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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.

Details:
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Peace,

Brian & Dan

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Oct. 27 – Everything is Broken

Broken cutters, broken saws
Broken buckles, broken laws
Broken bodies, broken bones
Broken voices on broken phones
Take a deep breath, feel like you’re chokin’
Everything is broken
(Bob Dylan)

Do you ever get into one of those ruts where everything you own starts to break down? A broken fan belt on your car is suddenly followed by a broken dishwasher. A few days later you discover a hole in your roof and a broken juice glass tucked behind the couch. Finger nails split as winter nears and knees start to ache. Spirits break.

Broken things tend to collect like steel shards to a magnet. How do we disrupt – or break – that cycle of brokenness? Well, if you’re Great River Radio, you ward off the “broken vibe” with music – Delta Blues, sultry ballads, gospel and indie pop. There are hundreds of songs that try to heal the broken, and we’ve culled some of the best for our show today – tunes from Broken Bells, Girls, Jordan Zevon, Jeremy Messersmith and R.L. Burnside.

We’ll also have some excellent new music you’re not going to want to miss from Lloyd Cole, Rogue Valley, Drive-By Truckers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Jens Lekman and Badly Drawn Boy. And how about a rare cut from The Rolling Stones’ newly remastered “Exile on Main Street” release? We’ll spend a little time talking about the recent Sufjan Stevens concert. How do you feel about his recent release, “The Age of Adz”? Seeing Sufjan live might change your perspective.

You might be asking yourself, “Guys, how can you fit so much music into 90 minutes?!” Well, we won’t deny that there’s a lot of music magic involved. The Great River Radio staff prides itself on delivering almost too much content to consume in one sitting. Are you ready to listen?

Playlist:
Following the River-The Rolling Stones
Not Turn Away-The Revivalists
Vesuvius-Sufjan Stevens
Simple Girl-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr
Birthday Boy-Drive By Truckers
The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love-Jens Lekman
From Above-Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
Wide Eyes-Local Natives
Too Many Miracles-Badly Drawn Boy
Something Is Broken-John Hiatt
Breakable-Ingrid Michaelson
Heartbreaker-Girls
Like A Broken Record-Lloyd Cole
October-Broken Bells
Broken-Gorillaz
Studebaker-Jordan Zevon
Breaking Down-Jeremy Messersmith
Everything Is Broken-R. L. Burnside
Will The Circle Be Unbroken-Delaney and Bonnie and Friends

Details:

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Peace,

Brian & Dan

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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
Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-River-Radio/112553225462710
iChat/AIM: kustradio

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.

Listen live at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Chat live via AIM or iChat: kustradio

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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