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Dec. 7 – Best of 2011 (609)

 

 

Best [best] adjective, superl. of good with better as compar.
1. of the highest quality, excellence, or standing: the best work;
2. most advantageous, suitable, or desirable: the best way.
3. largest; most: the best part of a day.

It’s that time of year again – time to dig out the 1987 red roll-neck sweater you vow to replace every Christmas. Time to brave the shopping masses and dust off your cocktail party vernacular. Time to welcome home friends and family from far and near. And time to indulge in one of our favorite pastimes – browsing through dozens of “Best of” lists to see if our lives might still be relevant.

The Great River Radio staff has been sifting through another year of new releases, ticket stubs and playlists to bring our own twist to the Best of 2011 lists. Be sure to listen today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. CST to hear insightful commentary and select cuts from the lists below. So, strap it on, lock it in and let’s get to work.

Best Live Show
Dan: St. Vincent
Brian: St. Vincent @The Walker, Lucero in Alaska,  My Morning Jacket @Rock the Garden, @Cloud Cult @St. Thomas

Most Disappointing Release
Dan:
Brian: Bjork, Death Cab for Cutie, Rachael Yamagata

Unexpectedly Strong Releases
Dan:
Brian: Wilco, Ryan Adams, Joe Henry

Trends in 2011
Drumming and too many bands with the word “Black” in the title – Black Box Revelation, Black Lips, Black Kids, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Black Eyed Peas, Sounds of Blackness. Only one band matters in the club: The Black Keys

Best Artists You Didn’t Know About Before This Year
Dan: Other Lives
Brian: Gary Clark Jr, Ólafur Arnalds, Alabama Shakes

Best New Artists (First or Second Release)
Dan: The Civil Wars
Brian: Lana Del Rey, The Weeknd, tUnE-yArDs

Best Young/Neo/Retro Artists
Dan: Alabama Shakes
Brian: Raphael Saadiq, Alabama Shakes

Best Local CDs
Dan: Haley Bonar – “Golder” and 4ontheFloor – “4×4”
Brian: Howler – “This One’s Different EP” and Low – “C’Mon”

Best Albums of 2011

Dan (Alpha Order):
Black Keys – “El Camino
”Haley Bonar – “Golder”
Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”
The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”
Dawes – “Nothing Is Wrong”
The Head and the Heart – “The Head and the Heart”
Amos Lee – “Mission Bell”
Lykke Li – “Wounded Rhymes”
Low – “C’mon”
Other Lives – “Tamer Animals”
Over the Rhine – “The Long Surrender”
Paul Simon – “So Beautiful or So What”
St. Vincent – “Strange Mercy”
Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”
Gillian Welch – “The Harrow and the Harvest”
Lucinda Williams – “Blessed”

Brian (top to bottom):
1) Bon Iver – “Bon Iver”
2) Black Keys – “El Camino”
3) PJ Harvey – “Let England Shake”
4) St. Vincent – “Strange Mercy”
5) Washed Out – “Within and Without”
6) Ryan Adams –  “Ashes & Fire”
7) Joe Henry – “Reverie”
8)Girls – “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”
9) Wilco – “The Whole Love”
10) Radiohead – “The King Of Limbs”
11) Low – “C’mon”
12) M83 – “Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming”
13) Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”
14) tUnE-YarDs – “W H O K I L L”
15) Wild Flag – “Wild Flag”
16) Raphael Saadiq – “Stone Rollin’”

The Details:
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Brian & Dan

Playlist
Lost In My Mind-The Head and the Heart
Holocene-Bon Iver
Let England Shake-P J Harvey
Dust Bowl III-Other Lives
Seeing Black-Lucinda Williams
Rich Kids Blues-Lykke Li
Cheerleader-St. Vincent
Lucky Now-Ryan Adams
The World and All I Know-Joe Henry
Whole Love-Wilco
Kid October-Haley Bonar
Especially Me-Low
If I Wanted Someone-Dawes
Infamous Love Song-Over The Rhine
Honey Bunny-Girls
Lotus Flower-Radiohead
Eyes Be Closed-Washed Out

