One of my favorite people on the planet, Tom Waits, is releasing a limited edition, hand-numbered 78 RPM record to benefit the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band. Waits has collaborated with the aforementioned, elaborately named jazz ensemble to record “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” and “Corrine Died On The Battlefield,” which were originally recorded in 1947 by Danny Barker. The songs also happen to be the earliest recorded examples of Mardi Gras Indian chants. Since not so many of us have victrolas just lying around, Preservation Hall is also releasing a 78 player to go with the record on November 19, 2010. There will be only 504 copies of the 78 and the record player made, so start stocking your PayPal account now because this stuff will invariably end up on eBay for exorbitant prices.