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 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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The Songcircle on 06/20/14

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The Songcircle on 06/13/14

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2014-06-06 A Very Special 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

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The Songcircle on 05/23/14

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

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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 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.

SongCircle playlist for 10/21/2011

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Cass ElliotMake Your Own Kind of Music20th Century Masters
Ginger RogersMusic Makes MeFlying Down to Rio - Soundtrack
The Beach BoysI Can Hear Music20/20
The SmithsPanicLouder Than Bombs
The WaterboysThe Big MusicA Pagan Place
Jessie JPrice TagLive on SNL
Michael Franti and SpearheadEveryone Deserves Musicsame
Sly & The Family StoneDance to the Music/Hey Music LoverLive in Harlem 1969 (bootleg)
Gram ParsonsA Song for YouGP
Donny HathawayA Song for YouDonny Hathaway
Creedence Clearwater RevivalWrote a Song for EveryoneGreen River
Arthur Lee & LoveFive String SerenadeArthur Lee & Love
Tim BuckleySong to the SirenMorning Glory: The Tim Buckley Anthology
Dan BernThe Song that Saved the WorldKBOO archives

SongCircle playlist for 09/30/2011

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Rod StewartSeems like a Long TimeEvery Picture Tells a Story
The Soul ChildrenI Don't Know What This World is Coming ToWattstax
The AlarmDeesideRadio Sessions 1983-1991
AmeliaFarewellA Long, Lovely List of Repairs
Paul SimonLove in Hard TimesSo Beautiful or So What
Simon & GarfunkelThe Only Living Boy in New YorkBridge over Troubled Water
Harry NilssonVine StreetNilsson Sings Newman
Ella FitzgeraldMidnight SunClint Eastwood Presents: Johnny Mercer "The Dream's on Me"
Jackie DeShannonNew Arrangementsame
Wanda JacksonYou Know I'm No GoodThe Party Ain't Over
Robert JohnsonStop Breakin' Down BluesThe Centennial Collection
Blackie & the Rodeo KingsIf I Can't Have You (w/Lucinda Williams)Kings & Queens
Adam LambertWhattaya Want from Me?For Your Entertainment
The WaterboysAn Irish Airman Foresees His DeathAn Appointment with Mr. Yeats
John GrantSigourney WeaverQueen of Denmark
disappear fearThere but for FortuneGet Your Phil
Eric AndersenThe Other Side of This LifeBlue Rain
Robert PlantAngel DanceBand of Joy
MekonsThe CurseThe Curse of the Mekons
The HolliesKing Midas in Reverse (Live)The Clarke, Nash and Hicks Years
The dB'sLove is for LoversLike This
Buddy KnoxParty Doll

SongCircle playlist for 09/16/2011

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Judy CollinsSomeday SoonWho Knows Where the Time Goes
PrinceChaos and Disordersame
R.E.M.Begin the BeginLifes Rich Pageant
Traveling WilburysIf You Belonged to MeTraveling Wilburys Vol. 3
Gillian WelchThe Way it GoesThe Harrow and the Harvest
Moby GrapeFall on YouMoby Grape
The KinksVictoriaArthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire
FacesDebrisGood Boys... When They're Asleep):The Best of Faces
The ByrdsThoughts and WordsYounger than Yesterday
DenverRenoLive at KBOO
ToledoLive at KBOO
Dancing with the Moon (LP)Denver
Rabbit DancingLive at KBOO
Keep Your Eye OutLive at KBOO
Blitzen TrapperFletcherAmerican Goldwing
Fleet FoxesBattery KinzieHappiness Blues
Richard BucknerRainsquallBloomed
PJ HarveyThe Words that Maketh MurderLet England Shake
CherI Walk on Gilded Splinters3614 Jackson Highway
Sly and the Family StoneLove CityLife
Van MorrisonThese Dreams of YouFillmore West, April 1970

SongCircle playlist for 08/26/2011

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The BeatlesSome Other Guy (Live at the Cavern Club)Strong Before Our Birth (bootleg)
Loudon Wainwright IIISmokey Joe's CafeAlbum III
The CloversLove Potion #9
Old Crow Medicine ShowDown Home GirlBig Iron World
The DriftersThere Goes My Baby
Aretha FranklinSpanish HarlemOh Me Oh My: Aretha Live in Philly 1972
Shirley BasseyI (Who Have Nothing)
DionDrip Drop
Elvis PresleyYou're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)
Johnny Cash and June Carter CashJacksonJohnny Cash at Folsom Prison
The CoastersFramed
Peggy LeeI'm a WomanPeggy Lee Sings Leiber and Stoller
Chaka KhanI'm Every Woman
Marvin Gaye & Tammi TerrellMultitracks for "Ain't Nothin' Like the Real Thing":bootleg
Drums/Congas (excerpt)
Guitar/Piano/Bass/Flute (excerpt)
Strings (excerpt)
Lead vocals (complete take)
Backing vocals (excerpt)
Marvin Gaye & Tammi TerrellAin't Nothin' Like the Real Thing
"Love Woke Me Up This MorningThe Complete Duets
The MarvelettesDestination AnywhereSophisticated Soul
Nick AshfordI Don't Need No DoctorUnknown compilation; track available on iTunes
Ray CharlesLet's Go Get Stoned
Ashford & SimpsonStreet Opera, Part I: Working ManStreet Opera
"Street Opera Part 4: Times Will Be Good Again"
"Working Man (Reprise)
Ashford & Simpson w/Maya AngelouWhere We Come FromBeen Found
Peggy LeeIs This All There Is?

Today we paid tribute to songwriters Jerry Leiber and Nickolas Ashford, both of whom died last week.

Songs which are widely available in various oldies compilations, I did not bother to list by album in the playlist.


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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