WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-01-27

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-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).

Something hit me late in my pre-show prep that led me to start this one off with about an hour of hip-hop. The rest of the show is fairly eclectic, in the general Conference of the Birds fashion, wrapping up with an odd one from the great poet and sound artist Christian Bök.



download program (148MB, 2 hrs 41 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Boogie Down Productions: “Word from Our Sponsor” – Criminal Minded (B-Boy Records)
Queen Latifah & the Original Flavor Unit: “Flavor Unit Assassination Squad” – Hip Hop Sessions: Classics from Hip Hop’s Holy Grail (Sessions)
Stik Figa: “The Skinny” – As Himself (Mello Music Group)
Brand New Heavies featuring Masta Ace: “Wake Me When I’m Dead” – Heavy Rhyme Experience, Vol. 1 (Delicious Vinyl)
Basehead: “Brand New Day” – Play With Toys (Imago)
The Coup: “Last Blunt” – Kill My Landlord (Wild Pitch Records)
Digable Planets: “Jettin’” – Blowout Comb (Capitol Records)
Gift of Gab: “In a Minute Doe” – 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (Quannum Projects)
Blue Scholars: “Evening Chai” – Blue Scholars (Not On Label)
Erykah Badu: “Love of My Life Worldwide (featuring Queen Latifah, Angie Stone & Bahamadia)” – Worldwide Underground (Motown )
Das Racist: “You Oughta Know” – Shut Up, Dude (Greedhead Music)
Vampires Underground: “Funky Broadway” – Vampires Underground (Pharaway Sounds)
Os Mutantes: “Ave Genghis Khan” – Os Mutantes (Polydor)
Geraldo Azevedo, Alceu Valenca: “Planetario” – Psychedelic Pernambuco (Mr. Bongo)
Elizabeth Cotten: “Mama, Nobody’s Here but the Baby” – Shake Sugaree (Smithsonian Folkways)
Fitzroy Coleman Quintet: “Uncle Joe” – London Is The Place For Me 6: Mento, Calypso, Jazz And Highlife From Young Black London (Honest Jon’s)
Lionel Belasco: “Miranda” – Ghost World soundtrack (Shanachie)
The Pioneers: “Rudies are the Greatest” – Trojan Rude Boy Box Set (Trojan)
Sister Winona Carr: “Fifteen Rounds for Jesus” – Dragnet for Jesus (Specialty)
Don Covay: “Iron Out the Rough Spots” – Mercy!/Seesaw (Koch)
The Soul Seven: “Southside Funk” – The Funky 16 Corners (Stones Throw Records)
Irma Thomas: “Hittin’ on Nothin’” – Sweet Soul Queen of New Orleans (Razor & Tie)
Lou Johnson: “Wrong Number” – With You in Mind (Volt)
Nita Rossi: “Untrue Unfaithful (That Was You)” – One Kiss Can Lead to Another: Girl Group Sounds Lost and Found (Rhino)
Abdel Gadir Salim: “Mal Wa Ihtagab” – The Merdoum Kings Play Songs of Love (Shanachie )
April March: “La Chanson de Prevert” – Chick Habit (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
Verckys & L’Orchestre Veve: “Nakomi Paradise” – Congolese Funk, Afrobeat & Psychedelic Rumba 1969 – 1978 (Analog Africa)
Fastos the Great: “Via Faraday” – Sax Jive Special (Electric Jive)
Johannesburg Street Band: “Special Branch” – Dancin’ Through The Streets (UNI Records)
Leo Cuypers: “Alsdot de Olifantstand” – Heavy Days Are Here Again (Atavistic)
Dave Holland Trio: “African Lullaby” – Triplicate (ECM Records)
Johnny Dyani Quartet: “House Arrest” – Mbizo (SteepleChase)
Mary Lou Williams: “Syl-o-Gism” – Zoning (Smithsonian Folkways)
Bobby Hutcherson: “Goin’ Down South” – San Francisco (Blue Note)
Charlie Haden/Billy Higgins/Enrico Pieranunzi: “Lennie’s Pennies” – First Song (Soul Note)
Gigi Gryce: “Nica’s Tempo” – Nica’s Tempo (Savoy)
Christian Bok: “Seahorses and Flying Fish” – (Penn Sound)