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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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April 27 – Can’t Hardly Wait

“Are we there yet? Are we There yet? Are we there yet?”

Being a kid is all about immediate gratification. They know what they want … and they want it NOW. Actually, rock stars are kinda like that, too. But for most adults, there is an appreciation for the journey. A respect for the gentle pull of anticipation. As we draft this reminder, we’re stretching toward the close of another academic year. We can almost feel the radiant heat of a beautiful summer day, and many of us are patiently waiting for the June release of M.I.A.’s upcoming disc. So, let’s take a collective step closer to these imminent events.

It is a beautiful day here in God’s Country, and Great River Radio is ready to spin some amazing new music for you, including “Born Free,” the first single off M.I.A.’s untitled upcoming release. We’ll also have another track off High Violet, the stunning new album by The National. The number of quality new releases this spring is a bit overwhelming, so we’ll pull out some of the best singles from these CDs and give you a taste of what’s out there. We have tracks from Peter Wolf Crier, Free Energy, Deer Tick, The Mary Onettes, She & Him, Horse Feathers and Apples in Stereo. And it goes without saying that our “Confluence” segment today should be about waiting. How about a couple of old school tracks from The Replacements, Zero 7 and The White Stripes?

And speaking of anticipation, Happy Birthday to Lisa B.!

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Can’t Hardly Wait-The Replacements
In The Waiting-Zero 7
I Can’t Wait-The White Stripes
The Night Before The Funeral-The Mary Onettes
Afraid of Everyone-The National
Hard as Nails-Peter Wolf Crier
Hope Child-Free Energy
20 Miles-Deer Tick
Lemonade-CoCoRosie
In The Sun-She & Him
Waiting for the Sun-The Jayhawks
Belly of June-Horse Feathers
Drummer Like Me-Dan and Matt Wilson
Dance Floor-The Apples in Stereo
Born Free-M.I.A.

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Feb. 23 – Scandi Music

It’s time for a Scandinavian Music Quiz!

Q: Quick, What Swedish group is the second best-selling band in music history?
A: Everyone knows it’s ABBA!

Q: Here’s one for the “early” MTV generation: What 1985 breakthrough video combined real band members with animation?
A: Norway’s a-ha, of course! The song? “Take on Me.”

Q: Last question. What eccentric musician performed in a dress that resembled a dead swan at the 2001 Oscars?
A: Bjork from Iceland!

How did you do? Aren’t those Scandinavian musicians memorable? Just for the sake of modernizing the quiz a bit, let’s add a contemporary music question to round things out.

Q: Name a single artist or band from the broader Scandinavian region that has released a recording since Bjork’s fowl faux pas?
A: Anyone? Bueller?

It might surprise you, our most music-literate Great River Radio listeners, that Scandinavian music is HOT right now. Not ABBA hot – c’mon, no one can touch “Dancing Queen” – but Nordic music is certainly well-respected and growing in influence. In fact, if you’ve been listening to Great River Radio the last four years, you’ve probably heard us play a deliciously sweet pop music song, announce the name of the group, and in slight disbelief add, “She’s from Denmark?” or “Huh, these guys are from Iceland” or even “Another in a long line of talented artists from Sweden. What the hell is going on up there?”

So, while you’ve been immersed in Scandinavian excellence during the 2010 winter games, Great River Radio has moved beyond such household names as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, Sven Kramer and Charlotte Kalla. We’ve pulled together a beautiful show filled with surprisingly upbeat music from a region that is known for its dark winters and difficult-to-pronounce names. And we’ll share a little insight into what makes Scandi music so popular right now.

We’ll highlight music from all corners of Scandinavia, including tunes from Jens Lekman, I’m From Barcelona, the Cardigans,  Åge Aleksandersen,  Sondre Lerche, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names and El Perro del Mar. We’ll have new music from Fredrik, Jonsi (from Sigur Ros), The Tallest Man On Earth and jj. And as always, we’ll reach back for some Great River Radio favorites from Lykke Li, Loney Dear,  Peter Bjorn and John, Ida Maria and  The Mary Onettes.

Even if these artists or bands don’t sound familiar to you – or Scandinavian music calls to mind a lur, bukkehorn or seljefløyte – you will not want to miss this show.

Catch GRR 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

Rock på!

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Tonight-Lykke Li
Vinterbarn-Fredrik
Venus As A Boy-Bjork
Ae Vil Ha Dae (I Want You)-Age Aleksandersen
I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked-Ida Maria
1999-Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
Friday Night at the Drive-In Bingo-Jens Lekman
Go Do-Jonsi
I Am John-Loney, Dear
The Tree House Song-Ane Brun
Nothing To Worry About-Peter Bjorn & John
Paper Planes-I’m From Barcelona
King of Spain-The Tallest Man On Earth
Erase/Rewind-The Cardigans
Mrs. Cold-Kings of Convenience
Just Behind A Brickwall-Tobias Froberg and Peter Moren
Mrs. Cold-Kings of Convenience
Down The Line-Jose Gonzalez
Modern Nature-Sondra Lerche
No Excuses-Air France
This Heart Is A Stone-Acid House Kings
Tick Tick Boom-The Hives
Dare-The Mary Onettes
Lake Toba-Lukestar
Change of Heart-El Perro del Mar
And Now-jj
Happy Up Here-Royksopp
Dead Sound-The Raveonettes
Like A Fading Rainbow-Jenny Wilson

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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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