â€œConference of the Birdsâ€ 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.
This week the “problem” with the show is all my fault: I slept through my alarm and got in quite late! And this was the first week in ages that there’s been a DJ on air before me — kudos to “Bob” for sticking around until I got my but in the studio.
Anyway, so this week’s show is shortened, but you can think of it as “concentrated” — what’s here is good stuff, lots of fuzzy buzzy afrotronic styles easing into some mellower stuff at the end.
Artist: â€œTrackâ€ â€“ Album (Label)
Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd: “Monk’s Dream” – Schools Days (Emanem)
Nomo: “Nu Tones” – New Tones (Ubiquity)
Konono No. 1: “Fula Fula” – Assume Crash Position (Crammed Disc)
Francis Bebey: “Bameda” – African Sanza (Ozileka)
Karl Hector & the Malcouns: “Toure Samar” – Sahara Swing (Now Again)
Red Baraat: “Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna” – Chaal Baby (CD Baby)
R. D. Burman: “Dance Music (from Hare Rama Hare Krishna)” – Bollywood Funk (Outcaste Records)
Lakim Shabazz: “Swiftness (Instrumental)” – Rare & Unreissued Old School Hip-Hop ’89-’90 (Ol’ Skool Flava)
Herbie Mann: “Push Push” – The Evolution of Mann: the Herbie Mann Anthology (Rhino)
Nara LeÃ£o: “NÃ£o Me Diga Adeus” – O canto livre de Nara (Philips)
Seu Jorge & Almaz: “Rock With You” – Seu Jorge & Almaz (Now Again)
Os Kiezos: “Comboio” – Angola Soundtrack: The Unique Sound of Luanda 1968-1976 (Analog Africa)
Amadou Balake: “Whiskey et Coca-Cola” – Afro-Charanga (Zamidou)