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Nov. 16 – Protest Songs (607)

“There is the idea that a pop star has no right to voice their opinion.
But I was a person before I was a pop star,
and I’m due my opinion as much as anyone.”

–  Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

For as long as there have been wars and civil injustices, there are have been artists giving voice to the powerless. Protest songs have been a well-documented and crucial part of our social dialogue and cultural fabric since as far back as the 1381 English Peasant Revolt. Since then, protest songs have taken many forms: Irish Rebel Songs, Algerian Rai, field hollers, Anti-apartheid anthems, Vietnam folk and rock music, 1960s civil rights ballads and Post-9/11 laments, to name a few. Even today, we have artists such as Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Jay-Z, Kayne West and Jeff Mangum visiting Occupy Wall Street sites across the country.

But protest songs have an inconsistent history. Some have been effective agents for change. Others have been labeled propaganda, fascist/socialists/hippie tripe, utopian or a reason for treason. Some have incited violence and hatred (Dixie Chicks, anyone?). And many others – well well-intentioned – have just been bad music.

It’s our semiannual Social Justice Awareness Week (SJAW) here again at KUST, and Great River Radio will be taking a listen to protest songs throughout history. What makes an effective protest song? Can a song be a protest song without deliberately saying as much? We’ll look into this when we play protest songs from some of our favorite artists (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tom Waits Arcade Fire, R.E.M., Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Mangum, Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, U2, Bright Eyes, The Staple Singers and Steve Earle). We’ll also play a few songs that might surprise you as protest songs. And finally, we’ll have a candid discussion about the current state of protest songs.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for another informative and entertaining SJAW show from Great River Radio.

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Playlist
This Land Is Your Land- Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Sweet Honey In The Rock
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live-Bruce Springsteen
Ohio-Crosby Stills Nash  & Young
Let’s Impeach The President-Neil Young
When The President Talks To God-Bright Eyes
If I Had A Rocket Launcher-Bruce Cockburn
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution-Tracy Chapman
Final Straw-REM
Sunday Bloody Sunday-U2
Masters of War-The Staples Singers
Rich Man’s War-Steve Earle
Day After Tomorrow-Tom Waits
We Are The Many-Makana
Suburban War-Arcade Fire
Yell Fire!-Michael Franti & Spearhead
We Stand As One-Joseph Arthur

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Nov. 9 – Walking (606)

 

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

                        J R R Tolkien 

Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.  Walking is the exact balance of spirit and humility.

                      Gary Snyder “The Etiquette of Freedom”

Today on Great River Radio we’ll be doing an entire show on the theme of walking.  Dan has been walking more than running lately, due to a (hopefully minor) knee problem.  Walking in St. Paul and Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River and seeing the river flowing, the trees losing their leaves, the barges moving slowly upstream, and catching the eyes of fellow walkers, some solitary and quiet, others side by side and animated, one begins to experience a different kind of world, the outside world, the world of trees, grass, crows, dogs, rivers and sky.  There is a different awareness of the body in nature.  You see the world up close.  The legs are moving, the heart is pumping and the blood is flowing.  It is life.  It is humility and solitude and a sweet kind of meditation.

Many songs have been written about walking and we’re sure that many titles are springing to your mind right now.  Today, we’ll play some of them, and introduce you to a few new ones.  People walk away, they walk when they are blue, they walk when they are happy, they walk home.  And, sometimes, people run.

We’ll hear classics from Patsy Cline (the first song you thought of?), Dionne Warwick (the second?), as well as bluesmen Paul Butterfield and Robert Lockwood – walking has been the subject of some great blues tunes.  God walks, too, and we’ll hear from Iris Dement and The Blind Boys of Alabama on that topic.  Tune in this afternoon for these and more from Greg Brown, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Stacey Earle, Yo La Tengo, Vampire Weekend and Cloud Cult.  You may even want to download this show for later walks with your iPod.

