WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-10-21

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-5). 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).

This week’s show was fun. I always forget how great the Ocora “Music of the World” box set is, so I was happy to start with a track from the “Afrique” disc in that collection. After that, a lot of funky stuff, including a couple of long afrobeat jams but then as usual it starts to get a little more random as the show progresses. But lots of great music!

Oh yeah, I was riffing a little on a NYT magazine article about streaming music, so I did a quick assessment of the not-on-spotify tracks in today’s show: The Ugandan musicians from the Ocora comp; Mask Man & the Agents; Roscoe Robinson; Lefties Soul Connection; Pino Canizzo; The Twilights; Orlandivo; John Zorn; Ken Vandermark and Atomic. (Some of those artists are represented, but I couldn’t find their tracks that were on today’s show.) And besides, the other ones that are on there, are you listening to ‘em? Don’t give up the quest!

Enjoy!

Listen:

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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Unspecified Ugandan musicians: “Orchestre Lukeme & Song” – Afrique (Music of the World) (Ocora)
Urbano de Castro: “Fatimita” – Angola Soundtrack 2 – Hypnosis, Distorsions & Other Sonic Innovations 1969​-​1978 (Analog Africa)
Oscar Sulley & the Uhuru Dance Band: “Bukom Mashie” – Ghana soundz – Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70’s Ghana (Soundway)
K. Frimpong & Vis a Vis: “Aboagyewaa” – Ghana Soundz Volume 2: Afro-Beat, Funk and Fusion in 70’s Ghana (Soundway)
John Holt: “Sister Big Stuff” – 1000 Volts of Holt (Trojan)
The Meters: “Ease Back” – Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology (Rhino)
Funk Factory: “Rien Ne Va Plus” – What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (Rhino)
Mask Man and the Agents: “It’s the Thing” – One Eye Open (Dynamo)
Roscoe Robinson: “Let Me Be Myself” – The Birmingham Sound, vol. 1 (Rabbit Factory)
People’s Choice: “I Like to Do It” – Philadelphia Roots (Soul Jazz)
The Fabulous Three: “Whitesands” – Soul Fire: The Majestic Collection (Fastlife)
Chicago Afrobeat Project: “Ich Fumbus Grossen” – Off the Grid (CABP Music)
Soul Rebels: “Living for the City” – Unlock your Mind (Rounder)
Lefties Soul Connection: “Freaky Franky” – Skimming the Skum (Melting Pot Music)
Pino Canizzo: “Black California” – Suono Libero Volume 2 (La Douce)
Nostalgia 77: “You and Me” – The Garden (Tru Thoughts)
Jimmy Collier & Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick: “Hands Off Nkrumah” – Everybody’s Got a Right to Live (Smithsonian Folkways)
Selah Jubilee Singers: “Leak in the Building” – Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (Document)
Muggsy Spanier & his Ragtime Band: “Mandy Make Up Your Mind” – Muggsy A-Z: A Portrait of Muggsy Spanier (Upbeat)
The Impressions: “Woman’s Got Soul” – The Complete A and B Sides 1961-1968 (Fontana)
The Twilights: “Bohemian” – Wierdsville! (Monsieur)
Johnny Adams: “Tra-La-La” – The Complete Ric & Ron Recordings, Vol. 4: Classic New Orleans R&B And More, 1958-1965 (New Rounder)
Kalafayi: “Kitoko Na Yo Ekosaki Ngai” – Roots of Rumba Rock: Congo Classics 1953-1955 (Crammed)
Sam Prekop: “C + F” – Who’s Your New Professor? (Thrill Jockey)
Orlan Divo: “Gueri Gueri” – Orlandivo (Kindred Spirits)
Peregoyo Y Su Combo Vacaná: “Descarga Vacaná” – The Afrosound of Colombia, Vol. 1 (Vampi Soul)
John Zorn: “Laughing Owl” – O’o (Tzadik)
Audio One: “The Floor (for Julius Hemphill)” – An International Report (Audiographic)
Atomic: “Crux” – Happy New Ears! (Jazzland)
Vijay Iyer: “Fleurette Africaine” – Solo (ACT)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-10-14

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-5). 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).

The archive is back. I hope you dig it. I had fun. Not a proper feature, but things led pretty well down a South American route, with late 60’s stuff from Peru, Brazil and Uruguay, among other things.

Enjoy!

