Soundcheck from WNYC
By WNYC, New York Public Radio
To listen to an audio podcast, mouse over the title and click Play. Open iTunes to download and subscribe to podcasts.
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.
||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|
||Public Service Broadcasting: A Space Age Electronic Dance Party||Part musical group, part performance-art outfit, Public Service Broadcasting is the innovative and geeky work of Londoners J. Willgoose, Esq. and Wrigglesworth. The two earned their reputation for marrying looped dance beats and electronics with spoken-w||4/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Josh Rouse Gets Back Together with Himself||Over the course of eleven studio albums and nearly two decades, Josh Rouse has drifted from earthy, heart-on-sleeve folk; to nostalgic, sweeping AM radio pop; to thrumming country rock. His horizons, musical and lyrical, continue to expand on The Embers||4/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Young Fathers: Status Quo Challenging Scottish Hip-Hop||Young Fathers defies labels in its songs. A tapestry of electronic music, rock, pop, and R&B, the alternative hip-hop group crafts songs as unique as its multi-ethnic background, which spans Scottish and West African lineages. Producer 'G' Hastings||4/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Filmmaker Alex Gibney: 'Sinatra Grew Up With America'||Ol' Blue Eyes. The Chairman of the Board. Frank Sinatra has been called a lot of things—not all of them flattering—but there's no denying his stature as a true American icon. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney turns his lens on the singer for||3/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Telmary: Electrifying Cuban Hip-Hop||Cuban music has always been a heady melting pot of African, Caribbean, South and North American influences. That musical porousness has resulted in some truly one-of-a-kind artistry—perhaps nowhere more true than in the revelatory hip-hop of the artist||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Lone Bellow, Live In The Greene Space||This event has ended. An audio and video archive will be posted later.||3/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||George Clinton on his Life Aboard the Mothership||George Clinton's new memoir is 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?' (Courtesy of the publisher) Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Bruno Mars...with so much of George Clinton's sonic footprint in the air, Soundcheck thought it was t||3/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Death Cab For Cutie Finds Art In Repairing Something Broken||The last few months have been bittersweet ones for fans of Bellingham, Washington's Death Cab For Cutie. In January, the band announced that it would be releasing its eighth record, Kintsugi (out March 31). But in late 2014, founding guitarist and produ||3/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Jen Larson And Deep River: Revitalizing Bluegrass In Brooklyn||Brooklyn may be the center of the indie rock world, but it's also home to a thriving music scene that’s even more underground: bluegrass. The decades-old sounds of American roots music have been part of the New York music scene since the 1960s. But in||3/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Unlikely Savior For the Music Industry: Your 12-Year-Old||The rising tide of digital music has threatened to sink much of the record business. But an unexpected sandbar of profit has emerged: the tween market. Turns out, kids around the age of 12 still buy music, and the tween market has become big enough and p||3/12/2015||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