WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-03-24

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

After landing on one of the songs with “testify” in the title, I realized how many other interesting songs I had with the word in the title. Only two versions of the same actual tune—”I Wanna Testify”—originally from the Parliaments and then again by Johnnie Taylor. After that set, we lingered a little in the gospel zone, and then a classic CotB mix of soul, afropop, jazz and the like.

The archive of the show ends during “Symphony for Improvisors,” so this week instead of a bonus Nicole Mitchell track, you miss one…

Enjoy!

Listen:

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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Cortez Greer: “Testify” – The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill, vol. 2 (Rabbit Factory)
The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers of Chicago, Illinois: “Testify” – The Old Ship of Zion (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab)
The Swan Silvertones: “Stand Up and Testify” – Greatest Hits (Liquid 8 Records)
The Parliaments: “I Wanna Testify” – The Cream of Vintage Soul, vol. 1 (Life On Mars)
Johnnie Taylor: “Testify (I Wanna)” – The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, vol. 1 (Stax)
Steinski: “It’s Time to Testify (MC5 mix)” – What Does It All Mean? 1983-2006 Retrospective (Illegal Art)
Second Canaan Baptist Church Porter Singers: “I’m Gonna Testify” – Tambourines To Glory – Gospel Songs By Langston Hughes And Jobe Huntley (Smithsonian Folkways)
Brother Willie Eason and his Gospel Guitar: “I Want to Live (So God Can Use Me)” – Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 (Tompkins Square)
Pilgrim Travelers: “Satisfied with Jesus” – Good News, vol. 4: Glory, Glory, Hallelujah (Proper)
The Soul Stirrers: “Free at Last” – Sam Cooke’s SAR Records Story 1959-65 (ABKCO)
The Original Five Blind Boys of Mississippi: “I’ve Been Weeping For a Mighty Long Time” – None But the Righteous: Chess Gospel Greats (MCA)
Big Joe Turner: “Rocks in My Bed” – Have No Fear, Big Joe Turner is Here (Savoy)
Sly and the Family Stone: “You Can Make it if you Try” – Stand! (Epic)
The Bahama Soul Club: “Sugar Cane (Lack of Afro Remix)” – One Way (Remixes and Rarities) (Freestyle)
Rotary Connection: “Tales of Brave Ulysses” – Psychedelic Jazz and Funky Grooves (Chess)
The Temptations: “Take a Stroll Through Your Mind” – Psychedelic Soul (Motown)
Bobongo Stars: “Joyce” – Makasi (Celluloid)
Orchestre Elegance Jazz: “Ngalula Marthe” – Bantous Zembe Zembe: Compilation De Musique Congolaise (1962-1973) (Sonodisc)
Keletigui et ses Tambourinis: “Bakary-dian” – The Syliphone Years: 1968 – 1976 (Sterns)
Opiyo Bilongo and Bilongo Golden Stars: “Okoth Achoki” – What Do People Want? (Kanyo)
João Nogueira: “Samba Rubro Negro” – Musica de Futebol (Mr. Bongo)
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “Pesa Le Tout” – The Voice of Lightness (Stern’s Music)
Gang Starr: “As I Read My S-A” – Step in the Arena (Cooltempo)
U-Black: “Jammy’s A Do It” – The Travellers: Black Black Minds (Pressure Sounds)
The Unemployed: “They Won’t Let Me” – Wardell Quezergue’s Funky Funky New Orleans (Funky Delicacies)
World Saxophone Quartet: “Take the “A” Train” – World Saxophone Quartet plays Duke Ellington (Elektra/Nonesuch)
Guy Klucevsek/Philip Johnston: “Diggin’ Bones” – Tales from the Cryptic (Winter & Winter)
Jenny Scheinman Quintet: “Stumble Light” – Live at Yoshi’s (Avant)
Tin Hat: “Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town” – the rain is a handsome animal (17 songs from the poetry of E.E.Cummings) (New Amsterdam Records)
Joe Harriott Quintet: “Coda” – Free Form (Jazzland)
Johnny Dyani: “Portrait of Mosa Gwangwa” – Angolian Cry (SteepleChase )
Don Cherry: “Symphony for Improvisers” – Symphony for Improvisers (Blue Note)
Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections: “Running the Rooftops” – The Secret Escapades Of Velvet Anderson (RogueArt)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-03-17

