Friday, April 18, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
While everyone was compiling their year-end-lists on deadline, or submitting their 2014 previews, we’ve had the luxury of no one demanding such things from us. Now, really, the only joy in these sorts of exercises might be taunting John Schaefer with the freer time which comes from not hosting two daily shows (& countless other events), and then finally feeling guilty enough to share the things that the staff stumbled upon while not compiling Listener Poll data. Just to defy low expectations, and to continue to avoid actually BEING on air, here's another in the series of "Rogue" New Sounds Staff posts and it's a long one - in two parts.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Maybe you’re not a fan of modern classical music. But you’ve heard of The Beatles, haven’t you? They were among the earliest fans of the English composer Sir John Tavener, who died today at 69. And there’s an excellent chance you have heard, and perhaps been moved by, his music. Read John Schaefer's Soundcheck blog post.
Monday, September 16, 2013
by Caryn Havlik —
It's the latest installment of the chronicles of withholding-from-John-Schaefer from the New Sounds Staff. With so much time since the last taunting, that means more things have been able to pile up on the NSAPA desk (pictured, left) and, of course, more importantly, so much tasty music to be squirreled away until the September harvest!
Let's begin with the unique and tasty combination of Nordic fiddle, West African harp, and danceable percussion. The staff seems to have made it her mission to find and strongly suggest as much music incorporating the African lute-harp as possible, because, who doesn’t love kora?
Friday, June 21, 2013
by Caryn Havlik —
So overwhelmed was the staff this week by some seriously captivating music, that we completely failed on keeping the standouts to ourselves -like the two releases from the Garifuna Collective, and a preview of Montreal chamber rock via Turkey. Looks like Soundcheck is having the Garifuna Collective into the studio in July with their Canadian collaborator Danny Michel and John Schaefer has included Montreal musicians Esmerine in an upcoming show about music from or influenced by Turkey.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
by Caryn Havlik —
It’s been a tumultuous time at the New Sounds office. In recent weeks, we sent off an intern to school in New Orleans, and welcomed a new summer intern. Thanks to their help, the New Sounds Assistant, or the "staff" has had time to hoard things and perhaps consider sharing them with John Schaefer for New Sounds (or Soundcheck.) Here are some things to get excited about that might not all be New Sounds material.
Monday, April 22, 2013
by the New Sounds Staff —
There’s been too much quiet for too long from the impatient staff. During the brief hiatus, the softball season began, and was then disrupted. (Go NYPR Independents!) The recently-hobbled and still impatient-to-recover staff has had a lot of fun on the internets while trying her level best to bounce back. Here’s a sampling of musical things that brought joy and delight while icing and elevating. Maybe someday John Schaefer will get a chance to hear them.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
There's more cool stuff to share from the impatient staff of New Sounds, with a free Download! Listen to exciting and unexpected combinations of Afrobeat and Jewish Cantorial music by Jon Madof and Zion80, along with field recordings of Ugandan coffee workers, some abrasive electronica by composer Dan Friel, and a "Dad-joke" song by Verity Susman. Turns out that the staff hasn't been able to hoard all the good stuff for long. Our host, John Schaefer, has included the Jon Madof and Zion80 in Thursday night's show and is going to make the "Delicious Peace" record part of Friday night's program.