John Schaefer appears in the following:
Monday, January 31, 2011
I encountered Milton Babbitt’s music before I ever met the man. Given the uncompromising intellectual rigor of his music (a nice way of saying that it made my brain hurt), I expected Mr. Babbitt to be some kind of monster. Instead, the first time I met him, he looked at me and determined, correctly, that I had a cold, and said, “hello, would you like some Vitamin C?” Now, I didn’t particularly believe that a Vitamin C pill would do much for me, but I took one, mostly out of relief that Babbitt hadn’t yelled at me (I’d already published some things which championed the emerging “downtown” composers who were pushing back at the academic nature of Babbitt’s music).
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
John Schaefer finds that tinnitus isn't just ringing in the ears...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Pop pushed world music to the fore - but jazzers like Charles Lloyd got there first.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
John Schaefer finds that making a Classical Top 10 is HARD!
Friday, January 07, 2011
One memory of the Palladium that cuts through the fog...
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
John Schaefer dislikes all its recordings, but still thinks Silent Night is a great song.
Monday, December 13, 2010
John Schaefer likes these film scores, even though he hasn't seen the films.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Ray Davies of the Kinks has an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times, right under the piece by Yoko Ono. Yoko’s article is nice, but Ray’s article is a brave and honest reaction to John Lennon’s music. “He had become a hit-and-miss solo performer,” he writes; and he recalls his reaction to Double Fantasy, the last album Lennon would live to release: “I had heard some of the album on the radio and had not been particularly struck by anything so far…”
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
On the 30th anniversary of the murder of musician and activist John Lennon, join WNYC host John Schaefer in an exploration of the end of Lennon's life and the beginning of a legacy of activism and advocacy carried forth by people from all walks of life.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
John Schaefer asks, are these guys just too sophisticated for a Smackdown?
Monday, December 06, 2010
John Schaefer says the best Christmas music isn't necessarily "Christmas music."
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Beatles come to iTunes and it's - a bit of a snore.
Friday, November 12, 2010
John Schaefer remembers classical music's one-hit wonder.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Stairway to Heaven was an overnight deejay's best friend.
Thursday, November 04, 2010
John Schaefer goes to unusual lengths to preserve his old audio tapes.
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Practice only seems to make perfect when you forget about it.