John Schaefer appears in the following:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
I wrote in yesterday’s blog that I thought this was a great decade for music. That includes some of the so-called “niche” markets too. It was a good decade for jazz – although nobody seemed to notice. And it was a boom time for “world music.
The great voices we were introduced to in the 90s continued to amaze in the new decade: Cesaria Evora of Cape Verde, Youssou N’Dour of Senegal, Asha Bhosle of India.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We have another two weeks before this decade, the first of the 21st century, officially ends. I sort of liked Time magazine’s recent name for it: “The Decade From Hell.” I suspect almost everyone associated with the music recording industry would agree with that wholeheartedly.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Soundcheck's John Schaefer wants to know what you thought was the biggest story in pop music during the '00s.
Friday, December 11, 2009
What was, for you, the signature song of the period of 1989 and the two years after? Was it just a catchy pop tune or did it perhaps reflect the times?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Do you have a favorite collaboration between the rock and rap genres? Do you think the two genres play nicely together?
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Soundcheck's John Schaefer assesses Tori Amos' new Christmas album in advance of her performance in the WNYC Greene Space on Wednesday. Plus, a slideshow of fans waiting in the rain to get in!
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
WNYC's John Schaefer talks to the composer about his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece "Little Match Girl Passion" and the story that influenced him.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Having Sheryl Crow on the program today means a chance to ask a few questions of the 9-time Grammy winner. Which is good, because I’ve had one for her from the first time I heard the first line of the first song on her first record.
Monday, December 07, 2009
It’s a measure of Louis Armstrong's popularity that people who had no connection to jazz whatsoever knew who he was. His work on TV and film made sure of that.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Occasionally, when I'm backstage at one of WNYC's long-running "New Sounds Live" concerts, a musician will ask, "Don't you get nervous before these shows?" And my honest answer is, "No, I don't anymore. And I kind of miss it."
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Are Radiohead true musical geniuses, or just a bunch of musical blowhards who think they're geniuses?
Monday, November 30, 2009
Just a couple of weeks ago, we looked back at the career of the late Robert Palmer, an important music critic and writer.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Austria's Haydn Trio Eisenstadt perform two of their namesake's works on WNYC's Soundcheck.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The Pacifica Quartet joins WNYC's John Schaefer for a live performance on Soundcheck.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Pipa virtuoso Wu Man along with qin player Zhao Jiazhen perform live on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer, sharing the traditional music of her native China.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The enterprising pianist Jenny Lin joins WNYC's John Schaefer to perform live on Soundcheck.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Iggy Pop, who defined the role of the crazed rock frontman as far back as 1969, has now recorded an album that features French and Brazilian standards, some ballads, a tune lovingly ripped off from Louis Armstrong's early years, and only one real rocker. People are surprised
Monday, June 22, 2009
The idea that musicians might be somehow more attuned to the emotions of others really isn't all that surprising. Ever have that feeling where a piece of music strikes you in a way you can't articulate but can certainly feel? So you know that a musician can, at times at least, reach you on an emotional level.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I've been listening to the songs at the top of the charts, trying to see if I can figure out which one will be the song we can't escape this summer - assuming the rain stops and summer does in fact come at some point. Unlike prior years, where I thought there were standout tracks (Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl"), this summer's entries seem to be a middling bunch.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
President Obama's Arts & Humanities team is now complete, as Iowa Republican Jim Leach joins the previously announced Rocco Landesman; Leach will run the NEH and Landesman the NEA. Of the two, the NEA is the one that's had the bigger bullseye on its back, a lingering aftershock of the culture wars of the early 90s, when the NEA funded a series of controversial art projects (the Robert Mapplethorpe photos, for example) that had conservatives in Congress threatening to kill the agency entirely.