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Nov. 16 – Protest Songs (607)

“There is the idea that a pop star has no right to voice their opinion.
But I was a person before I was a pop star,
and I’m due my opinion as much as anyone.”

–  Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

For as long as there have been wars and civil injustices, there are have been artists giving voice to the powerless. Protest songs have been a well-documented and crucial part of our social dialogue and cultural fabric since as far back as the 1381 English Peasant Revolt. Since then, protest songs have taken many forms: Irish Rebel Songs, Algerian Rai, field hollers, Anti-apartheid anthems, Vietnam folk and rock music, 1960s civil rights ballads and Post-9/11 laments, to name a few. Even today, we have artists such as Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Jay-Z, Kayne West and Jeff Mangum visiting Occupy Wall Street sites across the country.

But protest songs have an inconsistent history. Some have been effective agents for change. Others have been labeled propaganda, fascist/socialists/hippie tripe, utopian or a reason for treason. Some have incited violence and hatred (Dixie Chicks, anyone?). And many others – well well-intentioned – have just been bad music.

It’s our semiannual Social Justice Awareness Week (SJAW) here again at KUST, and Great River Radio will be taking a listen to protest songs throughout history. What makes an effective protest song? Can a song be a protest song without deliberately saying as much? We’ll look into this when we play protest songs from some of our favorite artists (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tom Waits Arcade Fire, R.E.M., Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Mangum, Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, U2, Bright Eyes, The Staple Singers and Steve Earle). We’ll also play a few songs that might surprise you as protest songs. And finally, we’ll have a candid discussion about the current state of protest songs.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for another informative and entertaining SJAW show from Great River Radio.

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Playlist
This Land Is Your Land- Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Sweet Honey In The Rock
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live-Bruce Springsteen
Ohio-Crosby Stills Nash  & Young
Let’s Impeach The President-Neil Young
When The President Talks To God-Bright Eyes
If I Had A Rocket Launcher-Bruce Cockburn
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution-Tracy Chapman
Final Straw-REM
Sunday Bloody Sunday-U2
Masters of War-The Staples Singers
Rich Man’s War-Steve Earle
Day After Tomorrow-Tom Waits
We Are The Many-Makana
Suburban War-Arcade Fire
Yell Fire!-Michael Franti & Spearhead
We Stand As One-Joseph Arthur

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March 30 – Women. World. Music.


As we come marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
As we come marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread, but give us roses!
– James Oppenheim

In March of 1911, a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City took the lives of 146 women garment workers who were unable to escape the building because managers had locked the doors to the stairs and exits.  The tragedy, one of the worst industrial accidents in U.S. history, lead to new safety standards, legislation and unions which advocated on behalf of workers, and women’s rights.  A few days before the fire, International Women’s Day had been celebrated in a few European countries where more than a million women and men attended IWD rallies to campaign for women’s rights to work, vote, be educated and elected.  The Triangle disaster made International Womens’ Day a truly global phenomenon. James Oppenheim’s poem became a rallying cry for the women’s movement.

This year, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of IWD and today on Great River Radio we join the party by taking a global tour of music by women, covering our favorite artists from Africa, the Caribbean, the British Isles, Scandinavia, continental Europe, Canada and Australia.  You’ll hear great songs by Miriam Makeba, Angelique Kidjo, Lykke Li, Ane Brun,  PJ Harvey, Feist, Portishead and even the Ensemble of the Bulgarian Republic.

Help GRR celebrate the achievements of women during the last 100 years with song today!

Join us at 4:15 p.m. (CST) today for Great River Radio.

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Tsiaro-Tarika Sammy
Pata Pata-Miriam Makeba
Battu-Angelique Kidjo
Veinte Anos-Buena Vista Social Club
Samba Da Bencao-Bebel Gilberto
Unissons Nous-Amadou & Miriam
Paper Planes-M.I.A.
Sprawl II-Arcade Fire
The Treehouse Song-Ane Brun
When I Grow Up-First Aid Kit
Rich Kids Blues-Lykke Li
And Now-jj
Venus As A Boy-Bjork
This Is The Life-Amy McDonald
Hold On-KT Tunstall
Sour Times-Portishead
Good Fortune-PJ Harvey
Just Like A Woman-Charlotte Gainsbourg and Calexico
Polegna E Todora-Ensemble of The Bulgarian Republic
I Feel It All-Feist
Breathe-Sia

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Feb. 16 – Who the *&#$ is Arcade Fire?


“what the heck is a r k fire?”

“It’s a weird world we live in when someone called Arcade Fire can win a Grammy n Justin Bieber doesn’t!”

“I cannot believe that unknown artists will earn a world-renowned artists like justin and lady gaga for that cease to believe in the legality of prizes.”

