Thursday, February 11, 2010
There’s plenty of music about animals, much of it classier than the Beatles song referred to above. But when it comes to music with animals, that’s where trouble starts.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Annick Giroux’s book, “Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook,” does not have a recipe for Angel’s Food Cake. Are you surprised? Annick asked members of lots of her favorite headbanging, ear-pinning metal bands to contribute recipes, and the results will surprise you.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Today’s “Soundcheck Smackdown” tackles perhaps the most challenging question facing the arts in the digital age: how much does the artist “own” their art? We’ve talked a fair amount over the years about copyright, file-sharing, pirated music… it’s clear that the rise of digital music media has caused a huge downturn in the recording industry and that the music world is still trying to figure out a way for musicians to create their art, contribute it to society, and still be able to make something from it.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The whole Desert Island idea – if you were stranded on a deserted island, what records/books/etc would you want with you – has become so commonplace on radio and in magazines that it was just a matter of time before some wiseass came up with the opposite approach. And so Alan Bennett, writing in the usually reasonable London Guardian newspaper, has proposed the Anti-Desert-Island Discs project, where instead of five or 10 albums you must have, you list eight (eight?) albums you would definitely NOT want on the island with you.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
On today's episode of Soundcheck, host John Schaefer ponders the social relevance of singing together as an activity -- something that used to be hugely popular. He wants to know: Do you sing with your family or friends? Why or why not?
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
By Amy Pearl
Fiddler extraordinaire Mark O'Connor pulled together two great jazz/blues players -- virtuoso bassist John Patitucci and baby-faced guitarist Julian Lage -- for a three-night run at the Blue Note last week. The trio made their radio debut on WNYC's Soundcheck.