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Open Phones: Do Lyrics Matter?

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.

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The Greene Space

Soundcheck: José James previews his new album, 'No Beginning No End,' live in The Greene Space

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.

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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. 

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Soundcheck's Best Live Performances of 2012, Part One

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. 

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A Musical Eschaton

Friday, December 21, 2012

Soundcheck host John Schaefer says the best “End of the World” songs are the ones that leave you to imagine what’s happening.

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New Sounds

Another Private Reel: Live on Soundcheck

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Dip into the private stash of live recordings from John’s other show, Soundcheck, for this New Sounds program.  Hear Kronos Quartet playing Terry Riley, and some electroacoustic music from the Whitetree ensemble.

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Sad Music In Film And Yo La Tengo Revisited

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.

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Jingle Inbox: What's Come In So Far

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Producer Katie Bishop plays host John Schaefer a few of the Soundcheck jingles that have been submitted by listeners. 

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Soundcheck Returns Tonight At 9 P.M. ET!

Monday, September 17, 2012

We’ve spent the summer months in the Soundcheck Workshop.  Now it’s time to show you what we’ve been building. 

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Grizzly Bear Performs Live In The Greene Space

Monday, September 10, 2012

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Soundcheck Resolutions Check-In: Listener Andrea

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Our listener Andrea achieves her summer goal of forming an "all-shrink" band. We couldn't be prouder. 

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WNYC's Summer Listening Recommendations

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Don’t let your playlist wilt in the summer heat. WNYC staff, from Jad Abumrad to Soterios Johnson, share what they’re listening to this summer. 

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Year’s Best – The Early Contenders

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. 

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Britt Daniel Goes Spoonless

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The mastermind behind the popular indie band Spoon has always juggled other projects.  With no new Spoon material in sight, we check out his other band, Divine Fits. 

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Songs of our Summers

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

It seems like every summer has one song that takes over the airwaves.  But that’s not always the song you remember later on.  The Soundcheck crew offers songs that recall past summers.

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Early progress on summer resolutions

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

AJ Jacobs, Bob Dylan, and snobs

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Summer Workshop Day 1

Monday, June 04, 2012

First thoughts about the Soundcheck redesign

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Soundcheck Challenge: Summer Resolutions

Friday, June 01, 2012

If your New Year’s resolution died a quiet death months ago, but you still want to make your mark in 2012 – make a musical summer resolution with Soundcheck! 

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Summer Resolutions: Get Ready

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.

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Soundcheck Workshop

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. 

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