WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-04-01 (April Fools edition)

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In 2008, before the show was even called “Conference of the Birds,” I did an April Fools show in which I played “music I wouldn’t normally play on my show.” Looking back, that kind of opened the floodgates, and now there really isn’t much that I like that I won’t play, so it was hard to return to that theme for this coincidence of the first of April and my show schedule. Instead, I cut myself a break and pulled together a playlist of music about fools, foolin, goofs, and suckers. It was not hard to find a show’s worth of stuff, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I went a little long, so we broke the theme. The archive ends just as the Harrison Bankhead track gets rolling.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (145MB, 2 hrs 38 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Big Boy Myles and the Sha-weez: “Who’s Been Foolin’ You?” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Mose Allison: “Foolkiller” – Past Masters (10th Anniversary Southern Music) (Oxford American)
Mavis Staples: “You’re The Fool” – Only For The Lonely (Stax)
The Rolling Stones: “Fool to Cry” – Black and Blue (Atlantic)
Billie Holiday with Lester Young: “Foolin’ Myself” – Lady Day & Prez 1937-41 (Frémeaux et Associés)
Les Paul & Mary Ford: “I’m a Fool to Care” – The Best of the Capitol Masters (Capitol Records)
Lonnie Johnson: “I’ve Been a Fool Myself” – The Complete Folkways Recordings (Smithsonian Folkways)
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers: “Why Do Fools Fall in Love?” – The Doo-Wop Box (Rhino)
The Clovers: “Fool Fool Fool” – The Dawn of Doo-Wop (Proper)
The Orioles: “I’m Just a Fool In Love” – The Dawn of Doo-Wop (Proper)
Rhymefest: “Foolin’ Around” – Mark Ronson Presents: Man in the Mirror (Allido)
Run DMC: “It’s Tricky” – Raising Hell (Profile Records)
Tone-Loc: “I Joke but I Don’t Play” – Cool Hand Loc (Delicious Vinyl)
Cat Power: “Fool” – You Are Free (Matador)
Neko Case: “Runnin’ Out of Fools” – Blacklisted (Bloodshot)
Dee Dee Warwick: “Foolish Fool” – Foolish Fool (Mercury)
Bill Coday: “When You Find a Fool, Bump his Head” – Get Your Lie Straight – A Galaxy Of Funky Soul (BGP)
George Jackson: “Find ‘em, Fool ‘em and Forget ‘em” – The Fame Studios Story 1961-73 (Kent)
Amos Milburn: “Three Times a Fool” – Chicken Shack Boogie (Riverboat)
Big Joe Williams: “Somebody’s Been Foolin’ #1” – American Roots Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
Jimmy Collier & Frederick Douglass Kirkpatrick: “You’re Just a Laughing Fool” – Everybody’s Got a Right to Live (Smithsonian Folkways)
Wilson Pickett: “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You” – A Man and a Half (Atlantic)
Ike & Tina Turner: “A Fool in Love” – Beg, Scream and Shout – the Big Ol’ Box of 60′s Soul (Rhino)
Led Zeppelin: “Fool in the Rain” – In Through the Out Door (Atlantic)
Chuck Barrister & the Voices of Darkness: “Be Kind, Be Foolish, Be Happy” – The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
United Future Organization: “My Foolish Dream” – United Future Organization (Talkin’ Loud)
Genesis: “More Fool Me” – Selling England By the Pound (Atlantic)
David J: “Ship of Fools” – On Glass (Glass Records)
Art Neville: “I’m a Fool to Care” – His Specialty Recordings (Specialty)
Charles Walker & the Daffodils: “No Fool No More” – Night Train to Nashville, Vol. 2 (Lost Highway)
Macy Skipper: “Goofin’ Off” – The Complete Stax/Volt Singles: 1959-1968 (Atlantic)
Hot Tuna: “Fool’s Blues” – Winterland 10/2/1973 (Concert Vault)
Sam Cooke: “Get Yourself Another Fool” – Night Beat (RCA)
Jerry Lee Lewis: “Fools Like Me” – The Complete Sun Singles, vol 1 (Sun)
King Tubby: “Politricks Dub” – I Am The King (Sprint)
Pete Seeger: “The Foolish Frog” – Birds, Beasts, Bugs and Fishes (Little and Big) (Smithsonian Folkways)
Herbie Mann: “Chain of Fools” – Memphis Underground (Atlantic)
Eric Dolphy: “April Fool” – Outward Bound (New Jazz)
Lee Konitz with the Gerry Mulligan Quartet: “These Foolish Things” – Konitz Meets Mulligan (Pacific Jazz Records)
Stevie Wonder: “All Day Sucker” – Songs in the Key of Life (Motown)
William Parker / Conny Bauer / Hamid Drake: “Parker” – Tender Exploration (Jazzwerkstatt)
Harrison Bankhead Quartet: “Take It To the Bridge Y’all” – Velvet Blue (Engine)
Vandermark Five Special Edition: “Friction” – The Horse Jumps & the Ship is Gone (Not Two)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-03-25 (Sweet tooth edition)

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So on Sunday I ended up at the Albanese Confectionery store in Merrillville, IN. It’s not quite Willy Wonka, but they do have a ton of great candy, including the freshest gummy bears you’ll ever get. After I came home with a big score, Faithful Listener No. 1 challenged me to do a thematic show, so here you have it. It was awfully easy to come up with a full show’s worth of songs referencing candy, sugar, honey and sweetness.

