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Spooky Songs, Italian Hip Hop From Jovanotti, And New Tunes For Boomers

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Jack O Lanterns. (lobo235/flickr)

Today on Soundcheck, KCRW's Anne Litt shares some creepy and unexpected songs just in time for Halloween. 

Then, blogger Val Haller talks about Val's List, her Web site that matches up yesterday's vintage sounds with buzz-worthy bands of today.

And hip hop in the Soundcheck studio from Italian superstar Jovanotti.

Jovanotti: A Euro Superstar Makes His U.S. Debut

The name Jovanotti might not mean much to Americans. But the Tuscan artist has been putting out best-selling albums overseas since the late 1980s -- including his 2011 record Ora, which premiered at the top of the Italian charts. Jovanotti recently released his first-ever album in the United States, a career-spanning record titled Italia: 1988-2012. The Italian superstar joined us in the Soundcheck studio to talk about falling in love with early American hip hop and thinking like a cook rather than a musician -- plus, he performed live.

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Boomers, Meet Buzzworthy

Midwestern blogger Val Haller tells us about matching up yesterday's vintage sounds with buzzworthy bands of today for The New York Times' Booming column. 

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A Surprising And Spooky Halloween Playlist

Halloween is around the corner and when we think of Halloween songs, we tend to think of classics like Bobby Boris Pickett's "Monster Mash." But, KCRW DJ and Soundcheck regular Anne Litt has something different in mind -- a playlist of surprising and spooky songs.


Gig Alert: He's My Brother She's My Sister

He's My Brother She's My Sister plays at Mercury Lounge Wednesday night. Download "Electric Love."