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

No theme to this week’s show, but a good number of obscure gems.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (141MB, 2 hrs 34 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
The Rhythm Machine: “The Kick” – The Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw)
Hot Sauce: “I’ll Kill a Brick (About My Man)” – The Complete Stax / Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 (Stax)
Verckys et l´Orchestre Vévé: “Matinda Comono” – Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969​-​1978 (Analog Africa)
Flow Dynamics: “Bossa for Bebo (Lack of Afro Remix)” – One Way: Remixes and Rarities (Freestyle)
Gnonnas Pedro: “Adigbedoto” – Africa Boogaloo: The Latinization of West Africa (Honest Jon’s)
Nomo: “Three Shades” – Ghost Rock (Ubiquity)
Jane Birkin: “French Grafitti” – Lolita Go Home (Fontana)
Chuck Strong: “I Got Married Too Soon” – The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill, Vol. 1 (Rabbit Factory)
Elia y Elizabeth: “Ponte Bajo el Sol” – La Onda De Elia y Elizabeth (Vampi Soul)
? and the Mysterians: “Love Me Baby (Cherry July)” – Cameo Parkway 1966-1967 (ABKCO)
Meridian Brothers: “Doctor Trompeta” – Salvadora Robot (Soundway)
Funkadelic: “Can’t Stand the Strain” – Cosmic Slop (Westbound Records)
Sam Cooke: “Having a Party” – Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (RCA)
Bobby Dobyne & the Barefacts: “Strickly Soul” – The Birmingham Sound: The Soul of Neal Hemphill, Vol. 2 (Rabbit Factory )
Bobby Womack & Peace: “Across 110th Street” – Pimps, Players and Private Eyes (Sire)
Bill Withers: “Use Me” – Live at Carnegie Hall (Columbia)
The Toreadors: “Gwinyitshe” – Next Stop Soweto, Volume 2: R&B, Funk & Psych Sounds From the Townships 1969-1976 (Strut)
Konk: “Honey Moon” – Live At CBGB Nov. 6, 1981 (Unleashed)
Mucca Pazza: “Boss Taurus” – Safety Fifth (Electric Cowbell Records)
Konono Nº1: “Landu Mambu” – Live in Tokyo EP (Crammed Discs)
Tambours Croisés: “Black Boat Poeple + Ma vélou za (Tambours 1)” – Chapter 1 (Maloya, Bèlè, Gwo Ka) (Aztec Musique)
The Four Pals: “Maselino Yaya Yoyayu” – Origins of Guitar Music In Southern Congo and Northern Zambia (SWP)
Barel Coppet, et Ses Antillais: “Moin Ni On Loto Nef” – Vintage World No. 169 – EP: Dansez Aux Antilles (Vintage Music)
Golden Arm Trio: “Swift Ship Sailing” – Why the Sea is Salt (Shamrock Record Co.)
Atomic: “Boom Boom” – Boom Boom (Jazzland Recordings)
Jeb Bishop Trio: “Anticipation of an Embrace” – Bishop/Kessler/Mulvenna (Okka Disk)
Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Ensemble: “The Time has Come” – Chicago Now – Thirty Years Of Great Black Music Vol.1 (Silkheart)
Malachi Thompson: “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” – Lift Ev’ry Voice (Delmark)
Duke Ellington: “Chocolate Shake” – Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band, 1940-1942 (Columbia)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-03-10

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

Last Sunday was “International Women’s Day.” In honor, today’s show features women musicians.

Enjoy!

PS if you make it all the way to the end, there’s a bit of bonus music from Steven’s show: “Today, Today” by Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystals.

Listen:

