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Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam; Summer Of '94 Quiz; San Fermin Plays At BAM

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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

San Fermin performs live for Soundcheck at Brooklyn's BAM Harvey Theater as part of RadioLoveFest. San Fermin performs live for Soundcheck at Brooklyn's BAM Harvey Theater as part of RadioLoveFest. (Richard Termine for WNYC/BAM)

In this episode: Russell Simmons is the entrepreneur and entertainment mogul who co-founded Def Jam Records among a plethora of other highly successful business ventures. It’s his first visit to our studio, but not to our address: 160 Varick Street was Def Jam’s home in the mid-1990s. Simmons shares some memories from those days and reflects on 30 years of Def Jam.

Then: Take a look and listen back 20 years, to the summer of 1994, with a short quiz recorded live at Soundcheck's event at the BAM Harvey Theater as part of RadioLoveFest in June.

And: Hear the exuberant chamber pop band San Fermin perform a high energy set at BAM from RadioLoveFest.

Guests:

San Fermin and Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons On 30 Years Of Def Jam

Back in the 1990s, the very building where WNYC Radio is located -- 160 Varick Street, in the so-called "Hudson Square" area of Manhattan -- was home to the offices of Def Jam Records. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Def Jam Records, the influential hip-hop label co-founded by Russell Simmons and his partner Rick Rubin. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Simmons reflects on those early years, and revisits his old Def Jam stomping grounds.

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San Fermin: Live At RadioLoveFest

Hear the exuberant chamber pop band play for Soundcheck at Brooklyn's BAM Harvey Theater.

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Some of us are still trying to figure out how Spike Jonze made Weezer's 'Happy Days' video for 'Buddy Holly.'

Summer '94: Where Were You, And What Were You Listening To?

All this month, Soundcheck is going to be looking and listening back to the summer of 1994. Members of the Soundcheck team reflect on what they were listening to 20 years ago.

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Foot-stomping string players perform at City Winery as part of the Hudson Square Music and Wine Fest. Download 'Night & Day.'

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