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December 11 (805) – Winter Winds

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The Missouri is my right arm, the Ohio is my left
But I’m livin’ on the Mississippi River where I like life the best
I don’t mind the west coast, and I don’t mind the east coast
Oh, baby but I ain’t gonna live on no coast
Some people say that the Mississippi River is the backbone of the nation
They can say whatever they want, I won’t disagree with that statement
I see people workin’ hard as ever, just wondering what I can do to make their lives better
I’m just a plain ole Midwestern boy
Gettin’ by on Central time
Pokey LaFarge “Central Time”

At the moment in this northern region of the Central Time Zone, it is frigid. Add to the brutal weather we’ve been having the stresses of finals and semester end projects for both students and faculty, and the preparations for the holidays, and you have a pretty stressful period of the year. At minimum, we hope you can stay warm, though we know that some are cold, someone’s furnace is misbehaving, someone’s home isn’t very well insulated, and for far too many, there is no home at all.

It might be time to take a breath and listen to some music. On Great River Radio this afternoon, we’ve got a couple things going. Having been present at an intimate show by Joe Henry last week, I’ve been listening to his music on repeat for several days. So I’m going to insert him into the playlist several times this afternoon. I do think he is one of the best songwriters in the business now, and these songs are good examples. I’ll also recognize the season, not with holiday music, but with some songs about winter and the cold. Of course, there is lots of new music, as well, including just released songs from Shelby Lynne, who released an EP of original gospel tunes yesterday. We’ll also hear from Joshua James, Jake Bugg, British folk rocker Passenger, and Norwegian songster Ane Brun. I’ll have a tune from Alex Ebert, the leader of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, except solo this time.

Pokey LaFarge will kick things off with the river song referenced above and I think you’ll love it.

I hope you can listen this afternoon as you take care of business, or later on the blog.

Details:
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Playlist
Central Time-Pokey LaFarge
Dixie-Karen Elson & The Secret Sisters
Let Her Go-Passenger
Our Song-Joe Henry
Pennies in the Fountain-Glen Hansard
Broke-Joshua James
Me and You-Jake Bugg
Walkin’-Shelby Lynne
Run-Delta Rae
High Hopes-Bruce Springsteen
Monkey-Joe Henry
Amen-Alexander Ebert
On A Cold Winter’s Day-Quadriga Consort
Winter Winds-Mumford & Sons
There’s Frost On The Moon-Artie Shaw
Walking In The Air-The New Standards
Words-Ane Brun
God Only Knows-Joe Henry

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October 31 – Catching Up (701)

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O they tell me of a home far beyond the skies,
O they tell me of a home far away;
O they tell me of a home where no storm clouds rise,
O they tell me of an unclouded day.

After a longer than usual summer hiatus, Great River Radio will return today with new music for you.  We have been very busy with the start of school and some other complications this fall, but are anxious to renew our (few, but high quality) relationships with you, our GRR family.

Dan will be in the studio this afternoon, getting reacquainted with the buttons and knobs and plugs and dials, and hopefully all will be easy on me.  The playlist includes the song above, an old hymn which we have a new recording of by Audra Mae (perhaps you remember her from last spring – she is Judy Garland’s great grand niece.)  This song might actually set in motion a set of tunes about good places and broken places…we’ll see.

And there will be a set of songs about going leaving home and going home.  Sarah Jarosz will kick it off with “Run Away” and Michael Kiwanuka will close it up with “Home Again” and in between, we’ll hear from The Tallest Man on Earth and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.

In the middle of the show, some songs from the summer we liked (hey, we’re catching up here), including music from The Lumineers, Shovels and Rope, Daughn Gibson, Fiona Apple and Sweden’s Anna Ternheim.

One of the highlights of the last few weeks was meeting and visiting with John Fullbright, out of Okemah, OK, when he came through town, playing the Prairie Home Companion and a later show at the Cabooze.  He has written a couple of songs that just knocked us out and we’ll be playing one of them tonight.  Is he Randy Newman’s successor?  Maybe. Not that Randy needs a successor.  But, ok, if you love Randy Newman, you have to check this smart and funny and talented young man out.  We’ve got one from him that is an absolute jewel.

You may be disappointed to know that there isn’t one Halloween related song on the show.  For that we apologize.

