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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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 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.

SongCircle playlist for 08/19/2011

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Gram ParsonsA Song for YouGP
Chris BellI am the Cosmossame
WilcoRemember the Mountain BedMermaid Ave. Vol. 2
Graham ParkerWhite HoneyHowlin' Wind
The Neville BrothersArianneThe Neville Brothers/Treacherous: The Best of The Neville Brothers
Aretha FranklinSuzanneRare and Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul
Leonard CohenThere is a WarNew Skin for the Old Ceremony
The PlimsoulsOldest Story in the WorldEverywhere at Once
Moby Grape8:05Moby Grape
Reckless KellyLittle BlossomSomewhere in Time
Dolly PartonLittle Sparrowsame
Randy NewmanYellow ManThe Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 2
Paul SimonRewriteSo Beautiful or So What
Fleet FoxesLorelaiHelplessness Blues
Scotland Barr & The Slow DragsWe Will Be Forgotten, Part IWe Will Be Forgotten
Earth, Wind & FireReasonsGratitude
World PartyPut the Message in the BoxGoodbye Jumbo
Francis and the LightsIn a LimousineIt'll Get Better

SongCircle playlist for 08/12/2011

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Eliza Gilkyson2153Roses at the End of Time
The Mamas and the PapasNo Salt on Her TailThe Mamas and the Papas
Robert Plant & Alison KraussPolly Come HomeRaining Sand
Karen DaltonSomething on Your MindIn My Own Time
Eliza GilkysonSlouching Toward BethlehemRoses at the End of Time
Joni MitchellSlouching Toward BethlehemTravelogue
W.B. YeatsThe Lake Isle of InnisfreeNow and in Time to Be: A Musical Celebration of the Works of W.B. Yeats
Shane McGowanAn Irish Airman Foresees His Death"
Van MorrisonCrazy Jane on GodThe Philosopher's Stone
The WaterboysThe Stolen ChildFisherman's Blues
The SmithsCemetery GatesThe Queen is Dead
The Beau BrummelsTurn AroundBradley's Barn
Hargo?Live in studio
HargoGardens of Alize"
HargoJust the SkyThe Faint Glow
The Beau BrummelsLove Can Fall a Long Way DownBradley's Barn
LoveBummer in the SummerForever Changes
Mary Margaret O'HaraWhen You Know Why You're HappyMiss America
Eliza GilkysonVayan al NorteRoses at the End of Time

SongCircle playlist for 06/03/2011

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Jimmy Webb w/Jackson BrowneP.F. SloanJust Across the River
Bob DylanSong to WoodyBob Dylan
Willis Alan RamseyBoy from OklahomaWillis Alan Ramsey
Arlo GuthrieVictor JaraAmigo
Tim HardinTribute to Hank WilliamsTim Hardin 2
Dan BernTalking Bob and Woody, Dan and Bruce BluesSmartie Mine
The JayhawksMiss Williams' GuitarTomorrow the Green Grass
John CaleMr. WilsonSlow Dazzle
Robyn HitchcockI Saw Nick DrakeA Star for Bram
Jeff RosenbergArthur LeeCarpe Demo (Version 2.0)
Patti SmithAbout a BoyPaths that Cross [Bootleg]
Neil YoungSleeps with AngelsSleeps with Angels
Rufus WainwrightMemphis SkylineWant Two
Aimee MannJust Like AnyoneBachelor No. 2
PJ HarveyMemphisGood Fortune [single]
Cat PowerSong to BobbyJukebox
Bob DylanLast Thoughts on Woody GuthrieThe Bootleg Series, Vol. 1-3
Stevie WonderSir DukeSongs in the Key of Life

The Songwriters' Songwriters: All songs by songwriters about other songwriters!

