WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-12-09

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This week’s show starts with a nod to a great book I just finished, Roll With It, by Matt Sakakeeny, a Tulane professor and former producer for the excellent American Routes program. It’s an ethnography of New Orleans brass bands, and while it can be academic in parts, it’s actually refreshingly balanced for a book that is probably part of a tenure package. It is (for an academic book) lavishly illustrated by Willie Birch, and there’s some extra interesting stuff on a little website Matt put together for the book, including some youtube videos of bands performing.

Actually, to be honest, the show starts with a song from K Theory radio which I liked, specifically “Wa Ho Ha” from a 1978 reissue from Pazy and the Black Hippies. So I started with a new school afrobeat tune I had in the wings before settling into the brass band thing.

That all was about the first hour of the show, and then just a mix, but looking back, a pretty good one!

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (129MB, 2 hrs 21 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Pazy And The Black Hippies: “Wa Ho Ha” – Wa Ho Ha (Secret Stash)
Ariya Afrobeat Arkestra: “Turncoat” – Towards Other Worlds (First World)
Babatunde Olatunji: “Takuta” – Soul Makossa (Paramount)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “Eyomzi” – Open Up: Whatcha Gonna Do For The Rest Of Your Life? (Columbia)
Soul Rebels: “Uptown Downtown” – No Place Like Home (self-released)
Li’l Rascals Brass Band: “Knock With Me/Rock With Me” – Brass Bands and Mardi Gras Indians (unknown)
Hot 8 Brass Band: “J’isten to Me” – Vibe This! WWOZ on CD Spring 2007 (WWOZ)
Joe Tex: “You’re Right, Ray Charles” – Testifyin': The Essential Joe Tex (Castle Select)
Rebirth Brass Band: “Shake Your Body Down to the Ground” – Feel Like Funkin’ It Up (Rounder)
Afrika Bambaata: “Soul Makossa” – Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light (Tommy Boy)
Funk Como Le Gusta: “Balacobaco” – The New Brazilian Music, Vol. 4 (BM&A)
Thu Zahina: “Est Ce Que Olingi Ngai?” – Coup de Chapeau (Retroafric)
Orchestre Veve: “Bilobela” – Vintage Verckys (RetroAfric)
Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro: “Echale Salsita” – Cuba, I Am Time, Vol. 3: Bailar con Cuba (Blue Jackel)
Beny More: “Que Bueno Baila Usted” – Cuba, I Am Time, Vol. 3: Bailar con Cuba (Blue Jackel)
Grupo Changüi de Guantanamo: “Laos, Cambodia y Vietnam” – ¡Ahora sí! Llegó el changüí (Corason)
Tradisyon Ka: “Elwa” – Soul Jazz Records Presents Gwo Ka: Music Of Guadeloupe, West Indies (Soul Jazz)
Hollis Watkins: “Oh Freedom” – Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian Folkways)
Pete Seeger: “We Shall Not Be Moved” – Singalong Sanders Theater, 1980 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley: “Skillet Good & Greasy” – The Complete Folkways Recordings (Smithsonian Folkways)
Harmonica Frank Floyd: “Shoop-a-Boop-a-Doodler” – The Missing Link (Memphis International)
Eric Boeren: “Peace” – Joy of a Toy (BV Haast)
Steve Lacy: “The Breath” – The Door (Novus)
The Vandermark Five: “East Broadway Rundown” – Six for Rollins (Free Jazz Classics, vol. 3) (Atavistic)
School Days: “Elephantasy” – In Our Times (Okka Disk)

 

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-11-25

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As I was preparing for this week’s show, my Twitter stream erupted with responses to the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown killing case. I found myself drawn to the ever-inspiring music of the civil rights movement for solace.