“How can a group I’ve NEVER heard of win album of the year?”

(Unedited – and printable – comments on the new tumblr blog “Who is Arcade Fire?”)

Actually, it is a weird world we live in when the naming of the album of the year winner can ignite a culture war – isn’t music supposed to bring us together?  We’re pretty sure that regular listeners to Great River Radio know who Arcade Fire is, and join the indie music community in cheering their win over Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Eminem.  In the other big upset of the evening, newcomer and small seller Esperanza Spalding edged out teen sensation Justin Bieber (and GRR friends Mumford and Sons, we should add.)  Do those upset victories say anything about the music business today?  Are independent artists going to be more widely recognized?  Is quality going to win out over sales?  OK, probably not, but it is nice to see the underdogs win once in a while.

If you’ve forgotten who Arcade Fire is, we’re going to bring you a couple tunes from the award winning album this afternoon.  We’ve packed the show with lots of brand new music from (perhaps but not bloody likely) tomorrow’s Grammy winners.  Great River Radio favorites DevotchKa and Bright Eyes have new albums out; we have an early release from the upcoming album by the Strokes, along with new music from Amos Lee and Roomful of Blues.  We have songs from new (and young) artists Young The Giant and Young Man.  In one of the more interesting collaborations of the new year, we’ll have 50’s rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson performing Bob Dylan’s “Thunder on the Mountain” produced by Jack White.  (We think you’ll dig it, really.)  And from long time collaborators Gil-Scott Heron and Brian Jackson, we’ll close with “Shut ‘Em Down.”

Join us at 4:15 p.m. (CST) today for an entirely Bieber free Great River Radio.

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Brian & Dan

Playlist
Tree by the River-Iron and Wine
Thunder on the Mountain-Wanda Jackson
The Suburbs (cont.)-Arcade Fire
The Suburbs-Arcade Fire
100 Other Lovers-DeVotchKa
Mermaid-Okkervil River
Shell Games-Bright Eyes
Felt-Young Man
This is Why We Fight-The Decemberists
She Walks Right In-Roomful of Blues
Anywhere But Here-Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors
My Body-Young the Giant
Violin-Amos Lee
Lever Pulled Down-Sam Phillips
All the Stars-The Wailin’ Jennys
Under Cover of Darkness-The Strokes
In the Dark Places-P.J. Harvey
Last Night at the Jetty-Panda Bear
Shut Em Down-Gil Scott Heron/Brian Jackson

 

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Dec. 1 – Favorite Albums of 2010

A quick Google search with the words “Best of 2010” returns a mere 2,720,000,000 results.

In a world where the once-rare “overshare” of personal experiences, opinions and preferences has become the norm (think Brittney, Wikileaks, Facebook and TMZ), we are now saturated with minutiae. Do you really care about your coworker’s “Top 10 Green Teas for Autumn” list? Or your cousin’s ongoing quest to order and eat every Applebee’s entrée in a calendar year?

For those who willingly contribute such intimate details to the collective conscious of public discourse through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and online forums, the motivation is simple. Documenting these once private details helps us to both define who we think we are, and how we would like others to see us. But what about those of us who readily consume this information? Why do we care about another “Year’s Best” list? And perhaps more perplexing, why can’t we stop ourselves from reading these lists?

Part of the allure is the ease in which we can take in the information. Our motivation as a consumer/audience is likely similar to the contributor’s intent – to help define our tastes, to compare desires and interests with our peers, and perhaps find a new source of material for our own lists and “must have” suggestions.

Where does that leave us today? For each of the last five years, the Great River Radio staff has welcomed the chill of December in Minnesota with great anticipation. Of course, we look forward to spending time with family and loved ones, celebrating religious rites and traditions, and even seeking solitude in these busy times. But the turn toward winter also brings two of our favorite annual radio shows of the year – the holiday music show and the “Best of” show. Today on Great River Radio we will offer our contribution to the year-end list … with a twist. Instead of adding to the meaningless cesspool of “Best Of” entries,  we will offer something far more subjective – our “Favorite Albums of 2010.” Feel free to take in the music as just another year-end list or send us your suggestion for favorite albums we may have missed (or purposely omitted). That way we can skip the music monologue and start a dialogue.

