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Nov. 16 – Protest Songs (607)

“There is the idea that a pop star has no right to voice their opinion.
But I was a person before I was a pop star,
and I’m due my opinion as much as anyone.”

–  Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

For as long as there have been wars and civil injustices, there are have been artists giving voice to the powerless. Protest songs have been a well-documented and crucial part of our social dialogue and cultural fabric since as far back as the 1381 English Peasant Revolt. Since then, protest songs have taken many forms: Irish Rebel Songs, Algerian Rai, field hollers, Anti-apartheid anthems, Vietnam folk and rock music, 1960s civil rights ballads and Post-9/11 laments, to name a few. Even today, we have artists such as Pete Seeger, Tom Morello, Michael Franti, Jay-Z, Kayne West and Jeff Mangum visiting Occupy Wall Street sites across the country.

But protest songs have an inconsistent history. Some have been effective agents for change. Others have been labeled propaganda, fascist/socialists/hippie tripe, utopian or a reason for treason. Some have incited violence and hatred (Dixie Chicks, anyone?). And many others – well well-intentioned – have just been bad music.

It’s our semiannual Social Justice Awareness Week (SJAW) here again at KUST, and Great River Radio will be taking a listen to protest songs throughout history. What makes an effective protest song? Can a song be a protest song without deliberately saying as much? We’ll look into this when we play protest songs from some of our favorite artists (Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Tom Waits Arcade Fire, R.E.M., Bruce Cockburn, Jeff Mangum, Tom Morello, Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, U2, Bright Eyes, The Staple Singers and Steve Earle). We’ll also play a few songs that might surprise you as protest songs. And finally, we’ll have a candid discussion about the current state of protest songs.

Please join us today from 4:15-5:45 p.m. for another informative and entertaining SJAW show from Great River Radio.

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Playlist
This Land Is Your Land- Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Sweet Honey In The Rock
How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Time and Live-Bruce Springsteen
Ohio-Crosby Stills Nash  & Young
Let’s Impeach The President-Neil Young
When The President Talks To God-Bright Eyes
If I Had A Rocket Launcher-Bruce Cockburn
Talkin’ Bout A Revolution-Tracy Chapman
Final Straw-REM
Sunday Bloody Sunday-U2
Masters of War-The Staples Singers
Rich Man’s War-Steve Earle
Day After Tomorrow-Tom Waits
We Are The Many-Makana
Suburban War-Arcade Fire
Yell Fire!-Michael Franti & Spearhead
We Stand As One-Joseph Arthur

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Oct. 26 – Lucky Now (604)

I don’t remember were we wild and young
All that’s faded into memory
I feel like somebody I don’t know
Are we really who we used to be
Am I really who I was
               Lucky Now (Ryan Adams)

Ryan Adam’s is now about 36, but it is never too early to start reminiscing about being wild and young, is it?  In fact, Adams has been very prolific and has had lots of experiences as a musician, including a fairly long absence from music as he coped with hearing loss and dizziness as a result of Meniere’s disease.  So he can reminisce.

We’re going to reminisce a bit, too.  Brian just finished “Life” – Keith Richard’s recent sprawling autobiography and that has made us think of the Rolling Stones.  We’ll be taking a look back at their music and some newer interpretations of their music, including from Ryan Adams himself.

We’ll also give you a taste of the new Tom Wait’s cd – his first set of new songs since 2004.  As the NYT said this weekend, “Mr. Waits is acclaimed as an American marvel: a songwriter who can be smart and primal, raucous and meticulous, ethereal and earthy, bleak and comical…”  We’re going to hear “Last Leaf” from this record which was released last week.

Tune in for music from a hot and energetic young band from Alabama, the Alabama Shakes, along with Lana Del Rey, M83, Shelby Lynne (playing the Dakota tomorrow night), Laura Marling (credited by Ryan Adams as inspiring his return to songwriting), Dessa and others.

Whether you listen live today or to the archived edition, we look forward to doing this show for you this afternoon!

