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John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

It's Easy Being John

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Well, I certainly don’t want to get in trouble here, but I also don’t want to get anyone else in trouble either, so I’m going to leave my all-purpose assistant, Caryn Havlik, out of this. Let me just say that even with all the music that comes into my office ...

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Call the Young Dudes?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

gustavo-dudamel.jpgThe LA Philharmonic replaces its 40-something conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, with a 27-year old phenom named Gustavo Dudamel. The Chicago Symphony then replaces its 65-year old leader, Daniel Barenboim, with the 66-year old Riccardo Muti, a veteran, universally-respected conductor. So, which one would YOU rather ...

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A "Wild Combination" of Genres

Monday, May 12, 2008

arthur_russell.jpgIn 1983, just a year after starting the “New Sounds” series here at WNYC, I started playing a couple of LPs by a composer named Arthur Russell. “Tower of Meaning” was a favorite – a series of majestic, slowly-unfolding, moody instrumentals by a guy ...

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Who's Afraid of Clear Channel

Friday, May 09, 2008

Yeah, yeah, Clear Channel is bad; live, local radio is good. The huge media conglomerate owns and operates a gazillion radio stations and makes them all sound alike. They are a behemoth that crushes the smaller, more interesting stations in each market. But you know what, that wouldn’t happen IF ...

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John Schaefer, Radio Host ... and Guitarist

Thursday, May 08, 2008

I first picked up the guitar when I was 12. Unfortunately, I picked it up left-handed. Unable to figure out how to follow the guitar lessons on public tv (we couldn’t afford real lessons), I had to let the instrument go. But I always wanted to play, and when I ...

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Left, Right, Left, Right ... "Play?"

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Music is such a powerful means of expression that it’s only natural that military leaders learned early on how to use it. Want an army to march in formation? A drum will work like magic – in fact, many ancient cultures though music WAS magical, precisely because it somehow seemed ...

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Upshaw and Inspiration

Monday, May 05, 2008

du_white_jacket_dario_acosta.jpgDawn Upshaw is a great singer. Wow, there’s a bold statement, huh? Everyone who knows her knows she’s a great soprano. Only I didn’t say 'soprano,' I said 'singer.' One of Upshaw’s strengths is how malleable her voice is, and how versatile the persona ...

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Musings on the Material Girl

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

When the first issue of SPIN came out in 1985, I was one of the magazine’s editors. The decision to put Madonna on the first cover was not mine, but I agreed with it – she was already a major player, and threatened to become “important.” Which she did. There’ve ...

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Keeping Pop on the Radar

Monday, April 28, 2008

When Greil Marcus first published his landmark book Mystery Train in 1975, American culture was something you could talk about as a single thing. We all watched the same menu of TV shows, and pop music was truly popular –- it seemed like everyone knew the words to “American Pie,” ...

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TV Themes: What It's All About

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Actually, only one type of TV theme song has really disappeared: The “explainer,” where the lyrics set up the story. Classic example: Gilligan’s Island (“just sit right back and you’ll hear the tale, the tale of a fateful trip…”). Some kids’ shows, like "Hannah Montana," still have something like ...

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Sound Advice for the Candidates

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

If I were running the Clinton or Obama campaigns, and had to pick a song that echoed the image each of them is trying to project, I’d tell Hillary to reclaim Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” from the Republicans who tried to co-opt it (against Petty’s wishes, apparently). ...

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John ... on Beards

Monday, April 21, 2008

What is going on over in Williamsbeard? I mean Williamsburg. All these indie-rockers with their sudden facial hair… I’ve never seen myself as a bearded type, though I’ve idly wondered what it would be like. But unlike the hair on the top of my head, the hair on the bottom ...

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On Music and Identity

Friday, April 18, 2008

When I started commuting to Manhattan to go to high school, I began to see my Queens neighborhood as sleepy, remote, and boring. That was (I hoped) not me, and not who I wanted to be. When I discovered this new style of music they were starting to call punk ...

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The Life of the SXSW Party

Thursday, March 13, 2008

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The festival is all about live music, so here are some impressions of the live music I've seen:

Tuesday night. The opening party for the Music Festival is also the closing party for the Film Festival. It's at Stubb's.

Addictive TV is a ...

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Leonard's 23 Years at WNYC

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Leonard celebrates his 23rd anniversary here at WNYC! Two other longtime WNYC voices, Steve Post and John Schaefer, join Leonard to talk about life at the station over the years.

Weigh in: Tell us your favorite memories of the Leonard Lopate Show from over the years. Do you have a ...

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Back From the DPRK

Monday, March 03, 2008

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The New York Philharmonic performed an historic concert in the East Pyongyang Grand Theater. WNYC's John Schaefer was part of the orchestra's entourage, and he hosted the concert broadcast. Now, Schaefer's baaaack. Don't miss what he had to say about the trip to North ...

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Back from North Korea

Friday, February 29, 2008

Lorin Maazel, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and John Schaefer , the host of WNYC's Sound Check and New Sounds, talk about the New York Philharmonic's trip to North Korea.
If you can't see the video click here

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€uro-centric

Friday, February 29, 2008

Travel guru Rick Steves says international travel is a political act, and he offers advice for getting more travel out of a weak dollar. And, speaking of political travel, the New York Philharmonic is back home after their ground-breaking concert in North Korea. Music Director Lorin Maazel and WNYC’s John ...

Lorin Maazel & John Schaefer on The Brian Lehrer Show

Friday, February 29, 2008

On WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, Lorin Maazel, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and John Schaefer , the host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, debrief after the New York Philharmonic's trip to North Korea.

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North Korea in pictures (and Beijing too)

Friday, February 29, 2008



Lorin Maazel meets the North Korean delegation.
See all photos from Soundcheck On Site: North Korea

Originally uploaded by WNYC's John Schaefer
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