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 11/07/14

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Fri, 11/07/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 10/31/14

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Fri, 10/31/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 10/17/14

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Fri, 10/17/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 10/03/14

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Fri, 10/03/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 09/26/14

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Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Elvis Costello's longtime keyboardist Steve Nieve talks to the Songcircle!

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Fri, 09/19/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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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

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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Artist Spotlight: Val McCallum. Session guitarist's first solo record, "At the End of the Day"

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Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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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.

Portland Music Great Dan Haley Visits the Songcircle!

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Fri, 08/29/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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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.

The Songcircle on 08/22/14

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Fri, 08/22/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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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

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Fri, 12/05/2014
  • Length: 19:49 minutes (18.14 MB)
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Peter Mulvey Live on KBOO

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Fri, 10/24/2014
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  • Length: 22:31 minutes (15.46 MB)
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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".


The Songcircle playlist for 01/31/2014

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Bob DylanLay Down Your Weary TuneBiograph
Pete Seeger and the Rivertown KidsForever YoungChimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
The AlarmThe Bells of RhymneyDeclaration (1984-1985) [Reissue]
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band w/Roger McGuinnTurn, Turn, TurnMagic Tour Highlights (iTunes EP)
Bruce Spirngsteen & Pete SeegerThe Ghost of Tom JoadSowing the Seeds: Appleseed Records 10th Anniversary
The ByrdsI Come and Stand at Every DoorFifth Dimension
Ani DiFrancoMy Name is Lisa KaveledgeWhere Have All the Flowers Gone?: The Songs of Pete Seeger
Pete SeegerGarbageBBC, Royal Albert Hall, 7/3/78
Victor Jara"
Estadio Chile"
Dick GaughanWaist Deep in the Big MuddyWhere Have All the Flowers Gone?: The Songs of Pete Seeger
Pete SeegerAll My Children of the SunYoung Vs. Old
Casey NeillOld Father Hudson/Sailing Down My Dirty RiverWhere Have All the Flowers Gone?: The Songs of Pete Seeger
Timothy HullFerry Me OverBrightness of Brightness
Jeff RosenbergThis Old Man Reaganlive on air
Pete Seeger & Lorre Wyatt w/Steve Earle and Dar WilliamsThis Old Man RevisitedA More Perfect Union
The Mammals ft. Pete SeegerIndustrial ParkEvolver
Pete SeegerTo My Old Brown Earthfrom film Pete Seeger: The Power of Song (via YouTube)
RIP Pete Seeger. Dedicated to the memory of Alan Baily.

The Songcircle playlist for 01/24/2014

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Los LobosDon't Worry BabyHow Will the Wolf Survive?
The Beach Boys"various
Jackson 5I Want You BackLive at the Forum
Hoodoo Gurus"Stoneage Romeos
PrinceThe FutureBatman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Leonard Cohen"The Future
Leonard CohenSuzanneSongs of Leonard Cohen
Randy Newman"The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 2
The Isley BrothersFreedomGet into Something
Jimi Hendrix"First Rays of the New Rising Sun
Moby GrapeChangesMoby Grape
Phil Ochs"Phil Ochs In Concert
Lucinda WilliamsJacksonCar Wheels on a Gravel Road
Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash"Keep on the Sunny Side: June Carter Cash; A Musical Tribute
Jim LauderdaleHummingbirdThe Hummingbirds
Leon Russell"Leon Russell
Freedy JohnstonThe Lucky OneUnlucky
Alison Krauss & Union Station"New Favorite
John Lee Hooker w/Van MorrisonI Cover the WaterfrontMr. Lucky
Billie Holiday"Lady in Autumn: The Best of the Verve Years
Blood, Sweat & TearsHouse in the CountryChild is Father to the Man
The Kinks"Face to Face
Bruce SpringsteenHigh HopesHigh Hopes
Frank Sinatra"various
Homonym Songs: Songs that share the same title, but are otherwise distinctly different!

The Songcircle playlist for 01/17/2014

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Miles Davis QuintetI Have a DreamThe Complete Columbia Studio RecordingsColumbia Records
Richie HavensFreedomWoodstock: 3 Days of Peace & MusicWarner?
Edwin StarrCloud NinePower to the Motown People
Daniel KahnConey IslandRiver Mouth
Martha & the VandellasI Should Be ProudPower to the Motown People
Iron Maiden2 Minutes to MidnightPowerslaveEMI - Capitol Music
The Mothers of InventionUncle Bernie's FarmAbsolutely FreeVerve
SlayerMandatory SuicideSouth of HeavenDef American
Yesthe Gates of DeleriumYesshowsAtlantic
MetallicaDisposable HeroesMaster of PuppetsElektra
DJ Sam-I-am returns with another special edition of the SongCircle, this time exploring the less-covered themes of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's activism: war, its economic and geopolitical implications, and who bears the brunt of its consenquences.

The Songcircle playlist for 01/10/2014

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The Everly BrothersDon't Let Our Love Die (1951 Version)Heartaches and Harmonies [Box Set]
"Brand New HeartacheCadence Classics
Neko Case and Her BoyrfriendsBowling GreenThe Virginian
Warren ZevonFrank and Jesse JamesWarren Zevon
The Everly BrothersKentuckyThe Everly Brothers Show
"Put My Little Shoes AwayThe Reunion Concert
"I Wonder If I Care as Much (1957 demo)Too Good to Be True
"I Wonder if I Care as Much (1968 version)Roots
Robert Plant & Alison KraussStick with Me BabyRaising Sand
The Everly BrothersSleepless NightsCadence Classics
Ray CharlesBye Bye LoveModern Sounds in Country and Western Music
The Everly BrothersI Got a WomanRock 'n' Soul
Simon & GarfunkelWake Up, Little SusieThe Concert in Central Park
Gram Parsons & Emmylou HarrisLove HurtsGrievous Angel
The Beach BoysDevoted to YouBeach Boys Party!
The Everly BrothersCrying in the RainThe Reunion Concert
"So LonelyTwo Yanks in England
"When Will I Be Loved (1957 demo)Too Good to Be True
Rockpile (Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds)Poor JennySeconds of Pleasure [reissue]
Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah JonesLong Time GoneForeverly
The Everly BrothersCaptian, CaptainGive Me a Future
The Everly BrothersAbandoned LoveBorn Yesterday
"Gone, Gone, Gonesame
Phil EverlyWhen I'm Dead and GonePhil Everly

The Songcircle playlist for 01/03/2014

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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
MadMixMustangTell Me I'm the One You
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
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:

The Songcircle playlist for 12/27/2013

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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


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