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December 5 – Lighthouse in the Woods (703)

light in the woods

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Leave a light on in the wild
Cause I’m coming in a little blind
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods
Shining a little light to bring us back home
Went to find you in the backyard
Hiding behind our busy lives
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods
To help us get back into the world
Cause I know I’ve seen you before
Won’t you shine a little light on us now?
Won’t you shine a little light in your own backyard?
Won’t you shine a little light in your own backyard?
Dreamer of a lighthouse in the woods

            Patrick Watson “Lighthouse”

 

It is getting dark and colder as we approach the end of the year and the end of the school term.  At the same time, we approach the holidays, which offer many a kind of lighthouse at this time of year.  It is certain to get busier over the coming days and weeks and this afternoon Great River Radio hopes to offer you a little calm before the chaos, a little light and warmth this chilly afternoon.

We saw Patrick Watson open his show last weekend with “Lighthouse” and it was unforgettable, he at the piano with little lights on his fingers but otherwise playing in darkness.  It was beautiful and impressionistic and the rest of the show continued to be riveting.  We’ll hear that track this afternoon, along with new music from Cat Power, Tame Impala, and Iris DeMent and husband Greg Brown from their new and well regarded records.  We’ll also go back to a few favorites from the year, as we anticipate those year-end best of lists and our own 2012 faves show which we hope to do in January.  Candidates for my list will include Leonard Cohen, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Pines and Michael Kiwanuka.

I’m also enjoying a couple newer discoveries, North Carolina’s Delta Rae (with a wonderful song “Forgive the Children We Once Were”) and LA’s Lavender Diamond.

Yesterday, The New Standards released their latest collection and we’ll listen to their lovely version of Arcade Fire’s “No Cars Go.”

That and more this afternoon on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST Radio.

Tune in this afternoon, or later on the blog.

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.

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http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
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Playlist
Big River-The Secret Sisters
Manhattan-Cat Power
Elephant-Tame Impala
Forgive the Children We Once Were-Delta Rae
Lighthouse-Patrick Watson
Unfortunately, Anna-Justin Townes Earle
I Don’t Recall-Lavender Diamond
I’m Getting Ready-Michael Kiwanuka
Bright Whites-Kishi Bashi
Going Home-Leonard Cohen
Go On Ahead and Go Home-Iris DeMent
All of Those Things-Greg Brown
No Cars Go-The New Standards
1904-The Tallest Man On Earth
Cry, Cry, Crow-The Pines
Blue Rondo a la Turk-Dave Brubeck

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May 16 – Possums and Dandelions (616)

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Follow, follow the sun 
And which way the wind blows
When this day is done
Breathe, breathe in the air
Set your intentions
Dream with care
Tomorrow’s a new day for everyone
A brand new moon and brand new sun 

When you feel life coming down on you like a heavy weight
When you feel this crazy society adding to the strain
Take a stroll to the nearest water’s edge, remember your place
Many moons have risen and fallen long, long before you came

So which way is the wind blowing
What does your heart say
So follow, follow the sun
And which way the wind blows
When this day is done

Xavier Rudd “Follow the Sun”

It is the final week of this academic year on campus, and students are working through their exams and final projects – they are busy and tired and sleep deprived, surviving on coffee.  At the same time, the weather has been spectacular and all living things seem to be happy – especially the plants, but also the dog who wants to spend the day dozing in the green grass.  On a morning walk today, Finn noticed a mother opossum and several little ones squirming around her while she sat stone still.  A bit later, we passed an eagle sitting in a tree and staring at the river, looking for fish, I guess.  The scent of lilacs is heavy in the air and the dandelions have passed from bright yellow to puffs of seeds drifting off in the breeze.  We are now heading into the lightest, brightest part of the year with long warm days ahead.

As we walked, we listened to this new song from Australia’s Xavier Rudd, who is coming out with a new record next month.  I decided to do another Great River Radio this afternoon, one more in this odd season of irregular programs.  I’ve got a list of new stuff that has been accumulating over the last few weeks.  Since the last show, we’ve travelled to California, heard a few musical acts, and worked hard to wind down the year.  We’ll celebrate the last days of school with music from Katie Herzig, Trampled by Turtles, Anais Mitchell, Rufus Wainwright and Justin Townes Earle.  Have you seen the Volvo commercial with Laura Gibson’s version of the old Sam the Sham hit “Little Red Riding Hood”?  She’s now released that and we’ll share it with you.  We’ll do a gospel set – just because – with music from The Civil Wars, The Brothers Frantzich, Iris Dement and Delaney and Bonnie.

We’ll also include a set of neo and real soul – from The Alabama Shakes, Nick Waterhouse and The Staple Singers.

I think you’ll like it – listen while you work, or check in later and listen from the blog.  And enjoy the day!

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
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Brian and Dan

Playlist
River-Civil Twilight
Free My Mind-Katie Herzig
Sweeter Than This-Katie Herzig
From This Valley-The Civil Wars
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing-Brothers Frantzich
He Reached Down-Iris Dement
Where the Soul Never Dies-Delaney & Bonnie and Friends
Follow The Sun-Xavier Rudd
Lil’ Red Riding Hood-Laura Gibson
Montauk-Rufus Wainwright
Unfortunately, Anna-Justin Townes Earle
Blackwind-Patrick Watson
Words-Ane Brun
Midnight On the Interstate-Trampled By Turtles
I Can Only Give You Everything-Nick Waterhouse
Boys & Girls-Alabama Shakes
Respect Yourself-The Staple Singers
Young Man in America-Anias Mitchell
The Body Wins-Sarah Jaffe
God Only Knows-Bonnie Raitt

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Nov. 9 – Walking (606)

 

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

                        J R R Tolkien 

Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.  Walking is the exact balance of spirit and humility.

