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Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared. Hosted by John Schaefer.

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Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared. Hosted by John Schaefer.

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Incredible

By bermudajune - Jan 09 2019
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The most interesting podcast on contemporary music.

The best music interview show ...

By Yoko134 - Oct 27 2014
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Soundcheck’s John Schaefer is one of the best interviewers in the business.

iTunes Ratings

94 Ratings
Average Ratings
68
15
3
3
5

Incredible

By bermudajune - Jan 09 2019
Read more
The most interesting podcast on contemporary music.

The best music interview show ...

By Yoko134 - Oct 27 2014
Read more
Soundcheck’s John Schaefer is one of the best interviewers in the business.
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Soundcheck

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Live performances and conversations in which artists talk about their work, their process, and themselves. Genre-blind but open-eared. Hosted by John Schaefer.

Rank #1: Bombay Bicycle Club Finds Solace in Music

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British guitar band Bombay Bicycle Club cites New York bands like LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs as inspiration. But since they signed to Island as teenagers more than a decade ago, they’ve run the gamut from indie-jangly-folky, then electro-based, and now growly yet melancholy guitar-based pop. Now back together after some time away, there is new hope in their riff-driven hooky sound, which is about finding solace in music. Bombay Bicycle Club joins us in the studio to preview songs from their forthcoming new record, Everything Else Has Gone Wrong. - Caryn Havlik

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Oct 24 2019

25mins

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Rank #2: American Troubadour Steve Earle Covers Texan Great Guy Clark

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Steve Earle has been many things – a Grammy-winning musician, a political activist, a writer, an actor. He’s also, a music fan. Specifically, he’s a fan of two late, great Texas songwriters, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. Ten years ago, he released an album called Townes, where he covered that singer’s work. Now it’s Guy Clark’s turn. Steve Earle and The Dukes have recorded a whole album of Clark’s songs – the record is called Guy, and it brings Steve Earle back to our studio.

Apr 15 2019

38mins

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Rank #3: Banjo Master Tony Trischka and Friends Celebrate the Winter Holidays

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Banjo master Tony Trischka and sacred harp tunester and multi-instrumentalist Tim Eriksen, with fiddler Hannah Read, mandolinist Dominick Leslie, bassist Larry Cook, and drummer Sean Trischka play seasonal tunes turned loose on Bluegrass and Americana. Trischka and Eriksen and crew revel in little-known songs and carols, working in the haunting sound of shape note music that might date back to the Revolutionary era. Tony Trischka and friends play a few of these tunes, in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Dec 23 2019

27mins

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Rank #4: Black Violin Challenges Stereotypes With "Classical Boom" Sound

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From J.S. Bach to Biggie Smalls, Shostakovich to Nas, and the odd Tchaikovsky or Imagine Dragons, the classical-meets-hip-hop duo Black Violin continually challenges stereotypes with their music. Composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus, Black Violin combines musical ingredients of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical to create a distinctive sound that is described in their press as “classical boom.”

Black Violin's Wil and Kev also connect with more than 100,000 students throughout the year as TurnAround Artists, part of a national education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They are championing accessible music education through student engagement and public performances, with the aim of inspiring kids to pursue careers in the arts. 

Black Violin plays music from their latest, Take The Stairs, in-studio.

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Dec 19 2019

35mins

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Rank #5: Nick Waterhouse Wants to Make You Boogie

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With his heavy horn section, electric backing vocals and a crack band, California soulful rocker Nick Waterhouse serves up a neo-noir concoction of modern rhythm and blues with surf-rock. Inspired by crate-digging in record stores for 45’s, Waterhouse has embraced the mid-century sound and is looking to make folks boogie. He and his retro-modern band play songs in-studio from his latest record, his fourth, a self-titled affair, Nick Waterhouse.   - Caryn Havlik

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May 23 2019

31mins

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Rank #6: The Simple Beauty of Devendra Banhart's Poignant Songs

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The folk songwriter, visual artist, and poet Devendra Banhart offers tenderness, introspection, and space in music, poetry, and art. Part Dylan, part Dalí, Devendra Banhart’s so-called psych-folk, (or “freak folk”) comes with what might be fantastical or surreal lyrics rooted in voice and guitar -and humble appeals to help Venezuela- the country of his mother. In fact, in naming his latest record, Ma, he addresses “the unconditional nature of maternal love, the desire to nurture, the passing down of wisdom, the longing to establish the relationship of mother to child, and the consequences of that bond being broken.” (Nonesuch Records) He also embraces “Ma” (間) as a Japanese word which might be translated as "the silence between the notes which make the music” or an “emptiness full of possibilities.” Devendra Banhart joins us to play music from Ma, in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Sep 23 2019

