"Life Is Not A Football" --- Mike Dillon Band's latest release

Profundity wrapped in absurdity is exactly what we crave from one and only punk jazz visionary Mike Dillon. In one way or another, each of the 14 tracks comprising this latest offering, Life Is Not A Football, live up to that ideal. It’s Dillon’s third release in less than 12 months, following his solo recording, Functioning Broke, and the debut LP, Dogs, by Nolatet, his modern jazz quartet with Brian Haas, James Singleton and Johnny Vidacovich. This time around, the vibraphonist / percussionist / vocalist assembles the current configuration of The Mike Dillon Band. Straight out of New Orleans, it’s a no-holds-barred affair. Dillon and company seethe, stutter, glide, pummel, prank and rage, often all at once on tracks like “Robo Tripping Vikings,” “Sweetn’ Low” and “Iggy In the Van.” Drummer Matt Chamberlain joins the proceedings on the industrial funk anthem “Man Cunt,” while Dillon’s longtime mallet compatriot Earl Harvin adds marimba to the title track. In Dillon’s own words: “This is a punk-as-fuck record and has lots of social commentary. These are songs about the acceptance of life, love and death. At 50, you are either cool with the impermanent nature of the universe, or you start a life of serious meds and booze infused denial. Songs like ‘Cremate Me,’ ‘Man Cunt’ and ‘Friendship’ deal the happy little deaths that occur daily.” Order from ROYAL POTATO FAMILY Available on CD or Vinyl

"Functioning Broke" --- Mike Dillon's latest solo release

Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a slew of acclaimed albums, intertwining a vast range of influences, from Zappe-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, from DC Go-Go to Milt Jackson-esqe vibraphone majesty. Never before, however, has he recorded music so personal and committed to a sustained mood. ‘Functioning Broke‘ presents Dillon alone on vibraphone and percussion, building each song into its own minimalist sonic daydream. The choice of material distinguishes the collection even further as he reimagines six Elliott Smith compositions, including “Behind The Bars,” “Christian Brothers” and “Independence Day,” Neil Young’s “The Needle & The Damage Done,” Martin Denny’s “The Enchanted Sea” as well as four originals, most notably “Chimp & Flower” and “Tabla Goodnight.” Intent on psychedelic splendor and sparked by songs that speak to the highs and lows of Dillon’s tireless pursuit of muse and craft, the record is destined to attract even more people into the ever-growing fold of one this generation’s most consistently compelling musicians. Order from ROYAL POTATO FAMILY Available on CD or Vinyl

 

"Band of Outsiders"

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"URN"

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