Going Inside 'Llewyn Davis' With Oscar Isaac; Dee Dee Bridgewater Plays Live; Purple Snow Compilation
Thursday, December 05, 2013
In this episode: Actor Oscar Isaac talks about starring -- and performing much of the music -- in the Coen brothers' latest film, Inside Llewyn Davis.
Then, the Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater performs live in the Soundcheck studio.
A new compilation, Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, chronicles ten years of lesser-known Twin Cities funk and R&B that set the stage for Prince. The curator behind the set and one of the featured artists talk about the Minneapolis music scene of that time.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
In this episode: Stax Records built a soul music empire, but Memphis music historian Robert Gordon says it was more than a record label: Stax provided a refuge from the racial tensions roiling the South in the 1960's.
Then, songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche -- the daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Suzzy Roche -- stakes out her own territory on There’s A Last Time For Everything, a new album that features a collaboration Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, and a cover of Robyn's "Call Your Girlfriend." Hear her perform in the Soundcheck studio, with her mom.
And, this season, the NFL teams in Kansas City and Seattle are battling for the title of “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium,” after a Chiefs game recently topped 137 decibels. We delve into it with The New York Times' Joyce Cohen and Chiefs super-fan Ty Rowton -- a.k.a. “X-Factor” -- who helped organize fans to break a decibel-record at the NFL team’s home, Arrowhead Stadium.
'One Night In Bangkok': That Was A Hit?!?; Thundercat Plays Live; Highest Grossing Musicians Of 2013
Monday, December 02, 2013
In this episode: That Was a Hit?!? -- Soundcheck's occasional series on surprising pop-chart success -- examines "One Night In Bangkok," that rare beast: a No. 3 hit from a concept album that later inspired a stage musical about, yes, chess. The writer and Sirius XM personality Mario Correa joins us to talk about Murray Head’s utterly weird, completely infectious song.
Then, the virtuosic electric bassist Stephen Bruner has gigged with singer Erykah Badu and fellow L.A. natives Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus and Suicidal Tendencies. Bruner and his soul-funk trio come to the Soundcheck studio to play songs from his second solo record, Apocalypse, released under the moniker Thundercat.
Plus: You probably know most -- but not all -- of the road warriors and product pushers on Forbes magazine’s list of highest-grossing musicians of 2013. Zack O'Malley Greenburg talks about who made the list and why.
Friday, November 29, 2013
In this episode Soundcheck revisits a few recent favorite segments:
First: 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 in the Soundcheck studio.
Then, comedian Kurt Braunohler talks about his debut comedy album How Do I Land?, and plays three favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's Pick Three series.
And, British electro-pop artist and producer 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.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Hear the soulful electronics of Chet Faker in the Soundcheck studio.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
In this episode: Independent music pioneers R.E.M. released its major label debut, Green, 25 years ago today. The album sold more than two million copies thanks to hits like "Stand" and "Orange Crush," yet it still remains a divisive entry in the band's canon. J. Edward Keyes, editor at eMusic looks back at this flawed gem of an album.
Then, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills shares his thoughts and memories on Green.
And, Hiatus Kaiyote brings its brand of "future soul" music to the Soundcheck studio.
Friday, November 01, 2013
Watch neo-soul singer Laura Mvula perform in the Soundcheck studio.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
When Philly-born, Brooklyn-based soul singer Nicky Egan went to make her latest recording, she went with a decidedly old-school approach to unveiling new music, with an Internet-spin: The 45 Homestead Project is set of three digital 45’s put on her Web site out over three months this summer. Hear "Train Trials," a brand new previously unreleased bonus track from the project.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
In this episode: The award-winning Haitian-American novelist Edwidge Danticat discusses her new book, Claire Of The Sea Light — and she tells us about some of her favorite music in a Pick Three.
Plus: Laura Mvula, the British soul singer from Birmingham, performs in our studio.
And: Adam Sternbergh's recent New York Times Magazine cover story explores how we determine what is popular — and the new and slippery definitions of what popularity means.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
In this episode: Sonic Youth may be on hold for the time being, but that hasn't stopped the band's longtime guitarist Lee Ranaldo. Hear a sneak preview of Ranaldo's upcoming album, Last Night On Earth, with the new song "Lecce, Leaving." Plus he offers a playlist for our Pick Three series.
Then, a lookahead at the bonkers annual festival Burning Man.
And Ivan Neville brings his New Orleans funk band Dumpstaphunk to the Soundcheck studio for a raucous and gritty performance.
Friday, August 09, 2013
In this episode, Soundcheck revisits two jazz-leaning segments. The first, an interview with legendary soul jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, who, at 70, recently launched his own label and released a new live album, The Healer.
Then, hear an intimate Greene Space performance from Jose James, a soulful singer who bridges the worlds of R&B and jazz with a silky smooth voice and a lot of swagger.
Friday, August 02, 2013
The soulful New York singer is back with Mockingbird, a new record comprised entirely of soul-infused cover songs -- from Radiohead's "Karma Police" to Dionne Warrick's "Walk On By” to Pink Floyd's "Shine On You Crazy Diamond." Hear her perform live in the Soundcheck studio.