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Bad Band Names; Apple Eyes Beats Music; Gabriel Kahane Plays Live

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Gabriel Kahane's latest album, The Ambassador, is out June 3. Gabriel Kahane's latest album, The Ambassador, is out June 3. (Josh Goleman/Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: Dan Ozzi, the editor for VICE’s music site, Noisey, talks about his article “How To Ruin Your Band Name;” -- and argues that he shouldn’t have to know the secret history behind a name like SUNN O))) in order to pronounce it.

Then: Last week, it was widely reported that Apple -- the home of iPads, iPhones, and iTunes -- might soon have a new product line under its wing: Beats Electronics, the company known for its Beats by Dre headphones and Beats Music subscription music service. Soundcheck speaks with The New York Times' arts reporter Ben Sisario about the implications of this historic deal. 

And: For his latest album, The Ambassador, Gabriel Kahane turns toward a place that his family has sometimes called home, Los Angeles. Watch the pianist and composer plays some of his L.A.-centric chamber pop songs live in the Soundcheck studio.


Gabriel Kahane, Dan Ozzi and Ben Sisario

How To Ruin Your Band Name

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Apple Could Soon Be The New Owner Of Beats Electronics

There's a hotly debated acquisition reportedly underway in the music world: Apple -- the home of iPads, iPhones, and iTunes -- might soon be the new owner of Beats Electronics. The co...

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Ásgeir: A Vibrant Icelandic Voice

After Ásgeir released his album, In The Silence, in his homeland in 2012, it became the fastest-selling debut ever in Iceland -- surpassing fellow Icelandic stars Bjork and Sigur Rós....


Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert, and Stefan Pfaffe of Kraftwerk perform during the Kraftwerk - Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, Autobahn (1974) at The Museum of Modern Art on April 10, 2012.

Gone But Not Forgotten: Ten Early Electronic Music Classics

An especially retro-leaning song from Los Angeles-based electronic duo Room8 has Soundcheck host John Schaefer thinking that the sounds of the 1970s and '80s are having a new moment.

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Original Wailer Aston 'Family Man' Barrett (third from right) carries on a reggae tradition

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Bob Marley's reggae ambassadors play at Brooklyn Bowl. Listen to "Jamming."


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Ross CMR from Portland

I’ve never really been a fan of the composer style music but Gabriel Kahane is an exception for me. His music speaks to my soul. Plus i love how every song on his new album corrosponds to an actuall area in LA like this track

Jun. 13 2014 05:15 PM
Kelsey Miller

Love that you guys included Gabriel Kahane in this! He's one of my new favorite artists. So obsessed with the fact each song on his new album is inspired by a building in Los Angeles. Buying "The Ambassador" is the first item on my to-do list on June 10!

May. 20 2014 10:21 PM

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