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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:

Violent Femmes: Resurrection In The Desert

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Acoustic punk band, Violent Femmes, play live in the Soundcheck studio. 

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Tuesday Music Round Up For June 30: Imogen Heap And Harry Potter, Telekinesis And Farao

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This week's Tuesday Music Round Up includes a Harry Potter play, horses and Roo (that's Bonnaroo to you) without the bug spray. 
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A Little Sympathy For Allen Klein

Monday, June 29, 2015

The devil of rock history gets a second chance by music business writer, Fred Goodman. 

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Great Lake Swimmers: Ripe, Homespun Folk

Friday, June 26, 2015

Listen to the Toronto band spin their lush and poignant folk in the Soundcheck studio. 

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The Ultimate Summer Song Revealed

Friday, June 26, 2015

We asked all of our listeners to vote for the ultimate summer anthem. The votes are in—find out who the winner is here.

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Sometimes Gravel, Sometimes Cream: Nina Simone's Resurgence

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Soundcheck talks to Liz Garbus, director of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' on the mercurial star's new moment.

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Tuesday Music Round Up: Neil Young's Political Week; Day-Glo Fiesta

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

To get you through your mid-week blues, catch up on Neil Young drama and a "Subway Symphony."
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Rachel Grimes: Piano Soundscapes And Life After Rachel's

Friday, June 19, 2015

Hear Rachel Grimes perform songs from new album, 'The Clearing.'

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Soundcheck's Tuesday Music Round Up: Beck Summery 'Dreams'; Nile's Festival; More

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Soundcheck rounds up the music videos, songs and news you should know to help get you through the week.
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Remembering Saxophonist And Free Jazz Innovator Ornette Coleman

Thursday, June 11, 2015

One of the most influential innovators in jazz, the alto saxophonist and composer died on Thursday morning in New York. Soundcheck's John Schaefer has this remembrance.
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Help Us Pick The Ultimate Summer Anthem

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Most pop songs are, by definition, of-the-moment. But a powerful few persist. What gets your vote for most timeless summer anthem?
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Soundcheck’s Tuesday Music Round Up: Les Paul Turns 100; Rock Goddess Meryl Streep; More

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Soundcheck rounds up the music videos, songs and news you should know to help get you through the week.
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Olivia Chaney: A New Wave Of British Folk

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Hear the British songwriter perform selections from her debut full-length album, The Longest River, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Christopher Paul Stelling: A Modern-Day Troubadour

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Hear the Brooklyn-based songwriter perform rootsy American folk songs from his upcoming album, Labor Against Waste, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck’s Tuesday Music Round Up: A$AP Returns, Pianos Invade New York, And Organ Porn

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Soundcheck rounds up the music videos, songs and news you should know to help get you through the week.
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A Jazz Legend Returns, With A Lawsuit

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A lawsuit filed on behalf of saxophonist Ornette Coleman against the other two musicians alleges an album has been released without his knowledge or consent.
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Garland Jeffreys: Still 'Wild In The Streets'

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Coney Island's favorite son, the songwriter and guitarist performs material from his 1977 classic, Ghost Writer, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck's Guide To New York's Summer Festivals

Thursday, May 28, 2015

So, you’re in New York this summer and facing an eye-popping array of possible musical choices. What do you do? Soundcheck's John Schaefer lays out the festival landscape.
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Soundcheck’s Weekly Music Roundup: The Dead Ships, Shilpa Ray, The Psychedelic Furs And The Church Tour Together

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Soundcheck rounds up the music videos, songs and news you should know to help get you through the week.
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Check Out Jill Sobule's New Song, Because You're (Probably) Related To Her

Friday, May 22, 2015

Listen to "Cousins," a new track written as a kind of theme song for the latest project by bestselling author A.J. Jacobs.
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