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February 19 (808) – Hanging by a thread

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A feather’s not a bird
The rain is not the sea
A stone is not a mountain
But a river runs through me 

            “A Feather’s Not a Bird”  Rosanne Cash

A quick reminder that Great River Radio is back this afternoon with a bundle of songs for you, mostly new, but a couple of discoveries that have been spinning on my player the last four weeks.  Do you know Goldfrapp?  Do you want to hear something sexy that will warm you up on a cold winter night?  That’s all I’m going to say about that.  I’ve been digging the songwriter Peter Bradley Adams and have played him before.  He has a new record, as does the very interesting Damien Jurado, local friends Jeremy Messersmith and Erik Koskinen.  Then there will be the department of covers and remakes with Charlotte Gainsbourg doing “Hey Joe” (you’ve got to hear it) and Band of Horses doing an acoustic live at the Ryman version of “No One’s Gonna Love You” and a remastered “Comes and Goes In Waves” from Greg Laswell.

And of course, my favorite record of the year so far, Rosanne Cash’s The River & The Thread – the first track from that album will also open GRR today.  Finally, I have the first musical harbinger of spring, thanks to Mike, from the John Butler Trio.

If you live in the upper Midwest, you’re going to want to take some time to listen this afternoon or later for a break from the cold and snow and the coming storm.

I’ll be getting things going around 4:00 – listen this afternoon or later when the snow is coming down.

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream:
http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html

Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

Playlist
A Feather’s Not a Bird-Rosanne Cash
Ethio Invention No. 1-Andrew Bird
Ghost-Jeremy Messersmith
Love Song-Dawn Landes
Silver Timothy-Damien Jurado
Be Still My Heart-Peter Bradley Adams
Invisible-U2
Hey Joe-Charlotte Gainsbourg
Ooh La La-Goldfrapp
Fortune-William Fitzsimmons
Walkabout-Augustines
Waking Light-Beck
Comes and Goes in Waves-Greg Laswell
No One’s Gonna Love You-Band of Horses
Spring To Come-John Butler Trio
Blood and Money-Erik Koskinen
Why Don’t You Quit Leaving Me Alone-Benmont Tench

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October 30 (803) Down There By The Train

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There’s a place I know
where the train goes slow
where the sinners can be washed
in the blood of the lamb
there’s a river by the trestle
down by Sinner’s Grove
down where the Willow and the Dogwood grows
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there by the train
down there where the train
goes slow
                     Tom Waits

Last time on Great River Radio, I played the Tift Merritt version of Tom Waits’ “Train Song” and I’ve been listening to that thing a lot in the last couple of weeks.  It is the great lyrics and the wonderful guitar playing of Eric Heywood that keep me coming back.  Then it had another effect on me, and that was to ponder why there are so many songs about trains in American music.  You could do hours and hours of train songs, even if you just limited yourself to the good ones.  But why?  Is it the lure of escape?  “My daddy told me, looking back/’best friend you’ll have is a railroad track'”… or is it the sound of the whistle and that lonesome sound of steel wheels on a steel track, long after the engine has passed?  Is it because they are going to take us to paradise?   “This train is bound for glory”?

I’m not doing train songs today – there are too many.  In some ways, it is too easy a project.  But I will be sprinkling some train songs by Tom Waits into the list, including a return of that Tift Merritt cover.  It is also Halloween tomorrow and though most of you are probably not going to be dressing up and going out trick or treating, I’ll slip a couple of ghostly songs into the mix.

I’ve also got new music from Polica, The 1975, Linda Thompson (with son Teddy) and Goldfrapp (this one is awesome.)  You’ve probably heard some of the new Paul McCartney by now, and I’ll have a typically McCartneyesque track from that one.  There is new music from The Head and the Heart and something amazing from the 2013 release by Ben Harper and the great Charlie Musselwhite.

It’s a nice mix on this gloomy day – listen in live this afternoon or later on the blog.

