WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-01-25

“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). 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). You can also see one jumbo list of my past playlists (back to 9/2008 when WNUR started online playlists), for easier searching.

Today’s show turned out to have a bit of a historic bent.  We open with a smattering of tunes hearkening back to the cold war era, plus a couple of great public service announcements mixed in.  After a brief hip-hop set, we turned sharply into coal mining music—this weekend I happened across an airing of the 1976 film “Harlan County, USA” (watch the whole thing on Hulu), and the soundtrack was really great (not to mention the film itself). I don’t have my own copy of the soundtrack, but I was able to find a few topical pieces.

There’s also a brief reggae/funk/soul set, and then some high profile artists in country music mode, and finishing out with some long jazz numbers which riff on latin themes but also get out into their own thing quite a bit.  Note that Luther Thomas’ Human Arts Ensemble was part of St. Louis’ fertile Black Artists Group (BAG) scene contemporary to Chicago’s AACM and features some artists you’ve heard on the Conference before including Lester and Joseph Bowie.



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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)

Groucho Marx: “Civil Defense Spot” – Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security (Bear Family)
Pilgrim Travelers: “Jesus Hits Like An Atom Bomb” – Oxford American Music Sampler 2005 (Oxford American)
Charlie Louvin: “Great Atomic Power” – Charlie Louvin (Tompkins Square)
Charles Mingus: “Oh Lord Don’t Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me” – Oh Yeah (Atlantic)
Pete Johnson’s All Stars: “Atomic Boogie” – Stompin’ at the Savoy : Harlem Nocturne 1944-1947 (Savoy)
Johnny Cash: “Civil Defense Spot: Help Ourselves” – Atomic Platters: Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security (Bear Family)
The Golden Gate Quartet: “Atom and Evil” – Swing Down, Chariot (Sony)
Atomic Jazz Band: “Asili Ya Mahaba” – Zanzibara 3: Ujamaa — The 1960s Sound Of Tanzania (Buda Musique)
William Onyeabor: “Atomic Bomb” – Atomic Bomb (Wilfilms Records)
Erykah Badu with Queen Latifah, Angie Stone & Bahamadia: “Love of my Life Worldwide” – Worldwide Underground (Motown)
The Coup: “ShoYoAss” – Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph)
Jungle Brothers: “Straight Out of the Jungle (Kenny Dope Mix)” – Hip Hop Forever (Barely Breaking Even)
Jablonski: “Soul Makossa” – Out On A Funky Trip: Funk, Soul & Reggae From Randy’s (Motion)
The Meters: “Tippi-toes” – Funkify Your Life (The Meters Anthology) (Rhino)
Jerry Byrne: “On Johnny Mitchell’s Train” – Songs & Ballads Of The Anthracite Miners (Rounder)
Orville Jenks: “Sprinkle Coal Dust on my Grave” – Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields (Lonesome Pine Office on Youth)
Entertainment Workers IU 630 with Utah Phillips: “There is Power in a Union” – Don’t Mourn – Organize!: Songs Of Labor Songwriter Joe Hill (Smithsonian Folkways)
Purna Das Baul: “Hari Balo Re” – The Bauls of Bengal (Cramworld)
Achwghâ Ney Wodei: “Choelir Nereides” – Triptyque (New International Recordings)
Winston Jarrett: “Up Park Camp” – Fire Down Below: Scorchers from Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
Rupert Clemendore: “Eastern Conga” – Le Jazz Trinidad (Cook)
The Pharoahs: “Freedom Time” – Freedom Rhythm and Sound: Revolutionary Jazz Original Cover Art 1965-83 (Soul Jazz)
Gospel Supremes: “Sinner Man” – Local Customs: Downriver Revival (Numero Group)
Detroit Emeralds: “Things Are Looking Up” – The Westbound Sound of Detroit: Sensational Motor City Groups 1969-1975 (Westbound)
The Turtles: “Chicken Little Was Right” – The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands (White Whale)
The Byrds: “You Got a Reputation” – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Columbia)
Tom Waits: “Blind Love” – Rain Dogs (RCA)
Bob Wills: “No Disappointment in Heaven” – The Gospel Tradition: The Roots And The Branches Volume 1 (Legacy/Columbia)
Kelly Hogan and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts: “Papa was a Rodeo” – Beneath the Country Underdog (Bloodshot)
Ornette Coleman: “Una Muy Bonita” – Beauty is a Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino)
Kenny Dorham: “Una Mas” – Una Mas (Blue Note)
Luther Thomas & the Human Arts Ensemble: “Una New York” – Funky Donkey Vol. 1 & 2 (Atavistic)

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