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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.

The details:
Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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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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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

Details:

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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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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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Oct. 6 – We Used to Wait

and I am perpetually waiting
for the fleeing lovers on the Grecian Urn
to catch each other up at last
and embrace
and I am awaiting
perpetually and forever
a renaissance of wonder
From “I Am Waiting” (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)

The Great River Radio playlist always represents the mood of your hosts and the thoughts that are on our minds in the days before the show.   This week has been a thoughtful one for Brian and Dan.  We are in the midst of another stunning autumn day, apparently caught in some bubble of glorious weather.  In Minnesota we do not take days like this for granted, especially at this time of year.  We know what comes next…in the words of DeVotchKa –  “you already know how this will end”… so we find ourselves both savoring the present and waiting for what is around the corner.  We humans do spend a good amount of time waiting:  waiting to grow up, waiting to commence, waiting for that good thing to happen, waiting for that bad thing to stop happening, waiting for dawn to arrive, for peace, for a child to come home.

Today on Great River Radio, we’ll be doing a set of songs on waiting, from some of our favorite bands: Dawes, Delta Spirit, Steve Earle (and his sister Stacey), Arcade Fire, Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin.  We’ll also be listening and talking about the new Sufjan Stevens album “The Age of Adz”.  There’ll be a set of songs about letters (the kind you write to people, on paper…remember those?) from Arcade Fire and Wilco and others and some songs with horns – tune in to hear three of the greatest horn solos of all time.  Finally, you think you’ve heard the old Stephen Foster song “Oh Susannah”?  Think again!

We are always excited about GRR, but today will be special. (In fact, we can’t wait!)

We hope you join us.

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Brian & Dan

Playlist
Big Sun Falling in the River-Richard Thompson
How It Ends-DeVotchKa
Futile Devices-Sufjan Stevens
Solitude Is Bliss-Tame Impala
Before I Die-Roma di Luna
Penny Lane-The Beatles
Shipbuilding-Elvis Costello
What Does It Take To Win Your Love-Junior Walker and the All Stars
When My Time Comes -Dawes
I’m Waiting-Delta Spirit
Waiting-The Feelies
I Can Wait-Steve Earle
Waiting-Stacey Earle
Waiting For My Child To Come Home-Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin
Oh! Susannah-Ruthie Foster
Pilot Light-Chris Koza
We Used to Wait-Arcade Fire
Box Full of Letters-Wilco
Letter Never Sent-REM
Conversation 16-The National

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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
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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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Dec. 15 – Music We Missed in 2009

It’s final exams week and students and faculty are cramming to prepare for the exam, take the exam, finish the paper and get on with the grading process.  Whew!  Every seat in the library is occupied by a student with his or her laptop, a pile of books, and all the objects today’s student needs: highlighters, coffee, iPod, snacks, big huge calculator, phone charger and a few good luck charms.

This is the week that gives rise to a dream we have the rest of our life – the day we show up at class for the final exam and realize we never went to class.  I’ve had that dream many, many times myself.  I’m sure someone on this list can tell me what it means.

GRR’s final exam question is this:  what did we miss this year?  As we’ve perused many top ten and ten best lists in the last couple of weeks, we’ve noticed a few songs and artists that somehow completely escaped our attention during 2009.  Brian and Dan try hard to stay on top of this stuff, but, hey, we’re busy guys, too.  We can’t notice everything going on in the big world of music.

We’ll be hearing songs from 2009 releases from Dan Auerbach, The Clientele, The Eels, Alicia Keys, David Bazan, John Gorka, Pieta Brown, Silversun Pickups, The Mountain Goats and others.  Just about all of these songs have been named by someone as a notable recording for 2009 but never played on Great River Radio.  We’ll also play a couple songs from the just released “Minnesota Beatles Project, Volume 1” – interpretations of Beatles tunes by local bands, including Roma di Luna’s cover of “I Will.”