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

Playlist
On The Road-Tom Waits
Cecil Taylor-Jonathan Wilson
Shake-The Head And The Heart
You Can’t Be Told-Valerie June
Sex-The 1975
New-Paul McCartney
Oh, The Joy-Trixie Whitley
Down There By The Train-Tom Waits
Three White Horses-Andrew Bird
Drew-Goldfrapp
Chain My Name-Polica
Werewolves Of London-Warren Zevon
I Scare Myself-The New Standards
In A Graveyard-Rufus Wainwright
Won’t Be Long Now-Linda Thompson/Teddy Thompson
Persuasion-Richard Thompson/Teddy Thompson
Train Song-Tift Merritt
Bottom of the World-Tom Waits
We Can’t End This Way-Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

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Mar. 14 – Spring Mix (613)

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On this extraordinarily beautiful March day, I’ll be spending 90 minutes in the dark playing new music from Great River Radio.  This is a spring mix of new music from all over the place.  I’ve been on a Dave Alvin thing for the last couple of weeks, so we’ll have something from him.  Did you know that Judy Garland’s great great niece is a wonderful singer named Audra Mae – she is the real thing and you’re going to like what she brings this afternoon.  Local band the Now, Now are down in Austin for the next couple of days but if you couldn’t make it to SXSW this year, you can hear the title song of their new cd “Threads” on GRR.  We’ll also have something from the new Andrew Bird, and a collaboration between Mali duo Amadou and Miriam and Santigold.  John Prine fans, tune in to hear Bon Iver doing “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)”.   From what some are already calling one of the best albums of 2012, we’ll hear “Young Man in America” from Anais Mitchell’s latest.  And, along the same lines, new music from the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ “Leaving Eden”, a record you’ve probably been hearing a lot about.  Produced by Buddy Miller and with the wonderful vocals and fiddling of Rhiannon Giddens, you’ll hear “Country Girl” a very personal take on the joys of living down south.

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:

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 and Dan

Playlist
Beautiful City ‘Cross the River-Dave Alvin
The Real Thing-Audra Mae & the Almighty Sound
Thread-Now, Now
Dougou Badia (featuring Santigold-Amadou & Miriam
Give It Away-Andrew Bird
Old Mythologies-The Barr Brothers
Bruised Oranges (Chain of Sorrow)-Bon Iver
All the Rowboats-Regina Spektor
Ashgrove-Dave Alvin
California-Delta Spirit
Darkness-Leonard Cohen
Wrecking Ball-Bruce Springsteen
Country Girl-Carolina Chocolate Drops
Young Man in America-Anais Mitchell
Myth-Beach House
Keep Us Steadfast-Lyle Lovett
O Sacred Head Surrounded-the innocence mission
Holy Holy-Wye Oak

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Feb. 2 – Decade of Influence

First, since it has been a while since you’ve heard from us, we’d like to send you wishes for a very happy new year from Great River Radio – and we hope it has begun well for you.  The show has taken a break over the holidays and during January while we paid attention to the other responsibilities in our lives and work.  As of yesterday, students are back on campus and we begin the spring march toward commencement in May.

Our first show of 2010 is one we’ve been working on for many weeks.  Since fall 2009, as we wound down the first decade of the 21st Century,  media outlets cultural critics have been full of discussions of the best, not only of the year, but of the last 10 years.  Great River Radio has some opinions on music, as you know – we express them regularly on the show.  Last fall, we began our own discussion about what WE considered to be, not just the best, but the most influential music, artists and phenomenon of the decade.  And this week we are going to share those observations with you.

This Great River Radio show is going to be pretty personal, reflecting our vision and taste for the music that we’ve played on the show, rather than the entire world of music.  You won’t be hearing Beyonce, in spite of the fact that she won six Grammys last Sunday.  But you will be hearing from artists as various as Radiohead, Atmosphere, The Hold Steady, Sigur Ros, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, LCD Soundsystem, Joe Henry and Jack White and others.

