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.
||CleanSteve Aoki: I'll Sleep When I'm Dead||Steve Aoki has followed an unusual career path on his way to becoming one of the most successful dance music producers on the planet. Beginning in the hardcore music scene, starting a record label (Dim Mak Records), and then moving on to DJing, Aoki ha||10/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRoosevelt's Feverish Dance Pop||As recording and performing technology has gotten cheaper, there's been a wholesale revisiting of the synthy sounds of the mid-80s. At its worst, this excavation has yielded plenty of soulless, robotic machine music—not too dissimilar from the first||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJimmy Eat World, Sure and Certain||“The Middle,” was a massive hit for Arizona power-pop band Jimmy Eat World in 2001. Usually a song like that is one-and-done, but earlier this year the tech giant Apple released a commercial in which the everything-else giant Taylor Swift was lip-syn||10/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRegina Spektor Returns to Life||Songwriter Regina Spektor was born in the then-Soviet Union and moved to the States on the cusp of her teenage years. Her beautiful if oblique and surprising songs very often portray an outsider trying to make sense of things. A perfect fit, then, when t||10/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHiss Golden Messenger, In the Studio||The lyrical folk and rock outfit brings its newly soul-infused sounds into the studio.||10/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanReuben Hollebon's Terminal Nostalgia||Since medieval times, British folk music has been filled with dark ballads and unsettling tales. The British singer and songwriter Reuben Hollebon isn’t a folk musician, but he’s certainly tapped into that dark brand of storytelling with a song like||10/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter, Bjorn, & John Reach Their Breakin' Point||It's been a whole decade since the Swedish trio known as Peter Bjorn and John burst on the scene with the indelibly catchy "Young Folks,” which featured the best use of whistling since Billy Joel’s “The Stranger.” This year Peter Bjorn and John||10/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRiver Whyless Gathers Many Musical Tributaries||When we promoted River Whyless' headline show at Rough Trade a few weeks ago, listener Jim commented on the Gig Alert page: "Fabulous. Just fabulous." We couldn't agree more. The group's razor-honed songwriting and thoughtful vocal harmonies steal the s||9/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNada Surf Swells Its Sound||Plenty of bands stick around well (well) past their expiration date, touting each new release as a "reinvention" or a "reintroduction." But occasionally, a group really does kick into high gear after decades in the business. Witness: Nada Surf. They burs||9/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDar Williams, As Cool As She's Always Been||For two decades, Dar Williams has been writing some of the most trenchant and emotionally open songs in the folk-pop vein, and has achieved her considerable stature and recognition outside the formal workings of the mainstream record industry. Her first||9/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBear's Den: Americana from Britannia||If you have a three-legged stool, and you remove one of the legs, it’s pretty much a given that the stool will collapse. In the case of British rock trio Bear’s Den, when one of their members left earlier this year, the band only returned more triump||9/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCymbals Eat Guitars Has a 'Pretty Year'||If, as Lou Reed said, cymbals "eat" the sound of guitars on a recording, the band Cymbals Eat Guitars seems hell-bent on bashing through feelings like anger, fear, loneliness, and resentment with high-octane tunes. On the cover of their new record Prett||9/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParsonsfield: On Borders, Real and Imagined||The five-piece group Parsonsfield is based in western Massachusetts. Its music draws on both the string bands of Appalachia as well as anthemic rock. The band's new single, “Barbed Wire,” is about the closing of the prairie and, maybe, the closing||9/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHockey Dad: Late Summer Jams from Down Under||The band Hockey Dad hails from one of the better place names: Windang, Australia. And they’ve released... a “dang winner” of an album this year. (Sorry, couldn't help ourselves.) It’s called Boronia and it’s filled with chunky summer jams of an||9/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMusic as Paint Colors: Making 'Swiss Army Man' Sing||The Manchester Orchestra is neither an orchestra nor from Manchester. They're an indie rock outfit from Atlanta, with a decade of composing and performing as a unit under their belt. But now, singer Andy Hull and guitarist Robert McDowell have done some||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEl Perro del Mar: A Swedish Salty Dog Looks East||El Perro Del Mar, "the dog of the sea," is the unexpected—and unexpectedly Spanish—name for the work of the Swedish singer and songwriter Sarah Assbring. But doing the unexpected has become the norm for the artist over the past decade. She started a||9/1/2016||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