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May 18 – Season’s Best

The book of love has music in it
In fact that’s where music comes from
Some of it is just transcendental
Some of it is just really dumb
But I
I love it when you sing to me
And you
You can sing me anything
(The Book of Love, The Magnetic Fields)

Today, Great River Radio completes its fourth season at KUST.  If we’d been new students when we started this project, we’d now be graduating!  By our count, this marks the 114th time Brian and Dan have sat down together in the dim light of the very small KUST studio with our iPods and playlists and have started the stream and the hijack and have kicked off the show with a river song.  In the last nine months, we’ve done shows about everything from dogs to coffee to teachers to crows.  We’ve devoted one entire show to health care, one to women’s issues, and one to the best music from the Scandinavian countries.  We’ve also memorialized some of the musicians who passed away during the season: Vic Chestnutt, Alex Chilton, Kate McGarrigle, Lena Horne, and Les Paul.

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is a labor of love for us.  We spend a few hours every week preparing for the show, exploring the blogosphere and music journalism and our friends’ iPods looking for new artists and songs.  While we sometimes wonder (especially on Monday nights) if we really have the time for this, by the time we start the show on Tuesday, we are looking forward to the two hours we have to listen to what we’ve put together and to see how it all works out.  We hope you have enjoyed the shows you’ve heard during the last four years.  It is our intention to return in the fall for our fifth season.  Here’s a hint of something to expect for next season:  while the current Great River Radio web page gives you access to the last four or five shows, we actually have files for about seventy GRR episodes dating back to the fall of 2007.  Our project for the summer is to figure out a way to make ALL of those shows available on the web page.

For now, we’ll end this season by playing our favorite songs from the last nine months.  We’ve got music from the Avett Brothers, Frightened Rabbits, Mumford and Sons, Beach House, Ingrid Michaelson, Brandi Carlile, Lissie, Ruthie Foster, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and local bands The Twilight Hours, Peter Wolf Crier, Halloween Alaska and Roma di Luna.  We’ll also dip back into one of our favorite shows and bring you Scandinavian music from The Mary Onettes and The Tallest Man On Earth.

So, one last time this year, tune in for music that is transcendental (and some that isn’t dumb, but let’s say…fun!)

Brian and Dan and the whole staff of Great River Radio send you our best wishes for a safe and happy and sunny summer!  We’ll see you in September.

Catch Great River Radio live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html
Or chat live via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Maybe – Ingrid Michaelson
Little Lovin’ – Lissie
When It Don’t Come Easy – Ruthie Foster
I and Love and You – The Avett Brothers
Swim Until You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbit
The Cave – Mumford & Sons
First Train Home – Imogen Heap
Home – Up From Below
New York Is Killing Me – Gil Scott-Heron
Flirted With You All My Life – Vic Chestnutt
Written in Reverse – Spoon
How Long Do I Have to Wait For You? – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
I Will – Roma Di Luna
Queen of Tomorrow – The Twilight Hours
The Ends – Halloween, Alaska
Hard As Nails – Peter Wolf Crier
July Flame – Laura Veirs
Lewis Takes Off His Shirt – Owen Pallett
And Now – jj
Norway – Beach House
Go Do – Jonsi
Who Are You New York? – Rufus Wainwright
Coal War – Joshua James
King of Spain – The Tallest Man On Earth
In The Sun – She & Him
She’s Gone – The Bird and The Bee
This Is Real – Best Coast

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Feb 9 – Vic Chesnutt & Southern Music

Happy mid-February, Great River Radio listeners. It’s that time of year when we begin to question our choice of geography and level of sanity. Or maybe, you’re just well-adjusted?

Whatever your current state of mind, Great River Radio is back again with another pleasing mix of music you just can’t find anywhere else on the dial. Or if you can, it would be really time consuming, and hard to locate. That’s why we do our best to bring the music right to you. After all, we are a service industry. Sort of.

