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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.
||CleanAnna & Elizabeth Transform Old Traditions of Mountain Music||As bands go, Anna & Elizabeth have quite the origin story. Anna & Elizabeth began thanks to a broke down car and a shared desire to explore the traditions of Appalachian roots music. The immersive, intimate combination of Elizabeth LaPrelle’s dee||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnbessa Orchestra Plays Music of Ethiopia Straight Outta Brooklyn||In the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, during the 1960’s and ‘70s, the sounds of American jazz and James Brown-style funk rocketed through the clubs there, combining with Ethiopia’s own exotic scales to produce the golden age of Ethiopian pop. Th||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Lone Bellow Pushes Forward Into Nashville||The folk-rock outfit The Lone Bellow crafts passionate, acoustic-based Americana that hints at elements of blues, country, and roots music. They’ve recently moved from Brooklyn to Nashville, (let that fact be read into, musically) and the band in th||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMary Chapin Carpenter Re-imagines Her Musical Travels||Singer, songwriter and guitarist Mary Chapin Carpenter re-imagined and rearranged songs from her 30-year catalog, along with the brand-new title track, for her most recent record, Sometimes Just the Sky. That title comes from a speech given by Patti Sm||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGet into the Spiritual Trance Music by Innov Gnawa||The New York-based band Innov Gnawa performs the traditional healing music of Morocco: Gnawa - a trancey, rhythmic music that is played on an array of unique instruments — from the lute-like gimbri (sintir), to the metal qarqaba (castinets) with||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSinger/Producer/Songwriter Charlotte Day Wilson Taps Into Cold Strength And Intimate Beauty||Toronto-based Charlotte Day Wilson is a singer, multi-instrumentalist (she plays piano, saxophone, bass, and guitar), and producer who draws on her classical background to make bedroom-intimate, yet intensely emotional tunes that are influenced by ever||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSquirrel Nut Zippers Sling Some Hot Swing||The big band jazz and hot swing revivalists Squirrel Nut Zippers from Chapel Hill, North Carolina have always been a guaranteed good time since they broke through in the late 1990’s,with their platinum album Hot. Although they stopped recording arou||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRandy Weston Distills Music's Spiritual Essence||The American pianist, composer, innovator, and "Legend of Jazz," Randy Weston, joins us to play some of his solo piano works - many of which border on ritual blues with a dash of Ellington stride here and there a crashing note cluster of Thelonious Mo||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVicente García's Immersive Collision of Bachata, Merengue, Funk, and Rock||Coming from a rock and funk place, Dominican singer-songwriter Vicente García has become something of a folk pop revivalist, incorporating his love of Afro-Caribbean rhythms, from acoustic bachata to reggae on his latest record, A La Mar. Formerly the||3/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSouth African Choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo Sings of Peace and Harmony||The great South African a cappella choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo are a global phenomenon. With their uplifting vocal harmonies and signature dance moves, they’ve been anointed “cultural ambassadors to the world” by no less than Nelson Mandela. (S||3/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Oh Hellos Throw a Folk Rock Party for Everyone||Formed in Texas, the sibling duo The Oh Hellos have embarked on making music for folks wherever the winds carry them. Seriously - their latest string of EPs are named after one of the four Greek mythological wind deities that bring the seasons. Wit||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSinger, Actress, and Activist Lila Downs Works To Break Down Walls||Feminist icon and Mexican folklorist Lila Downs’ most recent album Salón, Lágrimas y Deseo (Dancehall, Tears, and Desire), is dedicated to strong women everywhere. Her lyrics, inviting all “dangerous” women to join her, often highlight issues r||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDetroit Rapper/Producer Black Milk, In-Studio||The rapper and producer Black Milk is based in LA these days, but he’ll always be associated with Detroit... with Detroit producers like the late J Dilla, and Detroit rappers like Danny Brown. Black Milk (Detroit-born and bred rapper, composer and pr||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJorge Drexler Captivates With Heartfelt Guitar-Based Electrified Songs||Musician, actor and doctor (otolaryngologist) Jorge Drexler grew up in Uruguay, and now lives in Spain. Listeners may be familiar with Drexler’s music because his theme song for The Motorcycle Diaries won an Academy Award (presented to him by Prince.