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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jonathan Schwartz + John Schaefer + Bob Dylan

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Bob Dylan is not a guest on today's show, but WNYC's Jonathan Schwartz and John Schaefer join us to discuss his new Sinatra cover album. 

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: Tubular Bells

Thursday, November 20, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concerts, hear a new arrangement of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells by guitarist Grey Mcmurray, with the Wordless Music Orchestra from Brookfield Place, Oct. 2014.

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The Takeaway

Michael Jackson Resurrected in New Album

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Michael Jackson died in 2009, but for the second time since then, the King of Pop has a set of new songs coming out. The album, Xscape, goes on sale today, and features demos of unreleased vocal tracks that Jackson recorded in the 1980s and 1990s.

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New Sounds

With Brian Eno

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Host John Schaefer welcomes Brian Eno back to New Sounds.  In collaborating with a young British poet Rick Holland, for both “Drums Between the Bells,” (July 2011) and  “Panic of Looking” (Nov. 2011), Brian Eno has made the jump into spoken word, or more accurately, a collision between words and music.

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New Sounds

John Schaefer's Annual Top Ten -2013 edition

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2013. There will probably be something by a Russian pianist/composer and a Tibetan singer, perhaps some music from a guitarist/composer who also plays in the National, and a vocalist/composer who practically creates choruses of herself.  Also, listen for music from the IDM world with gamelan-like percussion, as well as Indo-jazz music from a South Asian suite. 

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WNYC News

John Schaefer: Brooklyn Migration Defines Bloomberg Era

Monday, October 07, 2013

WNYC

The Great Brooklyn Migration is, for me, the defining transformation of Bloomberg’s New York.

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The Greene Space

Soundcheck Live: Talib Kweli performs 'Get By' from his new album 'Prisoner of Conscious' live in The Greene Space

Monday, May 20, 2013

WNYC's Soundcheck presented Brooklyn-based rapper Talib Kweli live in The Greene Space on April 24. Kweli previewed new music from his fifth album, Prisoner of Conscious, coming out this May.

Host John Schaefer asked Kweli about the album's title and the term "conscious hip hop." The title, Kweli said, doesn't refer to his own sense of confinement, but to people's perception of him as an artist.

"When I first started, you just did hip hop," Kweli said. "It wasn't like, okay De La Soul, that's conscious rap and N.W.A is gangster rap. It was like, this is just hip hop. ...People who are very passionate about music like to break music down into sub genres."

On his new album, he challenged himself to go more upbeat and focus on the musicality. "I can't lose focus of my job as an entertainer by making my stuff overtly conscious," Kweli said. "It has to sound good and feel good first." 

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New Sounds

With Brian Eno

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Host John Schaefer welcomes Brian Eno back to New Sounds.  In collaborating with a young British poet Rick Holland, for both “Drums Between the Bells,” (July 2011) and  “Panic of Looking” (Nov. 2011), Brian Eno has made the jump into spoken word, or more accurately, a collision between words and music.

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New Sounds

Ravi Shankar on Around New York (1991)

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WNYC

From this 1991 afternoon music and interview show, Ravi Shankar performs in the WNYC Studios and talks with John Schaefer about upcoming projects and concerts.

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New Sounds

The New Sounds Listener Poll - 2012 edition

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

WNYC

2012 marks the 28th Annual New Sounds Listener Poll from WNYC, New York Public Radio.  Well, we are just about 89% sure that this is the 28th annual such poll, with a margin of error of 3 points. 

The rules are simple: choose ten entries, released in 2012 - and to play our little game- preferably aired on New Sounds.  To have your vote count, choose at least one release, but no more than ten. One submission per person, please.

>>TAKE THE POLL<<

John Schaefer's own highly-opinionated best-of 2012 New Sounds show airs at 11PM on Jan. 9, 2013.  The Listener Poll closes at 12 noon E.S.T. on 1/10/13.  Listen to the results of the poll at 11PM on Jan. 10, 2013.

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Q2 Music

John Cage at 100: "City Circus"

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

On September 5, 2012, John Cage would have celebrated his 100th birthday. To commemorate the legendary composer's centennial, New Sounds's John Schaefer presents 13 archival episodes of Cage interviews, rare recordings and performances Wednesdays this fall on Q2 Music at 8 pm.

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Maverick Mixtapes

Maverick Mixtapes: John Schaefer

Thursday, March 29, 2012

For Maverick Mixtapes, we've asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured individual is radio personality John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds and Soundcheck.

New Sounds

Schaefer's Top 10 of 2011

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

For this New Sounds, listen to John Schaefer's completely personal and opinionated look at the ten best new music releases of 2011. There just might be music from folks working in Iceland, a producer/composer who makes soundscapes of plainchant laid over electronic sound grids, and something from an Irish composer.  Plus, a collaborative record from a Malian kora player and a trip-hop cellist, one from a MacArthur “Genius” Award, an-winning composer, and still another from an Argentinian producer. 

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Music

New Sounds Listener Poll 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

WNYC

This is the 2011 New Sounds Listener Poll from WNYC, New York Public Radio.

We are just about 86% sure that this is the 26th annual such poll. Then again, it just might be the 27th.  The rules are simple: choose 5 (five) entries, released in 2011 (and preferably aired on New Sounds.)  To have your vote count, choose at least one release, but no more than five. One submission per person, please.

>>TAKE THE POLL<<

John Schaefer's own highly-opinionated best-of 2011 list airs at 11PM on Jan. 11, 2012.
The Listener Poll closes at 12 noon E.S.T. on 1/12/12.  Listen to the results of the poll at 11PM on Jan. 12, 2012.

 

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Soundcheck

John's On-Air Anniversary

Thursday, December 15, 2011

John Schaefer joined WNYC fresh out of college in December 1981. Thirty years later, the host of Soundcheck and New Sounds is still going strong -- and still wearing t-shirts and jeans. WNYC celebrated John's anniversary with live music and a roast in The Greene Space. Today: John revisits some of the highlights from the "JS:30" concert. 

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Soundcheck

Video: JS:30 in the Greene Space

Thursday, December 15, 2011

In 1981, a young radio host from Brooklyn came to WNYC. John Schaefer was hired to read newscasts and introduce classical music, but soon found himself hosting a new music show that quickly became the on-air hub of the fertile downtown music scene.

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Soundcheck

A Snapshot of JS:30

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Check out some photos we took at John Schaefer's 30th anniversary event in The Greene Space.

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New Sounds

With Brian Eno

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Host John Schaefer celebrates his 30th Anniversary here at WNYC by way of an interview with Brian Eno on New Sounds.  In collaborating with a young British poet Rick Holland, for both “Drums Between the Bells,” and now most recently, “Panic of Looking” (Nov. 2011), Brian Eno has made the jump into spoken word, or more accurately, a collision between words and music.

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Soundcheck

Share Your "Schaefer Moment"

Monday, November 21, 2011

December is John Schaefer Month at WNYC. All month long, we'll be celebrating John's 30 years at the station and we need your help.

Soundcheck

JS:30 John Schaefer Through the Years

Monday, November 21, 2011

Our tribute to John wouldn't be complete without a gallery of photos tracing his storied career at WNYC. See John in the studio, on stage, and with a handful of the music legends that have appeared on his shows.

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