Before that news came in, I’d been planning on doing a Charles Mingus feature. The Mingus Awareness Project is performing at a benefit for the Les Turner ALS foundation on at Promontory on Sunday, December 7. It seemed like a fine excuse to go deep on music by and for Mingus, which ended up being about the last hour of the show.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (141MB, 2 hrs 34 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
SNCC Freedom Singers: “We’ll Never Turn Back” – Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mass meeting participants, Danville, VA: “We Are Soldiers in the Army” – Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian Folkways)
SNCC Freedom Singers: “Which Side are you On?” – Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (Smithsonian Folkways)
Aretha Franklin: “A Change is Gonna Come” – I Never Loved a Man (Atlantic)
Oliver Nelson: “Freedom Dance” – Afro-American Sketches (Prestige)
Charles Mingus: “Original Faubus Fables” – Charles Mingus presents Charles Mingus (Columbia)
Nina Simone: “I Wish I Knew How It Feels to be Free” – How It Feels to Be Free (Hear Music)
Mahalia Jackson: “Keep Your Hands on the Plow” – Live at Newport 1958 (Columbia)
Birmingham Movement Choir: “I’m On My Way” – Sing for Freedom:Civil Rights Movement Songs (Smithsonian Folkways)
KRS-One: “Sound of Da Police” – Hip Hop Sessions: Classics from Hip Hop’s Holy Grail (Sessions)
Public Enemy: “Power to the People” – Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam)
Gil Scott-Heron: “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (Flying Dutchman)
The Coup: “ShoYoAss” – Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph )
Toots & the Maytals: “I Shall Be Free” – Sweet and Dandy (Jet Set)
Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari: “Let Freedom Reign” – Tales of Mozambique (Culture Press)
Johnny Dyani: “Blame it on the Boers” – Afrika (Steeplechase)
SNCC Freedom Singers: “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize” – Sing for Freedom:Civil Rights Movement Songs (Smithsonian Folkways)
Curtis Mayfield: “We’re a Winner” – Curtis/Live (Curtom )
Matana Roberts: “Libation for Mr. Brown: Bid Em In…” – Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres (Constellation)
Charles Mingus: “Hobo Ho” – Let My Children Hear Music (Columbia)
Charles Mingus: “Haitian Fight Song” – The Clown (Atlantic)
Eternal Buzz Brass Band: “Better Get It in Your Soul” – Evolution (Ropeadope)
Territory Band-5: “Untitled Fiction (for Charles Mingus)” – New Horse For The White House (Okka Disk)
Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach: “Rem Blues” – Money Jungle (Blue Note)
Charles Mingus: “Mood Indigo” – Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus (Impulse)
Orange, then Blue: “Nostalgia in Times Square” – Orange, then Blue (GM Recordings)
Bert Jansch & John Renbourn: “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” – After the Dance (Shanachie )
Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy: “Jitterbug Waltz” – Cornell 1964 (Blue Note)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-11-18

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A couple of “Taxi Drivers”, a handful of Brazilian music and lots of jazz. This show’s playlist goes on past the end of the recorded archive, since Stephen wasn’t able to make his show and I stayed a little extra. The archive fades out during the String Trio of New York track.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (144MB, 2 hrs 37 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Mississippi John Hurt: “Spike Driver Blues” – The Greatest Songsters: Complete Works (1927-1929) (Document)
Charlie Parr: “Hogkill Blues” – 1922 (self-released)
John Kirby: “Keep Smilin’” – John Kirby and his Orchestra 1941-1943 (Classics)
Alick Nkhata: “Taxi Driver” – Shalapo and other Love Songs (Retroafric)
Mlimani Park Orchestra: “Taxi Driver” – Zanzibara 5: Hot In Dar (The Sound of Tanzania 1978-1983) (Buda Musique)
Orchestra les Noirs: “Sikiya Sauce pts 1 & 2” – African Serenades, vol. 35 – Cheeku (Matsuli Music)
Father’s Children: “Phoney People” – Eccentric Soul: A Red Black & Green Production (Numero Group)
Isaar França: “Onda Vem, Onda Vai” – ()
Mavis Staples: “99 and ½” – Eyes on the Prize (Anti-)
Uncredited: “Wade with Me / Wade in the Water” – Movement Soul (ESP Disk)
Marisa Monte: “Para mais ninguém” – Universo ao Meu Redor (EMI Europe)
Márcio Local: “Samba Sem Nenhum Problema” – Says Don Day Don Dree Don Don (Luaka Bop)
Os Lobos: “O Homem de Neanderthal” – Miragem (Top Tape)
Marcia Ball: “That’s Enough of that Stuff” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens (Shout Factory)
Art Neville: “Belle Amie” – His Specialty Recordings 1956 – 58 (Specialty)
The Skatalites: “Herb Man Dub” – 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
The Heptones: “Tripe Girl” – The Meaning of Life: The Best of the Heptones 1966-1976 (Trojan Records)
Poets of Rhythm: “Moira” – Discern / Define (Ninja Tune)
Laba Sosseh & Liwanza Band: “Prepare Candela” – Lassissi présente a formidable Laba Sosseh – Special Liwanza Band (Sacodis)
Sounds of Soweto: “Mama Ndiyalila” – How Long Must we Suffer? (Misereor)
Abdullah Ibrahim: “Calypso Minor” – Cape Town Songs: The Very Best of Abdullah Ibrahim (Nascente)
Dudu Pukwana: “Hidden Spirits” – Black Horse (Black Lion)
Chris McGregor: “Kwa Tebugo” – Sea Breezes: Solo Piano, Live in Durban 1987 (Fledg’ling Records)
Sun Ra: “Soft Talk” – Super-Sonic Jazz (El Saturn Records)
Steve Lacy: “Virgin Jungle” – The Door (Novus)
Sinéad O’Connor: “You Do Something to Me” – Red Hot + Blue ()
Available Jelly: “The Little Pieces – Blee” – Monuments (Ramboy Recordings)
ICP Orchestra: “Criss Cross” – Two Programs: The Icp Orchestra Performs Nichols – Monk (ICP)
Albert Ayler: “Bells” – Love Cry (Impulse)
Ismet Siral and Friends: “Oy” – Creative Music Studio: Archive Selections, Vol. 1 (Innova)
Szilárd Mezei Quintet: “Uncia” – Cerkno (Leo Records)
Kent Carter String Trio: “Our Waltz” – The Willisau Suites (Emanem)
String Trio of New York: “Frozen Ropes” – Faze Phour: A Twenty Year Retrospective (Black Saint)
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings: “Crossroads” – Renegades (Delmark)
Paul Giallorenzo’s GitGo: “Roscoe Far I” – Force Majeure (Delmark)
Cat Island Mites and Dicey Doh Singers: “We Bid You Goodnight” – The Bahamas: Islands of Song (Smithsonian Folkways)
Alice Coltrane: “Blue Nile” – Ptah the El Daoud (Impulse)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-11-11

