The Songcircle



In a songcircle, songs are bandied back and forth. Perhaps around a fire. Each week on The Songcircle, we try to spark a fire and bounce artists' songs off one another in a similar way. Sometimes in service of a common theme or genre. Sometimes paying tribute to a beloved artist with rare recordings. Sometimes responding to events that impact us all. Always, we strive to present music both new and familiar in a fresh context. You might not love every song, but stay tuned - the next one might be a new favorite!

Jeff Rosenberg is a longtime KBOO DJ and contributor to the Music section of Willamette Week.

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Episode Archive

Elvis Costello's longtime keyboardist Steve Nieve talks to the Songcircle!

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
An interview with, and great performances by, one of rock music's finest instrumentalists.
In advance of his appearance at Mississippi Studios on Tuesday night, Sept. 23, Elvis Costello's career-long collaborator, Steve Nieve, will speak to the Songcircle - all the way from Melbourne, Australia, no less!

Nieve's work on piano and organ helped to define Elvis Costello's style, as a member of the Attractions, and later, the Imposters. He's also toured prolifically as a duo with Elvis, and often been his right-(and left)-hand-man when collaborating with other artists.

In addition, Nieve (a nickname coined by Ian Dury) has released a string of solo albums featuring such guests as Sting, Laurie Anderson, Robert Wyatt and more, and is the co-composer of the opera Welcome to the Voice.

The Songcircle on 09/12/14

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Eclectic

Artist Spotlight: Val McCallum. Session guitarist's first solo record, "At the End of the Day"

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Renowned Session Guitarist Val McCallum's first solo record, "At the End of the Day".

"Whether or not you’ve heard of Val McCallum, you’ve undoubtedly heard his work. Val is a supremely talented guitarist, singer, songwriter and studio musician who got his start recording for the legendary songwriter Harry Nilsson at age 18. After 30 years of working with such artists as Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, The Wallflowers, Bonnie Raitt, Loretta Lynn and countless others, Val McCallum has just released his first solo record, At the End of the Day, a collection of spare, acoustic and grippingly intimate songs."
Sam Jones, Off Camera


Val McCallum's solo CD, "At the End of the Day" is available at CD Baby and ITunes.
http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ValMcCallum

Portland Music Great Dan Haley Visits the Songcircle!

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Special Guest Dan Haley

Portland folk-rock veteran, brilliant songwriter and all around swell fella Dan Haley joins Jeff on the Songcircle. He'll share some tunes and discuss benefit efforts for local folk legend Lynn Conover. Another Portland music hero may pop in as well.


http://danhaleymusic.com/

The Songcircle on 08/22/14

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Eclectic

The Songcircle on 08/15/14

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Eclectic

The Songcircle on 08/08/14

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Eclectic

The Songcircle on 08/01/14

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 08/01/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Eclectic

The Songcircle on 07/25/14

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 07/25/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Eclectic

The Songcircle on 07/18/14

Program: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
Fri, 07/18/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Short Description: 
Eclectic

Audio

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

program: 
The Songcircle
program date: 
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".

Playlists

The Songcircle playlist for 01/03/2014

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
01/03/2014
ArtistTitleAlbumLabel
Frank ZappaRubber ShirtSheik YerboutiBarking Pumpkin
Go Home ProductionsKarma in the LifeSgt Pepper's Midlife Crisis
CCC - Ill ChemistKelly Watch the HoleCracked Pepper
DJ LobsterdustMarley MaidenNumber of da Boots
MadMixMustangTake Me On the Crazy Trainwww.madmixmustang.nl
MadMixMustangTell Me I'm the One You Wantwww.madmixmustang.nl
FAROFFMash Machine
Wax AudioHallowed Be Thy EnemyMashopolos
MadMixMustangThat's All Right Now!Tales From Bootleg Oceans 5
Go Home ProductionsDowntown OctopusRockin' in San Francisco
Mighty MikeImagine a JumpBest of Bootie 2010
Go Home ProductionsPassenger FeverBest of Bootie 2007
Wax AudioMaster of Doin' ItMashopolos III
DJ LobsterdustEpic Black Rock
DJ's From MarsEnter Telephonedjsfrommars.com
DJ SchmolliTrooper BelieverNumber of da Boots
FissunixRainbow in the Superfreak Dark
Go Home ProductionsCrazy Little FoolAllen Dean Project
Wax AudioSouth of the GrapevineMashopolos III
FAROFFBeatles vs LCD Soundsystem vs the KinksMashopolos
Wax AudioWhole Lotta Sabbath
DJ lobsterdustCall Me AlreadySame Old Song
the KleptonesGimme GimmeBest of Bootie 2010
Go Home ProductionsPaperback BelieverThis Was Pop (2002-2007)
This week on the Songcircle, guest host Sam explores the metagenre known as "mashup." This is the practice of combining the vocal track of one or more songs with the instrumental track(s) of one or more others. To the extent that the result is "transformative" of the sources, mashups are covered under the "fair use" doctrine of U.S. copyright law.