Enjoy!

PS I mentioned on the air this cool little set of recordings I found on the web of Rev. Gary Davis and Elizabeth Cotten in a private home, playing, singing and hanging out. The path to that was through this discussion of the language origin of “sugaree,” as in Cotten’s “Shake Sugaree.”

Listen:

download program (139MB, 2 hrs 31 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Big Maybelle: “Candy” – Blues, Candy and Big Maybelle (Savoy)
Eddie Banks and the Five Dreamers: “Sugar Diabetes” – 7″ (Josie 804) (Josie)
Aretha Franklin: “Since You’ve Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)” – Lady Soul (Atlantic)
Toots & the Maytals: “Sweet and Dandy” – Sweet and Dandy (Jet Set)
Bo Diddley: “Another Sugar Daddy” – Chicago Soul – Electric Blues, Funk & Soul – The New Sound Of Chicago In The 1960′s (Soul Jazz)
The Bees & the Honey: “She Don’t Deserve You” – One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found (Rhino)
Nina Simone: “Need a Little Sugar for my Bowl” – Nina Sings Nina (Verve)
Sidney Bechet’s Blue Note Jazz Men: “Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll (alt. take)” – Runnin’ Wild (Blue Note)
Duke Ellington: “Chocolate Shake” – Never No Lament – The Blanton-Webster Years (Bluebird)
Arsenio Rodriguez: “Daddy Give Me Candy” – Arsenio Dice (Tico)
Chocolate: “Chocolate en C7” – Son Cubano NYC (Astralwerks)
James “Sugar Boy” Crawford: “Night Rider” – Sugarboy Crawford (Chess)
Eddie Bo: “How Sweet It Is (Vocal)” – The Hook & Sling (Funky Delicacies)
Karen Dalton: “How Sweet it Is” – In My Own Time (Capitol Records)
Terry Callier: “You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman” – What Color Is Love? (Cadet Records)
Beth Orton: “Sugar Boy” – Trailer Park (Heavenly)
Velvet Underground: “Candy Says” – Velvet Underground (Capitol)
Dock Boggs: “Sugar Baby” – Anthology of American Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
Doc Watson & Clarence Ashley: “Sweet Heaven When I Die” – Original Folkways Recordings 1960-62 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Woody Guthrie: “Little Sugar (Little Saka Sugar)” – Songs to Grow On for Mother and Child (Smithsonian Folkways)
Elizabeth Cotten with Brenda Evans: “Shake Sugaree” – Shake Sugaree (Smithsonian Folkways)
Django Reinhardt: “Sugar” – Djangologie USA Vol. 2 (Drg)
Stevie Wonder: “Sugar” – Signed, Sealed, and Delivered (Motown)
Wilson Pickett: “Sugar Sugar” – A Man and a Half (Atlantic)
Timmy Thomas & Betty Wright: “Sweet Brown Sugar” – Sweet Brown Sugar A TK Rhythm’n'Soul Compendium 1971-81 (Westside)
Sugar Billy: “Super Duper Love (Are You Diggin’ on Me) pt. 2” – FT2501 – 7″ (Fast Track)
Sugar Pie DeSanto & Etta James: “In the Basement pt. 1” – Go Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966 (Chess)
Los Po-Boy-Citos: “Sweet ‘Tater Pie” – New Orleans Latin Soul (superultramega)
Sugarman Three: “Turtle Walk” – Daptone Sampler (Daptone)
Marva Whitney: “Daddy Don’t Know About Sugar Bear” – Eccentric Soul: the Forte Label (Numero Group)
Ry-Co Jazz: “Blue Sugar” – Bon Voyage (RetroAfric)
Saka Acquaye and his African Ensemble: “Sugar Soup” – High-Life and Other Popular Music (Nonesuch)
Pello Afrikan: “Iliana Quiere Chocolate” – Bailar con Cuba (Blue Jackel)
Joe Bataan: “Sugar Guaguanco” – Gypsy Woman (Fania)
Rebirth Brass Band: “Sweet Georgia Brown” – Here to Stay (Arhoolie Records)
Soul Rebels: “Sweet Dreams are Made of These” – Unlock Your Mind (Rounder)
Soul Ensemble: “Melon Jelly” – Eccentric Soul: the Prix Label (Numero Group)
Medeski, Martin & Wood: “Jelly Belly” – Shack Man (Gramavision)
His Name is Alive: “Sweet Earth Flying” – Sweet Earth Flower (High Two)
Chris McGregor: “Sweet as Honey” – Sea Breezes (Solo Piano – Live in Durban 1987) (Fledg’ling Records)
Henry Threadgill: “Too Much Sugar” – Too Much Sugar For A Dime (Axiom)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-03-18

