Soundcheck from WNYC
By WNYC, New York Public Radio
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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.
||Lou Barlow: Bracing For Change||Lou Barlow describes his upcoming album Brace The Wave as an "acoustic electric record, recorded with electricity on analog digital and digitally analog equipment." In short - this album will be sparse, without drums and "without regrets." Barlow has lo||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Forró In The Dark: A Charismatic Update on a Brazilian Classic||You don’t have to be familiar with the wild late night NuBlu scene in the East Village to know Forró In The Dark's music is mean to be played under the cover of night. The band is named after forró, a type of Northeastern Brazil dance music. The New||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Damned: Still Around and as Furious as Ever||The Damned released the first punk rock single in the UK, the first punk rock LP, and were the first English punk band to make it to the States, where they first played at CBGB's and then burst upon an unsuspecting Los Angeles. The Damned were first; the||8/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sharkmuffin: Jagged, Riotous Power Pop||In film, they call it the "meet cute" - the moment when two strangers lock eyes and ignite a cinematic classic. In music there isn't necessarily a name for a band's formation or meeting, but that instance can inform the group's music just as deeply.||8/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Documentary 'We Like It Like That' Remembers The Peak Of Boogaloo||Boogaloo was the reigning Latin music of 1960's New York City. The distinctive genre combined the sounds of the previous decade's popular Cuban mambo with R&B, jazz, and funk to create distinctive and danceable beats that were popular across ethnic a||8/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Emily King: Soulfully Honing Her Craft||Emily King’s debut, East Side Story, was nominated for a Grammy back in 2008 in the “Contemporary R&B” category. But King’s latest album, The Switch, has more of a classic soul vibe. It glides through orchestral R&B hooks, poppy, syncopated rhy||7/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||George Ezra: Soulful, Global Folk-Pop||George Ezra, like many young adults exiting their teens, had big dreams. Unlike many young adults, his dreams very much came true. Discovered on Youtube when he was only 18, George Ezra’s career has skyrocketed. His irresistible hit “Budapest” made||7/24/2015||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