The Songcircle

In a songcircle, songs are bandied back and forth. Perhaps over a fire. Each week on The Songcircle, we try to 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

Casey Neill: Back to the BOO

The Songcircle
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Fri, 11/15/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Portland songwriter favorite Casey Neill returns to the Songcircle.
In advance of tonight's release party for the long-awaited new album, All You Pretty Vandals, Casey plays some of its tunes in solo-acoustic form, plus an old classic.

Wesley Stace Returns to The Songcircle

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Fri, 11/08/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The former John Wesley Harding makes his second Songcircle visit.
Today on The Songcircle, we welcome new artist Wesley Stace - who's really the "old" artist John Wesley Harding, newly de-pseudonymed. He'll share thoughts about, and songs from, his new album of strikingly personal songs, wryly titled Self-Titled. We'll also discuss his forthcoming rock-'n'-roll novel, Wonderkid. This is Wes' second visit to The Songcircle, and we're looking forward to another fascinating chat! (Listen to his previous visit HERE:

Day of the Dead Special (No, not THAT Dead!): R.I.P. Lou Reed.

The Songcircle
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Fri, 11/01/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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A tribute to Lou Reed and other recently deceased musical greats.
We'll remember the recently deceased master, Lou Reed, with favorite songs and some rare recordings. Plus, remembrances of other musical greats who've crossed over in the past year.

The Songcircle, featuring guest DJ Peter Buck!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 10/25/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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REM guitarist Peter Buck & Mississippi Records' Eric Isaacson crate-dig for KBOO!
One of the biggest music fans to ever become a big music star is REM's genre-defining guitarist, and part-time Portlander, Peter Buck. In support of our Fall Membership Drive, Peter and Mississippi Records' Eric Isaacson pull up a seat in the Songcircle to spin some of their old - and maybe your new? - favorite records.

SongCircle on 10/11/13

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Fri, 10/11/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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SongCircle on 10/04/13

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Fri, 10/04/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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SongCircle on 09/27/13

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Fri, 09/27/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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SongCircle on 09/20/13

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Fri, 09/20/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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SongCircle on 09/06/13

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Fri, 09/06/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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SongCircle on 08/30/13

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Fri, 08/30/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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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".


SongCircle playlist for 12/21/2012

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The Songcircle
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Skeeter DavisThe End of the WorldThe Best of Skeeter Davis
R.E.M.It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)MTV Unplugged 1991
Prince1999Paris 1986
PrinceThe FutureBatman
Leonard CohenThe FutureThe Future
Elvis CostelloWaiting for the End of the WorldMy Aim is True
The ClashArmagideon TimeFrom Here to Eternity
Nick DrakePink MoonPink Moon
Holcombe WallerLiterally the End of the World (Live at Doug Fir)O Come, Custodiangel
EelsEnd TimesEnd Times
Swamp DoggThe World BeyondTotal Desctruction to Your Mind
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds(I'll Love You) Till the End of the WorldUntil the End of the World: Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack
Red RockersEve of DestructionSchizophrenic Circus
Firesign TheatreExcerpt: "The 38th of Cunagonda"Don't Crush That Dwarf, Hand Me the Pliers
Sleater-KinneyBanned from the End of the WorldThe Hot Rock
Patti SmithUntil the End of the WorldAchtung Baby Covered
The String Quartet Tribute to Bob DylanAll Along the WatchtowerThe String Quartet Tribute to Bob Dylan
VangelisBlade Runner (End Titles)Blade Runner
Joni MitchellSlouching Toward BethlehemTravelogue
The Beach BoysSurf's UpSMiLE
TranslatorEvening of the HarvestEvening of the Harvest

SongCircle playlist for 12/07/2012

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The Songcircle
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SpiritNature's WaySpirit Chronicles 1967-11992
"Dark Eyed WomanClear
Dave BrubeckTake Five50 Years of Dave Brubeck Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival
John ColtraneI Want to Talk About YouSoultrane
Shuggie OtisInspiration Informationsame
Orchestra BaobabUtrus HorasPirates Choice
Mary Margaret O'HaraWhen You Know Why You're HappyMiss America
Jacques BrelAmsterdamBrel infiniment
Blood, Sweat and TearsThe Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes, and FreudChild is the Father to the Man
Elvis PresleyKentucky RainSuspicious Minds: The Memphis 1969 Anthology
Robert Plant and Alison KraussPolly Come HomeRaising Sand
Sinead O'ConnorThe Lamb's Book of LoveFaith and Courage
Peter ToshDownpressor ManEqual Rights
Scott WalkerMontague Terrace (In Blue)Boy Child: The Best of 1967-1970
Tom WaitsThe Briar and the RoseThe Black Rider
SpiritMorning Will ComeTwelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus

