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.
||CleanTony Fletcher Chronicles the Sensual Soul of Wilson Pickett||For a guy who had such an enormous impact on American popular music, you might say that Wilson Pickett has been hiding in plain sight. One of the central figures in the development of soul music in the 1960's, Pickett was a hugely successful singer and s||3/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAssertive New Indie Pop From Tennis||The husband-and-wife team of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley released their first album, Cape Dory back in 2011, documenting their time living on a boat and sailing down the Eastern seaboard. Back on dry land and over the course of two more albums, Tennis||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRed Baraat, A Bhangra Dance Brass Band Street Party||The group Red Baraat has become synonymous with a raucous good time, a celebratory mix of bhangra – the dance music of the Punjab region, New Orleans horns, go-go and a bit of hip-hop besides. They’re led by Sunny Jain, who plays the dhol, a tra||3/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMark Morris, Choreographing AND Conducting Japanese Street Dances & Baroque Tragedy||The opera Dido And Aeneas is a late 17th century masterpiece by Henry Purcell. Back in 1989, the American choreographer Mark Morris unveiled a version of this opera with dance. In fact, Morris himself danced the roles of both Dido, the queen of Carthag||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBritish Songwriter, Laura Marling, As Ever, Herself||The British singer/songwriter Laura Marling returns with a refined sixth record Semper Femina, whose Latin title implies a more gender-specific note. The album is a gripping collection of poetic takes on womanhood- complete with seductive and ravishing a||3/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCommunist Daughter, Folk-Rock That Doesn't "Hold Back"||Minneapolis-based Communist Daughter uses finger-picked guitar, organ, pounding drums and massing voices, much like the current crop of campfire rockers who have scored hits, but there is a distinct air of melancholy, and a rumble or two of darkness to t||3/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrandaddy Launches a Comeback||Born in Modesto, CA in 1992, Grandaddy consists of Jason Lytle, Aaron Burtch, Tim Dryden, Jim Fairchild and Kevin Garcia. But, in 2006, it seemed as though the band Grandaddy had run its course, and the group broke up, leaving behind a lot of disappo||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVampire Weekend Drummer Chris Tomson's "Youngish American"||Drummer Chris Tomson, has joined his three Vampire Weekend bandmates in releasing an album of his own solo material, under the name Dams Of The West. Only Chris doesn’t just play the drums here – he moves back to his original instrument, the guitar,||2/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGuitarist Margaret Glaspy Delivers Crunch & Thunder||Guitarist and singer Margaret Glaspy released her album Emotions and Math last year, and promptly found herself on a whole bunch of year-end lists of the best albums of the year, including those of the New York Times and NPR. It’s not hard to hear why||2/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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