Listen:

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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Dusty Brooks: “(My Baby Loves) Chili Dogs” – 13th Annual Music Issue (Oxford American)
Guitar Rhythm Session: “Igumbagumba” – Christmas Jive: 78s and 45s from the Archives (Electric Jive)
West African Rhythm Brothers: “Ominira” – London is the Place for Me 2: Calypso & Kwela, Highlife & Jazz from Young Black London (Honest Jon’s)
Panaswing: “Me Lo Dijo Una Gitana” – Panama! 3: Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Típica on the Isthmus 1960–75 (Soundway)
Los Ecos: “Baila Flaquita Baila” – Cumbia Beat Vol. 2 Tropical Sounds From Peru 1966-1983 (Vampi Soul)
Los Destellos: “Pasion oriental” – Cumbia Beat, Vol. 1: Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Peru 1966-1976 (Vampi Soul)
Traffic Sound: “Yellow Sea Days – March 7th, 8th, 9th” – Virgin (Repsychled)
El Kinto: “Que Me Importa” – El Kinto (Clave)
Dom Salvador E Abolição: “Moeda, Reza e Côr” – Som, Sangue E Raça (CBS)
Kassin + 2: “Samba Machine” – Futurismo (Luaka Bop)
Domenico + 2: “Comigo” – Sincerely Hot (Luaka Bop)
Marcos Valle: “Proton Electron Neutron” – The Essential Marcos Valle (Mr. Bongo)
Seu Jorge: “Veia” – Músicas para Churrasco, Vol. 1 (Cafuné)
Tio Chango (featuring Frente Cumbiero): “Bocachico RMX” – Cumbia Bestial (Chusma)
William Onyeabor: “Something You Will Never Forget” – World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
Captain Yaba: “Yaba Funk” – Yaba Funk Roots (RetroAfric)
Claude Rolcin Et Le West Indian Combo: “Colas-la” – Tumbélé! – Biguine, afro & latin sounds from the French Caribbean, 1963-74 (Soundway)
Curumin: “Mal Estar Card” – Japan Pop Show (Quannum)
Roberto Juan Rodriguez: “Baila! Gitano Baila!” – Baila! Gitano Baila! (Tzadik)
Denison/Kimball Trio: “Factory Loop” – Soul Machine (Skin Graft Records)
Young MC: “Know How” – Hip Hop Sessions: Classics from Hip Hop’s Holy Grail (Sessions)
The Coup: “My Favorite Mutiny” – Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph)
MC Solaar: “Nouveau Western” – Prose Combat (Polydor)
Helene Smith: “Thrills and Chills” – Eccentric Soul: The Deep City Label (Numero Group)
Stevie Wonder: “Black Man” – Songs in the Key of Life (Motown)
DKV Trio: “Milwaukee, December 27, 2011: Part 2B” – Past Present (Not Two)
Radio I-Ching: “Topsy” – No Wave Au Go Go (Resonant)
Gil Evans Orchestra: “Moon Taj” – Into the Hot (Impulse)
Anthony Braxton Quartet: “No. 40M” – Willisau (Quartet) 1991 – Studio (Hat Art)
Archie Shepp: “Mama Too Tight” – Mama Too Tight (Impulse)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-10-07

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Another imagination-needed show: the archiver is still out-of-order, but most of the details are sorted so hopefully soon!

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Orchestre Kin-Bantou: “Bandoki 1&2” – Kin-Bantou (Sonafric)
African Brothers Band International of Ghana: “Owuo Aye Me Bi” – Owuo Aye Me Bi (Makossa)
Super Biton de Segou: “Nyangaran Foli” – Anthology (Kindred Spirits)
Orchestra Baba National: “Celibataire Pt. 1 & 2” – African Serenades 45: Kenyan Singles II (Matsuli Music)
David Thekwane: “1962 Shalashala” – 78 Revolutions per Minute – Majuba Jazz from Mra to Bra (Electric Jive)
Fabien Libasi: “Bengela Ngai Bosele” – The World is Shaking – Cubanismo from the Congo 1954-55 (Honest Jon’s)
Orchestre Baobab: “Ndongoy Daara” – Specialist in all Styles (Stern’s)
The Robins: “I’m Living OK” – The Dawn of Doo-Wop (Proper)
Mighty Destroyer: “Mother’s Love” – Never a Pal Like Mother (Dust-to-Digital)
Os Mutantes: “Panis et Circenses” – Os Mutantes (Philips)
Los Pirañas: “Lgbtrago” – Toma Tu Jabón Kapax (Bandcamp)
DJ Dolores: “Ciranda Da Madrugada” – Aparelhagem (Crammed Discs)
Doug Wieselman: “The Girl in the Booth” – Dimly Lit: Collected Soundtracks 1996-2002 (Tzadik)
Calixto Ochoa y su Conjunto: “Las Melizas” – Grandes Exitos (Discos Fuentes)
Casa de Soul: “Berimbau” – Casa de Soul (self-released)
Baden Powell: “Blues a Volonte” – Images on Guitar (MPS Records)
Ike & Tina Turner: “A Fool in Love” – Beg, Scream and Shout: The Big Ol’ Box of Sixties Soul (Rhino)
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound: “Ordinary” – Howl (Bloodshot)
The Gaturs: “Booger Man” – Wasted (Funky Delicacies)
Artie Christopher: “Stoned Soul” – Atlantic 7″ – 2573 (Atlantic)
James Brown: “Instrumental” – Newport Jazz Festival, 7/6/1969 (Concert Vault)
Jenny Magnus: “Crazy” – Whoopsadaisy (Eighth Day)
Marty Ehrlich/Ben Goldberg: “Twos” – Light At The Crossroads (Songlines )
Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls: “Axé” – Breeding Resistance (Delmark)
The Tiptons: “12 Days” – Drive (CD Baby)
David Murray: “At the Cafe Central” – Shakill’s Warrior (DIW)
Hanuman Jazz Quartet: “Bhurma Dreams” – Soundhousing (Leo)
Vandermark Five: “Speedplay (for Max Roach)” – Beat Reader (Atavistic)
Normand Guilbeault Ensemble: “Moanin’” – Mingus Erectus (Ambiances Magnétiques)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-09-23

