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.
||CleanJoseph Arthur Reanimates the Family Piano||It could be the plot of an old Victorian novel: a piano that has belonged to the same family for generations is slowly lost to the sands of time, only to show up in a warehouse in 2012. It falls into the hands of a musician just before a hurricane||7/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Many Layers of Bayonne||Bayonne is the performance name of composer Roger Sellers. If the stack of computers he makes his music behind tempts you to call him a DJ, you're not alone. But Sellers uses his considerable electronic arsenal to make music that has as much to do with||7/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIle: From Salty Hip Hop to Smooth Classics||Ileana Cabra Joglar performs these days as Ile. But for the better part of a decade, she was known as PG-13 -- the sweet complement to her salty brothers in the Puerto Rican hip-hop group Calle 13. Having started her career in her mid-teens and work||7/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNew Madrid Ties Your Brain in Knots||Sometimes, you can't hire a better copywriter than YouTube. On the site, the video for New Madrid's "Knots" (below) is praised by commenter "etdursee" as follows: "This song is as amazing as Bob Dylan making love to a psychedelic mushroom!" That pretty||7/14/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCaveman Goes to 'War,' Melodies in Tow||The first time Caveman played in our studio, in 2011, listener Kat from Brooklyn commented "I love this band and I'm 50 years old. It's nice to hear interesting melodies, harmonies and rhythms. Makes me feel young again." Well, it's been five years, but||7/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBenjamin Clementine Builds a Nest in New York||With his dramatic voice, his elliptical but emotive songs, his classically-derived piano playing, and his striking presence on stage, Benjamin Clementine occupies a singular place in the music world – somewhere between art music and pop. We met him las||7/7/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTime is Very Much on Their Side: Why the Stones are Forever||Rich Cohen's new biography of the Biggest Band in the World is called The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones, and it got its title from Keith Richards himself. It was Keef's way of pondering the fact that the author had only ever known a world w||7/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFantastic Negrito, Reignited||How do you pronounce 'Xavier Dphrepaulezz'? If you're Xavier himself, you pronounce it "Fantastic Negrito." To hear the Oakland blues and funk artist tell it, it's more than a stage name — it's the vessel for a new musical incarnation, one that follow||6/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRogue Wave Rides a New High||Rogue Wave has a number of associations with water: they’re from Oakland, California, for starters. There’s that "wave" right there in their name. One of their most identifiable tunes is a love song to Lake Michigan. And their new record Delusions||6/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMoby, Before 'Porcelain' Broke||"Porcelain" is the name of one of Moby's most recognizable songs. It's also the name of the musician's new autobiography which, in suitably idiosyncratic fashion, chronicles the years before his ascent to global fame. So it begins with Moby returning in||6/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAoife O'Donovan Conjures 'Magic' Again||It took Aoife O’Donovan a decade to record her debut as a solo artist, the 2013 album Fossils. But it’s not like she was sitting around twiddling her thumbs prior to that. She was busy playing with the high energy bluegrass band Crooked Still, or co||6/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanYo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble: 'Strangers' No More||Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has long been one of the country's most celebrated interpreters of classical music, and for the last two decades his Silk Road Ensemble has used music to build bridges across cultures. The latest recording from the always-rotating cast||6/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanKeeping 'Cool' With Sam Cohen||Sam Cohen was the guiding force behind the psych-pop bands Yellowbirds and Apollo Sunshine. He self-released a solo album called Cool It in 2015, which caught the ear of producer Danger Mouse (the man behind The Gray Album, Gnarls Barkley, and so much mo||6/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMartin Creed Understands||Martin Creed is an artist. And a musician. And the two don't really have a distinction, in his mind. His work is serious, his work is whimsical, and, again, there is no distinction. Stand under the slowly rotating "Understanding" sign in Brooklyn Bridge||6/13/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanYoung Magic's Healing and Horizonless Pop||Young Magic's new album Still Life opens and closes with a track called "Valhalla," a reference to the mythic citadel of the souls of dead Norse warriors. It's a kind of invocation, though a somewhat strange one, since singer Melati Malay wrote the s||6/9/2016||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