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Don’t be startled, there’s no technical difficulty: this week’s show starts with Kathleen’s voice—she’s the host of K Theory Radio and she ended her show this week with a track that seemed like a natural for Conference of the Birds, so I kept it in the archive.

Otherwise, there may be a bit more of a rock vibe in this week’s show than most weeks, but still pretty balanced, I think.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (145MB, 2 hrs 38 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Madina: “Ana Mefales” – (Soundcloud)
Arsenio Rodriguez: “Parece Bobo” – La Pachanga (Tico)
Lalo Guerrero y Sus Cinco Lobos: “Chicas Patas Boogie” – Pachuco Boogie (Arhoolie)
Duke Ellington: “Agra” – The Far East Suite (Bluebird)
Makely Ka: “Eu Nao” – The New Brazilian Music Vol. 3 (BM&A)
Ave Sangria: “Geórgia, a carniceira” – Ave Sangria (RCA)
Benny Soebardja and Lizard: “Candle Light” – Those Shocking Shaking Days (Now-Again)
Khalifa Ould Eide & Dimi Mint Abba: “The Tortoise’s Song” – Moorish Music From Mauritania (World Circuit)
Quarteto em Cy e Dorival Caymmi: “Canto Do Obá” – Quarteto Em Cy (EMI)
Jorge Ben: “Chove Chuva” – Samba Esquema Novo (Philips)
Mestre Cupijó e Seu Ritmo: “Cade o Anel” – Siriá (Analog Africa)
Jean Paul “El Troglodita”: “Everything is Gonna Change” – Back to Peru, v. 2 (Vampisoul)
The Zoo: “Where Have all the Good Times Gone?” – Majestic Coal Chute, vol. 3 (dj bylamplight)
Pink Floyd: “Fearless” – Meddle (EMI)
Sly & the Family Stone: “Never Do Your Woman Wrong” – Dance to the Music (Epic)
Dojo Cuts featuring Roxie Ray: “Mama Told Me” – Dojo Cuts (Record Kicks)
Carolina Chocolate Drops: “You Be Illin’” – Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)
Public Enemy: “Pollywanacraka” – Fear of a Black Planet (Def Jam)
Digital Primitives: “Crackle and Pop” – Hum Crackle & Pop (Hopscotch)
Geraldo Pino & the Heartbeats 72: “On the Spot” – Heavy Heavy Heavy (Retroafric)
Donald Byrd: “Weasil” – Blue Break Beats (Blue Note)
Father’s Children: “Linda Movement” – Who’s Gonna Save The World (Numero Group)
The Four Sharps: “My Baby” – Shout, Brother, Shout: 1950’s R&B From The Legendary Trumpet Records Label (Alligator)
The Famous Blue Jay Singers of Birmingham Alabama: “Jesus Met the Woman at the Well” – Jubilation! Black Gospel, vol. 1 (Rhino)
The Trumpeteers: “Gideon and the Sword” – Good News: 100 Gospel Greats (Proper)
McIntosh County Shouters: “Read ‘em, John” – Slave Shout Songs from the Coast of Georgia (Smithsonian Folkways)
Slim Ducket & Pig Norwood: “I Want to Go Where Jesus Is” – How Can I Keep from Singing, v. 1 (Yazoo)
The Avons: “Since I Met You Baby” – Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970 (Lost Highway)
Headlines: “He’s Looking for a Love (Demo)” – Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (Numero Group)
Huey “Piano” Smith: “Little Liza Jane” – Saturday Night Fish Fry: New Orleans Funk and Soul (Soul Jazz)
Fred Anderson/Hamid Drake: “Louisiana Strut” – Back Together Again (Thrill Jockey)
Chico Freeman: “Two over One” – Beyond the Rain (Contemporary)
Barrage Double Trio: “Polarity (dedicated to Andrew Hill)” – Utility Hitter (Quinnah)
Sonny Rollins: “Asiatic Raes” – Newk’s Time (Blue Note)
Håkon Kornstad / Håvard Wiik: “John S” – The Bad and the Beautiful (Moserobie)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-11-04

