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Caryn Havlik

Assistant Producer, New Sounds

Caryn is a drummer and recovering pianist.  When not breathing music, she is also a softball player, biker, and kid and adult-inspirer.

Caryn Havlik has been playing drums for more than 20 years, and is the drummer for the metal band Mortals (Relapse Records). Previous gigs include playing with Slayer cover band Slaywhore, electro-grunge outfit Clinical Trials, the Red Hook Ramblers, mathrockers  Broadband, and she has even drummed in an off-off-broadway play, "Love Sucks."  See her with Mortals in April 2015 at the Roadburn Festival and all across Europe on tour with Skeletonwitch and Goatwhore. She is a Dream Cymbals Artist.

She teaches drums to folks aged 5 to 65 at the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls and through private lessons. She is also a long-time assistant radio producer at WNYC, (New York Public Radio), on the show New Sounds with John Schaefer.  Her articles, interviews, and reviews on music, drumming, and not sucking at softball have been published in both Decibel and Tom Tom Magazine, the latter of which she served as the Metal issue’s co-editor (No. 13.)

When not breathing music, Havlik is a competitive softball player on three different teams, a kamikaze biker, and an acupuncture junkie. Little known facts: she holds a B.A. in Japanese Language and Literature and will gladly order sake with you, she grew up as a classical pianist and had a pretty sweet gig as second-string organist at her church as a teenager, and she very much enjoys Gilbert & Sullivan operettas.

Caryn Havlik appears in the following:

Drumming Mags Ignored Women for Years, Until Now

Monday, June 22, 2015

Women make only occasional appearances in mainstream drum magazines. Why?
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'Born To Drum' Presents A Wide World Of Dudes, And One Chapter For The Ladies

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

WNYC
Tony Barrell's book Born To Drum gives exactly one chapter to female players. Why not just achieve better balance throughout?
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Bagpipes & Metal for St. Patrick's Day

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WNYC
The staff of one revolts by taking over and playing nothing but folk metal, heavy on the bagpipes from the world over, while John Schaefer was away in Ireland.
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Office Fridges: What Would The Founding Fathers Do?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Your philosophy about how a communal fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. Sporkful listeners call in with contrasting perspectives.

Did You Miss These? (2014 NON-New Sounds)

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

WNYC
Did you miss these in 2014?  Here's some of the best of loud and/or fast (like White Lung.)  And we never expect them to air on New Sounds either.
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New Sounds Year in Review 2014: 3

Monday, December 29, 2014

WNYC
The New Sounds Staff of one finally weighs in with a year-end new music list. It's about time too, since being on tour with a metal band is only an excuse for so long...
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Chamber and Choral Music Meet Metal

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WNYC
Listen to “Chamber Metal,” choral vocals in metal, and other beautiful New Sounds / recent discoveries from the metal and non-metal trenches.  
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Asphalt Orchestra Owns The Pixies' "Surfer Rosa"

Monday, October 20, 2014

WNYC
The New Sounds All-Purpose Assistant previews the exuberant record “Asphalt Orchestra plays the Pixies: Surfer Rosa” due out on November 18, 2014 from Cantaloupe Records.
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Sometimes it Snows in April: New Music Finds From New Sounds

Friday, April 18, 2014

WNYC
We’ve been practically snowed under by the relentless storm of great new music coming in, (not all of it in the New Sounds vein), and we need to clear our conscience.
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Rogue Roundup - What's On Repeat at New Sounds

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

WNYC
Here are some of the musical selections that we’re most likely to have on repeat until Schaefer needs them.
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A Limited 2014 Preview / Some 2013 Missed Gems

Monday, January 13, 2014

WNYC

While everyone was compiling their year-end-lists on deadline, or submitting their 2014 previews, we’ve had the luxury of no one demanding such things from us.  Now, really, the only joy in these sorts of exercises might be taunting John Schaefer with the freer time which comes from not hosting two daily shows (& countless other events), and then finally feeling guilty enough to share the things that the staff stumbled upon while not compiling Listener Poll data. Just to defy low expectations, and to continue to avoid actually BEING on air, here's another in the series of "Rogue" New Sounds Staff posts and it's a long one - in two parts.

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A Dialect is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Sunday, May 27, 2001

The Next Big Thing is learning that a dialect is a terrible thing to waste. It's hope springing eternal… well, actually, it's hope springing biological. Maybe. It's animal sightings - including a giant bullfrog in the middle of New York City and a couple of mad cows. What else? You ...

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