WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-04-04

“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).

After this week, it appears I’ll be shifting back to Tuesday mornings. I hope this hasn’t been too confusing for anyone. This weeks show features a block of songs about healthy for faithful listener #1, who has been convalescing for a while now. Hopefully it will help a bit.

Also, the Sugar Pie DeSanto/Etta James number “In the Basement” goes out to to the folks at Free Geek Chicago, who told me it’s their new official them song. If you have old computers or other electronics that you don’t know what to do with, check out FGC—they’ll help you clear out that closet or desk.

Otherwise, it’s just a pretty regular hodge podge of soul, reggae, brazilian, blues, and jazz stuff… but a bunch of good things, so listen all the way to the end!



download program (138MB, 2 hrs 31 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Bad Medicine: “Trespasser” – Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw)
Erykah Badu: “The Healer/Hip-Hop” – New Amerykah: Part 1 (4th World War) (Universal Motown)
Dead Prez: “Be Healthy” – Let’s Get Free (Loud Records)
Talking Heads: “Girlfriend is Better” – Speaking in Tongues (Sire)
Hot 8 Brass Band: “Sexual Healing” – Brass Bands and Mardi Gras Indians (unknown)
Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra: “Medicine for a Nightmare” – Angels and Demons at Play (Evidence)
Sugar Pie DeSanto and Etta James: “In the Basement (Part 1)” – Her Best – The Chess 50th Anniversary Collection (Chess)
The Blue Rhythm Combo: “Take the Funky Feeling” – Tropical Funk Experience: Island Jump Up – Caribbean Funk, Soul, Reggae, Calypso & Afro Grooves 1968 to 1975 (Sofrito/Nascente)
Brothers and Sisters: “Don’t Let ‘Em Tell You” – Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels (Numero Group)
Jerome Brailey and Mutiny: “Romeo (Hope You’re Feeling Better)” – Mutiny on the Mamaship (Columbia)
Joe Gibbs All Stars: “Hijacked” – Trojan Producer Series Box Set (Trojan)
Bob Marley and the Wailers: “Playboy” – Simmer Down at Studio One (Heartbeat)
The Paragons: “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” – On the Beach (Trojan)
The Fantastic Four: “If You Need Me Call Me (And I’ll Come Running)” – The Westbound Sound of Detroit: Sensational Motor City Groups 1969-1975 (Westbound)
Sam Cooke: “Get Yourself Another Fool” – Night Beat (RCA)
Oumou Sangare: “Koroko” – Seya (Nonesuch)
Letta Mbulu: “Melodi (Sounds of Home)” – Hugh Masekela presents the Chisa Years 1965-1976 (BBE)
Alèmayèhu Eshèté: “Afèr Yemègneshal” – Éthiopiques 8 : Swinging Addis (Buda Musique)
El Kinto: “Que Me Importa” – Complete Collection (Lion)
Luiz Bonfa: “Pernambuco” – Solo in Rio 1959 (Smithsonian Folkways)
Bola Sete: “Gaucho – Meu Ogum” – Live at Grace Cathedral, 1976 San Francisco (Samba Moon)
Rev. Gary Davis: “You Got to Go Down” – Gospel, Blues and Street Songs (Riverside/Original Blues Classics)
Skip James: “Sick Bed Blues” – Heroes of the Blues (Shout Factory)
Reverend Louis Overstreet: “Two Little Fishes” – With his sons and the congregation of St. Luke’s Powerhouse Church of God in Christ (Arhoolie)
Sidney Bechet’s Blue Note Jazz Men: “Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jelly Roll” – Runnin’ Wild (Blue Note)
Brother Bones: “Chinatown” – 7″ (Tempo)
Ballin’ the Jack: “Noche Loisada” – The Big Head (Knitting Factory)
Roberto Juan Rodriguez: “El Danzon de Moises” – El Danzon de Moises (Tzadik)
Sephardic Tinge: “She’s Doing It Again” – Morenica (Tzadik)
Errol Parker Tentet: “Ol’ Man River” – A Night in Tunisia (Sahara)
Hamiet Bluiett: “For Macho” – The Clarinet Family (Black Saint)
Sam Rivers and the Rivbea Orchestra: “Beads” – Aurora (Rivbea Sound Company)
Andrew Hill: “Diddy Wah” – Mosaic Select (Mosaic)