Great compilation of recordings made in the studios of Minnesota Public Radio. The Current is the branded name for KCMP, 89.3, and was created when MPR bought WCAL-FM, the college station at St. Olaf, in 2004. So I guess this release was partially celebrating the roll out of The Current.

Lots of great things here, but some of my favorites are the Jolie Holland “Littlest Birds” and the Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings version of “This Land is Your Land.”


  • Jolie Holland: Littlest Birds
  • Sam Shaber: Eldorado
  • Rogue Wave: Nourishment Nation
  • The Owls: Bury Your Mind
  • Hem: Carry Me Home
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: This Land is Your Land
  • Andrew Bird: A Nervous Tic Motion of the Head to the Left
  • The Hold Steady: Modesto is Not That Sweet
  • Chris Smither: Train Home
  • Bettie Serveert: You’ve Changed
  • The Spaghetti Western String Co: Muggins

My copy via Electric Fetus in Minneapolis