Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

August 29th is the two year anniversary of one of the saddest and worst catastrophes the modern United States has ever faced. Days later, a city was left in ruin and essentially dead. One of the most vibrant and eclectic cities in this country was destroyed, and for former residents and others who had adopted this great city, New Orleans will never be the same. One thing is for sure, the music is slowly returning and will continue to return. Here's a little taste.

Professor Longhair - Tipitina
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
The Meters - Talkin' 'Bout New Orleans
Dr. John - Basin Street Blues
Buckwheat Zydeco - Cryin' in the Streets
Allen Toussaint - Yes We Can
Randy Newman & the Louisiana Philharmonic - Louisiana 1927

The music above is either from traditional New Orleans musicians or from the benefit disc "Our New Orleans." All net proceeds from sales are going to Habitat for Humanity International to give aid to victims of hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. Also, a portion of the proceeds have been earmarked to help house displaced musicians. If you like the songs above, PLEASE buy the album. This isn't something that is going to fatten somebody's wallet, but instead to help people get back on their feet and make sure that the music of New Orleans never stops.

Also, please check out the New Orleans Musician's Relief Fund (MySpace). It is a grassroots organization for displaced musicians and other charitable works. They offer individual downloads for a mere 0.99 cents from artists such as The Kaiser Chiefs (previously unreleased), The Subdudes, and Dr. John. R.E.M. has even graciously donated an exclusive live performance of South Central Rain recorded in Dublin on July 3, 2001. You can also download all 20 tracks for a discounted price. You can also shop for NOMRF Merch.