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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 13 – On the Edge

This is a very late reminder – I’ve just learned that Brian is going to be unable to make it to the studio today.  Since I’ve already got about an hour of music to play, I’ve decided to go into the studio at 4 and run through my playlist.

I’ve get lots of new music and some good stuff which I’d love to share with you today.  Peter Wolf, formerly of the J Geils Band, has a new record and I’ll be playing a song he does with the great Shelby Lynne, and I’ll also spin something from the new Jakob Dylan album and a really wonderful song from local band Rogue Valley.  Mix in some old Butterfield Blues Band, Louis Armstrong, The Holmes Brothers and a couple songs dedicated to GRR travels (California and France) and we’ll have a good time.

This is going to be a short but sweet show – we hope you can join us this afternoon, or listen later on the blog.

Next week (I hope) Brian and I will be back in the studio together.  Our theme will be women’s rights around the world  – for KUST’s Social Justice Awareness Week.  If that theme brings to mind any songs, please let us know, either directly via email or on our blog at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

Listen live at http://www.stthomas.edu/ustclubs/kust/KUSTLive.html

Listen later at https://greatriverradio.wordpress.com

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Thank you!

Dan

Playlist
Edge of the Ledge-The Holmes Brothers
I Learned the Hard Way-Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Tragedy-Peter Wolf/Shelby Lynne
Everybody’s Hurting-Jakob Dylan
Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing-Preservation Hall Jazz Band/Tom Waits
I Got a Mind to Give Up Living-Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sugarfoot-Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
Empire-Trampled by Turtles
California Zephyr-Jay Farrar/Ben Gibbard
La Vie En Rose-Louis Armstrong
Red River of the North-Rogue Valley
King of Spain-The Tallest Man On Earth
Fixed-Stars
This Too Shall Pass-OK Go
Kids-MGMT

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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. 16 – Weary

And this ain’t no place for the weary kind
And this ain’t no place to lose your mind
And this ain’t no place to fall behind
Pick up your crazy heart and give it one more try

Ryan Bingham “The Weary Kind”

It is a busy Tuesday on campus in Saint Paul.  How to explain these periods when all heck seems to break loose and there is one thing after another that requires our attention?   When all situations seem complicated?  If this is one of those days for you, the kind of day that can make you weary, we have something for you to look forward to.

Without revealing too much of the mystery behind Great River Radio, let’s say that the playlist gets developed over the course of a week, as we make selections that seem interesting and which catch our attention for any number of reasons.  There is a point at which it kind of settles into something and even begins to look like it has a theme or personality of its own.  How that happens, neither of us knows.  But most of the time, the show turns into a kind of response to the days that lead up to it, and it can be medicine for the soul.

If today is one of those February Tuesdays that looks complicated, if you are feeling some stress, consider dipping into the magic of GRR, where serendipity and chemistry come together to create two hours of surprises.  This afternoon, we’ve got lots of new music from artists like Joanna Newsom, Yeasayer, She and Him (Volume Two!), Owen Pallett (he used to be known as Final Fantasy), and Suzanne Vega.  We have Peter Gabriel covering Bon Iver and a pair of Gainsbourgs.  We’ll also be remembering a few musicians that we’ve lost in the last few weeks: Bruce Allen of the Suburbs, Vic Chesnutt and Kate McGarrigle.

All this and the sparkling conversation between Brian and Dan, coming to you completely free of charge!  If we can help you make it through this Tuesday by giving you the anticipation of two hours of music and talk, we’ll consider our day completely successful.

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

Peace.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
Wish You Well-Katie Herzig
The Work Song-Kate McGarrigle
Credit In Heaven-The Suburbs
Flirted With You All My Life-Vic Chesnutt
The Indifference of Heaven-Warren Zevon
The Weary Kind-Ryan Bingham
July Flame-Laura Veirs
Never Grow Old-Patty Griffin
Nothing Like you-Frightened Rabbit
Gypsy-Suzanne Vega
In The Sun-She and Him
Lewis Takes Off His Shirt-Owen Pallett
Giving Up The Gun-Vampire Weekend
Anna-Taken By Trees
’81-Joanna Newsom
One-Yeasayer
Crack The Shutters-Snow Patrol
Children-Delta Spirit
King of Spain-The Tallest Man On Earth
The Book of Love-The Magnetic Fields
Bluff-Daphne Willis
I Learned the Hard Way-Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
Master’s Hand-Charlotte Gainsbourg
Couleur Cafe’-Serge Gainsbourg
Queen of Tomorrow-Twilight Hours
My Sharonna-The Knack

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