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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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September 29 – Coffee

[Note: due to a technical glitch,this show did not get recorded.  It is lost to the ether.  Pity.]

The summer months left me alone
But the fall rolled in on the back of a storm

Kathleen Edwards – Buffalo

This is going to be a short reminder coming to you from a busy person simply letting you know that Great River Radio will be coming to you again this afternoon with music from lots of people, both new and familiar. We’ll hear from Dan Wilson’s new two disc live cd, and we’ll hear new and unreleased songs from The National and Sufjan Stevens (you’ve got to hear this.) Also on the playlist, Seattle mother and songwriter Shannon Stephens with her beautiful music about daily life. We’re excited about a couple bands that are kind of growing on us – The Deep Vibration and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zone. Plus some older things that sound good today, like that great Kathleen Edwards song we quoted from above.

Our Confluence theme today is Coffee –and we’ve got your requests and our ideas, mingling together like cream and coffee. This set will include music from Paris to Minneapolis.

Next week’s Confluence theme: Crows! (They are everywhere, they are loud and they are smart. And they’ve been in lots of music – let us know of your favorite crow songs.)

(Brian can’t be in the studio today, and I’ll miss him but I think you’ll like the playlist, so please join me and keep me company.)

Catch the stream live today from 4-6 p.m. CST at www.kustradio.com

Playlist
Take Me to the River – Al Green
Thanks to You – The Deep Vibration
Lakeside – BLK JKS
California – Dan Wilson
Free Life – Dan Wilson
Come Saturday – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Couleur Cafe – Serge Gainsbourg
Five Cups of Coffee – The Jayhawks
Black Coffee in Bed – Squeeze
Black Coffee – Sarah Vaughn
Buffalo – Kathleen Edwards
In Summer in the Heat – Shannon Stephens
Nobody Knows My Name – Rickie Lee Jones
Lovely Day – Donavon Frankenreiter
Wicked Blood – Sea Wolf
The Field – Mason Jennings
Ten Women – Conor Oberst
The Runaway (Live in Boston) – The National
There’s Too Much Love (Live in Ithaca, NY) – Sufjan Stevens
Miles Davis and the Cool – The Gaslight Anthem
Number With No Name – Ben Harper and Relentless7
Roll On – Son Volt
Dominos – The Big Pink
Watchman, What is Left of the Night? – Greycoats
Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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September 22 – Keats

The new school year is well under way now and you might be feeling a little of the ‘shock of recognition’ as you remember what the working week can be like. Responsibilities and deadlines, if they were lighter during the summer, now have returned, along with shorter hours of daylight and morning forecasts of snow in the mountain west.

We’ll provide some relief for you this afternoon as we play new music from Great River Radio favorites like Death Cab For Cutie (from the New Moon soundtrack) and Son Volt, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend.  We’ve got local music from The Poor Nobodys, The Twilight Hours and Halloween, Alaska. You’ll hear from the Monsters of Folk and some previews of bands that will be playing the Cedar Cultural Center’s Global Roots Festival this week.

Our Confluence theme today is Keats – as you may know, director Jane Campion’s new movie “Bright Star” is based on the relationship between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne.  Keats was one of the rock stars of his day – along with Shelley and Byron – romantic, hard living and dying too young.  What musical associations do you have with that kind of romantic artistic life?  We’ve got some ideas, but want to hear yours.  We’ll play your requests if at all possible.

Next week’s Confluence theme: Coffee!

Have a java-related request? Let’s us know!

Catch the stream live today from 4-6 p.m. CST at www.kustradio.com

Playlist
Get Down River-The Bottle Rockets
All Is Love-Karen O and the Kids
Meet Me On The Equinox-Death Cab For Cutie
Here-Pavement
11th Dimension-Julian Casablancas
Lisztomania-Phoenix
The Ends-Halloween Alaska
White Sky-Vampire Weekend
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright-Metric
Cemetry Gates-The Smiths
The Stolen Child-The Waterboys
Forever Young-Bob Dylan
Little Secrets-Passion Pit
Restless-Langhorne Slim
Queen of Tomorrow-Twilight Hours
Ghosts and Shadows-The Poor Nobodys
My All Time Doll-Elvis Costello
Coal War-Joshua James
Down To The Wire-Son Volt
First Train Home-Imogen Heap
Pa’ Bailar – Siempre Quiero Mas-Bajofondo
Mololatladi-BLK JKS
Homeless-Ladysmith Black Mambozo
The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me-Monsters of Folk
Passionate Kisses-Lulcinda Williams
Everybody Knows-Rufus Wainwright

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September 15 – Season 4 Begins

Note: we had some audio problems in the first few minutes of the show, so we are missing a channel – stick with the show, it gets fixed.

Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water’s warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin

I don’t recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air
Then Labor day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin
“Summer Skin” – Death Cab for Cutie

Summer Lovin’. Endless Summer. Summer of ’69. Boys of Summer. Girls in Their Summer Clothes. There are thousands of reasons musicians write about the lure of a carefree summer. Then we begin to resist fall’s steady pull with all the strength we can summon. Yet here we are post-Labor Day, back to school and filled with melancholy. For our first Great River Radio “Confluence” segment, we will try to capture some of the palpable feelings that arrive with the end of summer. The catalogue is rife with good tunes for this theme as you’ll hear from Buffalo Tom, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone. What’s your favorite end-of-summer tune? Let us know, and we’ll try to sneak the request in during the show.

We’ll also kick off season four of Great River Radio by catching up with music you may have missed over the summer. With new song and CD releases by Radiohead, Brother Ali, Why?, Joe Henry, the Dirty Projectors, Holly Williams, the Believers, Avett Brothers, Imogen Heap and many others, there will be plenty to choose from.

Join us today for the first live Great River Radio broadcast of the season. As always, we sift through the scrap heaps of music to bring some of the best new and lasting music to your desktop.

Catch the stream live today at 4-6 p.m. CST: http://kustradio.com
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And just a reminder to send us some topics for upcoming “Confluence” themes. You suggest a mini-theme, and we find the tunes to match the mood. Feel free to challenge us – our brains could use the exercise.

Playlist

Drops in the River-Fleet Foxes
Harry Patch (In Memory Of)-Radiohead
Us-Brother Ali
How High the Moon-Les Paul and Mary Ford
Higher Ground-The Believers
Eden Was a Garden-Roman Candle
Summer Skin-Death Cab For Cutie
Summer-Buffalo Tom
The Last Rose of Summer-Nina Simone
Summer Days-Bob Dylan
Too Much Time-John Vanderslice
Frank, AB-The Rural Alberta Advantage
This Blackest Purse-Why?
Sick Muse-Metric
I and Love and You-The Avett Brothers
Three Days in Bed-Holly Williams
Doomsday-Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Here Comes A Regular-The Replacements (request)
Our Shangri-La-Mark Knopfler (request)
Runaway-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Man I Keep Hid-Joe Henry
My Maudlin Career-Camera Obscura
Wait It Out-Imogen Heap
Coal War-Joshua James
Highway Song-What Bird
The Field-Mason Jennings

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