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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The Songcircle on 08/22/14

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The Songcircle on 08/15/14

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The Songcircle on 08/08/14

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The Songcircle on 08/01/14

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The Songcircle on 07/25/14

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The Songcircle on 07/18/14

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The Songcircle on 07/11/14

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The Songcircle on 06/27/14

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Fri, 06/27/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm
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The Songcircle on 06/20/14

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The Songcircle on 06/13/14

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

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 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 04/06/2012

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The BeatlesRevolution (demo)bootleg
Los LobosRevolutionColossal Head
Dr. JohnRevolutionLocked Down
Mother EarthRevolutionRevolution: OST
Gil Scott-HeronThe Revolution Will Not Be Televisedtba
Kirk FranklinRevolutionThe Nu Nation Project
Public EnemyRevolutionary GenerationFear of a Black Planet
R.E.M.RevolutionIn Time: The Best of
Neil YoungRevolution BluesLive at the Bottom Line 5/16/74
T.Rex w/Elton John and Ringo StarrChildren of the RevolutionBorn to Boogie Soundtrack
Robert WyattRevolution Without "R"Un Certo Discorso: Live On RADIO3 Italy, Feb. 1981 [bootleg]
Revolutionary PilotKruder and DorfmeisterDJ Kicks
The PlugzRevolutionsingle
Red RockersGuns of RevolutionEP
Flogging MollyRevolutionSpeed of Darkness
The ClashRevolution RockLondon Calling
Bob MarleyRevolutionNatty Dread
Phil OchsRinging of RevolutionIn Concert

SongCircle playlist for 03/30/2012

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Jonah MatrangaThe Lonesome Death of Trayvon MartinInternet
Bob DylanThe Death of Emmett TillFreewheelin' outtake
VigalanteeEmmett TillMiracle [?]
Jasiri XTrayvonYouTube
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandVigilante ManFolkways: A Vision Shared
Mavis StaplesDown in MississippiWe'll Never Turn Back
Prince and Nona GayeLove Sign1-800-NEW-FUNK
Richard and Linda ThompsonJustice in the StreetsSunnyvista
Peter ToshGet Up, Stand Up (Alternate Version)Equal Rights: Legacy Edition
Adrienne RichWhat Kind of Times are These?YouTube
Carolina Chocolate DropsPolitical WorldChimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan
Iris DeMentWasteland of the FreeThe Way I Should
Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsThis Land is Your LandNaturally
Bill Lee (uncredited singing voice)You've Got to Be Carefully TaughtSouth Pacific: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street BandAmerican Skin (41 Shots)Live in New York City
Floyd WestermanRed, White and BlackCuster Died for Your Sins
Spider Moccasin and the Radioactive Tumbleweeds w/Jeff RosenbergAll Along the WatchtowerLive on KBOO 4/26/01
Coulson, Dean, Mcguinness, FlintLay Down Your Weary TuneLo and Behold
UlaliMakh Jchisame
Floyd WestermanB.I.A.Custer Died for Your Sins
Earl Scruggs w/Bob DylanNashville Skyline RagEarl Scruggs, His Family and Friends

 Rest in peace: Trayvon Martin; Emmett Till; Amadou Diallo; Adrienne Rich; Earl Scruggs; and KBOO's own beloved John Talley.

SongCircle playlist for 03/23/2012

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Aretha FranklinDon't Play that SongSpirit in the Dark
The YardbirdsHappenings Ten Years Time AgoRoger the Engineer
Sly and the Family StoneLove CityLife
The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah BandHunting Tigers out in "Indiah"Tadpoles
"You Done My Brain InKeynsham
Solomon BurkeThat's How I Got to MemphisNashville
Nick LoweFaithless LoverDig My Mood
Elton JohnBlue EyesGreatest Hits 1970-2002
Original CastSomeone is WaitingCompany: Original Broadway Cast Recording
William ShatnerIt Hasn't Happened YetHas Been
"That's Me Trying"
Solomon BurkeSoul SearchingDon't Give Up on Me
Aretha FranklinA Rose is Still a Rosesame
"Young, Gifted and Black (Instrumental)Oh Me, Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly 1972
Procol HarumA Whiter Shade of PaleProcol Harum
Solomon BurkeIt Makes No DifferenceMake Do With What You Got
The SupremesBack in My Arms AgainMore Hits by the Supremes
Sly and the Family StoneEveryday People (Live at Woodstock)The Woodstock Experience
Van MorrisonSend in the ClownsLive in Berkeley 1986 (unreleased)
Aretha FranklinNessun DormaGrammy Awards
Solomon BurkeNone of Us Are FreeDon't Give Up on Me
Dan BernEstelleDan Bern
"PresidentMy Country II
"Oh SisterFifty Eggs
"LithuaniaThe Swastika E.P.
"JerusalemDan Bern
"Cure for AIDSFifty Eggs
"JailThe Swastika E.P.
"My Country IIsame
"SoulFleeting Days

Bumper crop of early-Aries birthdays!

plus, bonus focus on Dan Bern!

