WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-04-26

“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-5). 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.

I noted on-air that a quote in the liner to Rova’s “Juke Box Suite” seems particularly compatible with the Conference of the Birds ethos, so here it is for you:

The seven compositions on this recording were composed with an idealized Juke Box in mind, where any kind of music might show up from any culture or time and be combined for the next “Play.” My music listening has been informed by the spirit and work of Alan Lomax, from blues to raga, ragtime to avant-garde, pygmy chants to Korean court music, following styles and aesthetics as they rubbed up against each other in the mingling of cultures that was made possible by intrepid searchers of music.… —Jon Raskin



download program (125MB, 2 hrs 17 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Orchestre Bantous de la Capitale: “Loin du Congo” – Makambo Mibale (Sonodisc)
Ramblers International: “Knock on Wood” – The Hit Sound of the Ramblers Dance Band (Flame Tree)
Lulu: “Feelin’ Alright” – What It Is: Funky Soul & Rare Grooves 1967-1977 (Rhino)
Ohio Players: “Feelin’ Alright” – Pain (Westbound)
Wanda Jackson: “Funnel of Love” – One Kiss Can Lead To Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost And Found (Rhino)
Patsy Cline: “Hungry for Love” – Country Great! (MCA)
The Beach Boys: “Vegetables” – Smiley Smile (Brother/ Capitol)
The Turtles: “Food” – The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands (White Whale)
Los Amigos Invisibles: “Ultra-Funk” – The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera (Warner Bros.)
El Indio: “Charanga Cakewalk” – Rough Guide to Urban Latino (World Music Network)
Los Zafiros: “Y Sabes Bien” – Bossa Cubana (World Circuit)
Totó La Momposina ys sus tambores: “El Piano de Dolores” – Colombia–Musique de la Côte Atlantique (A.S.P.I.C. France)
Gétatchèw Kassa: “Tezeta Slow” – Ethiopiques, Vol. 1: Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music (Buda Musique)
Gétatchèw Kassa: “Tezeta Fast” – Ethiopiques, Vol. 1: Golden Years Of Modern Ethiopian Music (Buda Musique)
The Temptations: “Smiling Faces Sometimes” – Psychedelic Soul (Motown)
Nass el Ghiwane: “Yamina” – Essiniya (Cléopatre)
Ali Farka Toure: “Jungou” – The River (Mango)
Charlie Feathers: “Nobody’s Woman” – Get With It: Essential Recordings (1954-1969) (Revenant)
Brother Bones: “Sweet Georgia Brown” – Kids – Trademark Soundex (US Patent and Trademark Office)
Whistlin’ Alex Moore: “Whistlin’ Alex Moore’s Blues” – Arhoolie 40th Anniversary Box Set (Arhoolie)
Etta Baker & Cora Phillips: “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad” – Carolina Breakdown (Music Maker)
Glenn Jones: “Linden Avenue Stomp” – This is the Wind That Blows It Out (Strange Attractors)
Rilo Kiley: “Hail To Whatever You Found in the Sunlight that Surrounds You” – The Execution of All Things (Saddle Creek)
M. Ward: “You Still Believe In Me” – Transistor Radio (Merge)
Oliworo: “Igbala” – Succes d’hier et de toujours Vol.1 (Discafric)
Mighty Sparrow: “Obeah Wedding” – 16 Carnival Hits (Ice)
Rova Saxophone Quartet: “Jukebox Afro-Balkan” – The Juke Box Suite (Not Two)
The Microscopic Septet: “Second Avenue” – Seven Men in Neckties: History of the Micros Vol.1 (Cuneiform)
Odean Pope Saxophone Choir: “Improvo” – Epitome (Soul Note)
Radio I-Ching: “On the Road to Algeria (For Cheikha Rimitti)” – No Wave Au Go Go (Resonantmusic)

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