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Just good music, again! No theme, not much of a plan, just shakin things out of the library to share with you, faithful listener.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (142MB, 2 hrs 35  min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Dave Barker: “Funky Reggae” – Funky Chicken (Trojan)
Max Romeo: “Rasta Bandwagon” – Producer Series Box Set (Trojan)
Ken Boothe: “Freedom Street” – “Tighten Up” Box Set (Trojan)
Dom Salvador E Aboliçao: “Tema Pro Gaguinho” – Som, Sangue E Raça (CBS)
Tim Maia: “Primavera (Vai Chuva)” – Tim Maia (Polydor)
João Nogueira: “Samba Rubro-Negro” – Musica de Futebol (Mr. Bongo)
Luiz Henrique: “Vivo sonhando (Dreamer)” – Barra Limpa (Polydor)
Stan Getz Quartet with João and Astrud Gilberto: “It Might As Well Be Spring” – Getz/Gilberto #2 (Verve)
Pete Jolly: “Springs” – Seasons (Dusty Groove America)
Ramsey Lewis: “Collage” – Upendo Ni Pamoja (Columbia)
The Heshoo Beshoo Group: “Armitage Road” – Armitage Road (Columbia)
Letta Mbulu: “Bbanoyi” – Letta Mbulu Sings / Free Soul (Stateside)
Chris Schilder Quartet featuring Mankunku: “Spring” – Next Stop… Soweto Vol. 3: Giants, Ministers And Makers: Jazz In South Africa 1963-1978 (Strut)
C.L. Blast: “What Can I Do?” – Sixty Smokin’ Soul Senders (Funky Delicacies)
Allen Toussaint: “Hands Christiananderson” – The Lost Sessions (Fuel)
The Fame Gang: “It’s Your Thing” – Solid Gold From Muscle Shoals (Fame)
The Platters: “Sweet Sweet Lovin’” – The Platters (Clout)
Formations: “Love’s Not Only for the Heart” – MGM 13963 – 7″ (MGM)
Junior Walker and the All Stars: “Baby You Know You Ain’t Right” – Road Runner / Home Cookin’ (Motown)
Arsenio Rodriguez: “Que Mas Es Querer” – La Pachanga (Fania)
Mighty Sparrow: “May May” – 16 Carnival Hits (Ice)
The Larks: “I Ain’t Fattening Frogs for Snakes” – The Dawn of Doo-wop (Proper)
Jesse James & Band: “Piano Pete’s Boogie” – HillBilly Boogie (Proper)
Fadhili Williams Mdawida: “Njoo Upesi Mpenzi Rukia” – 1963-1967 (Music Copyright Society of Kenya)
Ali Farka Touré: “Timbindy” – Red & Green (Nonesuch)
Band Teleu Nekaf: “Kolo Kot Matani” – Indonesian Guitars (Music of Indonesia 20) (Smithsonian Folkways)
Plunge: “Just Like Alice” – Falling With Grace (Accurate)
The Rod Levitt Orchestra: “Holler” – The Dynamic Sound Patterns of the Rod Levitt Orchestra (Riverside)
Atomic: “Naera Grensen ” – Feet Music (Jazzland)
Northwoods Improvisers: “Kuntu” – Branches (Arc Records)
Bar Kokhba Sextet: “Jachin” – 50th Birthday Celebration v. 11 (Tzadik)
Klang: “The 4:08” – Other Doors (Allos Documents)
Jason Adasiewicz/Jon Doyle: “[5 Minutes from] Through an Open Window” – Document Chicago: New Jazz and Improvisation (482 Music)
The Blue Notes: “Coming Home” – Live in South Afrika 1964 (Ogun)
Dave Holland Trio: “Games” – Triplicate (ECM Records)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-03-11

