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.
A Feather’s Not a Bird-Rosanne Cash
Ethio Invention No. 1-Andrew Bird
Love Song-Dawn Landes
Silver Timothy-Damien Jurado
Be Still My Heart-Peter Bradley Adams
Hey Joe-Charlotte Gainsbourg
Ooh La La-Goldfrapp
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
And this ain’t no place for the weary kind
And this ain’t no place to lose your mind
And this ain’t no place to fall behind
Pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try
Ryan Bingham “The Weary Kind”
It is a busy Tuesday on campus in Saint Paul. How to explain these periods when all heck seems to break loose and there is one thing after another that requires our attention? When all situations seem complicated? If this is one of those days for you, the kind of day that can make you weary, we have something for you to look forward to.
Without revealing too much of the mystery behind Great River Radio, let’s say that the playlist gets developed over the course of a week, as we make selections that seem interesting and which catch our attention for any number of reasons. There is a point at which it kind of settles into something and even begins to look like it has a theme or personality of its own. How that happens, neither of us knows. But most of the time, the show turns into a kind of response to the days that lead up to it, and it can be medicine for the soul.
If today is one of those February Tuesdays that looks complicated, if you are feeling some stress, consider dipping into the magic of GRR, where serendipity and chemistry come together to create two hours of surprises. This afternoon, we’ve got lots of new music from artists like Joanna Newsom, Yeasayer, She and Him (Volume Two!), Owen Pallett (he used to be known as Final Fantasy), and Suzanne Vega. We have Peter Gabriel covering Bon Iver and a pair of Gainsbourgs. We’ll also be remembering a few musicians that we’ve lost in the last few weeks: Bruce Allen of the Suburbs, Vic Chesnutt and Kate McGarrigle.
All this and the sparkling conversation between Brian and Dan, coming to you completely free of charge! If we can help you make it through this Tuesday by giving you the anticipation of two hours of music and talk, we’ll consider our day completely successful.
Wish You Well-Katie Herzig
The Work Song-Kate McGarrigle
Credit In Heaven-The Suburbs
Flirted With You All My Life-Vic Chesnutt
The Indifference of Heaven-Warren Zevon
The Weary Kind-Ryan Bingham
July Flame-Laura Veirs
Never Grow Old-Patty Griffin
Nothing Like you-Frightened Rabbit
In The Sun-She and Him
Lewis Takes Off His Shirt-Owen Pallett
Giving Up The Gun-Vampire Weekend
Anna-Taken By Trees
Crack The Shutters-Snow Patrol
King of Spain-The Tallest Man On Earth
The Book of Love-The Magnetic Fields
I Learned the Hard Way-Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Master’s Hand-Charlotte Gainsbourg
Couleur Cafe’-Serge Gainsbourg
Queen of Tomorrow-Twilight Hours
My Sharonna-The Knack