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.
||Harry Shearer and Judith Owen Celebrate a Dry-Eyed Holiday||"Does this tree make me look fat?" It's a question on all our minds as we select seasonally-appropriate evergreen materials to decorate our homes. It's also the subtitle of the 15th annual Christmas Without Tears musical review show, hosted by husband-||11/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||We Are All Just Widgets in 'The Song Machine'||Soundcheck host John Schaefer goes inside the modern hit factory with The New Yorker's John Seabrook, to explore the tiny cadre of mega-producers who manufacture the pop confections that get stuck in your head with annoying regularity. And yes, "manufact||11/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Elkington & Salsburg: A Pair of Ones, with Guitar||Nathan Salsburg is a Louisville-based guitarist who moonlights as the curator of the famed Alan Lomax Archive of American folk music. Or maybe it’s vice versa. He joined us as a solo performer back in 2012, but now he’s back in a duo setting with the||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Little May: Urgent Harmonies, Anthemic Appeal||Little May is an Australian trio whose signature sounds include dark and poetic lyrics, urgent guitar strumming and, above all, beautiful 3-part vocal harmonies. Their 2015 album, For The Company, was produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner and may ha||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Quiet Hollers: Roots Music with Indie Swagger||In Appalachia, a "holler" is a colloquialism for a valley or "hollow." So not only is the band name Quiet Hollers a fun oxymoron, it's also a sly shout-out to the band's roots in Kentucky. The group says it makes "weird, sad music for weirdos like you."||11/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Duncan Sheik's Latest Sleight of Hand||Duncan Sheik's career has followed two parallel tracks: ever since his Grammy-winning, Gold record debut in 1996, with the single “Barely Breathing,” he has maintained a career as a touring and recording singer/songwriter. But he has also become a so||11/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Raury: On the Highway to Stardom, Looking for a Few Friends||The young rapper and singer Raury is the real deal. His songs draw from a deep well of American music, including gospel and blues, but they're completely contemporary, wrestling with ideas of faith, friendship, the weight of expectations and the weight o||11/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Benjamin Clementine: From Paris Metro to World Stage||On November 20, 2015, Benjamin Clementine won the prestigious Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. There was a time, not so long ago, when a British musician using Churchill's words to make a pop song might've made Paul McCartney cringe. This is no lon||11/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Cosmo Sheldrake: What's In A Name?||Cosmo Sheldrake. The name alone conjures images of Pink Floyd-ian psychedelics, celestial bodies...medieval clowns. Turns out, Cosmo is his father's son: Rupert Sheldrake is an eminent biologist with some radical ideas. But Cosmo is a species all his o||11/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Elvis Costello's Music May Be 'Unfaithful,' But It's Always Surprising||Burt Bacharach. The Pogues. Chet Baker. The Roots. Alison Krauss. The Brodsky String Quartet. Paul McCartney. It's a far-flung litany of musical luminaries, and many of them make appearances in the new autobiography from Elvis Costello, Unfaithful||11/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Mynabirds Know What Lovers Know||In the wake of her first record as The Mynabirds, 2010's What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood, Laura Burhenn toured in support of—and even as part of—Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst's acclaimed folk-rock outfit and Saddle Creek label-mate. It's||10/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Steven A. Clark: A 'Lonely Roller' No Longer||Steven A. Clark grew up in the shadow of Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina. There was little about his time there that suggested the sweeping musical sound brewing in his head; he received the distinction of "Most Quiet" in his high school yea||10/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lucero: Musical Ghosts and Memphis Soul||Musical ghosts haunt the new album by the Memphis band Lucero. The late Warren Zevon is evoked in one song, and the spirit of the late Alex Chilton’s groundbreaking Memphis group Big Star can be felt throughout the record. (The album title is a line fr||10/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Farao: Implacable Outlier Pop||The Norwegian-born, London-based singer Kari Jahnsen records under the name Farao. Her new, debut album is called Till It's All Forgotten, and has prompted comparisons with Tune-Yards, countrywoman Jenny Hval, and a few other musical outliers. But Farao||10/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CocoRosie: A Savory, if Slanted, Sonic Stew||CocoRosie is the duo of Bianca and Sierra Casady – American sisters who reconnected in Paris after years apart and then started making a strange, beguiling stew of blues, hip hop, pop, and electronic music. Get a taste with this live session from the||10/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Craig Finn's Faith in the Future of Rock'n'Roll||The Hold Steady has always made loud, sweeping rock and roll. Lead singer Craig Finn has usually paired that sound with lyric themes about God, ambition, regret, and a night on the town. But by peeling away the window-rattling guitars, Finn has found a||10/19/2015||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