SongCircle playlist for 11/23/2012

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The Songcircle
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John HiattGod's Golden EyesCrossing Muddy Waters
Jackson BrowneRock Me On the WaterSaturate Before Using
Simon & GarfunkleHe Was My BrotherOld Friends
Pierce PettisLegacyWhile the Serpent Lies Sl3eeping
Bruce CockburnWhat ABout the BondHumans
George HarrisonMy Sweet LordLive in Japan
The BandUp On Cripple CreekThe Last Wal
Ronnie HawkinsWho Do You LoveThe Last Waltz
The BandThe Night They Drove Old Dixie DownThe Last Waltz
Paul ButterfieldMystery TrainThe Last Waltz
Van MorrisonCaravanThe Last Waltz
Bruce CockburnRed Broth, Red SisterCIrcle in the Stream
Indigo GirlsBury My Heart at Wounded Knee1200 Curfews
Railroad EarthBlack Elk SpeaksRailroad Earth
Firesign TheatreTemporarily Humbolt CountyShoes FOr Imdustry
Peter RowanLand of the NavajoPeter Rowan
Jefferson AirplaneGood ShepherdWorst Of
John LennonImagine

SongCircle playlist for 11/16/2012

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Procol HarumBoredomA Salty Dog
Nick DrakeOne of These Things FirstBryter Layter
Maria McKeeI'm Gonna Soothe YouYou Gotta Sin to Get Saved
World PartyPut the Message in the BoxGoodbye Jumbo
Tracy GrammerGypsy RoseFlower of Avalon
The JayhawksMiss Williams' GuitarTomorrow the Green Grass
The Dukes of StratosphearVanishing GirlPsonic Psunspot
Patty GriffinEvery Little BitLiving with Ghosts
PJ HarveyDown by the WaterTo Bring You My Love
Marvin GayeThis Love Starved Heart of Mine (Is Killing Me)Love Starved Heart
Sly & the Family StoneThankful 'n' ThoughtfulFresh
ChumbawambaBuy Nothing DayUn
Del AmitriNothing Ever HappensWaking Hours
The PretendersBack on the Chain GangLearning to Crawl
Paul PenaNew Trainsame
The BandThe Night They Drove Old Dixie DownThe Last Waltz
Eric AndersenThat's Alright, Mama'Bout Changes 'n' Things, Take 2

SongCircle playlist for 11/09/2012

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The Songcircle
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Los LobosWill the Wolf Survive?How Will the Wolf Survive?
"This TimeThis Time
"Don't Worry, BabyHow Will the Wolf Survive?
Manu ChaoMe Gustas TuProxima Estacion: Esperanza
RodriguezThis is Not a Song, it's an Outburst: Or, The Establishment BluesCold Fact
Los LobosKiko and the Lavender MoonKiko
Camaron de la IslaLa PrimaveraPotro de Rabia y Miel
Manu ChaoLa PrimaveraProxima Estacion:Esperanza
Los LobosLa Pistola y el CorazonAcoustic en Vivo
"One Time One NightBy the Light of the Moon
Ersi ArvizuFriend for LifeFriend for Life
Paul SimonSunday AfternoonSongs from The Capeman
Los LobosRevolutionColossal Head
Los Super SevenDeportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)Los Super Seven
Las Perlas del SonChan ChanSi Senor!
Los ZafirosLa Luna en tu MiradaBossa Cubana
Ry Cooder/Manuel GalbanLos TwanguerosMambo Sinuendo
Latin PlayboysManifold de AmourLatin Playboys
RodriguezSugar ManCold Fact
Los LobosVolver, VolverAcoustic en Vivo
"Marie, MarieRide This

Special "Latino Vote" Edition!

SongCircle playlist for 11/02/2012

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The Songcircle
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Bettye LaVetteEverything is BrokenThankful 'n' ThoughtfulANTI
Bonnie RaittMillion MilesSlipstreamRedwing Records
Bob DylanNarrow WayTempestColumbia
Neil YoungTwisted RoadPsychedelic PillReprise
Bettye LaVetteEverybody Knows This is NowhereThankful 'n' ThoughtfulANTI
Joan OsborneBroken WingsBring it on HomeSaguaro Road Records
Paul SimonHearts and BonesLive in New York CityHear Music
Leonard CohenCome HealingOld IdeasColumbia
Rufus WainwrightMontaukOut of the GameDecca
Loudon Wainwright IIIMy MedsOlder Than My Old Man Now (2012)2nd Story Sound Records
Dan Bern and Common RotationSwing SetDrifterself-released
Frank SinatraMichael and PeterWatertownUniversal
The GrascalsLast Train to ClarksvilleThe Famous Lefty Flynn'sRounder
The RutlesHold My HandThe RutlesRhino
Sam PhillipsHolding on to the EarthThe Indescribable WowVirgin
The Beach BoysFrom There to Back AgainThat's Why God Made the RadioCapitol
Ian HunterWhen I'm PresidentsameSlimstyle Records

