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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.

The details:
Catch the live stream:
http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html
Web/listen later: greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio
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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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio
iChat/AIM: kustradio

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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April 4 – Ship of Hope (614)

Down at the docks, you and me walking
Watching you watching the ships coming into the harbor
You told me again of your voyages grand
I loved you most when you spoke of the seven wonders
And you reached in your coat for your telescope
See what you could see
When your ship comes in,
When your ship comes in
When your ship comes in you’ll be happy
Anais Mitchell “Ships”

Just a quick reminder on this beautiful April day that Great River Radio be back this afternoon with a whole bunch of new music.  I’ve really been enjoying this new Anais Mitchell disc “Young Man in America” and we’ll listen to “Ships” from that, as well as another ship song sung by a woman – Lissie’s cover of Nick Cave’s great “The Ship Song.”  We’ll hear something from Dr. John’s “Locked Down” produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.  The Los Angeles Times has said of Dr. John’s new record, “it’s the embodiment of everything he’s done but pushed in a clear new direction…one of the best of his career…”

When I read accounts of the shows at SXSW a couple weeks ago, Patrick Watson was singled out by several critics as having done the best performance that they’d seen.  Patrick Watson is a guy and a band from Canada – he’s been compared to Rufus Wainwright, Nick Drake and Andrew Bird – and I love a song that starts simple and ends with horns!  Speaking of horns, Tim Frantzich has a very Chet Baker-like horn in his new song “Dead End Angels” from his brand new “Our Lost and Wild Daughter”…and speaking of Rufus, we’ll hear an early release from his next album “Out of the Game” his first collection of new songs in five years, on which he teamed up with star producer Mark Ronson.

We’ll have a pairing from GRR family favorites Steve Early and Justin Townes Earle – Justin recently released his second album, and it is very personal – tune in for “Am I That Lonely Tonight?”  We’ll also have new music from Patti Smith (eight years since her last record!), the young neo soul group Alabama Shakes, and Brandi Carlile.   Are you one of those people who believe that Fergus Falls Minnesota is the center of the universe?  (Yes, there are some people who believe that.)  If so, or even if not, you want to hear “Fergus Falls” from Milwaukee’s Field Report.  And to close out the show, Bon Iver friends Megafaun.

This and more coming to you this afternoon.  Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for Great River Radio or later on the blog.  I think you’ll like it.

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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio
iChat/AIM: kustradio

Brian and Dan

Playlist
Swanee River-Hugh Laurie
Big Shot-Dr. John
Into Giants-Patrick Watson
April Fool-Patti Smith
That Wasn’t Me-Brandi Carlile
Dead End Angels-Tim Frantzich
Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Crying-The Barr Brothers
Cry, Cry, Crow-The Pines
Ships-Anais Mitchell
The Ship Song-Lissie
Goodbye-Steve Earle
Am I That Lonely Tonight?-Justin Townes Earle
I Found You-Alabama Shakes
Out of the Game-Rufus Wainwright
Fergus Falls-Field Report
Worried Mind-Megafaun

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May 18 – Five Years of River Songs


The river to the ocean goes,
a fortune for the undertow.
None of this is going my way.
There is nothing left to throw
of Ginger, lemon, indigo,
coriander stem and rose of hay.
Strength and courage overrides
the privileged and weary eyes
of river poet search naivete.
Pick up here and chase the ride.
The river empties to the tide.
All of this is coming your way .
“Find The River” – R.E.M.

As humans, we are taught early in life to gauge success with tangible tools of measurement – grades, height, wealth, etc. But these measurements rarely take into account the intangible – emotions, happiness, satisfaction, love and friendship. Even music sets a structure of time, rhythm and beat. But the very best music makes us feel something else, something transcendent and beautiful. Today marks the end of the 5th season of Great River Radio. On our best days, we hope you discovered a song or two that made your heart swoon or allowed you to be lost in the moment – if just for a minute or two – during a busy day.

The constant, reliable flow of a river can also conjure up feelings of solace and grace, transporting us to places unexpected. But this spring we are again reminded that rivers can devastate and destroy, too. Perhaps, that is why so many artists are drawn to the river metaphor. Rivers represent a life cycle – often unpredictable – of birth, baptism, life, death and rebirth. Rivers run deep symbolism. For the last five years we have started most of our shows with a “river song.” Not surprisingly, we have had many wonderful songs to choose from. So, to celebrate the close of our fifth year, Great River Radio is pleased to present a very special afternoon of river songs.

