John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

Where Scooby Doo Really Came From

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Do you have a favorite or perhaps unexpected example of scat singing? Probably not. But if you do, tell Soundcheck here.


Classical Music and the Olympics

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

What do you think of the music in the Winter Olympics figure skating competition? Tell Soundcheck!

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Dating Musicians

Friday, February 12, 2010

Are you a musician, or have you dated one? Is it different? Share your war stories with Soundcheck.

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Animals in Music: Why Don’t They Do it in the Road?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

There’s plenty of music about animals, much of it classier than the Beatles song referred to above.  But when it comes to music with animals, that’s where trouble starts.

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Give The Drummer Some!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Soundcheck wants to know: Do you prefer drummers who stand out or drummers who work their magic in the background?

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“I Vant To Be Alone”

Monday, February 08, 2010

Soundcheck wants to know: How do we reconcile fame, celebrity, and the natural interest of the crowd with an individual’s right to privacy? Your guess is as good as ours.


The Art of Rehabilitation

Friday, February 05, 2010

Soundcheck wants to know what you think of arts programs in prisons? Yes, there are art programs in prisons.


Melismatic Misery

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Do you have a favorite example of melismas being used - for good or evil? Tell Soundcheck.

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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 ...