For more from the sonic artists featured in today's show:
www.madmixmustang.nl
www.waxaudio.com.au

www.cracked-pepper.blogspot.com/
www.djlobsterdust.com
www.djsfrommars.com
www.gohomeproductions.co.uk

The Songcircle playlist for 12/27/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
12/27/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
King MissileHeavenHappy Hour
Booker T. JonesKnockin' On Heaven's DoorHow Many Roads
BeatnixStairway To HelpThe Money or the Gun; Stairways To Heaven
PhishJesus Just Left Chicago1998-07-19 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA
Richard CheesePersonal JesusI'd Like a Virgin
Booker T. JonesSoul-LimboWaterfront Blues Festival 2012
XTCDear GodFossil Fuel: XTC Singles Collection 1977-97
Rolling StonesSympathy For the DevilGet Yer Ya-Ya's Out!
Nick Cave & the Bad SeedsUp Jumped the DevilTender Prey
Jerry Garcia & David GrismanFriend of the DevilJerry Garcia & David Grisman
Popol VuhAngels In The SkyBest of Popol Vuh From the Films of Werner Herzog
Elvis Costello and the Attractions(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red ShoesLive at Hollywood High
King CrimsonFallen AngelThe Condensed 21st Century Guide to King Crimson
Talking HeadsThank You For Sending Me An AngelStop Making Sense
Jerry Garcia BandSitting In LimboLet It Rock
While Jeff does who-knows-what, Sam steps up and places his rather attractive Gentile bottom into the DJ seat to keep your favorite platters spinning.

The Songcircle playlist for 12/20/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
12/20/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
The PoguesFairytale of New YorkIf I Should Fall from Grace with God
FreakwaterWild and BlueDancing Under Water
RamonesMerry Christmas Baby (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)Brain Drain
Otis ReddingMerry Christmas, Baby
Big StarJesus ChristThird/Sister Lovers
U2Jesus ChristFolkways: A Vision Shared
June Tabor and OysterbandJesus Was a Red-Headed ManRagged Kingdom
Dick GaughanStand Up for JudasA Different Kind of Love Song
Jackson BrowneThe Rebel JesusThe Next Voice You Hear: The Best of Jackson Browne
Cassleberry-DupreeDid Jesus Have a Baby SisterCity Down
OdettaMary Had a BabyBrightest Star
Darlene LoveWho Took the Merry out of Christmas?It's Christmas, of Course
Graham Parker (with Nona Hendryx)Soul ChristmasGraham Parker's Christmas Cracker
James BrownSanta Claus Go Straight to the GhettoJames Brown's Funky Christmas
Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsAin't No Chimneys in the Projectssingle
The KinksFather ChristmasMisfits (reissue)
Bob DylanMust Be SantaChristmas in the Heart
MarahHandsome SantaA Christmas Kind of Town
The Del-LordsSoldier's HomeJohnny Comes Marching Home
Bob DylanArthur McBrideGood as I Been to You
John FaheyHark, the Herald Angels Sing/O Come, All Ye FaithfulA New Possibility: John Fahey's Christmas Album
Jeff BuckleyCorpus Christi CarolGrace

The Songcircle playlist for 12/13/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
12/13/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Jim LauderdaleMidnight Will Become DayThe Hummingbirds
Beaver NelsonClean It UpLegends of the Super Heroes
Ziggy Marley and the Melody MakersTomorrow PeopleConscious Party
Ringo StarrSunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond)Ringo
Pete Townshend and Raphael RuddLet My Love Open the DoorThe Oceanic Concerts
Ani DiFrancoLittle Plastic Castlesame
The United States of AmericaLove Song for the Dead Cheself-titled
Lucinda WilliamsThe Ballad of Lucy JordanTwistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein
The ShinsIt's Only LifePort of Morrow
Janis JoplinGet It While You CanPearl
The Swimming Pool Q'sPurple Riversself-titled
Jackie DeShannonOnly Love Can Break Your HeartJackie
Frank SinatraMichael and PeterWatertown
William ShatnerIt Hasn't Happened YetHas Been
Elvis CostelloAmerican Without TearsKing of America
Colin MeloyHere I Dreamt I Was an ArchitectColin Meloy Sings Live
Bob DylanMust Be SantaChristmas in the Heart