download program (140MB, 2 hrs 33 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Ana Tijoux: “Desclasificado” – La Bala (Nacional )
Gladys Knight and the Pips: “Friendship Train” – Beg, Scream and Shout: the Big Ol’ Box of 60’s Soul (Rhino)
Mavis Staples: “This Little Light of Mine” – We’ll Never Turn Back (Anti-)
Oumou Sangare: “Dugu Kamelemba” – Ko Sira (Nonesuch)
Astrud Gilberto: “Berimbou” – Look to the Rainbow (Verve )
Billie Holiday & Lester Young: “Let’s Do It” – Lady Day & Prez: 1937-41 (Giants of Jazz)
Gal Costa: “Divino Maravilhoso” – Gal Costa (1969) (Phillips)
Judy Henske: “I Know You Rider” – Judy Henske (Collector’s Choice)
Aretha Franklin: “Save Me” – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (Atlantic)
Lyn Collins: “You Can’t Love Me if You Don’t Respect Me” – James Brown’s Original Funky Divas (Polydor)
Stereolab: “Anamorphose” – Mars Audiac Quintet (Elektra)
Erykah Badu: “Certainly” – Baduizm (Kedar Entertainment)
Indigo Trio: “Stand Strong” – Live in Montreal (Greenleaf Music)
Björk: “Human Nature” – Debut (Elektra)
Juana Molina ○○ Alejandro Franov: “La Más Grande” – A○○B (A∩B)
Mary Lou Williams: “Play It Momma” – Zoning (Smithsonian Folkways)
Carole King: “I Feel the Earth Move” – Tapestry (Ode)
Elis Regina: “Zazueira” – In London (Philips)
Charming Hostess: “Hangman Devil Man” – The Bowls Project (Tzadik)
Bernice Johnson Reagon: “Had, Took, Misled” – Give Your Hands to Struggle (Smithsonian Folkways)
Lorraine Chandler: “I Can’t Hold On” – Pied Piper Presents a New Concept in Detroit Soul (Ace)
Etta James: “You Got It” – Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (MCA )
Letta Mbulu: “Sexwaxwa” – Letta Mbulu Sings (Capitol)
Vicki Anderson: “Don’t Throw Your Love in the Garbage Can” – James Brown’s Original Funky Divas (Polydor)
Lijadu Sisters: “Gbowo-Mi” – Double Trouble (Shanachie)
Joyce Mogatusi: “Zola” – A Tribute to Joyce Mogatusi (Electric Jive)
Miriam Makeba: “Ibande” – Keep Me in Mind (Reprise)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: “Strange Things Happening Every Day” – Goodbye, Babylon (Dust to Digital)
Eloise Lewis: “I Need It” – Bahamas Goombay 1951-59 (Frémeaux & Associés)
The Go! Team: “Ladyflash” – Thunder, Lightning, Strike (Columbia)
Irma Thomas: “I’d Do It All Over You” – In Between Tears (Alive)
Alice Coltrane: “Los Caballos” – Eternity (Warner Brothers)
Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet: “All Manic” – Box (Horn Hut)
Carla Bley: “Song Sung Long” – Dinner Music (Watt)
Matana Roberts: “How Much Would You Cost?” – Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres (Constellation)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-03-03

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

Phoneathon week this week. I pulled out a few greatest hits but also found plenty of new (to the show) good stuff. I tried to keep the pitching to a minimum, but thanks to the listeners who did donate.

WNUR’s phoneathon is over, but you can still contribute online, if you’re so inclined. Your support is appreciated!

R.I.P. Minnie Miñoso, first black Major Leaguer in Chicago. Tucked in this week’s show is a tribute to him from the Numero Group collection “Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua de Chicago.”

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (146MB, 2 hrs 40 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Stanislas Tohon: “Dja, Dja, Dja” – Dans Le Tchink Système (Hot Casa)
Soul Rebels: “Foot Prints” – Let Your Mind Be Free (Mardi Gras Records)
Ray Anderson Trio: “Paucartambo” – Right Down Your Alley (Soul Note)
SDV Swing Band: “Taxi Jive 6 No. 2” – 78 Revolutions per Minute – Majuba Jazz from Mra to Bra, v. 3 (Electric Jive)
The Flaming Souls: “Alex Soul” – She’s Gone (Atlantic City)
Neville Nash: “Funky Feeling” – Wind Me Up (Nash)
La Solucion: “Mini Minoso” – Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua de Chicago (Numero Group)
Viento de Agua: “Las Tarimas (the Stages)” – Materia Prima (Smithsonian Folkways)
O.V. Wright: “A Nickel and a Nail” – The Soul of O.V. Wright (MCA)
Sam Cooke: “Good News” – Keep Movin’ On (ABKCO Records)
Rev. Gary Davis: “Little Bitty Baby” – Say No to the Devil (Prestige Bluesville)
Fern Jones: “Didn’t It Rain” – The Glory Road (Numero Group)
Bill Monroe: “I Saw the Light” – 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (MCA)
Aubrey Ghent: “Praise Music” – Sacred Steel (Arhoolie)
Meas Samon: “Joi Dondeung Kone Key (“Going to Get Engaged”)” – Cambodian Rocks (The Orchard House)
Jorge Barral: “Se Va Muriendo Mi Aldea” – 30 Años de música uruguaya, v. 9 (Sondor)
Foday Musa Suso & Mandingo Griot Society: “Kuumba Sora” – Creative Music Studio: Archive Selections, Vol. 1: World Music (Innova)
Baden Powell: “Consolação” – À Vontade (Universal Sound)
Lena Horne: “As Long as I Live” – Stormy Weather: The Legendary Lena, 1941-58 (Bluebird)
Janelle Monáe: “Tightrope” – The ArchAndroid (Wondaland Arts Society)
Selah Jubilee Singers: “I’ll Fly Away” – Selah Jubilee Singers, Vol. 1 (1939-41) (Document)
The Mellows: “I’m Gonna pick Your Teeth With an Icepick” – Golden Oldies (Essential Media)
Charles Iwegbue & His Archibogs: “Salim Ye (Ibo Slow Highlife)” – Azagas & Archibogs: The Sixties Sound of Lagos Highlife (Original Music)
Alport Astazio and the Kwana-Moto Band: “Rugare 2” – Rugare (Inter Africa Records)
Robert Marcel LePage: “Saharinette” – Les clarinettes ont-elles un escalier de secours? (Ambiances Magnétiques)
Joseph Jarman/Don Moye/Johnny Dyani: “Ode to Wilbur Ware” – Black Paladins (Black Saint)
Arthur Blythe: “Down San Diego Way” – Lenox Avenue Breakdown (Columbia)
Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd Quartet: “Monk’s Dream” – School Days (hat ART)
DKV Trio: “Cerkno 2” – Sound in Motion in Sound (Not Two Records)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-02-24

