John Schaefer appears in the following:
Thursday, April 21, 2011
John Schaefer wonders whether comebacks are about the music or the marketing.
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!
Monday, April 11, 2011
John Schaefer knows where you can find TONS of names for your band!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
What is it about the F-word that makes it so troublesome?
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
With Phil Collins' career, you have to take the good with the bad.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
John Schaefer wonders if anyone goes to a Lady Gaga concert for the words.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
John Schaefer asks, what IS a concept album anyway?
Monday, February 14, 2011
John Schaefer reacts to the Grammys' surprises.
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.
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
John Schaefer says the White Stripes don't owe us anything else.
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).