In case you missed our first show of the semester (last week), we would like to remind you that it is still available on the Great River Radio (see the post below). This was no regular Great River Radio show. We worked most of December and January pulling together songs and background information on our “Most Influential Artists of the Decade.” We humbly submit that it was an epic show. Not only did we discuss the driving forces and cultural phenomenon that shaped the music scene in the 00s, but we offered in-depth analysis of six artists/groups who we believe will continue to be “influencers” of the next generation. Want to know who there are? Check out the Great River Radio site and listen to the archived show. You won’t be disappointed.

So, you’re probably asking yourself, “How can Dan and Brian top that program?” The simple answer is, “We can’t.” But we are prepared to return to our earnest little radio show again today, bringing you some of the best new music from the last two months, and mixing in a healthy dose of Great River Radio standards. The last few weeks have been particularly bountiful in the music scene. We will play new selections from Spoon, Beach House, Yeasayer, Frightened Rabbit, Free Energy, Los Campesinos, Atlas Sound, Retribution Gospel Choir, Eels, Dessa and Hope Sandoval. We’ll spin an advance track from M.I.A. that you will only hear on Great River Radio. There will be remixes of the xx, new jj and a live Rancid cover by Vampire Weekend. There will be a short memorial set dedicated to the late Vic Chesnutt. And finally, we’ll take a dip into the annual Oxford American Southern Music release. All this and more on Great River Radio.

Catch the stream live today from 4-6 p.m. at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html

Peace.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Written in Reverse-Spoon
Norway-Beach House
Dare-The Mary Onettes
Swim Until You Can’t See Land-Frightened Rabbits
Audience of One-Cold War Kids
Flirted With You All My Loife-Vic Chesnutt
Even Heroes Have To Die-Ted Leo
There Space For Ol Dat I See-M.I.A.
There Are Listed Buildings-Los Campesinos
Hide It Away-Retribution Gospel Choir
Trouble-Hope Sandoval
Chaconne-Dessa
A line In The Dirt-Eels
Shelia-Atlas Sound
College (Etherea Remix)-Animal Collective
Please Don’t-David Byrne & Fatboy Slim (featuring Santigold)
Dirty No-Gooder’s Blues-Amina Claudine Myers
Now What You Gonna Do-Frank Frost
Papa Was A Rodeo-Kelly Hogan
So Much-Windbreakers
Hope Child-Free Energy
The National Anthem-Guante and Big Cats (featuring Haley Bonar)
Ruby Soho-Vampire Weekend
One-yeasayer
And Now-jj
Islands-The xx

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Dec. 8 – Snow: It’s Coming Down!

When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.
– Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson

Snow is indeed on its way to Minnesota. Children are breathing a sigh of relief as Santa’s sleigh will have smooth passage on rooftops, back alleys and rural roads. It’s a magical time of year in the northern hemisphere – a heightened sense of wonder and anticipation fills children and parents alike. While retailers push salvos of envy and anxiety to boost holiday profits, deep down we crave the simplest of things during this awe-inspiring time of year – good health, friendship and family.

Our “Confluence” segment today will celebrate the first significant snowfall with a thoughtful and rambunctious collection of music, including songs from Trip Shakespeare, Au Revoir Simone, Mouthful of Bees, Low, Sufjan Stevens, Over The Rhine, Stan Getz, Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson and others.

And in Great River Radio’s continuing effort to being you new music before you hear it anywhere else, we’ll have a number of songs from highly anticipated 2010 releases by Laura Veirs, Cold War Kids, Spoon, Frightened Rabbit and Ted Leo & The Pharmacists.

Speaking of good music … In one of our first shows of the new decade, Great River Radio will take a look back at the “Oughts” (2000-2009). We’re digging through our hard drives and doing the research so that we can bring you a full program of the most influential music of the decade. We’ll provide a preview of that effort tonight with music from a couple of Great River Radio “favorite” artists you may be familiar with.

Request: What were some of your most influential (not necessarily the “best” or “favorite”) albums in 2000-2009? Post your selections HERE our website.

Note: Great River Radio’s fourth annual holiday music show will be on Dec. 22. You’ll want to tune in while you’re wrapping gifts or snuggling with your SO beside an open fire.

