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.
||CleanA Shot of Juke Music: The Band Vintage Trouble Will Not Be Contained||Los Angeles-based band Vintage Trouble is a powerfully fun time of old-school soul, southern rhythm & blues, sizzling dance moves, and catchy, crunchy guitar-driven rockenroll. When describing their own sound, the band uses the term “formatted reckle||10/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrumpeter Keyon Harrold's Vibrant Tunes Offer Strength & Courage||This session Trumpeter, singer, and composer Keyon Harrold has played with Beyoncé, Common, Erykah Badu, Rihanna, Eminem, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, LL Cool J, and Maxwell, to name a few. He was also the trumpet player behind Don Cheadle in the Mil||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrive-By Truckers Storm and Twang To Get Folks Thinking||The Athens, Ga.-based group Drive-By Truckers has been writing about the Southern experience and its history for more than 20 years. Fronted by founding members Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, the band's latest record, American Band, is a collection||10/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuitarist & Composer Kaki King, Plus String Quartet, In-Studio||Kaki King brings a string quartet with her into the studio to perform some of her elegant arrangements in this chamber plus rock-folk-jazz setting. Watch: Guitarist, artist, songwriter and composer Kaki King writes in a variety of styles – finger-pi||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanManchester Orchestra Holds You Above All the Misery||Atlanta-based band, Manchester Orchestra, delivers gripping cinematic indie rock, and they recently impressed us in 2016 with their original film score for “Swiss Army Man.” That record saw music made unlike many film scores – without instruments.||10/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongwriter Dan Wilson "Re-covers" His Songs Written With/For Others||You probably know songwriter, producer and arranger Dan Wilson. He’s the songwriter who wrote massive hits with folks like Adele (“Someone Like You”) and The Dixie Chicks (“Not Ready to Make Nice”), and for his own band, Semisonic (“Closing T||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProducer Ian Brennan on Amplfiying the Voices of Persecuted People, Most Recently, in Tanzania||Producer and author Ian Brennan has worked with world music, folk music, traditional music, and has a feel for the DIY and lo-fi punk aesthetic. He produced Tinariwen’s Grammy-winning album, Tasili, but he has also recorded and amplified many voiceles||9/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMischievous Electronic Pop from Argentine Singer & Producer Juana Molina||The Argentine singer/songwriter and brilliant producer of experimental off-kilter folk-tronica, Juana Molina, has a former life as a well-known comic actress. She embraces that playful humor and explores ancient folk legends involving bone on her latest||9/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Infectious Groove of NYC's Antibalas, Purveyors of Funky Afrobeat, Live, In-Studio||Brooklyn’s own Afropop-funk-dance big band Antibalas, is probably your favorite band’s favorite band. The 12-piece plus ensemble ranges freely through all kinds of funk, Afro-Cuban music, loping rhythms of Ethiogroove, Caribbean dance, punk rock, and||9/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPublic Service Broadcasting Samples the Past, Makes Music of the Future||The English outfit called Public Service Broadcasting builds its records around archival and documentary sounds, then layering in live drums, guitar, banjo, bass flugelhorn, and electronics. Their 2015 album The Race For Space was full of voices from||9/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Captivating Analog Synth Artistry of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith||The west coast-based sound-maker and experimenter Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith weaves melodic patterns and pulses, using various analogue synthesizers – like the rare EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer, a vintage Buchla modular synthesizer, earning her a fun title a||9/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanShilpa Ray Hand-Stamps The Nightlife And She's Stronger For It||The wonderfully twisted, self-possessed, wry, leather jacket-armored dark humored queen of the downtown night, Shilpa Ray, continues to survive working the door at the Lower East Side / New York City bar Pianos. And she’s turned that harsh reality in||9/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCigarettes After Sex Ignite the Slow Burn||Here's the Facebook Live session: Cigarettes After Sex is a sensual pop-noir band founded in El