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March 27 – Spring is loading… (708)

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You can never hold back spring
You can be sure I will never stop believing
The blushing rose, it will climb
Spring ahead or fall behind
Winter dreams the same dream, every time

Baby you can never hold back spring
Even though you’ve lost your way
The world is dreaming, dreaming of spring

So close your eyes
Open your heart
To the one who’s dreaming of you
And you can never hold back spring
Remember everything that spring can bring
Baby you can never hold back spring

(Tom Waits)

It is spring break week on campus, but not nearly spring-like, really.  The ground is still covered in snow and ice and the temperature struggles to rise up above forty degrees.  Still, the sun is shining, and there is water running in the gutters, down towards the river.  Tonight the moon will be full over the Mississippi – maybe that will wake up the earth.

I’ll set you up for a reluctant full moon evening with some music from Great River Radio. There will be a mix of new and not so new music this week.  The Royal Southern Brotherhood, a uniting of two of the South’s great musical bloodlines, the Nevilles and the Allmans, kick off the show with “Moonlight Over the Mississippi” and from there we’ll hop on a train that will include Mavis Staples, The Slide Brothers and Hollis Brown.  We’ll get off the train for a set with The Pines, Alexi Murdoch and Son Volt (delivering “Angel of the Blues” from their new record. Did you see the movie “Chasing Ice”?  If so, you may remember the haunting music over the closing credits – J. Ralph’s “Before My Time” featuring Scarlett Johansson and Joshua Bell – the song was nominated for a 2013 Oscar for best original song.    You can hear it this afternoon on GRR.

Prince has called Lianne La Havas “my new Joni Mitchell” and that is enough for me to sit up and give her a listen.  She’ll be in town next Sunday night, and I’ll give you a preview this afternoon from her new record “Is Your Love Big Enough?”

I will also note the significance of the week with a set of quiet hymns before we get to hear Tom Waits with his lovely reminder that the roses will bloom again.

That and more, of course.  It will be a good show, relaxed and spacious, and will set you up for whatever you have planned for the rest of this full moon spring evening.

Today on Great River Radio, coming to you from the University of St. Thomas’ KUST.

Tune in live, or listen later on the blog.

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Playlist
Moonlight Over the Mississippi-Royal Southern Brotherhood
Earth Blues-Jimi Hendrix
Move Along Train-Mavis Staples
Catch That Train-The Slide Brothers
Heart & Bones-The Pines
All My Days-Alexi Murdoch
Angel of the Blues-Son Volt
Before My Time-J. Ralph featuring Scarlett Johansson
Guilty-Madeline Peyroux
Inolvidable-Bebo & Cigala
Is Your Love Big Enough?-Lianne La Havas
Just Make It Stop-Low
Back When We Were Beautiful-Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
They Told Me-Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside
O Sacred Head Head Now Wounded-Jim Brickman
Keep Us Steadfast-Lyle Lovett
The Unclouded Day-Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers
You Can Never Hold Back Spring-Tom Waits

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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:
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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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Oct. 5 – A Little Bit of Everything (601)


Oh, it’s a little bit of everything,
It’s the matador and the bull,
It’s the suggested daily dosage,
It is the red moon when it’s full.
All these psychics and these doctors,
They’re all right and they’re all wrong,
It’s like trying to make out every word,
When they should simply hum along,
It’s not some message written in the dark,
Or some truth that no one’s seen,
It’s a little bit of everything.
               “A Little Bit of Everything” Dawes (Taylor Goldsmith)

It’s nice to use some of the lovely lyrics from Dawes’ second album, Nothing Is Wrong, which arrived over the summer, and which became part of our soundtrack for the last few months.  Great River Radio went on hiatus for the summer but Brian and Dan were busy, with a little bit of everything: baseball, fishing, road trips, work, family reunions, long evenings and early mornings, heat, picnics with cold chicken and beer, surprises, celebrations, anniversaries, transitions.