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My home computer which archives the stream of the show melted down pretty seriously, so this show was not archived. Use your imagination!

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Francis Bebey: “Sassandra” – Akwaaba: Music For Sanza (Original Music)
Mahagon: “Divka S Jablky” – Between Or Beyond The Iron Curtain” – Rare Grooves from Eastern Europe 1967-1978 (Crippled Dick Hot Wax!)
Funkadelic: “Undisco Kidd” – Tales of Kidd Funkadelic (Westbound Records)
Mr. Lif: “Ol’ Crew” – Superrappin’, v. 2 (Groove Attack Productions)
Carolina Chocolate Drops: “Hit ‘em up style” – Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch)
Andrew Bird: “Minor Beatrice” – Music of Hair (Wegawam Music)
Ella Fitzgerald: “You’re Driving Me Crazy” – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve)
Kwaa Mansah: “Kalabule” – Vintage Palmwine (Music & Words/Otrabanda)
Elizabeth Cotten: “Vastopol” – Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes (Smithsonian Folkways)
Terry Callier: “Blues for Marcus” – First Light: Chicago 1969-71 (Premonition Records)
Sun Ra: “Lights on a Satellite” – Fate in a Pleasant Mood (Evidence)
Will Holshouser Trio: “Reed Song” – Reed Song (Clean Feed)
Golden Gate Quartet: “Let That Liar Alone” – Travelin’ Shoes (Bluebird)
The Everly Brothers: “Leave My Woman Alone” – The Complete Cadence Recordings: 1957-60 (Varese Fontana)
The Paragons: “My Best Girl” – On The Beach With The Paragons (Charly )
The Pharcyde: “Otha Fish” – Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde (Delicious Vinyl)
Ganja Ward: “Saffron” – Punjabi Lounge (Buddha Lounge)
The Smiths: “Bigmouth Strikes Again” – The Queen is Dead (Sire)
The Blue Notes: “Now” – Township Bop (Proper)
Génesis: “Mañana” – 30 Años de música Uruguaya (Posdata)
Abayudaya congregation, led by J.J. Keki : “Psalm 136” – Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways)
The Clarence Ashley Group: “Maggie Walker Blues” – Friends of Old Time Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
Koo Nimo: “Odo Akosomo” – Vintage Palmwine (Music & Words/Otrabanda)
Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio: “Autumn Leaves” – Ooh Live! (Katalyst Entertainment)
Mavis Staples: “You’re Driving Me (To the Arms of a Stranger)” – Mavis Staples/Only for the Lonely (Stax)
Cha Cha Hogan: “Grit Gitter” – 7″ (Soulville)
The Flirtations: “Settle Down” – The Cream of Vintage Soul, Vol. 1 (Life on Mars)
William Devaughn: “Be Thankful for What You Got” – Be Thankful for What You Got (Roxbury Records)
School Days: “Broad Daylight (for Mal Waldron)” – Crossing Division (Okka Disk)
Digital Primitives: “Spyzee” – Lipsomuch / Soul Searchin’ (Hopscotch Records)
Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy: “Bowie” – Spirit Moves (Greenleaf)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-09-16

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No, it’s not Mardi Gras time, even if the show starts you off thinking so. Instead, we commemorate the life of Cosimo Matassa, the legendary New Orleans recording engineer who was involved with so many of those hits. Another mini-motif (although not all in one block) is jubilee gospel, which I had been enjoying with faithful listener number one over the weekend. That of course branches out into some more doo-woppy stuff as well as some other kinds of gospel and ultimately some of everything from James Brown to Joy Division and the Kronos Quartet to Woody Guthrie

Enjoy!