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Just good music.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (136MB, 2 hrs 28 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Grupo Fantasma: “(Nace De La) Rumba y Guaguanco” – Sonidos Gold (High Wire Music)
El Gran Combo: “El Jibarito” – Los Nenes Sicodelicos (Gema Records)
Celia Cruz: “Cha Cha Guere” – Serie Inmortales – La Cumbanchera (Yo Yo)
Revolcionnarios: “Mi Bella Panama” – Panama! 2: Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk On The Isthmus 1967-77 (Soundway)
Gabo Brown & Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: “It’s a Vanity” – African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Sounds From Benin & Togo 70s (Analog Africa)
LoneStar: “La maquina infernal” – Sensacional Soul 2 (Vampisoul)
Ry-Co Jazz: “Twist With the Docteur” – Rumba ‘Round Africa (Retroafric)
Mad Professor: “In King David’s Style” – Psychedelic Dub (Ariwa)
Bobby Kalphat: “Zion Hill” – Zion Hill (Pressure Sounds)
Morogoro Jazz Band: “Livu” – Zanzibara 3 – Ujamaa: The 60′s Sound of Tanzania (Buda Musique)
E.T. Mensah: “Nkebo Baaya” – All For You (Retroafric)
Nomo: “Nocturne” – Invisible Cities (Ubiquity)
Tom Zé: “Mã” – Brazil Classics 4: The Best of Tom Zé (Luaka Bop)
Sly & the Family Stone: “Color Me True” – Dance to the Music (Epic)
Tony Bowens and the Soul Choppers: “Boilin’ Water” – Quantic Presents: The World’s Rarest Funk 45s (Jazzman)
Penny North: “Thought I Had a Good Thing” – Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (Numero Group)
Edith Frost: “Easy to Love” – Wonder Wonder (Drag City)
Chris Mills: “Such a Beautiful Thing” – Living in the Aftermath (Ernest Jenning)
Lloyd Green: “Almost Persuaded” – The Little Darlin’ Sound of Lloyd Green (Koch)
Sam Cooke: “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” – The Best of Sam Cooke (RCA)
The Highway Q.C.’s: “Working On The Building” – The Roots of Bob Dylan (Mojo)
Mississippi John Hurt: “You Are My Sunshine” – Ash Grove 7/5/1964 (Concert Vault)
Joseph Spence: “Brownskin Gal” – The Complete Folkways Recordings 1958 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Lonnie Johnson: “Long Road to Travel” – The Complete Folkways Recordings (Smithsonian Folkways)
John McLaughlin: “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” – My Goal’s Beyond (Douglas)
Dudu Pukwana & Spear: “Flute Music” – Flute Music (Caroline)
Aretha Franklin: “People Get Ready” – Lady Soul (Atlantic)
Candi Staton: “The Thanks I Get for Loving You” – The Fame Studios Story 1961-73 (Kent)
The Commands: “I’ve Got Love For My Baby” – Eccentric Soul The Dynamic Label (Numero Group)
Hot Chocolate: “We Had True Love” – Hot Chocolate (Numero Group)
Jackie Lee: “Try My Method” – The Cream of Vintage Soul, Vol. 1 (Life on Mars)
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Coutonou: “Mille Fois Merci” – Reminiscin’ in Tempo / African Dance Floor Classics (Popular African Music)
Franco & le T.P.O.K. Jazz: “Mabele (ntotu)” – 1972/1973/1974 (Editions Populaires)
Janet Osei: “Tete Na Atete” – Lovers’ Songs (A&B Records)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-03-04 (Mardi Gras Special)

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Another year, another Mardi Gras edition of Conference of the Birds. As always, I have a great time doing this show. I hope it puts a solid second line strut in your step when you listen to it.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (139MB, 2 hrs 32 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Dave Bartholomew: “Shrimp and Gumbo” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Baby Dodds Trio: “Tootie Ma is a Big Fine Thing” – Jazz a’ la Creole (GHB Music)
Bo Dollis and Monk Boudreau with the Rebirth Brass Band: “Shoo Fly” – Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Rounder)
Eddie Bo: “Hook and Sling” – Scram Records ‎117 – 7″ (Scram)
Al Johnson: “Carnival Time” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Betty Harris: “Break in the Road” – Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul Jazz Records)
The Meters: “(The World Is a Bit Under the Weather) Doodle Oop” – Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology (Rhino)
Rhythm Masters: “I Can Do Anything You Can Do” – Funky Funky New Orleans (Funky Delicacies)
Da Sha Ra: “Bootin’ Up” – The Greatest Rap Hits from Down South New Orleans, Vol. 1 (Don’t Even Trip)
Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias: “Meet De Boys on the Battlefront” – Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Rounder)
Jon Foose with Oliver Morgan & the Royal Knights: “Tuesday Mornin’” – Cypress Sounds 1000 – 7″ (Cypress Sounds)
Li’l Queenie & the Percolators: “My Darlin’ New Orleans” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Mardi Gras Indians: “Indian Red (Wild Man Memorial)” – Treme: Music From The HBO Original Series, Season 1 (Geffen)
Wild Tchopitoulas: “Big Chief Got a Golden Crown” – Wild Tchopitoulas (Island)
Neville Brothers: “Hey Pocky Way” – Fiyo on the Bayou (A & M)
George Woods: “She’s So Fine” – Wardell Quezergue: Sixty Smokin’ Soul Senders (Funky Delicacies)
Lloyd Price: “Where You At” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Smiley Lewis: “Shame, Shame, Shame” – Shame, Shame, Shame (Bear Family Records)
Professor Longhair: “No Buts, No Maybes” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Clifton Chenier: “Zodico Stomp” – Bayou Blues (Specialty)
Buckwheat Zydeco: “My Feet Can’t Fail Me Now” – Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Rounder)
Fernest Arceneaux: “Zydeco Boogaloo” – Best of Louisiana Music Sampler (Mardi Gras Records)
Boozoo Chavis: “Zydeco Hee Haw” – Best of Louisiana Music Sampler (Mardi Gras Records)
Louis Cottrell: “Bourbon Street Parade” – New Orleans: The Living Legends (Original Jazz Classics)
New Orleans Jazz Vipers: “Digga-Digga-Do” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Lee Dorsey & Betty Harris: “Love Lots of Lovin” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz Records)
Lee Dorsey: “Who’s Gonna Help a Brother Get Further” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz Records)
The Gators: “Booger Man” – Wasted (Funky Delicacies)
Champion Jack Dupree: “Hometown New Orleans” – A Portrait of Champion Jack Dupree (Rounder)
Olympia Brass Band: “No, It Ain’t My Fault” – Best of Louisiana Music Sampler (Mardi Gras Records)
New Birth Brass Band: “Smoke That Fire” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Soul Rebels Brass Band: “Let It Roll” – Brass Bands & Mardi Gras Indians (unknown)
Dr. John: “Mama Roux” – Gris-Gris (ATCO Records)
Deacon John Moore: “Going Back to New Orleans” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Betty Wright: “Shoorah! Shoorah!” – 7″ (Alston)
Curley Moore: “Soul Train” – Wardell Quezergue: Sixty Smokin’ Soul Senders (Funky Delicacies)
The Dixie Cups: “Iko Iko” – Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul Jazz Records)
Bo Dollis and Monk Boudreau with the Rebirth Brass Band: “Let’s Go Get Em” – Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday Showdown (Rounder)
The Wild Magnolias: “All on a Mardi Gras Day” – Life is a Carnival (Blue Note)
Dirty Dozen Brass Band: “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” – Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Rounder)
Professor Longhair: “Big Chief” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz Records)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-02-25

