In this episode: Soundcheck's Players On Players continues with songwriter Erin McKeown and Domonique Foxworth, a former Baltimore Raven, current president of the NFL Players Association, and future student at Harvard Business School.
Plus, the acclaimed and well-traveled jazz bassist (and occasional Soundcheck guest host) Christian McBride performs in the Soundcheck studio with his new trio comprised of two young guns of jazz, pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.
And producer Gretta Cohn talks with Soundgarden bassist Ben Shepherd about his new solo record, which you can stream all this week in our Check Ahead.
In this episode: Acclaimed British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys gives a taste of its new album AM with an acoustic performance in the Soundcheck studio.
Then, a new experiment straight from the Soundcheck test kitchen: Players On Players, in which we introduce a professional musician with a professional athlete and get them talking about the intersections of sports and music. In this initial segment, songwriter Erin McKeown chats with football player Wade Davis.
And, Eliot Van Buskirk, of Evolver.fm tooks at the uphill battle for Pono, the new high-quality music system developed by Neil Young.
A new book called “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work" offers a glimpse into the mundane daily lives of some of the world's most productive and creative people, from Mozart to John Updike to Maya Angelou. Author Mason Currey shares some of the habits held by musicians and composers -- from drug use to rigid writing timetables -- and guest host (and singer-songwriter) Erin McKeown talks about her own creative schedule.
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In this episode: Guest host and musician Erin McKeown discusses the daily routines and schedules of artists like George Gershwin, Steve Reich, Gertrude Stein and Ludwig van Beethoven with author Mason Currey, whose new book is called "Daily Rituals: How Artists Work."
Plus: Writer and so-called "Sabbathologist" Steve Smith gives Erin McKeown a lesson in Black Sabbath 101, after the band's new album 13 was the number one album in the country last week.
And: The Handsome Family -- led by the husband and wife duo of Brett and Rennie Sparks -- have been making their idiosyncratic Americana for more than twenty years. The band visits us in the studio to play songs from their latest album, called Wilderness.
Erin McKeown reflects on the connections we have with venues: Whether its a baseball stadium, a theater, an arena or a rock club, venues transcend the sports and music they house.
In this episode: In 2010, Cecile McLorin Salvant won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. She joins us to sing a few songs from her new album, Woman Child.
Plus: The lives of athletes have become the raw material for new plays, musicals, and operas. Time Out New York's David Cote talks with guest host, songwriter Erin McKeown, about sports on stage, including — no joke — a musical adaptation of the classic boxing movie Rocky.
Cécile McLorin Salvant dazzled judges at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist competition in 2010. Now, three years later, she's released her debut solo album, called WomanChild. It's a carefully chosen yet effortlessly humorous collection that includes a few standards, a few of her own compositions, and lots of relatively uncovered gems from the 20th century.
Cécile joins us in the studio to perform live and to talk with guest host Erin McKeown about her passion for digging up weird and wonderful jazz.
Just in time for the Stanley Cup finals, musician Erin McKeown chats with the hockey-themed band The Zambonis about why she should get into the sport.
Musician Erin McKeown has been delving into musical theater for a new project and dreams up a few sports-related shows she'd love to see.
Musician Erin McKeown talks with former NFL offensive lineman Brian Barthelmes, now a the frontman for indie folk band Tallahassee.
A few nights ago, my friend Susan Werner began her show in Franklin, Mass. in an unusual way. Werner, a crafty singer-songwriter and genius multi-instrumentalist, donned her old, beat-up Red Sox hat (despite being from Chicago by way of Iowa), sat down silently at the piano, and tenderly plucked out the melody to Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline." Whether they were sports fans or not -- though by osmosis, heredity, and peer pressure most folks in the Boston metro area are -- the audience immediately recognized the song and sang the rest of the words as Werner simply grinned. It was a lovely moment of catharsis after a week that had left even the most stoic or cynical person weary.
I too have found myself looking for some similar kind of antidote to the strained voices of my local broadcasters, the cable outlets all jockeying for scoops, and the breakneck true-false-true rumor mill of own Twitter feed. So I spent the weekend recording, sitting in with my friend songwriter-cellist Ben Sollee, performing at my local shop for Record Store Day, and joining Susan onstage for the rest of her show. I was reminded of how music is such a lovely counterweight to panic and anxiety.
While music offers a certain type of emotional solace and respite after public tragedy, sports is also often pointed to as a place of “healing” -- a word used far too often for my taste when describing the experience of going to a game. Healing takes time, healing is personal, healing lasts longer than an anthem sung together. Or the generous gesture of a front page to an out of town sports section. Or a surprise visit to Fenway park by Neil Diamond to perform his “Sweet Caroline.”
Musician Erin McKeown reflects on how, compared to digital music listening services, watching sports online is way behind the curve.
Singer-songwriter Erin McKeown reflects on the intersecting worlds of music and sports fandom.
Erin McKeown talks about everything from digital rights management to the upcoming Superbowl -- and, we hear her perform live in our studio.
Folk-rock singer-songwriter and recent Harvard University fellow Erin McKeown returns with a new, politically charged album called Manifestra – she performs some of it live in our studio. Then, she talks with John Schaefer about one of her other big passions: sports.
Plus, we get a glimpse into the life of vaudeville actress and singer Eva Tanguay -- a flamboyant entertainer who was one of the biggest stars of her time. We're joined by the writer Andrew Erdman, whose new book is called Queen of Vaudeville: The Story of Eva Tanguay. And, musicians Bree Benton and Franklin Bruno perform some of Tanguay's hit songs live in our studio.