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Dec. 14 – A Soulful Christmas (610)

Maybe this Christmas will mean something more
Maybe this year love will appear
Deeper than ever before 

And maybe forgiveness will ask us to call
Someone we love
Someone we’ve lost
For reasons we can’t quite recall
Maybe this Christmas
              –  Ron Sexsmith

For six years, Great River Radio has brought you an eclectic set of holiday songs as our last show of the semester and incredibly, that day has already arrived again.  Brian and Dan have spent the last few weeks gathering new and old and different songs for this show, and it is a labor of love, our holiday gift to you.

We’ve put together a list with some surprises, some songs that will warm your heart and make you smile, some that will make you think, and some that will make you sing.  This year we’ve got a beautiful and short (one minute) cover of “Christmas Don’t Be Late” for you boomers who loved the Chipmunks – you don’t want to miss this one, especially if a hula hoop is on your Christmas list.  You’ll hear Ron Sexsmith doing “Maybe This Christmas”, which will be answered by Meiko’s “Maybe Next Year.”   We’ll have soulful music from Solomon Burke, James Brown, The Flirtations, Donnie Hathaway, Lee Rogers and the Staple Singers, folksy music from Alison Rae and the Weepies, raucous music from the Ramones.   We’ve got some brand new songs, including a Mike Doughty/Rosanne Cash collaboration.  And of course, we’ll have the necessary reality-based Christmas tunes from John Prine and Robert Earl Keen.  Hey, Christmas isn’t always fluffy snow and white lights!

GRR fans, this is going to be a good one!  Whether you are preparing your final papers, or preparing to grade those final papers, baking cookies, doing your online shopping, or just procrastinating all those things, today’s playlist will work for you, we guarantee it.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for this year’s Great River Radio holiday extravaganza.

The Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio
iChat/AIM: kustradio

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)-The Ramones
Christmas Must Be Tonight-Robbie Robertson
Christmas Don’t Be Late-Hurricane Bells
Holiday (What Do You Want ?)-Mike Doughty/Rosanne Cash
December-Alison Rae
Blue Christmas-Roma Di Luna
Walking in the Air-The New Standards/Chris Koza
Christmas Time Is Here Again-The Flirtations
This Christmas-Donnie Hathaway
Maybe This Christmas-Ron Sexsmith
Why Can’t It Be Christmas All Year-Rosie Thomas
You Won’t Have to Wait Till Christmas-Lee Rogers
Presents for Christmas-Solomon Burke
The Last Month of the Year-Staple Singers
Merry Christmas from the Family-Robert Earl Keen, Jr.
Rudy-The Be Good Tanyas
Christmas in Prison-John Prine
Maybe Next Year-Meiko
Christmas Wrapping-Summer Camp
Happy Xmas-Vanessa Carlton
The Day After Christmas-Kate Miller-Heidke
Soulful Christmas-James Brown
Merry Christmas Darling-The Carpenters
Black Christmas-Harlem Children’s Chorus
All That I Want-The Weepies

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Dec. 7 – Best of 2011 (609)

 

 

Best [best] adjective, superl. of good with better as compar.
1. of the highest quality, excellence, or standing: the best work;
2. most advantageous, suitable, or desirable: the best way.
3. largest; most: the best part of a day.

It’s that time of year again – time to dig out the 1987 red roll-neck sweater you vow to replace every Christmas. Time to brave the shopping masses and dust off your cocktail party vernacular. Time to welcome home friends and family from far and near. And time to indulge in one of our favorite pastimes – browsing through dozens of “Best of” lists to see if our lives might still be relevant.

The Great River Radio staff has been sifting through another year of new releases, ticket stubs and playlists to bring our own twist to the Best of 2011 lists. Be sure to listen today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. CST to hear insightful commentary and select cuts from the lists below. So, strap it on, lock it in and let’s get to work.

Best Live Show
Dan: St. Vincent
Brian: St. Vincent @The Walker, Lucero in Alaska,  My Morning Jacket @Rock the Garden, @Cloud Cult @St. Thomas

Most Disappointing Release
Dan:
Brian: Bjork, Death Cab for Cutie, Rachael Yamagata

Unexpectedly Strong Releases
Dan:
Brian: Wilco, Ryan Adams, Joe Henry

Trends in 2011
Drumming and too many bands with the word “Black” in the title – Black Box Revelation, Black Lips, Black Kids, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Black Eyed Peas, Sounds of Blackness. Only one band matters in the club: The Black Keys

Best Artists You Didn’t Know About Before This Year
Dan: Other Lives
Brian: Gary Clark Jr, Ólafur Arnalds, Alabama Shakes

Best New Artists (First or Second Release)
Dan: The Civil Wars
Brian: Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd, tUnE-yArDs

Best Young/Neo/Retro Artists
Dan: Alabama Shakes
Brian: Raphael Saadiq, Alabama Shakes

Best Local CDs
Dan: Haley Bonar – “Golder” and 4ontheFloor – “4×4”
Brian: Howler – “This One’s Different EP” and Low – “C’Mon”

Best Albums of 2011

Dan (Alpha Order):
Black Keys – “El Camino
”Haley Bonar – “Golder”
Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”
The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”
Dawes – “Nothing Is Wrong”
The Head and the Heart – “The Head and the Heart”
Amos Lee – “Mission Bell”
Lykke Li – “Wounded Rhymes”
Low – “C’mon”
Other Lives – “Tamer Animals”
Over the Rhine – “The Long Surrender”
Paul Simon – “So Beautiful or So What”
St. Vincent – “Strange Mercy”
Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”
Gillian Welch – “The Harrow and the Harvest”
Lucinda Williams – “Blessed”

Brian (top to bottom):
1) Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”
2) Black Keys – “El Camino”
3) PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”
4) St. Vincent – “Strange Mercy”
5) Washed Out – “Within and Without”
6) Ryan Adams –  “Ashes & Fire”
7) Joe Henry – “Reverie”
8)Girls – “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”
9) Wilco – “The Whole Love”
10) Radiohead – “The King Of Limbs”
11) Low – “C’mon”
12) M83 – “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
13) Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”
14) tUnE-YarDs – “W H O K I L L”
15) Wild Flag – “Wild Flag”
16) Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin’”

The Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio
iChat/AIM: kustradio

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Lost In My Mind-The Head and the Heart
Holocene-Bon Iver
Let England Shake-P J Harvey
Dust Bowl III-Other Lives
Seeing Black-Lucinda Williams
Rich Kids Blues-Lykke Li
Cheerleader-St. Vincent
Lucky Now-Ryan Adams
The World and All I Know-Joe Henry
Whole Love-Wilco
Kid October-Haley Bonar
Especially Me-Low
If I Wanted Someone-Dawes
Infamous Love Song-Over The Rhine
Honey Bunny-Girls
Lotus Flower-Radiohead
Eyes Be Closed-Washed Out

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