PS Check out a Cosimo retrospective from the great Funky 16 Corners. And did I mention that there’s a new weekly show from Dan Phillips, the purveyor of Home of the Groove?

Listen:

download program (146MB, 2 hrs 40 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Fats Domino: “Shu Rah” – Walking to New Orleans (Capitol)
Al Johnson: “Carnival Time” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens (Shout Factory)
Ernie K-Doe: “Mother-in-Law” – Here Come the Girls (Charly)
Professor Longhair: “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” – New Orleans Piano (Atlantic)
Golden Gate Quartet: “Golden Gate Gospel Train” – Travelin’ Shoes (Bluebird)
The Jubalaires: “Handwriting on the Wall” – The Singing Waiters 47/48 (Heritage)
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash with the Carter Family and the Statler Brothers: “Daddy Sang Bass” – The Essential Johnny Cash (Columbia)
Los Zafiros: “Y Sabes Bien” – Bossa Cubana (World Circuit)
C.K. Mann & His Carousel : “Funky Hi-Life” – Funky Highlife (Mr. Bongo)
Amadou Ballake & Orchestre Super Volta: “Johnny” – Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979 (Analog Africa)
Chico Buarque: “Pedro Pedreiro” – Paramount: Templo da Bossa (Loudspeaker)
The Sapphires: “Who Do You Love” – Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found: One Kiss Can Lead to Another (Rhino)
Chucho Valdés: “Chiquitico” – Maestros del Pianos… Cuban Style (RMM)
Zaperoko: “No Quedo Ni El Gato” – Subway Salsa: the Montuno Records Story (Vampisoul)
James Brown: “Hold It” – Soul Pride: the Instrumentals (Polydor)
Jimmy Hughes: “Neighbor, Neighbor” – The Fame Studios Story 1961-73 (Kent)
Curley Money & his Rolling Ramblers: “Stop Your Knockin’” – 12th Annual Southern Music Issue: Alabama (Oxford American)
Mlimani Park Orchestra: “Neema” – Zanzibara 7: Sikinde Vs Ndekule (Buda Musique)
Izintombi Zomoya: “Bekumnandi Emshadweni” – Christmas Jive: 78s and 45s from the Archives (Electric Jive)
Kronos Quartet with Asha Bhosle: “Dum Maro Dum (Take another Toke)” – You’ve Stolen My Heart (Nonesuch)
Cornershop: “Brimful of Asha” – When I Was Born for the 7th Time (Luaka Bop)
Chris Mills: “The World Some Sad Hour” – The Wall to Wall Sessions (Ernest Jenning)
Stereolab: “Cosmic Country Noir” – Margerine Eclipse (Elektra)
Joy Division: “Heart and Soul” – Closer (Factory)
The Bus Lines: “Beauty Dragster” – Lux & Ivy’s Favorites v. 16 (Kogar the Swinging Ape)
Cabruera: “Erectuos Cactos” – Brazil Classics 7: What’s Happening in Pernambuco (Luaka Bop)
Empire Jubilee Quartet: “Get Right Church” – Goodbye, Babylon (Dust-to-Digital)
Fannie Bell Chapman: “He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield” – Fire In My Bones : Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 (Tompkins Square)
Ohio Players: “Proud Mary” – Pain (Westbound)
Leonard Santic All-Stars: “Problems #2” – Down Santic Way: Santic’s Jamaican Productions 1973-1975 (Pressure Sounds)
Houghas Sorowonko: “Enuanom Adofo” – Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968 – 1981 (Soundway)
Special Ed: “I Got it Made” – Hip Hop Forever (BBE)
Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf: “Ice Cream Truck” – Big Shots (Stones Throw)
William Keating: “Down Down Down” – Songs and Ballads of the Anthracite Miners (Rounder Select)
Woody Guthrie: “Two Good Men” – Hard Travelin’ (The Asch Recordings, v. 3) (Smithsonian Folkways)
Hot Tuna: “Winin’ Boy Blues” – Winterland 10/2/1973 (Concert Vault)
Lucille Bogan: “Sloppy Drunk Blues” – Barrelhouse Mamas Born in the Alley, Raised Up in the Slum Classic Piano Rags, Blues & Stomps from the 1920s & 1930s (Yazoo)
Rahim Alhaj: “Taqsim Maqam Saba” – When The Soul Is Settled: Music Of Iraq (Smithsonian Folkways)
Paul Chambers: “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” – Mosaic Select: Paul Chambers (Mosaic)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-09-09

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No theme in particular, but I left the station feeling pretty good about this week’s show.

Enjoy!

