WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2014-05-13 (Happy Birthday Stevie!)

WNUR 2014 T-Shirt design“Conference of the Birds” is my weekly radio program on WNUR-FM. It airs on Tuesdays from 5-7:30 am Chicago time (UTC-). 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).

May 13th is Stevie Wonder’s birthday, and that was clearly cause for celebration. The first hour of this show is mostly Stevie, with a couple of covers and a Syreeta tune. After that, just a somewhat random sampling of things…



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Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Stevie Wonder: “I Wish” – Songs in the Key of Life (Motown)
Stevie Wonder: “Be Cool Be Calm (and Keep Yourself Together)” – Down to Earth (Motown)
Stevie Wonder: “I Was Made to Love Her” – Beg, Scream & Shout: the Big Ol’ Box of 60’s Soul (Rhino)
Stevie Wonder: “Jesus Children of America” – Innervisions (Motown)
Stevie Wonder: “I Gotta Have a Song” – Signed, Sealed & Delivered (Motown)
Stevie Wonder: “Love Having You Around” – Music of my Mind (Motown)
Syreeta: “Come and Get this Stuff” – Stevie Wonder Presents: Syreeta (Motown)
Stevie Wonder: “You Are the Sunshine of my Life” – Talking Book (Motown)
Stevie Wonder: “Anything You Want Me to Do” – Signed, Sealed & Delivered (Motown)
Stevie Wonder: “Sixteen Tons” – Down to Earth (Motown)
Soul Rebels: “Living for the City” – Unlock Your Mind (Rounder)
Stevie Wonder: “He’s Misstra Know It All” – Innervisions (Motown)
Alton Ellis: “It’s a Shame” – Darker than Blue: Soul from Jamdown Productions (Blood and Fire)
Blue Scholars: “Burnt Offering” – Blue Scholars (Not On Label)
The Dining Rooms: “You” – Tre (Guidance)
Sun Ra: “Where Pathways Meet” – Lanquidity (Evidence)
Abdoulaye Cisse: “Kodjougou” – Bambara Mystic Soul: The Raw Sound of Burkina Faso 1974-1979 (Analog Africa)
Bernard Woma: “Gori Foto” – Live at the Pito Bar (Avant)
Joshua Abrams: “A Lucky Stone” – Natural Information (Eremite)
Souvernir Nam Adjosa: “Koudédé” – Music from Saharan Cell Phones, Vol. 2 (Sahel Sounds)
Minzoto Ya Zaïre: “Koni Vuka” – Zaïre Folk-Pop (Arcade)
Trevor Watts’ Moire Music Drum Orchestra: “Brekete Takai” – A Wider Embrace (ECM)
Johnny Jenkins: “Spunky” – The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, Vol. 1 (Stax)
Mary Wells: “Bye Bye Baby” – Beg, Scream & Shout: the Big Ol’ Box of 60’s Soul (Rhino)
Horace Family: “God Will Dry My Weeping Eyes” – Eccentric Soul: Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal (Numero Group)
Nara Leão: “Um Chorinho” – Nara ’67 (El Records)
The Melody Aces: “Suru Lo Dara” – Ignace De Souza: The Great Unknowns (Original Music)
Susie Ibarra: “Anitos” – Folkloriko (Tzadik)
Tin Hat Trio: “Laren’s Lullaby” – Book Of Silk (Artemis)
Joyce: “Bloco do eu sozinho” – Joyce (Philips)
Donald Byrd: “On the Trail” – Mustang (Blue Note)
The Vandermark Five: “Full Deck (for Jack Montrose)” – Simpatico (Atavistic)