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I still really love this Haiti Direct comp and would love pointers to more old school Haitian music like that. Note the not-so-clever pairing of “007” with “I’m the Magnificent,” which sampled it. Plenty of other good stuff this week — what catches your ear?

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (135MB, 2 hrs 27 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Ibo Combo: “Ti Garçon” – Haiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978 (Strut)
The Fatback Band feat. Johnny King: “Keep On Brother Keep On” – The Sound of Funk 4 (Goldmine )
The Meters: “Just Kissed My Baby” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz)
Jamo Thomas: “I Spy (For the FBI)” – Thomas 303 – 7″ (Thomas )
Desmond Dekker: “007 (Shanty Town)” – Rockin’ Steady: The Best Of Desmond Dekker (Rhino)
Special Ed: “I’m the Magnificent” – Youngest in Charge (Profile)
SDV Swing Band: “Taxi Jive 6 No. 2” – 78 Revolutions Per Minute — Majuba Jazz from Mra to Bra v. 1 (Electric Jive)
Homero y su Combo, Pacho Galan, La Sonora Curro: “Oye Negra” – Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound Of Colombia 1962 – 72 (Soundway)
Voices of Darkness: “Mota Ginya” – Nigeria Disco Funk Special: The Sound of the Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79 (Soundway)
Public Enemy: “Show ‘em Whatcha Got” – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Def Jam)
Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro: “I Just Fell In Love Again” – Tradition in Transition (Tru Thoughts)
Staple Singers: “We the People” – Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (Stax)
Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics: “Chik Chikka” – Inspiration Information 3 (Strut)
Bobby Womack: “No Money in my Pocket” – Fly Me to the Moon (Universal)
Wanda Jackson: “Dust on the Bible” – The Party Ain’t Over (Third Man Records)
The Soul Stirrers: “Jesus Gave Me Water” – Jesus Gave Me Water (Specialty)
The Seniorlites: “Lay Down Body” – Wade in the Water, Vol. 2: African-American Congregational Singing (Smithsonian Folkways)
Bernice McClellan & Congregation: “What Do You Think about Jesus? (He’s All Right)” – Sounds of the South: A Musical Journey from the Georgia Sea Islands to the Mississippi Delta (Atlantic)
Def Jef: “Droppin’ Rhymes on Drums” – Just a Poet with a Soul (Delicious Vinyl)
The Budos Band: “Tomahawk” – Burnt Offering (Daptone)
Powerhouse Sound: “Acid Scratch” – Overlap (Laurence Family)
My Baby: “Shameless” – Loves Voodoo! (Embrace)
Roscoe Robinson: “We Got a Good Thing Going” – From Chicago to Shreveport: Deep Soul, Vol. 1 (Fuel)
Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty: “You’re the Reason (our kids are ugly)” – Honky Tonk Girl: The Loretta Lynn Collection (MCA Nashville)
Willie & Paul: “Khosi” – Umakoti Ka Themba (HMV)
Johnny Dyani: “Portrait of Mosa Gwangwa” – Angolian Cry (Steeplechase)
Chris McGregor: “Mngqusho” – In His Good Time (Ogun)
Mark Helias: “Pacific Rim” – Loopin’ the Cool (Enja)
Digital Primitives: “Intertwined” – Soul Searchin’ (Hopscotch)
Tomeka Reid: “O, Number I (Don Baum)” – Soundtrack to Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists (Corbett vs Dempsey/Pentimenti)
Tomeka Reid: “Double Take (Sarah Canright)” – Soundtrack to Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists (Corbett vs Dempsey/Pentimenti)
Philly Joe Jones Big Band Sounds: “Cherokee” – Drums around the World (Riverside)
Oliver Lake Quintet: “245” – Dedicated to Dolphy (Black Saint)
Henry Threadgill Sextett: “The Devil is on the Loose and Dancin’ With a Monkey” – Rag, Bush and All (Novus)
Pachora: “Rebetiki” – Ast (Knitting Factory Works)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-10-28

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).