                      Gary Snyder “The Etiquette of Freedom”

Today on Great River Radio we’ll be doing an entire show on the theme of walking.  Dan has been walking more than running lately, due to a (hopefully minor) knee problem.  Walking in St. Paul and Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River and seeing the river flowing, the trees losing their leaves, the barges moving slowly upstream, and catching the eyes of fellow walkers, some solitary and quiet, others side by side and animated, one begins to experience a different kind of world, the outside world, the world of trees, grass, crows, dogs, rivers and sky.  There is a different awareness of the body in nature.  You see the world up close.  The legs are moving, the heart is pumping and the blood is flowing.  It is life.  It is humility and solitude and a sweet kind of meditation.

Many songs have been written about walking and we’re sure that many titles are springing to your mind right now.  Today, we’ll play some of them, and introduce you to a few new ones.  People walk away, they walk when they are blue, they walk when they are happy, they walk home.  And, sometimes, people run.

We’ll hear classics from Patsy Cline (the first song you thought of?), Dionne Warwick (the second?), as well as bluesmen Paul Butterfield and Robert Lockwood – walking has been the subject of some great blues tunes.  God walks, too, and we’ll hear from Iris Dement and The Blind Boys of Alabama on that topic.  Tune in this afternoon for these and more from Greg Brown, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Stacey Earle, Yo La Tengo, Vampire Weekend and Cloud Cult.  You may even want to download this show for later walks with your iPod.

Playlist
The Blues Walk-Clifford Brown and Max Roach
Cakewalk Into Town-Taj Mahal
Two Little Feet-Greg Brown
Walkin’ After Midnight-Patsy Cline
Walk On By-Dionne Warwick
Ramble On-Led Zeppelin
Blue Sky-Allman Brothers
New Walkin’ Blues-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Take a Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
God Walks the Dark Hills-Iris Dement
Just A Closer Walk With Thee-The Blind Boys of Alabama
Walk With Me-Neil Young
I Walk Alone-Los Lobos
Long Walk Home-Bruce Springsteen
I Feel Like Going Home-Yo La Tengo
Runaway-Bonnie Raitt
How I Ran-Stacey Earle
Run-Vampire Weekend
Running With The Wolves-Cloud Cult

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March 2 – Movie Music


“I don’t think people are ready for the message I’m delivering.”
– Charlie Sheen

Great River Radio is back on the air after taking a sick day last week. We were all prepared for our fifth annual Movie Music show, but the winter crud caught up with the Great River Radio staff. What did we miss? Well, let’s just say that Oscar boredom (not to be confused with Javier Bardem) robbed us of four hours we’ll never get back. It was, without a doubt, one of the most uneventful evenings in self-congratulatory movie awards history. We were begging for Ricky Gervais to suddenly appear and hijack the show from James Franco. Or at least to let Billy Crystal filibuster the rest of the night after he made his appearance. But alas, we suffered through the evening along with millions of others … waiting … pondering … asking … “I wonder what Charlie Sheen is doing right now?”

We live in crazy times, no? Network news gives a ranting, disheveled Charlie Sheen an hour of primetime to “enlighten” the viewers on epic parties, gnarly-ism, tiger blood, trolls and magic, while Yemen, Libya, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries teeter on collapse. But we are hopelessly addicted to the unpredictable. We stare intently as we pass the celebrity car wreck on the side of the road.

Great River Radio is ready to put the Hollywood focus back on what really matters … the music. The one highlight of the Oscars was Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross winning Best Original Score for The Social Network. Reznor’s band, Nine Inch Nails, may not be your cup o’ tea, but his work with collaborator Ross is inspiring. The score if filled with dark, moody atmospheric undercurrents. We will play “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” and you will not be disappointed. We will also highlight a trio of songs from what might be the best Indie soundtrack in a decade: Scott Pilgrim vs The World. We’ll have a full slate of music from 2010, including tracks from The Kids Are Alright (Quadron), 127 Hours (Dido), True Grit (Carter Burwell), Biutiful (Gustavo Santaolalla), Eclipse (Florence & The Machine), TRON (Daft Punk) and Rabbit Hole (Anton Sanko). We’ll also take a long look at two of the most prolific movie music contributors in our time – composer John Williams and this year’s Original Song winner, Randy Newman.

The annual Movie Music show is one of our favorite shows of the year, and judging by the feedback we receive from all of you – it ranks up there on your list as well. So, we hope you can join Great River Radio this afternoon as we try to restore some sanity – no matter how brief – to this crazy, mixed-up world.

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Time (We Plants  Are Happy Plants Remix) – Hans Zimmer (Inception)
The Wicked Flee – Carter Burwell (True Grit)
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms-Iris Dement (True Grit)
High On A Mountain-Marideth Sisco and Blackberry Winter (Winter’s Bone)
Lait-Gustavo Santaolalla (Biutiful)
Cleaning-Anton Sanko (Rabbit Hole)
Ragtime-Randy Newman (Ragtime)
Teenagers-Hayley Williams (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Scott Pilgrim-Plumtree (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Borrowed Time-Neil Young  (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
By Your Side-Beachwood Sparks (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
In The Hall of the Mountain King-Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Derezzed-Daft Punk (TRON)
Red House-Jimi Hendrix (City of Angels)
Slippin’-Quadron (The Kids Are Alright)
Heavy in Your Arms-Florence and the Machine (Twilight: Eclipse)
If I Rise-Dido (127 Hours)
Something-Jim Sturgess (Across The Universe)
You and Me-Penny and the Quarters (Blue Valentine)
Twenty Flight Rock-Eddie Codhran (Nowhere Boy)
In Spite of All the Danger-The Nowhere Boys (Nowhere Boy)
Purple Rain-Prince (Purple Rain)

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