WNUR Conference of the Birds, 2015-04-28

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).

It’s far from a theme, but while I was putting this show together, news of the rioting in Baltimore was spreading, which explains the scattering of tunes with that city’s name.



download program (145MB, 2 hrs 39 min)

Artist: “Track” – Album (Label)
Brownout: “Meter Beater” – Oozy (Nat. Geo Music)
The Meters: “Ease Back” – Funkify Your Life (Rhino)
The Tamlins: “Baltimore” – Darker than Blue: Soul from Jamdown 1973–1977 (Blood & Fire)
Medeski, Martin and Wood with DJ Logic: “Crosstown Traffic” – University of Pennsylvania, Harrison Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA, 12/13/1998 (taper)
Spaceways Incorporated: “Alice in My Fantasies/Cosmic Slop” – Thirteen Cosmic Standards by Sun Ra & Funkadelic (Atavistic)
Don Cherry: “Degi-Degi” – Brown Rice (A&M)
JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound: “Baltimore is the New Brooklyn” – Beat of our Own Drum (Vampi Soul)
The Unknown Drummer: “Port-Au-Prince Drumming” – Angels in the Mirror: Vodou Music of Haiti (Ellipsis Arts)
Ramblers International Dance Band: “Caramelo” – Doin’ Our Own Thing (Decca)
Ed Moxey’s Rake and Scrape Band: “The Timestable” – The Bahamas: Islands of Song (Smithsonian Folkways)
Jaime Simanca y sus Fandangueros: “Cumbia Negra” – The Original Sound of Cumbia: The History of Colombian Cumbia & Porro As Told By The Phonograph 1948-79 (Soundway Records)
Django Reinhardt: “The Younger Generation” – Djangologie/USA (DRG / Disques Swing)
The Coleman Family: “Peace on Earth” – Downriver Revival (Numero Group)
Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys: “Shady Grove” – Friends of Old Time Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
Tennessee Ernie Ford: “Ain’t Nobody’s Business But My Own” – 2103 Music Issue (Tennessee) (Oxford American)
Les Paul & Mary Ford: “Dialog & In the Mood” – The Best of the Capitol Masters: 90th Birthday Edition (Capitol Records)
Sonny Treadway: “At the Cross (vocal)” – Sacred Steel (Arhoolie)
Carolina Chocolate Drops: “Why Don’t You Do Right” – Genuine Negro Jig (Nonesuch)
Gram Parsons: “Streets of Baltimore” – The Complete Reprise Sessions (Rhino)
Ornette Coleman: “Peace” – Beauty is a Rare Thing (Atlantic)
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: “Moving of Seasons” – Three Gentlemen From Chikago (Moers)
Frequency: “Pitiful James” – Frequency (Thrill Jockey)
Sun Ra: “Outer Spaceways Incorporated” – Space is the Place (soundtrack) (Impulse)
Raymond Scott: “Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.” – Manhattan Research Inc. (Basta Audio-Visuals)
Fast ‘N’ Bulbous: “Blabber ‘N’ Smoke” – Waxed Oop (An Impetuous Stream Bubbled Up) (Cuneiform)
Misha Mengelberg Quartet: “Driekusman Total Loss” – Driekusman Total Loss (Varajazz)
Hanuman Jazz Quartet: “Carelian” – Soundhousing (Leo)
Glenn Horiuchi Quartet: “Precision” – Calling Is It and Now (Soul Note)
Steve Coleman And Five Elements: “Ramses” – Drop Kick (Novus)
Herculaneum: “Bears of Illium” – Orange Blossom (482 Music)