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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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Brian & Dan

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Nov. 17 – New for Winter

Some guys they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up
And go racin’ in the street

Yesterday there were two news items from twentieth century musical giants.  In something that was more of a business development than artistic, perhaps, The Beatles allowed their entire catalog to be sold on iTunes, the biggest of the iTunes holdouts.  Steve Jobs has been waiting for this day for many years and in a burst of a fan’s hyperbole, told the press that this would be “a day you’ll never forget.”  While many of us already had our Beatles cd’s loaded into iTunes libraries, there is a whole generation which never bought music on cd which now has access to those treasured songs.

And in another development, Bruce Springsteen released “The Promise,” a CD package containing 21 songs written between “Born to Run” and “Darkness on the Edge of Town” – two classic albums that charted Springsteen’s maturing from rebellious kid to a young adult struggling with the concerns of adulthood.  For Springsteen fans, hearing these songs, both the ones which made it on the final album and those that didn’t, can be a revelation.  I spent a fair amount of time last night listening to various versions of one of my favorite of Springsteen’s songs “Racing in the Street” – something that some might consider a little geeky.  (“Hey, he changed the car from a ’32 Ford to a ’69 Chevy!”)  But for a fan, it was a wonderful experience.

We’ll be hearing one song that was purchased from the Beatles catalog yesterday, something from Springsteen and a whole lot more this afternoon.  No real theme today, just a pile of great music, new and old.  You’ll hear from Scandinavian favorites Lykke Li,  jj, and great new music from The Tallest Man on Earth.  We have something from Pittsburgh’s Girl Talk, Matt and Kim, blueswoman Susan Tedeschi, and the Ting Tings.  Steve Earle and Alison Moorer do a song from the new Loretta Lynn tribute and we’ll have an early song from Over the Rhine’s next record, due to drop in January.

Join us this afternoon for some great music and friendly conversation.

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Peace, Dan & Brian

Playlist
Back To The River-Susan Tedeschi
Have Mercy-Loretta Lynn
After The Fire Is Gone-Steve Earle
Let Them-jj
Get Some-Lykke Li
Triple Double-Girl Talk
Murder Weapon-Tricky
Jimmie Standing In The Rain-Elvis Costello
And Your Bird Can Sing-The Beatles
Pouncer-Pomegranates
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
The Only Sound That Matters-Band of Joy
Speed of The Sound of Loneliness-John Prine
Take Me Somewhere-Tennis
Hands-The Ting Tings
Silver Tiles-Matt and Kim
Blackbird-Cassandra Wilson
Infamous Love Song-Over The Rhine
City of Night-Bruce Springsteen

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Sept. 22 – Harvest Moon

Here on this river
On a course for keeps
After all these years
We’re still here
This river runs deep
(Sonny Landreth)

The harvest moon will occur tomorrow (September 23) and often this autumn moon seems to be bigger, brighter and more colorful than all the other full moons of the year.  We won’t get into the science of that phenomenon, but suffice it to say this is a romantic and beautiful season in the temperate zones and the northland.  The skies are bluer, the nights are cool, and the maple leaves outside our windows are now flaming reds and yellows and oranges.  Some think this the best time of the year in Minnesota.

Living by the river gives us a particularly wonderful perspective on the ending of summer and the beginning of autumn.  We watch the leaves of the trees in the Mississippi gorge change a bit every day, reflected on the water, and we know that this will not last long, and that within weeks, as the turning of the leaves comes to an end, and they fall to the ground, we will soon see snow coming out of gray clouds overhead.

But wait!  It is still September and at Great River Radio, freshly into season five, we are still working through some the new music that has come out in the summer months –  we are, in fact, harvesting the great songs that have been growing and sweetening over the summer.  This week, we have new music from Amos Lee, The Black Ryder, Ryan Bingham, Admiral Radley, our own Roma di Luna, the long awaited Band of Joy disc from Robert Plant, as well as a few songs devoted to moons and harvest.

In case you need reminding, here are the details:

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

Playlist
This River-Sonny Landreth
All to All-Broken Social Scene
All That We See-The Black Ryder
Dancing Barefoot-Allison Moorer
Silver Rider-Robert Plant
Listen-Amos Lee
The Poet-Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses
Harvest Time-The Clientele
The Field-Mason Jennings
West of the Fields-REM
Fruits of My Labor-Lucinda Williams
The Moonlight Is Ours-Roma di Luna
Shine On Harvest Moon-Betty Carter
Like Rock and Roll and the Radio-Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs
Take It Down-John Hiatt
California-Rufus Wainwright
I Heart California-Admiral Radley
California Stars-Billy Bragg and Wilco
Cold War-Janelle Monae
Every Time I Eat Vegetables I Think of You-Ramones

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Decade of Influence (2000-2009)

Can you believe that we’re already approaching the end of another decade? Seems like just yesterday we were Livin’ La Vida Loca with Ricky. Those were heady times in pop music. But all good things must pass.

Like all responsible observers of the music history, Great River Radio is set to embark on a thorough examination of the music that really mattered in the Aughts (2000-2009). We’re preparing as any good student would – doing research, looking back on our notes, attending live shows and scouring the Internets.

Now we’re seeking your help with this simple question: What albums and/or artists in the last 10 years have had the greatest influence on music?

We’re not necessarily looking for your favorite CD or a critic’s “Best-Of” list. This pursuit of a “Decade of Influence” is quite different.

As many of you know, 10 years can be a long time … especially if you’ve been spending those years raising young children or touring with “Up With People.” So, we’ll leave you with a partial list below (courtesy of NPR) of some of the artists who definitely have had an impact on our music rotation in recent years.

Take a look at the partial list. Who did we miss? Who set us on another course? Who came out of nowhere to create a new sound? Who turned the world on with their smile?

* Once you’ve given it some thought, please post your entries (artist and album) on our “Decade of Influence” page. We’ll compare notes and share some of your suggestions during our Great River Radio – Decade of Influence show in early 2010. – Brian/Dan

Animal Collective
Arcade Fire
Bon Iveer
Bright Eyes
Burial
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Kelly Clarkson
Danger Mouse
Death Cab For Cutie
The Damnwells
The Decemberists
Eminem
Jay Farrar
The Flaming Lips
Green Day
Iron And Wine
Jay-Z
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
LCD Soundsystem
Lil’ Wayne
M.I.A.
OutKast
Panda Bear
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Radiohead
Santigold
Sigur Ros
Sufjan Stevens
The Swell Season
Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate
Kanye West
The White Stripes
Wilco
Paul Westerberg
Amy Winehouse

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