John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

How Can I Miss You If You Never Go Away?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

John Schaefer wonders whether comebacks are about the music or the marketing.

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Homeboy Sandman Knew

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Homeboy Sandman brought his lively, witty brand of rap into our Soundcheck studio last month.  Now he’s sent us something brand new.  It’s lo-fi, it’s catchy, it’s probably totally illegal (“the beat has got a sample and i can't pay for it!”) - and it has an ulterior motive.  “I Knew” is a song followed by a series of shout-outs, and if you stick with it, there’s a hilarious moment when Homeboy aims a line at ?uestlove (of the Roots, the band for the Jimmy Fallon late night TV show) to the effect that if ?uest puts him on the Fallon show, they “won’t do this whole part” – they’ll fade it out by then.  Talk about breaking down the fourth wall! 

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I have the solution to the band name problem!

Monday, April 11, 2011

John Schaefer knows where you can find TONS of names for your band!

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The Greene Space

Soundcheck Live: The Mountain Goats and Suzanne Vega

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2:00 PM

The Mountain Goats’ songs have been inspired by indie rock’s most inventive storyteller John Darnielle. Suzanne Vega wrote an original play called “Carson McCullers Talks About Love.” Hear them perform their songs live in The Greene Space.

So Percussion, Bobby Previte and Special Guests

Monday, March 28, 2011

On Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 and New Sounds Live team up to bring you our final live audio Webcast from the inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. H...

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WTF do we do about the F-word?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

What is it about the F-word that makes it so troublesome?

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Announcing Cued Up: Spring 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

This week, Q2 launches the 13-week Spring 2011 season of our flagship show, Cued Up, with the first encore presentation of one of the more mesmerizing evenings in our recent live Webc...


The Greene Space

Soundcheck Live: Steve Martin and Mike Birbiglia

Friday, March 18, 2011

2:00 PM

Steve Martin and his band the Steep Canyon Rangers perform live on Soundcheck. Plus, an interview with comedian and This Amercian Life regular Mike Birbiglia.

Hello He Must Be Going

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

With Phil Collins' career, you have to take the good with the bad.

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Shara Worden, Sarah Kirkland Snider and yMusic

Monday, March 14, 2011

On Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 and New Sounds Live team up to bring you a live audio Webcast from Merkin Concert Hall hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. Part of the inaugural Ec...

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Lost In Translation

Monday, March 07, 2011

John Schaefer wonders if anyone goes to a Lady Gaga concert for the words.

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Shhh... Secret News

Sunday, March 06, 2011

This Sunday, Q2 offers live performances by two high-impact bandsembles from New Sounds Live and the Ecstatic Music Festival: the politically conscious Newspeak and Darcy James Argue'...


Live Web cast: Newspeak and Secret Society

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tonight at 7:30 p.m., Q2 brings you a live audio Web cast from Merkin Concert Hall hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. The evening features the eight-piece, high-octane ensemble Newsp...


The album's big idea

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

John Schaefer asks, what IS a concept album anyway?

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Some Grammy Thoughts

Monday, February 14, 2011

John Schaefer reacts to the Grammys' surprises.

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Bang on a Can 2011 People's Commissioning Fund Concert

Sunday, February 13, 2011

On Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 and New Sounds Live teamed up to bring you a live audio Web cast from Merkin Concert Hall hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. Part of the inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival, this annual world premiere-commissioning concert presents the electric Bang on a Can All-Stars live in concert.

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Bang on a Can All-Stars Live Audio Web cast

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

On Thursday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 and New Sounds Live team up once again to bring you a live Web cast from Merkin Concert Hall with WNYC host, John Schaefer. Part of the ina...


Fell In Love With A Girl, And A Guy

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

John Schaefer says the White Stripes don't owe us anything else.

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Remembering Milton Babbitt

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).

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My Tinnitus Scare

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

John Schaefer finds that tinnitus isn't just ringing in the ears...

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