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Dec. 15 – Annual Holiday Show

Saxophone on the radio
Recorded forty years ago
All I get for Christmas is blue

White lights on the Christmas tree
Thank God you are here with me
All I ever get for Christmas is blue
(Over The Rhine)

So many of the feelings we have during the holiday season seem to revolve around memories.  Our childhood experiences come back to us stripped of any frustrations or anxieties, now just warm and lovely recollections of snow, decorated trees and the anticipation of gifts and the many foods that seemed to be enjoyed only in December. Among the memories many of us cherish are the songs and music of the season – whether it is Bing Crosby or Handel or the Ronettes.

For others, Christmas music can be incredibly annoying.  As you stand in the cold pumping gas into your car you hear someone singing over the tinny outdoor PA – “it’s the most wonderful time of the year…” and you spill gas on your cold hands and wonder how you are going to pay the bills.  Or your holiday memories just make you a little blue and you find yourself wishing  for a different kind of music.

Great River Radio today offers our fifth annual holiday music program for your enjoyment and we hope that we’ll cover the bases for our listeners.  We’ve found some old tunes and some obscure tunes (since it seems virtually every musician has made a holiday record) and some brand new stuff.  We’ve got music from Artie Shaw, Coconut Records, Ella Fitzgerald, Smokey Robinson, Best Coast, Shelby Lynne, The Civil Wars, Little Jackie, Rufus Wainwright and Haley Bonar.  You’ll hear some songs that are familiar and, we hope, several that are new to you.  Every year, it seems, there is a new song that becomes a classic – we hope that one is on today’s playlist.

Join us this afternoon for some great music that just might get you into the spirit of the season.

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Peace, Brian and Dan

Playlist
River-Haley Bonar
There’s Frost on The Moon-Artie Shaw
I Love The Winter Weather-Jo Stafford
It’s Christmas-Coconut Records
The Christmas Song-Catherine Feeny
Got Something For You-Best Coast
Time of the Season-Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan
All I Ever Get For Christmas Is Blue-Over The Rhine
Ain’t Nothing Like Christmas-Shelby Lynne
Presents for Christmas-Solomon Burke
Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothing On Me-Little Jackie
I’ll Be Your Santa, Baby-Rufus Thomas
Back Door Santa-Clarence Carter
Good Morning Blues-Ella Fitzgerald
Christmas Every Day-Smokey Robinson
Tracks In The Snow-The Civil Wars
Angels We Have Heard On High-The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Angels We Have Heard On High-Sara Jackson-Holman
Baby It’s Cold Outside-Glee Cast
Last Christmas-Glee Cast
It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Shrift remix)-Andy Williams
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen-Annie Lennox
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing-Sufjan Stevens
Spotlight on Christmas-Rufus Wainwright
I Was Thinking I Could Clean Up For Christmas-Aimee Mann
Merry Christmas-The Ramones

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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
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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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Dec. 8 – Snow: It’s Coming Down!

When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.
– Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson

Snow is indeed on its way to Minnesota. Children are breathing a sigh of relief as Santa’s sleigh will have smooth passage on rooftops, back alleys and rural roads. It’s a magical time of year in the northern hemisphere – a heightened sense of wonder and anticipation fills children and parents alike. While retailers push salvos of envy and anxiety to boost holiday profits, deep down we crave the simplest of things during this awe-inspiring time of year – good health, friendship and family.

Our “Confluence” segment today will celebrate the first significant snowfall with a thoughtful and rambunctious collection of music, including songs from Trip Shakespeare, Au Revoir Simone, Mouthful of Bees, Low, Sufjan Stevens, Over The Rhine, Stan Getz, Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson and others.

And in Great River Radio’s continuing effort to being you new music before you hear it anywhere else, we’ll have a number of songs from highly anticipated 2010 releases by Laura Veirs, Cold War Kids, Spoon, Frightened Rabbit and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists.

Speaking of good music … In one of our first shows of the new decade, Great River Radio will take a look back at the “Oughts” (2000-2009). We’re digging through our hard drives and doing the research so that we can bring you a full program of the most influential music of the decade. We’ll provide a preview of that effort tonight with music from a couple of Great River Radio “favorite” artists you may be familiar with.

Request: What were some of your most influential (not necessarily the “best” or “favorite”) albums in 2000-2009? Post your selections HERE our website.

