Thelonious Monk, Vienne Teng, Radiohead and Pink Floyd.
Friday, May 06, 2011
On Friday, May 20 at 8 pm, Q2's Nadia Sirota hosts a live audio Webcast and online chat from the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The show features the U.S. premiere of Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's Doghouse for orchestra and string trio; the New York-premiere of Philip Glass Symphony No. 4, "Heroes," based on the music of David Bowie and Brian Eno; and game-changing modernist György Ligeti's Chamber Concerto for 13 Instruments.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
When Radiohead released the digital version of their eighth album, "The King of Limbs," last month, they dubbed it "the world's first newspaper album." What exactly that meant was the subject of much debate. But the band may have cleared up some of the mystery this week, with the release of "The Universal Sigh," a 12-page print publication distributed by real-life paperboys (and girls) at various points around the globe. We discuss the newspaper - with a look at the state of the print industry - with On the Media host Brooke Gladstone.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Radiohead is famous for for pushing the envelope in music, even as the band sells millions of records. But in recent years the group has also taken a hard look at the music industry itself, and made some very public bids for new ways for major bands to interact with fans in the music marketplace. The latest of these moves comes today, as the band releases its seventh proper studio album "The King of Limbs" directly to the masses. Fans can choose from four options, from a $10 digital download to a $53 custom package, including clear vinyl records and over 600 pieces of artwork. Are their efforts revolutionary, or run-of-the-mill?