Soundcheck from WNYC
By WNYC, New York Public Radio
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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.
||Jon Fine: Indie Rock is Beautiful, Even When Your Band Sucks||In 1986, three kids at Oberlin College formed a band. For the next four years, Bitch Magnet would streak across the pop music sky like a rocket, enthralling millions, minting cash and... and... Jon Fine's book, Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock'||5/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mexrrissey: Mexico Loves Morrissey, Live At RadioLoveFest||Morrissey’s connection to Mexico, and especially Mexican Americans in California (where he lived for many years), is no accident. Or rather, it might have been an accident at first; but by now it has become something more intentional. One of pop music'||5/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tennis: Rhythmic Indie 'Ritual'||Denver's Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley famously released their first record as Tennis, 2011's Camp Dory, as a way to document their time living on a sailboat. The conceit could've saddled them with a one-and-done gimmick, were it not for the set's buoy||5/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Noel Gallagher: Still Flying High||Oasis was one of the biggest rock bands to emerge from the U.K. in the early 1990s—possibly, the biggest. Known for its staggering volume, its lofty ambitions, and the infamously inimical brothers who formed its swaggering core, the band rode a wave o||5/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Outsider At Home: Why Morrissey's Big With Mexicans||Morrissey rose to prominence as the swaggering lead singer of UK 1980's rock band The Smiths, filling his songs with baroque expressions of longing and world-weariness. He continues to be the subject of much fascination -- and no small amount of controv||5/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Geeking Out About David Bowie, Deeply||Any longstanding Soundcheck listener knows that David Bowie holds a very special place in John Schaefer's heart. But he might have just met his Bowie match. Simon Critchley, philosopher and professor at the New School in New York, has a new book, Bowi||5/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Squarepusher: Upending Expectations Of Electronic Dance Music||Squarepusher is the nom de disque of Tom Jenkinson, who makes electronic dance music without making "electronic dance music" -- if you know what I mean. EDM is associated with a relentless four-on-the-floor dance beat; it's loud and brightly colored and||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Art Alexakis And Everclear: 'I've Still Got A Lot of Rage in Me'||If you were anywhere near a radio anywhere during the 1990s, you heard the Portland, Oregon, band Everclear. Singer Art Alexakis and his group scored hit after hit with songs like "Santa Monica," "Everything to Everyone," and "I Will Buy You a New Life."||4/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Celebrating 50 Years Of Musical Incompetence||On April 24, 1965, Peter Schickele swung down a rope from the balcony at New York’s Town Hall, landing onstage without mishap. It was then that civilization began to collapse around him. For that was the day when Schickele, a gifted young composer, fir||4/20/2015||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