The Songcircle playlist for 12/06/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
12/06/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
The WaterboysDecemberThe Waterboys
Big CountryWinter SkySteeltown [reissue]
U2Ordinary Lovesingle
Breathe (Mandela Version)single
Bono, The Edge, David A. Stewart, Abdel Wright, Youssou N'DourLong Walk to Freedom46664
Neil YoungMother Earth (Natural Anthem)Mandela Freedom Concert, Wembley Stadium, London 4/16/1990
Tracy ChapmanFreedom Now"
The Special A.K.A.Free Nelson Mandelasingle
Hugh MasakelaBring Him Home (MandelaThe African Concert (Paul Simon & Friends)
Youssou N'DourNelson Mandelasame
Simple MindsMandela DayCelebrate
Brenda FassieBlack Presidentsame
Nona HendryxWinds of Change (Mandela to Mandela)Female Trouble
Peter, Paul & MaryNo Easy Walk to Freedomsame
XSee How We Are (Demo)Beyond & Back: The X Anthology
John ColtraneMy Favorite Thingssame

The Songcircle playlist for 11/29/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
11/29/2013
ArtistTitleAlbumLabel
Throwing MusesOpiatesPurgatory Paradise
Robert PollardStrange and Pretty DayHoney Locust Honkey Tonk
Howie GelbRunning BehindThe CoincidentalistNew West
QuasiRIPMole CityKill Rock Stars
Marisa AndersonHesitation Theme and Variation BluesMercuryMississippi
Laurie AndersonO SupermanBig ScienceWarner Brothers
Cat Powersilent machineSunMatador
Cheyenne MizeAmong the Gray
Chrissy Zebby TemboMy AncestorsMy AncestorsMississippi
Reigning SoundEverything I Do Is WrongAbdication ... For Your Love
The SaintsStory of LoveKnow Your Product
The Only OnesAnother Girl Another PlanetThe Only OnesColumbia
Bill CallahanSpringDream River
Elliott SmithNew DisasterNew MoonKill Rock Stars
FreakwaterMy Old Drunk Friend7"Thrill Jocket
LuceroTexas and TennesseeTexas and Tennessee
Elvis Costello and the RootsWalk Us UptownWise Up GhostBlue Note
Meg HentgesThis Kind Of LoveBrompton's CocktailRobbins Entertainment
Allela DianeThe Way We FallAbout Farewell
Josaphine FosterMy Wanderin HeartI'm a DreamerFire
The Avette BrothersI and Love and YouI and Love and You
Devil Makes ThreeGood Bye Old FriendI'm A Stranger HereNew West
Valerie JuneWorking Womens BluesPushin' Against a StoneSunday Best

The Songcircle playlist for 11/22/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
11/22/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Lou ReedThe Day John Kennedy Died (w/interview snippet)The Blue Mask
The ByrdsHe Was a Friend of MineMonterey International Pop Festival
James & Fanny BrewerI Want to Know WhyCan't Keep from Crying: Topical Blues on the Death of President Kennedy
The Human LeagueSecondsDare
Was (Not Was)11 MPH (Abe Zapp Ruder Version)What Up, Dog?
The Postal ServiceSleeping InGive Up
Phil OchsCrucifixion (live)Farewells & Fantasies
Thin LizzyDoctor Who ThemeBerlin 1973
Jon PertweeWho Is the Doctor?single
The Timelords (a.k.a. The JAMS; The KLF)Doctorin' the TARDISThe History of the JAMS
Richard ThompsonIt Won't Be Longlive
Elvis Costello & The ImpostersAll I've Got to Do5/2/2007 West Hollywood
The BeatlesAll My Loving (w/Ed Sullivan intro)The Ed Sullivan Show, 2/9/1964
George HarrisonDon't Bother Me (writing demo)Rare recording
The BeatlesDon't Bother me (Remake, Take 10)With the Beatles Album Sessions
The BeatlesTill There Was YouLive at the Star Club, Hamburg 1962
The MarvelettesPlease Mr. PostmanForever More Vol. 1
The BeatlesRoll Over BeethovenVancouver 1964
The TreasuresHold Me TightPhil Spector: Back to Mono
The BeatlesYou've Really Got a Hold on MeStockholm 1964
The Rolling StonesI Wanna Be Your ManGrrrr!
The DonaysDevil in His Heartsingle
Robert PalmerNot a Second TimeClues
Barrett StrongMoney (That's What I Want)single

