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Decade of Influence (2000-2009)

Can you believe that we’re already approaching the end of another decade? Seems like just yesterday we were Livin’ La Vida Loca with Ricky. Those were heady times in pop music. But all good things must pass.

Like all responsible observers of the music history, Great River Radio is set to embark on a thorough examination of the music that really mattered in the Aughts (2000-2009). We’re preparing as any good student would – doing research, looking back on our notes, attending live shows and scouring the Internets.

Now we’re seeking your help with this simple question: What albums and/or artists in the last 10 years have had the greatest influence on music?

We’re not necessarily looking for your favorite CD or a critic’s “Best-Of” list. This pursuit of a “Decade of Influence” is quite different.

As many of you know, 10 years can be a long time … especially if you’ve been spending those years raising young children or touring with “Up With People.” So, we’ll leave you with a partial list below (courtesy of NPR) of some of the artists who definitely have had an impact on our music rotation in recent years.

Take a look at the partial list. Who did we miss? Who set us on another course? Who came out of nowhere to create a new sound? Who turned the world on with their smile?

* Once you’ve given it some thought, please post your entries (artist and album) on our “Decade of Influence” page. We’ll compare notes and share some of your suggestions during our Great River Radio – Decade of Influence show in early 2010. – Brian/Dan

Animal Collective
Arcade Fire
Bon Iveer
Bright Eyes
Burial
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Kelly Clarkson
Danger Mouse
Death Cab For Cutie
The Damnwells
The Decemberists
Eminem
Jay Farrar
The Flaming Lips
Green Day
Iron And Wine
Jay-Z
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
LCD Soundsystem
Lil’ Wayne
M.I.A.
OutKast
Panda Bear
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Radiohead
Santigold
Sigur Ros
Sufjan Stevens
The Swell Season
Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate
Kanye West
The White Stripes
Wilco
Paul Westerberg
Amy Winehouse

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Oct. 20 – Teachers

“The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” – Joseph Campbell

It’s time once again for Great River Radio. Our “Confluence” theme this week is “Teachers.” We’ve dug up some interesting teacher-learning related songs, and many of you have offered us a suggestion or two as well. You’ll hear from likely classroom pests Rufus Wainwright, Paul Westerberg, Matt and Kim, Lyle Lovett, Indigo Girls and Rockpile.

As always, we have some exciting new music to share with you. You might recall Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová from the movie “Once.” Well, the impossibly perfect romance between the two musician/actors may have fizzled, but the two continue to make music together under the name The Swell Season. They have a new, deeply personal album out, and we will be playing a track from that release. We also have new tunes from the Avett Brothers, Heartless bastards, Rickie Lee Jones and Grizzly Bear. Echo & the Bunnymen, giants of late 80s alternative music scene, have released their 11th studio album, “The Fountain.” Well play the first single, “I Think I Need It Too.”

One of the great advantages of connecting with so many music lovers around the country is that we get to hear about your “must-listen-to” music discoveries. We owe Aaron from Boston a tip-of-the-hat for turning us on to Mumford & Sons. They are part of the London folk rock scene that includes Noah and the Whale and Laura Marling. The group’s first release, “Sigh No More,” was released on Oct. 6 in the UK. Well spin a tune from the album and see what you think. Thanks for the rec, Aaron.

All this and so much more today on Great River Radio!

NEXT WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT – With upcoming film releases of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” and a new documentary on Jack Kerouac, “One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur,” we thought an interesting theme for next week’s “Confluence” segment might be ROAD SONGS. We’ve done “best road music” theme shows before, so let’s get creative with this topic. Email us your requests or post them below.

Playlist
Peace Like a River-Spoon
I Think I Need It Too-Echo and the Bunnymen
Blank White Page-Mumford and Sons
Slow Life-Grizzly Bear
Hell-Teigan and Sara
Jesus, Etc-Wilco
The Art Teacher-Rufus Wainwright
Baby Learn To Crawl-Paul Westerberg
Lessons Learned-Matt and Kim
Closer-Indigo Girls
Teach Me Tonight-Etta James
Teach Me About Love-Lyle Lovett
Gloomy Monday Morning-Black Hollies
Use Somebody-Bat For Lashes
One Fast Move Or I’m Gone-Jay Farrar/Ben Gibbard
Feeling The Pull-Swell Season
Angel’s Share-Doveman
Lissie Maurus-Little Lovin’
The Mountain-Heartless Bastards
Suspicious Minds-Rusted Root
Never Ending Love-Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
Laundry Room-Avett Brothers
Old Enough-Rickie Lee Jones
Angels on the Banks-Katie Herzig

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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.

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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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