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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Peter and the Wolf

Check out Soundcheck's first of two special broadcasts from the South by Southwest music festival! Today we welcomed a slew of awesome guests to talk about the festival, including Amy Phillips of Pitchfork Media and John ...

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Moby at Stubb's [3/11/08]

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Moby onstage at Stubbs
[Photo credit: The cell phone of John Schaefer]

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Schwag As Far As the Eye Can See

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

sxsw0312_1.jpgIf you have a badge at SXSW, you'll get a canvas tote bag full of stuff. It's not on the 'gift bag' level of events like the Oscars, however. Instead of cellphones and jewelry, SXSW's bags contain a log of magazines, promotional publications, and ...

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Sneak Preview: Sixth Street

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

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The Soundcheck staff ventured to Sixth Street last night, to check out bands before the music portion of SXSW starts officially tonight. I caught the ultra-80s electronic rave-up outfit Tiger City and the Stoogesy group The Hands at Emo's.

The Hands ...

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The Return of 17 Hippies

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

After our encounter with Quiet Company, the Soundcheck staff bumped into a familiar face. Several familiar faces, actually: 17 Hippies, the German band who played on Soundcheck when we visited Berlin last fall (listen to their performance and interview here).

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SXSW Eve

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quiet Company outside convention centerThe South by Southwest music festival officially starts today, but the Soundcheck staff hit the town yesterday -- it turned out to be a great opportunity to see Austin before madness likely sets in sometime around ...

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A Funky Oasis

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

downtown AustinAustin is a city of weird contradictions. On one hand, it's a ramshackle jumble of thrift stores, head shops, fortune tellers, quirky little dive bars, and storefronts offering both bail bonds and Chinese take-out. You'll also find gleaming (sometimes gaudy) new ...

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Jeremiah the Frog

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

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Austin legend Daniel Johnston's Jeremiah the Frog mural, located at 21st Street and Guadalupe. (Quick quiz: How do you pronounce 'Guadalupe?') More here on the campaign to save it a few years back. The mural was saved. The Baja Fresh outlet was ...

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The Sum of Whole Foods

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

whole_foods_web.jpgAustin is home to the Whole Foods headquarters, and their flagship store is something to witness. As a guy who lives in a neighborhood that lacks a gourmet grocery store, I was kind of in heaven.

Nine a.m. is the perfect time to ...

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Austin: Day 1

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

gueros_web.jpgDeparted for Austin yesterday from Newark Airport. When I arrived at my gate, it became clear that space in the overhead bins was going to be scarce: the seating area was filled with musicians and their instrument cases. The flight was delayed ...

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Advice From the Guy Upstairs

Monday, March 10, 2008

I've been posting SXSW tips from my friend and current Austin resident Vic. As it turns out, there are former Austinites among the ranks here at WNYC. Robby from the 26th Floor weighs in with guidance on everything from BBQ to how NOT to catch a cab.

But it's ...

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Vic's SXSW Tips 3: Check Under the Hoodie

Saturday, March 08, 2008

More from my friend Vic Krothe, this time on how to dress for 'The Live Music Capital of the World:'

monkey_hoodie.jpg'Bring a variety of different layers. It might be in the 70's-80's during the day, and it might get down to 40 at ...

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Vic's SXSW Tip 2: Traffic Is Bigger in Texas

Thursday, March 06, 2008

More SXSW advice from my pal Vic Krothe. He's big on traffic tips:

parking_meter.jpg'Parking is going to suck. Period. Get where you're going and stay there, if at all possible, or run the risk of losing your precious spot. If you end ...

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Vic's SXSW Tip 1: Drive Smart

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Austin traffic lightLike the rest of the Soundcheck staff, I'm traveling to South by Southwest for the first time. I've worked in music-related roles at college, community and public radio stations for about 10 years, yet I've managed to avoid this particular ...

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When in Austin...

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Stubb’s BBQ, Austin, TexasSoundcheck will broadcast live on March 12 & 13 from this year's South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas. Been there before? Tell us: What should John Schaefer and the staff should do in Austin ...

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Soundcheck To Mess With Texas

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

WNYC's John Schaefer and Soundcheck are heading to Austin next week for the 2008 South by Southwest Music Festival. Or, as it's more efficiently known: SXSW. A print-only acronym if we've ever seen one. ("Sick-soo?" "Sack-saw?" Ah, nevermind.)

Soundcheck will broadcast live at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m ...

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Back From the DPRK

Monday, March 03, 2008

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The New York Philharmonic performed an historic concert in the East Pyongyang Grand Theater. WNYC's John Schaefer was part of the orchestra's entourage, and he hosted the concert broadcast. Now, Schaefer's baaaack. Don't miss what he had to say about the trip to North ...

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North Korea in pictures (and Beijing too)

Friday, February 29, 2008



Lorin Maazel meets the North Korean delegation.
See all photos from Soundcheck On Site: North Korea

Originally uploaded by WNYC's John Schaefer
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Farewell to Pyongyang

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Our North Korean handlers have been going crazy trying to maintain some semblance of order among the unruly mob that is the international press. But it turns out they will have the last laugh. At 7 am, room phones start to ring. Please pay your room and phone/internet charges between ...

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Pyongyang, day 2: the big event, Part II

Thursday, February 28, 2008

So, after all this, what about the concert itself? Well, you can presumably hear it by clicking on the link to our broadcast of it elsewhere on this website (ed.'s note: our broadcast window has expired. Check the New York Philharmonic's site, which has full online audio/video of the event: ...

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