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John Schaefer

John Schaefer appears in the following:

New York's Newest Music Venue

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Williamsburg Park opened for business last night.  John Schaefer reports on the bands – and the venue.

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Bob Dylan’s Two Tempests

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

News of the forthcoming Dylan album is jockeying for position with a TV show that claims to have found the electric guitar Dylan famously plugged in at Newport in 1965. First the new album: it will be called Tempest, and will be his 35th full-length release and his first album since the puzzling Christmas record he did in 2009.

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Go Ahead - Make My Day

Monday, July 16, 2012

Some of your favorite lines from the movies are turning up in album titles, and even band names. 

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Rolling Stones Memories

Thursday, July 12, 2012

John Schaefer grew up on the Stones; he shares five pivotal memories of Mick and Keith and the band.

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Imagine a World Without The Stones

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ first gig, which took place at London’s Marquee Club on July 12, 1962. While the band celebrates yet another milestone in its sprawling career, Soundcheck wants you to join us in an alternate universe and answer the question: What if the Rolling Stones – like the Beatles – had called it quits in 1970? John asks music critic and author Anthony DeCurtis how music history would be different without mid- and late-career Stones? We want you to weigh in: Leave a comment below.

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Dirty Projectors and Wye Oak at Celebrate Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Dirty Projectors is an art-pop band led by singer, songwriter, composer, and lefty guitarist (which seems relevant somehow) David Longstreth. They headlined a triple bill last night at Celebrate Brooklyn; and while I missed openers Purity Ring, I made sure to catch Wye Oak, in the middle of the lineup. The Baltimore duo has done some terrific work (check out "Civilian" if you haven't already heard it on TV - it was used in the zombie series The Walking Dead), and I was eager to see them live.

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Golden Age Pop – from Ethiopia

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A free download from a Boston band takes us back to the years when Addis Ababa was called “Swinging Addis.”

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The New Mick Jagger Bio

Monday, July 09, 2012

It’s called “Mick: the Wild Life and Mad Genius of Jagger.”  But what we’ve seen so far is all wild life and precious little genius. 

 

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Seriously Vintage Vinyl

Friday, July 06, 2012

It’s like the stuff of science fiction: An audio historian at Indiana University has figured out a way for us to hear the world’s oldest gramophone recording – even though the disc and the player have long since disappeared.

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Hendrix Plays - Just Not Hendrix

Thursday, July 05, 2012

A new film about Jimi Hendrix will not include any of his songs.  Neither does this list of great Hendrix performances. 

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Year’s Best – The Early Contenders

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

At the end of the year, I will do what everyone else in the music biz professes to hate so much, but never misses an opportunity to do: create a top-10 list of the year’s best music.  Since the year’s only halfway gone, though, I’m going to limit myself to 5 current faves for now. 

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Britt Daniel Goes Spoonless

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The mastermind behind the popular indie band Spoon has always juggled other projects.  With no new Spoon material in sight, we check out his other band, Divine Fits. 

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A Non-Standard Standard

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Download the collaborative Joe Jackson-Iggy Pop track, "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing." 

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Best Band Names?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Last week we talked about - and asked you for - the worst band names.  Now SPIN is offering a list of the Best Band Names – and we are not impressed.  

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Meditating in Times Square

Friday, June 22, 2012

Last night, passersby at Times Square were treated to the sight of close to 200 people standing in the middle of the plaza singing classical choral music. (Soundcheck’s technical director Irene Trudel was one of the sopranos.) Our friends at NPR Music had asked Philip Glass to turn his song "New Rule," originally for soprano solo and instrumental ensemble, into a choral piece. That version had its premiere, right there in Times Square.

But it’s what happened after the Glass premiere that made this event so memorable.

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Song of the Summer 2012?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer’s coming, and the battle for Song of the Summer isn’t far behind. In fact, this year, it may already be over.

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Premieres from Michael Jarrell and Elliott Carter

Monday, June 18, 2012

Enjoy three Webcasts of the New York Philharmonic's ground-breaking CONTACT! new music series with works by Elliott Carter, Michael Jarrell and Pierre Boulez. Tuesday at 3pm, Wednesday at 7pm and Saturday at 10am.

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New Track from David Byrne + St Vincent!

Friday, June 15, 2012

A preview of a big, brassy, surprising project. 

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Bad Band Names, Redux

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It’s hard enough to come up with a good band name. It’s even harder to come up with one that’s memorable – for the right reasons, anyway. But sometimes, a band name just stinks. We want to hear the worst of 'em!

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Group of Death!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When it comes to band names, there’s a fine line between Creative Thinking and Desperate Disaster.

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