SongCircle playlist for 01/13/2012

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Rosemary and Betty ClooneySistersWhite Christmas
The KinksHatred (A Duet)Live 1993 Electric Lady Studios NYC
The Avett BrothersWill You Return?Emotionalism
The Boswell SistersCrazy PeopleThe Boswell Sisters Colllection
Finn BrothersDisembodied VoicesEveryone is Here
Kate & Anna McGarrigleTell My Sistersame
The Louvin BrothersTake the News to Mother
The Everly BrothersTake a Message to Marysingle
The Bee GeesI've Got to Get a Message to YouIdea
Shook TwinsTime to Swimwindow
Potter's DaughterLive on air
WindowLive on air
ShakeLive on air
The UnthanksLucky GilchristHere's the Tender Coming
The Andrews SistersBy Mir Bis du Schoen20th Century Masters
Neville BrothersHey Pocky WayFiyo on the Bayou
Sister SledgeMama Never Told Mesingle
Jackson 5I Want You BackLive at the Forum
The Isley BrothersLove the One You're WithGivin' it Back
Leonard Cohen (Webb Sisters)If It Be Your WillLive in London

 Sibling songs, with special live guests Shook Twins.

SongCircle playlist for 12/30/2011

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The JayhawksUp Above My HeadHollywood Town Hall (reissue)
Richard & Linda ThompsonI Want to See the Bright Lights TonightRichard Thompson Live at the BBC
The Beau BrummelsLove Can Fall a Long Way DownBradley's Barn
The SmithsGirl AfraidHatful of Hollow/The Smiths Complete
SuedeThe Wild OnesDog Man Star
R.E.M.Cuyahoga (Demo)Lifes Rich Pageant (reissue)
The WaterboysDon't Bang the Drum (solo piano demo)In a Special Place: The Piano Demos for This is the Sea
The Beach BoysOur PrayerSMiLE
"Heroes and Villains"
to be continued

SongCircle playlist for 12/23/2011

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Graham ParkerNew Year's RevolutionGraham Parker's Christmas Cracker
Paul SimonGetting Ready for Christmas DaySo Beautiful or So What
Big StarJesus ChristThird/Sister Lovers
U2Jesus ChristFolkways: A Vision Shared
Jackson BrowneThe Rebel JesusThe Next Voice You Hear: The Best of
Dick GaughanStand Up for JudasA Different Kind of Love Song
June Tabor & OysterbandJudas was a Red-Headed ManRagged Kingdom
OdettaMary Had a BabyBeautiful Star
Casselberry-DupreeDid Jesus Have a Baby Sister?City Down
Darlene LoveWho Took the Merry out of Christmas?It's Christmas, of Course
Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsAin't No Chimneys in the Projectssingle
James BrownSanta Claus Go Straight to the GhettoJames Brown's Funky Christmas
Bob DylanMust Be SantaChristmas in the Heart
The KinksFather ChristmasMisfits (reissue)
MarahHandsome SantaA Christmas Kind of Town
John FaheyHark! The Herald Angels Sing/O Come, All Ye FaithfulA New Possibility: John Fahey's Christmas Album
Danny DolingerRudyRome Wasn't Burnt in a Day
The Del-LordsSoldier's Home (live)3/5/86 Tower Theater, Phila. (bootleg)
The BandChristmas Must Be TonightA Musical History
Christy MooreBurning TimesSmoke & Strong Whiskey
Peter, Paul and MaryLight One CandleHoliday Concert 1988
Peter Himmelman and David BrozaLighting Up the WorldFestival of Light

