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A Forgotten Album Rediscovered, British Soul In The Studio

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lianne La Havas performs live in the Soundcheck studio. Lianne La Havas performs live in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif/WNYC)

Tonight on Soundcheck, Billboard magazine's Joe Levy attempts to walk us through the knotty details of Universal's acquisition of EMI last week. Then, a look back on a forgotten album of the 1970s that's now having somewhat of a comeback.

And British soul singer Lianne La Havas performs songs from her Mercury Prize-nominated album Is Your Love Big Enough? in the studio.


Steven Kurutz and Lianne La Havas


Joe Levy

Revisiting A '70s Teen 'Dream'

In 1979, teenage musician Donnie Emerson and his brother, Joe, recorded an album called Dreamin' Wild in a home studio built on their family's farm in Washington State. John talks with Emerson and New York Times reporter Steven Kurutz about an obscure gem that was recently reissued. 


UMG, EMI... Oh My!

Last week, the number of major record labels dropped from four to three. News spread on Friday that Universal Music Group (UMG) received approval from industry regulators to take over EMI Music, home to acts like Coldplay and David Guetta, and the Beatles catalogue. Billboard editor Joe Levy joins us to explain what's happened, and what it means for you.

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Lianne La Havas: A Young Voice With Old Soul

British soul singer Lianne La Havas performs songs off her critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize-nominated debut Is Your Love Big Enough? Plus, she tells us about meeting some of her new fans, including Prince and Stevie Wonder.

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Thinning The Crates And Hitting The Road

Moving cross country can be a romantic thing: wide-open spaces, and America seen through the window. But deciding what to pack and what to abandon in the move can be painful, especially when it comes to your record collection. 


Gig Alert: Matthew Silberman

New York-based saxophonist and composer Matthew Silberman plays a record release party at ShapeShifter Lab Tuesday night. Download the new song "The Battle At Dawn."


Check Ahead: Rupa And The April Fishes, 'BUILD'

San Francisco-based band Rupa And The April Fishes is led by singer-songwriter and practicing physician Rupa Marya, who sings in a multitude of languages -- from Hindi to Tzotzil to French. But on the group's new album, BUILD, the prevailing language is one of social change. We bring you an exclusive full-album stream through October 2nd.