John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

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?


Pop Culture as Historical Artifact

Monday, December 21, 2009

Joshua Clover’s book, 1989 – Bob Dylan didn’t have this to sing about, is making my brain hurt. And I mean that in a good way.


The Best Classical Music of the Decade

Thursday, December 17, 2009

For me, in classical music, this was the decade of Osvaldo Golijov.  The Argentine-born composer started the decade on a high note, with an extraordinarily colorful, multi-cultural se...


'Niche' Music Breaks Through

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I wrote in yesterday’s blog that I thought this was a great decade for music.  That includes some of the so-called “niche” markets too.  It was a good decade for jazz – although nobody seemed to notice.  And it was a boom time for “world music.

The great voices we were introduced to in the 90s continued to amaze in the new decade:  Cesaria Evora of Cape Verde, Youssou N’Dour of Senegal, Asha Bhosle of India.

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A Great Decade for Music

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

We have another two weeks before this decade, the first of the 21st century, officially ends. I sort of liked Time magazine’s recent name for it: “The Decade From Hell.”  I suspect al...

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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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