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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:

Glenn Jones: Gorgeous, Fleeting, Primitive

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The "American Primitive" guitarist performs live on Soundcheck.

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White Denim Gets Loose-Limbed on 'Stiff'

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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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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Wide-Angle Wonder from Cloud Cult

Monday, April 25, 2016

The existentially-inclined rock band plays songs from its latest record. 

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10 Defining Moments In Prince's Career

Friday, April 22, 2016

Soundcheck's John Schaefer reflects on an epic career — and life. 
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Kawehi: From Viral Video Star to...Star

Friday, April 22, 2016

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HÆLOS Lights Up the Darkness

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Brooding, booming electronic rock outfit plays live on Soundcheck.

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'Amen and Goodbye' and Hello Again: Yeasayer Returns

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

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Sarah Neufeld's Swooping Minimalist Pop

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

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Weekly Music Roundup: Sci-Fi Westerns and Hip Hop Epics

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This week, a “Space Oddity”from The Flaming Lips, epic storytelling from a long-absent Boston rapper, and Rosanna Arquette’s bad (but musical) trip.
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The Very Spirited Strumbellas

Monday, April 18, 2016

Large Canadian ensemble with a big staff and bigger hooks plays live on Soundcheck.

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Leyla McCalla: Swamp Music With Social Conscience

Friday, April 15, 2016

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The Range Journeys to YouTube's Suggestive Horizons

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The electronic musician brings his video-inspired arsenal into the Soundcheck studio.

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Julianna Barwick's Stormy 'Will'

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

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Weekly Music Roundup: Lou Reed Meets Robin Williams, and Dylan Goes Old(er) School

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

This week, Bob Dylan’s in a “melancholy mood,” Rhiannon Giddens is on TV, and Matt Bennett no longer is.
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Metric: What Happens in Vegas...

Monday, April 11, 2016

The road-warrior Toronto rock band visits the Soundcheck studio.

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Sixteen Tons Puts a Swinging Spin on Folk Music

Thursday, April 07, 2016

A brassy take on the treasures of the Alan Lomax American roots music archive.

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Weekly Music Roundup: Colvin & Earle and Other Essential Mezcla

Monday, April 04, 2016

This week, a musical take on the immigrant experience, a new addition to the canon of male/female duets, and Kanye West is STILL releasing his new album. 
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'Heavy Meadow' From Sons of an Illustrious Father

Monday, April 04, 2016

The 'future folk' rock band performs live on Soundcheck.

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