And two notes of upcoming shows: in one of our first shows of the new decade, Great River Radio will take a look back at the “Oughts” (2000-2009). We’re digging through our hard drives and doing the research so that we can bring you a full program of the most influential music of the decade.  Let us know what you think were the most important (not necessarily the “best” or “favorite”) albums or artists in 2000-2009? Post your selections on our website at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com.

Finally, note also that Great River Radio’s fourth annual holiday music show will be next week (Dec. 22.) You’ll want to tune in while you’re wrapping gifts or snuggling with your SO beside an open fire.

You can listen to Great River Radio live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream: www.kustradio.com

Or listen at your leisure to our archived shows at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Chat with us during the show via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Playlist
Slow Down-Suicide Commandos
Heartbroken, In Disrepair-Dan Auerbach
I Wonder Who We Are-The Clientele
That Look You Give That Guy-Eels
Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart-Alicia Keys
Please, Baby, Please-David Bazan
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free-Levon Helm
Ignorance and Privilege-John Gorka
You’re My Lover Now-Pieta Brown
Hell or High Water-William Elliott Whitmore
Train Song-Feist and Ben Gibbard
Waiting For My Child (live)-Mavis Staples
Higher Ground-Robert Randolph & The Clark Sisters
Panic Switch – Silversun Pickups
Flashing Red Light Means Go-The Boxer Rebellion
Je t’aime-Staff Benda Bilili
Genesis 3:23-The Mountain Goats
I Will-Roma di Luna
The Giant of Illinois-Andrew Bird
Sort of Revolution-Fink
True Love Will Find You In The End-Headless Heroes
Neighborhood #1-Arcade Fire

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Dec. 1 – Short Days and Endings

“Grapefruit moon, one star shining, shining down on me.
Heard that tune, and now I’m pining, honey, can’t you see?

‘Cause every time I hear that melody, well, something breaks inside,
And the grapefruit moon, one star shining, can’t turn back the tide.”

– Tom Waits

As we are moving into a bundle of “seasons” – transitions – the holidays, winter, semester finals, year-end, we look into the sky and see a bright and beautiful full moon.  This is the first of two full moons in December of 2009 making the second a “blue moon,”  and making this a special month which marks the beginning of the end of the first decade of the twenty first century. The days in Minnesota are short and the nights are long and perfect for listening to music.

Back from our Thanksgiving break, we will be in the studio this afternoon with Great River Radio spinning this week’s mix of songs including something from the debut album by Mumford and Sons, who can do British Americana like no one else – as well as music from Atlanta’s Deerhunter, and Minneapolis’ Halloween, Alaska.  We’ll have new music from Norah Jones, Diane Birch and Laura Veirs and favorites from GRR friends Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Cloud Cult and something from the Pixie’s classic album “Doolittle” this year celebrating its twentieth anniversary.

Speaking of anniversaries, Great River Radio will soon be airing its 100th show – as we approach that milestone, we will be planning some special themes.  One idea we’ve had is to review the most important records of the last ten years.  Start to give that some thought – we’ll be interested in your ideas.

For now, please join us this afternoon as we play a mix of music about short days, endings, moons, trains, and, of course, rivers.

Great River Radio will be live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST)

Playlist
Many Rivers To Cross-UB40
99 and 1/2-Mavis Staples
The Cave-Mumford and Sons
So. Central Rain-REM
Walkabout-Atlas Sound
Never Stops-Deerhunter
Nothing But A Miracle-Diane Birch
Back To Manhattan-Norah Jones
Fetal Horses-John Vanderslice
The Ends-Halloween, Alaska
The End Is Near-The Fiery Furnaces
Never Tear Us Apart-INXS
Two Trains Running-James Cotton Band
Crash This Train-Joshua James
Little Lovin’-Lissie
Longest Days-John Mellenkamp
Days Aren’t Long Enough-Steve Earle
July Flame-Laura Viers
Everybody Here Is A Cloud-Cloud Cult
What Would I Want? Sky-Animal Collective
That Moon Song-Gregory Alan Isakov
Grapefruit Moon-Tom Waits
Feels Like Home-Randy Newman
Here Comes Your Man-The Pixies

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