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May 16 – Possums and Dandelions (616)

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Follow, follow the sun 
And which way the wind blows
When this day is done
Breathe, breathe in the air
Set your intentions
Dream with care
Tomorrow’s a new day for everyone
A brand new moon and brand new sun 

When you feel life coming down on you like a heavy weight
When you feel this crazy society adding to the strain
Take a stroll to the nearest water’s edge, remember your place
Many moons have risen and fallen long, long before you came

So which way is the wind blowing
What does your heart say
So follow, follow the sun
And which way the wind blows
When this day is done

Xavier Rudd “Follow the Sun”

It is the final week of this academic year on campus, and students are working through their exams and final projects – they are busy and tired and sleep deprived, surviving on coffee.  At the same time, the weather has been spectacular and all living things seem to be happy – especially the plants, but also the dog who wants to spend the day dozing in the green grass.  On a morning walk today, Finn noticed a mother opossum and several little ones squirming around her while she sat stone still.  A bit later, we passed an eagle sitting in a tree and staring at the river, looking for fish, I guess.  The scent of lilacs is heavy in the air and the dandelions have passed from bright yellow to puffs of seeds drifting off in the breeze.  We are now heading into the lightest, brightest part of the year with long warm days ahead.

As we walked, we listened to this new song from Australia’s Xavier Rudd, who is coming out with a new record next month.  I decided to do another Great River Radio this afternoon, one more in this odd season of irregular programs.  I’ve got a list of new stuff that has been accumulating over the last few weeks.  Since the last show, we’ve travelled to California, heard a few musical acts, and worked hard to wind down the year.  We’ll celebrate the last days of school with music from Katie Herzig, Trampled by Turtles, Anais Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright and Justin Townes Earle.  Have you seen the Volvo commercial with Laura Gibson’s version of the old Sam the Sham hit “Little Red Riding Hood”?  She’s now released that and we’ll share it with you.  We’ll do a gospel set – just because – with music from The Civil Wars, The Brothers Frantzich, Iris Dement and Delaney and Bonnie.

We’ll also include a set of neo and real soul – from The Alabama Shakes, Nick Waterhouse and The Staple Singers.

I think you’ll like it – listen while you work, or check in later and listen from the blog.  And enjoy the day!

Details:
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Brian and Dan

Playlist
River-Civil Twilight
Free My Mind-Katie Herzig
Sweeter Than This-Katie Herzig
From This Valley-The Civil Wars
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing-Brothers Frantzich
He Reached Down-Iris Dement
Where the Soul Never Dies-Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
Follow The Sun-Xavier Rudd
Lil’ Red Riding Hood-Laura Gibson
Montauk-Rufus Wainwright
Unfortunately, Anna-Justin Townes Earle
Blackwind-Patrick Watson
Words-Ane Brun
Midnight On the Interstate-Trampled By Turtles
I Can Only Give You Everything-Nick Waterhouse
Boys & Girls-Alabama Shakes
Respect Yourself-The Staple Singers
Young Man in America-Anias Mitchell
The Body Wins-Sarah Jaffe
God Only Knows-Bonnie Raitt

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April 4 – Ship of Hope (614)

Down at the docks, you and me walking
Watching you watching the ships coming into the harbor
You told me again of your voyages grand
I loved you most when you spoke of the seven wonders
And you reached in your coat for your telescope
See what you could see
When your ship comes in,
When your ship comes in
When your ship comes in you’ll be happy
Anais Mitchell “Ships”

Just a quick reminder on this beautiful April day that Great River Radio be back this afternoon with a whole bunch of new music.  I’ve really been enjoying this new Anais Mitchell disc “Young Man in America” and we’ll listen to “Ships” from that, as well as another ship song sung by a woman – Lissie’s cover of Nick Cave’s great “The Ship Song.”  We’ll hear something from Dr. John’s “Locked Down” produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.  The Los Angeles Times has said of Dr. John’s new record, “it’s the embodiment of everything he’s done but pushed in a clear new direction…one of the best of his career…”

When I read accounts of the shows at SXSW a couple weeks ago, Patrick Watson was singled out by several critics as having done the best performance that they’d seen.  Patrick Watson is a guy and a band from Canada – he’s been compared to Rufus Wainwright, Nick Drake and Andrew Bird – and I love a song that starts simple and ends with horns!  Speaking of horns, Tim Frantzich has a very Chet Baker-like horn in his new song “Dead End Angels” from his brand new “Our Lost and Wild Daughter”…and speaking of Rufus, we’ll hear an early release from his next album “Out of the Game” his first collection of new songs in five years, on which he teamed up with star producer Mark Ronson.

