Soundcheck staff and contributors share their favorite and least favorite albums, songs and more.
From a cringe-worthy "Roofie anthem" to an emerging Americana artist, NPR Music critic Ann Powers shares her answers to our 2012 Music Survey.
Soundcheck producers Gretta Cohn and Joel Meyer share some of their answers to the 2012 Music Survey -- and they nearly come to fisticuffs over K-pop star Psy and his megahit "Gangnam Style." Plus, they discuss some favorites of the year, from R&B singer Miguel, southern metal stalwarts Mastodon and more.
NPR Music critic Ann Powers joins us to look at what topped her her list in 2012, including one very sexy slow jam. Then, we turn the Soundcheck 2012 Music Survey on its head and asks music writers Maura Johnston and Chris Weingarten about the music that made them writhe in agony this year.
Jon Pareles' biggest musical surprise this year? "Geezer vitality." The New York Times music critic tells us, "I could have made a top ten list with people over 50. All these people who make albums now every 4, 5, 6, 7 years, came out with amazing albums." From Bob Dylan, to Bonnie Raitt, to Leonard Cohen, it was a big year for the AARP-eligible crowd.
Check out his entire music survey below, and listen to his conversation with host John Schaefer up top.
The New York Times pop music critic Jon Pareles tells us about some of his favorite records of the year and shares that his biggest musical disappointment of the year is that "Auto-Tune isn't over." Then, Washington Post classical music critic Anne Midgette shares her favorites from the past year, including a dancing orchestra.
The KCRW DJ looks back at 2012 -- and shares some memorable releases from dance music producer Deadmau5 to Welsh singer and songwriter Cate Le Bon.
The Billboard editor and Soundcheck regular gives us his take on the year in music, from Frank Ocean, to social media phenoms, and the long-running rock band called Wussy.
Billboard editor Joe Levy, hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy and KCRW DJ Anne Litt share their favorite albums, most memorable concerts, biggest musical disappointments and more. Spoiler alert: 2012 was a good year for Frank Ocean.
Hip hop journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy says 2012 was all about newcomers -- namely, the young rapper Kendrick Lamar, and R&B singers The Weeknd and Frank Ocean.
It's the most wonderful time of the year... because for the last few days, we've been listening back to the most memorable live sessions that were recorded in the Soundcheck studio in 2012. The competition was fierce this year -- but we think we've assembled two great shows.
Be sure to listen to yesterday's show here. Today, we hear from singer and pianist extraordinaire Regina Spektor, modern jazz/R&B/hip op pianist Robert Glasper, and breakout indie Afro-pop artist Sinkane.
It's the most wonderful time of the year... because for the next two days, we get to listen back to our very favorite, most-prized live sessions that were recorded in the Soundcheck studio in 2012. And let us tell you, the competition was fierce this year. It was really a struggle to select just a small handful of performances from the dozens that were submitted by our staff. However, we think we've put together two pretty darn good shows, and we can't wait to nostalgically listen back to these performances with all of the rest of you.
So put on your Snuggie®, make yourself a cup of cocoa, and turn those speakers up. Tonight, you'll hear music from someone who sang on one of the biggest hits of the year, a founding member of the Velvet Underground, a musician from Sierra Leone who's bringing Bubu music to Brooklyn, and much more.
Listen to the entire show up above, or check out each performance individually below.