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Music of the Euro 2012 Final

Friday, June 29, 2012

As the world gears up to watch Italy and Spain play for Europe's top soccer prize on Sunday, we explore the musical side of the UEFA Euro 2012 final. Read the first of our four-part series here, as we learn surprising facts about the two nations' anthems. 

Best Coast: In Studio

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Since their inaugural 2010 release, Los Angeles surf-pop band Best Coast has become an indie phenomenon – so much so that the lead singer Bethany Cosentino’s cat, Snacks, has almost 10,000 Twitter followers. The band recently released a sophomore album, called “The Only Place,” and they join us in our studio for a performance.  

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Soundcheck Jingles: Expert Advice

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What are you waiting for? If you haven't submitted your Soundcheck Jingle yet, now's the time! Get some know-how from today's podcast guest - jingle composer and Berklee professor Peter Bell. He discusses the art of writing jingles - and offers his take on a few that we've already received. And, watch a video of the band Noah and the MegaFauna recording their Soundcheck jingle

Plus - our weekly feature, Check Ahead, brings you song premieres and exclusive streams. Today, some brand new West Coast-style pop from the Third Coast band Gold Motel. Have a listen – and then weigh in.

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Hilary Hahn and Hauschka: In Studio

Monday, June 25, 2012

Violinist Hilary Hahn and the experimental pianist known as Hauschka recently collaborated on an album called Silfra. But many of the sounds on the album – low drones, rustling percussion, rhythmic clanging – aren’t usually associated with either instrument. Host John Schaefer talks with the duo about the unexpected abilities of a prepared piano, and we hear a live performance.

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Band Names, Again

Friday, June 22, 2012

Last week we whined about bad band names.  Now SPIN is offering a list of the Best Band Names – and John Schaefer is not impressed. Read on for more in today's blog.

Make Music New York

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Today is Make Music New York - when public space becomes performance space. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, the streets of the city (all five boroughs) will be a stage. Earlier this week, we talked about how you can join in a Philip Glass world premiere in Times Square. There's lots more. You can see the whole schedule here. Tell us what you find!

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Songs of My Summers

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Every summer has its song. This year, it’s looking like Carly Rae Jepsen’s "Call Me Maybe" is going to rule the airwaves. But while you may not be able to avoid the summer’s pop hit, you'll probably end up with your own, very personal song of the summer. John shares some of his summer song memories, from Jamie T to the Hold Steady. And, we tell more of our stories in today's Soundcheck Blog. What songs remind you of summer?

Sing a Soundcheck Jingle

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

We need YOU to send us a jingle! Soundcheck is crowdsourcing 10-second a cappella jingles from listeners and musicians alike. Read the rules, find out how to send us yours, and listen to the submissions here

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Sing in a Philip Glass World Premiere!

Monday, June 18, 2012

It’s becoming a summer solstice tradition – a huge series of free musical events across New York city under the name Make Music New York. And this year, to celebrate composer Philip Glass’s 75th birthday, one of the events will be a performance of a brand new choral arrangement of Glass' "The New Rule." That's going to be right smack in the middle of Times Square on Thursday, June 21st -- and you can join in! We talk with conductor Kent Tritle to find out more.

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Kimbra: Making Vows

Friday, June 15, 2012

Last summer, Kiwi singer-songwriter Kimbra showed up on the internet wearing only a coat of paint – alongside singer Gotye in the viral (and very artistic) video for his song “Somebody That I Used to Know.” Since then, she’s released her own debut album, called “Vows." In this edition of the Soundcheck podcast, she joins us with her band for an in-studio performance and interview.

Watch Kimbra perform her song "Settle Down" live in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Group of Death

Thursday, June 14, 2012

When it comes to band names, host John Schaefer thinks "there’s a fine line between Creative Thinking and Desperate Disaster." Personally, he's all for "The Group of Death." But we want to hear what you think - what's an unusual band name that you think either rocks - or deserves to die a quick death? 

Mimi Stillman: Flute Odyssey

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Flutist Mimi Stillman performs modern works from her latest album, “Odyssey,” accompanied by pianist Charles Abramovic. Plus, we ask the classically trained artist to rate some flute jams unfamiliar to her ears – from Jethro Tull to The Polyphonic Spree.

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Soundcheck Workshop

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Read up more about what we're doing in the Workshop. And, stay tuned for tomorrow's podcast with contemporary classical flutist Mimi Stillman. She plays live - and we spin a few rock flute jams for her to weigh in on. You'll want to weigh in too!

Soundcheck Workshop

Monday, June 11, 2012

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Tony Tony Tonys

Friday, June 08, 2012

The Tony Awards are coming up this weekend! Today on the podcast, we present the Tony-nominated performers and artists who visited our studios over the last months. Listen to live performances from: the cast of Once, Nice Work if You Can Get It lead Kelli O'Hara, The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess stars Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis...and a conversation with Newsies songwriter and composer Alan Menkin.

Patti Smith On The Making Of 'Banga'

Thursday, June 07, 2012

The poet, author and songwriter Patti Smith just released her first album of new material since 2004 - it's called Banga. She dropped by our studio to talk about the making of the album. Plus, she tells us about appearing in Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme...and we find out what she gave Johnny Depp for his birthday this year.

Soundcheck (New!): Ziggy Stardust at 40

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Today marks the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. In this new edition of the Soundcheck Podcast, John Schaefer reflects on Bowie's influential concept album, first released in 1972. (Psst! You can head over to NME to listen to a stream of the album in all its remastered glory.)

Today in Soundcheck History: June 5

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Last week, we heard about the latest entries into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress. Included were a 124 year old recording from Thomas Edison, Love's 1967 album "Forever Changes", and "Purple Rain" from Prince. In our latest installment of "Today in Soundcheck History" we dig into our archives to bring you a look back at the Purple One and his popular (and popularly controversial) album. Plus, a performance from guitarist Gyan Riley, son of composer Terry Riley.

Today in Soundcheck History: June 4

Monday, June 04, 2012

As you've probably heard by now, we're taking a short hiatus from the airwaves - to return after Labor Day in a new evening timeslot. So, what are we up to? We're busy in the Soundcheck Workshop, building a better show. We're also diving into 10 years worth of archives to bring you a podcast we're calling "Today in Soundcheck History." And, be sure to check back for brand new interviews and reviews too, throughout the summer.

Today, we're revisiting a fun, and funny conversation about actors crossing over into pop music with Billboard editor Joe Levy. And, a performance from the British art-punk band Art Brut. They'd just released the 2009 album "Art Brut Vs Satan."

Summer Music Resolutions

Friday, June 01, 2012

The weather’s getting warmer, birds are singing - time to seize the day and break out that old French horn you haven’t played since high school. On our last show before our Summer Workshop begins, John Schaefer asks you to commit to a summer music resolution, whether it’s picking up a new instrument, seeing a great concert, or getting through that music documentary you’ve been meaning to watch. Plus: The London-based band Micachu and the Shapes performs live.