New Orleans’s Bonerama have teamed up with rock outfit OK Go to record an iTunes only EP You’re Not Alone that will be available on Feb. 5. That’s the start of Mardi Gras and all proceeds from the sale of the EP will go to benefit members of the Crescent City’s music community.
?New Orleans is one of the last places in America where music is truly a fundamental part of everyday life,? says OK Go singer Damian Kulash. ?People get together on the weekends and parade through the streets just playing songs; 12-year-old-kids learn funk on the tuba; everyone dances. Life elsewhere in the world simply isn’t as celebratory. If we allow the culture of New Orleans to die by leaving its musicians marooned around the country, America will have lost one of its great treasures.”
Hard to believe but this August mark the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Three years! My god, they haven’t even begun to rebuild in some places. It’s really just a tragedy and though sales of this EP might not amount to much of anything, it’s always great to see other musicians trying to help out.
On You’re Not Alone, Bonerama lends its trombone and trumpet swagger to three cuts off of OK Go’s album Oh, No. Those tracks are: “A Million Ways,” “It’s a Disaster” and “Oh Lately It’s So Quiet.” There are also covers of David Bowie’s “Rock N’ Roll Suicide” and Bobby Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released,” which features vocals from Al Johnson.
Johnson is one of those musicians who lost everything in the flood and he is best known for writing the Mardi Gras theme song “Carnival Time.”
We were hoping to have some links to some of these songs, but alas, the EP doesn’t seem to be up at iTunes yet and neither of the bands’s website or Myspace pages have any of their work together. Pretty lame if you ask me. As soon as we find something on this we’ll update.
Bonerama is on tour, with those dates after the jump. They’ll also be performing on Letterman Feb. 11 with Damian Kulash .
February 01 8×10 Club Baltimore MD
February 02 9:30 Club Washington DC Benefit performance with OK Go
February 04 Howling Wolf New Orleans LA
February 07 The Pour House Charleston SC
February 09 Berkeley Cafe Raleigh NC
February 10 The Garage @ The Biltmore Asheville NC
February 13 Smith’s Olde Bar Atlanta GA
March 08 The Gretna Jubilee Gretna LA
March 26 Iowa City Yacht Club Atlanta GA
March 27 Cabooze Minneapolis MN
March 28 Overture Center For the Arts Madison WI
March 29 Martyrs’ Chicago IL
April 04 First Energy Berks Jazz Fest Wyomissing PA
April 05 The Swamp Thing and Crawfish Festival Austin TX
May 02 Mid City Lanes New Orleans LA
May 20 Bourbon Street Music Club Sco Paulo Brazil
May 29 Chans Woonsocket RI
June 01 Mike Arnones Crawfish Festival Wakefield RI
July 05 Iowa City Jazz Festival Iowa City IA