Tune in from 4:15-5:45 p.m. today and you’ll hear one of Great River Radio’s most anticipated shows as we play selected tracks & MP3s from our ”Favorite Albums of 2010” list:

Playlist
Wide River to Cross-Carrie Rodriguez  Love and Circumstance
National Ransom-Elvis Costello  National Ransom
Angela Surf City-The Walkmen  Lisbon
And Now-JJ  N° 3
The High Road-Broken Bells  Broken Bells
Rhinestone Eyes-Gorillaz  Plastic Beach
The Dreamer-The Tallest Man On Earth  Sometimes The Blues Are Just A Passing Bird
Runaway-The National  High Violet
From Above-Nick Hornby/BenFolds  Lonely Avenue
City of Night-Bruce Springsteen  The Promise
Dillinger Eyes-Jeremy Messersmith  The Reluctant Graveyard
You’ll Be Bright-Cloud Cult  Light Chasers
The Sweet Part of the City-The Hold Steady  Heaven Is Whenever
We Used to Ride-Arcade Fire  The Suburbs
Futile Devices-Sufjan Stevens  The Age of Adz
He Would Have Laughed-Deerhunter  Halcyon Digest
Someone’s Gonna Rescue You-Neil Young  LeNoise
Surely-Black Dub  Black Dub
Airplanes-Local Natives  Gorilla Manor
Sweet Talk Sweet Talk-The New Pornographers  Together

What did we miss? Send us a note and let us know!

Tune in today – to listen for pleasure or to compare.

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Brian & Dan

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Nov. 10 – Human Trafficking

Well you better listen my sisters and brothers,
‘cause if you do you can hear
there are voices still calling across the years.
And they’re all crying across the ocean,
and they’re cryin’ across the land,
and they will ‘til we all come to understand.

None of us are free.(if) one of us are chained
(Solomon Burke – “None of Us Are Free”)

It’s Social Justice Awareness Week here at KUST. As a service project, the station sponsors a week of social justice programming to raise awareness about some of the most pressing social issues in our world. Past topics covered by Great River Radio include employment rights, clean water, health care and criminal rights. Today we will talk about the disturbing increase in human trafficking.

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery primarily for the use of prostitution or forced labor. With estimates of more than 30 million slaves, it is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. And it’s an increasing problem in the United States and even here in Minnesota. According to yesterday’s StarTribune, “Twenty-nine people, mostly from the Twin Cities, are accused of running an interstate human trafficking ring that sold Somali girls — one as young as 12 — into prostitution. In a federal indictment made public in Nashville on Monday, officials accused gang members of running a decade-long prostitution business that included credit card fraud and burglary totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Their alleged crimes crossed state lines, as investigators say girls were driven from the Twin Cities to Nashville and Columbus, Ohio. Another victim was allegedly sexually assaulted in Seattle.”

As usual, we’ll be playing a number of songs that address this critical issue. You’ll hear music from Bruce Springsteen, Marvin Gaye, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Suzanne Vega, Tears for Fears, Solomon Burke, Justin Dillon, Five for Fighting, Ben Harper, Switchfoot, The Smiths and the Children of Agape. In between these powerful music selections we will offer a few statistics on human trafficking, talk about pending legislation and point you to a couple of organizations that are doing excellent advocacy work in this field.

While we realize that this may not be the most uplifting topic – few social justice issues are – we promise that the show will be engaging and informative.

Please join us this afternoon.

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Peace.

Brian & Dan

Playlist
None of Us Are Free-Solomon Burke
Awakening-Switchfoot
Thina Simunye (We Are Together)-Children of Agape
Luka-Suzanne Vega
City With No Children-Arcade Fire
Freedom Road-Blind Boys of Alabama
I’ll Rise-Ben Harper
Rise Up-Works Progress Administration
Suffer Little Children-The Smiths
Suffer The Children-Tears For Fears
World-Five For Fighting
Baby Blue -Justin Dillon
Children-Delta Spirit
Save The Children-Marvin Gaye
Chimes of Freedom-Bruce Springsteen

Human Trafficking Resources
HumanTrafficking.org

NotForSale Campaign

End Human Trafficking @ Change.org

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Sept. 15 – Season Five

(NOTE: the audio quality of this show wasn’t up to our standards, so we’ll not be providing it this week.   We’ll spare you the explanation, but promise that it will be better next week.  Pity, because it was a good show! Check out the playlist below.)

Sunshine, sunshine, it’s fine
I feel it in my skin
Warming up my mind
Sometimes you gotta give in to win
I love the days when it shines
Whoa, let it shine

– Atmosphere

Welcome back, Great River Radio listeners!

It’s been an eventful summer (to put it kindly), and it’s hard to believe fall is sneaking up on us. Students have arrived on campus, signaling the start of new things – new faces, new music and the beginning of Great River Radio’s fifth season. Can you believe it?!

