April 7, 2009

Spring in Minnesota arrives late, and this year, slowly – coming two steps forward and then backing up one.  This tentative changing of the seasons can be frustrating – especially as we know that in other parts of the country there are fresh flowers (and even fresh asparagus) already, while our yards are frosty and/or muddy and our trees are still bare of all but the tiniest buds.  This is also the week before Easter and for many, a time of quiet and holiness.  On campus, there is concern about a student who went missing over the weekend and sadness over another who died tragically on spring break.  But there is hope in our hearts – for warmth, sun, and our own fresh flowers, for safety and health, for new life.

Spring is also concert season in these parts – we suppose that artists don’t think the Twin Cities are the best place to tour to in the winter months – and Brian and Dan have been catching more than their share of fine music as it has occurred almost nightly in these last few weeks.   Today on  Great River Radio, we’ll hear from Morrissey and Bob Mould, The Gaslight Anthem and M. Ward, U2, The Decemberists, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Grizzly Bear.  If there is time, we’ll play something from Leonard Cohen’s new live album, a preview of what we hope to hear next month when he comes to our town.

Playlist (note, the first three songs were not captured due to technical difficulties)
Hairshirt-Glen Hansard
The Neighborhood-Los Lobos
Pockets of Peace-Xavier Rudd
O Sacred Head Surrounded-The Innocence Mission
I’m Losing Myself-Brazilian Girls featuring David Byrne
Little Bribes-Death Cab for Cutie
Get On Your Boots-U2 (Justice remix)
Baker Lake-Sera Cahoone
This Is Your Song-Allison Rae
To Ohio-The Low Anthem
I’m Sorry Baby, But You Can’t Stand in My Light-Bob Mould
Hoover Dam-Sugar
The Silence Between Us-Bob Mould
I Am John-Loney, Dear
I Am Goodbye-Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Naked, If I Want To-Cat Power
Cheerleader-Grizzly Bear
Hazards of Love-The Decemberists
Fisher of Men-M. Ward
Miles Davis and the Cool-The Gaslight Anthem
Closing Time-Leonard Cohen
Death of a Disco Dancer-The Smiths
I’m OK By Myself-Morrissey
First of the Gang to Die-Morrissey

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