October 10, 2007 Playlist

"Gris-Gris" by Dr. John, The Night Tripper (1968)
Dr. John, The Night Tripper  "Gris-Gris"  1968 (USA)
New Orleans pianist Mac Rebennack donned face paint and feathers and took on the guise of "Dr. John, The Night Tripper" in 1968 with this spectacular debut album.  Steeped in African voodoo chanting, sheets of percussion, creepy horn arrangements reminiscent of Sun Ra, and The Night Tripper's distinctive bayou blues spell casting, Gris-Gris is a totally unique "psychedelic" record that Atlantic boss Ahmet Ertegun initially was reluctant to release because of its supreme weirdness.  Rebennack/Dr. John's music career continues up through the present day, though since the early 1970's his muse has gone in a more traditional "Big Easy blues 'n' boogie" direction (an idiom of which he is an acknowledged master.)  
Trippy YouTube clip of The Night Tripper from 1970!
Pledge Drive!
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request
Artist Song Album Year Country
Blues Creation with Carmen Maki Motherless Child (trad. blues) Carmen Maki & Blues Creation 1971 Japan
Flower Travellin' Band How Many More Times (Led Zeppelin) From Pussys To Death In 10,000 Years Of Freakout rec. 1970 Japan
Grand Theft Closer To Herfy's (Grand Funk Railroad parody) Grand Theft 1972 USA
Dethklok Murdertrain A-Comin' The Dethalbum (Deluxe Edition) (N) 2007 (Williams Street) USA
The Fiery Furnaces Navy Nurse Widow City (N)
2007 (Thrill Jockey) USA
Dan Deacon Snake Mistakes Spiderman of the Rings (N) 2007 (Carpark) USA
Old Time Relijun Veleno Mortale Catharsis In Crisis (N) 2007 (K Records) USA
Thurston Moore Trees Outside The Academy Trees Outside The Academy (N) 2007 (Ecstatic Peace) USA
VON LMO Shake, Rattle & Roll (Bill Haley) Cosmic Interception rec. circa 1980 USA
The Slits I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye) Cut 1979 UK
Richard Cheese (R) Hey Ya (Outkast) I'd Like A Virgin 2004 USA
Bobby Conn Crimson & Clover (Tommy James & the Shondells) Bobby Conn (limited edition vinyl version only) 1997 USA
Jimi Hendrix Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins) Hendrix In The West rec. 1970 USA
Jimmy Castor Bunch Tribute To Jimi: Purple Haze - Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix) Phase Two 1972 USA
Muddy Waters Mannish Boy (remake) Electric Mud 1968 USA
Curtis Mayfield We've Only Just Begun (The Carpenters) Curtis Live! 1971 USA
Richard Cheese (R) Shake Ya Azz (Mystikal) Tuxicity 2002 USA
Dr. John, The Night Tripper Croker Courtbullion Gris-Gris
1968 USA
Dr. John, The Night Tripper Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya Gris-Gris
1968 USA
Boredoms Pukulee & Rikulee Kill Rock Stars vol. 1 (Various Artists) 1994 Japan
Les Rallizes Denudes Flames Of Ice Flightless Bird (Yodo-Go-A-Go-Go)
CD compilation
rec. 1970's? Japan
Sun Ra Strange Celestial Road / Say A Strange Celestial Road 1985 USA
Sun Ra Rocket No. 9 Take Off For The Planet Venus Interstellar Low Ways 1960 USA
Back to playlists         Back to main