Note: Great River Radio’s fourth annual holiday music show will be on Dec. 22. You’ll want to tune in while you’re wrapping gifts or snuggling with your SO beside an open fire.

You can listen to Great River Radio live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream: www.kustradio.com
Chat with us during the show via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Be safe and warm out there!

Playlist
Lullaby-Dan Wilson
Stone Love-Ruthie Foster
Snow-Gustavo Santoalalla
Fallen Snow-Au Revoire Simone
Snow Blanket-Mouthful of Bees
Last Snowstorm of the Year-Low
Majesty, Snowbird-Sufjan Stevens
Snow Days-Trip Shakespeare
Snow Angel-Over The Rhine
Snow Angel-Ron Sexsmith
Snow-Jesse Winchester
I Can See your Tracks-Laura Veirs
The Hollywood Sign-Halloween Alaska
Home-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Cause For Alarm-The Heavy
Shelter From The Storm-Cassandra Wilson
Winter Moon-Stan Getz
Winter Song-Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
Even Heroes Die-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Written In Reverse-Spoon
Audience of One-Cold War Kids
Nothing Like You-Frightened Rabbit
South Philadelphia (Drug Days)-Alec Ounsworth
A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left-Andrew Bird

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Nov. 17 – Sit. Stay. Speak!

I took my dog for a walk … all the way from New York to Florida … I said to him, “There. Now you’re done.”

– Steven Wright

Fetch, Finn! Now sit, Sunny! Stay. Good pups!

That’s right, in a deliberate attempt to boost our Arbitron ratings Great River Radio has turned the show over to our dogs. Well, not the entire show. Our “Confluence” segment this week has a canine theme. We’ll have dog-related songs from Big Mama Thornton, Page France, Josh Ritter, Uncle Tupelo and Louis Armstrong. And as always we’ll mix in a few listener requests, including selections from Patty Griffin and John Hiatt. But despite their best efforts, Finn and Sunny won’t run the entire show.

There’s a Great River Radio tradition of digging through mountains of MP3s to bring you some of the best new music around. We’ve been working extra hard this week to unearth new tracks from Richmond Faintaine, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Dirty Projectors, Tom Waits, Sharon Jones, Har Mar Superstar, Martha Wainwright, Girls, Echo & The Bunnymen and the Raveonettes. Haven’t heard of some of these artists? That’s OK. Give us a listen, and you might discover a new musician to add to your own heavy rotation.

Great River Radio will be “live” today from 4-6 p.m. (CST).

Brian/Dan

P.S. Great River Radio will be off next week for Thanksgiving. Give thanks and have a great holiday with family and friends!

Playlist

Maybe-Ingrid Michaelson
Crown of Ages-The Ettes
Ten Thousand Words-The Avett Brothers
Green Grass-Tom Waits
Stranded In Your Love-Sharon Jones and Lee Fields
So Hard-Martha Wainwrights
Lust For Life-Girls
8th Wonder-The Gossip
Tall Boy-Har Mar Superstore
Take It In-Hot Chip
Hound Dog-Big Mama Thornton
My Dog & Me-John Hiatt
I Wanna Be Your Dog-Uncle Tupelo
Dogs-Page France
Feed The Dog-Honey Is Cool
To The Dogs Or Whoever-Josh Ritter
Yellow Dog Blues-Louis Armstrong
Heavenly Day-Patty Griffin
I Will-Brandi Carlile
The Underdog-Spoon
The Preacher-Brother Ali
The Chosen One-The Raveonettes
I Think I Need It Too-Echo & The Bunnymen
Wild Girl-Rickie Lee Jones
Island, IS-Volcano Choir
Stillness Is The Move-Dirty Projectors

 

 

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Nov. 11 – Don’t Let Us Get Sick (SJAW Edition)

Don’t let us get sick
Don’t let us get old
Don’t let us get stupid, all right?
Just make us be brave
And make us play nice
And let us be together tonight

– Warren Zevon

It is Social Justice Awareness Week again at KUST – the twice yearly opportunity for us to explore an issue of importance to our community, nation or world in the context of music. Great River Radio has decided to tackle the very current and very hot problem of health care reform – the topic that we hear about every day, from the extremist pundits and the self interests and the sincere reformers. It is a very personal issue – if we haven’t found ourselves sick and broken and in need of healing yet, our loved ones have, and it is inevitable that we will all interact with America’s huge and complex health care system at some point in our lives.

