Saturday, October 10, 2020

Jello Biafra and the New Orleans Raunch and Soul All Stars

 (Alternative Tentacles, 2014) This live album opens with a promise to "create disturbance," but rather than the political and cultural upheaval Biafra's bands have fomented for decades the disturbance he immediately pivots towards is in your bowels from greasy Waffle House food, as the livest Dead Kennedy  celebrates the poo in the Crescent City classic, "Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo." Thus begins a raucous concert with Jello fronting a slightly shoddy/sometimes tight party band with a five piece brass section doing New Orleans classics, frat rock anthems, and garage trash nuggets for a Jazz Fest audience. Jello's Fred Schneider-fights-Beaker-nasal nodule noodlings make these interpretations stand out as something very different than a regular party band, and experiencing his Biafran banter live must have made it worth getting beer, sweat, and Waffle House diarrhea in your hair. Listening at home you will have to provide your own liquids.

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