JELLO BIAFRA AND THE NEW ORLEANS RAUNCH AND SOUL ALL-STARS: Walk on Jindal’s Splinters: CD

Biafra and some friends wreck all your favorite Southern-tinged standards before what sounds like a live audience. Have always been fond of his “jam a finger in some fucker’s eye and let the fun begin” style of music-as-performance-art-as-political-action hellraising, but I gotta say, this one ain’t really doin’ it for me. Sure, he’s in fine vocal form and the band serves up the tunes with a nice bayou-punk sabor, but when all’s said and done, it feels like little more than documentation of a gig that would’ve been a helluva lot more fun actually being at than listening to later. Still, of you have a hankering to listen to ‘em hatchet away at “Land of a Thousand Dances” or Ernie K-Doe’s “Mother-In-Law,” this’ll suit ye swell. 

 –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)