And a “little bit of everything” continues to describe the mix of music that you’ll be hearing this year on Great River Radio.  As we begin our sixth season, we look forward to bringing to you once again our picks of the week – the new and the remembered, the local and the worldly, the unknown and a few of what we hope will be your favorites next week and next month.

So, remember how we said last week was our first show of season 6? Funny thing about that … KUST has been experiencing massive technology issues. While this should not be surprising when you consider that KUST is an online station, Great River Radio also was chosen as a “test show” for capturing audio and converting it a downloadable podcast. The problems were many, but the DJs rocked on.

Please note: There has been an ongoing problem with streaming the station. If you try to catch the stream and hear nothing but silence, you will need to upgrade the Quick Time software on your computer. Mac’s have not had an issue, but some PCs now need to have Quick Time 7.7. You can upgrade your QT software for free here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/download. St. Thomas  community members may have to contact the IRT Tech Desk (2-6230) to request an upgrade.

So, Great River Radio is going to have another go at this internet radio thing. Just think of last week’s reminder as the first alarm going off for season 6. You rolled over, hit the snooze button, and got another week of deep rest and relaxation before tuning into today’s debut show for season 6. Wake up!

We’ll do our part by bringing you another great 90 minutes of new music. You’ll hear new tracks from Sondre Lerche, Tapes N’ Tapes, Dum Dum Girls, Neon Indian, The Tallest Man on Earth, Mates of State, Wilco, Gillian Welch, Dawes and Tom Waits. And we’ll report on some of local shows we caught from the past week, including music from John Hiatt, Girls, St. Vincent and Wild Flag.

Finally, Great River Radio is very excited about a project that we’ve been working on for the last couple of months. As part of the “test show” for podcasting, almost the entire Great River Radio archive will soon be available for download/podcast via iTunesU. We are working with our tech department to unearth all available recordings and post them in a single location for your convenience. Starting tomorrow, listeners should also be able to download/podcast today’s show via iTunes. We are extremely pleased with this new offering, and will send you out details on how to access the archive and download/podcast Great River Radio at your convenience.

Thanks again for your patience and loyal listenership. We really appreciate it!

Brian and Dan

Details:
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Playlist
When the River-Sondre Lerche
Freak Out-Tapes ‘n Tapes
Father, Son, Holy Ghost-Girls
Cheerleader-St. Vincent
Romance-Wild Flag
Christchurch Woman-Justin Townes Earle
Johnny Ace Is Dead-Dave Alvin
Coming Down-Dum Dum Girls
Palomino-Mates of State
Polish Girl-Neon Indian
The Way It Goes-Gillian Welch
A Little Bit of Everything-Dawes
Make It Rain-Tom Waits
Dustbowl III-Other Lives
Down Around My Place-John Hiatt
Whole Love-Wilco
Yellow Missing Signs-Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Weather of a Killing Kind-Tallest Man On Earth

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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:
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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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May 4 – Sowing the Seeds

In an interview about their new album, Hey Rosetta! lead singer Tim Baker talks about the band’s new songs:

In the title track, the idea is that we are seeds, traveling from town to town, blowing around, settling down here and there, trying to make something for people. Really, I like the name Seeds for the record because the songs are seeds, and that’s the idea. They’re these little things –- four and five minute things — but they have the ability to grow in your brain and be far more meaningful than just what they are.

There are also recurring themes of springtime and rebirth and hope and that sort of stuff…”

At Great River Radio, we are all ready for themes of springtime and rebirth and hope and that sort of stuff!  Brian and Dan have been busy during the last two weeks, what with the end of the semester approaching, and springtime activities and responsibilities.  Dan was in New York for a few days, and has been to four music events in the last week.  Brian was doing the work of a promoter, working with UST students to bring Cloud Cult to campus for a very successful event last weekend.  But that is what we do!  And we love spring, even though it is still very tentatively creeping into our part of the country.

