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First Listen: Beck, 'Morning Phase'

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The thumbnail summary already circulating for Beck's 12th full-length album goes like this: It's a sequel to Sea Change, the brooding 2002 record frequently mentioned as his masterpiece.

This is useful, to a point, for placing Morning Phase in a general neighborhood. But, like so many descriptors flying around, ...

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First Listen: Tom Brosseau, 'Grass Punks'

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The opening lament on Tom Brosseau's new Grass Punks is as old as the hills: You don't pay attention to me anymore. In a thin, reedy voice that grows more vulnerable as the song unfolds, Brosseau confronts the reality that he no longer commands his beloved's attention. He's been ...

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Pop's Resident Provocateur Fizzles On 'ARTPOP'

Monday, November 11, 2013

The apparatus Joni Mitchell famously described as "the star-maker machinery behind the popular song" has been in overdrive lately, preparing the world for Lady Gaga's new music.

Since the summer, there's been a steadily rising crescendo of leaks and audacious tweets and pop-up performances ...

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Buddy Guy: 'Rhythm And Blues' Titan Channels Guitar Wisdom

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

On his new album, Rhythm & Blues, guitarist and vocalist Buddy Guy sums up his approach when he sings, "People always ask me / About the blues I play / I say it just comes through me / I don't know no other way / I go by ...

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Sigur Ros Navigates Unknown Terrain On 'Kveikur'

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sigur Ros delights in shifting the listener's perspective — even its anthems elude the conventional rock plod. With Kveikur, the band's majestic (if usually mellow) vistas and naturescapes acquire a distinctly harsh edge. The textures are darker, the harmonies are more dissonant and the band's graceful, soaring melodies seem ...

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Pat Metheny And John Zorn: A Vivid Sound World

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Guitarist Pat Metheny is revered for his bright, accessible modern jazz. Saxophonist and composer John Zorn is associated with much knottier, often dissonant experiments. Metheny's new Tap: John Zorn's Book of Angels, Vol. 20 unites these two known opposites of instrumental music, and the result is often ...

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Dawes' Story Gets A Fine New Chapter

Monday, April 22, 2013

These days, when a rock band is tagged as a next big thing, there's usually some high-concept gimmick involved. Dawes is different. Singer and guitarist Taylor Goldsmith writes straightforward verse-chorus-bridge songs that focus on the turmoil beneath the surface of relationships, romantic and otherwise. Some seem downright ordinary ...

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Phil Ramone, A Record Producer Who Made Simplicity Sound Sublime, Dies

Saturday, March 30, 2013

In the course of his five-decade career, Phil Ramone helped create enduring masterworks by Bob Dylan, Stan Getz and Paul Simon. He produced big-hit records for Billy Joel, Chicago, Kenny Loggins, Barbra Streisand and top-shelf stars from every ...

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Justin Timberlake's Musical Vision Isn't '20/20'

Monday, March 18, 2013

For his long anticipated return to music, Justin Timberlake pulled out all the stops. He hired an old colleague, the hit-making machine Timbaland, to produce. He got rap kingpin Jay-Z to do a cameo. As executive producer, Timberlake made sure everything has that state-of-the-art ...

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Atoms For Peace: Thom Yorke's Electronic Shadow-World

Thursday, February 28, 2013

When singer Thom Yorke stepped away from his influential rock band Radiohead in 2006 to release The Eraser, many thought the quirky electronic project was a one-off. Not so, it turns out. Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich called on rock-star friends for a tour, and since then, the ...

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The Roots: A Song Cycle For A Life Cycle

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The hip-hop band The Roots might currently be the hardest-working band in show business. Five nights a week, it's the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and is constantly collaborating with other artists. And this week, the band issued its 10th studio album. It's called undun, ...

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Iconic Songs, Uncovered

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Behind every great song is a great songwriter. But behind every great cover song lurks a masterful musician. Today, we look at cover versions that were so good, they outshone the original. Joining us is Kyle Ryan, managing editor for The Onion's AV Club, and Tom Moon, music critic and author of the book “1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.”

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Hi-Fi Highway

Friday, September 02, 2011

Summer’s nearly at its end – and there’s just one more weekend to hit the road for an old fashioned summer road trip. Your car’s dashboard has made some serious technological leaps over the last half century, but the most curious development has to do with the dashboard turntable. Yes, that’s right -- turntable. The writer Paul Collins joins us to share this side-note in Hi-Fi highway history. And then music writer Tom Moon - master of the road trip mix - brings in a fresh playlist for our Soundcheck listeners to drive to.

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Tom Moon's Road Trip Playlist

Friday, September 02, 2011

Check out Tom Moon's brand new road trip playlist!

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Iconic Songs, Uncovered

Monday, July 11, 2011

Behind every great song is a great songwriter. But behind every great cover song lurks a masterful musician. Today, we look at cover versions that were so good, they outshined the original. Joining us is Kyle Ryan, managing editor for The Onion's AV Club, and Tom Moon, music critic and author of the book “1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.”

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Smackdown: Vampires vs. Zombies

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It's been a big year for the undead. Vampires are sucking blood on TV shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries and in the upcoming film New Moon. Zombies are stumbling through movies starring Woody Harrelson (Zombieland) and books by zombie-loving scribe Max Brooks (The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks). ...

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Songs the Kids Should Know

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The digital age has made it easier than ever to share music. But which songs do we want to preserve within our families? Today, in a live broadcast from WNYC's Greene Space, we look at "musical inheritances," the songs we want to pass down to future generations. Joining us are ...

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Live From The Greene Space

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Children inherit more than genes and mannerisms from their parents -- especially when those parents are musicians. Today, Rosanne Cash debuts The List, an album that explores songs handed down to her by her father, the late country legend Johnny Cash. And: the daughter of another musical dynasty, singer-songwriter Bebel ...

Grand Canyon. Check. Grandchildren. Check. Grant Green? Uh-oh...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Die-hard music fans can appreciate everything from Beethoven to the Beach Boys. But they shouldn’t be caught be caught dead – without first hearing Bright Eyes. Music journalist Tom Moon spent more than three years compiling his 900-page tome 1000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die: A Listener's Life List." ...

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Before You Die, Listen to This Critic's Big Plan

Monday, November 24, 2008

A new book lists the thousand best albums across all musical genres -- from Metallica to Wagner, Britney to Brubeck. On today's show, Tom Moon, author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die, shares his starter list. Also: The classical music world has been inundated with first-class violinists in ...