John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

New Pop for a New Century?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Soundcheck's John Schaefer wants to know what you thought was the biggest story in pop music during the '00s.


Pop Culture as Historical Artifact

Friday, December 11, 2009

What was, for you, the signature song of the period of 1989 and the two years after?  Was it just a catchy pop tune or did it perhaps reflect the times?


Rap Meets Rock. Again.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Do you have a favorite collaboration between the rock and rap genres?  Do you think the two genres play nicely together?


Holiday Music (Sorta)

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Soundcheck's John Schaefer assesses Tori Amos' new Christmas album in advance of her performance in the WNYC Greene Space on Wednesday. Plus, a slideshow of fans waiting in the rain to get in!


David Lang Explains Bach Connection

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

WNYC's John Schaefer talks to the composer about his Pulitzer Prize-winning piece "Little Match Girl Passion" and the story that influenced him.


Quizzing Sheryl Crow

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Having Sheryl Crow on the program today means a chance to ask a few questions of the 9-time Grammy winner.  Which is good, because I’ve had one for her from the first time I heard the first line of the first song on her first record.



Remembering Louis Armstrong. Sort Of.

Monday, December 07, 2009

It’s a measure of Louis Armstrong's popularity that people who had no connection to jazz whatsoever knew who he was. His work on TV and film made sure of that.

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Fear of Stage Fright

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Occasionally, when I'm backstage at one of WNYC's long-running "New Sounds Live" concerts, a musician will ask, "Don't you get nervous before these shows?" And my honest answer is, "No, I don't anymore. And I kind of miss it."


What To Do With Radiohead

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Are Radiohead true musical geniuses, or just a bunch of musical blowhards who think they're geniuses?

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More Musical Paleontology

Monday, November 30, 2009

Just a couple of weeks ago, we looked back at the career of the late Robert Palmer, an important music critic and writer.


Haydn Trio Eisenstadt Play Live on Soundcheck

Monday, November 23, 2009

Austria's Haydn Trio Eisenstadt perform two of their namesake's works on WNYC's Soundcheck.

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The Pacifica Quartet Plays "Intimate Letters" Live on Soundcheck

Friday, October 23, 2009

The Pacifica Quartet joins WNYC's John Schaefer for a live performance on Soundcheck.


Wu Man on the Chinese Lute: Live on WNYC's Soundcheck

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pipa virtuoso Wu Man along with qin player Zhao Jiazhen perform live on WNYC's Soundcheck with John Schaefer, sharing the traditional music of her native China.

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Pianist Jenny Lin Performs on WNYC's Soundcheck

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The enterprising pianist Jenny Lin joins WNYC's John Schaefer to perform live on Soundcheck.


Vive le Iggster!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Iggy Pop, who defined the role of the crazed rock frontman as far back as 1969, has now recorded an album that features French and Brazilian standards, some ballads, a tune lovingly ripped off from Louis Armstrong's early years, and only one real rocker. People are surprised

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Music and emotion

Monday, June 22, 2009

The idea that musicians might be somehow more attuned to the emotions of others really isn't all that surprising. Ever have that feeling where a piece of music strikes you in a way you can't articulate but can certainly feel? So you know that a musician can, at times at least, reach you on an emotional level.

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Summer songs 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

I've been listening to the songs at the top of the charts, trying to see if I can figure out which one will be the song we can't escape this summer - assuming the rain stops and summer does in fact come at some point. Unlike prior years, where I thought there were standout tracks (Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Katy Perry's "I Kissed A Girl"), this summer's entries seem to be a middling bunch.

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Hail to the chiefs

Thursday, June 18, 2009

President Obama's Arts & Humanities team is now complete, as Iowa Republican Jim Leach joins the previously announced Rocco Landesman; Leach will run the NEH and Landesman the NEA. Of the two, the NEA is the one that's had the bigger bullseye on its back, a lingering aftershock of the culture wars of the early 90s, when the NEA funded a series of controversial art projects (the Robert Mapplethorpe photos, for example) that had conservatives in Congress threatening to kill the agency entirely.

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[insert provocative title here]

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Elijah Wald is a good writer. And like most good writers, he knows a good title when he sees one; a good title will grab you and make you eager to open the book and start finding out where that title came from. So when he titled his new book How The Beatles Destroyed Rock'n'Roll, he knew just what he was doing

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The kids are alright

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I guess you can find someone to argue about virtually anything. On the face of it, who would have any problem with opera houses and orchestras trying to lure in young listeners, or with parents taking their kids to the opera or the concert hall? Worst case scenario, the kids hate it, fidget, whine that they're bored, and complain bitterly if you ever try to do that again. Best case scenario, you find kids who really respond to great music, beautifully played, and who will be the next generation of classical music players and listeners.

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