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

A lot of fun music in this show. No theme in particular, although I did play a little set of “Chicago” tunes to commemorate the municipal election.

I stuck around past my normal show end time, so the playlist below goes beyond the end of the archived audio. The archive fades out shortly after Joe McPhee’s “Windy City Head Stompin’ Blues” begins.

WNUR’s phoneathon is 2/27-3/6. You can pledge online. Your support is appreciated!

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (146MB, 2 hrs 39 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Orchestre Mode Succes: “Je peux attraper hypertension” – Innovation Vol. 4 – Nouveauté (Disques Innovation)
Ariya Afrobeat Arkestra: “Turncoat” – Towards Other Worlds (First Word)
Revolucionnarios: “Mi Bella Panama” – Panama! 2: Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-77 (Soundway)
Andre Williams: “It’s Gonna Be Fine in ’69” – Checker 1214 – 7″ (Checker)
Arsenio Rodriguez: “Rumba Guajira” – Primitivo (Fania)
International Orchestra Safari Sound: “Usilipuke Kucheka” – Zanzibara 7: Sikinde Vs Ndekule (Buda Musique)
De Malo: “Towuti Brazza Toye Kisasa” – Roots of Rumba Rock: Congo Classics 1953-1955 (Crammed Discs)
Ali Farka Toure: “Allah Uya” – Niafunké (World Circuit)
Maulidi Juma: “Yaatika” – Zanzibara 2: Golden Years Of Mombasa Taarab (Buda Musique)
Aretha Franklin: “Hello Sunshine” – Aretha Now (Atlantic)
James Reese and the Progressions: “Let’s Go (It’s Summertime)” – The Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw)
Alamayehu Eshete: “Ambassel (fast)” – Ethiopiques 22: More Vintage (1972-1974) (Buda Musique)
Anon: “Blue Basket” – Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk and Pop Music Vol. 1 (Sublime Frequencies)
The Petch Phin Thong Band: “Soul Lam Plearn” – The Sound Of Siam – Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam in Thailand 1964-75 (Soundway)
The Anchors & the Creche Kids: “Uyeye (Papa Bull)” – Durban Office Party Part 1 (Electric Jive )
Brothers and Sisters: “Don’t Let ‘Em Tell You” – Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels (Numero Group)
Pearly Queen: “Quit Jive’ In” – Quit Jivin’ – A Funk Anthology (Essential Media)
Django Reinhardt: “Chicago” – Chronological Classics 1937 (Classics)
Mozelle Anderson: “Tight in Chicago” – Barrelhouse Mamas Born in the Alley, Raised Up in the Slum Classic Piano Rags, Blues & Stomps from the 1920s & 1930s (Yazoo)
John Wright: “La Salle St. After Hours” – South Side Soul (Prestige)
Oliver Nelson: “Goin’ to Chicago Blues” – More Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse)
Dr. Isaiah Ross: “Chicago Breakdown” – Takoma Blues (Takoma)
The Sundowners: “Sidewalks of Chicago” – Chicago Country Legends (Bloodshot Records)
Nu Sounds: “Chicago USA” – Spaceship Lullaby (Atavistic / Unheard Music Series)
William Parker Creation Ensemble: “Chicago” – Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012 (AUMFidelity)
Air: “Chicago Breakdown” – 80° Below ’82 (Antilles)
Sean Bergin’s M.O.B.: “Rieb Letsma” – Copy Cat (BV Haast)
Andrew Hill: “Flight 19” – Point of Departure (Blue Note)
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers: “Blue Ching” – The Freedom Rider (Blue Note)
Arthur Blythe & David Eyges: “Something Like You” – Today’s Blues (CIMP)
Unnamed musicians from Harian Boho: “Gondang Malim” – Music of Indonesia, Vol. 4: Music of Nias and North Sumatra: Hoho, Gendang Karo, Gondang Toba (Smithsonian Folkways)
DKV Trio: “Nickelsdorf 4” – Sound in Motion in Sound (Not Two)
Joe McPhee Contemporary Improvisation Ensemble: “Windy City Head Stompin’ Blues” – Underground Railroad (Atavistic/Unheard Music Series)
Fred Anderson: “By Many Names” – Timeless (Delmark)
Rudresh Mahanthappa: “Telugu” – Mother Tongue (Pi Recordings)
Anthony Braxton/David Holland: “You Go to My Head” – Trio and Duet (Sackville/Delmark)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-02-17

