Throughout the 2014 World Cup, Soundcheck will be getting to know the music of Brazil -- and will be listening to soccer-related music from the world at large.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes the week off from his music duties to binge-watch the World Cup, and has these thoughts on Brazil and Mexico's dramatic draw, and Belgium's late win from yesterday's action.
More commentary from host John Schaefer, as he takes the week off to watch the World Cup.
Host John Schaefer takes the week off to watch the World Cup, and sends back these thoughts from his TV viewing spot in Park Slope.
The official song of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is called “We Are One,” by Cuban-American rapper Pitbull, featuring Jennifer Lopez and the Brazilian pop star Claudia Leitte. And if you're not into it, worry not. We have alternatives.
Soundcheck continues its series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. Julia Furlan, Buzzfeed audio editor and São Paulo native, helps us scratch the surface of the Brazilian indie music scene.
All this week, Soundcheck has been looking at the music of Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup. The tournament begins tomorrow, but Brazil has been singing about soccer for almost 100 years. Host John Schaefer discusses a few of those classics.
George Vecsey spent his career as a New York Times sports columnist covering all sorts of sports and sporting events -- from baseball and boxing to the Olympics. But he also spent a good deal of time covering the World Cup -- in fact, he traveled to and covered the international soccer tournament every four years from 1982 to 2010. We talk with Vecsey about some of the more organic musical memories that he has from his almost 30 years of covering the Cup.
Soundcheck continues an occasional series exploring the vast musical landscape of Brazil, this year's World Cup host. John Schaefer speaks with Scott Kettner, percussionist and leader of Brazil-meets-Bourbon-Street ensemble Nation Beat, about the sounds of Pernambuco in the northeast of the country.