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May 11 – Listener Appreciation

It’s the annual “Listener Appreciation Show” at Great River Radio. We ask you for your best of, your favorite, your heavy rotation for the last nine months. You respond with a number of thoughtful, rockin’, tender and mostly shame-free selections. As usual, you did not disappoint. We tweaked and culled the list from dozens of requests, and have come up with a great playlist for this afternoon. You’ll hear tracks from The Avett Brothers, Phantogram, Mason Jennings, Peter Wolf, Dessa, The XX, Neko Case, Mumford & Sons, Dawes, Cults, The Big Pink, The Twilight Hours, Brother Ali and many more.

We also have an “In Memoriam” set of music from talented artists who have passed this last year: Lena Horne, Vic Chesnutt, Alex Chilton and Les Paul.

And as always, we’ll have a couple of new songs – from Jeremy Messersmith and M.I.A. –  that have us looking forward to summer.

This show is our way of saying “Thank You for Listening!” Every week we try to bring you a thoughtful and entertaining set list of music. We spend a lot of time between shows digging up new releases and rarities, reading music blogs and tuning into favorite shows at KUST, KCRW, The Current, KEXP and other indie stations around the country. But in the words of Sinéad O’Connor, “Nothing Compares to U.” Great River Radio listeners give as much as they get … at least when it pertains to new music. So many of the great artists we introduce to you are brought to our attention from fellow listeners – through calls for requests, unsolicited CDs in mailboxes and links to funky websites. And for that, we want to say … Thanks!

Join us today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) for the “Listener Appreciation Show,” and next week for our final show of the season when Dan and Brian play their favorite tracks from the last year.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
I Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues-Lena Horne
Somebody Ease My Troublin’ Mind-Sam Cooke
September Curls-Big Star
God Is Good-Vic Chestnutt
January Wedding-The Avett Brothers
There’s Still Time-Peter Wolf
Heart Skipped A Beat-The xx
Go Outside-Cults
Dominos-The Big Pink
The Field-Mason Jennings
The Chaconne-Dessa
My Return-The Twilight Hours
Us-Brother Ali
Bloodbuzz Ohio-The National
High Wide and Handsome-Loudon Wainwright III
When I’m Small-Phantogram
Dust Bowl Dance-Mumford & Sons
Pretty Girls-Neko Case
That Western Skyline-Dawes
Highway Song-What Bird
Angels On The Bank-Katie Herzig
In The Summer In The Heat-Shannon Stephens
Odessa-Caribou
Bluff-Daphne Willis
Violet!-Jeremy Messersmith
XXXO-MIA

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Decade of Influence (2000-2009)

Can you believe that we’re already approaching the end of another decade? Seems like just yesterday we were Livin’ La Vida Loca with Ricky. Those were heady times in pop music. But all good things must pass.

Like all responsible observers of the music history, Great River Radio is set to embark on a thorough examination of the music that really mattered in the Aughts (2000-2009). We’re preparing as any good student would – doing research, looking back on our notes, attending live shows and scouring the Internets.

Now we’re seeking your help with this simple question: What albums and/or artists in the last 10 years have had the greatest influence on music?

We’re not necessarily looking for your favorite CD or a critic’s “Best-Of” list. This pursuit of a “Decade of Influence” is quite different.

As many of you know, 10 years can be a long time … especially if you’ve been spending those years raising young children or touring with “Up With People.” So, we’ll leave you with a partial list below (courtesy of NPR) of some of the artists who definitely have had an impact on our music rotation in recent years.

Take a look at the partial list. Who did we miss? Who set us on another course? Who came out of nowhere to create a new sound? Who turned the world on with their smile?

* Once you’ve given it some thought, please post your entries (artist and album) on our “Decade of Influence” page. We’ll compare notes and share some of your suggestions during our Great River Radio – Decade of Influence show in early 2010. – Brian/Dan

Animal Collective
Arcade Fire
Bon Iveer
Bright Eyes
Burial
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Kelly Clarkson
Danger Mouse
Death Cab For Cutie
The Damnwells
The Decemberists
Eminem
Jay Farrar
The Flaming Lips
Green Day
Iron And Wine
Jay-Z
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
LCD Soundsystem
Lil’ Wayne
M.I.A.
OutKast
Panda Bear
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Radiohead
Santigold
Sigur Ros
Sufjan Stevens
The Swell Season
Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate
Kanye West
The White Stripes
Wilco
Paul Westerberg
Amy Winehouse

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