Eliot Van Buskirk

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Analyzing 50 Years Of Summer Jams

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Spotify data storyteller Eliot Van Buskirk has crunched 50 years of summer hits to come up with the defining qualities of a summer song and the ultimate playlist for the summer of 2014.

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Andrew W.K. And Phillip Crandall On 'I Get Wet'; 50 Years Of Summer Jams

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

In this episode: Back in 2002 Andrew W.K. kickstarted a party-rock movement with his debut, I Get Wet. The musician-turned-entertainer-turned-advice columnist and writer Phillip Crandall -- who covered W.K.’s debut in his new book for the 33 1/3 series -- reflect on that now-classic album. Plus, Crandall describes what it’s like to listen to I Get Wet on repeat for an entire year and we ask Andrew W.K. for the three people with whom he would most like to party.

Then: Blogger and “data storyteller” Eliot Van Buskirk has been crunching 50 years of Billboard and Spotify data on summer jams. He joins us with his analysis and some surprising conclusions about sun-soaked songs.

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Beats Music: Changing The Game, Or More Of The Same?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In a market crowded by Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and many other streaming services, how does Beats Music compare? Eliot Van Buskirk, editor at Evolver.fm, gives his first impressions after a week with the new service.


Carole King’s Broadway Musical 'Beautiful'; Economist Paul Krugman Talks About 'Billie Jean'; Beats Music

Thursday, January 30, 2014

In this episode: Actress Jessie Mueller plays a very convincing Carole King in the new Broadway musical Beautiful. The young star talks about her one and only meeting with the legendary songwriter and s she performs songs from the show live in the Soundcheck studio.

Then, Nobel Prize-winning Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman also happens to be a diehard music fan. He shares a few favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's series Pick Three.

And: Beats Music is the latest entry in an already over-crowded market of streaming music services market that includes Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and others. So how does Beats Music compare? Eliot Van Buskirk, editor at Evolver.fm, gives his first impressions after a week with the new service.


It's Time For A Home Audio Revolution

Thursday, January 09, 2014

When it comes to portable digital audio, we're in a pretty good place -- we have phones that can play music, as well as iPods and tablets. But when it comes to home audio systems that play digital audio, things seem to have come to a bit of a standstill. Yes, there are individual wired docks that play music, and high-end solutions like wireless speaker systems from Sonos are available. But there aren't many mid-market options that can wirelessly stream audio from devices and play that audio throughout our homes.

Until now. At least, that's according to Evolver.fm editor Eliot Van Buskirk, who has proclaimed that 2014 could be the year that the home audio war "gets real." We'll ask him what he means and who's going to be jumping into the fray. 


The Everly Brothers' Lasting Impact; Mutual Benefit Plays Live; Home Audio Revolution

Thursday, January 09, 2014

In this episode: When musician Phil Everly died last week at age 74, the music world paused to reflect on The Everly Brothers. The Everly's songs can be moving, eerie, and often subtle -- so subtle, in fact, that it can be easy to underestimate the impact that music had on the rock, pop, and folk that would follow in their footsteps. Craig Havighurst, the Nashville-based journalist and co-host of the Americana radio show Music City Roots, traces the duo's lasting musical legacy.

Then: Songwriter Jordan Lee runs Brooklyn's Kassette Klub label and leads Mutual Benefit, which on any given day could be a one-man-band or a full-on collective. Following two cassette releases, Mutual Benefit released its first proper album, Love's Crushing Diamond, and performs songs from it in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Eliot van Buskirk, editor of Evolver.fm, tells us why the time is ripe for a home audio revolution.


Neil Young Wants High-Quality Audio

Monday, August 19, 2013

Evolver.fm's Eliot Van Buskirk explains Neil Young's quest for super-high-quality audio and the uphill battle that it’s facing.


Arctic Monkeys; Players On Players With Erin McKeown And Wade Davis; Neil Young's Stereo System

Monday, August 19, 2013

In this episode: Acclaimed British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys gives a taste of its new album AM with an acoustic performance in the Soundcheck studio. 

Then, a new experiment straight from the Soundcheck test kitchen: Players On Players, in which we introduce a professional musician with a professional athlete and get them talking about the intersections of sports and music. In this initial segment, songwriter Erin McKeown chats with football player Wade Davis.

