Jody Rosen

Jody Rosen appears in the following:

Nostalgia For New York In The Twenties

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

All this week on Soundcheck, we're talking about nostalgia and New York music in collaboration with New York magazine, which this week is presenting their annual "yesteryear" issue --...

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New York In The 1920's; Keren Ann Plays Live; Hugh Masekela Gives Us Exercise Tips

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck's week of nostalgia continues, with a fond look back at the 1920's -- a decade when duos like Rodgers and Hart and George and Ira Gershwin were cranking out the pop hits, and the Harlem Renaissance was in full swing. New York magazine’s Jody Rosen gives a guided tour.

Then: Singer and guitarist Keren Ann wowed fans three years ago with a collection of smoky pop songs. Hear her perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

And: South African trumpeter and composer Hugh Masekela -- who, for three decades of his 50-plus year career, lived in exile from his native South Africa -- talks about returning to his home country 20 years ago. And he talks about the exercises that keep him looking so darn young on the eve of his 75th birthday.


What Decade Of NYC Music Are You Nostalgic For?

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tell us about which decade in New York music you're nostalgic for. Call us at 866 939 1612, let us know on Twitter, or leave us a comment. We might use your comment on an episode of Soundcheck

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Which Decade Of NYC Music Are You Nostalgic For?; The Strypes, Live; Classical Musicians Like Sex And Drugs, Too!

Monday, March 24, 2014

In this episode: This week on Soundcheck, we're talking about nostalgia and the past 100 years of New York music in collaboration with New York Magazine, which this week presents their annual "yesteryear" issue. Tonight, we kick things off with writers Lane Brown and Jody Rosen -- and hear about the decades in New York City music that a few of our WNYC colleagues are nostalgic for.

Then: Hear the impossibly young and talented Irish rock 'n' roll band The Strypes play live.

And: After the success of its initial star-studded pilot, Amazon recently announced that it’s giving its series Mozart in the Jungle a full season. The show, based on a racy memoir of the same name, promises to be a steamy and fairly unbelievable behind-the-scenes look at the world of classical music, says NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas.


Is Pop Criticism Broken?

Friday, March 21, 2014

In the wake of charges that modern music critics are too obsessed with "lifestyle" reporting, one writer defends the art - or the good stuff, at least.

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'It's My Party': The Song That Won't Go Away

Friday, September 13, 2013

Icona Pop's new single "My Party," may sound familiar: The song is an updated version of the classic 1963 song “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore. Strangely enough, this is hardly the fir...


Butch Walker In Focus; Pop Stars Love Lesley Gore; Ebony Bones Plays Live

Friday, September 13, 2013

In this episode: The musician, songwriter, and record producer Butch Walker is the subject of a new documentary called Out of Focus. He’s also in focus, and on the charts right now, with Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)," (which he co-wrote), and the Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran duet, “Everything Has Changed,” (which he produced). He joins us to talk about his life in music.

And: New York Magazine’s Jody Rosen discusses why pop stars love Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “It’s My Party.”

Plus: The British electro-pop artist and producer known as Ebony Bones has a flair for larger-than-life musical performances. Her tendency toward the flamboyant earned her a spot opening for Cee Lo Green a few years back. Hear -- and see -- why when she performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

The Lonely Island Proves Pop Parody Is A Big Deal

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Lonely Island’s recent chart success demonstrates the power of YouTube for pop parody.


Kylie Minogue’s Fashionable Sound; The State of Pop Parody; THAT Wasn’t A Hit?!?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In this episode: Pop diva Kylie Minogue stops by to talk about a new single, "Skirt," a new book chronicling the evolution of her fashion through a 25-year career, and her upcoming album.

Plus: Known for their “digital shorts” on Saturday Night Live, the hip hop parody trio The Lonely Island released a new album that debuted in the top ten of Billboard’s album chart. New York Magazine pop critic Jody Rosen joins us to talk about the state of pop parody. 

And: Our series “That Was a Hit?” continues with Chris Molanphy and a look at a song that surprisingly wasn't a hit – Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” 

The Boy Band Is Back

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Last week, British boy band One Direction debuted at the top of the U.S. album chart with their album “Up All Night” – a one-two punch for teen idols and British artists alike. Today, we’re joined by Village Voice music editor Maura Johnston and Slate and Rolling Stone music critic Jody Rosen to discuss the cyclical nature of boy bands… and to take an international look at the young heartthrobs singing and dancing their way into tween hearts worldwide.

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Smackdown: White Christmas vs. Silent Night

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Some dream of a "White Christmas"...others prefer a "Silent Night."  Jody Rosen of and Rolling Stone debates WQXR host Jeff Spurgeon over which classic Christmas tune really puts the shine on Santa's shoes.

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Dire State for Sound Recordings

Thursday, November 04, 2010

A new study by the U.S. Library of Congress warns that many historic sound recordings are in danger of being lost – and that digital technology presents major issues for preserving recordings made even in just the past few years. We hear about the study and talk about the future of sound preservation. Guests include Sam Brylawski, an author of the study, and Jody Rosen, a music critic for and senior critic for Rolling Stone.

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Death of a Thriller

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson was one of the most successful and influential entertainers of the 20th Century. He won 13 Grammys and sold 50 million copies of his 1982 masterpiece, Thriller. But his fame and reputation declined starting in the 1990s. When he died yesterday at age 50, Jackson was attempting a ...

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Sloth's Deadly Medley

Friday, March 06, 2009

In the fourth installment of our "Seven Sins" series, we examine the ways that sloth has surfaced in music throughout the ages. Slate music critic Jody Rosen talks about blackface minstrelsy and mush-mouthed drug songs, and cultural critic Cintra Wilson shares her own batch of lazy and lethargic tunes.

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Seven Sins: Sloth

Friday, March 06, 2009

In the latest installment of our Friday series “Seven Sins: The Deadly Medley,” we examine sloth – a "deadly sin" that walks the fine line between laziness and melancholy. Joining us to share their lists of sinful songs are cultural critic Cintra Wilson and Jody Rosen, music critic for Slate. ...

The Year in Pop and Rock

Monday, December 15, 2008

It was year Lil' Wayne ruled over retail, "Chinese Democracy" saw the light of day, and TV on the Radio got sexy. Music critic Jody Rosen of joins us for a look back at pop and rock in 2008. Plus, Rosen shares his top 10 list for the year. ...

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Critics Week: Pop, Rock and Hip Hop

Monday, December 15, 2008

We kick off our annual Critics Week series with a look back at the year in music. Jody Rosen of gives us his list of the 10 best things in pop music in 2008. Plus: the year in hip hop, with Jake Paine, editor in chief of And ...

Who's on Top .. and Who Should Be

Friday, September 26, 2008

Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman" debuts at #2 on the Billboard charts but one critic thinks rapper Izza Kizza should be blowing up instead. In the second installment of this monthly series, Slate critic Jody Rosen helps us crack open the Billboard charts to see what the biggest selling albums ...

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Mariah Carey - Bimbo or Brilliant?

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Soundcheck Smackdown: Mariah Carey – Bimbo or Brilliant? The pop star just surpassed Elvis Presley for most singles on the top of the charts and is releasing today her new album “E=MC²”. Pop music critic Jody Rosen and freelance writer Evelyn McDonnell square off to debate Mariah’s singing style and ...

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