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John Schaefer

John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley. 

In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center's prestigious Letter of Distinction for his "substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad." In May 2006, New York magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue.  He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog at soundcheck.org.

He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; he has also written about horse racing (Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology, Vintage NY 2006) and was a regular panelist on the BBC’s soccer-based program Sports World.  

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John Schaefer appears in the following:

Check Out Jill Sobule's New Song, Because You're (Probably) Related To Her

Friday, May 22, 2015

Listen to "Cousins," a new track written as a kind of theme song for the latest project by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs.
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Jon Fine: Indie Rock is Beautiful, Even When Your Band Sucks

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bitch Magnet guitarist and author talks about his definition of indie rock, why he gave his ears to rock and roll, and why you can always find "the guy" on tour. 

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Soundcheck's Tuesday Music Roundup: A New Guitar King; A Vintage Soulman And More

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Soundcheck rounds up the music videos, songs and news you should know to help get you through the week.
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The Thrill is Gone: Remembering B.B. King

Friday, May 15, 2015

He was one of the greatest, most influential guitarists in music history – and one of the most unusual.
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Soundcheck’s Tuesday Music Roundup: Questlove In Cuba, Robots And Clones And More

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Soundcheck rounds up the music videos, songs and news you should know to help get you through the week.
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Noel Gallagher: Still Flying High

Monday, May 11, 2015

The British rock icon talks to Soundcheck about "god-awful" modern sounds, The Smiths, and soccer. 

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An Outsider At Home: Why Morrissey's Big With Mexicans

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Host John Schaefer talks to Latino USA's Nadia Reiman about the roots of one of pop music's strangest affinities. 

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Mexico Loves Morrissey! But Why?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

John Schaefer explores the roots of an unlikely passion: the widespread popularity of the erstwhile Smiths frontman among Mexicans and Latinos.
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Soundcheck’s Tuesday Music Roundup: Chrome Faucets, Blonde Hair, and Days of Grace

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Soundcheck rounds up music news, videos and songs you should know that just might help you get through the rest of the week.
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Ben E. King: No One Hit Wonder, But One Hit Was A Wonder

Friday, May 01, 2015

The singer and songwriter best known for hits like "Spanish Harlem," "There Goes My Baby," and "Stand By Me," died yesterday at 76. Soundcheck's John Schaefer has this remembrance.
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Appreciation Versus Ambulance-Chasing: Why the Media Gets 'R.I.P.' Wrong

Friday, May 01, 2015

Soundcheck host John Schaefer posts this short audio essay on the fine line between timely appreciation of an artist's passing...and just getting the story wrong.

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Squarepusher: Upending Expectations Of Electronic Dance Music

Friday, May 01, 2015

The "intelligent dance music" artist performs songs from his latest project, Damogen Furies, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck’s Tuesday Music Roundup: Goats, Waterbears, And FM Radio

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Soundcheck rounds up music news, videos and songs you should know that just might help you get through the rest of the week.
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London’s 12 Most Musical Tube Stations

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

After a week riding London's extensive subway system, Soundcheck's John Schaefer compiles a playlist of songs that reference the tube.
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Celebrating 50 Years Of Musical Incompetence

Monday, April 20, 2015

As PDQ Bach celebrates his 50th anniversary, creator and composer Peter Schickele talks about how to make serious music funny, and how to take funny music seriously.

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Who’s Behind The Mask? Six Musicians Who Weren’t Who They Were Rumored To Be

Friday, April 17, 2015

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King tells the story Orion, a singer who sounded a lot like Elvis, and wore a mask. John Schaefer rounds up other musicians with mysterious identities.
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Why'd We Pick 'Women On The Edge'?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

This edition of the Soundcheck Stream, called "Women On The Edge," celebrates women who demand, and command, center stage.
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Twelve Great Songs For The Frank Sinatra Centennial

Monday, April 06, 2015

In honor of the the 100th anniversary of “the greatest singer of the 20th century”'s birth, and a new HBO documentary, Soundcheck's John Schaefer lists his favorite Sinatra songs.
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Telmary: Electrifying Cuban Hip-Hop

Friday, March 27, 2015

Listen to the Cuban hip-hop pioneer play in the Soundcheck studio.

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Unlikely Savior For the Music Industry: Your 12-Year-Old

Thursday, March 12, 2015

As the music industry struggled to keep older buyers and fans, it's discovered that tweens are the ultimate renewable resource —  as long as the artists sort of act their age.

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