Listen:

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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Wiley and the Checkmates: “Guess You Wouldn’t Know Nothin’ ‘Bout That” – Southern Masters (2009-1) (Oxford American)
The Fabulous Shalimars: “Funky Line Part 1” – The Sound of Funk 4 (Goldmine Soul Supply)
Mavis Staples: “The Choking Kind” – Mavis Staples/Only For The Lonely (Stax)
Grupo Monumental: “Si, Para Usted” – Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 1 (Light in the Attic)
Lalo Guerrero y sus Cinco Lobos: “Los Chucos Suaves” – Pachuco Boogie (Arhoolie)
Tabu Ley Rochereau: “Tabalissimo” – The Voice of Lightness (Stern’s Music)
Les Wanyika: “Sina Makosa” – Sina Makosa (Tamasha)
Bahta Gèbrè-Heywèt: “Tèssassatègn Eko” – Éthiopiques 8: Swinging Addis (Buda Musique)
Sroeng Santi: “Baa Baa Buam Buam” – Thai? Dai!: The Heavier Sound of the Luk Thung Underground (Finders Keepers Records)
Sinn Sisamouth & Ros Sereysothea: “Sronoss Oh Jrov” – Sinn Sisamouth (khmermusic.thecoleranch.com/)
Cannonball Adderley Quintet: “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” Live at the Club (Capitol)
The Three Sounds: “Your Love is Too Much” – Blue Break Beats, Vol. 1 (Blue Note)
Yo La Tengo: “Moby Octopad” – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (Matador)
The Bamboos with Lyrics Born: “Turn it Up” – Turn it Up EP (Tru Thoughts)
Bobby Cook & the Explosions: “Untitled” – Local Customs: Downriver Revival (Numero Group)
Eldridge Holmes: “Hump Back” – Saturday Night Fish Fry: New Orleans Funk and Soul (Soul Jazz)
Blo: “Number One” – Chapters, Steps and Phases (LT&T)
Del Jones’ Positive Vibes: “Afro Funkismus” – Del Jones’ Positive Vibes (Hikeka Records)
Betty Wright: “Ooola La” – The Very Best of Betty Wright (Rhino)
Carole King: “It’s Too Late” – Tapestry (Ode)
Mighty Sparrow: “Dear Sparrow” – Volume 4 (Ice Records)
Ramblers International: “Nyame Ne Nhyehee” – The Hit Sound of the Ramblers Dance Band (Flame Tree)
New Orleans Rhythm Kings: “Since We Fell Out of Love” – Muggsy A-Z: A Portrait of Muggsy Spanier (Upbeat)
Kevin O’Donnell’s Quality Six: “Girl from New York City” – Heretic Blues (Delmark)
The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers of Chicago, Illinois: “Steal Away” – Walk On/The Old Ship of Zion (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab)
The Jubilee Hummingbirds: “Stop Laughing at your Fellow Man” – Disturb My Soul: Gospel from Stax Records’ Chalice Label (Ace)
Xavier Cugat Orchestra with Cha Cha Aguilar & Carmen Castillo: “Perfidia” – Bim Bam Bum 1935-1940 (Harlequin)
Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers: “El Toro” – The Freedom Rider (Blue Note)
Eric Dolphy: “The Baron” – Out There (Original Jazz Classics)
Avishai Cohen: “October 25th” – Introducing Triveni (Anzic)
Thelonious Monk Quartet: “Bright Mississippi” – Monk’s Dream (Columbia)
The Lounge Lizards: “A Paper Bag and the Sun” – Voice of Chunk (Strange and Beautiful Music)
Perfume Azul do Sol: “Calça Velha” – Nascimento (Chantecler)
World Kulintang Institute: “Tagonggo” – 3rd Century Gong/Ensemble Music From The Southern Philippines (World Kulingtan Institute)
Luiz Bonfa: “Saudade Vem Correndo” – Le Roi de la Bossa Nova (Universal)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-09-02

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Groovy jazz, afrobeat, afropop, salsa and then some Woody Guthrie to keep you on your toes.

Enjoy!

Listen:

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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Dudu Pukwana: “Ducking Darkness” – Black Horse (Black Lion)
John Christensen & Arild Andersen: “Graffiti” – Aérien Voyage : Rare And Unreleased Grooves And Fusion Jazz From Norway (Melodisc)
Lee Fields: “Watch That Man” – Let’s Get a Groove On (Desco Records)
Kashmere Stage Band: “Getting It Out of My System” – Texas Thunder Soul 1968-1974 (Now-Again Records)
Sly and the Family Stone: “Let Me Have It All” – Fresh (Epic)
Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou: “Iya Me Dji Ki Bi Ni” – “The Vodoun Effect” 1972-1975 Funk & Sato from Benin´s Obscure Labels (Analog Africa)
Ebo Taylor Jr. & Wuta Waziri: “Mondo Soul Funky” – Ghana Soundz: Afro-Beat. Funk & Fusion in 70’s Ghana Vol. 2 (Soundway)
The Elcados: “Chokoi & Oreje” – The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
Le Super Borgou de Parakou: “Abere Klouklou (Cavacha Dendi)” – The Bariba Sound 1970-1976 (Analog Africa)
Orchestre Makassy: “Athumani Pt. 2” – Legends of East Africa (ARC Music)
Laba Sosseh & Liwanza Band: “El Guaguanco” – Formidable Laba Sosseh: Special Liwanza Band) (Sacodisc)
Tambo: “Muñeco” – Subway Salsa: The Montuno Records Story (Vampisoul)
Joe Houston: “La Paloma Twist” – Twisting In Orbit (Crown)
The Heliocentrics: “Space Time Girl” – Fallen Angels – the Singles Collection (Now-Again Records)
Caetano Veloso: “Shoot Me Dead” – Caetano Veloso (1971) (Polygram)
El Michels Affair: “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” – Enter the 37th Chamber (Fat Beats)
Johnny Osbourne: “We Need Love” – 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
Zed Nkabinde: “Inkonjane Jive” – Next Stop… Soweto, v. 1: Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga (Strut)
Chris McGregor and the South African Exiles’ Thunderbolt: “Mra” – Thunderbolt (Popular African Music)
Woody Guthrie: “Mean Talkin’ Blues” – Hard Travelin': The Asch Recordings, Vol. 3 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mississippi John Hurt: “Nobody’s Dirty Business” – The Greatest Songsters 1927-29 (Document)
Ebenezer Calender and his Maringar Band: “Fire Fire Fire” – Marvellous Boy: Calypso from West Africa (Honest Jon’s)
Richard “Rabbit” Brown: “James Alley Blues” – The Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
The Soul Stirrers: “Glory Glory, Hallelujah” – Good News (Proper)
Oliver Nelson: “Ostinato” – Meet Oliver Nelson (Original Jazz Classics)
Randy Weston: “Hold ‘Em Joe” – Jazz a la Bohemia (Original Jazz Classics)
Bar Kokhba Sextet: “Idalah Abal” – 50th Birthday Celebration, vol. 11 (Tzadik)
Irene Schweizer/Hamid Drake/Fred Anderson: “Schwandrake” – Willisau & Taktlos (Intakt Records)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-08-19

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-5). 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).

This week’s show went long, so the playlist includes stuff you can’t hear on the archive—which cuts just as Leo Smith’s “Who Killed David Walker?” is getting rolling. But there’s still plenty of great stuff, enough that at least one listener was motivated to enthusiastically call in. Hear for yourself.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (147MB, 2 hrs 40 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Black Santiagos: “Bani Wo Dzo” – Ignace De Souza: the Great Unknowns (Original Music)
The Bar-Kays: “Knucklehead” – The Complete Stax-Volt Singles (Atlantic)
Alemayehu Eshete: “Tènagèri” – Ethiopiques, Vol. 22: More Vintage! 1972-1974 (Buda Musique)
Balla et ses Balladins: “Paulette” – Reminiscin’ In Tempo With Balla Et Ses Balladins (Popular African Music)
Cymande: “The Message” – Cymande (Janus Records)
Nostalgia 77: “After Ararat” – The Garden (Tru Thoughts )
Chip Willis and Double Exposure: “I’m Gonna Gitcha” – Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label (Numero Group)
Orchestre GO Malebo: “Likambo ya Supa” – African Serenades 29 (Cheeku) (Matsuli Music)
Tito Puente: “Ran Kan Kan” – Mambo Birdland (RMM Records)
Gato Barbieri: “Mate” – Latino America (Impulse)
Hedzoleh Sounds: “Hearts Ne Kotoko” – Hedzoleh Sounds (Soundway)
The Rhythm Devils: “Trenches” – The Apocalypse Now Sessions (Ryko Analogue)
Rev. Louis Overstreet: “Believe on Me” – His Guitar, His Sons And The Congregation Of St. Luke’s Powerhouse Church Of God In Christ (Arhoolie)
Assagai: “Barazinbar” – Assagai (Philips)
Blackalicious: “The Fabulous Ones” – Nia (Quannum Projects)
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra: “Friday the 13th” – Music And Rhythm (Ubiquity)
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound: “Alright” – Beat Of Our Own Drum (Vampi Soul)
The Music Company: “The Word” – Rubber Soul Jazz (Ace)
Ivan “Boogaloo Joe” Jones: “Hoochie Coo Chickie” – Acid Jazz, Vol. 1 (BGP )
Sensational Skylights: “Jesus is Sweet to Me” – Fire in My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 (Tompkins Square)
James Chance and the Contortions: “Contort Yourself” – Irresistible Impulse (Tiger Style)
fIREHOSE: “It Matters” – Ragin’ Full On (SST)
Michael Columbia: “T.E. Lawrence” – Stay Hard (Alabaster)
John Tchicai Charlie Kohlhase Quintet: “Scholer’s Fountain of Life” – Life Overflowing (Nada)
Geof Bradfield: “Contemplation” – Rule of Three (Liberated Zone)
The Benny Goodman Sextet with Charlie Christian: “As Long as I Live” – Genius of the Electric Guitar (Columbia)
Roy Eldridge: “The Gasser” – After You’ve Gone (Decca/GRP)
Chucho Valdes: “Rhapsody in Blue” – Briyumba Palo Congo (Blue Note)
Oliver Nelson: “Blues O’Mighty” – More Blues and the Abstract Truth (Impulse)
Mark Dresser & Susie Ibarra: “Tone Time” – Tone Time (Wobbly Rail)
Pachora: “Bushka Lounge” – Astereotypical (Winter & Winter)
Per “Texas” Johansson: “Lidkoping” – Alla Mina Kompisar (EMI Svenska)
Graham Reynolds: “Old King Dooji” – Duke! Three Portraits of Ellington (Innova)
Leo Smith: “Who Killed David Walker?” – Procession of the Great Ancestry (Nessa)
Sticks and Stones: “Colonial Mentality” – Shed Grace (Thrill Jockey)
Johnny Dyani: “Wish You Sunshine” – Song for Biko (Steeplechase)
Spaceways Incorporated: “You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks / Hit it and Quit It” – Thirteen Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra & Funkadelic (Atavistic)
Triptych Myth: “Susan” – Triptych Myth (Hopscotch Records)
Mark Helias: “Hung Over Easy” – Loopin’ the Cool (Enja Records)
Thelonious Monk Quartet: “Bye-Ya” – Monk’s Dream (Columbia)
Vijay Iyer: “Human Nature” – Solo (The ACT Company)
Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society: “Brooklyn Babylon: the Neighborhood” – Brooklyn Babylon (New Amsterdam Records)
Eri Yamamoto Trio: “Dark Blue Sky” – The Next Page (AUM Fidelity)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-08-12