Today you will hear deep south river songs by Bessie Smith, Aaron Neville and The Bottle Rockets. Great River Radio favorites Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Uncle Tupelo, Cloud Cult and The Decemberists will offer their take on the river song. And we’ll have river tracks from such diverse artists as Los Lobos, Brian Eno, Mavis Staples, Carrie Rodriguez, Robert Johnson and Richard Thompson. An eclectic mix to be sure. But would you expect anything less from the Great River Radio music staff?

As always, we are grateful that so many of you are able to tune into Great River Radio – either live or via the website. Please take a moment to join us today for our final show of the season. And have a great summer!

Peace … like a river.

Brian and Dan

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Playlist
Going Down To The River-Fred McDowell
Backwater Blues-Bessie Smith
Louisiana 1927-Aaron Neville
Get Down River-The Bottle Rockets
A River Runs Through It-Mark Isham
Especially Me-Low
I Follow Rivers-Lykke Li
By This River-Brian Eno
Big River-Johnny Cash
Big Sun Falling In The River-Richard Thompson
Green River-M. Ward
Down On The Riverbed-Los Lobos
High Water-Uncle Tupelo
Down By The Water-The Decemberists
Find The River-REM
Wide River To Cross-Carrie Rodriguez
River Knows Your Name-John Hiatt
Black River-Amos Lee
Harlem River Blues-Justin Townes Earle
Travelling Riverside Blues-Robert Johnson
Many Rivers To Cross-The Walkmen
Ballad Of Easy Rider-The Byrds
Watching The River Flow-Bob Dylan
When Water Comes To Life-Cloud Cult

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March 23 – Back in Blues


Well, I got up this mornin
woh-all I had was gone
Well-ah leave this mornin if I have to
woh ride the blind ah
I’ve feel mistreated and I
don’t mind dyin
Well, some people tell em that the worried
blues ain’t bad
Worst old feelin I most
ever had.
Robert Johnson – “Walking Blues”

Way back in December 2007, the Great River Radio staff pulled together a “History of the Blues” show. We took a trip from the far south, starting our journey at the home of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. From there we travelled up the mighty Mississippi River, taking time to track the deep influence of the blues. We examined different forms of the blues – Delta, Jump, Chicago and electric, as well as some of the music genres that were borne of out this truly American music – some strains of country and jazz, bluegrass and rock and roll. It was a show that was as fun to produce as it was to listen to.

Four years later, not much has changed. The blues are still with us, and its influence is more evident than ever. So, why don’t the blues get any respect? We’ll explore that question today. The 2007 show served as a deep history lesson (from south to north), whereas today’s show, “Back in Blues,” will take more of a latitudinal approach. We’ll look across the vast spectrum of music and discuss how the blues serves as a foundation for much of the music we listen to and often play on Great River Radio.

We’ll have a special set of music that draws a straight line from Robert Johnson in the 1930s to The Black Keys performing today (with listening stops at Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and the Rolling Stones). There are a surprising number of current artists who recognize and incorporate the power of the blues into their songwriting and performances. We’ll have a set of young blues from The Tallest Man on Earth (Sweden?!), Justin Townes Earle and Mark Growden, as well as a track from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ beautiful Raising Sand LP from 2007. Speaking of Ms. Krauss, have you ever noticed that the blues is often thought of as a man’s world? We’ll hear a set from our better halves – including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Lucinda Williams. We’ll also take a stroll on the eclectic side – finding the pulse of the blues beating strong in icons as such as Tom Waits and R.L. Burnside.  And finally, we’ll look locally, and unearth some bluesy selections from the Minnesota music scene.

You are not going to want to miss today’s “Back in Blues” show on Great River Radio. So, set your Outlook calendars and tune in at 4:15 p.m. central. And catch us again at your convenience via the Great River Radio website (details below).

Peace.

