Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Florida Senator Marco Rubio released a Spotify playlist of some of his favorite songs, including music from Tupac and the song "Pumped Up Kicks" -- about a school shooting. This got us thinking: How much do the lyrics matter when it comes to the music you love? Do you listen to the lyrics right away, or does it take a while? Is it possible to love a song and never really know the lyrics? Let us know! Call 212-433-9692 or post here. Soundcheck's John Schaefer helps field your calls.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
José James is a singer and songwriter best known for the way he blends jazz with hip-hop, R&B and electronica. His debut on Blue Note Records, called "No Beginning No End," is out later this month — and showcases all his diverse influences. Soundcheck got a preview January 15 when José James and his band performed in a live video webcast from The Greene Space.
The Relatives give Soundcheck a preview of their first recording in over 30 years, live in The Greene Space
Friday, January 11, 2013
In the early 1970's, veteran Dallas gospel singer Rev. Gean West and his brother Tommie formed The Relatives, a band that pulled together traditional gospel and soul with psychedelia and funk and earned a reputation for its fiery live shows. While the band toured nationally, it only recorded three singles, apparently pressing small batches of 45s that never seemed to get any traction outside of North Texas. And unfortunately after recording its final session with legendary engineer Phil York in 1975, the band disbanded in 1980.
Still, miraculously, The Relatives' music lives on, and those singles — along with that previously unreleased session — was recently compiled on the 2009 anthology, "Don’t Let Me Fall." That release helped bring The Relatives back together and led to its upcoming new album. Recorded and produced by Spoon's Jim Eno, The Electric Word is The Relatives' first recording in over 30 years. On January 11, they performed live on Soundcheck from The Greene Space.
Monday, December 24, 2012
It's the most wonderful time of the year... because for the next two days, we get to listen back to our very favorite, most-prized live sessions that were recorded in the Soundcheck studio in 2012. And let us tell you, the competition was fierce this year. It was really a struggle to select just a small handful of performances from the dozens that were submitted by our staff. However, we think we've put together two pretty darn good shows, and we can't wait to nostalgically listen back to these performances with all of the rest of you.
So put on your Snuggie®, make yourself a cup of cocoa, and turn those speakers up. Tonight, you'll hear music from someone who sang on one of the biggest hits of the year, a founding member of the Velvet Underground, a musician from Sierra Leone who's bringing Bubu music to Brooklyn, and much more.
Listen to the entire show up above, or check out each performance individually below.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
Have you ever broken down in tears while watching a movie with especially emotional music? Is there a scene from a film that makes you sob every time you hear the song? Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of the weekly podcast Movie Date from WNYC's The Takeaway, drop by to talk about movies with sad music.
Then, this year Yo La Tengo's album I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One quietly turned 15 years old. Writer Jesse Jarnow, author of Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo And The Rise Of Indie Rock, gives perspective on the lasting influence of the iconic 1997 record.
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
At the end of the year, I will do what everyone else in the music biz professes to hate so much, but never misses an opportunity to do: create a top-10 list of the year’s best music. Since the year’s only halfway gone, though, I’m going to limit myself to 5 current faves for now.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Make a musical summer resolution with Soundcheck! Yesterday we announced that there are some big plans ahead for the show. Starting next Monday, we're spending the summer off the air - building a better Soundcheck. And as we embark on our big self-improvement project … we want YOU to start a project of your own. Find out how you can get involved, here.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Just like a band on tour pulls off the road and heads into the recording studio, Soundcheck will spend the summer off the air creating something new. We'll return after Labor Day with a new evening timeslot, a new and expanded digital presence, and a lineup of terrific live events.