WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2013-11-12

“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).

This week’s show had no theme or plan, although there was a riff on the old gospel standard “Jubilee,” which we hear in three very different takes. Plus, any show with a track by the Larks is that much better!  Oh, and I guess there were a couple of tracks inspired by some of the great music I saw at the Umbrella Music Festival. You can read some coverage by my friend and former WNUR DJ Andrew Choate at ChicagoMusic.org. He wrote up every day of the festival, but I was only able to attend day 1 and day 4.



download program (140MB, 2 hrs 33 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Phyllis Dillon: “Woman of the Ghetto” – 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
Johnny & Dolores: “Sockin Soul” – Arkansas Masters (Oxford American)
The Isley Brothers: “Fight the Power” – The Heat Is On (Epic)
Vicki Anderson: “Message from the Soul Sisters” – James Brown’s Funky Divas (Polydor)
Hot Chocolate: “Ain’t that a Groove” – Hot Chocolate (Numero Group)
Ebenezer Obey: “Awa Ewe Iwoyi” – Juju Jubilee (Shanachie)
High Class Diamonds: “Msaman Mfomu Suduro” – Telephone Lobi: More Sounds of 60’s Dance Band Highlife (Original Music)
Boniface Koufoudila: “Ntango N’Abali” – The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55 (Honest Jon’s)
Charlie Parr: “Hogkill Blues” – 1922 (self-released)
Joseph Spence: “Coming In on a Wing and a Prayer” – The Complete Folkways Recordings 1958 (Smithsonian Folkways)
John Harris: “Glad and Sorry Blues” – Ruckus Juice & Chittlins (Yazoo)
Bryant’s Jubilee Quartet: “Every Time I Feel the Spirit” – Good News (Proper)
McIntosh County Shouters: “Jubilee” – Slave Shout Songs from the Coast of Georgia (Smithsonian Folkways)
Keaton Sextette: “Jubilee” – The Gospel Tradition: The Roots and the Branches (Legacy / Columbia)
The Charioteers: “Jubilee” – Good News (Proper)
The Larks: “Ooh… It Feels So Good” – The Dawn of Doo-wop (Proper)
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali: “One and Only One” – Day Of Colours (Real World)
Letta Mbulu: “Mra (Zola)” – Letta Mbulu Sings (Capitol Records)
Sanna Mnguni Nesimanjemanje: “Nimzwile Umntimande” – Classic Mbaqanga Girl Groups, Vol. 4 (Electric Jive)
Celestine Ukwu and his Philosophers National: “Okwukwe Na Nchekwube” – Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-6 (Soundway)
Laba Sosseh & Super Star de Dakar: “La Sitiera” – Sessions Extraordinaires, Vol. 1 (Bellot Records)
Bob Marley & the Wailers: “Concrete Jungle” – Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong/Island)
The Heptones: “Cool Rasta” – The Meaning Of Life – Best Of The Heptones 1966-1976 (Earmark)
Linton Kwesi Johnson: “More Time” – More Time (LKJ Records LTD)
Chaweewan Dumnern: “Sao Lam Plearn” – The Sound Of Siam – Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz & Molam in Thailand 1964-75 (Soundway)
The New Mastersounds: “The Minx” – This Is What We Do (3 On The B Records)
Tom Waits: “Jockey Full of Bourbon” – Rain Dogs (Island)
Leo Cuypers: “Blue Tango” – Heavy Days Are Here Again (Atavistic)
Jewels and Binoculars: “Masters of War” – Floater (Ramboy)
Geof Bradfield: “Contemplation” – Rule of Three (Liberated Zone)
Misha Mengleberg Kwartet: “Driekusman Total Loss” – Driekusman Total Loss (Varajazz)