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Friday, May 22, 2015

Out now: Jello Biafra's New Orleans rock 'n' roll live album, Walk on Jindal's Splinters

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2015 at 4:33 PM

click to enlarge Jello Biafra. - ELIZABETH SLOAN
  • Jello Biafra.

You may remember Jello Biafra's last New Orleans promenade, in which the punk rock boss man performed a set of New Orleans rhythm and blues with his Raunch & Soul All-Stars during last year's Mardi Gras. The band — featuring members of Dash Rip Rock, Down, Cowboy Mouth, Mojo Nixon, Egg Yolk Jubilee, Morning 40 Federation and Biafra's Guantanamo School of Medicine — scuffed up and over-amplified the hallowed catalogs of Allen Toussaint and Dave Bartholomew, among other New Orleans legends, for a one-night-only classics massacre.

The event was a sort of encore of the band's May 2011 gig. That show was recorded — badly. Biafra handed the recordings to sonic surgeon Ben Mumphrey from Bogalusa's A Studio in the Country to clean them up and find something listenable in the mess. On the setlist from that show was the weird-gospel of “Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo" and takes on “Mother in Law" and “Working in the Coal Mine," and a tribute to Alex Chilton with "Bangkok" as well as Louisiana-y hits like Chris Kenner's "Land of a Thousand Dances" and John Fred and his Playboy Band's "Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)."

Last year, Biafra told Gambit that "there's an almost-LP worth of material we can actually put out," adding, "It's still a train wreck, but that wild, trashy, sweaty Southern roadhouse atmosphere is part of what this is about."

As promised, this month, the band finally released the album — titled Walk on Jindal's Splinters (a nod to Dr. John's "I Walk on Gilded Splinters" and a big middle finger to Gov. Bobby Jindal).

Watch the band blast through "Ooh-Poo-Pa-Doo" at that infamous 2011 show:

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