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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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May 11 – Listener Appreciation

It’s the annual “Listener Appreciation Show” at Great River Radio. We ask you for your best of, your favorite, your heavy rotation for the last nine months. You respond with a number of thoughtful, rockin’, tender and mostly shame-free selections. As usual, you did not disappoint. We tweaked and culled the list from dozens of requests, and have come up with a great playlist for this afternoon. You’ll hear tracks from The Avett Brothers, Phantogram, Mason Jennings, Peter Wolf, Dessa, The XX, Neko Case, Mumford & Sons, Dawes, Cults, The Big Pink, The Twilight Hours, Brother Ali and many more.

We also have an “In Memoriam” set of music from talented artists who have passed this last year: Lena Horne, Vic Chesnutt, Alex Chilton and Les Paul.

And as always, we’ll have a couple of new songs – from Jeremy Messersmith and M.I.A. –  that have us looking forward to summer.

This show is our way of saying “Thank You for Listening!” Every week we try to bring you a thoughtful and entertaining set list of music. We spend a lot of time between shows digging up new releases and rarities, reading music blogs and tuning into favorite shows at KUST, KCRW, The Current, KEXP and other indie stations around the country. But in the words of Sinéad O’Connor, “Nothing Compares to U.” Great River Radio listeners give as much as they get … at least when it pertains to new music. So many of the great artists we introduce to you are brought to our attention from fellow listeners – through calls for requests, unsolicited CDs in mailboxes and links to funky websites. And for that, we want to say … Thanks!

Join us today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) for the “Listener Appreciation Show,” and next week for our final show of the season when Dan and Brian play their favorite tracks from the last year.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
I Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues-Lena Horne
Somebody Ease My Troublin’ Mind-Sam Cooke
September Curls-Big Star
God Is Good-Vic Chestnutt
January Wedding-The Avett Brothers
There’s Still Time-Peter Wolf
Heart Skipped A Beat-The xx
Go Outside-Cults
Dominos-The Big Pink
The Field-Mason Jennings
The Chaconne-Dessa
My Return-The Twilight Hours
Us-Brother Ali
Bloodbuzz Ohio-The National
High Wide and Handsome-Loudon Wainwright III
When I’m Small-Phantogram
Dust Bowl Dance-Mumford & Sons
Pretty Girls-Neko Case
That Western Skyline-Dawes
Highway Song-What Bird
Angels On The Bank-Katie Herzig
In The Summer In The Heat-Shannon Stephens
Odessa-Caribou
Bluff-Daphne Willis
Violet!-Jeremy Messersmith
XXXO-MIA

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Feb. 2 – Decade of Influence

First, since it has been a while since you’ve heard from us, we’d like to send you wishes for a very happy new year from Great River Radio – and we hope it has begun well for you.  The show has taken a break over the holidays and during January while we paid attention to the other responsibilities in our lives and work.  As of yesterday, students are back on campus and we begin the spring march toward commencement in May.

Our first show of 2010 is one we’ve been working on for many weeks.  Since fall 2009, as we wound down the first decade of the 21st Century,  media outlets cultural critics have been full of discussions of the best, not only of the year, but of the last 10 years.  Great River Radio has some opinions on music, as you know – we express them regularly on the show.  Last fall, we began our own discussion about what WE considered to be, not just the best, but the most influential music, artists and phenomenon of the decade.  And this week we are going to share those observations with you.

This Great River Radio show is going to be pretty personal, reflecting our vision and taste for the music that we’ve played on the show, rather than the entire world of music.  You won’t be hearing Beyonce, in spite of the fact that she won six Grammys last Sunday.  But you will be hearing from artists as various as Radiohead, Atmosphere, The Hold Steady, Sigur Ros, Andrew Bird, Sufjan Stevens, Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, LCD Soundsystem, Joe Henry and Jack White and others.

We’ll also be talking about a few of the most significant developments that affected music in the last 10 years, including the importance of digital music, the soundtrack phenomenon and other culturally important industry developments.

We think you’ll like this show as a review of the decade in music – and a chance to hear some great songs from Great River Radio’s favorite artists. It will be epic!

Catch us live today, Feb. 2 at 4-6 p.m. (CST) via the KUST stream: http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html

Chat or AIM in the studio: kustradio

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Since You’ve Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson (background)
Fireflies-Owl City (background)
Guarantees-Atmosphere (background)
Easy Silence-Dan Wilson (background)
Your Little Hoodrat Friend-The Hold Steady
I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow-The Soggy Bottom Boys
New Slang-The Shins
All My Friends-LCD Soundsystem
Wake Up-Arcade Fire
First Day of My Life-Bright Eyes
Savane-Ali Farka Toure (background)
Sabali-Amadou and Mariam (background)
Staraflur-Sigur Ros
Comfy in Nautica-Panda Bear (background)
My Girls-Animal Collective
Ragged Wood-Fleet Foxes
Ten Thousand Words-The Avett Brothers
World Keeps Turning-Tom Waits (background)
Jesus, Etc.-Wilco
Going To A Town-Rufus Wainwright
None of Us is Free-Joe Henry
Sunshowers-MIA (background)
Paper Planes-MIA
Portland, Oregon-Loretta Lynn and Jack White (background)
The Same Boy You’ve Always Known-The White Stripes
15 Steps-Radiohead (background)
Everything In Its Right Place-Radiohead
For The Widows In Paradise, For the Fatherless in Ypsilanti-Sufjan Stevens

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Nov. 17 – Sit. Stay. Speak!