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 show landed during our annual phone-a-thon fundraiser, so it has a higher talk-to-music ratio than most. But I tried to keep the pitching under control. Thanks to the folks who called in pledges during my show, and indeed, all WNUR supporters! If you missed your chance, you can donate year round through the University’s system—just be sure to pick WNUR under the “Give To Other Northwestern Areas

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (131MB, 2 hrs 23 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
James Brown: “Ain’t It Funky Now” – Love Power Peace: Live at The Olympia, Paris, 1971 (Polydor)
Irakere: “Bacalao con Pan” – Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 1 (Light in the Attic)
Tenor Saw: “Ring the Alarm” – 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
The Coup: “My Favorite Mutiny” – My Favorite Mutiny (Epitaph)
The Salty Peppers: “Uh Huh Yeah” – The Soul of Capitol Records – Rare & Well-Done, Vol. 1 (Capitol Records)
Orchestra Empire des Bakuba: “Ya Yongo” – The Sound of Kinshasa (Original Music)
Franklin Boukaka: “Nakoki” – Le Bucheron / Nakoki (7″) ASL 3251 (ASL)
Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: “Bomboko Awuti Na New York 2” – Demo (self-released)
Junior Mance: “Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” – With a Lotta Help from My Friends (Collectables)
Sly and the Family Stone: “Into My Own Thing” – Life (Epic)
A Certain Ratio: “Be What You Wanna Be” – Backs To The Wall (A&M)
Bezawork Asfaw: “Lebbehen Tazzäbkut ” – Four Famous Singers (Ambassel)
Jimmy Witherspoon: “I’ll Be Right On Down” – I’ll Be Right On Down: The Modern Recordings 1947-1953 (Ace)
Corey Harris & Henry Butler: “Let ‘Em Roll” – Vü-Dü Menz (Alligator)
Kings of Harmony: “Revelation and Improvisation” – Saints’ Paradise: Trombone Shout Bands from the United House of Prayer (Smithsonian Folkways)
Sonny Treadway: “Don’t Let the Devil Ride” – Sacred Steel (Arhoolie)
Lewis Lymon & the Teen Chords: “I’m So Happy” – The Doo Wop Box (Rhino)
Jamesie & the Musical Kafooners: “South of the Border” – Brukin Off Fungi (Gutu)
Willie Colón & Rubén Blades: “Ojos” – Siembra (Fania Records)
Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family: “Out on the Rolling Sea” – The Spring of Sixty-five (Rounder)
Elizabeth Cotten: “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad” – Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes (Smithsonian Folkways)
Jerry Garcia: “Little Sadie” – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (unofficial)
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee: “Packin’ Up” – Just a Closer Walk With Thee (Original Blues Classics)
Roy Hines: “I Can’t Live” – Ol’ Virginia Soul (Encore) ’65-’67 (Arcania)
Stevie Wonder: “As” – Songs in the Key of Life (Motown)
Mary Lou Williams: “Credo (Instrumental)” – Mary Lou’s Mass (Smithsonian Folkways)
Karl E.H. Siegfried: “Treat It Gentle (for Sidney Bechet)” – A Portrait of Jack Johnson (Imaginary Chicago)
Reptet: “The Sun is Beautiful (Even When It’s Cold)” – Reptet (Monktail)
The Vandermark Five: “Volunteered Slavery” – Free Kings: The Music of Roland Kirk (Atavistic)
Sam Rivers: “Tranquility” – Crystals (Impulse)
Gunther Schuller Orchestra: “Suspensions” – The Birth of the Third Stream (Legacy)
Chico Freeman: “Two Over One” – Beyond the Rain (Contemporary Records)
Arthur Blythe: “Down San Diego Way” – Lenox Avenue Breakdown (Columbia)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-02-18