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Playlist
Helpless-Arcade Fire and Neil Young
Medicine Bow-Peter Ostroushko
Little Red Rooster-The Rolling Stones
Some Girls-The Rolling Stones
Best of Burden-Wild Flag
Brown Sugar-Ryan Adams
Last Leaf-Tom Waits
Revelation Road-Shelby Lynne
Sophia-Laura Marling
The Beekeeper-Dessa
Lucky Now-Ryan Adams
Hold On-Alabama Shakes
Don’t Owe You A Thang-Gary Clark Jr.
For 12-Other Lives
Fixed-Stars
Persuasion-Richard Thompson and Teddy Thompson
Video Games-Lana Del Rey
Wait-M83

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April 6 – Aural Transcendence

Vic Chesnutt

As many of you already know, we are celebrating our 5th season of Great River Radio this year. Putting the show together every week is a labor of love. We spend most of our week reading blogs, seeing live music and collecting songs to share with you on Wednesday afternoons. Some setlists come together easily, and others take weeks of preparation. For instance, in March 2011 we did a show on the history of a song (http://bit.ly/e4Aykm), Dan had an incredible show about musicians and their guitars (http://bit.ly/eKcsnS), we had a
follow-up to our well-received “History of the Blues” show from December 2007 (http://bit.ly/h7QP6D), and last week we celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day with a eclectic mix of music from women around the world (http://bit.ly/e0JUNe). The time and effort to pull these shows together has really paid off, as the Great River Radio website experienced its highest monthly traffic since we launched the site back in October 2008. All thanks to you, our listeners.

While the themed shows are tremendously rewarding to produce, we have often stressed the importance of “discovery” when listening to music. There are times when we begin haphazardly collecting music for an upcoming show – often a mix of new releases and classic tracks that have drifted back to our consciousness – when the songs suddenly merge into a cohesive playlist. The process is akin to selecting “shuffle” on your iPod, leading you to experience a sort of aural transcendence. Somehow, music karma has captured your mood in ways you could not verbalize. That unpredictability – that discovery – is the beauty of music.

We’ll try to capture that mood for you today, as we bring you a thoughtful playlist of new music from Bright Eyes, Toro Y Moi, the Verve’s Richard Ashcroft, Yuck, Lucinda Williams, Death Cab for Cutie, Low, solo work from Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Buffalo Tom, Shemekia Copeland and the North Mississippi Allstars. In the mix will be past tracks from Tom Waits, Jo Dee Messina, Patty Griffin, Cat Power and Vic Chesnutt.

Join us for an afternoon of music. Stream us in the background or listen later by clicking the play button below the image above (all shows available after 6 p.m.).

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Jejune Stars-Bright Eyes
Youth Knows No Pain-Lykke Li
Here I Come-Buffalo Tom
Still Sound-Toro Y Moi
Rolling In The Deep-John Legend
Throw Your Arms Around Me-Hunters and Collectors
Sea of Love-Cat Power
Supernatural-Vic Chestnutt
Seeing Black-Lucinda Williams
It’s My Own Tears-Shemekia Copeland
Are You Ready-Richard Ashcroft
Get Away -Yuck
You Are A Tourist-Death Cab For Cutie
Walk Away-Tom Waits
I Think It’s Going to Rain Today-Randy Newman
Bring On The Rain-JoDee Messina
Rain-Patty Griffin
Especially Me-Low
Benediction-Thurston Moore
God Help Me-Dead Rock West

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March 23 – Back in Blues


Well, I got up this mornin
woh-all I had was gone
Well-ah leave this mornin if I have to
woh ride the blind ah
I’ve feel mistreated and I
don’t mind dyin
Well, some people tell em that the worried
blues ain’t bad
Worst old feelin I most
ever had.
Robert Johnson – “Walking Blues”

Way back in December 2007, the Great River Radio staff pulled together a “History of the Blues” show. We took a trip from the far south, starting our journey at the home of the blues in the Mississippi Delta. From there we travelled up the mighty Mississippi River, taking time to track the deep influence of the blues. We examined different forms of the blues – Delta, Jump, Chicago and electric, as well as some of the music genres that were borne of out this truly American music – some strains of country and jazz, bluegrass and rock and roll. It was a show that was as fun to produce as it was to listen to.

Four years later, not much has changed. The blues are still with us, and its influence is more evident than ever. So, why don’t the blues get any respect? We’ll explore that question today. The 2007 show served as a deep history lesson (from south to north), whereas today’s show, “Back in Blues,” will take more of a latitudinal approach. We’ll look across the vast spectrum of music and discuss how the blues serves as a foundation for much of the music we listen to and often play on Great River Radio.