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

Since station technical issues blocked my pre-Valentine’s day show, I took the opportunity to get in a few “love” songs that I didn’t get to air. But mostly this week’s show is Mardi Gras music. As always, I tried to thread the needle between well-known classics and more obscure cuts, and to not play too many songs that were part of the most recent Fat Tuesday special. This also marks the beginning of the Mardi Gras category on the blog, so now it’s easy to listen shows from previous years.

Unfortunately, there seems to be some noise in the archive, but hopefully it isn’t too crazy making…

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (146MB, 2 hrs 39 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
The Blenders: “Don’t Fuck Around with Love” – Lux & Ivy’s Favorites v. 1 (Kogar the Swinging Ape)
Edith Frost: “Easy to Love” – Wonder Wonder (Drag City)
Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel: “Besame Mucho” – Things to Come (Sighlow)
Sly & the Family Stone: “Love City” – Life (Epic)
Jimmy Hughes: “Chains of Love” – The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971 (Stax)
ESG: “My Love For You” – A South Bronx Story (Universal Sound)
Jackie Wilson: “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher” – The Original Brunswick Hit Recordings (Brunswick Records)
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs: “Let Your Love Light Shine” – Pharaohization! – The Best Of Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs (Rhino)
The Ravens: “Careless Love” – Dawn of Doowop (Proper)
Joe Liggins and the Honeydrippers: “Going Back to New Orleans” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Clarence “Frogman” Henry: “Ain’t Got No Home ” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Allen Toussaint with Chocolate Milk: “Shoorah Shoorah” – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1976 (Island)
Danny White: “Natural Soul Brother” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz)
Lee Dorsey: “O Me-O, My-O” – Yes We Can/Night People (Raven)
James Rivers Quartet: “New Orleans Mambo” – The Dallas Sessions (Spindletop Records)
The Hawketts: “Mardi Gras Mambo” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Larry Williams: “Jockamo AKA Iko-Iko” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Eddie Bo: “The Thang (Part 2)” – Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul Jazz)
The Vibrettes: “Humpty Dump (Parts 1 and 2)” – Eddie Bo’s Funky Funky New Orleans (Funky Delicacies)
Stooges Brass Band: “Stooges Party” – It’s About Time (Hypersoul)
Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias: “Handa Wanda Pts. I & II” – Crescent City 25 7″ (Crescent City)
Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles: “Battle of New Orleans” – Mr. Stranger Man (Shanachie)
Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors: “Sing My Song” – Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors (Pertunia Foundation)
Gulf Aid All Stars: “It Ain’t My Fault” – It Ain’t My Fault (iTunes)
Indians of the Nation: “Martin Luther King” – United We Stand, Divided We Fall (Ch Ching)
Dave Bartholomew: “Carnival Day” – The Very Best Of Dave Bartholomew (Bayou)
Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers: “Shake It and Break It” – The Legendary Sidney Bechet (Bluebird)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “I’ll Fly Away” – Funeral for a Friend (Ropeadope)
Rebirth Brass Band: “Glory, Glory/Jesus on the Mainline” – We Come to Party (Shanachie)
Treme Brass Band: “Grazing in the Grass” – New Orleans Music (Mardi Gras Records)
Olympia Brass Band: “Bourbon Street Parade” – Kickin’ Some Brass (Shanachie)
Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias and friends: “Battlefront” – The Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday Showdown (Rounder)
Lil Queenie & the Percolators: “My Darlin’ New Orleans” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Canray Fontenot: “Allons Danser” – The Rough Guide to Zydeco (Rough Guides)
Clifton Chenier: “Jambalaya” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Chuck Carbo: “Can I Be Your Squeeze” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz)
The Hot 8 Brass Band: “Shot Gun Joe” – Tombstone (Tru Thoughts)
Soul Rebels Brass Band: “Let It Roll” – Brass Bands & Mardi Gras Indians (unknown)
Smiley Lewis: “Shame, Shame, Shame” – Shame, Shame, Shame (Bear Family Records)
Professor Longhair: “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” – New Orleans Piano (Atlantic)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-02-03

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This, that, and the others.

Enjoy!

