Mixes: New Orleans

Louis Armstrong Park, New Orleans

This past weekend marked the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

As people around the world reflect on the troubled Gulf Coast, I will remember my own time living in Louisiana as being book-ended by another two catastrophic events: Hurricane Gustav and the Gulf Coast oil spill.

And yet, despite disaster and misfortune, Louisiana boasts such a deep artistic infrastructure that seemingly the arts and the struggle of this region are equals in their worldwide recognition.

Perhaps this relationship goes hand-in-hand.

Regardless, this short mix represents some of my favorite music to come out of Louisiana and specifically, New Orleans.

And as a side note for those keeping track: while Belong’s October Language was released in 2006, it was actually recorded in 2004 (pre-Katrina).

Who Dat!

  1. Iko Iko / The Dixie Cups from Chapel of Love [Red Bird, 1964]
  2. Do Whatcha Wanna / Rebirth Brass Band from Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band [Mardi Gras, 2004]
  3. Don’t You Just Know It / Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns from “Don’t You Just Know It” b/w “High Blood Pressure” [Ace, 1958]
  4. Just A Closer Walk With Thee / Preservation Hall Jazz Band from Marching Down Bourbon Street [Sony, 1997]
  5. The Door Opens The Other Way / Belong from October Language [Carpark, 2006]
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2 Responses to Mixes: New Orleans

  1. Kit French says:

    got the chance to march in a second line on Labor Day…put a beer in my hand and play track 2, it’s like being there

  2. Pingback: Weary Blues (Shake It and Break It) / The Loose Marbles | Little Brother

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