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-5). 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 went wrong with the WNUR stream again, but I thought there were a few gems in this weeks show, so I put together a playlist (sans me talking) and made a “synthetic” show for those who want to check it out. The only thing missing is the Jason Roebke track at the end, because that was from the station’s copy of that album.

Apropos of nothing in particular, I put together a mini-set of songs about Moses, and not always the biblical one. (I know that I played the Toots song a few weeks ago, but it is too good to skip. Which also means that last week I shouldn’t have skipped Cyril Neville’s “Gossip” in the “gossip” mini-theme, but too late to go back!)

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (115MB, 2 hrs 22 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
The Jubalaires: “Moses Smote the Water” – The Singing Waiters: 1947-1948 (Heritage)
Roberta Flack: “Go Up Moses” – Quiet Fire (Atlantic)
Lou Donaldson: “Reverend Moses” – Alligator Bogaloo (Blue Note)
Ella Fitzgerald: “Ol’ Man Mose” – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve)
Toots & the Maytals: “Six and Seven Books of Moses” – Never Get Old (Heartbeat )
The Carter Family: “Little Moses” – The Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
Homer Quincy Smith: “Go Down Moses” – American Primitive Vol. II Pre-War Revenants (1897-1939) (Revenant)
João Gilberto: “Izaura” – João Gilberto (Polydor)
James & Bobby Purify: “I’m Your Puppet” – The Fame Studios Story: 1961-1973 (Kent)
Al Green: “Let it Shine” – Full of Fire (Hi)
Lord Rhaburn: “Chicano” – Numero Group Digital Digs (Numero Group)
Brute Force: “The Deacon” – What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino)
Jurassic 5: “How We Get Along” – Quality Control (Interscope)
Eric B. & Rakim: “As the Rhyme Goes On” – Paid in Full (Island)
Run DMC: “Papa Crazy” – Tougher than Leather (Profile)
Linton Kwesi Johnson: “Sonny’s Lettah (anti-sus poem)” – Independant Intavenshan: the Island Anthology (Island)
The Travellers: “Jah Gave Us this World” – Black Black Minds (Pressure Sounds)
Ray Charles: “Funny But I Still Love You” – The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings (Atlantic)
Mavis Staples: “It Makes Me Wanna Cry” – Only for the Lonely (Stax)
Lou Courtney: “Rubber Neckin’ (Chick Check’n)” – VK-10602 – 7″ (Verve)
Haruna Ishola & his Apala Group: “Kafowo Komo Niwe” – Apala Messenger (IndigeDisc)
Unspecified musicians: “Jew’s Harp and Drum” – India: Traveling Artists of the Desert, The Musical Culture of Rajasthan (Lyrichord)
Les Musiciens du Nil: “Taksim Arghoul (Petit)” – Egypte: Les Musicians du Nil (Ocora)
William Ackerman: “The Second Great Tortion Bar Overland Of West Townshend, Vermont, Jose Pepsi Attending” – In Search of the Turtle’s Navel (Windham Hill)
John Buddy Williams’ Band: “My Salty Sin” – Dirty Jazz From Down South (Smithsonian Folkways)
Django Reinhardt: “Stephen’s Blues” – Djangologie/USA (DRG)
Hank Penny: “Wang Wang Blues” – Crazy Rhythm: The Standard Transcriptions (Bloodshot Revival)
Steve Coleman & Five Elements: “Law of Balance” – The Opening of the Way ( RCA Victor)
Steve Lacy: “Evidence” – Evidence (New Jazz)
Pierre Dørge & New Jungle Orchestra: “Baton/Lonely Woman” – Giraf (Dacapo Records)
Anouar Brahem/John Surman/David Holland: “Mazad” – Thimar (ECM)
Håkon Kornstad: “Sweden” – Single Engine (Jazzland)
Birth: “2 Pho” – Birth (self-released)
East New York Ensemble de Music: “Ti-Ti” – At The Helm (Folkways Records)
Björk: “Frosti” – Vespertine (One Little Indian)
Jason Roebke Octet: “High/Red/Center” – High/Red/Center (Delmark)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-08-05

