WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-02-15

“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.

Had fun with today’s show. It’s substantially groovy and funky stuff, including some rare gems from Funky 16 Corners and Home of the Groove, but also Willie Nelson and Bill Monroe, and strings covering Kraftwerk and Gil Scott-Heron.

In the course of some googling, I came across some pretty cool stuff about Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen, whose jazz funeral turns out to be legendary.

Also, while looking for the link for the Andrew Bird/Colin Bunn show, which can be downloaded for free from the Internet Archive, I found a page in Portuguese, and found the Google translation a little entertaining.

Finally, after holding on to it for too long, I watched the DVD which comes with Numero Group’s Downriver Revival this weekend and it’s excellent. Shirley Ann Lee has some great camera time and seems like a wonderful lady, and I’m happy to include a song of hers in today’s show. Here’s hoping Numero makes a lot more documentaries! (Here’s an old NPR story on the compilation I stumbled across while googling.)



download program (141MB, 2 hrs 34 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
William Parker: “It’s Alright” – I Plan to Stay a Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (AUM Fidelity)
Digital Primitives: “The People” – Hum Crackle and Pop (Hopscotch)
Ali & Tam’s Avec l’Orchestre Malo: “Mulogi” – Ali & Tam’s Avec l’Orchestre Malo (Plainis Phare)
Mahalia Jackson: “Keep Your Hand on the Plow” – Live at Newport 1958 (Columbia)
Peter Tosh: “Sinner Man” – The Toughest (Heartbeat)
Benny Spellman: “Sinner Girl” – Get Low Down!: The Soul of New Orleans, ’65-’67 (Sundazed Music)
Mavis Staples: “Chained” – Only for the Lonely (Stax)
K. Frimpong & His Cubanos Fiestas: “Kyen Kyen Bi Adi Mawu” – Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds, and Ghanaian Blues (Soundway)
The Wild Magnolias: “Ho Na Nae” – The Wild Magnolias (Polygram)
Remigio Durcros: “Disadattati” – Suono Libero, Vol 2 (Irma Records)
Lou Garno Trio: “Chicken in the Basket” – Hammond Funk #1 (Funky 16 Corners)
People Under the Stairs: “Tuxedo Rap” – Stepfather (Basement Records)
The Treme Brass Band: “Tuba Fats” – The Treme Brass Band (Mardi Gras Records)
Micah Blue Smaldone: “New Orleans Bump” – Hither and Thither (Tequila Sunrise Records)
Jelly Roll Morton & His Red Hot Peppers: “Kansas City Stomps” – R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz, & Country (Harry N. Abrams)
Basie’s Bad Boys: “Goin’ to Chicago Blues” – The Essential Count Basie, Vol. 1 (Columbia)
Willie Nelson: “Bloody Mary Morning” – Phases and Stages (Atlantic)
Jamhuri Jazz Band: “Isuwaamini Shemeji” – Zanzibara 3: Ujamaa — The 1960s Sound Of Tanzania (Buda Musique)
Ronnie Von: “Prá Chatear” – Ronnie Von 3 (1967) (Polydor)
Joseph Spence: “Bimini Gal” – Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961 – 1965 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Sylvester Weaver: “Guitar Rag” – The Rough Guide to Bottleneck Blues (Rough Guides)
Shirley Ann Lee: “How Can I Lose?” – Downriver Revival (Numero Group)
Baby Charles: “This Time” – Baby Charles (Record Kicks)
Carl Bryan: “Soul Scorcher” – Producer Series Box Set (Trojan)
Blanket Music: “Itchy Popcorn” – Move (Hush Records)
Henry Morrison: “Ain’t I Right?” – Earliest Times – Georgia Sea Island Songs For Everyday Living (Southern Journey, Vol 13) (Rounder)
Jaybird Coleman: “I’m Gonna Cross the River of Jordan – Some O’ These Days” – Goodbye, Babylon (Dust to Digital)
Andrew Bird & Colin Bunn: “Some of These Days” – Live at The Fez on 1998-11-07 (Internet Archive)
Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys: “The Brakeman’s Blues” – Friends of Old Time Music: The Folk Arrival 1961 – 1965 (Smithsonian Folkways)
The Balanescu Quartet: “Computer Love” – Possessed (Mute)
Fred Lonberg-Holm: “Winter in America” – Other Valentines (Atavistic)
The Coctails: “Hip Hop” – Popcorn Box (Carrot Top)
Lee Konitz & Jimmy Giuffre: “The Song is You” – Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre (Verve)
Mario Pavone Sextet: “Ocbo” – Deez to Blues (Playscape)
Ken Vandermark/Barrage Double Trio: “Over and Both (Dedicated to Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Johnny Griffin)” – Utility Hitter (Quinnah)
The Eternal Buzz Brass Band: “Sounds Good” – Evolution (Ropeadope Digital)
The Gamble Brothers Band: “Tater Tot” – (unreleased) (Home of the Groove)
Cables: “Equal Rights” – Producer Series Box Set (Trojan)
William Parker Organ Quartet: “Ennio’s Tag” – Uncle Joe’s Spirit House (AUM FIdelity)