Nov. 18, 2008

“When I look into your eyes
I can see a love restrained
But darlin’ when I hold you
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain.”
               Guns N’ Roses, November Rain

As musicheads, we at Great River Radio would be remiss if we didn’t recognize the miraculous Nov. 23 release of the looooong-awaited Guns N’ Roses CD, Chinese Democracy. How long, you ask? Consider that frontman, Axl Rose, started writing new material for this album back in 1999. Of course, a few personnel and personal issues got in the way over the years. And there were literally dozens of blown release dates during that time. But as we all know now, miracles can happen. At long last, Chinese Democracy is coming to a store near you. Well, at least a Best Buy store near you. That’s right, in a disturbing trend, Guns N’ Roses is following in the footsteps of the Eagles, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks and many others by signing an exclusive deal with Best Buy for distribution rights. In other words, the music industry is beginning to feel a little bit like a Chinese Democracy.

So, what does an album that has stewed for nearly 10 years sound like? Well, you would think it would simply collapse under the sheer weight of expectations. But advance reviews have been increasingly kind to Axl and his new gunners line-up. Here’s the start of the Rolling Stone review: “The first Guns n’ Roses album of new, original songs since the first Bush administration is a great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record. In other words, it sounds a lot like the Guns n’ Roses you know.” They give it 4 out of 5 stars. Not bad for the former “Biggest Band In The World.” You can read more than you ever wanted to know about the album here:

Will we spin a track from the new G N’ R album tonight? You’ll have to tune in to find out. What we can promise you is another great mix of thoughtful and catchy music from “no drama” artist such as School Of Seven Bells The Nightwatchman, M83, Devotchka and Fleet Foxes. And we have an eclectic collaboration from hip-hop artist, N.A.S.A., with the help from Great River Radio favorite Tom Waits. But if you’re thinking to yourself, “Dan and Brian, I crave music from artists who live on the edge!” well, we have a couple of gems from the dysfunctional icons of the music scene – Lucinda Williams and Ryan Adams (who delivers an amazing live Foo Fighter’s cover.) We also have an excellent new track from a band you have to hear – Glasvegas.

Your Requests Needed: In one of our upcoming shows, Great River Radio will look back at some of the best new music of 2008. What releases have had your feet tappin’ and heart bouncing’ this year? Give us your requests under today’s post. Don’t forget to tell us the artist, song and album (but remember it has to be a 2008 release). 

Dead Sound-Raveonettes
Hold On To Yourself-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nowheres Nigh-Parts and Labor
Face to Face on High Places-School of Seven Bells
Spacious Thoughts-NASA (with Tom Waits)
You Are The Best Thing-Ray LaMontagne
New Star-Jonatha Brooke
Duet-Rachael Yamagata
Can’t Go Back Now-The Weepies
Some Are Lakes-Land of Talk
A Place in the Sun-Jennifer O’Connor
My Night With The Prostitute From Marseille-Beirut
Skin of the Night-M83
Heaven Blues-Lucinda Williams
As You Cry-The Hush Sound
Whatever It Takes-The Nightwatchman
Dancing Barefoot-Alison Moorer
Times Like These-Ryan Adams
Highway 16-Haley Bonar
America-The Get Up Johns
Twelve-A C Newman
Say Hey-Michael Franti and Spearhead
Long Haul Driver-Luke Doucet and the White Falcon 






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3 responses to “Nov. 18, 2008

  1. David

    TV on the Radio – DLZ – Dear Science

    or some Frightened Rabbit

  2. TC

    A mere sampling of 2008 faves. Not because they are the best songs of the year, but because they clicked for me for some reason at the time.

    Gnarls Barkley – Run – The Odd Couple. The whole CD doesn’t really hold interest, but this single rips it. So does the video.

    Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles – SOLA. I am proud to say that I have listened to this song many, many times. So sue me.

    Billy Currington – Don’t – Little Bit of Everything. A vaguely early-80’s sounding country pop gem. Again, no apologies.

  3. lunarowlar

    at first thought, it’s gotta be “say hey (I love you)” – franti & spearhead.
    see you’re hip to it, as it’s on this playlist.
    saw them in concert last week, and they do a very lively show –
    the whole place went nuts all night.

    gotta say beyonce’s “single girls (put a ring on it)” kinda does it, as well.

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