WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2013-12-03

“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).

There was no overarching plan for today’s show, but we did play around a little with overlapping song titles and multiple interpretations of the same basic song. Also some straight-up pop gems, new and old. I think it came together pretty well!



download program (138MB, 2 hrs 30 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Adrian Quesada & Ocote Soul Sounds: “Look Sharp” – El Niño Y El Sol (Eighteenth Street Lounge Music)
Willie Colón / Héctor Lavoe / Ruben Blades: “Que Bien Te Ves” – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (Fania)
William Onyeabor: “Let’s Fall in Love” – Who is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
The Lewis Connection: “Higher” – Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound (Numero Group)
Amel Addmore: “Jane” – Brand New Wayo: Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983 (Comb & Razor)
Lyrics Born: “I Changed My Mind (Stereo MC’s Rattlesnake Mix)” – Same !@#$, Different Day (Quannum Projects)
Wilson Pickett: “Soul Dance Number Three” – A Man and a Half (Rhino Entertainment Company)
A.C. Jones & the Soulettes: “Hole In Your Soul” – Boddie Recording Company: Cleveland, Ohio (Numero Group)
Joyce Jones: “Help Me Make Up My Mind” – What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Rhino)
Poi Dog Pondering: “Can I Change My Mind” – Sweeping Up The Cutting Room Floor (Previously Unreleased Studio Out Takes 1987-1994) (Platetectonic Records)
Clifford Curry: “She Shot a Hole in my Soul” – Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970 (Lost Highway)
The Staple Singers: “Swing Down, Sweet Chariot” – This is Gospel, Vol 11 (Calvin)
Kay Robinson: “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” – James Brown’s Original Funky Divas (Polydor)
Rev. Johnson A.: “The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow” – 1950’s Gospel Classics (Document)
Sister Ernestine Washington: “I’m Gonna Live the Life I Sing About” – Good News (Proper)
Jackson Gospel Singers: “Heaven Bound Train” – Heaven Bound Train Souther Gospel (P-Vine)
Carl Story and his Rambling Mountaineers: “Keep On the Firing Line” – More Gospel Quartet Favorites (Mercury)
Bad Livers: “I Saw the Light/Will the Circle Be Unbroken/I’ll Fly Away” – Dust on the Bible (Quarterstick)
Jerry Garcia & John Kahn: “Jack-a-Roe” – Oregon State Prison, 5/5/1982 ()
Leyla McCalla: “Mesi Bondye” – Vari-Colored Songs: a Trioute to Langston Hughes (self-released)
Charlie Parr: “Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down” – Meeting Charlie Parr (Chaperone Records)
JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound: “Missing Things” – Want More (Bloodshot)
Chris Mills and the Distant Stars: “Castaways” – Alexandria (Loud Romantic Records)
Willie Nelson: “Help Me Make It Through the Night” – Yours Always (Sony Music Special Products)
Patsy Cline: “I Don’t Wanta” – Country Great! (MCA Records)
Carole King: “Crying in the Rain” – Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found: One Kiss Can Lead to Another (Rhino)
Skeeter Davis: “Let Me Get Close To You” – Girl Group Sounds Lost & Found: One Kiss Can Lead to Another (Rhino)
Belle & Sebastian: “Funny Little Frog” – The Life Pursuit (Matador)
Chico Trujillo: “No Me Busques” – Cumbia Chilombiana (Oveja Negra)
Ray Barretto: “Boogaloo con Soul” – Latino Con Soul (Fania Records)
George Benson: “Shadow Dancers” – The New Boss Guitar of George Benson (Prestige)
Slim Gaillard: “Slim’s Jam” – Stompin At the Savoy: Harlem Nocturne (Savoy)
The Griffin Brothers Orchestra: “Stubborn as a Mule” – Riffin’ with the Griffin Brothers Orchestra (Ace)
Herbie Hancock: “A Tribute to Someone” – My Point of View (Blue Note)
Billy Bang: “Ly Ngua O” – Vietnam: Reflections (Justin Time)
Andrew Bird: “Ethio Invention no. 1” – I Want to See Pulaski at Night (Grimsey)
Hermeto Pascoal: “Bebe” – Eu Sei – a Brazilian Mix by Joshua Abrams (Joshua Abrams)