32mins

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Rank #7: Folk-Rocker Frank Turner Shares Lesser-Known Stories in Songs

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The English singer-songwriter Frank Turner who was once a vocalist for hardcore band Million Dead – has become a folk-punk troubadour, spinning jangly songs with punk intensity that often respond to social and political situations. Frank’s latest record, No Man’s Land, is a collection of songs about overlooked historical figures – Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Christa McAuliffe, "Nica" Rothschild - many of whom happen to women. He joins us to play a solo set in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Oct 28 2019

37mins

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Rank #8: Baroque-Pop and Folk-Leaning Songs From Henry Jamison

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It would be easy to label the Vermont-based singer/songwriter Henry Jamison as a folk musician. After all, his voice sounds a little like Nick Drake, and he’s covered a song by Canadian folkie Gordon Lightfoot.  His songs are full of vivid and arresting imagery, and on this record, Gloria Duplex, he addresses toxic masculinity, drops in some feminine wisdom, draws on an Irish folk ballad, and distills psychological writings. The record was produced by Thomas Bartlett, aka “Doveman”, and contains bits and bytes of unexpected electronica that give way to sweet, anthemic, and richly textured baroque pop that hearkens to the 1960’s. Henry Jamison and his band play some of these songs, in-studio.

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    Gloria
    True North
    Reading Days

Jun 13 2019

31mins

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Rank #9: Cosmo Sheldrake's Eccentric, Strangely Alluring Pop

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London composer Cosmo Sheldrake is also a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He’s got a knack for refreshingly playful and whimsical pop music that often incorporates natural sounds. On his latest record, The Much Much How How and I, the music gyres and gimbles like circus music meets forest-dwelling faeries in the wabe. There’s also a clever interplay of frolicking rhythms which perhaps reflects Sheldrake's work with young people. Cosmo Sheldrake performs some of his latest music in-studio. -Caryn Havlik

Aug 12 2019

31mins

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Rank #10: A-WA's Timeless Yemeni-Jewish Traditional Songs Meet Arabic Pop

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The Israeli band called A-WA had a huge hit on its very first attempt when their song "Habib Galbi" (“Love of My Heart”) – which blended traditional Yemenite folk music with modern dance beats – became the first Arabic-language song to ever become the #1 song in Israel. It was also a viral hit throughout the Arabic-speaking world. Even Pitbull got into the act, featuring on a remix of the song.  A-WA is led by a trio of sisters from a Yemeni Jewish family who sing in Arabic and English. Their most recent album Bayti Fi Rasi, is Yemenite traditional music mixed with hip-hop, reggae, and electronic music is called and they’re here to play some of it for us, in-studio. - John Schaefer

Jul 10 2019

29mins

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Rank #11: Australian Bass Virtuoso Tal Wilkenfeld Shines a Light

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Australian-born Tal Wilkenfeld has made her sizable reputation by playing bass for some of the music world’s biggest stars – Prince, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, the Allman Brothers. In March she released her first album of her own singing and songwriting, Love Remains, and perhaps unsurprisingly, it went right to the top of Billboard’s Heatseekers chart. Tal Wilkenfeld joins us in-studio with her band to play some of these tunes in-studio.

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    Killing Me
    Love Remains
    Corner Painter

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Jun 17 2019

29mins

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Rank #12: Saying What Must Be Said, The Oddysy Combines Funk, Bass, Beats, And Samples

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The Oddysy is a funk/rock/hip hop duo comprised of KJ (Kevin Jacoby, formerly of the psychedelic salsa band La Mecanica Popular) and DJ Johnny Juice, a Rock N Roll Hall of Famer best known for his work with Public Enemy and Rob Swift. They’ve got a lot to say about frustration and anger, protest and resistance. Recently, they released music dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., and his refusal to meet violence with violence, featuring a verse by the hip hop legend Chuck D, of Public Enemy. The Oddysy brings the sounds of Golden Age hip hop scratching and sampling over a classic funk groove to preview their new record, in-studio.  

