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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.

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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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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.

Details:
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Brian & Dan

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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October 6 – Of Crows and Baseball

I see great things in baseball. It will take our people out-of-doors,
fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism,
tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set,
repair those losses and be a blessing to us. ~ Walt Whitman

Well, Uncle Walt is half right – outdoor baseball won’t arrive in Minnesota until next spring. Meanwhile, there is precious little time to clean up the discarded pizza boxes and collect the empties for recycling after last night’s Border Battle in the Dome. Our beloved Twins have defied the odds and hustled themselves into a pennant race. They will play game #163 this afternoon against the Detroit Tigers. First pitch by Scott Baker is scheduled to cross the plate at 4:07 CST … which just happens to coincide with the weekly broadcast of Great River Radio.

So, we’ll kick things off with a raucous rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Craig Finn and The Hold Steady. Trust us, there are no bigger Twins fans in the music world. We also new music from artists who may (or may not) be Twins fans – Why?, Girls, Land of Talk, The Ettes, Shannon Stephens and the “Twitterfic” Imogen Heap. And we’ll take a look back at one of the busiest two week stretches of live music in recent memory – Sufjan Stevens, Wilco, Rural Alberta Advantage, Phoenix, Arctic Monkeys, Son Volt and many more.

Don’t forget our ever-popular new theme segment – “Confluence.” This week’s theme is “Crows.” We aren’t picking the low-hanging fruit here by simple playing music by artists or groups with “Crow” in the name (Black Crowes, Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow, etc.). Great River Radio musicheads are more astute than that. We’ve got your requests for some Let’s Active, Michael Hurley and Leo Kottke, as well as a few of our own crow-inspired songs.

You know where to find us this afternoon – live from 4-6 p.m. CST. And we know you find the endless clichés of sports announcers extremely annoying. So, turn on the set, turn down the sound and fire-up the PC for a little Great River Radio background music. You won’t be disappointed.

If you can’t multitask, be sure to listen to the recorded show in its entirety by clicking “Play” above.

Live stream: http://www.kustradio.com
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Next week’s “Confluence” segment is “BeatlesObscure.” We’ve been saturated with Beatle Mania all over again with the release of remastered CDs, Beatle’s Rock Band, official shaving cream, etc. And all the same, tired, worn-out pop gems are reaching the saturation point. So we want to know – What is your favorite lesser-known Beatle’s song … and why? Post your request below and we’ll work it into next week’s show. (Note: We’ll leave the Beatles v. Stones debate for another show.)

Go Twins!

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Take Me Out to the Ballgame-Hold Steady
By This River-Brian Eno
This Blackest Purse-Why?
Lust For Life-Girls
May You Never-Land of Talk
Sick Muse-Metric
Endgame-REM
Sick of Myself-Matthew Sweet
He Woke Me Up Again-Sufjan Stevens
Casimir Pulaski Day-Sufjan Stevens
Crows On A Phone Line-Let’s Active
Step Across the Mountain-Joe Henry
Old Black Crow-Michael Hurley
Crow Dance-Zora Neale Hurston
Crow River Waltz-Leo Kottke
Blue-Lucinda Williams
Baseball Boogie-Mabel Scott
Crown of Age-The Ettes
Number With No Name-Ben Harper and Relentless7
In the Summer in the Heat-Shannon Stephens
Nobody Knows My Name-Rickie Lee Jones
Lovely Day-Donavon Frankenreiter
Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise-The Avett Brothers
The Runaway (Live)-The National
Dominoes-The Big Pink
Watchman What is Left of the Night?-Greycoats
Home-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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September 29 – Coffee

[Note: due to a technical glitch,this show did not get recorded.  It is lost to the ether.  Pity.]

The summer months left me alone
But the fall rolled in on the back of a storm

Kathleen Edwards – Buffalo

This is going to be a short reminder coming to you from a busy person simply letting you know that Great River Radio will be coming to you again this afternoon with music from lots of people, both new and familiar. We’ll hear from Dan Wilson’s new two disc live cd, and we’ll hear new and unreleased songs from The National and Sufjan Stevens (you’ve got to hear this.) Also on the playlist, Seattle mother and songwriter Shannon Stephens with her beautiful music about daily life. We’re excited about a couple bands that are kind of growing on us – The Deep Vibration and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zone. Plus some older things that sound good today, like that great Kathleen Edwards song we quoted from above.

