WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-03-18

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Here’s a special Friday edition of Conference of the Birds for you. Well, honestly I’m not sure what’s so special about it, but I had some fun. There’s a compare-and-contrast set around the old tune “Poor Wayfaring Stranger,” but not much else in the way of theme or plan. Tell me what you make of it!



download program (141MB, 2 hrs 34 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
School Days: “Off the Top (for Larry Young)” – In Our Times (Okkadisk)
Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón and Rubén Blades: “Potpourri III” – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (Fania)
Staff Benda Bilili: “Tonkara” – Tres Tres Fort (Crammed Disc)
Bob & Jerry: “Ghost Satellite” – Lux & Ivy’s Favorites vol. 10 (the hive mind)
Kukuruza: “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” – Where the Sunshine Is (Solyd)
The Wayfaring Strangers: “Man of Constant Sorrow” – Shifting Sands of Time (Rounder)
Burl Ives: “Wayfaring Stranger” – The Wayfaring Stranger (Asch)
Cliff Gober: “A Poor Wayfaring Stranger” – Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal (Numero Group)
Sonny Okosuns & Paperback Limited: “Ohomi” – The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
El Michels Affair: “Bring Da Ruckus” – Enter the 37th Chamber (Fat Beats)
Gang Starr: “Ex Girl to Next Girl” – Daily Operation (Capitol)
Bill Withers: “Better Off Dead” – Live at Carnegie Hall (Sony)
Tappa Zukie: “Go Deh Natty, Go Deh” – From the Archives (Ras)
Oum Kalthoum: “Tichouf Oumori” – Tichouf Oumori (1926-1935) (Buda)
Billy Eckstine: “I Left My Hat in Haiti” – Everything I Have Is Yours: Best of the MGM Years (Polygram)
Chris Mills: “Mothra (Will You Please Be Quiet)” – The Wall-to-Wall Sessions (Ernest Jenning)
Irving Fields & Roberto Rodriguez: “Wolfie’s Corner” – Oy Vey! Ole! (Tzadik)
Plunge: “Just Like Alice” – Falling with Grace (Accurate)
The Rolling Stones: “Miss You” – Some Girls (Atlantic)
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble: “Cause And Effect” – Black Unstoppable (Delmark)
Orchestre Regional de Kayes: “Sanjina” – World Psychedelic Classics 3: Love’s a Real Thing (Luaka Bop)
Rail Band: “Dioula” – Belle Epoque Vol. 2: Mansa (Stern’s)
Laura Rivers: “That’s All Right” – Been in the Storm So Long (Smithsonian Folkways)
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party: “Shamas-Ud-Doha Bader-Ud-Doja” – Passion: Sources (Real World)
Björk Guðmundsdóttir & Tríó Guðmundar Ingólfssonar: “Bella Símamær” – Gling-Glo (One Little Indian)
Sinéad O’Connor: “You Do Something To Me” – Red Hot + Blue: A Tribute To Cole Porter (Capitol)
William Parker Organ Quartet: “Document for LJ” – Uncle Joe’s Spirit House (AUM Fidelity)
Catalyst: “Ile Ife” – The Complete Recordings, Vol. 1 (Porter Records)
Myra Melford’s Crush: “Always Chant Could Be One” – Dance Beyond the Color (Arabesque)
Gunnelpumpers: “Pentephilia” – The nth wave (Spiritflake)