||3/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArresting Chamber-Rock Songs by POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e||Hear the eerie, arresting, co-composed electro-orchestral pop from Minneapolis electro band POLIÇA and Berlin new-music outfit stargaze, led by conductor André de Ridder. The two groups have worked together since the 2015-2016 season, in a “virtual||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWally de Backer, aka Gotye, and the Ondioline||Somebody that we used to know, Wally de Backer, Belgian-born Australian multi-instrumentalist, self-admitted “tinkerer,” and singer-songwriter (aka GOTYE), digs unusual instruments – like the rare French electronic musical instrument, the ondioli||2/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Zealand Artist Marlon Williams Makes Beauty Out of Agony||New Zealand singer/songwriter Marlon Williams has a voice like butter which can be charming and flirty as in the timeless crooner soon-to-be-classic, “Vampire Again,” or which can convey despair and longing, see his duet with Aldous Harding - "Nobo||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell Explore Reconstruction-Era Music||African-American string band tradition meets Cajun/Creole and Appalachian music in a collaboration between singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, actor and MacArthur Fellow Rhiannon Giddens and Dirk Powell, a multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger,||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPalm, A Band's Unexpected Experiments in Pop||Somewhere on the spectrum of art music and prog rock, is the band Palm. Underneath airy vocal melodies, they build out an architecturally precise combination of guitars and percussion, plus extra electronic triggered effects like steel drums, backward||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWardruna: Nordic Folk Music of the Ancients, Rooted in Nature||Norwegian band Wardruna creates music born of Nordic history, Norse runes and nature - and is led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Einar Selvik, who currently composes music for the TV series Vikings. (He was formerly the drummer in the b||2/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSirintip's Adventurous Insider/Outsider Pop Limns Dance and Jazz||The singer and songwriter known as Sirintip lives here in New York, but like many musicians who are here in New York, she came from somewhere else. She was raised in Thailand, and spent her teenage years in her mother’s homeland of Sweden, before ma||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBlues Is The Roots For Big Head Todd and the Monsters||Hear some straight-up rock 'n' roll with big crunchy guitars and solid grooves from the decidedly un-noodley Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Not content to rest on their laurels, they're still shaking things up, embracing their blues roots, but adding||2/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGloomy Southern Folk of Songwriter and Guitarist John Paul White (ex-Civil Wars)||Muscle Shoals, Alabama, singer-songwriter John Paul White (Ex-Civil Wars) brings his lyrical Southern gothic songs of heartbreak to the studio. Expect ethereal, sophisticated guitar-based Americana and dark, modern country from the four-time Grammy Aw||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Shacks' Timeless, Airy Psychedelic Pop||New York-based band The Shacks play catchy music that has strong echoes of '60s pop and psychedelia, and touches of '70s soul too. Their nod to vintage sounds has ties to the storied production out of Daptone Records (home of the late Sharon Jones and||1/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Band Umphrey's McGee: Musicianship For The Masses||The band Umphrey’s McGee spans a wide range of rock, prog, and pop, yet sometimes dips into jazz and/or improvisation by way of Zappa-inspired hand signals. But it’s also their constantly evolving live experience that has converted a loyal grassroo||1/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCalexico Makes Mariachi-Laced Music for The End Times||For the better part of two decades, the Tuscon-based desert-noir band Calexico has been making Mariachi- and Cumbia-laced expansive Americana. For their latest record (their ninth), "The Thread That Keeps Us," they explore the dual nature of anxiety a||1/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Wombats and Their Guitar-Drenched Pop Take Wing||The Liverpool-born trio known as The Wombats make catchy, guitar-saturated pop with riffs on twisted love songs, or detail-rich bad choices. With all members, Dan, Tord, & Murph now residing in three different locations: London, Oslo and Los Angeles,||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanString Quintet Sybarite5, In-Studio||Since their inception over a decade ago, the string quintet Sybarite5 has built a global audience, from Lincoln Center to The Cutting Room and the Museum of Sex; from the Apple Store to the Library of Congress, and a music salon-like residency at NYC||1/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRichmond Duo Lean Year's Slowcore Minimalist Folk, In-Studio||Dreamy slow-core folk duo Lean Year is Virginia-based singer Emilie Rex and filmmaker/musician Rick Alverson, along with contributions from Chicago musician/engineer Erik Hall and guest artists. Their musical palette is one of soft-spoken but direc||1/10/2018||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.