The Songcircle

The Songcircle blends songs from various eras and genres to reveal new connections, exposing forgotten artists and discovering new ones.

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The Songcircle on 02/12/16

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Fri, 02/12/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Portland favorite Ashleigh Flynn Folk-Rocks The Songcircle!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 02/05/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Singer-songwriter Ashleigh Flynn performs live in the KBOO studios!
Ashleigh Flynn celebrates the release of her new, live EP, The Low Arc of the Sun, tonight at the Secret Society Ballroom. Beforehand, she visits us for a little preview! Ashleigh's one of the Portland scene's most beloved performers, and has established a national following as well. We're excited for her first-ever visit to The Songcircle!

The Songcircle on 01/29/16

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Fri, 01/29/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Chris Robley visits The Songcircle

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Fri, 01/22/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Singer-songwriter and former local fave Chris Robley plays and chats on The Songcircle
Chris Robley lived and rocked in Portland for over a decade, releasing several of the best albums of the period. Five years ago, he moved to the other Portland, and hasn't released an album since. Until the brand-new The Great Make Believer, that is! We'll hear tunes live and from the record and talk with Chris about what he's been up to of late. His residency at Al's Den runs for two more nights!

The Songcircle on 01/15/16

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Fri, 01/15/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 01/08/16

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Fri, 01/08/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 01/01/16

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Fri, 01/01/2016 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 12/25/15

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Fri, 12/25/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Let's Get LOADED during the Song Circle 12/18/15

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Fri, 12/18/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Velvet Underground's Loaded
Phil G here (sitting in for Jeff Rosenberg): Let's get LOADED this Friday, 12/18, as we explore the 45th Anniversary of the final Velvet Underground album with Lou Reed! Rhino Records has released a 5 CD box set exploring the record (with a previously unreleased live show) so we'll dig in deep to this classic prota-punk album as well as some other gems from the Velvets and their members, Lou Reed, John Cale, and Nico (not to exclude Sterling Morrison or Mo Tucker).
Safe for Work, I promise!

The Stumptown Soul Holiday Spectacular Band Rocks Around the Songcircle Tree!

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Fri, 12/11/2015 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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It's Stumptown Soul Holiday Time Again!
Horns! Singers! Keys! Fiddle! Guitar! And more! For the 2nd year in a row, we're happy to celebrate with a big band of great local musicians playing a set of contemporary holiday classics, on tomorrow's Songcircle. You can also go see 'em tomorrow night at Star Theater, in their big benefit show for Shriner's Hospital for Children.

[Please note, the performers listed on the show poster reproduced in this post will not all be performing on-air tomorrow.]

We'll also say goodbye to John Trudell, chello to Chanukah, and glub... glub to all this rain. Tune in for Jeff's last show until 2016!


Interview with Adam Franklin of Swervedriver - by Heather Lane

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Fri, 03/06/2015

Heather says:

As a devotee of the music of Adam Franklin since my early 20s, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to interview him upon the release of Swervedriver's new album, I Wasn't Born To Lose You, their first in over 17 years. This interview also marks my return to radio after a protracted bout of illness with Lyme disease and electrohypersensitivity, combined with a complete lack of diagnosis, which left me to languish for most of a decade.

As a musician myself, I relate to Adam's creative process and share influences. My conversational interview style is a result of my excitement to speak with my favorite musician, and also due to my place on the autistic spectrum. My enthusiasm and filter-free approach were met by Adam with engaged patience and just the kind of detail I was hoping for. Please enjoy and thanks for listening.