Video "Bonus Tracks":

JFK:

Dion: Abraham, Martin & John, Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Dion plays acoustic guitar and sings, typically, beautifully.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGKnrBP8ARY

Hoyt Axton: "Gypsy Moth", Austin City Limits 1978. Beautiful, haunting ballad not about, but evoking, JFK, with great story about Hoyt appearing on The Tonight Show as intro.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OaJrHb7S0o

John Hagman: "Dallas, Texas". Karaoke conspiracy-mongering, to the tune of "Copacabana"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lx3Q_Lf5LAE&feature=youtu.be

DOCTOR WHO:

Doc Brown vs Doctor Who. Epic Rap Battles of History. HIlarious face-off between two nutty time-travelers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDj7gvc_dsA

BEATLES:

The Beatles: "Money" I wanted to end the show with this, but ran out of time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_awAH-JJx1k

The Songcircle playlist for 11/15/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
11/15/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Jules ShearThe Great Puzzlesame
Graham ParkerBack in TimeThe Mona Lisa's Sister
The Swimming Pool Q'sPurple RiversThe Swimming Pool Q's
Neko Case and Her BoyfriendsSet Out RunningFurnace Room Lullaby
Traveling WilburysCongratulationsVolume One
Nick Cave and The Bad SeedsLime Tree ArbourLive at the Royal Albert Hall
Casey Neill and The Norway RatsAll You Pretty Vandalssame
TranslatorStanding in LineEvening of the Harvest
Casey NeillHollow Boneslive on air
Casey Neill and The Norway RatsIn with a ShoutAll You Pretty Vandals
Joe Strummer & The MescalarosGet Down MosesStreetcore
Casey NeillShe Came Alivelive on air
R.E.M.The Great Beyondsingle
Casey NeillThe Dark Dividelive on air
XSee How We Aresame
Casey NeillThe Sad Bones of Her Handslive on air
Todd SniderTillamook County JailEast Nashvile Skyline

The Songcircle playlist for 11/01/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
11/01/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Lou ReedThe Day John Kennedy Died (Live)Animal Serenade
"Remarks on JFKLou Reed Minus One (The Blue Mask promo interview disc)
"Into the DivinePerfect Night: Live in London
"Merry Go RoundAll Tomorrow's Dance Parties (compilation of pre-Velvets work)
"Elvis MedleyGuggenheim Museum, NYC, 07.10.1993
 (collectors' recording)
"Dirty Blvd."
Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, & John ZornPart 1 [Improvisation Excerpt]The Stone, Issue 3
Lou ReedLegendary Heartssame
"SmilesGrowing Up in Public
"Sally Can't Dance (Single Version)Sally Can't Dance (Japanese Deluxe Ed.)
"Coney Island Baby (Alternate Version)Coney Island Baby (Japanese Deluxe Ed.)
"Halloween ParadeNew York
"Fly into the SunNew Sensations
"No ChanceMagic and Loss
Lou Reed and John CaleHello It's MeSongs for Drella
Lou Reed w/Various ArtistsPerfect DayBBC Promo Version (from YouTube)
Lou ReedTarbelly and FeatherfootSweet Relief: A Benefit for Victoria Williams
"Heroin (Live)Rock 'n' Roll Animal

SongCircle playlist for 09/06/2013

Program name: 
The Songcircle
Air date: 
09/06/2013
ArtistTitleAlbum
Swamp DoggSam StoneCuffed, Collared and Tagged
Willie NelsonJimmy's RoadWho'll Buy My Memories? The I.R.S. Tapes, Vol. 1
Rolling StonesHighwireFlashpoint
New Model ArmyHere Comes the WarGreat Expectations: The Singles Collection
Midnight OilU.S. ForcesThe Real Thing
U2SecondsWar
The DoorsThe Unknown SoldierWaiting for the Sun
Sparks(Baby, Baby) Can I Invade Your CountryHello Young Lovers
Les McCann & Eddie HarrisCompared to WhatBlack Power: Music of a Revolution
The ClashThe Call-UpSandanista!
They Might Be GiantsOne More ParadeRubiyat
P.F. SloanEve of DestructionSailover
Curtis Mayfield(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to GoCurtis
John TrudellBombs over BaghdadAKA Grafitti Man
Randy NewmanPolitical ScienceSail Away
Tom LehrerI'm Spending Hanukkah in Santa MonicaNow That Sounds Kosher!
Leonard CohenVillanelle for Our TimesDear Heather
Jason IsbellCover Me UpSoutheastern

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