Playlist
The Blues Walk-Clifford Brown and Max Roach
Cakewalk Into Town-Taj Mahal
Two Little Feet-Greg Brown
Walkin’ After Midnight-Patsy Cline
Walk On By-Dionne Warwick
Ramble On-Led Zeppelin
Blue Sky-Allman Brothers
New Walkin’ Blues-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Take a Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
God Walks the Dark Hills-Iris Dement
Just A Closer Walk With Thee-The Blind Boys of Alabama
Walk With Me-Neil Young
I Walk Alone-Los Lobos
Long Walk Home-Bruce Springsteen
I Feel Like Going Home-Yo La Tengo
Runaway-Bonnie Raitt
How I Ran-Stacey Earle
Run-Vampire Weekend
Running With The Wolves-Cloud Cult

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March 16 – Gimme Some Guitar



(There is a brief pause at the beginning of the recording – give it about 20 seconds)

This old guitar ain’t mine to keep
Just taking care of it now
It’s been around for years and years
Just waiting in its old case
It’s been up and down the country roads
It’s brought a tear and a smile
It’s seen its share of dreams and hopes
And never went out of style
The more I play it, the better it sounds
It cries when I leave it alone
Silently it waits for me
Or someone else I suppose
“This Old Guitar” Neil Young

Woody Guthrie’s Gibson J-45 carried a sticker that said “This machine kills Fascists” – a suggestion of his own belief in the power of his guitar and his songs.  That particular guitar, one of the classic workhorses of folk and country music, has become an icon of popular music in America and worldwide.

Today on Great River Radio, we’re going to explore songs about the guitar – one of the key elements of much of popular music from the last century.  The feelings that people, both players and listeners, have about the guitar can be profound – musicians tend to love their instruments – not theoretically, but actually, forming a connection with the thing itself.  And it is understandable –  the instrument looks beautiful, can age gracefully, and provides a way for the player to express his or her deepest feelings.  It is probably also true that the guitar can be a source of frustration – why doesn’t it say what I want it to say?  There are certain things that are devilishly hard to do on this instrument.

We’ve gathered an entire show of songs, not with your favorite guitar solos, but about the guitar itself.  We’ve got songs about guitars with names (you know B.B. King’s Lucille).  And we’ve got songs about the long relationship that players have with their guitars and an acknowledgement that the instrument outlives the player, as Neil Young points out in “This Old Guitar” – making us stewards of something that can be a treasure of the material world.  We’ll have a special documentary segment concerning one old guitar in particular, owned by one of your hosts.

Is the love of guitars a guy thing?  You might think so if you listen to the many songs that claim that guys love their guitars more than they love their girls.  Then to balance things out, we’ll have the “Girls with guitars” segment.

And, unfortunately, sometimes guitars get smashed … or drowned … or burned … and we’ll have some sad stories in that department, as well.

If you play guitar, or like hearing a guitar played well, or have ever heard a band with a guitar in it, you’ll love this collection of songs about our favorite instrument!

Join us at 4:15 p.m. (CST) today for Great River Radio.

Peace,

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Requiem-Eliza Gilkyson
My Lucille-B.B.King
Red Dog Speaks-Elvin Bishop
Red Guitar-Loudon Wainwright III
The Hummingbird-Darrell Scott
Perfectly Good Guitar-John Hiatt
The Guitar Song-Jamey Johnson
Two Men and a Guitar-Dan Gjelten and John Ydstie
This Old Guitar-Neil Young
This Guitar Is for Sale-John Prine
You and My Old Guitar-Jimmie Rodgers
Me and My Guitar-Freddie King
Guitar-Prince
Girls With Guitars-Wynonna Judd
Rhythm Guitar-Emmylou Harris
Miss Williams’ Guitar-The Jayhawks
Kate’s Guitar (Live 1997)-Greg Brown
Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar-Doc & Merle Watson
While My Guitar Gently Weeps-The Beatles

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March 2 – Movie Music


“I don’t think people are ready for the message I’m delivering.”
– Charlie Sheen

Great River Radio is back on the air after taking a sick day last week. We were all prepared for our fifth annual Movie Music show, but the winter crud caught up with the Great River Radio staff. What did we miss? Well, let’s just say that Oscar boredom (not to be confused with Javier Bardem) robbed us of four hours we’ll never get back. It was, without a doubt, one of the most uneventful evenings in self-congratulatory movie awards history. We were begging for Ricky Gervais to suddenly appear and hijack the show from James Franco. Or at least to let Billy Crystal filibuster the rest of the night after he made his appearance. But alas, we suffered through the evening along with millions of others … waiting … pondering … asking … “I wonder what Charlie Sheen is doing right now?”