I had travel last weekend, so I had no chance to properly prepare for my show this week. In the moment, I realized that I’d gathered a big of “Halloween Music” including Kogar’s Spooky Spectacular and some in the same vein. So I did an impromptu set from what I had there for the first hour of the show.

After an hour of picking short songs that I didn’t know very well, I needed to slow things down, so to be honest, it slips into a lazyrelaxed set of extended jazz numbers for the rest of the show.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (146MB, 2 hrs 39 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Mad Man Jones: “Snake Charmer” – Jukebox Mambo: Rumba and Afro-Latin Accented Rhythm & Blues 1949-1960 (Jazzman)
Duane Eddy: “The Trembler” – Duane Eddy (Capitol)
The Tumblers: “Scream” – S4KM 6416 – 7″ (Pocono)
The Moontrekkers: “Night of the Vampire” – 45-R 4814 – 7″ (Parlophone )
Dan Hinson & the Rigamorticians: “Robbin’ Graves” – Monster Dance Party (Capitol)
The Vampires: “The Creep” – At the Monster Ball (United Artists)
The Big Guys: “Zombie” – PZ 5114 – 7″ (Palette)
The Duponts: “Screamin’ Ball (At Dracula Hall” – R-4060 – 7″ (Roulette Records)
The Madmen: “Haunted” – 6303 – 7″ (Cloister)
The Tarantulas: “Like Spellbound” – Fernwood Rock ‘N’ Roll (Stompertime)
Baron Daemon & the Vampires: “Ghost Guitars” – Hellbound 666 – 7″ (Wavy Gravy)
Lee Kristofferson: “Night of the Werewolf” – Ruff 1 – 7″ (Thrust)
Rene Hall: “Night Fright” – Ultimate Beatnik Collection, Vol. 4 (Red Devil)
The Invictas: “Missing” – 493 – 7″ (20th Century-Fox)
Googie Rene: “The Chiller” – 60s Groovy Freaks, Monsters, & Geeks (Master Classics)
The Ventures: “He Never Came Back” – The Ventures in Space (Dolton)
Frankie Stein & his Ghouls: “Knives & Lovers” – Halloween Nuggets: Monster Sixties A Go-Go (Rockbeat)
The Ted Taylor Four: “Cat’s Eyes” – It’s All Happening Here! (Hallmark)
Jackie Morningstar: “Rockin’ in the Graveyard” – Halloween Garage Rock (Garage Masters)
The Mighty El Dukes: “Frankenstein’s Den” – Golden Groups: The Best of Norton Records, Vol. 1 (Norton)
The Essex: “Cemetery Stomp” – Lost Legends of Surf Guitar, Volume 1: Big Noise From Waimea! (Sundazed)
B. Brock & the Sultans: “Fright” – LB-101 (La Broc)
Tony & the Monstrosities: “Igor’s Lament” – 60s Groovy Freaks, Monsters, & Geeks (Master Classics)
The Contrails: “Mummy Walk (Walking Death)” – Burlesque – 100 Classics (Master Classics)
Ralph Nielsen & the Chancellors: “Scream” – CR-45-1 – 7″ (Crypt Records)
Stone Axe: “Slave of Fear” – Darkscorch Canticles (Numero Group)
William Parker Raining on the Moon: “3 + 3 = Jackie McLean” – Wood Flute Songs: Anthology/Live 2006-2012 (AUM Fidelity)
Chris McGregor: “Burning Bush – Mbizo’s Baby” – Piano Song, Vol. 1 (Musica)
Ethan Iverson/Lee Konitz/Larry Grenadier/Jorge Rossy: “Body and Soul” – Costumes are Mandatory (High Note)
Hanuman Jazz Quartet: “Pottsum” – Soundhousing (Leo)
Scott Fields String Feartet: “Carolina Reaper” – Mostly Stick (Between the Lines)
Bradford/Gjerstad Quartet: “a story about you” – Silver Cornet (Nessa)
Roy Campbell Pyramid: “Communion” – Communion (Silkheart)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-10-21

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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:

download program (138MB, 2 hrs 31 min)

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:

download program (139MB, 2 hrs 32 min)

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

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).

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

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).

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)