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.
||CleanBing and Ruth Stretch Limits of "Classical" Music||The band called Bing & Ruth makes evocative, almost cinematic soundscapes, built around the sounds of acoustic instruments and tape delay. The mastermind behind the group is pianist and composer David Moore, whose music blends a kind of post-minimali||2/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Intimate & Grand Pop of Shy Girls||Shy Girls is a one-man band out of Portland Oregon, who is now based in Los Angeles. That one man is Dan Vidmar, who has a remarkable voice and a knack for dreamy, often dark-hued songs that blend R&B and electronica. After releasing an EP and a mixt||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Knights & Andy Akiho Play Steel Pan & Cake Pans In The Studio||The Brooklyn-based orchestral collective known as The Knights began as an informal gathering of friends to play late night chamber music. Founded by brothers Colin and Eric Jacobsen, the Knights have grown into a variable ensemble that brings the element||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMinneapolis Rapper P.O.S. Delivers His Comeback Record||The rapper and producer P.O.S. – aka Stefon Alexander - has been a central figure on the thriving music scene in the Twin Cities in Minnesota for well over a decade. He’s a founding member of the hip hop collective Doomtree, and a punk rock guitarist||2/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNikki Lane, Champion of Outlaw Country||Nashville singer and guitarist Nikki Lane conjures classic country grit and twang. Rolling Stone refers to her as ‘the outlaw country princess’ but rock fans will find a lot to like in her music too, in that her vintage country-pop looks towards th||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSinger Ala.Ni Captivates, Sets a Mood||The singer Ala.Ni has a cosmopolitan background: born in Britain to parents from Granada and now based in Paris. So it perhaps shouldn't be a surprise that her music is varied too. And yet, Ala.Ni’s forthcoming debut album, called You And I, is nothing||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanComposer/Vocalist Meredith Monk Pleads for Awareness||Composer, vocalist, director/choreographer, and auteur Meredith Monk has always been interested in the voice as an instrument, rather than as a delivery system for words. Over more than four decades of work, she’s developed ways of working with the voi||2/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"The Past Still Present Tense" for American Football||In the late 90s, in Illinois, a band called American Football released its debut EP, simply called American Football. People liked it, and so they did a full LP, also called American Football. Then, in 1999, the band called it quits, with its members goi||1/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Visit With the Bluesy Country of Tift Merritt||Raleigh, NC-based singer-songwriter Tift Merritt seems to be constantly on the move. It’s not just the life of a touring musician, it’s that her music refuses to sit still in the nice little alt-country box that people wanted to put her in when she b||1/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDelicately Funky Soul-Pop of Gabriel Garzón-Montano||Brooklyn-born multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano has most likely worn out the grooves on his Stevie and Prince records, and studied key hip-hop beatmakers besides, in his detail-oriented soul-infused pop. Yet his influences may be rooted in h||1/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHelado Negro Refracts Music Through a Latinx Lense||Since 2009, the Ecuadorian-American singer and songwriter Roberto Lange has been making records under the name Helado Negro (that’s “black ice cream” in Spanish.) His music has been literally bilingual, in the sense that he sings in both Spanish a||1/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsa, Operatically-Trained, R & B Diva-in-the-Making||Born Isa Lopez, she combines her Afro-Latin heritage with a love of contemporary R&B, dance music, and – surprisingly, perhaps – opera. The Bronx-born singer, songwriter, and model is the granddaughter of famed Cuban vocalist Isaura Mendoza, and tra||1/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanQ Brothers Refashion Shakespeare's Othello As Hip-Hop||The Q Brothers deliver the Shakespearean story of Othello, remixed into a one-act of friendship, jealousy, betrayal, murder, & suicide - swapping iambic pentameter for the funky fours of hip-hop rhythms. In this re-imagining, MC Othello is the mus||1/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAngelica Garcia Rocks With Country-Blues Roots||Los Angeles-born, Virginia-based singer-songwriter Angelica Garcia harnesses some country-blues twang, playing songs from her debut full-length, "Medicine for Birds," live, with her full band, in the studio. She taps into the magnolia trees, starry skie||1/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBen Westhoff Chronicles Birth of West Coast Rap in 'Original Gangstas'||The story of how Gangsta Rap came outta Compton, and took over America in the late 1980’s and early 1990s was the subject of the 2015 film “Straight Outta Compton.” But that’s not the whole story, according to journalist and author Ben Westhoff,||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMatisyahu Continues to Explore His Sound||Watch the session via Facebook Live: The once-bearded rap-tinted reggae superstar Matisyahu found success in both the Hasidic spiritual community and beyond, starting back in 2004, with Shake Off the Dust... Arise and his breakout record, Youth (2006).||12/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuly Talk's Tale of Opposites||This session has ended. Follow us @soundcheck on Twitter or subscribe to our podcast in iTunes, and we'll let you know when the audio is ready for download & streaming! Good things come in twos for the Canadian band July Talk. Their latest album is c||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProcol Harum's Gary Brooker Surveys The Scene||The so-called Summer Of Love was almost 50 years ago next year, and it was then that the rock world saw a creative explosion – the Beatles, the Stones, The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd – but the number one song of that year ca||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGolden Suits Let the Joy In||The Brooklyn band Golden Suits is led by singer and guitarist Fred Nicolaus. You may know him from his earlier band Department of Eagles, or perhaps his duo with Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen. Fred released the first Golden Suits album in 2013 and has||12/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZach Clark's Little Sister - a Dark Turn||The film Little Sister follows a young woman named Colleen, who is both a literal sister to her wounded Iraq vet brother and a very different kind of sister in that she’s becoming a nun. But when circumstances require Colleen to return to the family ho||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFloat On: Dream Pop by Pavo Pavo||Pavo is the Latin word for peacock. Pavo Pavo is a Brooklyn band that has just released an impressive debut album, called Young Narrator In the Breakers. With influences ranging from Brian Wilson and Beach House to Monteverdi, their music looks both f||12/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKevin Devine's Magical Indie Power-Pop||The prolific and poetic Brooklyn-based songwriter Kevin Devine (without the Goddamn Band) offers up his latest storytelling indie rock in the studio. Devine’s influences are said to range from Elliott Smith to Pavement and feature growly chunky guit||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill Album Covers Ever Be This Good Again?||From 1967 to 1982, you could not be a rock fan without coming across the work of Hipgnosis. This design team, founded by Aubrey “Po” Powell and the late Storm Thorgerson, created some of the most famous album covers ever made. In the age of the Roc||11/28/2016||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