We’ll have a special set of music that draws a straight line from Robert Johnson in the 1930s to The Black Keys performing today (with listening stops at Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and the Rolling Stones). There are a surprising number of current artists who recognize and incorporate the power of the blues into their songwriting and performances. We’ll have a set of young blues from The Tallest Man on Earth (Sweden?!), Justin Townes Earle and Mark Growden, as well as a track from Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ beautiful Raising Sand LP from 2007. Speaking of Ms. Krauss, have you ever noticed that the blues is often thought of as a man’s world? We’ll hear a set from our better halves – including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Aretha Franklin and Lucinda Williams. We’ll also take a stroll on the eclectic side – finding the pulse of the blues beating strong in icons as such as Tom Waits and R.L. Burnside.  And finally, we’ll look locally, and unearth some bluesy selections from the Minnesota music scene.

You are not going to want to miss today’s “Back in Blues” show on Great River Radio. So, set your Outlook calendars and tune in at 4:15 p.m. central. And catch us again at your convenience via the Great River Radio website (details below).

Peace.

Brian & Dan

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Playlist
Death Don’t Have No Mercy-Reverend Gary Davis
Stones In My Passway-Robert Johnson
Red Rooster-Howlin’ Wolf
Rollin’ Stone-Muddy Waters
You Shook Me-Willie Dixon
Gimme Shelter-Rolling Stones
Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys
Take A Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
Come On In This House-Junior Wells
With The Quickness-James Cotton
Like The Wheel-The Tallest Man On Earth
Harlem River Blues-Justin Townes Earle
You Ain’t Never Been Loved-Mark Growden
Killing The Blues-Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again-North Mississippi Allstars
Milk Cow Calf Blues-John Hammond
I’d Rather Go Blind-Etta James
I Never Loved A Man-Aretha Franklin
Drunken Angel-Lucinda Williams
Way Down In The Hole-Tom Waits
It’s Bad You Know-R.L. Burnside
Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie-Pinetop Perkins

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Oct. 13 – A Sort of Homecoming

Tonight we’ll build a bridge
Across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again
Tonight

And your heart beats so slow
Through the rain and fallen snow
Across the fields of mourning
Light’s in the distance

Oh don’t sorrow, no don’t weep
For tonight, at last
I am coming home
I am coming home
(U2)

On a day when 33 Chilean mine workers finally reunite with loved ones after spending the last 10 weeks deep inside the earth, Great River Radio will celebrate the meaning of homecoming in our “Confluence” segment. We’ll play a number of songs that explore the yearning we all share to return to familiar places … and some of the inherent challenges of coming home again. You’ll hear unique takes from the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Ben Kweller, Tom Waits, Earl Hines, Patty Griffin and Anders Osborne. And we’ll reflect on a different sort of homecoming – the passing of Solomon Burke.

We also have compelling new music from Neil Young, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., Jakob Dylan & Three Leg, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and The Black Keys.

Join Great River Radio today at 4:15 p.m. (CST) for 90 minutes of great music and thoughtful conversation. Or listen later via our show archive.

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Playlist
The River-Josh Ritter
Sink/Let It Sway-Someone Still Loves you Boris Yeltsin
Under The Milky Way-The  Church
Love and War-Neil Young
Don’t Give Up On Me-Solomon Burke
The Bike Song-Mark Ronson
Love In A Bottle-Daddy
Holy Rollers For Love-Jakob Dylan
Hold On Hold On-Neko Case
The Greatest-Cat Power
Dow to The Wire-Son Volt
Outlaw Blues-Morning Benders
Howlin’ For You-The Black Keys
I Ain’t Got No Home-Bruce Springsteen
Homeward Bound-Ben Kweller
Long Way Home-Tom Waits
Walkin’ My Baby Back Home-Earl “Fatha” Hines
Coming Home To Me-Patty Griffin and Julie Miller
Home Coming-Anders Osborne
I Feel Like Going Home-Yo La Tengo
Bookends/Old Friends-Simon and Garfunkel

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March 23 – Awakening

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.
– “The Waking”  (Theodore Roethke)

Are you wide awake?  Have you recovered from losing an hour of sleep in our “spring ahead”?  In a different sense, are you aware of the world waking up around you?  Have you seen green shoots rising through dead leaves in your yard?  How about that river?  It’s waking up and rising, too.  The experience of seeing the world again after you (or it) has slept can be a wonderful and also somewhat strange one.

