WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-02-22

“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.

We are in full fund-raising mode at WNUR. This week’s show is heavy on the pitching—I beg your pardon—but it’s all heartfelt.  I’ve been DJing at WNUR for most of the last 20 years and I really appreciate all I’ve gotten from the station: access to a great music library and a great community of fellow music lovers to lead me into it.

Most of all, I do this because I love to share music with other people. Thanks for listening, commenting, and if you are so moved, contributing. (Call 847-491-3655 or online at www.wnur.org/support)


PS I’m offering custom mixes to anyone who contributes to WNUR during phoneathon (ends Thursday, 2/24) as well, so let me know if you make a contribution and would like one for yourself. Also, a generous listener is matching pledges until midnight on Tuesday 2/22 up to $5000.

PPS The image on this page is the design of the new t-shirt. I just briefly saw the shirts, but they’re a lovely sort of forest green with the design in light ink. They are one of the traditional premiums you can receive if you make a contribution, in addition to the mix.)


download program (143MB, 2 hrs 36 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Joseph Jarman, Famoudou Don Moye & Johnny Dyani: “Ode to Wilbur Ware” – Black Paladins (Black Saint)
Eddie Okonta and his Top Aces: “I Need Your Love” – Money No Be Sand (Original Music)
Eliades Ochoa: “Pintate Los Labios Maria” – Sublime Illusion (Higher Octave)
Tuba Fats’ Chosen Few Brass Band: “Mardi Gras in New Orleans” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Franco: “Salima” – Franco: 20ème Anniversaire, 6 Juin 1956-1976, Vol.2 (Franco-Editions Populaires)
Shorty: “President Mash Up the Resident” – “Tighten Up” Box Set (Trojan)
James Brown: “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” – Make It Funky: Big Payback 1971-1975 (Polydor)
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: “This Land is Your Land” – DAP-1019 7″ (Daptone)
SNCC Freedom Singers led by Marshall Jones: “In the Mississippi River” – Voices Of The Civil Rights Movement: Black American Freedom Songs 1960-1966 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Josh White: “Freedom Road” – American Roots Collection (Smithsonian Folkways)
David Murray & The Gwo Ka Masters: “O’ Leonso” – Gwotet (Justin Time Records)
George Woods: “She’s So Fine” – Wardell Quezergue: Sixty Smokin’ Soul Senders (Funky Delicacies)
Willie Williams: “Detroit Blues” – Light: On the South Side – Pepper’s Jukebox (Numero Group)
Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos: “No Me Llores Mas” – Marc Ribot y los Cubanos Postizos (Atlantic)
Erroll Garner: “Ja-Da” – Body & Soul (Columbia)
Lena Horne: “I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues” – Stormy Weather: The Legendary Lena (1941-1958) (RCA)
Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: “Lost in Meditation” – The Duke Ellington Songbook (Verve)
Sound in Action Trio: “Togo” – Gate (Atavistic)
fIREHOSE: “Chemical Wire” – Ragin’ Full On (SST)
Johnny Dyani Quartet: “Portrait of Mosa Gwangwa” – Angolian Cry (Steeplechase)
Linton Kwesi Johnson: “Mi Revalueshanary Fren” – Tings an’ Times (Shanachie)
Alemayehu Eshete: “Yèmaynèga lélit” – Éthiopiques 22: More Vintage! (Buda Musique)
Laurie Anderson: “Language is a Virus” – Home of the Brave (Warner Brothers)
La Tromba: “Calaba Calabao” – Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-1991 (Soundway)
Herculaneum: “Twin Unicorns” – Orange Blossom (482 Music)
Thelonious Monk: “Well, You Needn’t” – The Columbia Years (1962-1968) (Columbia)