Tune in this afternoon, or later on the blog.

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Playlist
Bottom of the River – Delta Rae
Atlantic City – The Hold Steady
Ain’t Messin’ Round – Gary Clark Jr.
Hot Knife – Fiona Apple
In The Beginning – Daughn Gibson
Mexico – Shovels & Rope
Submarines – The Lumineers
The Unclouded Day – Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers
Everything Is Broken – Bettye LaVette
Biloxi – Rosanne Cash
God Don’t Know – Anna Ternheim
Sticks & Stones – Joe Henry
I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
Nowhere To B Found – John Fullbright
Fergus Falls – Field Report
There’s No Leaving Now – The Tallest Man On Earth
Run Away – Sarah Jarosz
Long Ride Home – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Home Again – Michael Kiwanuka

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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:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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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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Nov. 30 – Lonely in a Crowd (608)

You’re not alone
I’m with you, I’m lonely too
What’s that song
Can’t be sung by two?
            Jeff Tweedy

After our short Thanksgiving weekend break, Great River Radio will be back in the studio this afternoon.  Whether you spent your last weekend in line during the wee hours of the morning waiting for your favorite retailer to open its doors, or were hiding from Black Friday in the woods, we think that today’s program will help get you ready for the crazy weeks ahead.

As many of you know, we almost always plan this show separately and then bring it together on Wednesday, often mixing the order on the fly in the studio.  What we’ve noticed is how often our playlists work so well together, and sometimes, like today, are as coordinated as if we’d worked all weekend to plan it that way.  Neither of us is sure how that happens.  It is apparently just Great River Radio magic.

Today GRR will include a wonderful mix of artists, from Mavis Staples (doing the Jeff Tweedy song quoted above) proclaiming that you are not alone, an answer, perhaps, to “Lonely Boy”, music from the upcoming Black Keys album.  In fact, there will be a wonderful set on the whole idea of loneliness and crowds.  We’ll also have a new song from Ingrid MIchaelson’s January release which fits nicely with that theme – “Ghost.”  If you are fond of Bon Iver (who some say released the best album of 2010) you’ll want to hear “Real Slow” from Megafaun, his former bandmates from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

Dan’s treat this week:  “John Lee Hooker for President”, a new track from the legendary Ry Cooder, which you have to hear to believe.  All this and a Ryan Adams/Laura Marling duet, something from Belgian singer/songwriter Selah Sue, Lissie’s wonderful cover of the Nick Cave tune “The Ship Song” and more.  It will be a wonderful show, I can just feel it in my bones.

Don’t let us be lonely!  Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for another episode of Great River Radio.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Mississippi-Ray Bonneville
Ghost-Ingrid Michaelson
Oh My Sweet Carolina-Ryan Adams and Laura Marling
Miles On A Car-Rachael Yamagata
This World-Selah Sue
Real Slow-Megafaun
John Lee Hooker For President-Ry Cooder
If Ever I Stray-Frank Turner
Try to Sleep-Low
Odetta-Joe Henry
Stone Rollin’-Raphael Saadiq
Lonely Boy-The Black Keys
I Found You-Alabama Shakes
You Are Not Alone-Mavis Staples
Back In The Crowd-Tom Waits
Bright Lights-Gary Clark Jr.
The Ship Song-Lissie
Here To Stay-Milagres

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March 23 – Awakening

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.
– “The Waking”  (Theodore Roethke)

Are you wide awake?  Have you recovered from losing an hour of sleep in our “spring ahead”?  In a different sense, are you aware of the world waking up around you?  Have you seen green shoots rising through dead leaves in your yard?  How about that river?  It’s waking up and rising, too.  The experience of seeing the world again after you (or it) has slept can be a wonderful and also somewhat strange one.

Today on Great River Radio, we are going to explore the concept of wakefulness.  Here is a tip on a word you might hear this afternoon:  hypnagogia – that state between sleep and wakefulness – the dreamy area we pass through on the way into and out of sleep.  As you probably know, we often free associate on our themes on GRR and that will be true for the first hour today when Dan will be playing out tunes from The Bottle Rockets, The Dropkick Murphys, Cloud Cult, two Elvises and new music from John Hiatt and  the Danger Mouse/James Mercer (Shins) project called The Broken Bells.

