John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

The Next Musical Frontier?

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Soundcheck is talking about video game music, and they want to know your opinion on the matter. Are game scores “serious” music?

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Superbowl Smackdown!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Soundcheck wants to know what you think of the Super Bowl halftime shows in recent years? Getting better with age or just getting old?


Girl Power and the Grammys

Monday, February 01, 2010

What was your takeaway from last night’s Grammy Awards? Soundcheck wants to know.


The Mellotron

Friday, January 29, 2010

Soundcheck wants to know if you have a favorite example of mellotron music.


The Aging Voice

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Soundcheck wants to know, which singers' voices do you think improved with age?  Whose didn’t?


Hell's Bells?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

How would you, or how do you, deal with the sounds of a house of worship in your neighborhood?


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Vampires, Musical Authenticity and Other Myths

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The Soundcheck crew want to know what you think of the new VW record. But John Schaefer warns, don't think too much.


American Music with a Yiddish Accent

Monday, January 25, 2010

Can you think of a classic American pop song that – intentionally or not – has a bit of a Yiddish accent?

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Hey, Lord Satan, Supper’s Ready

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Annick Giroux’s book, “Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook,” does not have a recipe for Angel’s Food Cake.  Are you surprised?  Annick asked members of lots of her favorite headbanging, ear-pinning metal bands to contribute recipes, and the results will surprise you.  


The New Culture wars: The Individual vs The “Hive”

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Today’s “Soundcheck Smackdown” tackles perhaps the most challenging question facing the arts in the digital age:  how much does the artist “own” their art?  We’ve talked a fair amount over the years about copyright, file-sharing, pirated music… it’s clear that the rise of digital music media has caused a huge downturn in the recording industry and that the music world is still trying to figure out a way for musicians to create their art, contribute it to society, and still be able to make something from it.

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The Anti-Desert Island Discs

Friday, January 15, 2010

The whole Desert Island idea – if you were stranded on a deserted island, what records/books/etc would you want with you – has become so commonplace on radio and in magazines that it was just a matter of time before some wiseass came up with the opposite approach.  And so Alan Bennett, writing in the usually reasonable London Guardian newspaper, has proposed the Anti-Desert-Island Discs project, where instead of five or 10 albums you must have, you list eight (eight?) albums you would definitely NOT want on the island with you. 

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Why We Sing, or Don’t

Thursday, January 14, 2010

On today's episode of Soundcheck, host John Schaefer ponders the social relevance of singing together as an activity -- something that used to be hugely popular. He wants to know: Do ...


The Solo Frontman

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Rock history is littered with forgotten records by singers who fronted successful rock bands and then struck out on their own.


Rockin’ the Great White Way

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So Green Day’s American Idiot is coming to Broadway. And people are acting all surprised.

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Is it Culture? Let the Bureaucrats Decide…

Monday, January 11, 2010

Concert presenters of every stripe have been grousing for years about the difficulties of getting performance visas for foreign artists. In fact, John Schaefer has pretty much given up the fight.

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Music and Medicine: A Toxic Mix?

Friday, January 08, 2010

Over the years, I’ve heard from lots of artists, writers, architects and the like, saying they like to listen to music while they work.  Why shouldn’t doctors do that too?  I feel I work better with music going (Jamie T’s “Kings and Queens” is playing as I write this), and it seems like lots of people feel the same way.

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Traveling with a double bass in pre-9/11 days was possible, but it wasn’t fun.  Usually you’d have to buy a seat for your instrument.


Commercial Music vs. Music in Commercials

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

These days, getting a song placed on a commercial, or a TV series, has proven to be a career-making move for a wide variety of artists, from the long-dead (Nick Drake) to the rapidly emerging (the Ting Tings).

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Holiday Music and Noise – Which is Which?

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The relentless parade of familiar holiday tunes pouring out of store speakers is an easy target for Grinchy types like me. I don’t like shopping to begin with, and I also find it hard to ignore background music, so a store that accompanies my feeble attempts at being an “educated consumer” with Santa and Rudolph and Frosty is not a store I’m gonna want to spend a lot of time in.


The New Christmas Contenders

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Soundcheck's John Schaefer wants to know: What’s the must-have or the must-to-avoid of this year’s holiday releases?