Jane Siberry Live on KBOO

The Songcircle
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Fri, 12/05/2014
  • Length: 19:49 minutes (18.14 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 128Kbps (CBR)

Peter Mulvey Live on KBOO

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Fri, 10/24/2014
  • Title: Peter Mulvey
  • Length: 22:31 minutes (15.46 MB)
  • Format: MP3 Stereo 44kHz 96Kbps (CBR)

Songcircle 3/4/11 Interview with John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

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Thu, 03/10/2011

 Singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, a.k.a. author Wesley Stace, stopped by to discuss his new novel, Charles Jessold, Considered as a Murderer, about an early-20th-century opera composer whose career is cut short by a scandalous murder-suicide. Wes performed the folk ballad "Little Musgrave," which figures prominently in the novel's plot. He also shared two new tunes from his forthcoming, made-in-Portland album.

Following the approx. 50 minute interview is a brief snippet of British folk legend Nic Jones' "The Flandyke Shore"; Wes paid tribute to Jones on the great 1999 album, Trad Arr Jones, on which he first performed "Little Musgrave".


The Songcircle playlist for 08/21/2015

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Hamell on TrialArtist in AmericaThe Happiest Man in the World
Ani DiFrancoBoth Hands (Live)More Joy, Less Shame
Elliott SmithNeedle in the HayElliott Smith
The Balancing ActWonderful World TonightNew Campfire Songs
PalefaceWorld Full of CopsPaleface
Meat PuppetsLake of FireMeat Puppets II
Milky ChanceDown by the RiverSadnecessary
The UncludedThe AquariumHokey Fright
KilaRachel CorrieSuas Síos
Jim PageI'd Rather Be Dancing (Rachel's Song)Head Full of Pictures
Steve EarleAshes to AshesJerusalem
Joe Strummer and the MescalarosGet Down MosesStreetcore
Rachid TahaRock el CasbahThe Future is Unwritten: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
StewBroadwayThe Sandinista Project
The ClashJulie's Been Working for the Drug SquadGive 'Em Enough Rope
ChumbawambaBankrobberA Singsong and a Scrap
Lily Allen feat. Mick JonesStraight to HellWar Child Presents: Heroes
Joe StrummerThe Road to Rock 'n' RollMusic Millennium, Portland OR 11/2/99 (collector's recording)
Cry Cry CryCold Missouri WatersCry Cry Cry
FernandoKingdom ComeLeave the Radio On
Hamell on TrialHailTough Love
Happy Birthday, Joe Strummer! (Pictured at Music Millennium, 11/2/99)

The Songcircle playlist for 08/14/2015

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The WeepiesLearning to FlySirens
Iris DeMentFrom an AirplaneThe Trackless Woods
Rickie Lee JonesJimmy ChooThe Other Side of Desire
Frazey FordDoneIndian Ocean
SweetwaterMotherless ChildCycles: The Reprise Collection
Jackie DeShannonBette Davis EyesNew Arrangement
Dory PrevinWild Roses (Love Song to the Monster)We're Children Of Coincidence and Harpo Marx
Judith HillBeautiful LifeBack in Time
LevellersThe BoatmanLevelling the Land
Richard ThompsonThe May QueenVariations EP [Still: Deluxe Edition]
NirvanaOn a PlainUnplugged in New York
Phil OchsPretty Smart on My PartRehearsals for Retirement
RodriguezI WonderCold Fact
De La SoulMe, Myself & I3 Feet High and Rising
The SmithereensBlue Period11
Sam PhillipsI Can't Stop CryingThe Indescribable Wow
Tony FurtadoBroken Belllive on air
"Dying Language"
"Pretty Peggy-O"

The Songcircle playlist for 08/07/2015

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Jason IsbellStockholmSoutheastern
Drive-By TruckersOutfitDecoration Day
The BandWhispering PinesThe Band
Drive-By TruckersDanko/ManuelThe Dirty South
Jason IsbellFlagshipSomething More than Free
Ray Wylie HubbardConversations with the DevilCrusades of the Restless Knights
Dan BernWaffle HouseHoody
PJ HarveyDown by the WaterTo Bring You My Love
The DecemberistsDown by the WaterThe King is Dead
Connor Kennedy and MinstrelDown by the WaterLive in Utopia
MyshikinTroublelive on air
"Cor Vidae"
Buddy Miles ExpressDown by the RiverThe Best of Buddy Miles