Bang Bang ft. Chuck D by The Oddysy

Jun 10 2019

32mins

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Rank #13: New Chamber Music by Kinan Azmeh and The Knights

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The flexible chamber collective, The Knights, together with the groundbreaking Syrian clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh play Azmeh’s Concertino Grosso, commissioned in part by Carnegie Hall's 125 Commissions Project. It’s a work that allows for maximum freedom and flexibility in the approach to the score, as well as chances for solo sections. Also, The Knights perform a short work by Antonio Vivaldi – one of his “most personal and searching musical statements”, according to Colin Jacobsen’s program notes for the piece. - Caryn Havlik  

Apr 22 2019

37mins

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Rank #14: The Eels Tear Things Apart To Find the Beauty Inside

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Through his band the Eels, singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett has drawn on the tragedy and turmoil in his life and counters it with humor and hope. He is the son of a quantum physicist who developed the Many Worlds Theory, who now has a son himself. Eels’ latest, The Deconstruction, brings the feelings with a bit of wry optimism, and plenty of reflecting. It brings Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, to the studio to play some stripped-down versions of his songs and perhaps tell tales of the world around him and how he balances all that with tour and family and being kind. -Caryn Havlik

"There are times you have to tear something apart to find something beautiful inside." -E, EELS guy

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May 13 2019

26mins

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Rank #15: Quantic's Dancefloor-Ready Jazzy Grooves

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British producer, musician, and DJ Quantic (aka Will Holland) builds up jazzy, groovy, and dancefloor-ready music around funk guitar and bass riffs, keyboards and synths, punchy drums, sometimes featuring a vocalist, sometimes not. Sometimes he’ll explore traditions from somewhere else: Caribbean, Latin America and Africa, or from other times: psychedelia, experimental and rhythmically rich sounds of deep funk and soul. His latest is called, ‘Atlantic Oscillations’ and Quantic has hand-picked musicians to play some of those tunes, in-studio. 

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Jul 18 2019

35mins

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Rank #16: Ani Cordero's Protest Music for Dancing

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New York-based Puerto Rican musician, songwriter, and activist Ani Cordero has toured as the drummer for the legendary Os Mutantes, and was a founding member of the celebrated Mexican rock band Pistolera. She's written love letters to a complicated world, addressing issues like immigration, Black Lives Matter, Feminism, and government corruption. Her latest record, El Machete, goes into subjects like colonialism, feminism, and the harsh reality of life in Puerto Rico after the devastation of Hurricane Maria. It's serious, but it’s also fun, as a lot of these political and issue-based songs ride along on a dance beat. Ani Cordero and her band play some of these songs, in-studio.

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    Pan Pan
    Pa Poder Vivir
    Yo No Vine a Jugar

Oct 21 2019

29mins

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Rank #17: Modern-Day Troubadour Pete Yorn's Jangly-Pop

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Multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter Pete Yorn’s latest record of anthemic, lyrical jangle pop is called Caretakers. It’s also the first release on his own new label, Shelly Music. The New Jersey native joins us in-studio to play some of these tunes in a solo acoustic setting. - Caryn Havlik

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Aug 26 2019

31mins

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Rank #18: Nordic Klezmer Band Mames Babegenush Jazzes It Up

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Danish outfit Mames Babegenush cooks up a Nordic-Jewish-Balkan musical stew both manic and melancholy. Their tunes embrace the ambience of Nordic snowscapes as well as the lively weddings of Romania, all the while incorporating the vibrant dance music and klezmer traditions of eastern Europe. Since their formation some 15 years ago, the group has performed everything from electronic music to string quartets to opera. Mames Babegenush brings their rich blend of Balkan-Klezmer Jazz for dancing to the studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Sep 11 2019

33mins

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Ethio-Jazzer Meklit Invites Us Into Joy

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San Francisco-based Ethio-American singer, composer, songwriter and bandleader Meklit Hadero, is a TED Senior Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, and co-founder of the visionary pan-African Nile Project ensemble. With a sound that merges Addis Ababa, Los Angeles, New Orleans and San Francisco, Meklit’s approach as bandleader sees two percussionists, groovy sax and bass. Singing in both English and Amharic, she delivers Ethio-roots-jazz with a heavy dose of pop and soul that makes bodies move. Meklit and her band play in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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From her TED Talk, "The unexpected beauty of everyday sounds":

Jan 16 2020

32mins

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Les Amazones d’Afrique Team Up in Music and Power

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Les Amazones d’Afrique is a creative collective of women from West and Central Africa, formed in Mali in 2014. At their strongest, they are 16 multi-generational vocalists spanning Africa, Europe and Latin America. The music blends electronic sounds, African traditional sounds, reggae and hip-hop elements together with cool harmonies and grooves, and the Congotronix-style production of legendary producer Doctor L (aka Liam Farrell.)