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Oct. 5 – A Little Bit of Everything (601)


Oh, it’s a little bit of everything,
It’s the matador and the bull,
It’s the suggested daily dosage,
It is the red moon when it’s full.
All these psychics and these doctors,
They’re all right and they’re all wrong,
It’s like trying to make out every word,
When they should simply hum along,
It’s not some message written in the dark,
Or some truth that no one’s seen,
It’s a little bit of everything.
               “A Little Bit of Everything” Dawes (Taylor Goldsmith)

It’s nice to use some of the lovely lyrics from Dawes’ second album, Nothing Is Wrong, which arrived over the summer, and which became part of our soundtrack for the last few months.  Great River Radio went on hiatus for the summer but Brian and Dan were busy, with a little bit of everything: baseball, fishing, road trips, work, family reunions, long evenings and early mornings, heat, picnics with cold chicken and beer, surprises, celebrations, anniversaries, transitions.

And a “little bit of everything” continues to describe the mix of music that you’ll be hearing this year on Great River Radio.  As we begin our sixth season, we look forward to bringing to you once again our picks of the week – the new and the remembered, the local and the worldly, the unknown and a few of what we hope will be your favorites next week and next month.

So, remember how we said last week was our first show of season 6? Funny thing about that … KUST has been experiencing massive technology issues. While this should not be surprising when you consider that KUST is an online station, Great River Radio also was chosen as a “test show” for capturing audio and converting it a downloadable podcast. The problems were many, but the DJs rocked on.

Please note: There has been an ongoing problem with streaming the station. If you try to catch the stream and hear nothing but silence, you will need to upgrade the Quick Time software on your computer. Mac’s have not had an issue, but some PCs now need to have Quick Time 7.7. You can upgrade your QT software for free here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download. St. Thomas  community members may have to contact the IRT Tech Desk (2-6230) to request an upgrade.

So, Great River Radio is going to have another go at this internet radio thing. Just think of last week’s reminder as the first alarm going off for season 6. You rolled over, hit the snooze button, and got another week of deep rest and relaxation before tuning into today’s debut show for season 6. Wake up!

We’ll do our part by bringing you another great 90 minutes of new music. You’ll hear new tracks from Sondre Lerche, Tapes N’ Tapes, Dum Dum Girls, Neon Indian, The Tallest Man on Earth, Mates of State, Wilco, Gillian Welch, Dawes and Tom Waits. And we’ll report on some of local shows we caught from the past week, including music from John Hiatt, Girls, St. Vincent and Wild Flag.

Finally, Great River Radio is very excited about a project that we’ve been working on for the last couple of months. As part of the “test show” for podcasting, almost the entire Great River Radio archive will soon be available for download/podcast via iTunesU. We are working with our tech department to unearth all available recordings and post them in a single location for your convenience. Starting tomorrow, listeners should also be able to download/podcast today’s show via iTunes. We are extremely pleased with this new offering, and will send you out details on how to access the archive and download/podcast Great River Radio at your convenience.

Thanks again for your patience and loyal listenership. We really appreciate it!

Brian and Dan

Details:
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Playlist
When the River-Sondre Lerche
Freak Out-Tapes ‘n Tapes
Father, Son, Holy Ghost-Girls
Cheerleader-St. Vincent
Romance-Wild Flag
Christchurch Woman-Justin Townes Earle
Johnny Ace Is Dead-Dave Alvin
Coming Down-Dum Dum Girls
Palomino-Mates of State
Polish Girl-Neon Indian
The Way It Goes-Gillian Welch
A Little Bit of Everything-Dawes
Make It Rain-Tom Waits
Dustbowl III-Other Lives
Down Around My Place-John Hiatt
Whole Love-Wilco
Yellow Missing Signs-Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Weather of a Killing Kind-Tallest Man On Earth

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