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John Schaefer

John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

Schaefer has written extensively about music, including the book New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music (Harper & Row, NY, 1987; Virgin Books, London, 1990); The Cambridge Companion to Singing: World Music (Cambridge University Press, U.K., 2000); and the TV program Bravo Profile: Bobby McFerrin (Bravo Television, 2003). He was contributing editor for Spin and Ear magazines, and his liner notes appear on more than 100 recordings, ranging from “The Music of Cambodia” to recordings by Yo-Yo Ma and Terry Riley. 

In 2003, Schaefer was honored with the American Music Center's prestigious Letter of Distinction for his "substantial contributions to advancing the field of contemporary American music in the United States and abroad." In May 2006, New York magazine cited Schaefer as one of "the people whose ideas, power, and sheer will are changing New York" in its Influentials issue.  He began blogging for WNYC when accompanying the New York Philharmonic on its historic (and apparently very weird) trip to North Korea in 2008 and continues to blog at soundcheck.org.

He is a regular contributor to the World Science Festival and the White Light Festival at Lincoln Center; he has also written about horse racing (Bloodlines: A Horse Racing Anthology, Vintage NY 2006) and was a regular panelist on the BBC’s soccer-based program Sports World.  

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John Schaefer appears in the following:

Fantastic Negrito, Reignited

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fierce soul and trenchant storytelling from the re-born Oakland bluesman. 

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Chuck Klosterman: Will Butthole Surfers Outlast The Beatles?

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The culture writer and critic joins Soundcheck to speculate about the deep future and talk about his new book, 'But What If We're Wrong?'

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Weekly Music Roundup: Erykah Badu Says 'So Long'

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

This week, a set of music videos that pay tribute to the past — 60s girl groups, 90s Britpop, world war veterans, and Miles Davis.
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Rogue Wave Rides a New High

Monday, June 27, 2016

The veteran California indie band plays new music on Soundcheck.

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Ralph Stanley: 'It's According to the Spirit'

Friday, June 24, 2016

Soundcheck's John Schaefer reflects on the passing of the towering giant of American roots music.
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Moby, Before 'Porcelain' Broke

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The idiosyncratic DJ and off-and-on New Yorker talks about his new autobiography with Soundcheck's John Schaefer.

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Aoife O'Donovan Conjures 'Magic' Again

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The elemental folk and pop star performs live on Soundcheck.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Girls Run the World

Monday, June 20, 2016

This week, turns out Beyonce is right – girls do run the world, from Yemen to Holland, from Japan to Austin.
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Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble: 'Strangers' No More

Monday, June 20, 2016

The eminent cultural and classical ambassador visits the Soundcheck studio with a bevy of friends.

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Keeping 'Cool' With Sam Cohen

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stream a studio set and conversation with the prolific, psych-inclined indie songwriter.

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John Doe Goes West, Again

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The iconoclastic songwriter returns to the Soundcheck studio to talk about the early days of LA punk. 

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Weekly Music Roundup: A Song for Orlando?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In the wake of the Orlando shooting, an eerily relevant song; plus a world premiere and a new look for True Detectives’ Lera Lynn.
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Caveman Goes to 'War,' Melodies in Tow

Monday, June 13, 2016

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Martin Creed Understands

Monday, June 13, 2016

The artist and provocateur performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Benjamin Clementine Builds a Nest in New York

Thursday, June 09, 2016

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Young Magic's Healing and Horizonless Pop

Thursday, June 09, 2016

A precocious collection of sounds, samples, and beats, live on Soundcheck.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Hello to Adu, Welcome Back Maxwell

Monday, June 06, 2016

This week, Maxwell returns, the triumph and trials of Sharon Jones, and Leila Adu bridges the classical/pop divide.
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Herb Alpert: 'I'm Playing Better Than Ever'

Monday, June 06, 2016

The legendary trumpeter visits the Soundcheck studio to talk about his residency at the Cafe Carlyle. 

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Steve Gunn Paints Outside the Lines

Thursday, June 02, 2016

A Soundcheck session full of deep classic rock licks for a perfect summer soundtrack.

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Weekly Music Roundup: A One Man British Invasion

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

This week, a musical preview of a major Martin Creed exhibit, Mumford & Sons go to South Africa and back, and a Norwegian "female vampire."
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