Soundcheck from WNYC
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WNYC, New York Public Radio, brings you Soundcheck, the arts and culture program hosted by John Schaefer, who engages guests and listeners in lively, inquisitive conversations with established and rising figures in New York City's creative arts scene. Guests come from all disciplines, including pop, indie rock, jazz, urban, world and classical music, technology, cultural affairs, TV and film. Recent episodes have included features on Michael Jackson,Crosby Stills & Nash, the Assad Brothers, Rackett, The Replacements, and James Brown.
||CleanSwedish Quartet Dungen Scores 1926 Silent Film With Psych-Rock||The Swedish psych-prog rock band Dungen has been making records since 2001, but they’ve never made one like this. Häxan, which means "The Witch," their most recent album from late 2016, is their first all-instrumental record. It's full of vignettes||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanL.A. Salami Fingerpicks Some Troubador Blues||L.A. Salami is the stage name of Lookman Adekunle Salami, and he’s a Londoner whose music blends folk, blues, indie rock and hip hop with lyrics that can be both pointed and wry. Beat-poetry influenced and somewhat raw, (he only picked up a guitar a fe||4/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuitarist Matthew Stevens Explores & Stretches Jazz Idioms||Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Matthew Stevens is a skilled sound manipulator, spinning delicate webs between jazz, rock, groove, and experimental music. The Toronto native's sophomore effort as a composer, Preverbal, combines acoustic elements,||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPolar Protest Music From Inuk Singer & Activist Tanya Tagaq||Inuk singer and songwriter Tanya Tagaq, from the Nunavut region of northern Canada, unleashes a modern take on the Arctic tradition of throat singing (or katajjaq) -a breathing game, or throat game, played by two women standing inches apart, trying to||4/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips: Music, Art & Ideas||You may have seen Wayne Coyne, the frontman of the Flaming Lips, walking over his audience in a large plastic bubble, or leading an orchestra of car radios in a parking lot, or working with Miley Cyrus, or any of a number of other unusual and inventive p||4/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElectronic Pop & Chamber Music Composer/Producer Anna Meredith Is Full of Surprises||British singer, producer, and composer Anna Meredith is a musical chameleon, fusing contemporary chamber with electronics and dance music on her recent “Varmints.” Actually, classical, rock, electronica, and minimalism are all part of Anna Meredit||3/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRodney Crowell Makes It Personal||Mulitple Grammy winning singer, songwriter and producer Rodney Crowell was one of the founders of the style that’s come to be known as alternative country. His career has been marked by notable collaborations, like the one with Emmylou Harris that brou||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTony Fletcher Chronicles the Sensual Soul of Wilson Pickett||For a guy who had such an enormous impact on American popular music, you might say that Wilson Pickett has been hiding in plain sight. One of the central figures in the development of soul music in the 1960's, Pickett was a hugely successful singer and s||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAssertive New Indie Pop From Tennis||The husband-and-wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley released their first album, Cape Dory back in 2011, documenting their time living on a boat and sailing down the Eastern seaboard. Back on dry land and over the course of two more albums, Tennis||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRed Baraat, A Bhangra Dance Brass Band Street Party||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 Sunny Jain, who plays the dhol, a tra||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Morris, Choreographing AND Conducting Japanese Street Dances & Baroque Tragedy||The opera Dido And Aeneas is a late 17th century masterpiece by Henry Purcell. Back in 1989, the American choreographer Mark Morris unveiled a version of this opera with dance. In fact, Morris himself danced the roles of both Dido, the queen of Carthag||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBritish Songwriter, Laura Marling, As Ever, Herself||The British singer/songwriter Laura Marling returns with a refined sixth record Semper Femina, whose Latin title implies a more gender-specific note. The album is a gripping collection of poetic takes on womanhood- complete with seductive and ravishing a||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCommunist Daughter, Folk-Rock That Doesn't "Hold Back"||Minneapolis-based Communist Daughter uses finger-picked guitar, organ, pounding drums and massing voices, much like the current crop of campfire rockers who have scored hits, but there is a distinct air of melancholy, and a rumble or two of darkness to t||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrandaddy Launches a Comeback||Born in Modesto, CA in 1992, Grandaddy consists of Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Tim Dryden, Jim Fairchild and Kevin Garcia. But, in 2006, it seemed as though the band Grandaddy had run its course, and the group broke up, leaving behind a lot of disappo||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVampire Weekend Drummer Chris Tomson's "Youngish American"||Dams of the West is the solo project of Vampire Weekend drummer Chris Tomson, who plays all of the instruments on his new record called Youngish American. Tomson & band join us live.||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuitarist Margaret Glaspy Delivers Crunch & Thunder||Guitarist Margaret Glaspy packs a walloping punch atop crunchy, snarly guitar in her grunge-torch-rock. She & her trio play live in the studio.||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBing and Ruth Stretch Limits of "Classical" Music||Led by composer David Moore, the chamber collective Bing and Ruth creates meditative, cinematic soundscapes using acoustic instruments and electronics, live in the studio.||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Intimate & Grand Pop of Shy Girls||Shy Girls, aka Dan Vidmar, has a remarkable voice and a knack for dreamy, often dark-hued songs that blend R&B & electronica. He & his band play songs from his LP, "Salt" in the studio.||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Knights & Andy Akiho Play Steel Pan & Cake Pans In The Studio||Members of the flexible orchestral collective, The Knights visit the studio with Andy Akiho, playing works by Andy & Lou Harrison in the studio.||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinneapolis Rapper P.O.S. Delivers His Comeback Record||Minneapolis-based rapper/producer P.O.S. is back with a full-length album called Chill, Dummy, (after a kidney transplant in 2014) making folks think & dropping names like "Sisyphus."||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNikki Lane, Champion of Outlaw Country||Nashville singer and guitarist Nikki Lane conjures classic country grit and twang, wearing both hats, the outlaw's ten-gallon and the crash helmet of a champion.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSinger Ala.Ni Captivates, Sets a Mood||Singer Ala.Ni's striking voice goes from torchy jazz to intimate pop to atmospheric vocalise. She's making her American radio debut in our studios, with guitarist Marvin Dolly.||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComposer/Vocalist Meredith Monk Pleads for Awareness||Composer, vocalist, director/choreographer, and auteur Meredith Monk performs music from her latest record, On Behalf of Nature.||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Past Still Present Tense" for American Football||Some things never change, and that's a good thing for the band American Football - even some 16-17 years later. Hear some of their songs of love gone wrong live in the studio.||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Visit With the Bluesy Country of Tift Merritt||Raleigh, NC-based singer-songwriter Tift Merritt - who falls somewhere on the alt-country spectrum close to blues - performs songs from her 2017 record, Stitch of the World.||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Entertaining and Insighful
WNYC's Souncheck is a thoughtful and entertaining show that I have routinely downloaded for months. I'm so glad to see that it's available via iTunes so I can listen to it on-the-go.
John Schaefer rules
I used to listen to his New Sounds show on WNYC back in the early 80s when I was a law student in NYC. He's really knowledgeable, never egotistical-sounding. I learned an awful lot of great new music composers in those days!
Great music show
I'm a big fan of Soundcheck. The host John Schaefer is clearly knowledgeable on the subject of music but is also very relaxed and friendly. I've discovered some cool bands listening to this program. The show covers a broad spectrum of music too-I loved the segment about accordions. I'm glad they've started offering individual segments as separate downloads again. I can't always listen to the program in its entirety (I teeter on podcast overload as is) and I really like being able to pick and choose.
Some other great music podcasts: All Songs Considered, Sound Opinions, Morning Becomes Eclectic, World Cafe