With John Schaefer on vacation this week, Soundcheck is turning to special guests to fill the host chair and revisiting some of our favorite interviews and studio performances.
In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his recent karaoke-themed memoir called Turn Around Bright Eyes – and about his favorite karaoke jams, do’s and don’ts in the karaoke booth, and karaoke’s meteoric U.S. rise from obscure Japanese hobby to mainstream American entertainment.
Plus, the Soundcheck staff shares some of their karaoke hits and misses – from Temple of the Dog to Whitney – and asks listeners to do the same.
And: Synth-pop ensemble Future Bible Heroes recently put out Partygoing, its first full-length album since 2002’s Eternal Youth. Anchored by vocalist and lyricist Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, the group performs in the Soundcheck studio.
Hear synth-pop band Future Bible Heroes -- led by vocalist and lyricist Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields, Boston-based DJ Chris Ewen and Magnetic Fields member Claudia Gonson -- perform live in the Soundcheck studio.
In this episode: Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield talks about his new karaoke-themed memoir, Turn Around Bright Eyes.
Then, members of the Soundcheck staff share some karaoke hits and misses, and ask listeners to do the same.
And synth pop group Future Bible Heroes -- anchored by Magnetic Fields members Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson, and electronic musician Chris Ewen -- drop by the Soundcheck studio to perform songs from its first full-length album since 2002, Partygoing.
The Magnetic Fields songwriter delivers and eerie and playful version of "Old Shanghai" from Beck's Song Reader project.
Beck Hansen just put out his latest release last week, except it's not a new album. It's not even a recording. Instead, this new project comes in the form of an old-fashioned songbook filled with sheet music, titled Beck Hansen's Song Reader. Hansen joins us along with Stephin Merritt from the Magnetic Fields to perform a song from the project and take your questions.