In hour two, Brian will be trying out a new concept – call it a concept album, call it a rock opera – in which he’ll be telling a story through song – from awake to hypnagogia to sleep to confusion to…well, you’ll have to tune in to see how it ends.  We’ll be playing that set of songs straight through without interruption.  This should be interesting.

Finally, we’ll close the show with a set of tunes in tribute to Alex Chilton who passed away last week.

This is going to be a special show – we hope you can join us this afternoon, or listen later on the blog.

Listen live at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
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Thank you!

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Get Down River-The Bottle Rockets
Dirty Water-Dropkick Murphys
October-Broken Bells
July Flame-Laura Veirs
Movin’ On-John Hiatt
When Water Comes to Life-Cloud Cult
While You Were Sleeping-Elvis Perkins
Sleepless Nights-Elvis Costello
Walking Blues-Robert Johnson
If You Were To Wake Up-Lyle Lovett
I Can’t Wake Up to Save My Life-Richard Thompson

Hypnagogic Song Cycle
The Wake Up Song-The Submarines
Please Wake Me Up-Tom Waits
Awake My Soul-Mumford & Sons
Wake Up-Arcade Fire
Wake Up Dead Man-Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Flash Delirium-MGMT
Woke Up Near Chelsea-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
When You Wake Up Feeling Old-Wilco
Hazelton-Justin Vernon
One Day When the Weather is Warm-Joe Henry
Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream-Johnny Cash
On A Good Day-Joanna Newsom
A Day In The Life-The Beatles

Alex Chilton – R.I.P.
Alex Chilton-The Replacements
The Letter-The Box Tops
September Gurls-Big Star

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Feb. 2 – Decade of Influence

First, since it has been a while since you’ve heard from us, we’d like to send you wishes for a very happy new year from Great River Radio – and we hope it has begun well for you.  The show has taken a break over the holidays and during January while we paid attention to the other responsibilities in our lives and work.  As of yesterday, students are back on campus and we begin the spring march toward commencement in May.

Our first show of 2010 is one we’ve been working on for many weeks.  Since fall 2009, as we wound down the first decade of the 21st Century,  media outlets cultural critics have been full of discussions of the best, not only of the year, but of the last 10 years.  Great River Radio has some opinions on music, as you know – we express them regularly on the show.  Last fall, we began our own discussion about what WE considered to be, not just the best, but the most influential music, artists and phenomenon of the decade.  And this week we are going to share those observations with you.

This Great River Radio show is going to be pretty personal, reflecting our vision and taste for the music that we’ve played on the show, rather than the entire world of music.  You won’t be hearing Beyonce, in spite of the fact that she won six Grammys last Sunday.  But you will be hearing from artists as various as Radiohead, Atmosphere, The Hold Steady, Sigur Ros, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, LCD Soundsystem, Joe Henry and Jack White and others.

We’ll also be talking about a few of the most significant developments that affected music in the last 10 years, including the importance of digital music, the soundtrack phenomenon and other culturally important industry developments.

We think you’ll like this show as a review of the decade in music – and a chance to hear some great songs from Great River Radio’s favorite artists. It will be epic!

Catch us live today, Feb. 2 at 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html

Chat or AIM in the studio: kustradio

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson (background)
Fireflies-Owl City (background)
Guarantees-Atmosphere (background)
Easy Silence-Dan Wilson (background)
Your Little Hoodrat Friend-The Hold Steady
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow-The Soggy Bottom Boys
New Slang-The Shins
All My Friends-LCD Soundsystem
Wake Up-Arcade Fire
First Day of My Life-Bright Eyes
Savane-Ali Farka Toure (background)
Sabali-Amadou and Mariam (background)
Staraflur-Sigur Ros
Comfy in Nautica-Panda Bear (background)
My Girls-Animal Collective
Ragged Wood-Fleet Foxes
Ten Thousand Words-The Avett Brothers
World Keeps Turning-Tom Waits (background)
Jesus, Etc.-Wilco
Going To A Town-Rufus Wainwright
None of Us is Free-Joe Henry
Sunshowers-MIA (background)
Paper Planes-MIA
Portland, Oregon-Loretta Lynn and Jack White (background)
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known-The White Stripes
15 Steps-Radiohead (background)
Everything In Its Right Place-Radiohead
For The Widows In Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti-Sufjan Stevens

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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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