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May 18 – Season’s Best

The book of love has music in it
In fact that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb
But I
I love it when you sing to me
And you
You can sing me anything
(The Book of Love, The Magnetic Fields)

Today, Great River Radio completes its fourth season at KUST.  If we’d been new students when we started this project, we’d now be graduating!  By our count, this marks the 114th time Brian and Dan have sat down together in the dim light of the very small KUST studio with our iPods and playlists and have started the stream and the hijack and have kicked off the show with a river song.  In the last nine months, we’ve done shows about everything from dogs to coffee to teachers to crows.  We’ve devoted one entire show to health care, one to women’s issues, and one to the best music from the Scandinavian countries.  We’ve also memorialized some of the musicians who passed away during the season: Vic Chestnutt, Alex Chilton, Kate McGarrigle, Lena Horne, and Les Paul.

Great River Radio
is a labor of love for us.  We spend a few hours every week preparing for the show, exploring the blogosphere and music journalism and our friends’ iPods looking for new artists and songs.  While we sometimes wonder (especially on Monday nights) if we really have the time for this, by the time we start the show on Tuesday, we are looking forward to the two hours we have to listen to what we’ve put together and to see how it all works out.  We hope you have enjoyed the shows you’ve heard during the last four years.  It is our intention to return in the fall for our fifth season.  Here’s a hint of something to expect for next season:  while the current Great River Radio web page gives you access to the last four or five shows, we actually have files for about seventy GRR episodes dating back to the fall of 2007.  Our project for the summer is to figure out a way to make ALL of those shows available on the web page.

For now, we’ll end this season by playing our favorite songs from the last nine months.  We’ve got music from the Avett Brothers, Frightened Rabbits, Mumford and Sons, Beach House, Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, Lissie, Ruthie Foster, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and local bands The Twilight Hours, Peter Wolf Crier, Halloween Alaska and Roma di Luna.  We’ll also dip back into one of our favorite shows and bring you Scandinavian music from The Mary Onettes and The Tallest Man On Earth.

So, one last time this year, tune in for music that is transcendental (and some that isn’t dumb, but let’s say…fun!)

Brian and Dan and the whole staff of Great River Radio send you our best wishes for a safe and happy and sunny summer!  We’ll see you in September.

Catch Great River Radio live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
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Brian/Dan

Playlist
Maybe – Ingrid Michaelson
Little Lovin’ – Lissie
When It Don’t Come Easy – Ruthie Foster
I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
Swim Until You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbit
The Cave – Mumford & Sons
First Train Home – Imogen Heap
Home – Up From Below
New York Is Killing Me – Gil Scott-Heron
Flirted With You All My Life – Vic Chestnutt
Written in Reverse – Spoon
How Long Do I Have to Wait For You? – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
I Will – Roma Di Luna
Queen of Tomorrow – The Twilight Hours
The Ends – Halloween, Alaska
Hard As Nails – Peter Wolf Crier
July Flame – Laura Veirs
Lewis Takes Off His Shirt – Owen Pallett
And Now – jj
Norway – Beach House
Go Do – Jonsi
Who Are You New York? – Rufus Wainwright
Coal War – Joshua James
King of Spain – The Tallest Man On Earth
In The Sun – She & Him
She’s Gone – The Bird and The Bee
This Is Real – Best Coast

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May 4 – Moody

I’ll take a quiet life…
with no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
Silence, silence.
–  “No Surprises” by Radiohead

Ok, if you aren’t in the business of educating the people of America, you are probably not quite as focused on these frantic weeks of May as those of us who are (in the business of educating the people of America.)  We approach commencement – or perhaps the end of fifth grade – either way, the end is nearing, and the weather being what it is, life is full of tension: study or go outside and run, read or fly a kite?  Write a paper or go dancing in the streets?  Library or a canoe on the river?  Do you yearn for escape? For surprises? For a few moments of silence?

Today, Great River Radio will reflect a variety of moods, from sadness and quiet to boisterous and lively. It’s a spring mix, like fresh new leaves in a salad.

We’ve got new music from the Hold Steady, as well as from one of our favorite 2010 releases, The National’s “High Violet”, from Sweden’s Shout Out Louds and Canada’s Caribou, from our friends Rufus Wainwright, Shelby Lynne, The New Pornographers, Regina Spektor (with her new cover of the above quoted Radiohead song) and, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the greatest albums of the last…well, 35 years, a different take on “Blood on the Tracks.”

Listen: a lot of the music we are playing today is by artists who are COMING TO OUR TOWN!  This would be a great show to listen to if you are desiring to get out and hear some live music in the next few weeks.  Or if you are just in the mood for new, beautiful music to settle you down or to rev you up.  This is the place.  This is Great River Radio.

GRR is planning two more shows to wind up this, our fourth season.  Next week we’ll do another mix of fresh new music and favorites.  On May 18th, we’ll close out the year with our favorite songs from the last season.  (And then we’ll head up to the lake for the summer.)

Dan/Brian

Playlist
Red River of the North-Rogue Valley
Everybody’s Hurting-Jakob Dylan
Percussion Gun-White Rabbits
Time To Pretend-Jonsi
CEO Birthday-jj
This Is Real-Best Coast
Lights-Interpol
Afraid of Everyone-The National
Ohio-Over The Rhine
Martha-Rufus Wainwright
Stay With Me-Sarah Jaffe
Hurricane J-The Hold Steady
Laura-Mates of State
Fall Hard-Shout Out Louds
Thick As Thieves-Peter Wolf
Old Dog-Shelby Lynne
Numbers Don’t Lie-Mynabirds
Sweet Talk Sweet Talk-New Pornographers
Art House Director-Broken Social Scene
Odessa-Caribou
Nothing Will Last-Tyler James
No Surprises-Regina Spektor
Shelter From the Storm-Mary Lee’s Corvette

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