WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2010-08-03

“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.

This week we consider what “that thing” is, and if you’re not one for innuendo, beware: Steinski’s track gets a bit hot and heavy with the samples, and if you have old fashioned sensibilities, I guess you might find Bessie Smith’s track with the same title to also be a bit risqué.

Note that there’s a Mary Lou Williams tribute at Millennium Park this Thursday and Toumani Diabate will be leading a group next Thursday as part of the great “Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz” series.


download complete program (138 MB, 2 hrs 31 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)

The Smiths: “Rubber Ring” – Louder than Bombs (Warner Brothers)
Jewels and Binoculars: “Things Have Changed” – Floater (Ramboy)
Bush Tetras: “Too Many Creeps” – Rough Trade Shop: Post Punk (Rough Trade)
Radio I-Ching: “The Strangers” – No Wave au Gogo (Resonant Music)
Small Island Pride: “Me Ting is Mine” – Calypso Atrocities (Cook)
Al Miller & his Market Street Boys: “Somebody’s Been Usin’ that Thing” – Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps and Blues (Document)
Steinski: “I’m Wild About That Thing” – What Does It All Mean? – 1983-2006 Retrospective (Illegal Art)
Bessie Smith: “I’m Wild About That Thing” – Bessie Smith: The Complete Recordings, Vol. 4 (Sony)
The Dee Felice Trio: “Nightingale” – What is Wrong with Groovin? (Jazzman)
Stereolab: “Rainbo Conversation” – Dots & Loops (Rhino/Elektra)
Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra: “Jackie-ing” – Monk’s Moods (Water Baby)
Thelonious Monk: “Jackie-ing” – The Columbia Years (1962-1968) (Columbia)
Roswell Rudd’s Malicool with Toumani Diabate: “Jackie-ing” – Malicool (Soundscape/Universal)
Mary Lou Williams: “It Ain’t Necessarily So” – Black Christ of the Andes (Smithsonian Folkways)
Dave Douglas: “Play It Momma” – Soul on Soul (BMG)
Mary Lou Williams: “O.W.” – Mary Lou’s Mass (Smithsonian Folkways)
Glenn Lee: “Joyful Sound” – Sacred Steel (Arhoolie)
Duke Ellington: “Smada” – Blues in Orbit (Columbia)
Orquesta Atipica: “Tango Dogs Go” – Tango Dogs (self-released)
Mahaleo: “Kobaka” – A World Out of Time (Shanachie)
Darondo: “I Want Your Love So Bad” – Let My People Go (Luv N Haight)
Irma Thomas: “We Got Something Good” – Something Good: The Muscle Shoals Sessions (Chess)
Johnny “Guitar” Watson: “You’ve Got a Hard Head” – Lone Ranger (Fantasy)
Drumbago & the Dynamites: “Dulcemania” – Fatty Fatty 1967-1970 (Trojan)
Fern Jones: “Strange Things Happening Every Day” – The Glory Road (Numero Group)
Clara Ward & the Ward Singers: “How I Got Over” – Jubilation! Vol. 1: Black Gospel (Rhino)
Selah Jubilee Singers: “I’ll Fly Away” – Complete Recorded Works 1 (1939-1941) (Document)
Bill Lanford and the Lanfordaires: “Trouble of this World” – The Gospel Tradition: The Roots & the Branches (Legacy/Columbia)
Eugene Delouche & Del’s Jazz Biguine: “Nain Cochon” – The Golden Age of Biguine (Buda Musique)
Django Reinhardt: “Baby Won’t You Please Come Home” – Djangologie/USA, Vol. 2 (Drg)
Orchestre Baobab: “Coumba” – Pirates Choice (Nonesuch)
Chuck Barrister and the Voices of Darkness: “Be Kind, Be Foolish, Be Happy” – The World Ends: Afro Rock And Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
Familia RMM: “El Son de Celia y Oscar” – Combinacion Perfecta (RMM)
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs: “Mal Bicho” – Rey de Azucar (Sony)

2 thoughts on “WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2010-08-03

  1. Bessie Smith was a naughty, fun, wild, amazing lady. Are your shows archived for listening to online later? Cause there is a lot in here I’ve never heard of but am pretty sure I’d like.

  2. Hey, Cinnamon!

    I have a ‘downloads’ category which is just shows that have accompanying audio. There’s a built-in player so you can listen in your browser, or right-click/ctrl-click to download them for use in iTunes or other players.

    I’d love to hear what you make of the music, good, bad, or other!

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