Members of Les Amazones d’Afrique may come from many different countries, but face similar issues in their hometowns: violence against women and young girls, genital mutilation (or “cutting”), forced marriage, and gender equality. Using the ultimate force of music, they stand together for their rights. Les Amazones d’Afrique perform in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Jan 12 2020

29mins

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Gypsy Jazz Guitarist Stephane Wrembel's Hot Django-Inspired String-Swing

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French-born, NYC-based jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, a leading player and improviser in "gypsy jazz," has recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor, and famously wrote a theme song for a Woody Allen film, Midnight In Paris. The Gitane guitar company has even named a model after him. 

Wrembel honed his "gypsy jazz" skills in Roma campsites in the French countryside and has championed music of the brilliant Belgian-born Romani-French guitarist Django Reinhardt, hugely influential for his small ensemble works with the violinist Stephane Grappelli in the Hot Club all-string band in the 1930's. Guitarist Stephane Wrembel brings his small ensemble to perform impressions of Django Reinhardt tunes, and hopefullly Wrembel’s original compositions, in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

Set list:

    Tea For Two Apocalypse
    Dark Eyes (Les Yeux Noirs)

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Jan 09 2020

35mins

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Attacca Quartet Plays Caroline Shaw in the Greene Space

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The Attacca Quartet performs music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and chats about collaborating with a living composer, gardens, and Star Wars. The music and interview were recorded live in the Greene Space for the 10th anniversary marathon in April 2019. 

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    Entr’Acte
    Plan and Elevation
    Punctum
    Valencia

Jan 06 2020

42mins

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Party Horns and Drums of Red Baraat, From Brooklyn Bowl

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The group Red Baraat has become synonymous with a raucous good time, a celebratory mix of bhangra – the dance music of the Punjab region, New Orleans horns, go-go and a bit of hip-hop besides. They’re led by drummer-composer Sunny Jain, who plays the dhol, a traditional two-headed drum slung over the shoulder. A talented and energetic army of horns, guitar, and percussion instruments rounds out the lineup, wedding the bhangra roots of the dhol to a N’awlins brass funk ‘n’ street party. The band played a set for us at Brooklyn Bowl in June 2019 and it ruled. Enjoy. (-Caryn Havlik)

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    Mast Kalander Tunak Tunak Tun Shruggy Ji Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna Gaadi of Truth

Jan 02 2020

40mins

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Best of Soundcheck 2019, Part 2

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Hear some of the best performances from the Soundcheck Podcast series from 2019, including spacey folky confessional electro-pop by Helado Negro and new hooky pop from British guitar band Bombay Bicycle Club. Also, hear joyous folklore-infused electro-chamber music using Haitian women's voices, flute, and strings, from Nathalie Joachim & Spektral Quartet. Listen to “Worthy,” a mostly acoustic, yet powerful assurance from Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer India.Arie. Plus, sweaty cosmic funky arena dance jazz by London trio The Comet Is Coming

Dec 30 2019

29mins

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Best of Soundcheck 2019, Part 1

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Hear some of the best performances from the Soundcheck Podcast series from 2019, like the tropical psych-rock from NYC-based quartet Combo Chimbita and the slamming wordplay in work by London's Kate Tempest, a poet, rapper, and spoken word performer. There's also collaborative music from soul singer Emily King and chamber band yMusic. Then, Baltimore-based electronic duo Matmos share some of their sampled "audio gold" mines from the sounds of nothing but plastics. Plus hear the crafty chamber-jazz by drummer Allison Miller, and her all-star band, Boom Tic Boom.

