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Nov. 9 – Walking (606)

 

The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

                        J R R Tolkien 

Walking is the great adventure, the first meditation, a practice of heartiness and soul primary to humankind.  Walking is the exact balance of spirit and humility.

                      Gary Snyder “The Etiquette of Freedom”

Today on Great River Radio we’ll be doing an entire show on the theme of walking.  Dan has been walking more than running lately, due to a (hopefully minor) knee problem.  Walking in St. Paul and Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River and seeing the river flowing, the trees losing their leaves, the barges moving slowly upstream, and catching the eyes of fellow walkers, some solitary and quiet, others side by side and animated, one begins to experience a different kind of world, the outside world, the world of trees, grass, crows, dogs, rivers and sky.  There is a different awareness of the body in nature.  You see the world up close.  The legs are moving, the heart is pumping and the blood is flowing.  It is life.  It is humility and solitude and a sweet kind of meditation.

Many songs have been written about walking and we’re sure that many titles are springing to your mind right now.  Today, we’ll play some of them, and introduce you to a few new ones.  People walk away, they walk when they are blue, they walk when they are happy, they walk home.  And, sometimes, people run.

We’ll hear classics from Patsy Cline (the first song you thought of?), Dionne Warwick (the second?), as well as bluesmen Paul Butterfield and Robert Lockwood – walking has been the subject of some great blues tunes.  God walks, too, and we’ll hear from Iris Dement and The Blind Boys of Alabama on that topic.  Tune in this afternoon for these and more from Greg Brown, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Stacey Earle, Yo La Tengo, Vampire Weekend and Cloud Cult.  You may even want to download this show for later walks with your iPod.

Playlist
The Blues Walk-Clifford Brown and Max Roach
Cakewalk Into Town-Taj Mahal
Two Little Feet-Greg Brown
Walkin’ After Midnight-Patsy Cline
Walk On By-Dionne Warwick
Ramble On-Led Zeppelin
Blue Sky-Allman Brothers
New Walkin’ Blues-Paul Butterfield’s Better Days
Take a Little Walk With Me-Robert Lockwood Jr.
God Walks the Dark Hills-Iris Dement
Just A Closer Walk With Thee-The Blind Boys of Alabama
Walk With Me-Neil Young
I Walk Alone-Los Lobos
Long Walk Home-Bruce Springsteen
I Feel Like Going Home-Yo La Tengo
Runaway-Bonnie Raitt
How I Ran-Stacey Earle
Run-Vampire Weekend
Running With The Wolves-Cloud Cult

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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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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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September 22 – Keats

The new school year is well under way now and you might be feeling a little of the ‘shock of recognition’ as you remember what the working week can be like. Responsibilities and deadlines, if they were lighter during the summer, now have returned, along with shorter hours of daylight and morning forecasts of snow in the mountain west.

We’ll provide some relief for you this afternoon as we play new music from Great River Radio favorites like Death Cab For Cutie (from the New Moon soundtrack) and Son Volt, Phoenix and Vampire Weekend.  We’ve got local music from The Poor Nobodys, The Twilight Hours and Halloween, Alaska. You’ll hear from the Monsters of Folk and some previews of bands that will be playing the Cedar Cultural Center’s Global Roots Festival this week.

Our Confluence theme today is Keats – as you may know, director Jane Campion’s new movie “Bright Star” is based on the relationship between poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne.  Keats was one of the rock stars of his day – along with Shelley and Byron – romantic, hard living and dying too young.  What musical associations do you have with that kind of romantic artistic life?  We’ve got some ideas, but want to hear yours.  We’ll play your requests if at all possible.

Next week’s Confluence theme: Coffee!

Have a java-related request? Let’s us know!

Catch the stream live today from 4-6 p.m. CST at www.kustradio.com

Playlist
Get Down River-The Bottle Rockets
All Is Love-Karen O and the Kids
Meet Me On The Equinox-Death Cab For Cutie
Here-Pavement
11th Dimension-Julian Casablancas
Lisztomania-Phoenix
The Ends-Halloween Alaska
White Sky-Vampire Weekend
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright-Metric
Cemetry Gates-The Smiths
The Stolen Child-The Waterboys
Forever Young-Bob Dylan
Little Secrets-Passion Pit
Restless-Langhorne Slim
Queen of Tomorrow-Twilight Hours
Ghosts and Shadows-The Poor Nobodys
My All Time Doll-Elvis Costello
Coal War-Joshua James
Down To The Wire-Son Volt
First Train Home-Imogen Heap
Pa’ Bailar – Siempre Quiero Mas-Bajofondo
Mololatladi-BLK JKS
Homeless-Ladysmith Black Mambozo
The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me-Monsters of Folk
Passionate Kisses-Lulcinda Williams
Everybody Knows-Rufus Wainwright

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