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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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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 11 – Listener Appreciation

It’s the annual “Listener Appreciation Show” at Great River Radio. We ask you for your best of, your favorite, your heavy rotation for the last nine months. You respond with a number of thoughtful, rockin’, tender and mostly shame-free selections. As usual, you did not disappoint. We tweaked and culled the list from dozens of requests, and have come up with a great playlist for this afternoon. You’ll hear tracks from The Avett Brothers, Phantogram, Mason Jennings, Peter Wolf, Dessa, The XX, Neko Case, Mumford & Sons, Dawes, Cults, The Big Pink, The Twilight Hours, Brother Ali and many more.

We also have an “In Memoriam” set of music from talented artists who have passed this last year: Lena Horne, Vic Chesnutt, Alex Chilton and Les Paul.

And as always, we’ll have a couple of new songs – from Jeremy Messersmith and M.I.A. –  that have us looking forward to summer.

This show is our way of saying “Thank You for Listening!” Every week we try to bring you a thoughtful and entertaining set list of music. We spend a lot of time between shows digging up new releases and rarities, reading music blogs and tuning into favorite shows at KUST, KCRW, The Current, KEXP and other indie stations around the country. But in the words of Sinéad O’Connor, “Nothing Compares to U.” Great River Radio listeners give as much as they get … at least when it pertains to new music. So many of the great artists we introduce to you are brought to our attention from fellow listeners – through calls for requests, unsolicited CDs in mailboxes and links to funky websites. And for that, we want to say … Thanks!

Join us today from 4-6 p.m. (CST) for the “Listener Appreciation Show,” and next week for our final show of the season when Dan and Brian play their favorite tracks from the last year.

Brian/Dan

Playlist
I Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues-Lena Horne
Somebody Ease My Troublin’ Mind-Sam Cooke
September Curls-Big Star
God Is Good-Vic Chestnutt
January Wedding-The Avett Brothers
There’s Still Time-Peter Wolf
Heart Skipped A Beat-The xx
Go Outside-Cults
Dominos-The Big Pink
The Field-Mason Jennings
The Chaconne-Dessa
My Return-The Twilight Hours
Us-Brother Ali
Bloodbuzz Ohio-The National
High Wide and Handsome-Loudon Wainwright III
When I’m Small-Phantogram
Dust Bowl Dance-Mumford & Sons
Pretty Girls-Neko Case
That Western Skyline-Dawes
Highway Song-What Bird
Angels On The Bank-Katie Herzig
In The Summer In The Heat-Shannon Stephens
Odessa-Caribou
Bluff-Daphne Willis
Violet!-Jeremy Messersmith
XXXO-MIA

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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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