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.
||CleanRogue Wave Rides a New High||Rogue Wave has a number of associations with water: they’re from Oakland, California, for starters. There’s that "wave" right there in their name. One of their most identifiable tunes is a love song to Lake Michigan. And their new record Delusions||6/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMoby, Before 'Porcelain' Broke||"Porcelain" is the name of one of Moby's most recognizable songs. It's also the name of the musician's new autobiography which, in suitably idiosyncratic fashion, chronicles the years before his ascent to global fame. So it begins with Moby returning in||6/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAoife O'Donovan Conjures 'Magic' Again||It took Aoife O’Donovan a decade to record her debut as a solo artist, the 2013 album Fossils. But it’s not like she was sitting around twiddling her thumbs prior to that. She was busy playing with the high energy bluegrass band Crooked Still, or co||6/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanYo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble: 'Strangers' No More||Cellist Yo-Yo Ma has long been one of the country's most celebrated interpreters of classical music, and for the last two decades his Silk Road Ensemble has used music to build bridges across cultures. The latest recording from the always-rotating cast||6/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanKeeping 'Cool' With Sam Cohen||Sam Cohen was the guiding force behind the psych-pop bands Yellowbirds and Apollo Sunshine. He self-released a solo album called Cool It in 2015, which caught the ear of producer Danger Mouse (the man behind The Gray Album, Gnarls Barkley, and so much mo||6/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMartin Creed Understands||Martin Creed is an artist. And a musician. And the two don't really have a distinction, in his mind. His work is serious, his work is whimsical, and, again, there is no distinction. Stand under the slowly rotating "Understanding" sign in Brooklyn Bridge||6/13/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanYoung Magic's Healing and Horizonless Pop||Young Magic's new album Still Life opens and closes with a track called "Valhalla," a reference to the mythic citadel of the souls of dead Norse warriors. It's a kind of invocation, though a somewhat strange one, since singer Melati Malay wrote the s||6/9/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHerb Alpert: 'I'm Playing Better Than Ever'||In the 1960s, Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass sold more albums than anyone except The Beatles and Elvis. For most musicians, that would be enough. But Alpert went on to co-found A&M Records, which launched the burgeoning careers of other superstars like||6/6/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSteve Gunn Paints Outside the Lines||At the beginning of the video for Steve Gunn's latest single "Ancient Jules," we see the singer/guitarist straddle a motorcycle and race off on a country road, an image overlaid with the song's classic, crunchy sound. It's the quintessential picture o||6/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanInto It. Over It. Has Standards.||There’s something about the band name “Into It. Over It.” that seems perfect for the digital age, when we rush to crown the Next Big Thing one week and abandon it for the new Next Big Thing a week later. But Chicago singer and songwriter Evan Weiss||5/30/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanMarissa Nadler Introduces 'Strangers'||Whether it's interpreting Edgar Allan Poe or channeling Leonard Cohen, musing on the death of Virginia Woolf or imagining cities being dragged into the sea, Marissa Nadler's music finds beauty in starkly gothic terrain. Her new record is called Strangers||5/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhite Denim Gets Loose-Limbed on 'Stiff'||When Austin's White Denim was last in the Soundcheck studio, one of our listeners commented, simply, "This is music. Wow." At the time, the band was touring behind the Jeff Tweedy-produced Corsicana Lemonade, which found the then-quartet indulging in a f||5/23/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanNatalia Lafourcade Finds Power at the Root of Things||Natalia Lafourcade had writer's block. Her 2009 album Hu Hu Hu had been a critical and commercial triumph, nominated for Grammy awards and hailed as one of the best records of the decade by tastemakers in the Latin music world. How to move forward? She||5/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJulianna Barwick's Stormy 'Will'||When Julianna Barwick last visited the studio, she was teasing songs from the forthcoming release of 2013's protean, beautifully hazy Nepenthe, to which Sigur Rós's producer Alex Somers lent some of his trademark Icelandic sheen. Barwick's new record,||5/16/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanKawehi: From Viral Video Star to...Star||The looping one-woman band visits the Soundcheck studio.||5/12/2016||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