We want to take this opportunity to bring to GRR listeners some songs that came to mind (including many requests from our listeners) as we ponder the health care debate that is underway in this country this very day. We will supplement the music this afternoon with some readings and thoughts on the situation – one which is too often obscured by rhetorical excess, misinformation and outright lies. If you have (like we have) tried to sort out the accurate information from the politics, you may have just thrown up your hands in frustration.

Unfortunately, we can’t explain the intricacies of the bill which just passed the House, or what the Senate will do to it next. We can’t tell you how the doctor and hospital you go to price their services. We can’t explain what constitutes a “pre-existing condition” and why it isn’t covered by your insurance. But we can entertain you for two hours with music about health, healing, hospitals, illness and, finally, mercy. Tune in to Great River Radio this afternoon as we tackle health care reform in our own tiny way, and catch music by Panda Bear, Fountains of Wayne, Loudon Wainwright, Tom Waits, Annie Lennox, Conor Oberst, Ben Kweller, Ted Hawkins, The Band, Mary Gauthier, The Replacements and others – songs selected by Brian, Dan and YOU.

Next week we’ll return to regular programming at Great River Radio, bringing you a mix of the music we’ve been listening to lately. Our regular feature, Confluence, will concern our best friends: dogs. Let us know your favorite dog songs and maybe Brian and I will bring Sonny and Finn into the studio!

Playlist
Chest Fever-The Band
Rockin’ Pneumonia and th Boogie Woogie Flu-Dr. John
Sick Day-Fountains of Wayne
Hurt-Johnny Cash
Everybody Hurts-REM
Rattle My Bones-The Suburbs
Everything Is Broken-Bob Dylan
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times And Live-The Del Lords
Don’t Let Us Get Sick-Jill Sobule
Allergies-Paul Simon
Sorry You’re Sick-Ted Hawkins
Doctor Robert-The Beatles
Doctor Blind-Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton
Bitter Pill-Annie Lennox
The Healing Game-John Lee Hooker/Van Morrison
That Hospital-Loudon Wainwright III
Hospital Bed-Ben Kweller
Take Me Down To the Hospital-The Replacements
I Don’t Want to Die (In The Hospital)-Conor Oberst
When Water Comes To Life-Cloud Cult
Mercy Now-Mary Gauthier
Handle Me With Care-Travelling Wilburys

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Nov. 3 – Things That Scare Me


It might be scary
‘til your eyes adjust
don’t fear the shadows
me you can trust

Don’t be afraid of the dark
don’t be afraid of the dark
I’ll be there to hold you
don’t be afraid of the dark

You might tremble
you might shake
scream out loud
maybe even pray

Don’t be afraid of the dark
don’t be afraid of the dark
I’ll be there to hold you
don’t be afraid of the dark

–  Robert Cray “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”

We’re guessing that you’ve had your fill of Halloween treats the last couple of days (well, one last Twix bar couldn’t hurt). But have you ever stopped to think about the allure of this peculiar holiday? The influences on this (mostly secular) day of celebration are many. And although Halloween’s popularity spikes in the United States, many other countries now join in the fun. For some individuals, the opportunity to play dress-up and reinvent themselves is too exciting to pass up. For others, an entire population masking who they are and reveling in anonymity can be a bit disturbing.

In past years, Great River Radio has used this occasion to dig into our shared library and play music with an emphasis on Saints, Souls and Goblins. This afternoon we’ll take a little different tack as we bring you music inspired by the things that raise the hair on our arms (or backs!). You’ll hear music about darkness and shadows, homicidal maniacs and victims, graveyards and wild things. Don’t think of this as a stereotypical or clichéd attempt at playing Halloween music. We’ll have tracks from Great River Radio-endorsed artists such as Neko Case, Andrew Bird, Tom Waits, Joe Henry, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M83, Eels and Band of Horses. We’ll have local music from Roma di Luna, Trip Shakespeare and the Suburbs. And we’ll even fit in listener request segment with some of your favorites. In other words, it’s the sort of quality music you’ve come to expect from Great River Radio. You’re not going to want to miss it.

We’re live from 4-6 p.m. (CST) today via http://www.kustradio.com
Chat with us in the studio via iChat or AIM at screen name: kustradio

Next week is our annual SJAW (Social Justice Awareness Week) show. In order to maintain our club status at KUST, each semester we must devote a show to a topic or theme that has some social relevance. Our theme next week is health care. Do you have any health- or illness-related songs you would like to hear? Send us a an email or post your requests on our Website.

