Monday, November 10, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
He called himself Doc Pomus, and he wrote some of the most iconic songs of the 1950's and '60s; songs like “Viva Las Vegas,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment.” But a new documentary called AKA Doc Pomus aims to share the story of the man behind the hits -- a disabled Brooklyn songwriter who succeeded in the music industry against all odds.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
In this episode: He called himself “Doc Pomus,” and he wrote some of the most iconic songs of the 1950s and '60s; songs like “Viva Las Vegas,” “Save the Last Dance for Me” and “This Magic Moment.” But a recent documentary called "AKA Doc Pomus” aims to share the story of the man behind the hits -- a disabled Brooklyn songwriter who succeeded in the music industry against all odds. We talk with one of the film’s directors, Peter Miller, as well as Doc Pomus's daughter and the film’s producer, Sharyn Felder.
Then: The Runaways were an all-girl rock group that formed in L.A. in 1975, turned heads in New York at CBGBs, became stars in Japan -- and then crashed and burned after four short years. Now, the music writer Evelyn McDonnell has released a book called Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways. She joins us to discuss the lasting legacy of the short-lived but influential band.
And: For many, Kristeen Young first made a splash in a performance with Morrissey on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2007, wearing a handcrafted yet futuristic "bubble dress" that could rival anything in Lady Gaga's wardrobe. But it was her soaring voice and beguiling stage presence that actually managed to steal a little spotlight from Moz himself. Produced by frequent Bowie collaborator Tony Visconti, Young's latest album, The Knife Shift, is an intense collection of bold rockers propelled by the furious drumming skills of Dave Grohl.
This is an encore episode of Soundcheck.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Former teen idol Paul Anka talks about his career in music and his new CD. His autobiography My Way recounts how he rocketed to fame with a slew of hits, including “Diana” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” and his time touring with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly. He was a charter member of the Rat Pack, he wrote the theme music for The Tonight Show as well as a string of pop hits. He shares stories of the business and the people in his life, from Elizabeth Taylor to Tom Jones to Michael Jackson.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Former teen idol Paul Anka tells Leonard Lopate about his life and his career in music—and his new CD. His autobiography My Way recounts how he rocketed to fame with a slew of hits, including “Diana” and “Put Your Head on my Shoulder,” and his time touring with Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Buddy Holly.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Dory Previn was a one-of-a-kind songwriter who co-wrote (with then-husband Andre Previn) Oscar-nominated songs for Hollywood during the 1950s and '60s, and, beginning in 1970, created and performed distinctly personal, confessional songs with smart words and interesting music. Dory Previn died February 14, 2012 at age 86. David Garland interviewed Previn and featured her music on the April 19, 1998, edition of Spinning On Air. Here's that show again, in memorium.
Monday, July 26, 2010
Matt Schickele is a tragically underrated songwriter who has put out a handful of solo records of piercing strangeness and beauty. Delicate and jagged, Schickele's harmonies constantly edge toward the dissonant while staying just this side of earworm. On The Badger Game, he sings over perfectly realized small chamber arrangements, but there's nothing trendy about it. Son of the composer and educator Peter Schickele, Matt comes to his classical eclecticism by birthright, and he has composed an opera (in progress), a large number of published bagpipe tunes, and music in many other genres. Fans of Sufjan Stevens and Andrew Bird should all take note: this record bears repeated -- obsessively repeated -- listening.
Saturday, October 29, 2005
Many artists wonder if distractions of the modern world compromise their creative process. Songwriter and violinist Andrew Bird decided to put that theory to the test, holing up on a farm in western Illinois. For his stage shows, he learned to play all the parts to his songs. ...
Saturday, April 16, 2005
A few years ago, the popular indie singer, songwriter, and violinist Andrew Bird moved out of Chicago to a farm in western Illinois. Out among the chickens and the soybeans, he started to write songs in which he could play all the parts by himself — replacing his ...
Saturday, September 11, 2004
Kurt Andersen and singer Rosanne Cash talk about being an artist in the shadow of a famous and talented parent.
Rosanne Cash is a Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and author. Over the last twenty years she’s released eleven albums which have earned her several #1 hits. Last year she ...
Saturday, July 12, 2003
Songwriter Paul Pena wrote the 70s-rock classic "Jet Airliner," and he's been singing the blues since he was a kid. But after an unexpected encounter with the throat-singing tradition of Tuva, Pena recharted his musical life. He studied, practiced, and then flew all the way ...