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

The Songcircle on 01/17/14

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Fri, 01/17/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Farewell, Phil Everly

The Songcircle
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Fri, 01/10/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Bidding a Brother goodbye

This week's Songcircle will be a labor of love, and a goodbye kiss to Phil Everly and the indelible harmonies of The Everly Brothers. Featuring classic, rare, and live tracks from Phil & Don, and covers of their tunes by Ray Charles, Gram & Emmylou, Neko Case, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, Simon & Garfunkel, and from Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones' new Everlys tribute album, among others.

Songcircle Mashup Special

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Fri, 01/03/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Special Mashup edition
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 song with the instrumental track(s) of another. To the extent that the result is "transformative" of the sources, mashups are covered under the "fair use" doctrine of U.S. copyright law.

The Songcircle on 12/27/13

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Fri, 12/27/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 12/20/13

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Fri, 12/20/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 12/13/13

The Songcircle
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Fri, 12/13/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 12/06/13

The Songcircle
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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 11/29/13

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Fri, 11/29/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Beatles, The Doctor, and JFK

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Fri, 11/22/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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Observing the 50th Anniversaries of JFK's death, With the Beatles, and Doctor Who

Casey Neill: Back to the BOO

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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.


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 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

SongCircle playlist for 08/24/2012

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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

SongCircle playlist for 08/03/2012

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Jimi HendrixAll Along the WatchtowerFlashback
Railroad EarthMighty RiverBird in a House
TrafficGladJohn Barleycorn
Patty GriffinCainLilithFair
The BridgeShake Em DownThe Bridge
Van MorrisonWild NightTupelo Honey
Traveling WilburysEnd of the LineWilbury's Collection
REMLosing My ReligionOut of Time
Todd SniderConservative Christian Right Wing Republican Straight White American MaleEast Nashville Skyline
Todd SniderBallad of the KingsmenEast Nashville Skyline
Todd SniderTalkin' Seattle Grunge Rock BluesSongs for the Daily Planet
Garcia. Grisman, RiceKnockin On Heaven's Doorlive--personal collection
Peter RowanLand of the NavajoPeter Rowan
The BandAcadian DriftwoodGreatest Hits
Sinead O'ConnorDownpressor Man
Bob MarleySo Much TroubleRastaman Vibration
Joe Strummer & the MescalerosGet Down MosesStreetcore

 Guest host: Robyn Shanti

SongCircle playlist for 07/13/2012

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Bob DylanPretty Boy FloydFolkways: A Vision Shared
Billy Bragg & WilcoAirline to HeavenMermaid Avenue Vol. II
ChumbawambaHanging on the Old Barbed WireEnglish Rebel Songs, 1381-1984
"Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name)Readymades
Jason & the ScorchersGood Things Come to Those Who WaitStill Standing
The KinksGod's ChildrenPercy: Original Soundtrack
Willis Alan RamseyBoy from OklahomaWillis Alan Ramsey
Bob DylanDear Mrs. RooseveltA Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Pete Seeger and Arlo GuthrieUnion MaidWoody Guthrie: Hard Travelin'; Soundtrack to the Film
John MellencampDo Re MiFolkways: A Vision Shared
The KinksVictoriaArthur, or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire
ChumbawambaBankrobberA Singsong and a Scrap
Holly Near & Ronnie GilbertPastures of PlentyWoody Guthrie: Hard Travelin'
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street BandVigilante ManFolkways: A Vision Shared
Bob DylanI Ain't Got No HomeA Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Jason & the ScorchersIf Money TalksLost & Found
ChumbawambaBuy Nothing DayGet on with It! Live
Woody Guthrie1913 MassacreStruggle
Bob DylanGrand Coulee DamA Tribute to Woody Guthrie
The KinksTill the End of the DayThe Kink Kontroversy
Billy Bragg & WilcoAll You FascistsMermaid Avenue Vol. II

Woody Guthrie turns 100, Chumbawamba break up, Ray Davies Day approaches in PDX, and drummer Perry Baggs of Jason and the Scorchers passes away. Today's headlines on The Songcircle.

