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April 30 (810) – Sun Has Gone

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I’m only halfway home, I’ve gotta journey on
To where I’ll find, find the things I have lost
I’ve come a long long road but still I’ve got some miles to go
I’ve got a wide, a wide river to cross
(Levon Helm)

I’ll be heading back into the KUST studio again this afternoon for another episode (chapter?  edition?) of Great River Radio.  After starting the show with Diana Krall’s great version of Levon’s song, which is iconic at GRR, we’ll get to new music from Ingrid Michaelson (I’ve really been digging her new album Lights Out), and Danish singer/songwriter Majke Voss Romme (who performs as Broken Twin) with her romantic and melancholy “Sun Has Gone.” We’ll also have something from Carlene Carter’s tribute to her family “Carter Girl” on which she covers her favorite Carter family songs, and a few other tributes, as a matter of fact.   If you love Jackson Browne’s songs, you’ll want to hear Jimmy LaFave cover “For Everyman” from the new tribute album to JB.  And finally, we have another track from the tribute to the Dylan of the 80’s by Chastity Brown, doing a soulful gospelly take on “Saving Grace.” That and new songs from Joan Osborne, Bon Iver bandmate S. Carey, Ray Bonneville and The Hold Steady. Just a reminder, GRR  is winding down.  I’m giving a lot of thought to a final show in the coming weeks, and will try to make it very special.  If there is anything you’d like to hear, or share with me from your memories of listening to this show, I welcome your comments. 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 –  some Wednesdays 4:15-5:45 p.m.
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Playlist
Wide River to Cross-Diana Krall
Home-Ingrid Michaelson
Heart & Bones-The Pines
Sun Has Gone-Broken Twin
Little Black Train-Carlene Carter
For Everyman-Jimmy LaFave
Who Do Call the Shots-Ray Bonneville
Steel Guitar-Danny O’Keefe
Saving Grace-Chastity Brown
Alpenglow-S. Carey
Few Feet Away-Otis Taylor
Hand It Over-Keb’ Mo’
Farther Along-Mississippi John Hurt
Sleepy Sea of Indigo and Blue-Antje Duvekot
Work on Me-Joan Osborne
Weary Eyes-Augustines
Spinners-The Hold Steady

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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. 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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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.

Great River Radio
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 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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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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