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Stream Soundcheck's Favorite Songs Of 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

WNYC
In case you're tired of holiday staples, team Soundcheck has compiled our favorite songs of 2014 -- from soulful live performances to the gems you might've missed.
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The Year's Best Music

Monday, December 15, 2014

WNYC
From a scorching breakthrough performance on Letterman to the Scandinavian explosion, Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares his favorite musical moments of 2014.
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The Only 'Silent Nights' You Need

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Silent Night" is not just a great Christmas song. It's a great song. Period. Here are the five best versions of the most-recorded holiday tune of all time.
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Ty Segall's New 'Mr. Face' EP Doubles As 3D Glasses

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Prolific garage-rocker, Ty Segall is at it again with announcement of new EP 'Mr. Face' out January 13. 
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'Shaken Up Versions' Offers A Chaotic Last Credence From The Knife

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Knife's mini-album, Shaken Up Versions, collects reinterpreted songs from the band's final live performances. 
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Young Fathers: The Surprise Winners Of The Mercury Prize Offer A Surprise Track

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The surprise winners of the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Prize offer a surprise track that may or may not hint at the sound of new music to come.
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Behold! A Holiday Buyer's Guide For Music Lovers

Friday, November 28, 2014

We've got a metal band's boxed wine for grandma, a meow-mixed hip-hop album for the kids and a bath mat that is so fresh and so clean.
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Avoid Black Friday's Mad Rush, Go Visit Your Local Record Store Instead

Thursday, November 27, 2014

If you're unwilling to line up with the mobs in the bitter cold, or get clawed in the face over a giant TV on Black Friday, maybe it’s a good time to visit your local record store.
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A Thanksgiving Playlist Filled With Feuding Families!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Music to soothe your fighting family when they're together, by fighting families who played music together.
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Are These the Best Album Covers of All Time?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

For many rock music fans in the '70s, the design team known as Hipgnosis were the pinnacle of album cover art. Has anyone since ever come close?
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Body Cheetah's Minimalistic Trip-Hop Conjures Otherworldly Realities

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Body Cheetah's songs always begin with a beautiful melody. Then they stumble into dissonance, creating something far more innovative and strange. Hear "Than You Should Know."
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Lil B's Insane MIT Lecture As Explained By His Musical Oeuvre

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

We paired quotes from rapper Lil B's lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Friday with lyrics from his own music videos.  
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Roxane Gay: The Bad Feminist's Guide to Enjoying Hip Hop

Friday, November 21, 2014

From dissecting "Blurred Lines" to finding modern-day poets who still insist on casually using the term "bitch," essayist Roxane Gay talks about where she draws the line.
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Esmé Patterson Explains Why 'Caroline' Cut Her Hair With 'The Glow'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

A new video from the Denver singer-songwriter's latest album, Woman To Woman, responds to The Beach Boys' classic song "Caroline, No." 
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Emmy The Great Lives Up To Her Name With 'Swimming Pool'

Thursday, November 20, 2014

In January, Emmy The Great is set to release an EP simple titled S. But why wait til 2015, when you can watch the video for her new single, "Swimming Pool."
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High Ends' Woozy And 'Intoxicated' Animated World

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vancouver songwriter Jeffrey Innes presents brightly colored stop-motion music video that suits the had-one-too-many pop song.
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Sugarhill Gang's Big Bank Hank Cooked Up The Sound Of East Coast Rap

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Henry Jackson, better know as Big Bank Hank, died Tuesday. Soundcheck's John Schaefer reflects on the lasting influence of Hank's voice and the classic track "Rapper's Delight."
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Electric Youth's 'Runaway' Captures The Cinematic Feeling Of Young Love

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Best known for its song "A Real Hero" from the 2011 film, Drive, the L.A. and Toronto-based synth duo performs its aching love song "Runaway" live.
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Pink Floyd Makes History With Final Album

Monday, November 10, 2014

The prog rock band's first studio album in 20 years -- widely understood to be its last -- is the most pre-ordered record in Amazon UK's history.
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Check Ahead: Bryan Ferry, 'Avonmore'

Sunday, November 09, 2014

The Roxy Music singer channels his classic work while still sounding fresh. Ferry's sound remains full, clear and direct, with layers of instruments shifting in and out of focus.
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