We’ll also be talking about a few of the most significant developments that affected music in the last 10 years, including the importance of digital music, the soundtrack phenomenon and other culturally important industry developments.

We think you’ll like this show as a review of the decade in music – and a chance to hear some great songs from Great River Radio’s favorite artists. It will be epic!

Catch us live today, Feb. 2 at 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html

Chat or AIM in the studio: kustradio

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson (background)
Fireflies-Owl City (background)
Guarantees-Atmosphere (background)
Easy Silence-Dan Wilson (background)
Your Little Hoodrat Friend-The Hold Steady
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow-The Soggy Bottom Boys
New Slang-The Shins
All My Friends-LCD Soundsystem
Wake Up-Arcade Fire
First Day of My Life-Bright Eyes
Savane-Ali Farka Toure (background)
Sabali-Amadou and Mariam (background)
Staraflur-Sigur Ros
Comfy in Nautica-Panda Bear (background)
My Girls-Animal Collective
Ragged Wood-Fleet Foxes
Ten Thousand Words-The Avett Brothers
World Keeps Turning-Tom Waits (background)
Jesus, Etc.-Wilco
Going To A Town-Rufus Wainwright
None of Us is Free-Joe Henry
Sunshowers-MIA (background)
Paper Planes-MIA
Portland, Oregon-Loretta Lynn and Jack White (background)
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known-The White Stripes
15 Steps-Radiohead (background)
Everything In Its Right Place-Radiohead
For The Widows In Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti-Sufjan Stevens

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Dec. 15 – Music We Missed in 2009

It’s final exams week and students and faculty are cramming to prepare for the exam, take the exam, finish the paper and get on with the grading process.  Whew!  Every seat in the library is occupied by a student with his or her laptop, a pile of books, and all the objects today’s student needs: highlighters, coffee, iPod, snacks, big huge calculator, phone charger and a few good luck charms.

This is the week that gives rise to a dream we have the rest of our life – the day we show up at class for the final exam and realize we never went to class.  I’ve had that dream many, many times myself.  I’m sure someone on this list can tell me what it means.

GRR’s final exam question is this:  what did we miss this year?  As we’ve perused many top ten and ten best lists in the last couple of weeks, we’ve noticed a few songs and artists that somehow completely escaped our attention during 2009.  Brian and Dan try hard to stay on top of this stuff, but, hey, we’re busy guys, too.  We can’t notice everything going on in the big world of music.

We’ll be hearing songs from 2009 releases from Dan Auerbach, The Clientele, The Eels, Alicia Keys, David Bazan, John Gorka, Pieta Brown, Silversun Pickups, The Mountain Goats and others.  Just about all of these songs have been named by someone as a notable recording for 2009 but never played on Great River Radio.  We’ll also play a couple songs from the just released “Minnesota Beatles Project, Volume 1” – interpretations of Beatles tunes by local bands, including Roma di Luna’s cover of “I Will.”

And two notes of upcoming shows: in one of our first shows of the new decade, Great River Radio will take a look back at the “Oughts” (2000-2009). We’re digging through our hard drives and doing the research so that we can bring you a full program of the most influential music of the decade.  Let us know what you think were the most important (not necessarily the “best” or “favorite”) albums or artists in 2000-2009? Post your selections on our website at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com.

Finally, note also that Great River Radio’s fourth annual holiday music show will be next week (Dec. 22.) You’ll want to tune in while you’re wrapping gifts or snuggling with your SO beside an open fire.

