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Debut recording from Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog, a post-everything band joining Downtown NY mayhem makers Marc Ribot and Shahzad Ismaily, with West Coast drummer Ches Smith.
 

Ribot, Marc Ceramic Dog
Party Intellectuals

Ribot, Marc Ceramic Dog: Party Intellectuals (Pi Recordings)
Label: Pi Recordings    
Released in: USA    


"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."-Pi Recordings



"Born in San Diego, CA and raised in Sacramento, Ches Smith came up in a scene of punks and metal musicians who were listening to and experimenting with jazz and free improvisation. He studied philosophy at the University of Oregon before relocating to the San Francisco Bay area in 1995. After a few years of playing with obscure bands and intensive study with drummer / educator Peter Magadini, he enrolled in the graduate program at Mills College in Oakland at the suggestion of percussionist William Winant. There he studied percussion, improvisation, and composition with Winant, Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros and Alvin Curran. One of Winant's first "assignments" for Ches was to sub in his touring gig at the time, Mr. Bungle (here he met bassist / composer Trevor Dunn who would later hire him for the second incarnation of his Trio-Convulsant). During his time at Mills, Ches co-founded two bands: Theory of Ruin (with Fudgetunnel / Nailbomb frontman Alex Newport), and Good for Cows (w/ Nels Cline Singers' Devin Hoff). He currently performs and records with Xiu Xiu, and Secret Chiefs 3. He has also performed with Ben Goldberg, Annie Gosfield, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai, Fred Frith, and Trevor Dunn. In addition to Ceramic Dog, he also leads his two of his own projects, Congs for Brums and These Arches. He currently spends his time between Los Angeles, San Francisco and Brooklyn."

-Ches Smith Website (http://www.chessmith.com/)
2/22/2017



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Product Information:

UPC: 808713002720

Label: Pi Recordings
Catalog ID: PI 27
Squidco Product Code: 10384

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Personnel:

Shahzad Ismaily-bass, vocals, moog

Marc Ribot-guitar, vocals

Ches Smith-drums, percussion, electronics, vocals

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Track Listing:

1. Break on Through 3:44

2. Party Intellectuals 5:51

3. Todo el Mundo es Kitsch 5:12

4. When We were Young and We were Friends 8:19

5. Digital Handshake 10:15

6. Bateau 4:15

7. For Malena 3:20

8. Pinch 4:44

9. Girlfriend 3:36

10. Midost 10:04

11. ShSh ShSh 5:49

12. Never Better 3:29