Dec 26 2019

33mins

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Banjo Master Tony Trischka and Friends Celebrate the Winter Holidays

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Banjo master Tony Trischka and sacred harp tunester and multi-instrumentalist Tim Eriksen, with fiddler Hannah Read, mandolinist Dominick Leslie, bassist Larry Cook, and drummer Sean Trischka play seasonal tunes turned loose on Bluegrass and Americana. Trischka and Eriksen and crew revel in little-known songs and carols, working in the haunting sound of shape note music that might date back to the Revolutionary era. Tony Trischka and friends play a few of these tunes, in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Dec 23 2019

27mins

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Black Violin Challenges Stereotypes With "Classical Boom" Sound

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From J.S. Bach to Biggie Smalls, Shostakovich to Nas, and the odd Tchaikovsky or Imagine Dragons, the classical-meets-hip-hop duo Black Violin continually challenges stereotypes with their music. Composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil Baptiste and Kev Marcus, Black Violin combines musical ingredients of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and classical to create a distinctive sound that is described in their press as “classical boom.”

Black Violin's Wil and Kev also connect with more than 100,000 students throughout the year as TurnAround Artists, part of a national education program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. They are championing accessible music education through student engagement and public performances, with the aim of inspiring kids to pursue careers in the arts. 

Black Violin plays music from their latest, Take The Stairs, in-studio.

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Dec 19 2019

35mins

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Black Belt Eagle Scout Shares Community With Songs

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Black Belt Eagle Scout is the work of Oregon-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul, whose songs often draw on her Native American (specifically Swinomish) heritage. KP identifies as a radical indigenous queer feminist, and some of her lyrics touch on her being a water protector, connected to the land, and a womxn. Her latest record, At the Party With My Brown Friends, explores love, desire and friendship. Black Belt Eagle Scout and her band play some of these songs, in-studio.

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Dec 16 2019

30mins

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Guitarist Thurston Moore's Spirit Counsel, In-Studio

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During his four decades making music, Thurston Moore has been many things – guitarist, composer, improviser, collaborator, co-founder of the trailblazing rock band Sonic Youth. His new project might be his most ambitious yet.  It’s a 3-record set of expansive, guitar-driven sonic meditations called Spirit Counsel. Radical guitarist Thurston Moore and his co-conspirators present these altered states based in guitars, in-studio, and in tribute to some of the musicians and art that have influenced him (i.e. Alice Coltrane, and Glenn Branca.)

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Dec 12 2019

44mins

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Vintage and Modern Philly Soul From Son Little

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Son Little is a singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, born Aaron Earl Livingston to a preacher and a teacher in Los Angeles. He cites Stevie Wonder and Jimi Hendrix as heroes, and has collaborated with both The Roots and RJD2. Little's music blends a bit old Philly soul with R&B and classic rock. But Son Little isn’t rehashing earlier styles – he’s made something new and personal out of those familiar old elements. His third album, called Aloha, comes out at the end of January, but today Son Little is here, solo, to play some songs in-studio.

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Dec 09 2019

29mins

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Gloria Gaynor Gives 'Testimony' With Gospel-Roots Groove Music

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New Jersey-born and Grammy Award-winning superstar singer Gloria Gaynor might be best-known for her disco-era hits, but she has deep gospel roots and with her 2019 release, Testimony, she gives powerful voice to these roots. She cites as influences Blind Boys of Alabama, the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi and Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, and watching her brothers perform as a gospel quartet (Cross Rhythms Radio.)

While she had recorded a Christian music record to go with her 2013 book, We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song, it is just now in 2019 with Testimony, which was just nominated for a Grammy, that she partnered with producer Chris Stevens (TobyMac, Mandisa) to create a roots-gospel collection of songs. Blues-drenched and spiritual, there are soulful and brass-augmented originals that rely on Gaynor's songwriting interspersed with re-imagined versions of the classic "Amazing Grace" and "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," along with a funk-infused cover of Bob Dylan's "Man Of Peace." Gloria Gaynor sings some of these uplifting songs in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Dec 04 2019

28mins

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Robbie Robertson Leans In the Direction of Noir

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Canadian musician, film composer, and songwriter Robbie Robertson is probably best known as the lead guitarist in The Band. He’s written written a wide variety of music over the years, not just for The Band. On the release of both the score for The Irishman and his first solo record in years, Sinematic, Robertson talks us through several main events.

Dec 02 2019

35mins

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Jangle Rockers Real Estate, From Brooklyn Bowl

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Brooklyn rockers Real Estate (their home state is New Jersey) are a self-admitted “indie band that should become a jam band.” Their bright and jangly songs are laid-back, with tidy clean guitars and “unfussy” drums (The Quietus) that might evoke the sounds of R.E.M., Big Star or Teenage Fanclub, for some. There’s a new record coming in 2020, along with a tour, but this past June of 2019, Real Estate played a mighty set for New York Public Radio at Brooklyn Bowl. Here are some of their latest tunes, along with a few old favorites. – Caryn Havlik

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    Friday Saturday You November Talking Backwards

Nov 28 2019

26mins

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Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, In-Studio

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Grammy Award-winning drummer, producer, collaborator, and educator Terri Lyne Carrington is a drummer’s drummer whose laudable technique, creative choices, and tasteful flow speak to wide listening, and intense focus. Carrington is also the director of Berklee’s Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, working towards a vision of “jazz without patriarchy.” (NY Times)

She’s played with countless jazz luminaries over her career, and has gathered many more for her new band, Social Science; pianist Aaron Parks and guitarist Matthew Stevens, Morgan Guerin (bass & sax), Debo Ray (vocals) and Kassa Overall (MC/DJ.) Together, they confront a wide spectrum of social justice issues in original tunes on their double album, Waiting Game. Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science play some of these new tunes in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Nov 25 2019

39mins

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Saxophonist Matana Roberts Carves Out Her Own Musical Space

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Composer, saxophonist, and mixed media artist Matana Roberts presents her latest in the multi-chapter work Coin Coin project which documents the African-American cultural and historical experience. “Memphis,” which is chapter four, mixes jazz, blues, traditional songs, free improv, and Afro-futurism into a heavy sonic quilt of “21st century liberation music.” (Matana Roberts calls her approach “panoramic sound quilting.”) She "speaks memory," and "sings an American survival" in this chapter of the coin coin bloodline (Tiny Mixtapes), set in Memphis - home of Roberts’s grandmother- and around a story of a "wo(e)man chile named Liddie." Matana Roberts and her new band featuring Hannah Marcus on guitars, fiddle, and accordion; Ryan Sawyer on percussion; and Matt Lavelle on trumpet and bass clarinet, perform in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Nov 20 2019

41mins

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Olivia Jean's Unusual Mix of Surf-Infused 'Bubblegum Garage'

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Detroit-born Nashville-based guitarist and songwriter Olivia Jean worked as a hairstylist and makeup artist before she was able to make music full-time (Mariana Timony, Bandcamp Daily.) She first cut her teeth as a Third Man Records studio musician, then with the garage-goth band, The Black Belles. She released her debut solo record of “bubblegum garage” Bathtub Love Killings in 2014, which had some heartache, revenge, and a bit of delightfully dark strangeness to it. Now with her latest, 2019's Night Owl, in which she had the controlling interest as producer, there are unavoidable undercurrents of surf rock dripping from nearly every song. The ‘weird girl …who cut class to play surf guitar alone in her room’ (Bandcamp Daily - and have you seen her ASMR Makeover video?), Olivia Jean, joins us with her mighty band to play songs from this latest record, in-studio. - Caryn Havlik

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Nov 18 2019

26mins

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Yasser Tejeda y Palotré Celebrate Ancestral Dominican Traditions

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Brooklyn-based guitarist and composer Yasser Tejada & the group Palotré combine African-rooted Dominican traditional folk styles and fuse them with r&b, church gospel, funk, jazz, and rock into a celebration of Afro-Dominican culture. They play this roots and funk fusion from their brand-new record, Kijombo, in-studio. 

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Nov 13 2019

29mins

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Singer and Songwriter Tom Goss Tells Stories That Need To Be Told

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LA-based singer and songwriter Tom Goss is a romantic who tells overlooked stories through soulful vocals and lush pop soundscapes. A former Catholic seminarian turned guitar- and keyboard-toting troubadour, Tom is known for his songs about love (some inspired by his husband Mike, whom he married in October 2010), and all of its complexities. He's taken up the cause to raise awareness about same-sex domestic violence and partnered with Trevor Project and PFLAG, in an effort to give LGBTQ youth hope that no matter what, the future gets brighter.  Musician Tom Goss joins us in-studio for an intimate performance. - Caryn Havlik

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Nov 11 2019

28mins

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Incredible

By bermudajune - Jan 09 2019
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The most interesting podcast on contemporary music.

The best music interview show ...

By Yoko134 - Oct 27 2014
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Soundcheck’s John Schaefer is one of the best interviewers in the business.