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The (Crappy) Week In Review

Friday, October 07, 2011

Neither of this week's big stories was a happy one.

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A musical playoff

Monday, October 03, 2011

John Schaefer says Detroit is capable of springing an upset.  But where?

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'Measuring Time' Picks: Bragg, Turturro, Botstein and Farris

Friday, September 09, 2011

Some recent Soundcheck guests gave us their picks for WNYC's Measuring Time: Music for 9/11 project. We asked them: "What would you want to hear on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001?"

Billy Bragg picked the Bruce Springsteen album, "The Rising." Conductor Leon Botstein chose the works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. Violinist Ralph Farris from the string quartet Ethel sent us his arrangement of the National Anthem. And actor John Turturro chose a Frank Sinatra classic, "In the Wee Small Hours."

Click above to listen to each of them explain their picks.

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John Schaefer's Road Trip Playlist

Friday, September 02, 2011

5 songs for your end-of-summer road trip

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Why I Didn't Want To Do This Segment

Thursday, August 25, 2011

John Schaefer wishes he didn't have to listen to the start of today's show.

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The Real Music Man

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs is not a musician, or a record producer, or a composer. But he has profoundly changed the way we hear music, the way music is produced, the way music is marketed. The pro...
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Music 101 with Professor B Bunny

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Everything John Schaefer knows about music he learned through cartoons.  Almost. 

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Ten Disney Moments

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Disney films often centered around music - to great effect.

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John Schaefer on Tunes for Toons

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cartoon music is some of the earliest music we hear.

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A Werewolf's Playlist

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stephen Coates really got into this Last Werewolf project.  Maybe a little too into it.  Taking Glen Duncan’s novel of the same name as his inspiration, he’s created not only one of my favorite records this year but also a playlist of werewolf songs.  Now, Soundcheck listeners may remember that we did a “Soundcheck Smackdown” on who has the better songs, vampires or zombies.  Read the listener comments, still posted on the webpage, to see some of the great and not-so-great songs inspired by the various flavors of Undead.  Note too, that even though they were not part of the debate, werewolves got a little love occasionally.  Now, with the full moon having just passed, it seems safe to unveil Stephen Coates’s list of 30 great werewolf songs, plus 1 poem. 

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Amy Winehouse's Legacy: Tragically Incomplete

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse's death leaves us with a legacy of music that is tragically incomplete, and a legacy of self-destructive behavior that is now both tragically complete, and all too fam...
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Who Is David Bowie?

Monday, July 18, 2011

John Schaefer on the pitfalls of Bowie biographers

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TV theme songs - a missed opportunity

Friday, July 15, 2011

John Schaefer wonders where all the TV theme songs have gone.

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When Covers Rule

Monday, July 11, 2011

John Schaefer wrestles with a list of truly original covers

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The Case for Live Music

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Concert-going can be work - but worth it.

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Clarence Clemons, the Big Man

Monday, June 20, 2011

Remembering The Big Man - and one little photo

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Clarence Clemons Remembered

Sunday, June 19, 2011

E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons died Saturday at age 69. Soundcheck wants to hear your memories of "The Big Man." Leave a voicemail on our toll-free listener line: 1-800-543-2543. Or post a comment below. We might include your tribute, story, etc. on an upcoming show.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One solution to the ticket inflation problem...

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The Weirdest Hit Ever?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bohemian Rhapsody went from unintelligible to just plain weird.

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Discover Your Summer Jam 2011 with Soundcheck

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

It's June, which means it's time to find your summer jam! Soundcheck is making it easy on you -- we're putting on a show featuring four fresh voices of hip hop. Join us for a live taping on Thursday June 9th, at 8pm. You'll hear sets from The Freeze Tag, Nitty Scott MC, Homeboy Sandman and Blitz the Ambassador. Tickets available here - and include one drink, on us! Read on for the line-up:

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