WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2011-11-08 (covers)

“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 once again see one jumbo list of my past playlists (back to 9/2008 when WNUR started online playlists), for easier searching.)

This week’s show turned out to be completely dedicated to the idea of the ‘cover’ song, the standard, the interpretation, the interesting ways in which you can triangulate between two different performances of the “same” song and how they meet in your ears and the space between. Of course, there are also some songs that aren’t covers, including one by Edith Frost which for a long time I thought was, because it just had such a timeless air about it, and a tune that is indubitably Peter Tosh, but performed by him in a way quite different from it’s original recording, and even the Jungle Brothers’ so-called cover of “I Get a Kick Out of You” which seems to have only its inclusion on the “Red Hot + Cool” sampler as a sign that it has a connection to the Cole Porter composition with the same title.



download program (143MB, 2 hrs 36 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Jewels and Binoculars: “Buckets of Rain” – Floater (Ramboy)
Neko Case: “Buckets of Rain” – Live From Austin, Texas (New West Records)
Edith Frost: “Easy to Love” – Wonder Wonder (Drag City)
Cat Power: “Aretha, Sing one For Me” – Jukebox (Matador)
Aretha Franklin: “Love The One You’re With” – Live at the Fillmore (Atlantic)
Peter Tosh: “Stop that Train” – WXFM Radio, Chicago 1/7/1977 (bootleg)
Bob Marley & the Wailers: “Rolling Stone” – Wailing Wailers at Studio One (Heartbeat)
Ken Boothe: “Is It Because I’m Black?” – Darker than Blue: Soul from Jamdown (Blood and Fire)
Medeski, Martin & Wood: “Bemsha Swing/Lively Up Yourself” – It’s a Jungle In Here (Gramavision)
Ivo Perelman: “Tom’s Diner” – Children of Ibeji (Enja)
Jungle Brothers: “I Get a Kick Out of You” – Red Hot + Blue (Capitol)
Sinead O’Connor: “You Do Something to Me” – Red Hot + Blue (Capitol)
Kelly Hogan and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts: “Papa was a Rodeo” – Beneath the Country Underdog (Bloodshot)
M. Ward: “You Still Believe in Me” – Transistor Radio (Merge)
Low: “Fearless” – John Peel Show, 30 January 2003 (BBC)
M. Ward: “Let’s Dance” – The Transfiguration of Vincent (Merge)
Nick Drake: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” – Tanworth In Arden 1967/68 (Anthology)
The Professionals: “The Godfather (theme)” – Cult Cargo: Belize City Boil Up (Numero Group)
The Cat: “Hit the Road, Jack” – Thai Beat-a-go-go (Subliminal Sounds)
The Neville Brothers: “The Ballad of Hollis Brown” – Yellow Moon (A&M)
Richie Havens: “All Along the Watchtower” – Live at the Cellar Door (Five Star)
Bonerama: “Crosstown Traffic” – Live from New York (Bonerama/CD Baby)
Brass Monkey Brass Band: “The Ocean” – The Highest Good (Brass Monkey Brass Band/CD Baby)
Rebirth Brass Band: “Just the Two of Us” – Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band (Mardi Gras Records)
Gloria Jones: “Tainted Love” – Beg Scream and Shout: The Big Ol’ Box of Sixties Soul (Rhino)
Grant Green: “Ain’t it Funky Now” – Blue Break Beats, Vol. 2 (Blue Note)
Ray Anderson: “La Vie en Rose” – It Just So Happens (Enja)
Universal Congress Of: “Bermuda Blues” – The Sad and Tragic Demise of Big Fine Hot Salty Black Wind (Enemy)
Niu Abdominaux Dangereux: “Broadway Blues” – Ghosts (ITM)
Betty Roche: “Billie’s Bounce” – Singin’ and Swingin’ (Prestige/OJC)
Art Blakey Quintet: “A Night in Tunisia” – A Night at Birdland (Blue Note)