Our Confluence theme today is Coffee –and we’ve got your requests and our ideas, mingling together like cream and coffee. This set will include music from Paris to Minneapolis.

Next week’s Confluence theme: Crows! (They are everywhere, they are loud and they are smart. And they’ve been in lots of music – let us know of your favorite crow songs.)

(Brian can’t be in the studio today, and I’ll miss him but I think you’ll like the playlist, so please join me and keep me company.)

Catch the stream live today from 4-6 p.m. CST at www.kustradio.com

Playlist
Take Me to the River – Al Green
Thanks to You – The Deep Vibration
Lakeside – BLK JKS
California – Dan Wilson
Free Life – Dan Wilson
Come Saturday – The Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Couleur Cafe – Serge Gainsbourg
Five Cups of Coffee – The Jayhawks
Black Coffee in Bed – Squeeze
Black Coffee – Sarah Vaughn
Buffalo – Kathleen Edwards
In Summer in the Heat – Shannon Stephens
Nobody Knows My Name – Rickie Lee Jones
Lovely Day – Donavon Frankenreiter
Wicked Blood – Sea Wolf
The Field – Mason Jennings
Ten Women – Conor Oberst
The Runaway (Live in Boston) – The National
There’s Too Much Love (Live in Ithaca, NY) – Sufjan Stevens
Miles Davis and the Cool – The Gaslight Anthem
Number With No Name – Ben Harper and Relentless7
Roll On – Son Volt
Dominos – The Big Pink
Watchman, What is Left of the Night? – Greycoats
Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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September 22 – Keats

The new school year is well under way now and you might be feeling a little of the ‘shock of recognition’ as you remember what the working week can be like. Responsibilities and deadlines, if they were lighter during the summer, now have returned, along with shorter hours of daylight and morning forecasts of snow in the mountain west.

We’ll provide some relief for you this afternoon as we play new music from Great River Radio favorites like Death Cab For Cutie (from the New Moon soundtrack) and Son Volt, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend.  We’ve got local music from The Poor Nobodys, The Twilight Hours and Halloween, Alaska. You’ll hear from the Monsters of Folk and some previews of bands that will be playing the Cedar Cultural Center’s Global Roots Festival this week.

Our Confluence theme today is Keats – as you may know, director Jane Campion’s new movie “Bright Star” is based on the relationship between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne.  Keats was one of the rock stars of his day – along with Shelley and Byron – romantic, hard living and dying too young.  What musical associations do you have with that kind of romantic artistic life?  We’ve got some ideas, but want to hear yours.  We’ll play your requests if at all possible.

Next week’s Confluence theme: Coffee!

Have a java-related request? Let’s us know!

Catch the stream live today from 4-6 p.m. CST at www.kustradio.com

Playlist
Get Down River-The Bottle Rockets
All Is Love-Karen O and the Kids
Meet Me On The Equinox-Death Cab For Cutie
Here-Pavement
11th Dimension-Julian Casablancas
Lisztomania-Phoenix
The Ends-Halloween Alaska
White Sky-Vampire Weekend
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright-Metric
Cemetry Gates-The Smiths
The Stolen Child-The Waterboys
Forever Young-Bob Dylan
Little Secrets-Passion Pit
Restless-Langhorne Slim
Queen of Tomorrow-Twilight Hours
Ghosts and Shadows-The Poor Nobodys
My All Time Doll-Elvis Costello
Coal War-Joshua James
Down To The Wire-Son Volt
First Train Home-Imogen Heap
Pa’ Bailar – Siempre Quiero Mas-Bajofondo
Mololatladi-BLK JKS
Homeless-Ladysmith Black Mambozo
The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me-Monsters of Folk
Passionate Kisses-Lulcinda Williams
Everybody Knows-Rufus Wainwright

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