You can listen to Great River Radio live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream: www.kustradio.com

Or listen at your leisure to our archived shows at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Chat with us during the show via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Playlist
Slow Down-Suicide Commandos
Heartbroken, In Disrepair-Dan Auerbach
I Wonder Who We Are-The Clientele
That Look You Give That Guy-Eels
Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart-Alicia Keys
Please, Baby, Please-David Bazan
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free-Levon Helm
Ignorance and Privilege-John Gorka
You’re My Lover Now-Pieta Brown
Hell or High Water-William Elliott Whitmore
Train Song-Feist and Ben Gibbard
Waiting For My Child (live)-Mavis Staples
Higher Ground-Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
Panic Switch – Silversun Pickups
Flashing Red Light Means Go-The Boxer Rebellion
Je t’aime-Staff Benda Bilili
Genesis 3:23-The Mountain Goats
I Will-Roma di Luna
The Giant of Illinois-Andrew Bird
Sort of Revolution-Fink
True Love Will Find You In The End-Headless Heroes
Neighborhood #1-Arcade Fire

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Nov. 3 – Things That Scare Me


It might be scary
‘til your eyes adjust
don’t fear the shadows
me you can trust

Don’t be afraid of the dark
don’t be afraid of the dark
I’ll be there to hold you
don’t be afraid of the dark

You might tremble
you might shake
scream out loud
maybe even pray

Don’t be afraid of the dark
don’t be afraid of the dark
I’ll be there to hold you
don’t be afraid of the dark

–  Robert Cray “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”

We’re guessing that you’ve had your fill of Halloween treats the last couple of days (well, one last Twix bar couldn’t hurt). But have you ever stopped to think about the allure of this peculiar holiday? The influences on this (mostly secular) day of celebration are many. And although Halloween’s popularity spikes in the United States, many other countries now join in the fun. For some individuals, the opportunity to play dress-up and reinvent themselves is too exciting to pass up. For others, an entire population masking who they are and reveling in anonymity can be a bit disturbing.

In past years, Great River Radio has used this occasion to dig into our shared library and play music with an emphasis on Saints, Souls and Goblins. This afternoon we’ll take a little different tack as we bring you music inspired by the things that raise the hair on our arms (or backs!). You’ll hear music about darkness and shadows, homicidal maniacs and victims, graveyards and wild things. Don’t think of this as a stereotypical or clichéd attempt at playing Halloween music. We’ll have tracks from Great River Radio-endorsed artists such as Neko Case, Andrew Bird, Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M83, Eels and Band of Horses. We’ll have local music from Roma di Luna, Trip Shakespeare and the Suburbs. And we’ll even fit in listener request segment with some of your favorites. In other words, it’s the sort of quality music you’ve come to expect from Great River Radio. You’re not going to want to miss it.

We’re live from 4-6 p.m. (CST) today via http://www.kustradio.com
Chat with us in the studio via iChat or AIM at screen name: kustradio

Next week is our annual SJAW (Social Justice Awareness Week) show. In order to maintain our club status at KUST, each semester we must devote a show to a topic or theme that has some social relevance. Our theme next week is health care. Do you have any health- or illness-related songs you would like to hear? Send us a an email or post your requests on our Website.

Playlist
Thriller Intro-Michael Jackson
Full Moon-The Black Ghosts
I hear Noises-Tegan and Sara
Things That Scare Me-Neko Case
Don’t Be Scared-Andrew Bird
My Beloved Monsters-Eels
Monster Lve-Goldfrapp
Is There A Ghost-Band of Horses
City Full of Ghosts-Mike Scott
Bruised Ghosts-Amy Millan
King’s Highway-Joe Henry
Psycho Killer-Talking Heads
Cold Blooded Old Times-Smog
Heads Will Roll-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Skeletons-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Shadows-Au Revoir Simone
Shadows-Gospel Gossip
The Romance of Wolves-Roma Di Luna
Rattle My Bones-Suburbs
Dry Bones-Herman Munster
Adams Family Intro
Here Come the Martian Martians-Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers
In Germany Before The War-Randy Newman
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth Intro-Meatloaf
Graveyard-Trip Shakespeare
Whistlin’ Past The Graveyard-Tom Waits
Pretty Girls Make Graves-The Smiths
Graveyard Girl-M83
The Unquiet Grave-Solas
All Is Love-Karen O.

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