SongCircle playlist for 12/16/2011

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Keith RichardsCocainebootleg
The Lovin' SpoonfulRain on the RoofHums of the Lovin' Spoonful
The Beach BoysLong Promised RoadSurf's Up
The Bee GeesI've Gotta Get a Message to YouIdea
The Mothers of InventionConcentration MoonWe're Only In It for the Money
Keith RichardsLocked AwayTalk is Cheap
The HolliesWhat's Wrong with the Way I LiveFor Certain Because
R.E.M.CuyahogaLifes Rich Pageant
Rolling StonesHighwireFlashpoint
Phil OchsOne More ParadeI Ain't Marching Anymore
Billy BraggIsland of No ReturnBrewing Up with
Phil OchsThe Ringing of RevolutionIn Concert
Billy BraggWhich Side are You OnBrewing Up with (reissue)
Phil OchsBraceroIn Concert
Billy BraggNever Cross a Picket Linelive
Billy BraggJoe HillThe Internationale (reissue)
Keith Richards et alOh Lord, Don't Let Them Drop That Atom Bomb on MeWeird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus

Birthday Boys! All these artists celebrate their birthdays in the coming week.

SongCircle playlist for 12/09/2011

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Derroll AdamsDixie DarlingDerroll Adams LIVE
Little FeatDixie ChickenWaiting for Columbus
James Luther DickinsonDixie Friedsame
The BandThe Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Alternate)The Band (reissue)
Dwight YoakamI Sang DixieLive from Austin, TX
Elvis PresleyAn American Trilogy2nd to None
DonovanEpistle to DerrollDonovan in Concert: The Complete 1967 Anaheim Concert
"Why Do You Treat Me Like You DoSummer Day Reflection Songs
"The Hurdy Gurdy Mansame
"Poke at the PopeOpen Road
Paul McCartney and DonovanHow Do You Do?White Bookends (bootleg)
Bobbie Gentry with DonovanBugsBonnie at the Beeb (bootleg)
Judy CollinsSunny Goodge StreetIn My Life
Van Dyke ParksDonovan's ColoursArrangements, Vol. 1
Jefferson AirplaneFat AngelBless Its Pointed Little Head
The Allman Brothers BandMountain JamLive at the Atlanta International Pop Music Festival
The Beach BoysTrombone DixieThe Pet Sounds Sessions

SongCircle playlist for 12/02/2011

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Graham ParkerDisney's America12 Haunted Episodes
John Wesley HardingThere's a Starbucks (Where the Starbucks Used to Be)The Sound of His Own Voice
Richard X. HeymanFalling AwayHey Man!
Cyndi LauperMoney Changes Everything (Live)She's So Unusual (Reissue)
Prince and Nona GayeLove Sign1-800-NEW-FUNK
The Geraldine FibbersLilybelleSomewhere Between the Earth and Home
Jerry Joseph and the JackmormonsRevelatorBadlandia
Creedence Clearwater RevivalEffigyWilly and the Poor Boys
Rod StewartGasoline Alleysame
Joanna NewsomOn a Good DayHave One on Me
Holcombe WallerBaby BlueInto the Dark Unknown
Petra HadenI Can See for MilesPetra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out
The Avett BrothersDie Die DieEmotionalism
Jules ShearGuess I'm DumbSayin' Hello to the Folks
Tony Bennett and Bill EvansYoung and FoolishThe Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings
John Wesley HardingThe World in SongThe Sound of His Own Voice
Moby GrapeOmahaMoby Grape Live

SongCircle playlist for 10/28/2011

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David ReaBird of ParadiseMaverick Child
Gordon LightfootI'm Not Sayin'Lightfoot
Ian and SylviaThis Wheel's on FireNashville
Jesse WinchesterSkip Rope SongJesse Winchester
Kristin HershYour GhostHips and Makers
The WhoBoris the SpiderA Quick One
The Weeds aka The Lollipop ShoppeYou Must Be a WitchThe Weeds aka The Lollipop Shoppe
Otis ReddingTrick or TreatRemember Me
Tom WaitsEarth Dies ScreamingBone Machine
Richard ThompsonSam JonesYou? Me? Us?
Pink FloydLucifer SamThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The KinksWicked AnnabellaThe Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
Robert JohnsonMe and the Devil BluesThe Centennial Collection
Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsThe Curse of MillhavenMurder Ballads
Charlie Daniels BandThe Legend of Wooley SwampLive in Hartford, 1980 (bootleg)
DonovanSeason of the WitchSunshine Superman
The ZombiesTime of the SeasonOddessey and Oracle
"SummertimeThe Zombies
"Butcher's Tale (Western Front 1914)Oddessey and Oracle
Blue Oyster CultDon't Fear the ReaperAgents of Fortune

 David Rea, RIP. We paid tribute to the guitarist, who passed away in Portland the day prior, hearing a song of his and a few by the famous artists he worked with; then we turned to other departed spirits and the like, for a Halloween-themed show.


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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