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The 2014 World Cup: Some Final Thoughts

Monday, July 14, 2014

This World Cup had it all: A huge haul of goals, but also stunning goalkeeping, stout defense, lots of late drama, overachieving minnows and mighty giants brought low. Soundcheck host John Schaefer says it was also the year soccer/football ascended into the hearts of more Americans than ever.

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Check Ahead: Dave Douglas And Uri Caine, 'Present Joys'

Sunday, July 13, 2014

For years, jazz trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas and keyboardist Uri Caine have collaborated on all sorts of projects. But with Present Joys, they're finally recording as a duo. 

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The World Cup Final: Who Will Rule The World?

Friday, July 11, 2014

With the World Cup final coming up on Sunday, Soundcheck host, and Germany supporter, John Schaefer, runs through the match up of titans, and tries to guess who the Brazilians will root for: the German team that destroyed them earlier this week, or their arch-rivals, Argentina.

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Juana Molina, Live In The Greene Space

Friday, July 11, 2014

Watch experimental Argentinian singer-songwriter perform on a special Soundcheck and Latino USA showcase, recorded live from WNYC's Greene Space.

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World Cup Lingo, Explained

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

If you’ve been watching the World Cup on ESPN and/or ABC, then you may have noticed that most of the announcers are British. This is quite a comfort to the growing number of American fans of the English Premier League, where we’ve become used to announcers who are knowledgeable but also sound like they've read a book or two in their time. However, in soccer as in so many other things, England and America are two countries separated by a common tongue. The language of soccer uses familiar words that, in this context, have specific and often unfamiliar meanings. So just in time for the semifinals, Soundcheck host John Schaefer presents a little Soccer-English-To-English glossary.

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World Cup Semifinals: A Clash Of Musical Titans

Monday, July 07, 2014

After this weekend's World Cup action, there are now four teams left for the semi-finals. One of these games pits two countries with estimable musical traditions against each other -- Netherlands and Argentina. The other features two of the world's musical giants -- Germany and Brazil. Soundcheck host John Schaefer explores the match-ups and offers up some musical suggestions.

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I Wasn't Allowed To Watch: Boyz II Men's 'I'll Make Love To You'

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop catches up on the 1994 music videos that were not appropriate for 7-year-olds.

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My World Cup Vacation Ends; America’s Too

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

For two weeks, Soundcheck host John Schaefer went down the rabbit hole that is the World Cup. But as he returns to work, the improbable and courageous run of the U.S. comes to an end as well. Schaefer reflects on the game, Tim Howard's exceptional performance, and what it means for the USMNT's chances going forward.

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Summer '94: Listening To (And Learning From) Nick Cave

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In the summer of 1994, a fateful autograph from a musical hero put future Soundcheck producer Joel Meyer on the straight and narrow. 

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Summer '94: Where Were You, And What Were You Listening To?

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

All this month, Soundcheck is going to be looking and listening back to the summer of 1994. Members of the Soundcheck team reflect on what they were listening to 20 years ago.

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My World Cup Vacation: U.S. Loss Feels Like A Win

Friday, June 27, 2014

The United States Men's National Team may have lost 1-0 to Germany, but the Americans are still heading to the knockout round of 16, with a little help from Portugal's win over Ghana in the Group of Death. Soundcheck host John Schaefer breaks down what it all means, and suggests a new, cooler, nickname for the USMNT.

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My World Cup Vacation: A Little Messi Magic Goes A Long Way

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Just when you might have been thinking, "Wow, you must need to be a real jerk to be a top soccer player," along comes Lionel Messi to show everyone how it should be done. All he does is score goals. Soundcheck's John Schaefer weighs in on the Argentina star and his two goals in yesterday's World Cup action.

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My World Cup Vacation: Soccer's Supervillain Bites Again

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Big day in the World Cup yesterday, as yet another highly regarded former champion was sent home (that would be Italy) and another surprise package (Greece) earned a ticket to the next dance. But no one wants to talk about any of that right now. Soundcheck's John Schaefer is all agog that Uruguay's star forward, Luis Suarez, has apparently bitten an opponent.

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About Last Night: Sylvan Esso And tUne-yArDs' Colorful Shows At Webster Hall

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Earlier this week, Sylvan Esso and tUnE-yArDs wrapped up a month and a half-long tour with two back-to-back nights at New York’s Webster Hall. Soundcheck producers Mike Katzif and Katie Bishop attended the shows on two separate nights, and chatted afterward online about their post-show impressions and the two bands, which both released albums this year.

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My World Cup Vacation: You Can't Watch 'Em All

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer has watched practically every minute of this year's World Cup. Now, with two games running simultaneously, he has to choose which one will get his attention.

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Shabazz Palaces Shares Some '#Cake'

Monday, June 23, 2014

There's an otherworldly cosmic tone in everything Shabazz Palaces members Palaceer Lazaro and Tendai Maraire create. And its brand new song "#CAKE" -- from the Seattle hip-hop group's upcoming album, Lese Majesty, seems perfectly suited to soundtrack your late night chillout after the party starts to peter out.

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My World Cup Vacation: Keep Calm And Carry On, A Draw Is Just Fine

Monday, June 23, 2014

For Soundcheck host John Schaefer and practically everyone else watching the World Cup this weekend, Sunday was all about U.S.A. and Portugal. Yes, we're all disappointed that Portugal leveled the score on the last play of the game. But Schaefer says, "remember, this is the Group of Death," and he's confident the Americans will still move on to the next round.

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My World Cup Vacation: A New Favorite Team

Friday, June 20, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer may have the week off, but that hasn't stopped him from watching practically every minute of this year's World Cup from the cozy confines of his couch. Here's his latest missive about Costa Rica's win over Italy, France's win over the Swiss, and an M83 song that may convince you to travel.

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Remembering Gerry Goffin, And His Unusual Partnership With Carole King

Friday, June 20, 2014

Because of the Tony Award-winning musical Beautiful, Gerry Goffin's name recognition at the time of his death yesterday, at 75, was higher than it had been since the 1960s, when he and his first wife Carole King burst onto the American music scene with a string of enduring hits.. Host John Schaefer looks back at the many hits they penned together. 

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My World Cup Vacation: A Tale Of Two Refs (Or Three)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on England's loss, the referees who make their presences known, and Brian Eno.

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