Listen:

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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Vin Gordon: “Red Blood” – Studio One Scorchers (Trojan Records)
The Scram Band: “Don’t Change Nothin’ (instrumental)” – Eddie Bo’s Funky Funky New Orleans (Funky Delicacies)
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: “Spreadin’ Honey” – Express Yourself (Warner Bros.)
Orchestre National du Congo: “Ah! Congo” – Vision 1976 Vol.1 (Editions Nationales)
The Dantels: “Dragon Walk” – Jungle Exotica, Vol. 1 (Strip)
Afro 70: “Week End” – Kenya Special: Selected East African Recordings From The 1970s & ’80s (Soundway)
Super Biton de Segou: “Nie Nema Mine” – Afro Jazz du Mali (Bolibana Productions)
James Brown: “Tighten Up” – Say It Live And Loud: Live In Dallas 08.26.68 (Polydor)
The Boom: “Honey on a Biscuit” – Any Day of the Night (Slowdime)
Elvis Presley: “Only the Strong Survive” – From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential ’60s Masters (RCA)
The Staple Singers: “Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom-Boom)” – The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, vol 2: 1968-1971 (Stax)
Ella Fitzgerald: “A-Tisket, A-Tasket” – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve Records)
The Five Keys: “Old MacDonald” – Dawn of Doo-Wop (Proper)
Ray Price: “Crazy Arms” – Hillbilly Fever, Vol. 3: Legends of Nashville (Warner)
The Byrds: “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Columbia)
Blanket Music: “Get Togetha” – Move (Hush Records)
Bola Sete: “Complicado” – Shebaba (Fantasy )
Edward W. Clayborn: “Your Enemy Cannot Harm You (but Watch your Close Friend)” – Goodbye, Babylon (Dust-to-Digital)
Johnny Lee Moore & 12 Mississippi Penitentiary Convicts: “Eighteen Hammers” – Sounds of the South (Atlantic)
The Prisonaires: “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” – 15th Annual Southern Music Issue & CD – Tennessee (Oxford American)
The Temptations: “(I Know) I’m Losing You” – Beg, Scream and Shout: the Big Ol’ Box of 60’s Soul (Rhino)
Universal Congress Of: “Freight Train” – The Sad and Tragic Demise of Big Fine Hot Salty Black Wind (Enemy)
La Perfecta: “Roulé” – Creole Love Calls – Rythmes Latins Des Antilles (Isma’a)
Ari Brown: “Lester Bowie’s Gumbo Stew” – Ultimate Frontier (Delmark)
Bola: “Bunibunbol Suma” – Volume 7 (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Amanar: “Alghafiat” – Music from Saharan Cellphones (Sahel Sounds)
Group Anmataff: “Tinariwen” – Music from Saharan Cellphones (Sahel Sounds)
Shankar and the Epidemics: “Sankarabaranam Pancha Nadai Pallavi” – Passion Sources (Real World)
Spider Harrison: “Beautiful Day” – The Funky Sixteen Corners (Stones Throw)
Orchestre Veve: “Mama Djele” – Vintage Verckys (RetroAfric)
Pato Banton: “Don’t Sniff Coke” – Never Give In (Greensleeves )
Karl Hector & the Malcouns: “When the Sun Breaks Through” – Sahara Swing (Now-Again)
David Shire: “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” – The Score: 20 Ultra-Cool Soundtracks from the Producers of Mojo (Mojo)
George Russell Smalltet: “Night Sound” – Jazz Workshop (Koch)
Pachora: “Bushka Lounge” – Astereotypical (Winter & Winter)
Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things: “Beach Balls” – Second Cities: Volume 1 (482 Music)
Eight Bold Souls: “Odyssey” – Last Option (Thrill Jockey)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-01-27

