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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:

Aoife O'Donovan Conjures 'Magic' Again

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Weekly Music Roundup: The Secret To Eternal Youth Revealed

Monday, May 23, 2016

This week, the RZA meets Interpol’s Paul Banks, Paul Simon is rhymin’ again, and The Casket Girls reveal the dark secret of youth. 
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New Madrid Ties Your Brain in Knots

Monday, May 23, 2016

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White Denim Gets Loose-Limbed on 'Stiff'

Monday, May 23, 2016

Lithe, rejuvenated Texas rock band visits Soundcheck.

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Natalia Lafourcade Finds Power at the Root of Things

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Mexican pop star visits the Soundcheck studio.

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Marissa Nadler Introduces 'Strangers'

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Weekly Music Roundup: Up, Up, and Into Shadow

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

This week, Coldplay’s startling new video, a punk protest in North Carolina, and a play of White and dark.
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Julianna Barwick's Stormy 'Will'

Monday, May 16, 2016

Gauzy textures and loops — and a new range — from the Brooklyn-based composer, live in the studio.

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Rogue Wave Rides a New High

Friday, May 13, 2016

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Steve Gunn Paints Outside the Lines

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Kawehi: From Viral Video Star to...Star

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The looping one-woman band visits the Soundcheck studio.

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Young Magic's Healing and Horizonless Pop

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Weekly Music Roundup: Rabbit Holes and Rhythmic Hopelessness

Monday, May 09, 2016

This week, new music from Radiohead; Pink goes down the rabbit hole; Anohni offers danceable hopelessness.
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'Amen and Goodbye' and Hello Again: Yeasayer Returns

Monday, May 09, 2016

The experimental Brooklyn rock band visits Soundcheck to play songs from its new record.

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Leyla McCalla: Swamp Music With Social Conscience

Thursday, May 05, 2016

The trail-blazing cellist and folk singer visits the Soundcheck studio.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Northern Beats, Western Pop, France

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

This week, an exclusive video premiere, the return of Minneapolis hip-hop, and a gospel apocalypse.
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Sarah Neufeld's Swooping, Minimalist Pop

Monday, May 02, 2016

The ebullient Arcade Fire violinist returns to the Soundcheck studio.

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Glenn Jones: Gorgeous, Fleeting, Primitive

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The "American Primitive" guitarist performs live on Soundcheck.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Lemonade, Work Songs, Sinking Stones

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

This week, musical takes on James Bond and Surrealism, and Beyonce reminds us there is life after Prince.
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Into It. Over It. Has Standards.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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