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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.
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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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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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March 9 – Please, Please, Please

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man turn bad

So, please, please, please
Let me, Let me, let me
Let me get what I want this time

– The Smiths

Many argue that civil society is dead. As citizens of the world, we now resort to the all-too-easy shortcuts of name-calling, partisan hyperbole and winner-take-all discourse. We seem to collectively suffer from an acute case of NIMBYism. And our lives are increasingly defined by stark contrasts rather than shared values, burdens and successes.

When life gets complicated – when we can no longer hear above the cacophony – society often benefits from taking a step back and listening to what the artists have to say. So, let’s start with something simple. How about, “Please”?

Did you know the word “Please” is found in more than 550 languages? Why are we reluctant to ask for something in a polite way? Isn’t there a saying about catching bees with honey … not vinegar?

So in the spirit of kindness and humility, Great River Radio will focus on artists who have found the value of civility. Our “Confluence” theme is built around the word “Please,” but as always you can expect a Great River Radio twist or two in the playlist. You’ll hear tracks from The Smiths, Violent Femmes, Muddy Waters, Semisonic, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, Golden Smog, Mouthful of Bees, Greg Laswell, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.

Won’t you please join us this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (CST)? We would be most grateful for your company.

Listen live at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
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Thank you!

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Please-U2
Please Call Me Baby-Tom Waits
Please Tell My Brother-Golden Smog
Please Baby Please-David Bazan
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want-The Smiths
Please Do Not Go-Violent Femmes
Please Don’t -David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone-Sammy Davis Jr.
Please Send Me Someone To Love-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Come in Please-Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Baby Please Don’t Go-Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men
Baby Please Don’t Go-Muddy Waters
Please Tell Me Now-Billie Holiday
Please Love Me-B.B.King
Pleasure and Pain-Ben Harper
Please and Thank You-Mouthful of Bees
I Will Be Grateful For this Day, I Will Be Grateful for Each Day to Come-Bright Eyes
Please Take Her (She’s Mine)-The Rave Ups
Completely Pleased-Semisonic
Franklin Avenue (Daytrotter Session)- Jeremy Messersmith
Can’t Hardly Wait (Daytrotter Session)-Justin Townes Earle
Say A Little Prayer-Shawn Colvin
Thanks To You-The Deep Vibration
Please Please Me-The Beatles
Comes And Goes In Waves-Greg Laswell
Your Hands Together-The New Pornographers
World Sick-Broken Social Scene

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October 6 – Of Crows and Baseball

I see great things in baseball. It will take our people out-of-doors,
fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism,
tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set,
repair those losses and be a blessing to us. ~ Walt Whitman

Well, Uncle Walt is half right – outdoor baseball won’t arrive in Minnesota until next spring. Meanwhile, there is precious little time to clean up the discarded pizza boxes and collect the empties for recycling after last night’s Border Battle in the Dome. Our beloved Twins have defied the odds and hustled themselves into a pennant race. They will play game #163 this afternoon against the Detroit Tigers. First pitch by Scott Baker is scheduled to cross the plate at 4:07 CST … which just happens to coincide with the weekly broadcast of Great River Radio.

So, we’ll kick things off with a raucous rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Craig Finn and The Hold Steady. Trust us, there are no bigger Twins fans in the music world. We also new music from artists who may (or may not) be Twins fans – Why?, Girls, Land of Talk, The Ettes, Shannon Stephens and the “Twitterfic” Imogen Heap. And we’ll take a look back at one of the busiest two week stretches of live music in recent memory – Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Rural Alberta Advantage, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Son Volt and many more.

Don’t forget our ever-popular new theme segment – “Confluence.” This week’s theme is “Crows.” We aren’t picking the low-hanging fruit here by simple playing music by artists or groups with “Crow” in the name (Black Crowes, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, etc.). Great River Radio musicheads are more astute than that. We’ve got your requests for some Let’s Active, Michael Hurley and Leo Kottke, as well as a few of our own crow-inspired songs.

You know where to find us this afternoon – live from 4-6 p.m. CST. And we know you find the endless clichés of sports announcers extremely annoying. So, turn on the set, turn down the sound and fire-up the PC for a little Great River Radio background music. You won’t be disappointed.

If you can’t multitask, be sure to listen to the recorded show in its entirety by clicking “Play” above.

Live stream: http://www.kustradio.com
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Next week’s “Confluence” segment is “BeatlesObscure.” We’ve been saturated with Beatle Mania all over again with the release of remastered CDs, Beatle’s Rock Band, official shaving cream, etc. And all the same, tired, worn-out pop gems are reaching the saturation point. So we want to know – What is your favorite lesser-known Beatle’s song … and why? Post your request below and we’ll work it into next week’s show. (Note: We’ll leave the Beatles v. Stones debate for another show.)

Go Twins!

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Take Me Out to the Ballgame-Hold Steady
By This River-Brian Eno
This Blackest Purse-Why?
Lust For Life-Girls
May You Never-Land of Talk
Sick Muse-Metric
Endgame-REM
Sick of Myself-Matthew Sweet
He Woke Me Up Again-Sufjan Stevens
Casimir Pulaski Day-Sufjan Stevens
Crows On A Phone Line-Let’s Active
Step Across the Mountain-Joe Henry
Old Black Crow-Michael Hurley
Crow Dance-Zora Neale Hurston
Crow River Waltz-Leo Kottke
Blue-Lucinda Williams
Baseball Boogie-Mabel Scott
Crown of Age-The Ettes
Number With No Name-Ben Harper and Relentless7
In the Summer in the Heat-Shannon Stephens
Nobody Knows My Name-Rickie Lee Jones
Lovely Day-Donavon Frankenreiter
Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise-The Avett Brothers
The Runaway (Live)-The National
Dominoes-The Big Pink
Watchman What is Left of the Night?-Greycoats
Home-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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