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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
Or chat live via AIM or iChat: kustradio

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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Feb. 23 – Scandi Music

It’s time for a Scandinavian Music Quiz!

Q: Quick, What Swedish group is the second best-selling band in music history?
A: Everyone knows it’s ABBA!

Q: Here’s one for the “early” MTV generation: What 1985 breakthrough video combined real band members with animation?
A: Norway’s a-ha, of course! The song? “Take on Me.”

Q: Last question. What eccentric musician performed in a dress that resembled a dead swan at the 2001 Oscars?
A: Bjork from Iceland!

How did you do? Aren’t those Scandinavian musicians memorable? Just for the sake of modernizing the quiz a bit, let’s add a contemporary music question to round things out.

Q: Name a single artist or band from the broader Scandinavian region that has released a recording since Bjork’s fowl faux pas?
A: Anyone? Bueller?

It might surprise you, our most music-literate Great River Radio listeners, that Scandinavian music is HOT right now. Not ABBA hot – c’mon, no one can touch “Dancing Queen” – but Nordic music is certainly well-respected and growing in influence. In fact, if you’ve been listening to Great River Radio the last four years, you’ve probably heard us play a deliciously sweet pop music song, announce the name of the group, and in slight disbelief add, “She’s from Denmark?” or “Huh, these guys are from Iceland” or even “Another in a long line of talented artists from Sweden. What the hell is going on up there?”

So, while you’ve been immersed in Scandinavian excellence during the 2010 winter games, Great River Radio has moved beyond such household names as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Sven Kramer and Charlotte Kalla. We’ve pulled together a beautiful show filled with surprisingly upbeat music from a region that is known for its dark winters and difficult-to-pronounce names. And we’ll share a little insight into what makes Scandi music so popular right now.

We’ll highlight music from all corners of Scandinavia, including tunes from Jens Lekman, I’m From Barcelona, the Cardigans,  Åge Aleksandersen,  Sondre Lerche, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names and El Perro del Mar. We’ll have new music from Fredrik, Jonsi (from Sigur Ros), The Tallest Man On Earth and jj. And as always, we’ll reach back for some Great River Radio favorites from Lykke Li, Loney Dear,  Peter Bjorn and John, Ida Maria and  The Mary Onettes.

Even if these artists or bands don’t sound familiar to you – or Scandinavian music calls to mind a lur, bukkehorn or seljefløyte – you will not want to miss this show.

Catch GRR live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Or chat live via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Rock på!

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Tonight-Lykke Li
Vinterbarn-Fredrik
Venus As A Boy-Bjork
Ae Vil Ha Dae (I Want You)-Age Aleksandersen
I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked-Ida Maria
1999-Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo-Jens Lekman
Go Do-Jonsi
I Am John-Loney, Dear
The Tree House Song-Ane Brun
Nothing To Worry About-Peter Bjorn & John
Paper Planes-I’m From Barcelona
King of Spain-The Tallest Man On Earth
Erase/Rewind-The Cardigans
Mrs. Cold-Kings of Convenience
Just Behind A Brickwall-Tobias Froberg and Peter Moren
Mrs. Cold-Kings of Convenience
Down The Line-Jose Gonzalez
Modern Nature-Sondra Lerche
No Excuses-Air France
This Heart Is A Stone-Acid House Kings
Tick Tick Boom-The Hives
Dare-The Mary Onettes
Lake Toba-Lukestar
Change of Heart-El Perro del Mar
And Now-jj
Happy Up Here-Royksopp
Dead Sound-The Raveonettes
Like A Fading Rainbow-Jenny Wilson

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