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.
||Houndmouth: Gutsy Americana With A Welcome Pop Refrain||Houndmouth plays a brand of straight-ahead roots rock that is undoubtedly in vogue at the moment. Which is what makes it difficult to take the temperature of the band's rising star. On the one hand, reviewers find it easy to label the New Albany, Indiana||3/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Walkmen's Walter Martin: Mischievous And Clever Pop For All Ages||In the two months-and-change since The Walkmen announced that its members would be going on "extended hiatus," three of the band's members have announced solo efforts. The first out of the gate was co-writer and multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin. Marti||3/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Le1f: A Unique And Magnetic Voice In Hip Hop||Watching Le1f perform live, it's clear you're witnessing something unique. The magnetic New York rapper commands the stage with choreographed dance moves and wild body gesticulations, often culminating with Le1f taking down his long hair and whipping it||3/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Liam Finn: Fuzzy Rock And Fizzy Pop Melodies||Following his critically acclaimed 2011 album, FOMO, Liam Finn made a big life change: he moved to New York. Compared to London, where he had been living previously, the New Zealand songwriter found the new environment far more encouraging for writing hi||3/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Beatles And The Stones: Rivals, Or Not?||You’ve heard the question a thousand times: “Are you a Beatles person or a Stones person?” (Recently on Soundcheck, we even pitted the two sides against each other during a live Soundcheck Smackdown). It's perceived as the biggest rivalry in rock m||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Escort: In Studio||For years, disco has suffered from a bit of a bad rap. But a few bands have lately taken the glitter and four-on-the-floor beat and turned it into a full scale revival. Brooklyn’s 15+ member band known as Escort led the charge a few years back with the||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let's Get Physical: BPM and Bio Rhythm||The desire to get into shape (and the drafting of New Years resolutions) will send Lycra and headband-wearing crowds to the gym in the early days of 2012. A clue to the success or failure of the huffing and puffing masses just might be in the music they||3/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||How 'Danny Boy' Bewitched The World||The song has been around for a hundred years, but it never grows old. It (purportedly) comes from the Irish, but virtually every immigrant community has made it their own. "Danny Boy" is the subject of a new documentary by producer Patricia Moore and dir||3/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||'Rebel Music': How Hip-Hop Became Part Of Muslim Culture||In his new book Rebel Music: Race, Empire, And The New Muslim Youth Culture, Columbia professor Hisham Aidi explores how communities of young Muslims across the globe have been -- and are -- impacted by Western musical culture, particularly hip hop. "Hip||3/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||How 'Teenage' Became Another Stage Of Life||This might be hard to imagine, but there was a time -- not too long ago -- when teenagers didn’t exist. Yes, there were people between the ages of 13 and 19. But the term “teenager” didn't enter pop culture until the end of World War II, in 1945. M||3/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ralph Ellison: Learning About A Man From His Records||While we know writer Ralph Ellison best as the author of the acclaimed 1952 novel “Invisible Man,” he was also a musician, a critic, a teacher, and a record collector. In 2007, more than a decade after his death, his large collection of records was g||3/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bear's Den: Heartfelt Harmonies With A DIY Spirit||Bear's Den has built a cult following in England thanks to its heartfelt three-part harmonies, personal songwriting, and DIY approach -- right down to the custom hand-carved potato paw prints stamped on each CD. A part of the same London folk scene that||3/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ashanti Raises Indie Flag For 'Braveheart'||In the early 2000s, R&B singer Ashanti was a franchise player for the rap and R&B label Murder Inc. She provided the slinky guest vocals on hits by Fat Joe (“What’s Luv") and Ja Rule (“Always on Time”) and her debut set a first-week sales record||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Most Common Rhyme In Pop Music, From The Beatles To Bieber||You know a lazy song lyric when you hear it. Thematically trite. Clunky phrasing. Cliched rhymes. Slate writer Ben Blatt has done some deep digging as regards that last issue, and he found that one pair of end-rhymes, in particular, shows up in a stagger||3/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Complicated Story Of Bluesman Gus Cannon||Folk musician and former member of Carolina Chocolate Drops Dom Flemons distinctly remembers the first time he heard the music of 20th century blues musician Gus Cannon: It was about ten years ago, while Flemons was taking a college class that examined r||3/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Drive-By Truckers: Raw And Truthful Storytellers||Throughout the 2000's, Drive-By Truckers has churned out song after song celebrating and often grappling with the Southern experience and its history with precise economy and poignant detail. Fronted by founding memebers Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley, t||3/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Soundcheck Guide To The Allman Brothers Band||Tonight, The Allman Brothers Band begins its annual New York City residency at the Beacon Theatre. Over the next three weeks, the band will celebrate 45 years of making music together -- a longevity virtually unrivaled in pop music (except by A Certain V||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gregg Allman||Southern rock original Gregg Allman received a liver transplant last year, but that didn't stop him from getting back in the studio. His new album "Low Country Blues," is his first solo album in 14 years, and he’ll join us in the studio to tell us abou||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Laura Cantrell: A Country Music Storyteller||With her new album, No Way There From Here, Nashville-born, New York City-based singer-songwriter (and sometime Soundcheck guest host) Laura Cantrell tells one story after another; about herself, amalgamations of her friends, and characters that deal wit||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are You On Team Stones Or Team Beatles? It's A Smackdown!||On Thursday, Feb. 27, Soundcheck hosted an all-star Beatles vs. Rolling Stones Smackdown at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. In front of a crowd of more than 200 people, two teams fiercely battled over which band is better -- at time||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rap Royalty As Painted By A 17th Century Dutch Master||The idea of rap stars as royalty is hardly new -- hip hop artists from Rick Ross to Lil' Kim to Run-DMC have been rapping for years about their transformation into self-made kings and queens. But in his paintings, British artist Amar Stewart takes that i||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Music Maps Show Country United Under Jay Z, Divided Over Luke Bryan||Paul Lamere works for a company that tracks tons of user data from music streaming sites, so it's important that he understands what people listen to, and where they listen to it. In doing some research into listener preferences, he noticed that differen||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rosanne Cash: Following The River, The Thread, And The Road Home||Rosanne Cash has the entire Southern musical tradition stamped, quite literally, into her DNA. Her new album, The River & The Thread, follows various kinds of pathways -- musical, historical, social, genealogical -- toward the heart of that musical i||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Elijah Wood: Fake Piano Player, Real DJ, And Sometimes Actor||For his new film, Grand Piano, actor Elijah Wood plays an acclaimed concert pianist who must tackle an unplayable piece while simultaneously battling wits with a homicidal sniper in the audience. Maybe small change for someone who already climbed Mt. Doo||3/4/14||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.