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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.
||CleanDaring Ambition of The Magnetic Fields: One Song For Every Year of a Life||Watch Live via Facebook: Some folks get a fast car, a tattoo, or a drum set for their mid-life crisis. However, New York singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephin Merritt, songwriter of The Magnetic Fields recorded 50 Song Memoir: a five-d||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTuareg Guitarist Bombino's Irresistible Grooves Bring Folks Together||Bombino, aka guitarist and songwriter Omara Moctar, comes from the nomadic Tuareg people of North Africa. On his latest record, Deran, recorded close to his native Niger in the southern Sahara, he extends best wishes for peace and celebrates his desert||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe California Honeydrops Kick It Old School||The California Honeydrops play stripped-down rootsy music that might sound like country-blues, Southern soul, New Orleans second-line, and R&B - all at once old school and really old-school. Their origin story is inspirational – Polish-born Lech Wier||5/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEleanor Friedberger Is (Goth) Dancing (Mostly) on Her Own||Eleanor Friedberger, best known as one half of the indie rock duo The Fiery Furnaces, has recently shifted her musical landscape, swapping out live instruments in favor of drum programming and synths for a sound that she can create mostly on her own. (||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpeedy Ortiz Delivers Pop Stingers For the Times||The latest music from American pop band Speedy Ortiz, ‘Twerp Verse,’ speaks smartly to political and social situations of the present from a feminist perspective of truth-telling and is designed, on purpose, to make us uncomfortable lyrically and m||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOkkervil River's Will Sheff Previews Songs From ‘In The Rainbow Rain’||Okkervil River excels at wistful, melancholy, intimate songs, yet there’s possibly an undercurrent of happiness to these latest creations on the forthcoming record, In The Rainbow Rain. Somehow singer/songwriter Will Sheff both reflects on this new||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFatoumata Diawara: A Traditionalist Who Needs to Experiment||Some time ago, Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actress Fatoumata Diawara did a wonderful and daring thing – inspired by her friend Rokia Traore, she bought an acoustic guitar, and taught herself to play it. Since then, Fatoumata has put out||4/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParty With The Lost Bayou Ramblers, Swinging Cajun-Style||Louisiana-based Lost Bayou Ramblers are a swinging punkass party band who mix Cajun melodies on fiddle, accordion, guitars, and some electric sounds. They just won a regional roots Grammy for their record, Kalenda, but they’ve also done an original||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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|
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.