Thursday, January 01, 2015
Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
The Spearhead founder and frontman Michael Franti discusses the intersection of his two passions: music and yoga. Plus, he and a New York City yoga instructor discuss whether music belongs in the yoga classroom, how musicians can benefit from yoga practice, and how yoga can help musicians combat everything from performance anxiety to drug addiction.
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.
Friday, April 25, 2014
In the mid-2000s, Matisyahu perfected a chart-topping blend of reggae and Hasidic Judaism. His shows were packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked hippies. Matisyahu, formerly Matthew Miller, explains how he discovered the power of reggae as a high school dropout ...
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Hisham Aidi, lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University and the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture talks about the use of music -- jazz, hip hop, reggae Gnawa -- to reach young Muslims from post- WWII to today.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Data scientists at music streaming site Pandora think they can tell what your political preferences are, given your musical tastes and your zip code. And they're willing to sell that information to political campaigns that are seeking to target their spending in the run-up to 2014 mid-term elections.
Monday, March 18, 2013
The new documentary Reincarnated aims to explain why rapper Snoop Dogg reinvented himself as the non-rapping reggae artist Snoop Lion. The transformation was about more than just a name change, according to Esquire contributor Jaime Lowe. As it turns out, Snoop is doing some old-fashioned soul-searching because, as Lowe writes, "hip-hop doesn’t have a grow-old plan."
The film is Snoop Dogg’s Eat, Pray, Love moment, Lowe tells Soundcheck, referring to the 2006 bestseller about one woman’s soul searching travels following a divorce. Hear more of Lowe's take on Reincarnated, which premiered at the recent South by Southwest festival and opened in New York this past Friday.
Watch Snoop Lion's new video for "Here Comes the King" (featuring Angela Hunte) from the album Reincarnated, due April 23.
Friday, July 06, 2012
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
In this new series, Soundcheck stops headphone-wearing strangers on the street and gets between their ears. This week, we talk with O’Neil – a hip hop and soca-loving deliveryman who introduces us to his latest downloads and R-rated playlists.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
For years, big-name directors have struggled to make a movie about one of the most complex figures in music. Now, a sprawling documentary about the late reggae legend Bob Marley is set for release this Friday ... yes, "4/20." We hear about the film from Kevin Macdonald (who directed “The Last King of Scotland”) and Ziggy Marley, Bob’s eldest son.
Monday, October 17, 2011
From Tuesday through Sunday, more than 1,350 bands, DJs and comedians will perform at the annual CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival. Check out WNYC's trippy color-coded map to see our CMJ picks — from En Vogue to Mike Birbiglia to Dum Dum Girls — for each night of the festival.