SongCircle playlist for 04/01/2011

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Simon & GarfunkelApril Come She WillSounds of Silence
Rufus WainwrightApril FoolsRufus Wainwright
Elvis PresleyThe FoolElvis Country
Bobby "Blue" BlandI Pity the FoolTwo Steps from the Blues
Sam CookeGet Yourself Another FoolNight Beat
Frank SinatraFools Rush InThe Voice of Frank Sinatra
The BeatlesFool on the Hill (solo demo)unreleased
Elvis CostelloRunning out of Fools (solo demo)unreleased
Elvis CostelloYou Little FoolImperial Bedroom
The YoungbloodsFoolin' Around (The Waltz)The Youngbloods
The BluebellsEverybody's Somebody's FoolThe Singles Collection
Little Jimmy Scott with the Lionel Hampton OrchestraEverybody's Somebody's FoolWhen Love Goes Wrong: Songs for the Brokenhearted
Bob DylanI'm a Fool for YouA Tree With Roots (unreleased Basement Tapes)
James CarrI'm a Fool for YouThe Complete Goldwax Singles
Betty LavetteLove Made a Fool of MeTake Another Little Piece of my Heart
The BunchLove's Made a Fool of YouThe Bunch
Ry CooderMarried Man's a FoolParadise and Lunch
Little VillageFool Who KnowsLive in Boston 1992
Graham ParkerFool's GoldHeat Treatment
Candi StatonI'd Rather Be an Old Man's Sweetheart (Than to Be a Younger Man's Fool)Candi Staton
Ron SexsmithShip of FoolsTime Being
The DoorsShip of FoolsMorrison Hotel
World PartyShip of FoolsPrivate Revolution
Elvis CostelloShip of Fools/It Must Have Been the RosesStolen Roses: Songs of the Grateful Dead
Bob SegerShip of FoolsNight Moves
The Rolling StonesFool to CryBlack and Blue

April Fools!

SongCircle playlist for 03/11/2011

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Mike Peters of The AlarmThe Chant Has Just Begun (acoustic)The Alarm Complete (personalized version)
Lucinda WilliamsSoldier's SongBlessed
PJ HarveyThe Words That Maketh MurderLet England Shake
Bob DylanThis Wheel's On FireMadison, NJ 4/13/96
Joe Strummer and the MescalarosGet Down Moses (live)London, 11/15/02
Solomon BurkeMaggie's FarmProud Mary
Wilson PickettHey Jude (live)Stockholm 1969
Percy SledgeKind WomanThe Atlantic Recordings
Mary Margaret O'HaraWhen You Know Why You're HappyMiss America
Joanna NewsomOn a Good DayHave One on Me
Paul SimonLove in Hard TimesSo Beautiful or So What
Josh RitterOrbitalSo Runs the World Away
Ron SexsmithThe Reason WhyLong Player Late Bloomer
Holcombe WallerI Can Feel ItInto the Dark Unknown
Rachel HarringtonYou Don't KnowCelilo Falls
Iris DeMentWasteland of the FreeThe Way I Should
The Neville BrothersAmazing Grace/Down by the Riverside/AmenTreacherous: A History of the Neville Brothers
Brian WilsonSurf's UpBrian Wilson Presents Smile

SongCircle playlist for 03/04/2011

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Bob DylanBob Dylan's DreamThe Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Bob DylanSuze (The Cough Song)The Bootleg Series Volume 1 (1991-1991)
John TrudellShadow over SisterlandJohnny Damas and Me
Yoko OnoYangyangApproximately Infinite Universe
Pete Seeger and Arlo GuthrieUnion MaidWoody Guthrie: Hard Traveling; Original Soundtrack
Billy BraggThere is Power in a UnionTalking with the Taxman about Poetry
Billy BraggWhich Side are You On?Brewing Up with Billy Bragg (reissue)
Billy BraggNever Cross a Picket LineThe Internationale (reissue)
Richard ThompsonSweetheart on the BarricadesIndustry
John Wesley HardingLittle Musgravelive in studio
"Starbucks (?)"
"Uncle Dad"


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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