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

Something hit me late in my pre-show prep that led me to start this one off with about an hour of hip-hop. The rest of the show is fairly eclectic, in the general Conference of the Birds fashion, wrapping up with an odd one from the great poet and sound artist Christian Bök.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (148MB, 2 hrs 41 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Boogie Down Productions: “Word from Our Sponsor” – Criminal Minded (B-Boy Records)
Queen Latifah & the Original Flavor Unit: “Flavor Unit Assassination Squad” – Hip Hop Sessions: Classics from Hip Hop’s Holy Grail (Sessions)
Stik Figa: “The Skinny” – As Himself (Mello Music Group)
Brand New Heavies featuring Masta Ace: “Wake Me When I’m Dead” – Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 (Delicious Vinyl)
Basehead: “Brand New Day” – Play With Toys (Imago)
The Coup: “Last Blunt” – Kill My Landlord (Wild Pitch Records)
Digable Planets: “Jettin’” – Blowout Comb (Capitol Records)
Gift of Gab: “In a Minute Doe” – 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (Quannum Projects)
Blue Scholars: “Evening Chai” – Blue Scholars (Not On Label)
Erykah Badu: “Love of My Life Worldwide (featuring Queen Latifah, Angie Stone & Bahamadia)” – Worldwide Underground (Motown )
Das Racist: “You Oughta Know” – Shut Up, Dude (Greedhead Music)
Vampires Underground: “Funky Broadway” – Vampires Underground (Pharaway Sounds)
Os Mutantes: “Ave Genghis Khan” – Os Mutantes (Polydor)
Geraldo Azevedo, Alceu Valenca: “Planetario” – Psychedelic Pernambuco (Mr. Bongo)
Elizabeth Cotten: “Mama, Nobody’s Here but the Baby” – Shake Sugaree (Smithsonian Folkways)
Fitzroy Coleman Quintet: “Uncle Joe” – London Is The Place For Me 6: Mento, Calypso, Jazz And Highlife From Young Black London (Honest Jon’s)
Lionel Belasco: “Miranda” – Ghost World soundtrack (Shanachie)
The Pioneers: “Rudies are the Greatest” – Trojan Rude Boy Box Set (Trojan)
Sister Winona Carr: “Fifteen Rounds for Jesus” – Dragnet for Jesus (Specialty)
Don Covay: “Iron Out the Rough Spots” – Mercy!/Seesaw (Koch)
The Soul Seven: “Southside Funk” – The Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw Records)
Irma Thomas: “Hittin’ on Nothin’” – Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans (Razor & Tie)
Lou Johnson: “Wrong Number” – With You in Mind (Volt)
Nita Rossi: “Untrue Unfaithful (That Was You)” – One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found (Rhino)
Abdel Gadir Salim: “Mal Wa Ihtagab” – The Merdoum Kings Play Songs of Love (Shanachie )
April March: “La Chanson de Prevert” – Chick Habit (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
Verckys & L’Orchestre Veve: “Nakomi Paradise” – Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 – 1978 (Analog Africa)
Fastos the Great: “Via Faraday” – Sax Jive Special (Electric Jive)
Johannesburg Street Band: “Special Branch” – Dancin’ Through The Streets (UNI Records)
Leo Cuypers: “Alsdot de Olifantstand” – Heavy Days Are Here Again (Atavistic)
Dave Holland Trio: “African Lullaby” – Triplicate (ECM Records)
Johnny Dyani Quartet: “House Arrest” – Mbizo (SteepleChase)
Mary Lou Williams: “Syl-o-Gism” – Zoning (Smithsonian Folkways)
Bobby Hutcherson: “Goin’ Down South” – San Francisco (Blue Note)
Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins/Enrico Pieranunzi: “Lennie’s Pennies” – First Song (Soul Note)
Gigi Gryce: “Nica’s Tempo” – Nica’s Tempo (Savoy)
Christian Bok: “Seahorses and Flying Fish” – (Penn Sound)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-01-20

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

For some reason the stream archive cut a little short, so you get most of the David Boykin track but not the ones after.

That said, there’s plenty of great music until then.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (123MB, 2 hrs 15 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Milton Cardona: “Ebioso” – Bembé (American Clave)
Son Palenque: “Atina Tina” – Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers (Vampisoul)
Dr. Adolf Ahanotu: “Ijere” – Nigeria Disco Funk Special: Sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-1979 (Soundway)
The Scientist & Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub with Diverse: “Saro-Wiwa” – The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub (Ernie B’s Reggae)
Tidiani Koné & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: “Djanfa Magni” – African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo 70s (Analog Africa)
Prince: “I Wanna Be Your Lover” – Prince (Warner Brothers)
Kashmere Stage Band: “Thank You (Live)” – Texas Thunder Soul 1968-74 (Now-Again)
Sly and the Family Stone: “Dance to the Medley (Music is Alive/Dance In/Music Lover)” – Dance to the Music (Epic)
Cornell Dupree: “Teasin’” – What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino)
The Coup: “I Love Boosters” – Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph )
The Lymbyc System: “Dreadlock Rock” – Mammoth Lakes, CA: 5/31/2004 (random taper)
Ramsey & Co.: “Love Call” – Keb Darge’s Legendary Deep Funk Volume 2 (BBE)
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters: “From the Love Side” – James Brown’s Funky People (part 2) (Polydor)
Buddy Miles: “Easy Greasy” – We Got To Live Together (Mercury)
Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys: “Crazy Rhythm” – Tiffany Transcriptions, vol. 3 (Rhino)
Sam Cooke: “Another Saturday Night” – Keep Movin’ On (ABKCO Records)
The Raiders: “Bittersweet Samba” – Guitars a Go-Go: Raiders Go Latin (Raj)
Christopher Columbus Ngcukana: “Oosoga” – Next Stop… Soweto Vol. 3: Giants, Ministers And Makers: Jazz In South Africa 1963-1978 (Strut)
Lucky 7s: “Farragut” – Farragut (Lakefront Digital)
Masada: “Khebar” – Het (DIW)
Jon Jang and the Pan-Asian Jazz Arkestra: “Concerto for Jazz Ensemble and Taiko: Ganbaro!” – Self Defense! (Soul Note)
Clifford Thornton & the Jazz Composers Orchestra: “O Desayo” – The Gardens of Harlem (JCOA Records)
David Boykin Outet: “Connundrum” – Evidence of Life on Other Planets Vol. 2 (BoxMedia)
Mal Waldron: “Transfiguration” – Mal-1 (Prestige )
The Nice Guy Trio: “Off the Grid” – Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio (Porto Franco)
Sun Ra: “We Travel the Spaceways” – Space is the Place Soundtrack (Impulse)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-01-06