We’ll have a pairing from GRR family favorites Steve Early and Justin Townes Earle – Justin recently released his second album, and it is very personal – tune in for “Am I That Lonely Tonight?”  We’ll also have new music from Patti Smith (eight years since her last record!), the young neo soul group Alabama Shakes, and Brandi Carlile.   Are you one of those people who believe that Fergus Falls Minnesota is the center of the universe?  (Yes, there are some people who believe that.)  If so, or even if not, you want to hear “Fergus Falls” from Milwaukee’s Field Report.  And to close out the show, Bon Iver friends Megafaun.

This and more coming to you this afternoon.  Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for Great River Radio or later on the blog.  I think you’ll like it.

Details:

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Playlist
Swanee River-Hugh Laurie
Big Shot-Dr. John
Into Giants-Patrick Watson
April Fool-Patti Smith
That Wasn’t Me-Brandi Carlile
Dead End Angels-Tim Frantzich
Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Crying-The Barr Brothers
Cry, Cry, Crow-The Pines
Ships-Anais Mitchell
The Ship Song-Lissie
Goodbye-Steve Earle
Am I That Lonely Tonight?-Justin Townes Earle
I Found You-Alabama Shakes
Out of the Game-Rufus Wainwright
Fergus Falls-Field Report
Worried Mind-Megafaun

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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:
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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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Nov. 30 – Lonely in a Crowd (608)

You’re not alone
I’m with you, I’m lonely too
What’s that song
Can’t be sung by two?
            Jeff Tweedy

After our short Thanksgiving weekend break, Great River Radio will be back in the studio this afternoon.  Whether you spent your last weekend in line during the wee hours of the morning waiting for your favorite retailer to open its doors, or were hiding from Black Friday in the woods, we think that today’s program will help get you ready for the crazy weeks ahead.

As many of you know, we almost always plan this show separately and then bring it together on Wednesday, often mixing the order on the fly in the studio.  What we’ve noticed is how often our playlists work so well together, and sometimes, like today, are as coordinated as if we’d worked all weekend to plan it that way.  Neither of us is sure how that happens.  It is apparently just Great River Radio magic.

Today GRR will include a wonderful mix of artists, from Mavis Staples (doing the Jeff Tweedy song quoted above) proclaiming that you are not alone, an answer, perhaps, to “Lonely Boy”, music from the upcoming Black Keys album.  In fact, there will be a wonderful set on the whole idea of loneliness and crowds.  We’ll also have a new song from Ingrid MIchaelson’s January release which fits nicely with that theme – “Ghost.”  If you are fond of Bon Iver (who some say released the best album of 2010) you’ll want to hear “Real Slow” from Megafaun, his former bandmates from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Dan’s treat this week:  “John Lee Hooker for President”, a new track from the legendary Ry Cooder, which you have to hear to believe.  All this and a Ryan Adams/Laura Marling duet, something from Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue, Lissie’s wonderful cover of the Nick Cave tune “The Ship Song” and more.  It will be a wonderful show, I can just feel it in my bones.

Don’t let us be lonely!  Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for another episode of Great River Radio.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Mississippi-Ray Bonneville
Ghost-Ingrid Michaelson
Oh My Sweet Carolina-Ryan Adams and Laura Marling
Miles On A Car-Rachael Yamagata
This World-Selah Sue
Real Slow-Megafaun
John Lee Hooker For President-Ry Cooder
If Ever I Stray-Frank Turner
Try to Sleep-Low
Odetta-Joe Henry
Stone Rollin’-Raphael Saadiq
Lonely Boy-The Black Keys
I Found You-Alabama Shakes
You Are Not Alone-Mavis Staples
Back In The Crowd-Tom Waits
Bright Lights-Gary Clark Jr.
The Ship Song-Lissie
Here To Stay-Milagres