Today on Great River Radio, we are going to explore the concept of wakefulness.  Here is a tip on a word you might hear this afternoon:  hypnagogia – that state between sleep and wakefulness – the dreamy area we pass through on the way into and out of sleep.  As you probably know, we often free associate on our themes on GRR and that will be true for the first hour today when Dan will be playing out tunes from The Bottle Rockets, The Dropkick Murphys, Cloud Cult, two Elvises and new music from John Hiatt and  the Danger Mouse/James Mercer (Shins) project called The Broken Bells.

In hour two, Brian will be trying out a new concept – call it a concept album, call it a rock opera – in which he’ll be telling a story through song – from awake to hypnagogia to sleep to confusion to…well, you’ll have to tune in to see how it ends.  We’ll be playing that set of songs straight through without interruption.  This should be interesting.

Finally, we’ll close the show with a set of tunes in tribute to Alex Chilton who passed away last week.

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

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

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Get Down River-The Bottle Rockets
Dirty Water-Dropkick Murphys
October-Broken Bells
July Flame-Laura Veirs
Movin’ On-John Hiatt
When Water Comes to Life-Cloud Cult
While You Were Sleeping-Elvis Perkins
Sleepless Nights-Elvis Costello
Walking Blues-Robert Johnson
If You Were To Wake Up-Lyle Lovett
I Can’t Wake Up to Save My Life-Richard Thompson

Hypnagogic Song Cycle
The Wake Up Song-The Submarines
Please Wake Me Up-Tom Waits
Awake My Soul-Mumford & Sons
Wake Up-Arcade Fire
Wake Up Dead Man-Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Flash Delirium-MGMT
Woke Up Near Chelsea-Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
When You Wake Up Feeling Old-Wilco
Hazelton-Justin Vernon
One Day When the Weather is Warm-Joe Henry
Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream-Johnny Cash
On A Good Day-Joanna Newsom
A Day In The Life-The Beatles

Alex Chilton – R.I.P.
Alex Chilton-The Replacements
The Letter-The Box Tops
September Gurls-Big Star

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March 9 – Please, Please, Please

Good times for a change
See, the luck I’ve had
Can make a good man turn bad

So, please, please, please
Let me, Let me, let me
Let me get what I want this time

– The Smiths

Many argue that civil society is dead. As citizens of the world, we now resort to the all-too-easy shortcuts of name-calling, partisan hyperbole and winner-take-all discourse. We seem to collectively suffer from an acute case of NIMBYism. And our lives are increasingly defined by stark contrasts rather than shared values, burdens and successes.

When life gets complicated – when we can no longer hear above the cacophony – society often benefits from taking a step back and listening to what the artists have to say. So, let’s start with something simple. How about, “Please”?

Did you know the word “Please” is found in more than 550 languages? Why are we reluctant to ask for something in a polite way? Isn’t there a saying about catching bees with honey … not vinegar?

So in the spirit of kindness and humility, Great River Radio will focus on artists who have found the value of civility. Our “Confluence” theme is built around the word “Please,” but as always you can expect a Great River Radio twist or two in the playlist. You’ll hear tracks from The Smiths, Violent Femmes, Muddy Waters, Semisonic, Justin Townes Earle, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, Golden Smog, Mouthful of Bees, Greg Laswell, Sammy Davis Jr. and many more.

Won’t you please join us this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. (CST)? We would be most grateful for your company.

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Thank you!

Brian & Dan

Playlist
Please-U2
Please Call Me Baby-Tom Waits
Please Tell My Brother-Golden Smog
Please Baby Please-David Bazan
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want-The Smiths
Please Do Not Go-Violent Femmes
Please Don’t -David Byrne and Fatboy Slim
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone-Sammy Davis Jr.
Please Send Me Someone To Love-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Come in Please-Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
Baby Please Don’t Go-Billy Lee Riley and the Little Green Men
Baby Please Don’t Go-Muddy Waters
Please Tell Me Now-Billie Holiday
Please Love Me-B.B.King
Pleasure and Pain-Ben Harper
Please and Thank You-Mouthful of Bees
I Will Be Grateful For this Day, I Will Be Grateful for Each Day to Come-Bright Eyes
Please Take Her (She’s Mine)-The Rave Ups
Completely Pleased-Semisonic
Franklin Avenue (Daytrotter Session)- Jeremy Messersmith
Can’t Hardly Wait (Daytrotter Session)-Justin Townes Earle
Say A Little Prayer-Shawn Colvin
Thanks To You-The Deep Vibration
Please Please Me-The Beatles
Comes And Goes In Waves-Greg Laswell
Your Hands Together-The New Pornographers
World Sick-Broken Social Scene

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