You can listen to Great River Radio live today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream: www.kustradio.com
Chat with us during the show via AIM or iChat: kustradio

Be safe and warm out there!

Playlist
Lullaby-Dan Wilson
Stone Love-Ruthie Foster
Snow-Gustavo Santoalalla
Fallen Snow-Au Revoire Simone
Snow Blanket-Mouthful of Bees
Last Snowstorm of the Year-Low
Majesty, Snowbird-Sufjan Stevens
Snow Days-Trip Shakespeare
Snow Angel-Over The Rhine
Snow Angel-Ron Sexsmith
Snow-Jesse Winchester
I Can See your Tracks-Laura Veirs
The Hollywood Sign-Halloween Alaska
Home-Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Cause For Alarm-The Heavy
Shelter From The Storm-Cassandra Wilson
Winter Moon-Stan Getz
Winter Song-Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
Even Heroes Die-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Written In Reverse-Spoon
Audience of One-Cold War Kids
Nothing Like You-Frightened Rabbit
South Philadelphia (Drug Days)-Alec Ounsworth
A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left-Andrew Bird

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Oct. 20 – Teachers

“The job of an educator is to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.” – Joseph Campbell

It’s time once again for Great River Radio. Our “Confluence” theme this week is “Teachers.” We’ve dug up some interesting teacher-learning related songs, and many of you have offered us a suggestion or two as well. You’ll hear from likely classroom pests Rufus Wainwright, Paul Westerberg, Matt and Kim, Lyle Lovett, Indigo Girls and Rockpile.

As always, we have some exciting new music to share with you. You might recall Irish musician Glen Hansard and Czech singer and pianist Markéta Irglová from the movie “Once.” Well, the impossibly perfect romance between the two musician/actors may have fizzled, but the two continue to make music together under the name The Swell Season. They have a new, deeply personal album out, and we will be playing a track from that release. We also have new tunes from the Avett Brothers, Heartless bastards, Rickie Lee Jones and Grizzly Bear. Echo & the Bunnymen, giants of late 80s alternative music scene, have released their 11th studio album, “The Fountain.” Well play the first single, “I Think I Need It Too.”

One of the great advantages of connecting with so many music lovers around the country is that we get to hear about your “must-listen-to” music discoveries. We owe Aaron from Boston a tip-of-the-hat for turning us on to Mumford & Sons. They are part of the London folk rock scene that includes Noah and the Whale and Laura Marling. The group’s first release, “Sigh No More,” was released on Oct. 6 in the UK. Well spin a tune from the album and see what you think. Thanks for the rec, Aaron.

All this and so much more today on Great River Radio!

NEXT WEEK’S ASSIGNMENT – With upcoming film releases of Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” and a new documentary on Jack Kerouac, “One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur,” we thought an interesting theme for next week’s “Confluence” segment might be ROAD SONGS. We’ve done “best road music” theme shows before, so let’s get creative with this topic. Email us your requests or post them below.

Playlist
Peace Like a River-Spoon
I Think I Need It Too-Echo and the Bunnymen
Blank White Page-Mumford and Sons
Slow Life-Grizzly Bear
Hell-Teigan and Sara
Jesus, Etc-Wilco
The Art Teacher-Rufus Wainwright
Baby Learn To Crawl-Paul Westerberg
Lessons Learned-Matt and Kim
Closer-Indigo Girls
Teach Me Tonight-Etta James
Teach Me About Love-Lyle Lovett
Gloomy Monday Morning-Black Hollies
Use Somebody-Bat For Lashes
One Fast Move Or I’m Gone-Jay Farrar/Ben Gibbard
Feeling The Pull-Swell Season
Angel’s Share-Doveman
Lissie Maurus-Little Lovin’
The Mountain-Heartless Bastards
Suspicious Minds-Rusted Root
Never Ending Love-Delaney and Bonnie and Friends
Laundry Room-Avett Brothers
Old Enough-Rickie Lee Jones
Angels on the Banks-Katie Herzig

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