I took my dog for a walk … all the way from New York to Florida … I said to him, “There. Now you’re done.”

– Steven Wright

Fetch, Finn! Now sit, Sunny! Stay. Good pups!

That’s right, in a deliberate attempt to boost our Arbitron ratings Great River Radio has turned the show over to our dogs. Well, not the entire show. Our “Confluence” segment this week has a canine theme. We’ll have dog-related songs from Big Mama Thornton, Page France, Josh Ritter, Uncle Tupelo and Louis Armstrong. And as always we’ll mix in a few listener requests, including selections from Patty Griffin and John Hiatt. But despite their best efforts, Finn and Sunny won’t run the entire show.

There’s a Great River Radio tradition of digging through mountains of MP3s to bring you some of the best new music around. We’ve been working extra hard this week to unearth new tracks from Richmond Faintaine, The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Dirty Projectors, Tom Waits, Sharon Jones, Har Mar Superstar, Martha Wainwright, Girls, Echo & The Bunnymen and the Raveonettes. Haven’t heard of some of these artists? That’s OK. Give us a listen, and you might discover a new musician to add to your own heavy rotation.

Great River Radio will be “live” today from 4-6 p.m. (CST).

Brian/Dan

P.S. Great River Radio will be off next week for Thanksgiving. Give thanks and have a great holiday with family and friends!

Playlist

Maybe-Ingrid Michaelson
Crown of Ages-The Ettes
Ten Thousand Words-The Avett Brothers
Green Grass-Tom Waits
Stranded In Your Love-Sharon Jones and Lee Fields
So Hard-Martha Wainwrights
Lust For Life-Girls
8th Wonder-The Gossip
Tall Boy-Har Mar Superstore
Take It In-Hot Chip
Hound Dog-Big Mama Thornton
My Dog & Me-John Hiatt
I Wanna Be Your Dog-Uncle Tupelo
Dogs-Page France
Feed The Dog-Honey Is Cool
To The Dogs Or Whoever-Josh Ritter
Yellow Dog Blues-Louis Armstrong
Heavenly Day-Patty Griffin
I Will-Brandi Carlile
The Underdog-Spoon
The Preacher-Brother Ali
The Chosen One-The Raveonettes
I Think I Need It Too-Echo & The Bunnymen
Wild Girl-Rickie Lee Jones
Island, IS-Volcano Choir
Stillness Is The Move-Dirty Projectors

 

 

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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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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 15 – Season 4 Begins

Note: we had some audio problems in the first few minutes of the show, so we are missing a channel – stick with the show, it gets fixed.

Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water’s warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin

I don’t recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air
Then Labor day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin
“Summer Skin” – Death Cab for Cutie

Summer Lovin’. Endless Summer. Summer of ’69. Boys of Summer. Girls in Their Summer Clothes. There are thousands of reasons musicians write about the lure of a carefree summer. Then we begin to resist fall’s steady pull with all the strength we can summon. Yet here we are post-Labor Day, back to school and filled with melancholy. For our first Great River Radio “Confluence” segment, we will try to capture some of the palpable feelings that arrive with the end of summer. The catalogue is rife with good tunes for this theme as you’ll hear from Buffalo Tom, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Dylan and Nina Simone. What’s your favorite end-of-summer tune? Let us know, and we’ll try to sneak the request in during the show.

We’ll also kick off season four of Great River Radio by catching up with music you may have missed over the summer. With new song and CD releases by Radiohead, Brother Ali, Why?, Joe Henry, the Dirty Projectors, Holly Williams, the Believers, Avett Brothers, Imogen Heap and many others, there will be plenty to choose from.

Join us today for the first live Great River Radio broadcast of the season. As always, we sift through the scrap heaps of music to bring some of the best new and lasting music to your desktop.

Catch the stream live today at 4-6 p.m. CST: http://kustradio.com
Check in during the show via iChat or AIM: kustradio

And just a reminder to send us some topics for upcoming “Confluence” themes. You suggest a mini-theme, and we find the tunes to match the mood. Feel free to challenge us – our brains could use the exercise.

Playlist

Drops in the River-Fleet Foxes
Harry Patch (In Memory Of)-Radiohead
Us-Brother Ali
How High the Moon-Les Paul and Mary Ford
Higher Ground-The Believers
Eden Was a Garden-Roman Candle
Summer Skin-Death Cab For Cutie
Summer-Buffalo Tom
The Last Rose of Summer-Nina Simone
Summer Days-Bob Dylan
Too Much Time-John Vanderslice
Frank, AB-The Rural Alberta Advantage
This Blackest Purse-Why?
Sick Muse-Metric
I and Love and You-The Avett Brothers
Three Days in Bed-Holly Williams
Doomsday-Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Here Comes A Regular-The Replacements (request)
Our Shangri-La-Mark Knopfler (request)
Runaway-Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Man I Keep Hid-Joe Henry
My Maudlin Career-Camera Obscura
Wait It Out-Imogen Heap
Coal War-Joshua James
Highway Song-What Bird
The Field-Mason Jennings

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