And, Eliot Van Buskirk, of Evolver.fm tooks at the uphill battle for Pono, the new high-quality music system developed by Neil Young.

Digital Music News You Can Use

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Eliot Van Buskirk, founder of Evolver.fm, fills us in on the latest digital music news, including Google's new digital music service, the problem of collecting music in 2013 and how self-driving cars might affect the music business.


Jane Lynch Just Keeps Getting Eviler; Google's New Music 'Play'; Japanther Gets Loud

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

In this episode: Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress, Jane Lynch (Glee, A Mighty Wind), joins us to talk about taking over the role of meanie Miss Hannigan in Broadway’s revival of Annie. We revisit some of her music-filled past roles on screen — and we talk about the songs that make her cry.

Plus: From time to time, we turn to Eliot Van Buskirk, founder of Evolver.fm, to fill us in on the latest digital music news. We pick his brain about Google's new digital music service, the problem of collecting music in 2013 and how self-driving cars might affect the music business.

And: The duo Japanther was supposed to be an art project, and maybe they still are. But they're definitely a band. They channel their inner Simpsons on a new album called Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart.

Headphones That Read Your Mind

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Evolver.FM founder Eliot Van Buskirk joins us to talk about new brainwave-scanning headphones from the company Neurowear. The company brought a prototype of the futuristic headwear to the SXSW Trade Show last week in Austin, Texas -- and it caused quite a stir. We talk with Eliot about the capabilities and limits of the newfangled headphones, and talk about what could be coming down the pipeline next. 


Bored? There's A Music App For That

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

As the French author Jules Renard once wrote, "Being bored is an insult to oneself." And he didn't even have a smartphone! In today's digital environment, there's really no reason to ...

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Supercollectors: Digital Music Collections

Thursday, February 16, 2012

We want to help solve your digital music collection conundrums! Our series on Supercollectors continues with answers to your questions about digital music – from ripping CDs to storing MP3s. Eliot Van Buskirk of Evolver.FM and San Francisco-based music and technology writer Geeta Dayal join us to take your calls.

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A Great Hack Job

Thursday, October 20, 2011

More than 24 apps emerged from a recent installment of Music Hack Day, an ongoing series that draws software-guru types to brainstorm and develop their ear-bending ideas over weekends of rapid-fire coding. Eliot Van Buskirk, editor in chief of the blog Evolver.fm, joins us to demonstrate a few of them.

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Smackdown: Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Meet composer Emily Howell: she’s crafting original works of classical music that sound sharp and lively, if a little derivative. Some say her pieces sound like Bach or Liszt. The issue: Emily Howell is a computer-based algorithm, designed by composer David Cope. He joins us to talk about Emily Howell’s latest album, From Darkness, Light.

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Google: Music's Friend or Foe?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Google is poised to become a major player in the music industry. But the company with the “don’t be evil” motto is drawing criticism for its relationship with major labels and copyright detectives. Jon Healey of the Los Angeles Times explains Google’s rapid expansion into music. Then, writer Maura Johnston ...

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Buy the T-Shirt, Get the Download

Friday, July 17, 2009

These days it takes a little more effort to sell an entire album of music. Artists are offering incentives like outdated music formats (8-track tapes, cassettes), T-shirts, flash memory drives, and even collectors’ soup cans. Today, Soundcheck delves into this phenomenon with Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired.com.

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Muzak Goes Bankrupt. Could Satellite Radio Be Next?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

This week, Muzak, the company that pioneered smooth versions of your favorite hits in elevators, filed for bankruptcy protection. Sirius XM Radio began preparing its own bankruptcy filing. With both companies awash in such enormous debt, we examine what went wrong and what may be next. Joining us are Julian ...

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2008: The Year in Online Music

Friday, December 19, 2008

Even as record sales continued to plummet in 2008, the Internet was a hub of innovation for musicians and their fans. Today Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired.com discusses the most important online music stories from 2008.

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Critics Week: The Worst of 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

Soundcheck has spent all week honoring the best music of 2008 - now, we call out the worst. Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis dishes on the most unlistenable and overrated albums of the year. Also, Eliot Van Buskirk of Wired.com talks about the big stories in online music. Later: ...