WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2012-11-06

“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-6). 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).

Preparing for this week’s show, I stumbled across a number of really cool tunes that I’m happy to share. There’s a small segment (starting with Bessie Smith) for my friend David, who was telling me about some music he’s recently been enjoying. Also, Sly & the Family Stone’s “Fun” goes out to my friend Brandy, who recently let me know one of her favorite lyrics is in that tune: “socketh unto others as you would have them socketh to you”. Also, word to Andrew, who does the show before me and who can be heard whoopin “word up” right before “Beat Bop”.



download program (142MB, 2 hrs 35 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari: “Run One Mile” – Tales of Mozambique (Dynamic Sounds)
Mulatu Astatke & the Heliocentrics: “Dewel” – Inspiration Information (Strut)
Tortoise: “The Equator” – TNT (Thrill Jockey)
Rahmelzee v. K. Rob: “Beat Bop” – New York Noise: Dance Music from the New York Underground (1978-1982) (Soul Jazz)
Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf: “Soon to Be Large” – Big Shots (Stones Throw)
People Under the Stairs: “Flex Off” – Stepfather (PUTS Records)
Bessie Smith: “Moan, You Moaners” – The Gospel Tradition: The Roots And the Branches, Vol. 1 (Legacy/Columbia)
Fern Jones: “Didn’t It Rain” – The Glory Road (Numero Group)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe: “Strange Things Happen Every Day” – Good News, Vol. 3: GEt Away Jordan (Proper)
Victoria Spivey: “Blood Hound Blues” – Moaning the Blues (Orbis )
Margaret Whitmire: “’Tain’t a Cow in Texas” – Barrelhouse Mamas: Born in the Alley, Raised Up in the Slum: Classic Piano Rags, Blues & Stomps from the 1920s & 1930s (Yazoo)
Lena Horne: “I Ain’t Got Nothin’ But the Blues” – Stormy Weather: the Legendary Lena, 1941-1958 (RCA)
Lonnie Johnson: “Careless Love” – The Complete Folkways Recordings (Smithsonian Folkways)
Don Redman: “That Blue Eyed Baby from Memphis” – Southern Music, Vol. 9 (Oxford American)
Sun Ra & his Myth Science Arkestra: “Plutonian Nights” – The Nubians of Plutonia (Evidence)
Fred Hughes: “Oowee Baby I Love You” – Chitown Hustlers (Funky 16 Corners)
Lou Ragland: “Big Wheel” – Hot Chocolate (Numero Group)
The Soul Stirrers: “Come And Go To That Land” – Jesus Gave Me Water (Specialty)
Quincy Jones & Bill Cosby: “Jive Den” – The Original Jam Sessions 1969 (Concord)
Andrew Hill: “Soul Mate” – Mosaic Select (Mosaic)
Sly & the Family Stone: “Fun” – Life (Epic)
El Gran Combo: “El Jibarito” – Los Nenes Sicodélicos (Gema Records)
Roberto Rodriguez: “Oran Oran (Homage to Maurice “Papi” el Medioni)” – Timba Talmud (Tzadik)
Dr. Victor Olaiya’s International All Stars: “Omelebele” – Afro Baby: the Evolution of the Afro-Sound in Nigeria 1970-1979 (Soundway)
Lula Côrtes: “Noite Preta” – Rosa De Sangue (Time-Lag Records)
Richard Terry & Company: “Instrumental #1” – Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels (Numero Group)
Peter Gabriel: “Waiting for the Big One” – Peter Gabriel (Car) (Geffen)
Leaves: “Here and Now” – Live at the Ice Factory (FP Records)
Eight Bold Souls: “Pachinko” – Last Option (Thrill Jockey)
Free Music Ensemble: “Other Side Up/Boadas (for Joan Miró)” – Cuts (Okkadisk)