SongCircle playlist for 06/29/2012

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Mother EarthTemptation Took Control of Me and I FellBring Me Home
The FireFather's Name Was DadRubble Vol. 5: The Electric Crayon Set
Stevie WonderToo HighInnervisions
Laurie AndersonSharkey's DayMister Heartbreak
The dB'sLove is for LoversLike This
JulukaScatterlings of AfricaScatterlings
Warren ZevonMohammad's RadioWarren Zevon
Ike & Tina TurnerRiver Deep, Mountain HighPhil Spector's Greatest Hits
DeBargeA DreamIn a Special Way
Jorma KaukonenSong of the North StarQuah
John PhillipsCaptainJohn Phillips/John, the Wolf King of L.A.
Van MorrisonYou're My WomanTupelo Honey
Joni MitchellThe GalleryClouds
Leonard CohenThere is a WarNew Skin for the Old Ceremony
Kinky FriedmanThey Ain't Makin' Jews Like Jesus AnymoreKinky Friedman
Mick JaggerMemo from TurnerPerformance: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
TranslatorEvening of the Harvestsame
Van Dyke ParksDonovan's ColoursSong Cycle
Richard KileyThe Impossible DreamMan of La Mancha: Original Cast

SongCircle playlist for 06/22/2012

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Sharon RobinsonSummertime [Robinson]Everybody Knows
The HoneysSummertime [Gershwin]Pet Projects [Compilation of early BW productions]
Brian Wilson"Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin
Paul & Linda McCartneyBack Seat of My CarRam
The Beach BoysGirl Don't Tell MeSummer Days (and Summer Nights!)
"I Should Have Known BetterBeach Boys Party
"Tell Me Why"
Brian WilsonOne for the BoysBrian Wilson
The Beach BoysThink About the DaysThat's Why God Made the Radio
Brian WilsonLay Down BurdenLive at the Roxy
Paul McCartneyHere TodayBridge School Benefit 2004 [not commercially available]
Paul McCartneyThings We Said TodayUnplugged outtake [Biker Like an Icon single]
Paul McCartneyLet Me Roll It [acoustic]Wingspan Radio Special
WingsLet Me Roll ItWings over America
"I've Just Seen a Face"
Paul McCartneyOn the Wings of a Nightingale [Demo][not commercially available]
The Beach BoysDevoted to YouBeach Boys Party
Paul McCartney & Elvis CostelloTommy's Coming Home [Demo][not commercially available]
The BeatlesTwo of UsLet it Be
The BeatlesCan You Take Me Back? [Full version][not commercially available]
Elvis CostelloStep Inside Love [McCartney]Kojak Variety: Deluxe Edition
Elvis Costello with the Brodsky QuartetGod Only KnowsLive at Town Hall [Promo EP]
The Langley Schools Music ProjectYou're So Good to Me [Wilson]Innocence & Despair
"Band on the Run"
Brian WilsonShe's Leaving Home [Live in London 2007][not commercially available]
The Beach BoysWouldn't It Be Nice [Instrumental]Stack-'o-Tracks

Happy summer(ish)! And happy 70th, Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson!

SongCircle playlist for 06/15/2012

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The AlarmThe StandThe Alarm
Sinead O'ConnorTill I Whisper You SomethingFaith and Courage
Van MorrisonYou Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the RiverVeedon Fleece
The WhoBlue Red and GreyThe Who by Numbers
Small FacesSong of the BakerOgden's Nut-Gone Flake
The KinksAnimal FarmThe Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
Elvis CostelloPoisoned LetterBrutal Youth [Bonus Disc]
The Everly BrothersBowling GreenRoots
Box SetLa Clarelive in studio
The Everly BrothersOn the Wings of a NightingaleEB '84
"Amanda RuthBorn Yesterday
"Arms of Mary"
"Abandoned Love"
The KinksThe Village Green Preservation SocietyThe Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
Jimmy WebbPaul Gaugin in the South SeasTwilight of the Renegades

SongCircle playlist for 05/25/2012

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Bob DylanReturn to MeThe Sopranos: Peppers and Eggs
Los LobosSabor a MiJust Another Band From East L.A.
H.P. LovecraftMobius TripH.P. Lovecraft II
Loudon Wainwright IIITalking New Bob DylanHistory
Bob DylanTrain of LoveKindred Spirits: The Songs of Johnny Cash
The Rolling StonesWe Had It AllSome Girls [Deluxe Edition]
Eric AndersenGirls of DenmarkTight in the Night
Bob DylanI and I DubIs It Rolling Bob? Dub Version
Peter ToshDownpressor ManEqual Rights
John TrudellGrafitti Manaka Grafitti Man - JT/JED (The John Trudell Collection)
Bob Dylan and Mavis StaplesGonna Change My Way of ThinkingGotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan
Sly and the Family StoneLove City (Live at Woodstock)The Woodstock Experience
The WaterboysDon't Bang the DrumIn a Special Place: The Piano Demos for This is the Sea
The Langley Schools Music ProjectDesperadoInnocence and Despair
Doug Sahm and BandWallflowerI Shall Be Unreleased: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Bob DylanA Hard Rain's a'Gonna Fall (Live in Nara, Japan 1995)Dignity (UK CD Single)


Marie-Josee Dandeneau

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