John Schaefer appears in the following:
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Soundcheck challenged listeners to nominate The Most Romantic Song Ever -- and to make a case for why that song was right and all the hundreds of other songs people were suggesting were somehow wrong. Soundcheck host John Schaefer wades through the results and presents this crowd-sourced playlist.
Friday, February 07, 2014
With the 50th anniversary of The Beatles's legendary performance on the Ed Sullivan Show this sunday, we take a look at the modern bands who owe John, Paul, George, and Ringo some credit. From Radiohead to Broken Bells, John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, explains why so many bands draw on the experimental yet harmony-driven music of The Beatles.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
The Opening Ceremony to the Sochi Olympics will feature an array of national anthems and the Olympics theme song. But for Russians, and Russian Americans, the music of Sochi and of the nation goes far beyond the slopes and podiums. John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck, shares some Russian tunes to enjoy during the Olympics.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Hear select performances from the 2014 New York Guitar Festival Marathon, held at New York's Merkin Concert Hall.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Pete Seeger wasn’t just a folk singer: He was the model, the exemplar of what most Americans mean when they say “folk singer.” Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this remembrance of the folk artist and activist, who died Monday at age 94.
Friday, January 24, 2014
The Hold Steady is set release Teeth Dreams, its first record since 2010's Heaven Is Whenever on March 25 and the band has given fans a first taste with the song "I Hope This Whole Thing Didn't Frighten You." Members of the Soundcheck team give the new track a spin and have these first impressions.
Friday, January 10, 2014
The year is only a little over a week old, but Soundcheck host John Schaefer thinks John Newman's single "Love Me Again" may be the next big thing from the U.K.
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Hear one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups, the Hilliard Ensemble, on Q2 Music. The program is part of the Hilliard's farewell tour, as the group will disband in late 2014.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
It was a year when Beyonce surprised fans with an unexpected new album. And she made history becoming the first woman to hit number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her five studio albums. Her husband Jay-Z and pop star Lady Gaga also had new records out. And a teenager from New Zealand, Lorde, became a hit. But John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, says it was New York that ruled the music scene in 2013, and he has a list of ten reasons why.
Monday, December 16, 2013
It may seem odd to trumpet New York’s musical clout in a year when New York’s biggest names did not rise to the occasion. But New York music still ruled the world in 2013. Soundcheck host John Schaefer counts down his top ten reasons why.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and a treasured symbol of hope in the struggle against racial oppression, died Thursday at 95. Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this musical remembrance.
Monday, November 25, 2013
All November, WNYC's classical music sister station is celebrating Mozart Month. Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares this handy A-Z guide to the prolific icon.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The author and musician James McBride won The National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. Soundcheck host John Schaefer reflects on the book and talking to McBride in a recent session with his band.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
British composer Sir John Tavener, whose music stretched far beyond the classical world, has died at age 69. Soundcheck host John Schaefer has this remembrance.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
John Schaefer remembers the iconic, enigmatic Velvet Underground co-founder and solo artist
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
For one night, at least, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center might have been the hippest venue in New York, thanks to last night's American premiere of Two Boys, the opera by the gifted young composer Nico Muhly. Soundcheck host John Schaefer was there and has this review.
Monday, October 21, 2013
Every week brings a new batch of new music releases before you've even had a chance to catch up and digest the last ones. So to help, members of the Soundcheck team share some of their favorites of the week, including Lucius, The Dismemberment Plan, and Tim Hecker.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Inspired by the upcoming CBGB film, Soundcheck host John Schaefer recalls at least some of his early experiences with punk with a playlist.
Monday, October 07, 2013
The Great Brooklyn Migration is, for me, the defining transformation of Bloomberg’s New York.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Tonight at 7 pm, Q2 Music streamed the second of two live audio webcasts featuring music of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw. The concert featured works for strings, including a world premiere.