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Nov. 2 – 1968 (605)

 

Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride
              “Pride (In The Name of Love)” – U2

The year 1968 was a turbulent one in America’s history. The Vietnam War staggered on – with the My Lai Massacre and Tet Offensive abroad and increasingly violent protests at home. We had The Poor People’s Campaign March on Washington, D.C., a Zodiac killer in California and a Black Power salute in Mexico City. And sadly, we had the assassinations of two great civil rights leaders – Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. The Minnesota History Center debuted the national “The 1968 Exhibit” in October – offering a comprehensive and fascinating view of one remarkable year. Great River Radio recommends taking an informative field trip during a cold winter’s day to catch the exhibit before it closes in February 2012.

So why do we mention 1968? Well, it also happens to be an notable year for music. We heard “Hey Jude” for the first time, got to know “Mrs. Robinson” a little bit better, and Marvin Gaye gave us a lesson on rumors and broken hearts long before Facebook with “I heard It Through The Grapevine.”  We’re going to take a little dip into 1968 nostalgia today, with tracks by Laura Nyro, Janis Joplin, John Mayall and The Band.

We’ll also have some incredible new music by Rachael Yamagata, The Black Keys (!), Beirut, M83, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Shelby Lynne and Deer Tick.

Join us for another Great River Radio show today at 4:15–5:45p.

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Playlist
River-Lights
I Found You-Alabama Shakes
Lonely Boy-The Black Keys
Most Likely You Go Your Way (I’ll Go Mine) (Mark Ronson Remix)-Bob Dylan
Heaven’s Only Days Down The Road-Shelby Lynne
Passenger-Lisa Hannigan
The Ship Song-Lissie
Whole Love-Wilco
Raindrops On The Kitchen Floor-Mason Jennings
Astronaut-Blitzen Trapper
Eli’s Comin’-Laura Nyro
Combination of the Two-Big Brother and the Holding Company
Chest Fever-The Band
Miles On A Car-Rachael Yamagata
Goshen-Beirut
Midnight City-M83
Here To Stay-Milagres
Miss K.-Deer Tick
Crystalline-Bjork

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Oct. 26 – Lucky Now (604)

I don’t remember were we wild and young
All that’s faded into memory
I feel like somebody I don’t know
Are we really who we used to be
Am I really who I was
               Lucky Now (Ryan Adams)

Ryan Adam’s is now about 36, but it is never too early to start reminiscing about being wild and young, is it?  In fact, Adams has been very prolific and has had lots of experiences as a musician, including a fairly long absence from music as he coped with hearing loss and dizziness as a result of Meniere’s disease.  So he can reminisce.

We’re going to reminisce a bit, too.  Brian just finished “Life” – Keith Richard’s recent sprawling autobiography and that has made us think of the Rolling Stones.  We’ll be taking a look back at their music and some newer interpretations of their music, including from Ryan Adams himself.

We’ll also give you a taste of the new Tom Wait’s cd – his first set of new songs since 2004.  As the NYT said this weekend, “Mr. Waits is acclaimed as an American marvel: a songwriter who can be smart and primal, raucous and meticulous, ethereal and earthy, bleak and comical…”  We’re going to hear “Last Leaf” from this record which was released last week.

Tune in for music from a hot and energetic young band from Alabama, the Alabama Shakes, along with Lana Del Rey, M83, Shelby Lynne (playing the Dakota tomorrow night), Laura Marling (credited by Ryan Adams as inspiring his return to songwriting), Dessa and others.

Whether you listen live today or to the archived edition, we look forward to doing this show for you this afternoon!

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Playlist
Helpless-Arcade Fire and Neil Young
Medicine Bow-Peter Ostroushko
Little Red Rooster-The Rolling Stones
Some Girls-The Rolling Stones
Best of Burden-Wild Flag
Brown Sugar-Ryan Adams
Last Leaf-Tom Waits
Revelation Road-Shelby Lynne
Sophia-Laura Marling
The Beekeeper-Dessa
Lucky Now-Ryan Adams
Hold On-Alabama Shakes
Don’t Owe You A Thang-Gary Clark Jr.
For 12-Other Lives
Fixed-Stars
Persuasion-Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson
Video Games-Lana Del Rey
Wait-M83

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