WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2010-08-31 (Songs about Food)

“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’s show begins with a set inspired by shuffle-play on my iPod on the way to the station, but then turned full-bore into a food-themed program, beginning with two recipe songs. (I love how the musicians in each tune respond by adding their instrument as it is called for in the recipe recitation. Know other songs in this style?)

I ended up playing out the theme completely, even though I’d selected a goodly amount of other stuff I was interested in playing.  I’ll just bring that next week!

Two tracks were from commercials:

I also enjoyed considering the wide variety of interpretations of the latino alternative to mirepoix known as sofrito. Now to find some places to taste those.  (Be warned, listeners told me the show made them hungry!)


download complete program (145 MB, 2 hrs 39 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)

Willie Colón / Héctor Lavoe / Rubén Blades: “MC2 (Theme Realidad)” – The Good, the Bad, the Ugly (Fania)
Brian Eno & John Cale: “One Word” – Wrong Way Up (Warner Bros)
Dar Es Salaam Jazz Band: “Mpenzi Usemayo” – Zanzibara 3: Ujamaa — The 1960s Sound Of Tanzania (Buda Musique)
Desmond Dekker: “Reggae Recipe” – Rockin Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker (Rhino)
King Curtis: “Memphis Soul Stew” – Beg, Scream & Shout!: The Big Ol’ Box Of 60’s Soul (Rhino)
The Nice Guy Trio: “Apples” – Here Comes The Nice Guy Trio (Porto Franco Records)
Grupo Fantasma: “Chocolate” – Comes Alive (Aire Sol)
Lee Morgan: “Cornbread” – Cornbread (Blue Note)
Art Gunn & His Arizona Playboys: “Cornbread Boogie” – Hillbilly Boogie (Proper)
Carolina Chocolate Drops: “Cornbread & Butterbeans” – Live at the Kent Stage, 2010-09-30 (Internet Music Archive)
Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers: “Give Him Some Cornbread” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Joe Haywood: “(Play Me) A Cornbread Song” – K490 (7″) (Kent)
Lee “Scratch” Perry: “Roast Fish and Cornbread” – 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango)
Slim Gaillard: “Potato Chips” – Laughing in Rhythm: The Best of the Verve Years (Verve)
Four Shells: “Hot Dog” – The Complete Stax/Volt Singles (Stax)
Duke Ellington: “Chocolate Shake” – Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band (Bluebird)
Calypso King & the Soul Investigators: “Raw Grapes” – Soul Strike! (Soul Fire)
Macondo: “Almendra” – What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (Rhino)
Tommy McCook: “Green Mango” – 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
Black Uhuru: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” – Sinsemilla (Mango)
Arsenio Rodriguez: “Daddy Give Me Candy” – Arsenio Dice (Fania)
Jorge Cordoba: “Frijole Boogie” – Pachucho Boogie (Historic Mexican-American Music, Vol. 10) (Arhoolie)
Willie Bobo: “Fried Neckbones & Some Home Fries” – Spanish Grease / Uno Dos Tres 1 2 3 (Verve)
Mongo Santamaria: “Sofrito” – Skin on Skin: The Mongo Santamaria Anthology 1958-1995 (Rhino)
Rey Roig y su Sensacion: “Son Sabroson” – Son Cubano (Astralwerks)
Hank Williams: “Cool Water” – The Ultimate Collection (Mercury)
Nugrape Twins: “I Got Your Ice Cold Nugrape” – American Primitive V.2 – Pre-War Revenants (1897-1939) (Revenent)
Bumble Bee Slim: “If Blues Was Whiskey” – Bumble Bee Slim (Amos Easton) Volume 4 (Document)
Marquis Chimps: “Red Rose Tea” – Lux & Ivy’s Favorites, Vol. 11 (WFMU)
Tom Waits: “Purina Dog Food Commercial” – Food Songs (Mista D’s Music Blog)
The J.B.’s: “Givin’ Up Food for Funk (Parts 1&2)” – Funky Good Time: The Anthology (Universal)
Oscar Brown: “A Dime Away from a Hot Dog” – Movin’ On (Rhino)
Tremé Brass Band: “Food Stamp Band” – Arhoolie 40th Anniversary Box Set (Arhoolie)
Spearhead: “Red Beans & Rice” – Home (Capitol)
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band: “Tropical Hot Dog Night” – Shiny Beast (Rhino)
Kevin O’Donnell’s Quality Six: “Thanks for Dinner” – Control Freak (Delmark)
Terry Callier: “You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman” – What Color is Love (Universal)
Velvet Underground: “Candy Says (Closet Mix)” – Peel Slowly and See (Polydor)
Big Maybelle: “Candy” – Blues, Candy & Big Maybelle (Savoy)