WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-02-21 (Mardi Gras)

“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).

The good thing about doing my show on Tuesdays is that I always get to do a show on Mardi Gras. Sometimes I play “carnival” music more broadly, but this year was all Louisiana music, mostly New Orleans, although there’s a sizeable cajun & zydeco set. It opens a little slow, although I thought the recordings of sounds on New Orleans streets were so cool I had to share ’em. There are also a goodly number of classics, although I seem to have failed to play any versions of “Big Chief.” A couple of popular bounce tunes from last year’s show resurfaced in the midst of a bigger set of that stalwart New Orleans variant of rap.

Enjoy!

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download program (138MB, 2 hrs 31 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
A parade with brass bands: “Parade of the Krewe of Momus/When the Saints Go Marching In” – Music of New Orleans, Vol. 1: Music of the Streets: Music of Mardi Gras (Smithsonian Folkways)
Hank: “On Mardi Gras Day” – Music of New Orleans, Vol. 1: Music of the Streets: Music of Mardi Gras (Smithsonian Folkways)
Dave Bartholomew: “Shrimp & Gumbo” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Bo Dollis & Monk Boudreaux with Rebirth Brass Band: “Shoo Fly” – Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday Showdown (Rounder)
Chuck Carbo: “Can I Be Your Squeeze” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz)
Curley Moore: “Soul Train” – Wardell Quezerque: Sixty Smokin’ Soul Senders (Funky Delicaciesa)
Lee Dorsey: “Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley” – Freedom For The Funk (Charly)
Art Neville: “Bo Diddley” – Get Low Down!: The Soul of New Orleans, ‘65-’67 (Sundazed)
The Meters: “Look-Ka Py Py” – Look-Ka Py Py (Josie)
The Gaturs: “Gator Bait” – Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul Jazz)
K.C. Red: “Shake On That Stick” – The Greatest Rap Hits from Down South New Orleans, Vol. 1 (Don’t Even Trip Entertainment)
Da Sha Ra: “Bootin’ Up” – Brass Bands & Mardi Gras Indians (unknown)
2 Blakk: “Second Line Jump” – The Greatest Rap Hits from Down South New Orleans, Vol. 1 (Don’t Even Trip Entertainment)
Big Freedia: “Hit Me On My Next” – Big Freedia Hitz, Vol 1 (Big Freedia)
Young Guardians of the Flame: “New Way Pocky Way” – Brass Bands & Mardi Gras Indians (unknown)
Li’l Queenie & the Percolators: “My Darlin’ New Orleans” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Lloyd Price: “Where You At” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Professor Longhair: “Boogie Woogie” – New Orleans Piano (Rounder)
Fats Domino: “Jambalaya (On the Road)” – Blueberry Hill (Synergy)
Feufollet: “Cow Island Hop” – Cow Island Hop (Valcour)
Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie: “Canaille” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Boozoo Chavis: “Dog Hill” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Buckwheat Zydeco: “Hot Tamale Baby” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Clifton Chenier: “Ay-Tete Fee” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Fernest Arceneaux: “Zydeco Boogaloo” – Best of Louisiana Music (Mardi Gras)
Kid Ory’s Creole Jazz Band: “Royal Garden Blues” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Dr. Michael White: “St. Phillip Street Breakdown” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Louis Cottrell: “Bourbon Street Parade” – New Orleans: The Living Legends (Riverside)
New Orleans Jazz Vipers: “Digga-Digga-Do” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Dr. John: “My Indian Red” – Treme: Music From the HBO Original Series, Season 1 (Geffen)
Clarence “Frogman” Henry: “Ain’t Got No Home” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Lloyd Lambert: “Whistlin’ Joe” – Creole Kings of New Orleans (Specialty)
Ernie K-Doe: “Mother-in-Law” – Doctors, Professors, Kings & Queens: The Big Ol’ Box of New Orleans (Shout Factory)
Betty Harris: “Break in the Road” – Saturday Night Fish Fry (Soul Jazz)
Eddie Bo & the Soul Finders: “The Hook and Sling” – The Hook and Sling (Funky Delicacies)
Ernie & the Top Notes: “Dap Walk” – New Orleans Funk (Soul Jazz)
Soul Rebels Brass Band: “Let It Roll” – Brass Bands & Mardi Gras Indians (unknown)
Bo Dollis & Rebirth Brass Band: “Let’s Go Get ‘Em” – Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday Showdown (Rounder)