Marc Ribot: Party Intellectuals

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog: Party Intellectuals

Marc Ribot
Party Intellectuals is the debut recording from Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, a post-everything band combining the energies of two masters of downtown New York City mayhem: guitarist/vocalist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Robert Plant, T-Bone Burnett, Marianne Faithful, Lounge Lizards, Elvis Costello) and bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Will Oldham, Jolie Holland, Secret Chiefs 3), with West Coast indie/experimental genius drummer Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn's Trio Convulsant). Ribot is a widely recognized original on the guitar, with influence across multiple genres of music, including rock, jazz, punk, Latin, soul, 80s No-Wave, avant-garde and noise. Ceramic Dog draws all of this, along with Ismaily and Smith's indie / electronica experimentation, into the power-packed Party Intellectuals.

Ceramic Dog grew out of a post 9/11 bucket list, when Ribot decided to find out what would happen if he did away with the hyphens haunting his earlier projects: the punk-Latin Cubanos Postizos, the punk-experimental Shrek, and the punk-Albert Ayler Spiritual Unity. It took several years of searching before Ribot found, in Ches Smith and Shahzad Ismaily, the rhythm section with the energy for The Thing itself. Says Ribot, "This is the first time since high school I've been in a real rock band. We actually get together to rehearse just for the fun of it, even when we don't have gigs!"

The name Ceramic Dog is from the French expression "chien de faïence," meaning frozen with emotion – like bristling dogs the moment before they fight, or lovers immobilized in one another's gaze. Live and on Party Intellectuals, the band aims at that intensity, creating hypnotic moments of ecstasy, violence, idiocy, beauty; in other words – pure rock and roll.

Party Intellectuals comes out June 24, 2008 on Pi Recordings.

Upcoming Shows:
04.23 - New York, NY - Sullivan Hall
06.19 - Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park (Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Medeski Martin and Wood - FREE)

"Ceramic Dog made a hard kind of sense. With Mr. Ribot on guitar, Shahzad Ismaily on bass and Moog synthesizer, and Ches Smith on drums, it delivered a blast of sound that was variously ominous, crude and sly. There were handclaps and Cuban montuños; there was numbskull punk and roadhouse blues; there was the odd doom-metal drone... Prickly but popular, with a mood both breezy and intense." -The New York Times

[Published on: 4/22/08]

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slugger16 starstarstarstar Tue 4/22/2008 10:06AM
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Mark Ribot is far from "irrelavent", which Im sure you meant to say "irrelevant", wit and spelling must not be among your strong suits

personally, I am pretty stoked for this. I was just listening to a live Ceramic Dog show the other day, and its pretty killer stuff

Marcsmall Tue 4/22/2008 11:07AM
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Marc Ribot is the shit. This guy is insane, and is more relevant than 90% of the guitar players on the jamband scene today. Better player too.

FreeHawk Tue 4/22/2008 01:49PM
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Him str8 ripping it with T-Bone Burnett at Bonnaroo was one of my highlights for last summer. The madman used a small hand held fan to rip a solo that left me in awe.

The1AndOnlyDJCT starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/22/2008 03:37PM
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Marc Ribot is the shit!

garriswh starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/22/2008 07:46PM
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Ribot is awesome, ganjasmoker420 not so much

QuantumTuba starstarstarstarstar Tue 4/22/2008 08:04PM
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Mark Ribot is one of the best guitarists in the world, and the album title is pretty cool. Also, this band features members of Secret Chiefs 3, which is easily among the most fascinating ensembles in the avant-prog scene.

WARPAR Wed 4/23/2008 06:35AM
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Marc Ribot irrelevant? More like underrated. The dude's incredible.

phanatic2 starstarstarstarstar Wed 4/23/2008 09:59AM
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Ganja toker, go back to your room in your mommas basement and put on some Kottonmouth Kings and light one up, anyone who has the credibility to grace the stage or on record with god himself, Tom Waits is more relevant to music than you will ever know. Kayce man delete his account!


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