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Whistling - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

John Schaefer on whistling: less really is more.

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Channel Change for Sirius XM Listeners!

Friday, April 29, 2011

If you tune in to Soundcheck via satellite radio, listen up! Effective Wednesday, May 4th, you’ll need to tune to a different channel to hear Soundcheck on the Sirius XM Public Radio channel live at 2 p.m. Eastern.

XM subscribers should turn to channel 121. Sirius subscribers with the "Best of XM" package should turn to channel 205.

For more information visit the Sirius XM site.

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Original Covers

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sometimes a cover beats the original.  Really. 

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How Can I Miss You If You Never Go Away?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

John Schaefer wonders whether comebacks are about the music or the marketing.

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I have the solution to the band name problem!

Monday, April 11, 2011

John Schaefer knows where you can find TONS of names for your band!

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WTF do we do about the F-word?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What is it about the F-word that makes it so troublesome?

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Hello He Must Be Going

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

With Phil Collins' career, you have to take the good with the bad.

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Lost In Translation

Monday, March 07, 2011

John Schaefer wonders if anyone goes to a Lady Gaga concert for the words.

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The album's big idea

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

John Schaefer asks, what IS a concept album anyway?

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Some Grammy Thoughts

Monday, February 14, 2011

John Schaefer reacts to the Grammys' surprises.

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Fell In Love With A Girl, And A Guy

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

John Schaefer says the White Stripes don't owe us anything else.

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Remembering Milton Babbitt

Monday, January 31, 2011

I encountered Milton Babbitt’s music before I ever met the man.  Given the uncompromising intellectual rigor of his music (a nice way of saying that it made my brain hurt), I expected Mr. Babbitt to be some kind of monster.  Instead, the first time I met him, he looked at me and determined, correctly, that I had a cold, and said, “hello, would you like some Vitamin C?”  Now, I didn’t particularly believe that a Vitamin C pill would do much for me,  but I took one, mostly out of relief that Babbitt hadn’t yelled at me (I’d already published some things which championed the emerging “downtown” composers who were pushing back at the academic nature of Babbitt’s music).

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My Tinnitus Scare

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

John Schaefer finds that tinnitus isn't just ringing in the ears...

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Looking At Hearing

Monday, January 24, 2011

The start of the Ear Wars...

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Jazz Looks East

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pop pushed world music to the fore - but jazzers like Charles Lloyd got there first.

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The 10 Greatest Composers

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

John Schaefer finds that making a Classical Top 10 is HARD!

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Memories (well, one at least) of the Palladium

Friday, January 07, 2011

One memory of the Palladium that cuts through the fog...

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A Song For Xmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

John Schaefer dislikes all its recordings, but still thinks Silent Night is a great song.

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Gary Burton: Top of the (Christmas) Pops

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Music writer and British radio personality Gary Burton joins us today joins us today for a Soundcheck Smackdown on a British holiday tradition: the race for a "Christmas No. 1" on the country's pop charts. Here's a list of his top-five UK Christmas songs:

5. Kate Bush, "December Will Be Magic Again"

4. Paul McCartney, "Wonderful Christmastime"

3. Jona Lewie, "Stop The Cavalry"

2. Slade, "Merry Xmas Everybody"

1. Greg Lake, "I Believe in Father Christmas"

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Sophie Harris: Top of the (Christmas) Pops

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Music critic Sophie Harris of Time Out New York joins us today for a Soundcheck Smackdown on a British holiday tradition: the race for a "Christmas No. 1" on the country's pop charts. Here's her list of her top-five UK Christmas songs:

5. Shakin' Stevens, "Merry Christmas Everyone"  / Frankie Goes to Hollywood "The Power of Love" (not strictly a Christmas song, but a memorable Christmas No. 1)

4. Jona Lewie, "Stop the Cavalry"

3. Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

2. Wham!, "Last Christmas"

1. John and Yoko, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)"

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