John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

Music 101 with Professor B Bunny

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Everything John Schaefer knows about music he learned through cartoons.  Almost. 

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Ten Disney Moments

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Disney films often centered around music - to great effect.

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John Schaefer on Tunes for Toons

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cartoon music is some of the earliest music we hear.

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A Werewolf's Playlist

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stephen Coates really got into this Last Werewolf project.  Maybe a little too into it.  Taking Glen Duncan’s novel of the same name as his inspiration, he’s created not only one of my favorite records this year but also a playlist of werewolf songs.  Now, Soundcheck listeners may remember that we did a “Soundcheck Smackdown” on who has the better songs, vampires or zombies.  Read the listener comments, still posted on the webpage, to see some of the great and not-so-great songs inspired by the various flavors of Undead.  Note too, that even though they were not part of the debate, werewolves got a little love occasionally.  Now, with the full moon having just passed, it seems safe to unveil Stephen Coates’s list of 30 great werewolf songs, plus 1 poem. 

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Look and Listen: Part II

Sunday, August 14, 2011

On Sunday at 2 pm, Cued Up features the second of four programs featuring performances from the Look and Listen Festival. On tap is a quiet storm of music by John Cage, Colin Jacobsen...


Amy Winehouse's Legacy: Tragically Incomplete

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse's death leaves us with a legacy of music that is tragically incomplete, and a legacy of self-destructive behavior that is now both tragically complete, and all too fam...
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The Greene Space

Soundcheck in The Greene Space

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2:00 PM

Soundcheck is celebrating musical collaborations in The Greene Space with mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile of Nickel Creek and guitarist Michael Daves, and bluegrass legend Del McCoury and the swing kings of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Who Is David Bowie?

Monday, July 18, 2011

John Schaefer on the pitfalls of Bowie biographers

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TV theme songs - a missed opportunity

Friday, July 15, 2011

John Schaefer wonders where all the TV theme songs have gone.

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When Covers Rule

Monday, July 11, 2011

John Schaefer wrestles with a list of truly original covers

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The Case for Live Music

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Concert-going can be work - but worth it.

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Clarence Clemons, the Big Man

Monday, June 20, 2011

Remembering The Big Man - and one little photo

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One solution to the ticket inflation problem...

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The Weirdest Hit Ever?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bohemian Rhapsody went from unintelligible to just plain weird.

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The Greene Space

Soundcheck’s Mic Check: NYC Hip Hop Showcase

Thursday, June 9, 2011

8:00 PM

Join Soundcheck as host John Schaefer welcomes four fresh voices of New York hip hop to perform live in The Greene Space: The Freeze Tag, Homeboy Sandman, Blitz the Ambassador, and Nitty Scott MC.

Your Memories of Gil Scott-Heron

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, dubbed "the godfather of rap," died Friday in New York. How are you marking his death? Post your memories of Gil Scott-Heron, his music and his legacy.

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Gaga Is No Dylan - And Vice Versa

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

John Schaefer disagrees, politely, with his guest.

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The Greene Space

Soundcheck: Medeski, Martin, & Wood

Thursday, May 19, 2011

2:00 PM

Join Soundcheck live in The Greene Space for live performances from out-there jazz trio Medeski Martin and Wood, as well as the New York singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys and his band, the Coney Island Playboys. 

Meredith Monk Live Videocast

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Today at 7 pm, Q2 brings you a live video webcast from The Greene Space. Meredith Monk, a pioneer in extended vocal techniques and interdisciplinary performance, performs with her Voc...

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The Greene Space

Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble with the Todd Reynolds Quartet

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

7:00 PM

Meredith Monk celebrates the release of her new album, Songs of Ascension, with a live concert. Join New Sounds’ John Schaefer for performance and conversation with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, along with the Todd Reynolds Quartet.