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.
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.
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.
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: