12 June 2007

Go listen to NPR, now!

Leonard Lopate is on the air right now 93.9 FM and wnyc.org talking to Alexander Litvinenko's widow. Last November, former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko was fatally poisoned in London. On today’s show, Alex's widow and his friend Alex Goldfarb give their inside account of the international murder mystery.

Sonic Youth recorded "Daydream Nation" nearly 20 years ago. But the album’s impact is still being felt in indie rock circles, considered one of the most influential albums in rock history.

Today on Soundcheck, John Schaefer talks with Lee Ranaldo and Steve Shelley about the record's genesis, and why the band’s now performing it, in its entirety, on stage.

John also talks to Greg Kot, critic for the Chicago Tribune, and Michael Azerrad, author of "Our Band Could Be Your Life," (a must read book by the way!) about how a collection of dissonant guitar noise became a seminal rock album.

Tune in today, at 2pm 93.9 FM or online at wnyc.org

Sonic Youth will be performing the Daydream Nation album on July 28 at the McCarren Park Pool in Greenpoint.

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