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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:

Reuben Hollebon, In Studio

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Bing & Ruth's Family Reunion for Cult-Classic 'City Lake'

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New School-formed Bing & Ruth brings their ambient electronic music and contemporary-classical minimalism to this episode of LPR Live, with two tracks from 2010's "City Lake."

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Weekly Music Roundup: Darker & Dirtier

Monday, September 26, 2016

Week of September 26: Leonard Cohen goes (even) darker, Dirty Projectors return, and hunting for the new Weeknd song.
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Nada Surf Swells Its Sound

Monday, September 26, 2016

Indie stalwarts visit the Soundcheck studio armed with some of the strongest songs of their career.

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Peter, Bjorn, & John Reach Their Breakin' Point

Thursday, September 22, 2016

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Dar Williams, As Cool As She's Always Been

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The peerless singer-songwriter returns to the Soundcheck studio for a live set.

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River Whyless, In Studio

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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Weekly Music Roundup: Postcards From Home, Here, and the Hereafter

Monday, September 19, 2016

Week of September 19: This week, the premiere of a new Yann Tiersen piece; an upset (again) at the UK’s Mercury Prize; and a fun new video from Beck.
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Bear's Den: Americana from Britannia

Monday, September 19, 2016

Reinvigorated British duo brings cinematic songs from their new record 'Red Earth and Pouring Rain' to the Soundcheck studio.

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Cymbals Eat Guitars Has a 'Pretty Year'

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Staten Island rock combo plays songs from their new record 'Pretty Years' live on Soundcheck. 

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Sounds and Rituals of Mourning Take over the Park Avenue Armory

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Artist Taryn Simon explores the unusual ways in which various cultures deal with grief and loss.

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Download: LPR Live Returns with Sarah Neufeld's 'The Ridge'

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The second season of Q2 Music's LPR Live podcast launches with composer and Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld. Her new album "The Ridge" melds elements of classical, folk and pop.

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Weekly Music Roundup: I Will Not Stop Singing (or Playing)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Peter Gabriel’s tribute to Edward Snowden, a musical postcard from an African prison, and a new banjo master is crowned.
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Parsonsfield: On Borders, Real and Imagined

Monday, September 12, 2016

Appalachian folk meets foot-stomping rock, live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Hockey Dad: Late Summer Jams from Down Under

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Windang's favorite rock outfit plays live in the studio and talks about its new record, 'Boronia.'

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Fall Arts Preview: From Inuit Throat Singing to Bruce Springsteen

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Pharell Williams takes over BAM, "The Boss" releases a new record and Queens puts on a world class music festival — plus other music to look forward to this fall.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Beautiful People

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

This week, tragedy sparks a new Nick Cave song; Angel Olsen wows the critics; and Thom Yorke beams into a Mark Pritchard video..
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Music as Paint Colors: Making 'Swiss Army Man' Sing

Monday, September 05, 2016

Half of Manchester Orchestra visit the studio to talk about their unusual score for the Radcliffe/Dano film. 

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El Perro del Mar: A Swedish Salty Dog Looks East

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The Protean pop artist plays electrifying, danceable music inspired by South and East Asia.

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Weekly Music Roundup: From Scene to Shining Scene

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Good hip hop and bad grammar from London; De La Soul’s (crowded) return; the mother of all box sets; and a stunning music video tribute to our national parks.
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