WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-03-01 (mystery, secrecy, and deception)

“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.

The big buzz Monday night while I was preparing my show was that Evanston’s own Dan Sinker had been revealed as the man behind the @MayorEmanuel twitter account. A listener suggested I play “Secret Agent Man,” and the idea then morphed into a theme pervading much of the show of songs about mystery, secrecy, and deception. It was a pretty broad palette to draw from, and I had fun, although it may be have resulted in one of those whiplash-cut kinds of shows (which don’t bother me!)



download program (141MB, 2 hrs 34 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Ignace de Souza: “Anyenko” – The Great Unknowns (Original Music)
The Thermometers: “Babalawo” – The World Ends Afro Rock And Psychedelia In 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
Tony Allen: “Secret Agent” – Secret Agent (World Circuit)
Jimmy Tarbutton & the Memphis Sound: “The Mysterians” – A History of Garage and Frat Bands in Memphis 1960-75 (Shangri-la Records)
Agent Orange: “Secret Agent Man” – This is the Voice (SST)
Professor Longhair: “Who’s Been Foolin’ You?” – New Orleans Piano (Atlantic)
Sun Ra: “I’m Gonna Unmask the Batman” – The Singles (Evidence)
Patsy Cline: “Too Many Secrets” – Country Great! (MCA)
Bauhaus: “The Spy in the Cab” – In the Flat Field (4AD)
Desmond Dekker: “007 (Shanty Town)” – Rockin’ Steady: The Best of Desmond Dekker (Rhino)
Lonnie Johnson: “I’ve Been a Fool Myself” – The Complete Folkways Recordings (Smithsonian Folkways)
Mando Négro Kwala-Kwa: “Déception” – Souvenir d’une épopée, Vol. 4 (Glenn Music)
Thelonious Monk: “Misterioso” – The Columbia Years (1962-1968) (Columbia)
The Stone Roses: “Fools Gold” – The Stone Roses (Silvertone)
Digable Planets: “Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies)” – Blowout Comb (Pendulum/EMI)
Mavis Staples: “You’re the Fool” – Only for the Lonely (Stax)
Astor Piazzolla y su orquestra: “Fuga y Misterio” – Pulsacion (Circular Moves)
Rhymefest featuring Dres: “Foolin’ Around” – “Man In The Mirror” mixtape (Mark Ronson)
Stevie Wonder: “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover” – Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Motown)
Curumin: “Mistério Stereo” – Japan Pop Show (Phantom Sound & Vision)
Eri Yamamoto: “Secret Link” – In Each Day, Something Good (AUMFidelity)
Johnny Cash: “Wanted Man” – The Mystery of Life (Mercury)
Csókolom: “Mysterieuse” – May I Kiss Your Hand (Arhoolie)
Ken McIntyre with Eric Dolphy: “Head Shakin'” – Looking Ahead (Prestige)
Kings of Harmony: “Revelation and Improvisation” – Saints’ Paradise: Trombone Shout Bands from the United House of Prayer (Smithsonian Folkways)
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes w/Teddy Pendergrass: “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – The Essential Teddy Pendergrass (Sony)
Tinariwen: “Lulla” – Imidiwan: Companions (World Village)
The Spanish Harlem Orchestra: “Tambori” – Un Gran Dia en el Barrio (Ropeadope)
Rail Band: “Rail Band” – Belle Epoque Vol. 1: Soundiata (Stern’s)
Alton Ellis: “It’s a Shame” – Darker than Blue: Soul from Jamdown (Blood and Fire)
Steve Lacy with Don Cherry: “The Mystery Song” – Evidence (Prestige)
Irène Schweizer: “So oder so” – Chicago Piano Solo (Intakt)
David Murray: “Autumn of the Patriarch – for Fred Hackett” – For Aunt Louise (DIW)