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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:

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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Lou Barlow: Bracing For Change

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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

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

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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

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Weekly Music Round Up: 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 Round Up: 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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The Weather Station: Warm, Hushed Indie Folk

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tamara Lindeman's group plays character sketches and confessional songs from its latest record, 'Loyalty.'

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Paul Weller: Four Decades And Three Perfect Songs

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

In forty years, The Modfather has had two hit-making bands, a brilliant solo career, and—by his estimate—he's recorded three 'perfect songs.'

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Weekly Music Round Up: Jazz From The East; Mica Levi's Haunted Pop; Music For A Crime

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This week showcases the Jazz Artist Of The Year along with a few songs for your drunk, detective and criminal alter-egos. 
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New Doc Provides Intimate Look at Troubled Star Amy Winehouse

Friday, July 10, 2015

Through home footage and interviews with close friends and associates, the film "Amy" provides viewers a firsthand look at the star's rise and fall.

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Eszter Balint: Sophisticated Rock With European Roots

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Hear Eszter Balint's sophisticated rock live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Titus Andronicus: Explosive, Operatic Punk

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Get a loud preview of the expansive rock band's new album, live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Girlpool: Warm, Candid Musings On A Big World

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Hear the uncompromising punk of Girlpool live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Weekly Music Round Up: Greek Pop, African Guitar, And More

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

This week's Tuesday Music Round Up covers ground from Greece to Atlanta with a sprinkling of post-rock.
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Violent Femmes: Resurrection In The Desert

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Acoustic punk band plays live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Tuesday Music Round Up: Imogen Heap And Harry Potter, Telekinesis And Farao

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This week's Tuesday Music Round Up includes a Harry Potter play, horses and Roo (that's Bonnaroo to you) without the bug spray. 
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A Little Sympathy For Allen Klein

Monday, June 29, 2015

The devil of rock history gets a second chance by music business writer, Fred Goodman. 

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