John Schaefer


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A musical playoff

Monday, October 03, 2011

John Schaefer says Detroit is capable of springing an upset.  But where?

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The Greene Space

The Jayhawks: Soundcheck in The Greene Space

Friday, September 30, 2011

6:00 PM

The Jayhawks became a cornerstone of alternative country music in the 1990s, with albums like “Hollywood Town Hall” and “Tomorrow the Green Grass.” Join the Jayhawks for an evening performance in The Greene Space on the eve of the release of their new album.

John Schaefer's Road Trip Playlist

Friday, September 02, 2011

5 songs for your end-of-summer road trip

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Memorial Music: One Expected, One Not

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In the days immediately after 9/11, our regular programming on WNYC 93.9 FM was suspended and we were doing wall-to-wall news coverage from NPR’s New York studio in midtown. I had been on the scene that Tuesday morning and was badly shaken by the events; and staying at home with nothing to do was definitely not helping me. So when NPR called to ask if I’d cover a live performance of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, and gather some sound from people at the church, I was relieved and grateful.


Why I Didn't Want To Do This Segment

Thursday, August 25, 2011

John Schaefer wishes he didn't have to listen to the start of today's show.

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The Real Music Man

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs is not a musician, or a record producer, or a composer. But he has profoundly changed the way we hear music, the way music is produced, the way music is marketed. The pro...
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Music 101 with Professor B Bunny

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Everything John Schaefer knows about music he learned through cartoons.  Almost. 

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Ten Disney Moments

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Disney films often centered around music - to great effect.

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John Schaefer on Tunes for Toons

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cartoon music is some of the earliest music we hear.

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A Werewolf's Playlist

Monday, August 15, 2011

Stephen Coates really got into this Last Werewolf project.  Maybe a little too into it.  Taking Glen Duncan’s novel of the same name as his inspiration, he’s created not only one of my favorite records this year but also a playlist of werewolf songs.  Now, Soundcheck listeners may remember that we did a “Soundcheck Smackdown” on who has the better songs, vampires or zombies.  Read the listener comments, still posted on the webpage, to see some of the great and not-so-great songs inspired by the various flavors of Undead.  Note too, that even though they were not part of the debate, werewolves got a little love occasionally.  Now, with the full moon having just passed, it seems safe to unveil Stephen Coates’s list of 30 great werewolf songs, plus 1 poem. 

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Look and Listen: Part II

Sunday, August 14, 2011

On Sunday at 2 pm, Cued Up features the second of four programs featuring performances from the Look and Listen Festival. On tap is a quiet storm of music by John Cage, Colin Jacobsen...


Amy Winehouse's Legacy: Tragically Incomplete

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse's death leaves us with a legacy of music that is tragically incomplete, and a legacy of self-destructive behavior that is now both tragically complete, and all too fam...
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The Greene Space

Soundcheck in The Greene Space

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

2:00 PM

Soundcheck is celebrating musical collaborations in The Greene Space with mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile of Nickel Creek and guitarist Michael Daves, and bluegrass legend Del McCoury and the swing kings of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

Who Is David Bowie?

Monday, July 18, 2011

John Schaefer on the pitfalls of Bowie biographers

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TV theme songs - a missed opportunity

Friday, July 15, 2011

John Schaefer wonders where all the TV theme songs have gone.

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When Covers Rule

Monday, July 11, 2011

John Schaefer wrestles with a list of truly original covers

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The Case for Live Music

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Concert-going can be work - but worth it.

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Clarence Clemons, the Big Man

Monday, June 20, 2011

Remembering The Big Man - and one little photo

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One solution to the ticket inflation problem...

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The Weirdest Hit Ever?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bohemian Rhapsody went from unintelligible to just plain weird.

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