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April 6 – Aural Transcendence

Vic Chesnutt

As many of you already know, we are celebrating our 5th season of Great River Radio this year. Putting the show together every week is a labor of love. We spend most of our week reading blogs, seeing live music and collecting songs to share with you on Wednesday afternoons. Some setlists come together easily, and others take weeks of preparation. For instance, in March 2011 we did a show on the history of a song (http://bit.ly/e4Aykm), Dan had an incredible show about musicians and their guitars (http://bit.ly/eKcsnS), we had a
follow-up to our well-received “History of the Blues” show from December 2007 (http://bit.ly/h7QP6D), and last week we celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day with a eclectic mix of music from women around the world (http://bit.ly/e0JUNe). The time and effort to pull these shows together has really paid off, as the Great River Radio website experienced its highest monthly traffic since we launched the site back in October 2008. All thanks to you, our listeners.

While the themed shows are tremendously rewarding to produce, we have often stressed the importance of “discovery” when listening to music. There are times when we begin haphazardly collecting music for an upcoming show – often a mix of new releases and classic tracks that have drifted back to our consciousness – when the songs suddenly merge into a cohesive playlist. The process is akin to selecting “shuffle” on your iPod, leading you to experience a sort of aural transcendence. Somehow, music karma has captured your mood in ways you could not verbalize. That unpredictability – that discovery – is the beauty of music.

We’ll try to capture that mood for you today, as we bring you a thoughtful playlist of new music from Bright Eyes, Toro Y Moi, the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, Yuck, Lucinda Williams, Death Cab for Cutie, Low, solo work from Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Buffalo Tom, Shemekia Copeland and the North Mississippi Allstars. In the mix will be past tracks from Tom Waits, Jo Dee Messina, Patty Griffin, Cat Power and Vic Chesnutt.

Join us for an afternoon of music. Stream us in the background or listen later by clicking the play button below the image above (all shows available after 6 p.m.).

Peace.

Brian & Dan

Details:
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Playlist
Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Jejune Stars-Bright Eyes
Youth Knows No Pain-Lykke Li
Here I Come-Buffalo Tom
Still Sound-Toro Y Moi
Rolling In The Deep-John Legend
Throw Your Arms Around Me-Hunters and Collectors
Sea of Love-Cat Power
Supernatural-Vic Chestnutt
Seeing Black-Lucinda Williams
It’s My Own Tears-Shemekia Copeland
Are You Ready-Richard Ashcroft
Get Away -Yuck
You Are A Tourist-Death Cab For Cutie
Walk Away-Tom Waits
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today-Randy Newman
Bring On The Rain-JoDee Messina
Rain-Patty Griffin
Especially Me-Low
Benediction-Thurston Moore
God Help Me-Dead Rock West

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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

Details:
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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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