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I was travelling for the weekend, so didn’t have any time to pull music for this show. Usually that means I turn to the WNUR CD library because it’s hard to sequence music from a computer in the moment. But I recently got a copy of Djay for Mac, and it totally blows away the last “virtual DJ” app I tried. All you need is an iMic and a music library and you’re cookin.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (140MB, 2 hrs 35 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Afrika Bambaata & Soulsonic Force: “Planet Rock” – Planet Rock: The Album (Tommy Boy)
Ariya Astrobeat Orchestra: “Crosstown Traffic” – Ariya Astrobeat Orchestra (First Word)
String Trio of New York: “Manic Depression” – Ascendant (Stash)
Clarence Carter: “Put On Your Shoes and Walk” – The Fame Studio Story 1961-73 (Kent )
A.A.B.B.: “Pick Up the Pieces One By One” – IDDJ-8003 – 7″ (Identify)
Amagugu: “King of My Heart” – Ubek’uZulu (Skyline Jazz)
Art Ensemble of Chicago: “Theme de Yoyo” – Americans Swinging in Paris – The Pathé Sessions (EMI)
Neneh Cherry & the Thing: “Sudden Moment” – The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound)
Orchestra Vijana Jazz: “Nyongise (Kihehe)” – Hayati Maneti (Last Recording) (Ahadi)
Orchestre T.P. OK Jazz: “Cha Cha Cha Erique” – Surboum African Jazz 004 – 7″ (Surboum African Jazz)
Orchestre Bantous de la Capitale: “Kokaba Ya Sens Unique” – Special 20e Anniversaire ()
Ernie K Doe: “Lawdy Mama” – Here Come the Girls: A History 1960-1970 (Charly Records)
Aaron Neville: “Hercules” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz)
Al Johnson: “Carnival Time” – Doctors, Professors, Kings and Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Professor Longhair: “Look What You’re Doin’ to Me (Ooh-Wee Baby)” – Trah-La–La-La, Louisiana (Southern Music Issue 2012) (Oxford American)
Eldridge Holmes: “Wait For Me Baby” – Get Low Down: Soul of New Orleans 65-67 (Sundazed)
Fruko y sus Tesos: “Manyoma” – The Afrosound of Colombia (Vampisoul)
Brownout: “Ando y Dando” – Oozy (Nat Geo Music)
Soul Rebels: “Can You Feel the Beat” – No Place Like Home (Soul Rebels)
Dan Satch & his Atomic 8 Dance Band of Aba: “Alabeke” – Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Nigerian Blues. 1970-6 (Soundway)
Down Tones: “Back Home Soul” – Next Stop… Soweto Vol. 2: Soul, Funk & Organ Grooves From The Townships 1969-1976 (Strut)
Supremes Kombemba: “M’biga” – Ouaga Affair – Hard Won Sound Of The Upper Volta 1974-1978 (Savannahphone)
Brenda Holloway: “Don’t Turn Your Back on Me” – Finders Keepers: Motown Girls 1961-67 (Ace)
Tear Drop: “I’m Gonna Get You” – Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label (Numero Group)
Orchestra Lissanga: “Okuzua” – Afro-Rock, Volume One (Kona)
Ari Brown: “Wayne’s Trane” – Groove Awakening (Delmark)
Dawn of Midi: “Ijiraq” – Dysnomia (Thirsty Ear)
Fareed Haque: “Cowboys and Indians” – Trance Hypothesis (Delmark)
Amir El Saffar: “Nid Qablitum” – Alchemy ()

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-02-11

“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).

Unfortunately, the archive for this one didn’t work. Too bad, cause it’s a lot of good music!

