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.
||Moon Taxi: Progressive Jam-Rockers With Tight Pop Hooks||Moon Taxi was born in Nashville, Tenn. in 2006. Fronted with startling stage authority by singer Trevor Terndrup, the band -- including guitarist Spencer Thomson, bassist Tommy Putnam, drummer Tyler Ritter, and Wes Bailey on keys -- went about establishi||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Conor Oberst, Live At Gigstock||Every morning on WNYC, Soundcheck’s John Schaefer offers listeners a Gig Alert -- a profile of one outstanding artist set to perform that night in New York. Now, Soundcheck is presenting Gigstock, a mini-festival featuring another killer double-bill: C||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||James Vincent McMorrow, Live At Gigstock||Every morning on WNYC, Soundcheck’s John Schaefer offers listeners a Gig Alert -- a profile of one outstanding artist set to perform that night in New York. Now, Soundcheck is presenting Gigstock, a mini-festival featuring another killer double-bill||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||R. Crumb And The East River String Band: Iconic Comix Artist Meets Old-Time Blues||You'll probably recognize Robert Crumb from his artwork -- the prolific cartoonist was a founder of the underground "comix" movement, and illustrated iconic album covers for Janis Joplin and The Grateful Dead. What you may not know is that from time to||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Live At Gigstock||For one night, Soundcheck and the concert calendar Web site Oh My Rockness joined forces to present Gigstock, a mini-festival featuring two freaking awesome bands: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Parquet Courts. Led by singer, guitarist and lyricist||4/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||White Hinterland: Boldly Embracing An Evocative Pop Sound||Baby, Casey Dienel's third album under her moniker White Hinterland, arrives after a period of personal upheaval and reinvention. After living in Portland, Ore., Dienel felt stuck and anxious trying to juggle a job and her music. So she took a chance and||4/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Parquet Courts Play Live At Gigstock||For one night, Soundcheck and the concert calendar Web site Oh My Rockness joined forces to present Gigstock, a mini-festival featuring two freaking awesome bands: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Parquet Courts. Parquet Courts exploded into New Yo||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kiss' Paul Stanley On Being Starchild, Discovering Beethoven And Entering The Hall Of Fame||Last week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine took the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to introduce a band being inducted that evening. "Kiss was never a critic’s band," said Morello.||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||New York City Council Member Stephen Levin Shares Three Songs||As a member of the New York City Council, Stephen Levin represents the 33rd district, which includes some of Brooklyn's hippest, if not hipster-iest neighborhoods: Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, Gowanus, and part of Bed-Stuy. It comes||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Kristeen Young: Beguiling And Visceral Rock||For many, Kristeen Young first made a splash in a performance with Morrissey on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2007, wearing a handcrafted yet futuristic "bubble dress" that could rival anything in Lady Gaga's wardrobe. But more, it was her soarin||4/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nas: Still 'Illmatic' At Twenty||Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee known as Nas -- is one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. His 1994 debut, Illmatic, announced him as a premier voice in the burgeoning world of hip hop, and it conti||4/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Liv Warfield: An Edgy And Soulful Voice||The Unexpected, Liv Warfield's new album, is not simply a sophomore album, but a reinvention. It's been seven years since the supremely talented singer and guitarist's debut was released, and in that time, she's honed her craft with none other than Princ||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Three Generations Of Britpop: The Beatles Vs. The Stones; The Stone Roses; Arctic Monkeys Play Live||In this episode, Soundcheck looks back on three different decades of Britpop. First up, The Beatles versus The Rolling Stones is of course one of rock’s greatest rivalries. But how did the bands themselves feel about it? It’s a topic John McMillian e||4/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Decoding The Sounds Of AMC's Spy Series, 'Turn'||The last time Marco Beltrami talked with Soundcheck, the fate of humanity rested in the balance. We were all facing the zombie apocalypse. (Again.) But inspired perhaps by Marco’s dramatic soundtrack, the world was saved in the movie World War Z, so th||4/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||That Was A Hit?!? Herman's Hermits Edition||By any pop music measurement, 1965 was long on incredible No. 1 hits. The Rolling Stones released "Satisfaction" and The Beatles released "Yesterday." The Byrds topped the charts with Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and the Righteous Brothers got all sw||4/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Why Kurt Cobain Still Matters||Twenty years ago today, Kurt Cobain -- the lead singer for influential early 1990s rock band Nirvana -- was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot, with a suicide note at-hand. He was 27. By the time he died, Cobain’s influence on the Sea||4/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Crowded House's Neil Finn Goes Solo Again, With Help From His Family||For a time -- long before Hobbits, before Flight of the Conchords, and before Lorde -- New Zealand's biggest pop culture export was Neil Finn, the singer-songwriter and frontman of Split Enz and Crowded House. In the time Crowded House was active (rough||4/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Peter Gabriel: Four Decades Of Music Without Frontiers||One of pop music's most eclectic, shape-shifting artists is about to be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Again. Peter Gabriel's art-rock pioneering band Genesis was added to the Hall in 2010. But he left that group long before its Phil Col||4/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Perfect Pussy: Fearless And Powerful Punk Fury||The ideal way to witness Perfect Pussy is in a cramped room mobbed with fans, collectively losing their minds to the ecstatic, pile-driving fury. On stage, the Syracuse hardcore band’s set is somehow both the shortest and longest 15 minutes of unforge||4/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Roseland Ballroom: Your Stories||Another storied New York concert venue is about to close its doors: Roseland Ballroom will cease operations on April 7, after a stylish sendoff/residency from Lady Gaga. Say goodbye to Roseland Ballroom by sharing a memory of a great concert, a great run||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Regina Carter: A Jazz Violinist Explores Her Southern Roots||Renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter's latest album, called Southern Comfort, started out as an exploration of her family tree -- an attempt to discover and interpret the folk songs that her grandfather, a coal miner in Alabama, perhaps would have heard||4/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Face The Music: Why You Quit Your Instrument||Orchestrated by our classical sister station, the WQXR Instrument Drive is collecting "gently used" instruments at various drop-off locations throughout New York, northern New Jersey and Long Island. The drive, a partnership with Sam Ash and Mr. Hollan||4/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dum Dum Girls: A 'Vivid' And Sparkling Sound||Dum Dum Girls burst onto the scene in 2008 on the strength of visceral, yet messy songs and the charisma of vocalist Dee Dee Penny. But as the one-woman project morphed into a full-fledged band, that primitive grit has been incrementally sanded down, rev||4/3/14||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.