We live in crazy times, no? Network news gives a ranting, disheveled Charlie Sheen an hour of primetime to “enlighten” the viewers on epic parties, gnarly-ism, tiger blood, trolls and magic, while Yemen, Libya, Bahrain and other Middle Eastern countries teeter on collapse. But we are hopelessly addicted to the unpredictable. We stare intently as we pass the celebrity car wreck on the side of the road.

Great River Radio is ready to put the Hollywood focus back on what really matters … the music. The one highlight of the Oscars was Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross winning Best Original Score for The Social Network. Reznor’s band, Nine Inch Nails, may not be your cup o’ tea, but his work with collaborator Ross is inspiring. The score if filled with dark, moody atmospheric undercurrents. We will play “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” and you will not be disappointed. We will also highlight a trio of songs from what might be the best Indie soundtrack in a decade: Scott Pilgrim vs The World. We’ll have a full slate of music from 2010, including tracks from The Kids Are Alright (Quadron), 127 Hours (Dido), True Grit (Carter Burwell), Biutiful (Gustavo Santaolalla), Eclipse (Florence & The Machine), TRON (Daft Punk) and Rabbit Hole (Anton Sanko). We’ll also take a long look at two of the most prolific movie music contributors in our time – composer John Williams and this year’s Original Song winner, Randy Newman.

The annual Movie Music show is one of our favorite shows of the year, and judging by the feedback we receive from all of you – it ranks up there on your list as well. So, we hope you can join Great River Radio this afternoon as we try to restore some sanity – no matter how brief – to this crazy, mixed-up world.

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Time (We Plants  Are Happy Plants Remix) – Hans Zimmer (Inception)
The Wicked Flee – Carter Burwell (True Grit)
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms-Iris Dement (True Grit)
High On A Mountain-Marideth Sisco and Blackberry Winter (Winter’s Bone)
Lait-Gustavo Santaolalla (Biutiful)
Cleaning-Anton Sanko (Rabbit Hole)
Ragtime-Randy Newman (Ragtime)
Teenagers-Hayley Williams (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Scott Pilgrim-Plumtree (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
Borrowed Time-Neil Young  (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
By Your Side-Beachwood Sparks (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World)
In The Hall of the Mountain King-Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network)
Derezzed-Daft Punk (TRON)
Red House-Jimi Hendrix (City of Angels)
Slippin’-Quadron (The Kids Are Alright)
Heavy in Your Arms-Florence and the Machine (Twilight: Eclipse)
If I Rise-Dido (127 Hours)
Something-Jim Sturgess (Across The Universe)
You and Me-Penny and the Quarters (Blue Valentine)
Twenty Flight Rock-Eddie Codhran (Nowhere Boy)
In Spite of All the Danger-The Nowhere Boys (Nowhere Boy)
Purple Rain-Prince (Purple Rain)

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Dec. 1 – Favorite Albums of 2010

A quick Google search with the words “Best of 2010” returns a mere 2,720,000,000 results.

In a world where the once-rare “overshare” of personal experiences, opinions and preferences has become the norm (think Brittney, Wikileaks, Facebook and TMZ), we are now saturated with minutiae. Do you really care about your coworker’s “Top 10 Green Teas for Autumn” list? Or your cousin’s ongoing quest to order and eat every Applebee’s entrée in a calendar year?

For those who willingly contribute such intimate details to the collective conscious of public discourse through blogs, Twitter, Facebook and online forums, the motivation is simple. Documenting these once private details helps us to both define who we think we are, and how we would like others to see us. But what about those of us who readily consume this information? Why do we care about another “Year’s Best” list? And perhaps more perplexing, why can’t we stop ourselves from reading these lists?

Part of the allure is the ease in which we can take in the information. Our motivation as a consumer/audience is likely similar to the contributor’s intent – to help define our tastes, to compare desires and interests with our peers, and perhaps find a new source of material for our own lists and “must have” suggestions.

