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°F The heat continues, with highs expected to hit the lower 90s. Hear what this means for four very different New Yorkers.

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:

Weekly Music Roundup: Remixing Racist Film; Mike Krol Cleans the Streets

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

This week John gives us a few clues from Phillip Glass, Air Waves, and DJ Spooky as to where his vacation spot is. 
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Lou Barlow: Bracing For Change

Monday, August 31, 2015

Hear the lo-fi hero and veteran of Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh perform songs from his latest solo album. 

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Gracie and Rachel: Intimate Orchestral Pop

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Hear a live performance from the intimate Brooklyn violin-piano duo, Gracie and Rachel.

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Forró In The Dark: A Charismatic Update on a Brazilian Classic

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The New York based Brazilian ex-pats perform songs from their new album 'Forro Zinho' live in the studio.

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Weekly Music Roundup: The Smiths Go Acoustic; Franz Schubert Celebrates Freedom

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This week, meet the Wizard of Oz-tralia and celebrate "free" in more ways than one.
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Publicist UK: Urgent Underground Rock

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hear the all-star underground rock band perform songs off their debut album 'Forgive Yourself.'

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The Damned: Still Around and as Furious as Ever

Thursday, August 13, 2015

 A new documentary revisits the first and forgotten punk band, The Damned. 

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Pure Bathing Culture: A First Look At Crisp Dream Pop

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Listen to Pure Bathing Culture perform songs from their new album 'Pray For Rain' live in the studio. 

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Weekly Music Round Up: Vampires, Kings, and Lonely Wandering

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This week, the Comeback Kids: Joanna Newsom, Carole King, and Alice Cooper. Plus some irresistible sing-along songs.
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Sharkmuffin: Jagged, Riotous Power Pop

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Listen to Brooklyn's sharp-edged Sharkmuffin live in the studio.

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Check Ahead: Ancient Warfare, 'The Pale Horse'

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Hear Ancient Warfare’s dark new album 'The Pale Horse' before its August 11 release.
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Documentary 'We Like It Like That' Remembers The Peak Of Boogaloo

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Boogaloo was the reigning Latin music of 1960's New York City and a new documentary remembers the legends of the genre. 

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Weekly Music Roundup: The Return of Pavement's Slacker Vocals and Darlene Love

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

This week, songs to fix the midweek blues, and a first glimpse at the return of a legendary voice.
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Emily King: Soulfully Honing Her Craft

Friday, July 31, 2015

Emily King performs songs from her new neo soul album 'The Switch' live in studio. 

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Weekly Music Roundup: The Evil Twin Of Brian Eno; Haunting Music From Atlantic City; Art Rock That Rocks

Monday, July 27, 2015

This week’s roundup includes punk documentaries, a few ghostly tunes and a self-proclaimed flower alchemist.
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George Ezra: Soulful, Global Folk-Pop

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hear singer-songwriter George Ezra perform songs from his new album, Wanted on Voyage, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Ethan Lipton And His Orchestra: Comedy Fit For Lounging

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Hear musical hilarity ensue in a live performance by Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Exploding Clowns; Yo La Tengo Ends World; The Damned Aren't Dead

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Soundcheck celebrates Death and Destruction in this week’s merry musical roundup!
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Evan Caminiti: Visceral, Pulsating Soundscapes

Friday, July 17, 2015

Hear Evan Caminiti's pulsating synths live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Sam Lee: A Trailblazer For The Traditional

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Stream a live performance and interview with the British singer-songwriter. 

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