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A Bang On A Can Memory

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

One moment in 25 years of Bang On A Can

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John's Underwater Playlist

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

John Schaefer is planning on taking this playlist underwater

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3 Musical Obituaries

Monday, December 19, 2011

I wonder if you can tell something about a person by the music he/she listens to.  (And I wonder what that “something” might be.)  The reason I’m wondering this today is not just that we begin our annual Critics’ Week, our year-end roundup of the best music, etc.; but also because of the passing this weekend of two world leaders and one barefoot diva. 

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Got Live If You Want It

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

John Schaefer's mixed feelings about live albums

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A Rush Of Music To The Head

Monday, December 05, 2011

John Schaefer on music that gives him goosebumps

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Paul Motian Trio Plays WNYC in 1994

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Drummer Paul Motian, who died on Tuesday at age 80, was for way too many years the last surviving member of the famed Bill Evans Trio.  (Evans died in 1980 at the age of 51; bassist Scott LaFaro died in 1961, aged 25.)  As jazz writer Larry Blumenfeld noted on Soundcheck, this trio broke the usual piano-with-accompanying-rhythm-section mold and became a single unit of three equal parts.  Maybe that's where Motian got his sense of space and silence, because throughout his career, his drumming was marked by an unparalleled restraint, and a sense of line as opposed to keeping time.  Motian was patient, both in the way his pieces would unfold and in how his career developed.  He was in his mid-40s when he began leading his own groups, and some of his best work came with the trio he formed with the emerging sax player Joe Lovano and the nearly-unknown guitarist Bill Frisell in the early 1980s.  

In June 1994, that trio played in our WNYC studio on my old show, "Around New York."  Listen to this performance, "Yahllah," and you'll hear three musicians sharing an almost telepathic musical connection. 

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Reasons To Be Cheerful

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

What John Schaefer is thankful for this year...

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John Fogerty: "Take That, You Old Man!"

Friday, November 18, 2011

The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman talks about "vindication" and a solo hit from 1985.

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Strange Musical Bedfellows

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Loutallica is part of a long history of musical collaboration, says John Schaefer. 

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I Wanted My MTV

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

John Schaefer really wanted his MTV.  Or so he thought...

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Concept Albums: What’s the Big Idea?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Concept Album is an idea that just won’t die.

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5 CMJ Artists to Watch

Friday, October 21, 2011

5 artists who should not get lost in the CMJ crowd

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Crowdsourcing #AntarcticaAnthem

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Transforming the no-man's land of the South Pole into an inhabited country has long been imagined by authors and scholars alike. But if this unclaimed territory were to become a nation-state, what would its anthem sound like? Take part in a crowdsourcing experiment to propose national anthem lyrics for a fictional People's Republic of Antarctica.

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The (Crappy) Week In Review

Friday, October 07, 2011

Neither of this week's big stories was a happy one.

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A musical playoff

Monday, October 03, 2011

John Schaefer says Detroit is capable of springing an upset.  But where?

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'Measuring Time' Picks: Bragg, Turturro, Botstein and Farris

Friday, September 09, 2011

Some recent Soundcheck guests gave us their picks for WNYC's Measuring Time: Music for 9/11 project. We asked them: "What would you want to hear on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001?"

Billy Bragg picked the Bruce Springsteen album, "The Rising." Conductor Leon Botstein chose the works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann. Violinist Ralph Farris from the string quartet Ethel sent us his arrangement of the National Anthem. And actor John Turturro chose a Frank Sinatra classic, "In the Wee Small Hours."

Click above to listen to each of them explain their picks.

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John Schaefer's Road Trip Playlist

Friday, September 02, 2011

5 songs for your end-of-summer road trip

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Why I Didn't Want To Do This Segment

Thursday, August 25, 2011

John Schaefer wishes he didn't have to listen to the start of today's show.

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The Real Music Man

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs is not a musician, or a record producer, or a composer. But he has profoundly changed the way we hear music, the way music is produced, the way music is marketed. The pro...
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Music 101 with Professor B Bunny

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Everything John Schaefer knows about music he learned through cartoons.  Almost. 

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