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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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April 6 – Aural Transcendence

Vic Chesnutt

As many of you already know, we are celebrating our 5th season of Great River Radio this year. Putting the show together every week is a labor of love. We spend most of our week reading blogs, seeing live music and collecting songs to share with you on Wednesday afternoons. Some setlists come together easily, and others take weeks of preparation. For instance, in March 2011 we did a show on the history of a song (http://bit.ly/e4Aykm), Dan had an incredible show about musicians and their guitars (http://bit.ly/eKcsnS), we had a
follow-up to our well-received “History of the Blues” show from December 2007 (http://bit.ly/h7QP6D), and last week we celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day with a eclectic mix of music from women around the world (http://bit.ly/e0JUNe). The time and effort to pull these shows together has really paid off, as the Great River Radio website experienced its highest monthly traffic since we launched the site back in October 2008. All thanks to you, our listeners.

While the themed shows are tremendously rewarding to produce, we have often stressed the importance of “discovery” when listening to music. There are times when we begin haphazardly collecting music for an upcoming show – often a mix of new releases and classic tracks that have drifted back to our consciousness – when the songs suddenly merge into a cohesive playlist. The process is akin to selecting “shuffle” on your iPod, leading you to experience a sort of aural transcendence. Somehow, music karma has captured your mood in ways you could not verbalize. That unpredictability – that discovery – is the beauty of music.

We’ll try to capture that mood for you today, as we bring you a thoughtful playlist of new music from Bright Eyes, Toro Y Moi, the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, Yuck, Lucinda Williams, Death Cab for Cutie, Low, solo work from Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Buffalo Tom, Shemekia Copeland and the North Mississippi Allstars. In the mix will be past tracks from Tom Waits, Jo Dee Messina, Patty Griffin, Cat Power and Vic Chesnutt.

Join us for an afternoon of music. Stream us in the background or listen later by clicking the play button below the image above (all shows available after 6 p.m.).

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Jejune Stars-Bright Eyes
Youth Knows No Pain-Lykke Li
Here I Come-Buffalo Tom
Still Sound-Toro Y Moi
Rolling In The Deep-John Legend
Throw Your Arms Around Me-Hunters and Collectors
Sea of Love-Cat Power
Supernatural-Vic Chestnutt
Seeing Black-Lucinda Williams
It’s My Own Tears-Shemekia Copeland
Are You Ready-Richard Ashcroft
Get Away -Yuck
You Are A Tourist-Death Cab For Cutie
Walk Away-Tom Waits
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today-Randy Newman
Bring On The Rain-JoDee Messina
Rain-Patty Griffin
Especially Me-Low
Benediction-Thurston Moore
God Help Me-Dead Rock West

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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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Feb. 9 – White Stripes R.I.P.

And the rocket’s red glare
a bunch of bombs in the air
gave proof in the night
that we still had our flag.

“Oh say does that big banner still wave
over all that is free.
And the home o’er the land
and the land of the free!”

-Lt. Frank Drebin singing the National Anthem

It wasn’t a particularly good week for music. First, we had the “special” Christina Aguilera rendition of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl. Not to be outdone, the Black Eyed Peas came out at halftime to perform in front of the largest television audience in U.S. history … only to entertain us in a completely unintended way. Slash? You may want to have a word with your agent about expectations for future collaborative projects. But hey, we have the 53th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. What could possibly go wrong with that awards show? (“Paging Kayne West. Mr. West, please report to the stage when the spirit moves you or whenever Taylor Swift happens to win an award.”)

It’s time to bring some sanity back to the radio waves, which is why Great River Radio is thrilled to be back for the spring semester. We have a lot of catching up to do. There are some spectacular new releases on the horizon, and we’ll give you an inclusive listen to new tracks from Lykke Li, Fleet Foxes, Bright Eyes, Glasvegas, and The Pains of Being Young at Heart. We’ll have new singles from The Civil Wars, Gregg Allman (yes, the Greg Allman), Abigail Washburn, Amos Lee and Over The Rhine. We’ll also have a set of music recognizing the brilliance of the White Stripes, as Jack and Meg White have decided to go their separate ways.

So, join us at 4:15 p.m. (CST) today for the spring semester debut of Great River Radio. We’ll be waiting for you!

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Playlist
I Follow Rivers-Lykke Li
Mississippi Blues-Bob Douglas
The Christian Life-The Byrds
There’s A Higher Power-Buddy Miller
Helplessness Blues-Fleet Foxes
Shell Games-Bright Eyes
Blowin’ InThe Wind-O.V.Wright
Conversation 16-The National
The One-The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Poison and Wine-The Civil Wars
Little By Little-Gregg Allman
City of Refuge-Abigail Washburn
Seven Nation Army-White Stripes
I Can’t Wait-White Stripes
Portland OR-Loretta Lynn
Runaway Train-Eliza Gilkyson
If I Needed You-Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle
Infamous Love Song-Over The Rhine
Sprawl of Glass-Arcade Fire /Blondie

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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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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

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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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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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