We have a few exciting changes to announce:
1) Great River Radio is moving to Wednesdays. (That’s TODAY!)
2) The show will now run 90 minutes. We’ll begin at 4:15 p.m. and end at 5:45 p.m. This is will give us a little more time to transition into and out of the studio
3) We’re going to try to keep a Facebook page updated with show info and reminders. You can “Like” us at the Great River Radio Facebook page.
4) We’re working on a podcast or download option for those of you requesting a more mobile Great River Radio show

Fortunately, most things won’t change. A special thanks to the dozens of listeners who participated in our survey last month. Your support and kind comments are greatly appreciated. You made it clear that you love the weekly “Confluence” segment, and we now have dozens of your theme suggestions to use for inspiration. We also share your desire to hear Minnesota music, so we’ll be making our usual rounds to local clubs and digging into the vast KUST MP3 library to find up-and-coming artists you can support in your own backyard (this is literally the case for Dan & Lisa!). We’ll also try to maintain our delicate – and apparently effective – balance of music and discussion.

Most important? Great River Radio starts today!

We couldn’t be more excited to kick off season five of Great River Radio. We’ve been pulling songs from our summer playlists – selections you may have missed, tunes we can’t resist, and songs that defined long summer drives or helped us endure long summer recoveries. You’ll hear tracks from Broken Bells, The National, Black Keys, Blue Rodeo, Ane Brun, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. We’ll have great new music from Arcade Fire, Cee Lo and Sufjan Stevens. And there will be plenty of new, local music from the likes of Jeremy Messersmith, Cloud Cult, Peter Wolf Crier, Twilight Hours and Young Man.

In case you need reminding, here are the details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
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Peace,

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Patchwork River-Jim Lauderdale
The Suburbs-Arcade Fire
Hard As Nails-Peter Wolf Crier
40 Day Dream-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Running With the Wolves-Cloud Cult
The High Road-Broken Bells
Breakable-Ingrid Michaelson
In My Bones-Blue Rodeo
All Delighted People (Classic Rock Version)-Sufjan Stevens
Just a Growin’-Young Man
No One’s Gonna Love You-Cee Lo
Everybody’s Crying Mercy-Bonnie Raitt
Dillinger Eyes-Jeremy Messersmith
Fake Empire-The National
Shadows-Au Revoir Simone
Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys
Rubber and Soul-Ane Brun
Bushwick Blues-Delta Spirit
Queen of Tomorrow-Twilight Hours

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March 23 – Awakening

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.
– “The Waking”  (Theodore Roethke)

Are you wide awake?  Have you recovered from losing an hour of sleep in our “spring ahead”?  In a different sense, are you aware of the world waking up around you?  Have you seen green shoots rising through dead leaves in your yard?  How about that river?  It’s waking up and rising, too.  The experience of seeing the world again after you (or it) has slept can be a wonderful and also somewhat strange one.

Today on Great River Radio, we are going to explore the concept of wakefulness.  Here is a tip on a word you might hear this afternoon:  hypnagogia – that state between sleep and wakefulness – the dreamy area we pass through on the way into and out of sleep.  As you probably know, we often free associate on our themes on GRR and that will be true for the first hour today when Dan will be playing out tunes from The Bottle Rockets, The Dropkick Murphys, Cloud Cult, two Elvises and new music from John Hiatt and  the Danger Mouse/James Mercer (Shins) project called The Broken Bells.

In hour two, Brian will be trying out a new concept – call it a concept album, call it a rock opera – in which he’ll be telling a story through song – from awake to hypnagogia to sleep to confusion to…well, you’ll have to tune in to see how it ends.  We’ll be playing that set of songs straight through without interruption.  This should be interesting.

Finally, we’ll close the show with a set of tunes in tribute to Alex Chilton who passed away last week.

This is going to be a special show – we hope you can join us this afternoon, or listen later on the blog.

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Thank you!

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Get Down River-The Bottle Rockets
Dirty Water-Dropkick Murphys
October-Broken Bells
July Flame-Laura Veirs
Movin’ On-John Hiatt
When Water Comes to Life-Cloud Cult
While You Were Sleeping-Elvis Perkins
Sleepless Nights-Elvis Costello
Walking Blues-Robert Johnson
If You Were To Wake Up-Lyle Lovett
I Can’t Wake Up to Save My Life-Richard Thompson

Hypnagogic Song Cycle
The Wake Up Song-The Submarines
Please Wake Me Up-Tom Waits
Awake My Soul-Mumford & Sons
Wake Up-Arcade Fire
Wake Up Dead Man-Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Flash Delirium-MGMT
Woke Up Near Chelsea-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
When You Wake Up Feeling Old-Wilco
Hazelton-Justin Vernon
One Day When the Weather is Warm-Joe Henry
Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream-Johnny Cash
On A Good Day-Joanna Newsom
A Day In The Life-The Beatles

Alex Chilton – R.I.P.
Alex Chilton-The Replacements
The Letter-The Box Tops
September Gurls-Big Star

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