Playlist
Thriller Intro-Michael Jackson
Full Moon-The Black Ghosts
I hear Noises-Tegan and Sara
Things That Scare Me-Neko Case
Don’t Be Scared-Andrew Bird
My Beloved Monsters-Eels
Monster Lve-Goldfrapp
Is There A Ghost-Band of Horses
City Full of Ghosts-Mike Scott
Bruised Ghosts-Amy Millan
King’s Highway-Joe Henry
Psycho Killer-Talking Heads
Cold Blooded Old Times-Smog
Heads Will Roll-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Skeletons-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Shadows-Au Revoir Simone
Shadows-Gospel Gossip
The Romance of Wolves-Roma Di Luna
Rattle My Bones-Suburbs
Dry Bones-Herman Munster
Adams Family Intro
Here Come the Martian Martians-Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers
In Germany Before The War-Randy Newman
You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth Intro-Meatloaf
Graveyard-Trip Shakespeare
Whistlin’ Past The Graveyard-Tom Waits
Pretty Girls Make Graves-The Smiths
Graveyard Girl-M83
The Unquiet Grave-Solas
All Is Love-Karen O.

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Oct. 13 – BeatlesObscure

Good morning (“I’ve got nothing to say but it’s O.K./Good morning, good morning”)

We’ve got Beatles lyrics running through our heads, from the lovely (“Blackbird singing in the dead of night/Take these broken wings and learn to fly”) to the secretive (“Everybody’s got something to hide except for me and my monkey”) and the zen (“I am he/As you are he/As you are me/ And we are all together”) and the nihilistic (“He’s a real Nowhere Man/sitting in his Nowhere Land/Making all his Nowhere plans for nobody…”) and the environmental (“Born a poor young country boy/Mother Nature’s son/All day long I’m sitting singing songs for everyone…”) and we could go on all day.

Last week we asked for your favorite obscure Beatles music and we got several requests.  We’ll get to as many of those as possible and we guarantee you will hear some things you’ve never heard before.  We’ve noticed that the Great River Radio Confluence segment is starting to converge from week to week – like a river of musical ideas with lots of little streams of creativity flowing into it – as we move from birds to Beatles, things are really starting to get connected. And one other hint of things to anticipate: Mae West.

Besides the Beatles, we’ll have a set of songs from Iowa, new music from Molina and Johnson, Vampire Weekend, Air, and Tegan and Sara. We’ve got something you haven’t heard from Bat For Lashes and remixes from Phoenix and Au Revoir Simone. We’ve got a request going out to Brooklyn listeners and a nod to one of the greatest records of all time, released 50 years ago last August.

Remember, you can listen to the recorded show in its entirety at any time following the live broadcast via this Website – just click on the “Play” button below the title of the post.

Catch the show live here: http://www.kustradio.com
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Next week’s “Confluence” assignment: teachers.  We’ve been around them all our lives, formally and informally. We love them, and sometimes we don’t love them. They change our lives, they form us.  But how have they inspired songs? Think, now.  And send us your ideas – songs you associate with the teachers in your life and experience.  We’ll take your requests via email or at the website.

For now, please join us this afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 or later this week online for another installment of Great River Radio, now in its fourth season.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
You Fell in the River-Ben Connelly
Year of the Ox-Sufjan Stevens
Hell-Tegan and Sara
Horchata-Vampire Weekend
Twenty Cycles to the Ground-Molina and Johnson
Sing Sang Sung-Air
I Want You Back-Discovery
This Is My Favorite Cage-Joe Henry
And Your Bird Can Sing-Guadalcanal Diary
Blackbird-The Beatles
Mockingbirds-Grant Lee Buffalo
Something-Jim Sturgess
Thank You World-World Party
Grow Old With Me-Postal Service
Here There and Everywhere-Jake Shimabukuro
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band-Jimi Hendrix
Daytripper-Mae West
Maybe-Ingrid Michaelson
Things That Scare Me-Neko Case
Shadows (Tanline remix) – Au Revoire Simone
Rome (Devendra Banhart remix)-Phoenix
Fever-Over The Rhine
Crash This Train-Joshua James
Dreams-Brandi Carlile
The Road Theme-Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
In My Mind I Was Talkin’ To Loretta-Pieta Brown
#80-Dave Olson
Freddie Freeloader-Miles Davis

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