The Songcircle playlist for 07/31/2015

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Jason IsbellSpeed Trap TownSomething More Than Free
Original CastToo Darn HotKiss Me Kate (Original Broadway Cast)
Elvis PresleyBlue MoonElvis at Sun
Big StarBlue MoonThird
BeckBlue MoonMorning Phase
Traveling WilburysNew Blue MoonVolume 3
Paul McCartneyBlue Moon of KentuckyUnplugged
Jason IsbellChildren from ChildrenSomething More Than Free
Jaime Leopold and the Short StoriesTBDlive on air
Alison KraussDown to the River to PrayO Brother, Where Art Thou? Original Soundtrack
Ray Wylie HubbardDown by the RiverThe Grifter's Hymnal
Milky ChanceDown by the RiverSadnecessary
Neil YoungDown by the RiverMassey Hall 1971

The Songcircle playlist for 07/24/2015

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Sharon MarieSummertimePet Projects: The Brian Wilson Productions
Brian WilsonSummertimeBrian Wilson Reminagines Gershwin
The Dukes of Stratosphear (aka XTC)Pale and PreciousPsonic Psunspot
Rob Wasserman w/Brian Wilson and Carnie WilsonFantasy is Reality/Bells of MadnessTrios
Rufus WainwrightWonderful/Song for ChildrenWar Child Presents: Heroes (V.A.)
Geraint WatkinsHeroes and VillainsDial "W" for Watkins
The Beach BoysSlip On ThroughSunflower
James LowTBDlive on air
"The Stars Don't Care"
Pete SeegerVictor Jara1978/07/03 Royal Albert Hall (collectors' recording)
"Estadio Chile"
Victor JaraVamos por Ancho CaminoEl Derecho de Vivir en Paz
Brian WilsonBrian WilsonLive at the Roxy Theatre
"'Til I Die"
"Can't Wait Too LongThat Lucky Old Sun
"Midnight's Another Day"
Elvis Costello and The Brodsky QuartetGod Only KnowsThe Juliet Letters [Deluxe Edition]
The Beach BoysIn the Back of My MindThe Beach Boys Today
Brian WilsonIn the Back of My Mind (1975 Demo)No Pier Pressure [Target Exclusive Deluxe Edition]

The Songcircle playlist for 07/17/2015

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The Gypsy MothsFallacyself-titled
Warren ZevonKeep Me in Your HeartThe Wind
Dave Camp and John Averill, "The Neverly Brothers"Let It Be Meinternet video
StereovisionWhat is Realself-titled
Dick GaughanSail Onsame
The BeatlesWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps (Acoustic Version)Anthology 3
Ara LeeGypsy Womanlive on air
Amy Sue BerlinOne Last Thing"
Dana LouiseAll the Pretty Boys"
Kathryn ClaireEveryone Goes Home Alone"
Ara LeeThe Art of Letters"
Amy Sue BerlinHard to Say Goodbye"
Dana LouiseSoldier's Heart"
Kathryn ClaireSweet Chariot"
Ara LeeBorn"
The Nowhere Band (feat. Dave Camp)Here Comes the SunLive for The Eugene Ballet
Solomon BurkeNone of Us Are FreeDon't Give Up on Me
Dave Camp's words:

The Songcircle playlist for 07/10/2015

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Beaver NelsonClean it UpLegends of the Super-Heroes
Tommy KeenePlaces That Are Gonesame
Roger McGuinnYou Bowed DownBack From Rio
The KinksSweet Lady GenevievePreservation, Act 1
Bill FayThis WorldLife is People
Evan DandoHard DriveBaby I'm Board
Annie LennoxYou Have Placed a Chill in My Heart (live on MTV Unplugged)Cold: Coldest [CD Single]
Jorma KaukonenSong of the North StarQuah
Yo La TengoShadowsI Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
The United States of AmericaLove Song for the Dead CheThe United States of America
Sinead O'ConnorThis Is to Mother YouGospel Oak
Robyn HitchcockThe Crystal ShipThe Man Upstairs
H.P. LovecraftMobius TripH.P. Lovecraft II
Procol HarumQuite Rightly SoShine On Brightly
"Shine On Brightly"
Swamp DoggMighty Mighty Dollar BillGag a Maggot
Ringo StarrSunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond)Ringo
Jackie DeShannon (w/Van Morrison)Flamingos FlyJackie... Plus
Leonard CohenI Can't ForgetCan't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour
LoveBummer in the SummerForever Changes
The Del-LordsDouble LifeFrontier Days
Ray Wylie HubbardHey Mama My Time Ain't LongThe Grifter's Hymnal
Dan BernWelcome (Madmen with Guns)Songs of Fall
Nellie McKayDavidGet Away from Me

The Songcircle playlist for 06/26/2015

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XTCSummer's CauldronSkylarking
WondermintsOn the RunMind If We Make Love to You
The Beach BoysThe Warmth of the SunGood Vibrations: Thirty Years of The Beach Boys
Francis and the LightsIn a LimousineIt'll Be Better
Joni MitchellBig Yellow Taxi (Remix/Friends Album Version)Big Yellow Taxi [CD Single]
PrinceThe Ballad of Dorothy ParkerSign "O" the Times
"A Case of YouOne Nite Alone
Richard ThompsonBlack CrowTribute to Joni Mitchell
Joni MitchellCoyoteThe Last Waltz
Godfrey DanielWoodstockTake a Sad Song...
BjorkThe Boho DanceA Tribute to Joni Mitchell (V.A.)
Elvis CostelloEdith and the Kingpin"
Joni MitchellSong for SharonHejira
Bob DylanWedding SongPlanet Waves

The Songcircle playlist for 06/19/2015

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Amiri BarakaWho Will Survive AmericaListen, Whitey! The Sounds of Black Power 1967-1974 (V.A.)
The ImpressionsThis Is My Countrysame
Curtis Mayfield(Don't Worry) If There's Hell Below We're All Gonna GoCurtis
The Wailers400 YearsCatch a Fire
Swamp DoggGod Bless America For WhatRat On!
Curtis MayfieldWe People Who Are Darker Than BlueCurtis
James BrownSay It Loud! (I'm Black and I'm Proud)Say it Live and Loud: Live in Dallas 08.26.68
Billy PaulAm I Black Enough for Ya?360 Degrees of Billy Paul
Curtis MayfieldMove on UpCurtis
The Bottle RocketsWave That FlagBottle Rockets and the Brooklyn Side
Neil YoungSouthern ManAfter the Gold Rush
Roy HarperI Hate the White ManFlat Baroque and Beserk [Also on Listen, Whitey! compilation]
William ParkerThis Is My Country (New York)I Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield
Simon & GarfunkelA Church is BurningLive From New York City, 1967

The Songcircle playlist for 06/12/2015

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Karen CarpenterStill Crazy After All These YearsKaren Carpenter
Cass ElliotSisotowbell LaneThe Complete Cass Elliot Solo Collection
Erma FranklinLight My FireSuper Soul Sister
Doris TroySpecial CareDoris Troy
SyreetaShe's Leaving HomeSyreeta
Jen DealeNo Man's Boatlive on air
"Goodbye Townsame
"Waverlylive on air
SantiamCity Line"
"Don't Give a Hoot"
RumerSoul RebelBoys Don't Cry (iTunes Bonus Track)
Aretha FranklinSuzanneRare and Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul
Candi StatonIn the GhettoCandi Staton [2004 Compilation]
Mother EarthTonight the Sky's About to CryBring Me Home
Bettye SwanStand By Your ManBettye Swan
Shirley BasseySomethingShirley Bassey is Really "Something"


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