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Lemony Snicket, Sinkane, And The Music Of James Bond

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Skyfall. Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in Skyfall.

Today on Soundcheck: With the new James Bond film Skyfall set to hit theaters, film historian Jon Burlingame, whose new book is called The Music of James Bond, joins us to look at fifty years of spy music.

Then, one of CMJ's most talked about artists, Sinkane brings his electronic-infused Afropop to the Soundcheck studio to perform songs from his debut Mars.

And mystery writer Daniel Handler -- also known as Lemony Snicket -- shares three songs inspired by his new book, Who Could That Be At This Hour?

Guests:

Jon Burlingame and Lemony Snicket

The Music Of James Bond, From 'Dr. No' To 'Skyfall'

Skyfall opens on November 9th -- and like every good James Bond movie, it has a killer theme song and soundtrack. Film historian Jon Burlingame, whose new book is called The Music of James Bond, joins us to look at fifty years of spy music.

 

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Sinkane: A West African Hero Meets East African Sound

If you happened to attend any of this year's CMJ Music Marathon in New York City, chances are you came across the name Sinkane. It's the project of guitarist and singer Ahmed Gallab -- who, in the past, has drummed for Of Montreal, Yeasayer and Caribou. The band played six CMJ shows in just three days, and then topped off an exhausting weekend with a release show for its debut album, Mars

The name "Sinkane" is inspired by Joseph Cinqué, a West African who was illegally enslaved in the mid-19th century and eventually led a slave revolt on the ship Amistad. As Gallab tells host John Schaefer, "Sinkane is a word that I misheard in a Kanye West lyric. I heard the song 'Never Let Me Down' on his first record, and J. Ivy, who's rapping, says, 'Give us, us free like Cinqué,' which I misheard as Sinkane. I created this idea of who Sinkane was in my mind."

Gallab, who was born in Sudan, combines his love of East African soul with his indie pop and dance-ready electronic grooves on Sinkane's debut album. He and his bandmates perform a live set in our studio. 

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Lemony Snicket's Very Noir Pick Three

Mystery writer Daniel Handler -- also known as Lemony Snicket – shares three songs inspired by his new book, called Who Could That Be At This Hour?

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Gig Alert: Zion I

Zion I plays Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday night. Download the track "Float."

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