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). And, of course, when technology cooperates, you can just come here for the archives. You can subscribe to the podcast with this URL (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

Calypso, afro-pop, gospel, Bahamas, funk, soul, jazz…

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (146MB, 2 hrs 40 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Lord Invader: “Fidel Castro” – Calypso Travels (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mighty Sparrow: “Jook for Jook” – Volume 4 (Ice)
Lagos Mozart Orchestra: “Ore Mi Kini Se” – Juju Roots: 1930s-1950s (Rounder)
Black Santiagos: “See Na Meye” – Ignace de Souza: The Great Unknowns (Original)
Bob-Cats: “Rocsy Pie Conti” – Christmas Jive: 78s and 45s from the Archives (Electric Jive)
Oscar Neves: “Mabele” – Angola Soundtrack 2: Hypnosis, Distortions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969-1978 (Analog Africa)
Paulina Alvarez: “El Verdulero” – Cuba: I Am Time (Cantar en Cuba) (Blue Jackel)
Victoria Spivey: “Blood Hound Blues” – Moaning The Blues (Orbis)
Billie Holiday: “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” – Lady Day: The Best of Billie Holiday (Sony)
Silver Leaf Quartet: “Witness for my Lord” – Southern Journey, Vol. 8: Velvet Voices – Eastern Shores Choirs, Quartets, And Colonial Era Music (Rounder)
Rev. Linston Triplett, Jr.: “Jesus is Living Today” – This May Be My Last Time Singing: Raw African-American Gospel on 45RPM, 1957-1982 (Tompkins Square)
Frank Penn: “Gimme Some Skin (Instrumental)” – Cult Cargo: Grand Bahama Goombay (Numero Group)
Funky Nassau: “Look What You Can Get” – 7″ (Drive)
Juju Orchestra: “Funky Nassau” – Bossa Nova Is Not a Crime (Agogo Records)
Junk: “Hey Frenchy” – Kiss My Acid Jazz (Faffco)
Vic Pitts & The Cheaters: “The Trip” – The Lost Tapes (Secret Stash)
Sonny Knight & the Lakers: “Baby, Baby, Baby” – I’m Still Here (Secret Stash)
Medeski, Martin & Wood: “Ziphim” – Voices in the Wilderness (Tzadik)
John Zorn: “Milano Odea” – The Big Gundown: John Zorn Plays the Music of Ennio Morricone (Nonesuch)
Tony Allen: “Nina Lowo” – Secret Agent (Nonesuch)
Super Tentemba Jazz: “Almamy” – Rare Afro & Caribbean Funk Volume 2 (Mokili)
Lee Dorsey: “Everything I Do Gohn Be Funky (From Now On)” – The New Lee Dorsey (Sundazed)
Professor Longhair: “Longhair’s Blues-Rhumba” – New Orleans Piano (Rounder)
The Hesitations: “I’m Not Built That Way” – Pied Piper Presents a New Concept in Detroit Soul (Kent)
Las Malas Amistades: “Por Todos Lados” – Jardin Interior (Honest Jon’s)
Quarteto Em Cy e Tamba Trio: “Vim Da Bahia” – Som Definitivo (Forma)
Hank Mobley: “Dig Dis” – Soul Station (Blue Note)
Sonny Red: “Blues in the Pocket” – Out of the Blue (Blue Note)
John Zorn/George Lewis/Bill Frisell: “Funk in Deep Freeze” – News for Lulu (hat ART)
Vandermark Five Special Edition: “Second Marker” – The Horse Jumps & the Ship is Gone (Not Two)
Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake/Harrison Bankhead: “Timeless” – Timeless (Delmark)
Chicago Trio: “Down n’ the Delta” – Velvet Songs To Baba Fred Anderson (Rogueart)