Where does that leave us today? For each of the last five years, the Great River Radio staff has welcomed the chill of December in Minnesota with great anticipation. Of course, we look forward to spending time with family and loved ones, celebrating religious rites and traditions, and even seeking solitude in these busy times. But the turn toward winter also brings two of our favorite annual radio shows of the year – the holiday music show and the “Best of” show. Today on Great River Radio we will offer our contribution to the year-end list … with a twist. Instead of adding to the meaningless cesspool of “Best Of” entries,  we will offer something far more subjective – our “Favorite Albums of 2010.” Feel free to take in the music as just another year-end list or send us your suggestion for favorite albums we may have missed (or purposely omitted). That way we can skip the music monologue and start a dialogue.

Tune in from 4:15-5:45 p.m. today and you’ll hear one of Great River Radio’s most anticipated shows as we play selected tracks & MP3s from our ”Favorite Albums of 2010” list:

Playlist
Wide River to Cross-Carrie Rodriguez  Love and Circumstance
National Ransom-Elvis Costello  National Ransom
Angela Surf City-The Walkmen  Lisbon
And Now-JJ  N° 3
The High Road-Broken Bells  Broken Bells
Rhinestone Eyes-Gorillaz  Plastic Beach
The Dreamer-The Tallest Man On Earth  Sometimes The Blues Are Just A Passing Bird
Runaway-The National  High Violet
From Above-Nick Hornby/BenFolds  Lonely Avenue
City of Night-Bruce Springsteen  The Promise
Dillinger Eyes-Jeremy Messersmith  The Reluctant Graveyard
You’ll Be Bright-Cloud Cult  Light Chasers
The Sweet Part of the City-The Hold Steady  Heaven Is Whenever
We Used to Ride-Arcade Fire  The Suburbs
Futile Devices-Sufjan Stevens  The Age of Adz
He Would Have Laughed-Deerhunter  Halcyon Digest
Someone’s Gonna Rescue You-Neil Young  LeNoise
Surely-Black Dub  Black Dub
Airplanes-Local Natives  Gorilla Manor
Sweet Talk Sweet Talk-The New Pornographers  Together

What did we miss? Send us a note and let us know!

Tune in today – to listen for pleasure or to compare.

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Oct. 13 – A Sort of Homecoming

Tonight we’ll build a bridge
Across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again
Tonight

And your heart beats so slow
Through the rain and fallen snow
Across the fields of mourning
Light’s in the distance

Oh don’t sorrow, no don’t weep
For tonight, at last
I am coming home
I am coming home
(U2)

On a day when 33 Chilean mine workers finally reunite with loved ones after spending the last 10 weeks deep inside the earth, Great River Radio will celebrate the meaning of homecoming in our “Confluence” segment. We’ll play a number of songs that explore the yearning we all share to return to familiar places … and some of the inherent challenges of coming home again. You’ll hear unique takes from the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Ben Kweller, Tom Waits, Earl Hines, Patty Griffin and Anders Osborne. And we’ll reflect on a different sort of homecoming – the passing of Solomon Burke.

We also have compelling new music from Neil Young, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., Jakob Dylan & Three Leg, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and The Black Keys.

Join Great River Radio today at 4:15 p.m. (CST) for 90 minutes of great music and thoughtful conversation. Or listen later via our show archive.

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Playlist
The River-Josh Ritter
Sink/Let It Sway-Someone Still Loves you Boris Yeltsin
Under The Milky Way-The  Church
Love and War-Neil Young
Don’t Give Up On Me-Solomon Burke
The Bike Song-Mark Ronson
Love In A Bottle-Daddy
Holy Rollers For Love-Jakob Dylan
Hold On Hold On-Neko Case
The Greatest-Cat Power
Dow to The Wire-Son Volt
Outlaw Blues-Morning Benders
Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys
I Ain’t Got No Home-Bruce Springsteen
Homeward Bound-Ben Kweller
Long Way Home-Tom Waits
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home-Earl “Fatha” Hines
Coming Home To Me-Patty Griffin and Julie Miller
Home Coming-Anders Osborne
I Feel Like Going Home-Yo La Tengo
Bookends/Old Friends-Simon and Garfunkel

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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.

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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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