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March 26 (809) Spring Breaking

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If I had wings like Noah’s dove
I’d fly up the river to the one I love
Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well

            “Fare Thee Well ” (Dink’s Song)

 

Just a quick reminder that Great River Radio will air this afternoon with an outstanding playlist of mostly new music from artists like the Augustines and the American Authors, Craig Finn, William Fitzsimmons and Nick Waterhouse.  My favorite new band Lucius might even get two songs played this afternoon.  I’ll do a segment of songs from movies (Inside Llewyn Davis – quoted above, Nebraska and All Is Lost) and a couple of covers, including a beautiful one sung by a seven foot sad clown.

And this, perhaps more notable announcement.  After eight years and 171 shows as of today, I’ve decided to pull the plug on Great River Radio after this semester.  I’d like to do at least two more shows, and will make them special.  This has been a labor of love and a creative activity for me all these years, but I’ve decided to turn my creative energies in other directions.  More on all of this later this spring.

For now, I hope you can listen this afternoon as you take care of business, or check it out later on the blog.

Details:

Great River Radio – Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
Catch the live stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/live/liveStream.html

Web/Listen Later: https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GreatRiverRadio

 

Playlist
Run River Run-Run River North
Red River of the North-Rogue Valley
It No. 3-Nick Waterhouse
Hard Times-Eastmountainsouth
Los Angeles-Peter Bradley Adams
Two of Us On the Run-Lucius
Believer-American Authors
Sweetheart Like You-Craig Finn
California-Jamestown Revival
Mexico-Shovels & Rope
Royals (featuring Puddles Pity Party)-Postmodern Jukebox
Dream a Little Dream-Pink Martini & The Von Trapps
Fortune-William Fitzsimmons
New West-Tin Hat
Amen-Alexander Ebert
Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)-Osca Isaac & Marcus Mumford
See You in the Spring-Court Yard Hounds (with Jakob Dylan)
The Avenue-Augustines
Go Home-Lucius

 

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Nov. 3 – Writers & Writing

John Willmot penned his poetry
riddled with the pox
Nabokov wrote on index cards,
at a lectern in his socks
St. John of the Cross did his best stuff
imprisoned in a box
And Johnny Thunders was half alive
when he wrote Chinese Rocks
Nick Cave (“There She Goes My Beautiful World”)

There are some songs that when you listen to them, you realize that you are listening to poetry (or in other cases, a short story) set to music.  The best songs capture that art within an art – great writing and great composing – and result in something unforgettable. Which is not to say there aren’t a million songs that have great music and silly words, or wonderful lyrics and unlistenable melodies.  (Of course, you never hear anything like that on Great River Radio!)  But looking for songs that are well crafted in both ways is what we are all about here.

Today, GRR is going to showcase some well written songs about writers, writing and the creative process.   Since this is a radio show developed by English majors, this is a Confluence theme that is close to our hearts.  You’ll be hearing songs about Jack Kerouac, Emily Dickinson, John Berryman, Collette and Whitman, as well as the Nick Cave song quoted above in which he makes a plea for creativity to come down from the heavens (or at least from his girlfriend muse).

Before we get to the authors and writing Confluence, we’ll have new and local music from Rogue Valley, Elvis Costello, Sharon Van Etten and Daniel Lanois’ current project, Black Dub.  Our show opener, today’s river song, will be a preview track from the Decemberist’s upcoming release, scheduled to drop in January.

English majors and readers, you can’t miss this show!

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

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Brian & Dan

Playlist
Down By The Water-The Decemberists
Political World-Bob Dylan
I Believe In You-Black Dub
For The Summer-Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs
Rockaway-Rogue Valley
Northern Lights-Communist Daughter
The Spell That You Cast-Elvis Costello
One Day-Sharon Van Etten
Paperback Writer-The Beatles
Writer’s Minor Holiday-Calexico
Writers Retreat-Lloyd Cole
Stuck Between Stations-The Hold Steady
Cleaning Windows-Van Morrison
You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go-Shawn Colvin
The Underwood Typewriter-Fionn Regan
Lady Writer-Dire Straits
Walt Whitman’s Niece-Billy Bragg + Wilco
Slouching Towards Bethlehem-Joni Mitchell
Dangling Conversation-Simon and Garfunkel
There She Goes My Beautiful World-Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds

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Oct. 27 – Everything is Broken

Broken cutters, broken saws
Broken buckles, broken laws
Broken bodies, broken bones
Broken voices on broken phones
Take a deep breath, feel like you’re chokin’
Everything is broken
(Bob Dylan)

Do you ever get into one of those ruts where everything you own starts to break down? A broken fan belt on your car is suddenly followed by a broken dishwasher. A few days later you discover a hole in your roof and a broken juice glass tucked behind the couch. Finger nails split as winter nears and knees start to ache. Spirits break.

Broken things tend to collect like steel shards to a magnet. How do we disrupt – or break – that cycle of brokenness? Well, if you’re Great River Radio, you ward off the “broken vibe” with music – Delta Blues, sultry ballads, gospel and indie pop. There are hundreds of songs that try to heal the broken, and we’ve culled some of the best for our show today – tunes from Broken Bells, Girls, Jordan Zevon, Jeremy Messersmith and R.L. Burnside.

We’ll also have some excellent new music you’re not going to want to miss from Lloyd Cole, Rogue Valley, Drive-By Truckers, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Jens Lekman and Badly Drawn Boy. And how about a rare cut from The Rolling Stones’ newly remastered “Exile on Main Street” release? We’ll spend a little time talking about the recent Sufjan Stevens concert. How do you feel about his recent release, “The Age of Adz”? Seeing Sufjan live might change your perspective.

