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

2014-06-06 A Very Special SongCircle

The Songcircle
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Fri, 06/06/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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DJ Slamantha Foxx takes up the "Homonyms" project

This week, on a Very Special edition of the SongCircle, special guest DJ Slamantha Foxx brings you sounds, words, and rhythms to soothe, move, and inspire. We continue Mr Jeff's "Homonyms" project with more unlikely twins.

The Songcircle on 05/30/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 05/30/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 05/23/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 05/23/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 05/16/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 05/16/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 05/02/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 05/02/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle welcomes the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, feat. Mike & Ruthy of the Mammals!

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/25/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Live music from the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band, featuring Mike and Ruthy!
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason found folkie fame by writing and performing the celebrated soundtrack to Ken Burns' The Civil War. Their daughter Ruth Merenda (nee Ungar) and her husband Michael Merenda were 2/3 of The Mammals (alongside Pete Seeger's grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger), the state-of-the-art folk-rock band of the '90s/'00s. Both these generations of couples have joined together as the Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band.

R.I.P. Jesse Winchester

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/18/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The songs of the late, great Jesse Winchester, sung by himself and some esteemed admirers

The Songcircle on 04/11/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Legendary Texas Troubadour Joe Ely Visits The Songcircle

The Songcircle
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Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Joe Ely on The Songcircle!

The Songcircle on 03/28/14

The Songcircle
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Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Songcircle 3/4/11 Interview with John Wesley Harding/Wesley Stace

The Songcircle
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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 01/04/2013

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Michael FracassoBack to OklahomaBack to Oklahoma
John PhillipsMe and My UnclePhillips 66
Lou ReedLast Great American WhaleNew York
Joy HarjoFear PoemLetter from the End of the Twentieth Century
Loudon Wainwright IIIFear ItselfSongs for the New Depression
Jorma KaukonenAnother Man Done GoneQuah
James BrownFunky President (People It's Bad)Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971-1975
Jerry Lee LewisMoney (That's What I Want)Live at the Star Club Hamburg
Graham ParkerDisney's America12 Haunted Episodes
John Doe (with Eddie Vedder and Corin Tucker)The Golden State RemixThe Golden State [EP]
Loretta Lynn (with Jack White)Portland, OregonVan Lear Rose
Petra Haden and Bill FrisellI Don't Want to Grow UpPetra Haden and Bill Frisell
Kirsty MacCollDaysKite
Glen Campbell and Jimmy WebbIf These Walls Could SpeakIn Session
Tom NorthcottWho Planted Thorns in Miss Alice's GardenSunny Goodge Street: The Warner Bros. Recordings
Bruce CockburnPeggy's Kitchen WallStealing Fire
Leonard CohenLover Lover LoverField Commander Cohen: Tour of 1979
Nick LoweFailed ChristianDig My Mood
Peter CaseUnderneath the StarsLet Us Now Praise Sleepy John
Jackson C. FrankBlues Run the GameJackson C. Frank
Annie LennoxA Thousand Beautiful ThingsBare

SongCircle playlist for 12/28/2012

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Dave Carter & Tracy GrammerHey Youin studiom performance
Martyn JosephHe Never SaidDon't Talk ABout Love
Dan BernJerusalemDog Boy Van
Dar WilliamsThe CHristians and the Paganssame as song title
George Harrison ~ I Dig Love ~ All Things Must Pass [Disc 2] ~ 2001My Sweet LordLive in Japan
M.C. YogiGanesh is FreshElephant Power
Stephan SmithIn the AirSlash and Burn
Midnight OilSpirit of the AgeThe Real Thing
John TrudellCrazy HorseBone Days
Larry LongAnna MaeIn the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Jim PageSong for Leonard PeltierIn the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Indigo GirlsBury My Heart at Wounded Knee1200 Curfews
Bruce CockburnStolen LandLive
Mike ScottBring Em All InBring Em All In
Railroad EarthMighty RiverBird in a House
Jackson BrowneRock Me on the WaterSaturate BEfore USing
Each Other's LegendPray What You NeedLive at KPFA

SongCircle playlist for 12/21/2012

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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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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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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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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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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 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 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


Marie-Josee Dandeneau

Have you played Marie-Josee Dandeneau? Has she played in Oregon?

Ignore the above! No longer the last Thursday.



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