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-). 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).

We ease into this week’s show with a little soul and then, for no particular reason, a handful of songs about gossip. After that, we pay respect to the memory of Idris Muhammad, who died last week at the age of 74. After that, some pretty free freebop, some brass and horn-heavy funk, and a variety of odds and ends.

Enjoy!

PS After I posted the show, Dan Melnick tweeted this link to an interview with Idris Muhammad from the very first issue of Wax Poetics.

Listen:

download program (145MB, 2 hrs 38 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
The Stereos: “Stereo Freeze” – Chicago Soul (Electric Blues Funk & Soul: The New Sound Of Chicago In The 1960’s) (Soul Jazz)
The Flirtations: “Nothing but a Heartache” – Beg, Scream and Shout: The Big Ol’ Box of 60’s Soul (Rhino)
Diamond Joe: “Gossip, Gossip” – Get Low Down: The Soul of New Orleans ’65-’67 (Sundazed)
Dalmain Ebanks: “We Don’t Need No Radio” – Under the Coconut Tree: Music from Grand Cayman and Tortola (Original Music)
The Slits: “I Heard It through the Grapevine” – Cut (Island)
Fats Domino: “Blueberry Hill” – Blueberry Hill (Synergy)
Lou Donaldson: “Peepin’” – Mr. Shing-A-Ling (Blue Note)
Grant Green: “Ain’t It Funky Now” – Blue Break Beats, vol 2 (Blue Note)
Idris Muhammad: “Sudan” – House of the Rising Sun (CTI)
Gene Ammons: “Piece to Keep Away Evil Spirits” – Black Cat (Blue Note)
Idris Muhammad & Joe Lovano: “Miles Mode” – Right Now (Cannonball)
Idris Muhammad Quartet: “Soulful Drums” – Kabsha (Theresa)
Roscoe Mitchell: “Linefine Lyon Seven” – Roscoe Michell & the Sound and Space Ensembles (Black Saint)
Dave Holland Quartet: “See-Saw” – Conference of the Birds (ECM)
George Lewis: “Phenomenology” – The Solo Trombone Record (Sackville)
Live Action Brass Band: “I Want to be Ready” – Horn to Horn (Postout)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “Charlie Dozen” – Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do For The Rest Of Your Life? (Columbia)
The Fontanelles: “Criminality” – Pinprick (First Word Records)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band: “Darkest Light” – Darkest Light: Best of the Lafayette Afro Rock Band (Strut)
Modern Detergents: “Monkey Hips & Yice” – Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (Numero Group)
Kahil El’Zabar’s The Ritual: “Earth Song” – Sacred Love (Sound Aspects)
Joseph Jarman-Famoudou Don Moye: “Nke Ala (The Earth) – Egwu-Tombong Goudiaby” – Egwu-Anwu (Sun Song) (India Navigation)
Cliff Jordan & John Gilmore: “Bo-Till” – Blowing in from Chicago (Blue Note)
New Orleans Rhythm Kings: “Since We Fell Out of Love” – Muggsy A-Z – A Portrait of Muggsy Spanier (Upbeat Jazz Records)
John Kirby: “Tunisian Trail” – John Kirby And His Orchestra 1941 – 1943 (Chronological Classics)
Gamelan Pacifica: “Peaches of Immortality” – Trance Gong (What Next)