Paso, TX, but now based in Brooklyn. Frontman Greg Gonzalez’ dark androgynous voice wouldn’t be out of place in a David Lynch creation, or in "The Handm||9/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLee Ranaldo & Steve Gunn, from the New York Guitar Festival, in the Greene Space||Hear music from one of the two Sonic Youth guitarists, Lee Ranaldo, along with the fingerstyle folk rocker Steve Gunn, recorded at the 2017 New York Guitar Festival in the Greene Space. Ranaldo rhapsodizes about how he had been writing recently on acoust||9/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElectro-Cumbia Bomba Estéreo Mix Traditional Sounds With Psychedelic Dance Music||Watch the session via Facebook Live: Based in Bogota, Columbia, the band Bomba Estéreo continue to explore their South American roots, mixing up cumbia, vallenato, and champeta with reggaeton, hiphop, dubstep and Euro electronica. On their latest record||8/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFeel the Force of OMD's Electro Dance-Pop Revival||The appealingly danceable music of Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, or OMD, as the trailblazing synth-driven electronic band came to be known, has delighted and charmed listeners for decades. They formed in the late 1970's, greatly inspired by Kraftwe||8/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGypsy Punks Gogol Bordello Turn Rage Into Joy||New York’s own gypsy punks Gogol Bordello have roots in Eastern European folk and Brecht-ian cabaret, along with punk and dub. With a band that usually includes accordion, fiddle, horns, percussion, jangly and electric guitars, Gogol frontman Eugene Hu||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVetted: The Harmonium-Wielding Chicago Soul Singer Zeshan B||Chicago-based soul singer Zeshan B takes on deep cuts from 1960s and 70s soul gems, as well as groovy, bluesy gospel-infused originals, sometimes in English. But, he also sings in Urdu and Punjabi, which is only natural, since Bagewadi’s parents are i||8/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLow Cut Connie Pounds Out Some Bluesy-Garage Rockenroll||Low Cut Connie is a garage rock band that actually recorded its first album in a garage. Led by Adam Weiner and Shondra (Weiner’s upright piano, which he brings wherever he goes), the Philly-based band has become known for its wild live sets and for be||8/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSam Amidon Experiments with Folk Music||The Vermont-born singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist and scion of a family of shape-note singers, Sam Amidon, has a reputation for having collected, re-imagined, and performed American traditional tunes or other folk music, in addition to collaborations||8/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOutlaw Master Steve Earle Rolls Into Town & Serves Up Badass & Heart||Watch live on Facebook: Activist, actor, author, and multiple Grammy-winning Americana artist Steve Earle is back in our studio, this time with a scorching and heartfelt new album called So You Wanna Be An Outlaw, done with his band The Dukes. But tod||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMondo Cozmo Sparkles With Sunny Pop||Here is the Facebook Live session: Singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander has led a couple of bands over the years, but these days he records under the name Mondo Cozmo. And for an artist who still hasn’t released his debut full-length LP, he’s been maki||7/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBluesman Jake La Botz Taps Into Vintage American Roots||Delta blues-inflected singer, guitar player, and songwriter Jake La Botz plays American traditional music that would be at home in juke joints, blues clubs, and tattoo parlors. It’s a little bit twangy, steeped in vintage blues; it’s also part busker||7/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra Build Crystal Structures of Chamber-Dance Music||London-based dance music artist, classically trained pianist/composer, and Chicago native Kate Simko along with the London Electronic Orchestra, combine harp, violin, cello & laptop, live in the studio. Layers of clubby electronics and keyboards supp||7/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSongwriter Ani Difranco's Sharp & Urgent Poetic Observations||Watch the session: Folk rocker Ani DiFranco is more than just another guitar-playing singer/songwriter. Since she founded her Righteous Babe Record label back in 1990 as a DIY pioneer, she has used her music to tackle heartbreak, gender identity, pare||7/20/2017||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 content, but too segmented
Not sure why they split an episode of their show up into individual segments. It should be posted as one file. They never seem to download together.