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A World Of Sci-fi And Horror Classics In Two Songs

Friday, January 09, 2015

On a classic movie bender, Soundcheck's John Schaefer explores a pair of songs that name-check horror and sci-fi films like 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' and 'The Invisible Man.'
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Mica Levi Gets 'Under The Skin' With Her Unsettling Score

Monday, December 29, 2014

Best known as Micachu, the experimental musician adapts her off-kilter sonic palette to the screen for the 2014 Scarlett Johansson sci-fi film.

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Trent Reznor And Atticus Ross Find The Musicality In Noise With 'Gone Girl'

Monday, December 22, 2014

For three decades, the Nine Inch Nails leader and Oscar-winning composer has created innovative and abrasive music. He and collaborator Atticus Ross discuss their score for Gone Girl.

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Soundtracking 'Serial': The Musicians Behind the Podcast

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Composers Nick Thorburn and Mark Henry Phillips talk about crafting distinctive, suggestive sounds for the groundbreaking show. 

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Movie Date's Scariest Sounding Films

Friday, October 31, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, co-hosts of The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast, delve into some frightening sounds in the film industry with some of their favorite scary movie audio.

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Primus Plays Wonka In Concert; Movie Date's Scariest Sounding Films

Friday, October 31, 2014

Primus performs songs from its Willy Wonka-inspired album in The Greene Space. Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of the Movie Date podcast talk about the movies with the scariest sounds. 

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Why Has 'Pure Imagination' Been Covered So Many Times?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory has been reinterpreted hundreds of times by an array of artists -- from Lou Rawls to Fiona Apple to Primus.

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A World Of 'Pure Imagination' Covers; Thurston Moore Plays Live; The Met's 'Death Of Klinghoffer' Ignites Controversy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cult alt-rock weirdos Primus are putting out an album of covers and originals inspired by the music of Willy Wonka. Thurston Moore plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Precision of Language Edition

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On this week's Slate Culture Gabfest, Slate critics Dana Stevens, Julia Turner, and guest Dan Kois discuss the film The Giver, ironic misandry, and the makings of a memorable movie soundtrack.

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'Mad Men' Creator Matthew Weiner On Music; The 'Garden State' Soundtrack, 10 Years Later; Gem Club Plays Live

Monday, August 18, 2014

In this episode: Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner talks about his foray into film with the new comedy Are You Here, starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Plus: Weiner shares three favorite songs – and explains why he used Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe” and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” on Mad Men.

Then: Ten years ago, the comedy drama Garden State showed off a different side of television star Zach Braff -- who wrote and directed the film. It also gave us some soon-to-be-influential songs from Iron & Wine, Cary Brothers and, of course, The Shins (who apparently did change some lives). Reggie Ugwu of Buzzfeed explains why the soundtrack clicked with a generation.

And: The Boston chamber pop band Gem Club’s latest album, In Roses, sees the band moving out of their bedrooms (where they recorded their last record) into John Vanderslice’s San Francisco studio. Hear the trio — piano, cello, and vocals — perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Movies on the Radio

The Liberator, Guardians of the Galaxy, and More

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Host David Garland plays a selection of soundtrack compositions from new movies like the Liberator and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus other recent films.

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Summer '94: How 'Forrest Gump' Captured The Sounds Of The Sixties

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

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Summer '94: The Music Of 'Forrest Gump'; Bebel Gilberto Plays Live; Nas' 'Illmatic' At 20

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

In this episode: "Rock, Forrest, Rock!" Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman from The Takeaway’s Movie Date podcast look back 20 years to a huge blockbuster from 1994, Forrest Gump, and its overstuffed soundtrack of classic rock hits. They explain where the movie does justice to the music, and where the soundtrack falls into the trap of cliche. 

Then: We're in the thick of summer now, which means there's no better time to find a reprieve from the heat with a cold drink and the breezy, intoxicating sounds of Bebel Gilberto. As part of the first family of Brazilian music (she's the daughter of the acclaimed and influential João Gilberto), Bebel Gilberto has taken on traditional bossa nova rhythms and infused it with her trademark alluring vocals to create a hypnotic new sound. Hear the world renowned, multi-Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter perform from her latest record, Tudo! in the Soundcheck studio.

And: You can call him an entrepreneur, a mogul and an actor. But Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee Nas -- is best known as one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

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Summer '94: The Staying Power Of Lisa Loeb's Biggest Hit

Monday, July 07, 2014

Twenty years ago, Lisa Loeb's "Stay (I Missed You)" was everywhere: on the Reality Bites soundtrack, on heavy rotation on MTV, and on the Billboard Hot 100 -- at No. 1 for three weeks in August. Mario Correa and Julia Cunningham of Sirius XM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio tell the story of the song.

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Summer '94: 'Pulp Fiction' Soundtrack Ricochets Into Release

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Quentin Tarantino's 1994 masterpiece 'Pulp Fiction' turns 20 this year. Equally iconic is the film's soundtrack. RollingStone.com staff writer Kory Grow tells John Schaefer about the manic movie's surf-oriented music. 

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Pulp Fiction, 20 Years Later; Wyatt Cenac At RadioLoveFest; Amen Dunes Plays Live

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In this episode: The summer of ’94 was full of big movie releases, from Forrest Gump to The Lion King. It also saw the release of the Quentin Tarantino indie classic Pulp Fiction – whose surf-and-soul soundtrack became almost as iconic as the film itself. Rolling Stone writer Kory Grow talks about some highlights from the album.

Then:Stand-up comedian, actor and writer Wyatt Cenac is best known for his work on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he was a correspondent and writer for half of the last decade. His upcoming album, BROOKLYN, will be sale on vinyl only in fall 2014. Hear his stand-up set from Soundcheck's live show at BAM as part of RadioLoveFest.

And: The Brooklyn band Amen Dunes just released its third record, the sprawling and intricate Love. Watch frontman Damon McMahon and his band perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Get To Know This Year's Best Original Song And Score Oscar Nominees

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This year's Academy Award fields for Best Original Song and Best Original Score are dominated by a who's-who in the pop and symphonic music worlds, making for a stiff competition. Soundcheck talks to Melena Ryzik, lead writer for The New York Times' Carpetbagger blog about high expectations, the underdogs, and some Oscar-season controversy. 

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House Of Horrors: Scaring Us Through Sound Design

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gary Megregian, supervising sound editor on the series, American Horror Story: Coven, joins Soundcheck to discuss the importance of sound design — and to break down the anatomy of a horrifyingly sound-rich scene.

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Director Danny Boyle; Omar Sosa Gets 'Kind Of Blue'; Adam Davidson On Ticket Scalping

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

In this episode: Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle talks about an unseen character from most of his films, the soundtrack. Boyle tells Soundcheck about handpicking music for Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, and most recently, his high-tech heist noir Trance.

Grammy-nominated composer and pianist Omar Sosa was inspired by Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue for his new record. Hear Sosa play songs from Eggun, which carries the spirit of Davis, live in the Soundcheck studio. 

And Planet Money's Adam Davidson explains why even with ticket scalping concert ticket prices are just too low. 

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In a Woody Allen State of Mind

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Woody Allen’s latest film "Blue Jasmine" is getting great reviews and although it doesn't feature any classical music on the soundtrack, there are plenty of well-known uses of classical music in Allen’s films.

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