Brian & Dan

Details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Playlist
Death Don’t Have No Mercy-Reverend Gary Davis
Stones In My Passway-Robert Johnson
Red Rooster-Howlin’ Wolf
Rollin’ Stone-Muddy Waters
You Shook Me-Willie Dixon
Gimme Shelter-Rolling Stones
Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys
Take A Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
Come On In This House-Junior Wells
With The Quickness-James Cotton
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
Harlem River Blues-Justin Townes Earle
You Ain’t Never Been Loved-Mark Growden
Killing The Blues-Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Milk Cow Calf Blues-John Hammond
I’d Rather Go Blind-Etta James
I Never Loved A Man-Aretha Franklin
Drunken Angel-Lucinda Williams
Way Down In The Hole-Tom Waits
It’s Bad You Know-R.L. Burnside
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie-Pinetop Perkins

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Sept. 29 – Fall Revelers

Welcome fall revelers! Just a brief reminder to let you know that Great River Radio is ready to rock your world today!

Well, it won’t all be rock. There’s some roots, some romance and a little Rolling Stones as well. As we’ve mentioned during the first couple of shows, a lot of great new music was released this summer. We’re going to catch up with on some of what we’ve missed, and turn our thoughts to a few new fall releases as well.

Listen in to hear great tunes from Justin Townes Earle, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Local Natives, The Walkmen, Neil Young, Mavis Staples and Lissie. We’ll also have a unique set of Bob Dylan covers. And you won’t want to miss super fresh new tracks from Sufjan Stevens, Superchunk and The Ting Tings.

Still need the 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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Great-River-Radio/112553225462710
iChat/AIM: kustradio

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Harlem River Blues-Justin Townes Earle
Stranded-The Walkmen
When I Grow Up-First Aid Kit
Careful-Local Natives
Banned By The Man-Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin
Digging for Something-Superchunk
Walk with Me-Neil Young
I Believe In You-Black Dub
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine-Dirty Projectors
I Shall Be Released-Wilco and Fleet Foxes
Like A Rolling Stone-Rolling Stones
In Christ There Is No East or West-Mavis Staples
In Christ There Is No East or West-John Fahey
In Sleep-Lissie
Fixed-Stars
Hands-The Ting Tings
Too Much-Sufjan Stevens

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March 9 – Please, Please, Please

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man turn bad

So, please, please, please
Let me, Let me, let me
Let me get what I want this time

– The Smiths

Many argue that civil society is dead. As citizens of the world, we now resort to the all-too-easy shortcuts of name-calling, partisan hyperbole and winner-take-all discourse. We seem to collectively suffer from an acute case of NIMBYism. And our lives are increasingly defined by stark contrasts rather than shared values, burdens and successes.

When life gets complicated – when we can no longer hear above the cacophony – society often benefits from taking a step back and listening to what the artists have to say. So, let’s start with something simple. How about, “Please”?

Did you know the word “Please” is found in more than 550 languages? Why are we reluctant to ask for something in a polite way? Isn’t there a saying about catching bees with honey … not vinegar?

So in the spirit of kindness and humility, Great River Radio will focus on artists who have found the value of civility. Our “Confluence” theme is built around the word “Please,” but as always you can expect a Great River Radio twist or two in the playlist. You’ll hear tracks from The Smiths, Violent Femmes, Muddy Waters, Semisonic, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, Golden Smog, Mouthful of Bees, Greg Laswell, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.

Won’t you please join us this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (CST)? We would be most grateful for your company.

Listen live at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Chat live via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Thank you!

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Please-U2
Please Call Me Baby-Tom Waits
Please Tell My Brother-Golden Smog
Please Baby Please-David Bazan
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want-The Smiths
Please Do Not Go-Violent Femmes
Please Don’t -David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone-Sammy Davis Jr.
Please Send Me Someone To Love-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Come in Please-Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Baby Please Don’t Go-Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men
Baby Please Don’t Go-Muddy Waters
Please Tell Me Now-Billie Holiday
Please Love Me-B.B.King
Pleasure and Pain-Ben Harper
Please and Thank You-Mouthful of Bees
I Will Be Grateful For this Day, I Will Be Grateful for Each Day to Come-Bright Eyes
Please Take Her (She’s Mine)-The Rave Ups
Completely Pleased-Semisonic
Franklin Avenue (Daytrotter Session)- Jeremy Messersmith
Can’t Hardly Wait (Daytrotter Session)-Justin Townes Earle
Say A Little Prayer-Shawn Colvin
Thanks To You-The Deep Vibration
Please Please Me-The Beatles
Comes And Goes In Waves-Greg Laswell
Your Hands Together-The New Pornographers
World Sick-Broken Social Scene

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