You might be asking yourself, “Guys, how can you fit so much music into 90 minutes?!” Well, we won’t deny that there’s a lot of music magic involved. The Great River Radio staff prides itself on delivering almost too much content to consume in one sitting. Are you ready to listen?

Playlist:
Following the River-The Rolling Stones
Not Turn Away-The Revivalists
Vesuvius-Sufjan Stevens
Simple Girl-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr
Birthday Boy-Drive By Truckers
The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love-Jens Lekman
From Above-Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
Wide Eyes-Local Natives
Too Many Miracles-Badly Drawn Boy
Something Is Broken-John Hiatt
Breakable-Ingrid Michaelson
Heartbreaker-Girls
Like A Broken Record-Lloyd Cole
October-Broken Bells
Broken-Gorillaz
Studebaker-Jordan Zevon
Breaking Down-Jeremy Messersmith
Everything Is Broken-R. L. Burnside
Will The Circle Be Unbroken-Delaney and Bonnie and Friends

Details:

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

Brian & Dan

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May 4 – Moody

I’ll take a quiet life…
with no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
no alarms and no surprises,
Silence, silence.
–  “No Surprises” by Radiohead

Ok, if you aren’t in the business of educating the people of America, you are probably not quite as focused on these frantic weeks of May as those of us who are (in the business of educating the people of America.)  We approach commencement – or perhaps the end of fifth grade – either way, the end is nearing, and the weather being what it is, life is full of tension: study or go outside and run, read or fly a kite?  Write a paper or go dancing in the streets?  Library or a canoe on the river?  Do you yearn for escape? For surprises? For a few moments of silence?

Today, Great River Radio will reflect a variety of moods, from sadness and quiet to boisterous and lively. It’s a spring mix, like fresh new leaves in a salad.

We’ve got new music from the Hold Steady, as well as from one of our favorite 2010 releases, The National’s “High Violet”, from Sweden’s Shout Out Louds and Canada’s Caribou, from our friends Rufus Wainwright, Shelby Lynne, The New Pornographers, Regina Spektor (with her new cover of the above quoted Radiohead song) and, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the greatest albums of the last…well, 35 years, a different take on “Blood on the Tracks.”

Listen: a lot of the music we are playing today is by artists who are COMING TO OUR TOWN!  This would be a great show to listen to if you are desiring to get out and hear some live music in the next few weeks.  Or if you are just in the mood for new, beautiful music to settle you down or to rev you up.  This is the place.  This is Great River Radio.

GRR is planning two more shows to wind up this, our fourth season.  Next week we’ll do another mix of fresh new music and favorites.  On May 18th, we’ll close out the year with our favorite songs from the last season.  (And then we’ll head up to the lake for the summer.)

Dan/Brian

Playlist
Red River of the North-Rogue Valley
Everybody’s Hurting-Jakob Dylan
Percussion Gun-White Rabbits
Time To Pretend-Jonsi
CEO Birthday-jj
This Is Real-Best Coast
Lights-Interpol
Afraid of Everyone-The National
Ohio-Over The Rhine
Martha-Rufus Wainwright
Stay With Me-Sarah Jaffe
Hurricane J-The Hold Steady
Laura-Mates of State
Fall Hard-Shout Out Louds
Thick As Thieves-Peter Wolf
Old Dog-Shelby Lynne
Numbers Don’t Lie-Mynabirds
Sweet Talk Sweet Talk-New Pornographers
Art House Director-Broken Social Scene
Odessa-Caribou
Nothing Will Last-Tyler James
No Surprises-Regina Spektor
Shelter From the Storm-Mary Lee’s Corvette

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April 13 – On the Edge

This is a very late reminder – I’ve just learned that Brian is going to be unable to make it to the studio today.  Since I’ve already got about an hour of music to play, I’ve decided to go into the studio at 4 and run through my playlist.

I’ve get lots of new music and some good stuff which I’d love to share with you today.  Peter Wolf, formerly of the J Geils Band, has a new record and I’ll be playing a song he does with the great Shelby Lynne, and I’ll also spin something from the new Jakob Dylan album and a really wonderful song from local band Rogue Valley.  Mix in some old Butterfield Blues Band, Louis Armstrong, The Holmes Brothers and a couple songs dedicated to GRR travels (California and France) and we’ll have a good time.

This is going to be a short but sweet show – we hope you can join us this afternoon, or listen later on the blog.

Next week (I hope) Brian and I will be back in the studio together.  Our theme will be women’s rights around the world  – for KUST’s Social Justice Awareness Week.  If that theme brings to mind any songs, please let us know, either directly via email or on our blog at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Listen live at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html

Listen later at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Chat live via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Thank you!

Dan

Playlist
Edge of the Ledge-The Holmes Brothers
I Learned the Hard Way-Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Tragedy-Peter Wolf/Shelby Lynne
Everybody’s Hurting-Jakob Dylan
Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing-Preservation Hall Jazz Band/Tom Waits
I Got a Mind to Give Up Living-Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sugarfoot-Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Empire-Trampled by Turtles
California Zephyr-Jay Farrar/Ben Gibbard
La Vie En Rose-Louis Armstrong
Red River of the North-Rogue Valley
King of Spain-The Tallest Man On Earth
Fixed-Stars
This Too Shall Pass-OK Go
Kids-MGMT

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