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.
||Dan Friel Rattles Sonic Conventions, Again||Dan Friel resurrects a lost musical tradition – the pop instrumental. A former member of the punk band Parts And Labor, Friel travels with a self-contained, lo-fi keyboard and electronics kit that he uses to make thumping, melodic songs without words.||10/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Marrow: Setting the Standard with Revitalized Rock||Marrow is the soft, flexible tissue living in the cavities of bones. It's where blood cells are created and has long been seen as a symbol for strength and vitality (think Henry David Thoreau). Marrow is also the name of a band, made of former member||10/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Silversun Pickups: Anthems to a Better Nature||The LA band Silversun Pickups has just released its new album, Better Nature. It’s their first album since 2012’s Neck of the Woods – although they did release a Singles Collection early last year, because, well, they’re one of the few rock bands||9/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Baio: A Vampire Goes Dancing||Chris Baio's day job is playing bass for one of the biggest names in contemporary pop music, Vampire Weekend. But today he releases his first solo album, The Names, under the moniker Baio, and the record reveals a preoccupation with the glitchier soun||9/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Seinabo Sey: At Home Anywhere, Ruling Airwaves Everywhere||When the Kygo remix of Seinabo Sey's 2014 single "Younger" broke in 2014, Sey was quickly celebrated as an heir apparent to pop stardom. And it makes a certain kind of cosmic sense: she comes from music royalty. Her late father, Maudo Sey, was a cel||9/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Albert Hammond, Jr.: A Moment of Poignant Clarity||Carl Sagan wrote in his book, Pale Blue Dot, "Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot." This image, of massive actions being||9/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Publicist UK: Urgent Underground Rock||"Warm and melodic" aren't exactly words the members of Publicist UK are used to hearing. Each of them has worked in some heavy, aggressive bands on the metal and hardcore scenes. But together, in this new underground supergroup, they have created urgent||9/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gracie and Rachel: Intimate Orchestral Pop||Dark and light constantly fuse, diverge, and unite in Brooklyn violin-piano duo, Gracie and Rachel. Their newest single "Tiptoe" (which we premiered a few weeks ago), from their forthcoming debut album Go, begins with a single haunting note. Pizzica||9/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Alice Cooper & Joe Perry: Hollywood Vampires||Rock and roll has long been considered a boys' club. But for a while in the early 1970s, there really was a rock and roll boys' club on the Sunset Strip. This motley crew of musicians who were in bad need of a drink were known as the Hollywood Vampires||9/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lou Barlow: Bracing For Change||Lou Barlow describes his upcoming album Brace The Wave as an "acoustic electric record, recorded with electricity on analog digital and digitally analog equipment." In short - this album will be sparse, without drums and "without regrets." Barlow has lo||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Forró In The Dark: A Charismatic Update on a Brazilian Classic||You don’t have to be familiar with the wild late night NuBlu scene in the East Village to know Forró In The Dark's music is mean to be played under the cover of night. The band is named after forró, a type of Northeastern Brazil dance music. The New||8/27/2015||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