SongCircle playlist for 10/05/2012

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The Songcircle
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The Beau BrummelsTurn AroundBradley's Barn
Vashti BunyanDiamond DayJust Another Diamond Day
Karen DaltonSomething's on Your MindIn My Own Time
Eric AndersenMiss Lonely Are You BlueMore Hits from Tin Can Alley
Dion and the WanderersI Can't Help But Wonder Where I'm BoundWonder Where I'm Bound
RodriguezSugar ManCold Fact
Paul PenaCenter of AsiaGenghis Blues: Music from the Motion Picture
The Isley BrothersOhio/Machine GunGivin' It Back
Solomon BurkeNone of Us Are FreeDon't Give Up on Me
Ruthie FosterPhenomenal WomanThe Phenomenal Ruthie Foster
Antony and the JohnsonsFistful of LoveI Am a Bird Now
James BrownThat's My DesireJazz
Bob DylanReturn to MeThe Sopranos: Peppers and Eggs
They Might Be GiantsIstanbul (Not Constantinople)Flood
Nellie McKayClonieGet Away from Me
Stew and the Negro ProblemBlack Men SkiMaking It
The ReekersWhat a Girl Can't DoMeet the Reekers!

SongCircle playlist for 09/21/2012

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The Songcircle
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The WaterboysFisherman's Bluessame
Small FacesAfterglowOgden's Nut-Gone Flake
Los ZafirosBossa Cubanasame
Paul PenaJet AirlinerNew Train
Neko Case and her BoyfriendsSet Out RunningFurnace Room Lullaby
Bobbie GentryMornin' GloryThe Delta Sweete
BjorkIt's Oh So QuietPost
Yo La TengoAutumn SweaterI Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Evan DandoHard DriveBaby I'm Bored
Elliott SmithBetween the Barseither/or
Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsLime Tree ArbourThe Boatman's Call
Judy CollinsAlbatrossWildflowers
Colin BlunstoneMisty RosesOne Year
AntonyLandslideJust Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac
Midnight OilWharf RatSometimes [CD single]
Jerry Joseph and the JackmormonsRevelatorBadlandia
Tom RushUrge for GoingThe Circle Game
Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir HelfgotShoyfer Shel MoshiakhEternal Echoes: Songs & Dances for the Soul

SongCircle playlist for 08/24/2012

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The Songcircle
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Sweet Honey in the RockWomen Should Be A Priority
Toshi ReaganJusticeJustice
Sinead O'ConnorDownpressor Man
Tracy ChapmanNothing YetTelling Stories
The PretendersRevolutionIsle of View
Joni MitchellDon't Interrupt the SorrowHissing of Summer Lawns
Toshi ReaganHow LongJustice
Jackson BrowneLives in the BalanceLives in the Balance
Neil YoungCrime in the CityFreedom
Tim EastonJesus Protect Me From Your FolllowersAmmunition
Martyn JosephHe Never SaidDon't Talk ABout Love
Bruce CockburnBroken WheelLive
The ClashArmagideon TimeStory of the Clash Vol 1
Mary GauthierMercy NowMercy Now
Eliza GilkysonHighway 9personal recording
Exene CervenkaHere Come the CrucifiersOld Wives Tales
Bob MarleyNo More TroubleLive at Leeds

Guest host: Robyn Shanti

SongCircle playlist for 08/17/2012

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Paul & Linda McCartneyHeart of the CountryRam
Blood, Sweat and TearsHouse in the CountryChild is Father to the Man
The KinksHouse in the CountryFace to Face
BlurCountry HouseThe Great Escape
Julie Andrews and Stephen CollinsCountry HouseSondheim: Putting it Together
Bob DylanCountry PieNashville Skyline
Nick LoweHeart of the CityJesus of Cool (reissue)/Pure Pop for Now People
The Lovin' SpoonfulSummer in the CityHums of the Lovin' Spoonful
New Broadway CastToo Darn HotKiss Me, Kate
Peter CaseIce WaterThank You, St. Jude
Peter CaseInterviewLive by phone
The PlimsoulsOldest Story in the WorldEverywhere at Once
Peter CaseSteel StringsPeter Case
Peter CaseMatchbox BluesPeter Case Sings Like Hell
Peter CaseBeyond the BluesThank You, St. Jude
Jim CroceOperator (That's Not the Way it Feels)Have You Heard: Jim Croce Live
Bettye LaVetteHeart of GoldChild of the Seventies
Paul PenaGonna MoveNew Train
Dusty SpringfieldNo Easy Way DownDusty in Memphis
Ani DiFrancoAnimalEducated Guess


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