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: “Retreat” – Give the People What They Want (Daptone)
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: “Retreat” – Give the People What They Want (Daptone)
Freddie North: “Love to Hate” – Cuss the Wind (Mankind)
The Fantoms: “Get A Little Bit” – Power Funksion 10002 – 7″ (Power Funksion Records)
Bill Withers: “Use Me” – Live at Carnegie Hall (Columbia)
Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces: “Searching for My Love” – Beg, Scream & Shout! The Big Ol’ Box of 60′s Soul (Rhino)
The Byrds: “All I Have is Memories” – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Columbia)
The Staple Singers: “Uncloudy Day” – This is Gospel Volume 11: The Staple Singers – Pray On (Calvin Spain)
Songs: Ohia: “Farewell Transmission” – The Magnolia Electric Co (Secretly Canadian)
Margaret Whitmire: “’Taint a Cow in Texas” – Barrelhouse Mamas Born in the Alley, Raised Up in the Slum Classic Piano Rags, Blues & Stomps from the 1920s & 1930s (Yazoo)
Nino Rota: “The Godfather Theme (Italian Version)” – The Godfather Soundtrack ()
Peggy Honeywell: “Eons Later” – Faint Humms (Galaxia )
Cast King of Old Sand Mountain, Alabama: “Faded Rose” – Saw Mill Man (Locust)
Hobart Smith: “I Feel So Good” – In Sacred Trust: The 1963 Fleming Brown Tapes (Smithsonian Folkways)
Percy Randolph: “Shine” – Every Tone a Testimony (Smithsonian Folkways)
The Percentie Brothers: “The Briland Rumba” – Bahamas Goombay 1951-1959 (Frémeaux & Associés)
Baden Powell & Vinicius De Moraes with Quarteto em Cy & Coro Misto: “Canto De Ossanha” – Os Afro Sambas (Iris Music )
Special AKA: “Racist Friend” – The 2 Tone Collection: A Checkered Past (Chrysalis)
Modill: “Get It Together (featuring Thaione Davis)” – Midnight Green (EV Records)
Greyboy: “Gotta Stand for Something (with Sharon Jones)” – Soul Mosaic (Ubiquity)
Singer Nahounou & T.P Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou Benin: “Gbabouo” – Singer Nahounou ( Albarika Store)
Booker T. & the MGs: “Melting Pot” – Melting Pot (Stax)
Konkoma: “Lie Lie” – Konkoma (Soundway)
Louis Chachere: “The Hen, pt 2” – Paula 321 – 7″ (Paula)
The Dreamers: “Zavebe” – Book of Angels: Ipos Vol. 14 (Tzadik)
Duke Ellington & his Orchestra: “Blue Goose” – Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band (Bluebird)
The Blue Notes: “The Blessing Light (Alt. Take)” – Township Bop (Proper )
Roscoe Mitchell: “Stomp and the Far East Blues” – Snurdy McGurdy and her Dancing Shoes (Nessa)
Lord Kelvin: “”Mathematics is the Only Good Metaphysics” – Dances in the Smoke (Jazzland Records)
Arthur Jones: “B.T.” – Scorpio (BYG Records)
Arthur Blythe: “Shadows” – Hipmotism (Enja Records)
Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra with Steve Lacy: “Hackensack” – Monk’s Moods (Water Baby Records)
Debashish Bhattacharya: “Nata Raaj” – Calcutta Slide-Guitar, Vol. 3 (Riverboat Records)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-02-04

“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).

Just a pile of all kinds of stuff, especially African at the beginning, soul and a little gospel, with a jazz finish.

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (143MB, 2 hrs 36 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Mlimani Park Orchestra: “Fikirini Nisamehe” – Sikinde (Africassette)
Nashil Pichen Kazembe: “Chuma Chivuta (Nyanja)” – Zambush Vol. 2: Zambian Hits from the 60s and 70s (Sharp Wood)
Mahlathini: “Umkhwenyana” – Mahlathini: King of the Groaners (Earthworks)
The Books: “I Didn’t Know That” – The Way Out (Temporary Residence Limited)
DJ Dolores: “Trancelim de Marfim” – Aparelhagem (Crammed Discs)
T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: “Gbèminangbè” – Gold Collection, vol. 2 ()
Hedzoleh Sounds: “Mo Oso Obu Naa” – Hedzoleh (Soundway)
Youngsters: “Yebewu Asse Kwaa” – I’ve Found My Love: 1960′s Guitar Band Highlife of Ghana (Original Music)
Lulu Sibeko & Sedgewick Brothers: “Tholi Bare” – Soul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz 1940-1960 (Ubuntu )
Senge: “Roapanolo” – Arembelo (Cobalt)
Os Mutantes: “Panis et Circenses” – Os Mutantes (Polydor)
Los Mirlos: “Sonido Amazonico” – The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru (Barbes)
Band of Bees: “A Minha Menina” – Sunshine Hit Me (Astralwerks)
Phil Moore, Jr.: “Funky Canyon” – What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino)
Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir: “Jingle Bells Pt. 2” – Like a Ship (Light In The Attic)
Eldridge Holmes: “Wait For Me Baby” – Get Low Down: Soul of New Orleans 65-67 (Sundazed)
The Banana Splits: “Doin’ the Banana Split” – #34579 – 7″ (Hanna-Barbera Productions )
The Committee: “Forbidden Taboo” – Chocolate Soul: The Musical Compilation (Chocolate Soul)
The Chi-Lites: “Have You Seen Her?” – For God’s Sake Give More Power to the People (Brunswick)
Sons of the Kingdom: “Hey There” – Soul Messages From Dimona (Numero Group)
Massinko: “track 2” – Ethiopian Beat + House Beat vol 1 (Awesome Tapes from Africa)
Kashmere Stage Band: “All Praises (pt. 2 live)” – Texas Thunder Soul (1968-1974) (Now Again)
Spaceways Incorporated: “Red Hot Mama/Super Stupid” – Thirteen Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra & Funkadelic (Atavistic)
Nana Vasconcelos: “Aranda” – Africadeus (Saravah)
Sjahin During: “African Donkey” – Afro Anatolian Tales (Doublemoon )
Marty Ehrlich: “Solace” – Line on Love (Palmetto Records)
Chico Hamilton: “Lady Gabor” – Man From Two Worlds (Impulse!)
Gamelan Son of Lion: “Gamelan II” – The Complete Gamelan in the New World (Locust Music)
The Scientist meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub: “Baltimore” – The Scientist meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub (Liberated Zone)
Hamid Drake and Bindu: “Take Us Home” – Reggaeology (Rogueart)
Hamid Drake and Bindu: “Kali Dub” – Reggaeology (Rogueart)
The Vandermark Five: “East Broadway Rundown” – Six for Rollins (Free Jazz Classics, Vol. 3) (Atavistic)

WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-01-28

“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’d planned to do a show to ward off the polar vortex, and that’s most of what you have here: “hot” songs, “heat” songs, and the like. But when I woke up to do the show, I got the news that Pete Seeger had died, so I quickly pulled together a modest tribute. As one friend noted on Twitter, the more accurate statement to make is “Pete Seeger lived,” and lived well. May I have aged so gracefully and meant anywhere near as much to a few people when my time comes!

Enjoy!

Listen:

download program (131MB, 2 hrs 23 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Pete Seeger: “Hard Travellin’” – American Ballads 2 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Pete Seeger: “Midnight Special” – American Ballads 2 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Pete Seeger: “If I Had a Hammer” – Singalong : Live at the Sanders Theatre Cambridge, MA 1980 (Smithsonian Folkways)
The SNCC Freedom Singers with Dorothy Cotton, and Pete Seeger: “We Shall Overcome” – American Roots Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
Ella Fitzgerald: “Too Darn Hot” – Twelve Nights in Hollywood (Verve)
Erasure: “Too Darn Hot” – Red Hot + Blue (GRP)
Lonnie Johnson: “Hot and Bothered” – Playing with the Strings (JSP)
Jack Teagarden: “Sweet and Hot” – Future Masters (10th annual Southern Music Issue) (Oxford American)
Charles Brown: “Hot Lips and Seven Kisses” – Cryin’ and Driftin’ (Cherished )
Sherman “Blues” Johnson and Clouds of Joy: “Hot Fish” – Shout, Brother, Shout: 1950′s R&B From The Legendary Trumpet Records Label (Alligator)
Noble Watts: “Hot Tamales” – Blast Off! (Flyright Records)
Prime Mates: “Hot Tamales – Part 2” – Get Low Down: The Soul of New Orleans ’65-’67 (Sundazed)
The Soul Lifters: “Hot Funky and Sweaty” – Quantic Presents The World’s Rarest Funk 45s (Jazzman)
Lee Fields: “Steam Train” – Let’s Get a Groove On (Desco)
Talking Heads: “Born Under Punches (the Heat Goes On)” – Heatwave Festival 8/23/1980 (Concert Vault)
Beatfanatic: “Cookin’ (Version)” – Outernational Sound (Eighteenth Street)
Lennie Hibbert: “Real Hot” – 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
The Upsetters: “Heat Proof” – The Upsetter (Trojan Records)
Tommy McCook: “Heatwave” – 200% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
Aretha Franklin: “Hello Sunshine” – Aretha Now (Atlantic)
Dyke & the Blazers: “You Are My Sunshine” – We Got More Soul (Ace)
Brass Monkey Brass Band: “Hot on the Coast” – The Highest Good (Brass Monkey Brass Band/CD Baby)
Karl Hector & the Malcouns: “Sahara Swing” – Sahara Swing (Stones Throw)
Buena Vistas: “Hot Shot” – Hot Shot single (Rollercoaster)
Whitney Don: “Red Hot Boogie” – Hillbilly Boogie (Proper)
Léo Chauliac et son orchestre: “Hot-Club Parade” – Swing Caraïbe, Caribbean Jazz Pioneers In Paris (1929-1946) (Frémeaux & Associés)
Art Tatum: “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” – I Got Rhythm, Vol. 3 (1935-44) (MCA Records)
Johnny Dyani: “Wish You Sunshine” – Song for Biko (SteepleChase)
Ari Brown: “Veda’s Dance” – Groove Awakening (Delmark)
Kahil El’Zabar’s Ritual Trio: “Grandma’s Hands” – Follow the Sun (Delmark)
David Boykin Trio: “Late Night with the David Boykin Trio Theme” – Live at Dorchester Projects (Sonic Healing Ministries)
Geof Bradfield: “Detroit/Kingston” – Melba! (Origin)
Mal Waldron: “Warm Canto” – The Quest (New Jazz)
Arthur Blythe/David Eyges: “Gee’s Minor Mood” – Today’s Blues (CIMP)
Astor Piazzola y su orquesta: “Pulsación No. 1” – Pulsación (Columbia)