Today on GRR, we’ve got loads of new songs that you’ll love.  In addition to the seeds that Hey Rosetta! will be scattering, Dan will play one song from each artist he heard in the last week, including Marshall Crenshaw, Emmylou Harris, and Bill Frisell.  Brian has Cloud Cult and to whet the appetite, My Morning Jacket, this summer’s Rock the Garden headliners.  Everyone is talking about Fleet Foxes’ new release, Helplessness Blues which dropped yesterday.  Their first record was thought by many to be one of the best of the decade, and the latest has been getting very good reviews.  We’ll have more from Lykke Li, The National, Low, Washed Out and The Feelies as well as a sampling of new music from British artists Frank Turner, Daphne Willis and indie band Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs.

You don’t want to miss today’s show.  We are sowing seeds here, friends!

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Mr. Tough-Yo La Tengo
The Usual Think (Live, 1982)-Marshall Crenshaw
Six White Cadillacs-Emmylou Harris
Cadillac 1959-Bill Frisell
Must Be Blind-Matt Sweeney and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy
Nobody Knows-The Feelies
Forces of the Unseen-Cloud Cult
Love Is Eternal Sacred Light-Paul Simon
Welcome-Hey Rosetta!
We Will All Be Changed-Seryn
Grown Ocean -Fleet Foxes
Exile Vilify-The National
I Know Places-Lykke Li
In The Dark Places-PJ Harvey
Peggy Sings The Blues-Frank Turner
No Help Coming-Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs
I Will Be Waiting-Daphne Willis
Circuital-My Morning Jacket
Especially Me-Low
Belong-The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Eyes Be Closed-Washed Out

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April 13 – Get Yer Fresh Music

Tuesdays don’t always have a very good reputation – the fun of the weekend past is fading and the coming weekend seems to be far away. The day does have one saving grace, though – it is the day that new music is released. The advent of digital music has relieved many of us (but not all – Paul) of the need to run over to the nearest record shop to grab a new CD at lunchtime on Tuesday, though we bet some of you check the iTunes store before you go to work on Tuesday mornings. Producing Great River Radio on Wednesdays allows us to add a lot of very new, less than 24 hours old, music on our playlist.

We’ve got fresh music this week, just picked in fact. We’ll have new songs from Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Weeknd, Alison Krauss, Panda Bear, Seattle’s Shelby Earl, Canadians Ron Sexsmith and Robbie Robertson, British indie rockers Art Brut, and a special two-fer from San Diego’s own Dirty Gold and TV Girl.

In addition to liking fresh music, we like locally grown – we are musical localvores.  Yesterday, Low and Haley Bonar both released new records which have been highly anticipated. Haley was just called one of Minnesota’s best unsigned artists and Low’s song “Silver Rider” was one of the highlights of Robert Plant’s show last night at the State Theater.

Finally, to note this weekend’s String Theory Music Festival which will be taking place at several venues around the Twin Cities and will feature many local artists as well as visiting acts, we’ll have music from Owen Pallet (formerly known as Final Fantasy). He’s one of the artists who has helped to bring the violin back into popular music.

Yes, it is a busy week in the Twin Cities, but we invite you to take 90 minutes to spend with us as we play songs and chat about them during this week’s Great River Radio.

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Everyone Belongs to Someone-Shelby Earl
Our Hearts Are Wrong-Jessica Lee Mayfield
Heart In Your Heartbreak-Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Scandal At The Parkade-Owen Pallett
Surfer’s Hymn-Panda Bear
Try To Sleep-Low
Wave Of Mutilation-Pixies
The Words That Maketh Murder-P J Harvey
Silver Zephyrs-Haley Bonar
Great Escape-Sister Hazel
Barton Hollow-The Civil Wars
So What-Jeremy Taylor
Love Shines-Ron Sexsmith
Lost Weekend-Art Brut
My Opening Farewell-Alison Krauss and Union Station
He Don’t Live Here Anymore-Robbie Robertson
Bob Dylan’s Dream (Live at Brandeis University, 1963)-Bob Dylan
High For This-The Weeknd
On Land (TV Girl Cover)-Dirty Gold
Overboard (Dirty Gold Cover)-TV Girl
Statesville-Lucy Wainwright Roche

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