Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog — What I Did On My Long ‘Vacation’ EP (Oct. 2, 2020)

USA FLAG                                                Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog — What I Did On My Long ‘Vacation’ EP (Oct. 2, 2020) Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog — What I Did On My Long ‘Vacation’ EP (Oct. 2, 2020)⊕  Marc, Shahzad Ismaily a Ches Smith natočili EP izolovaně ve Shahzadově studiu. „Než jsme dorazili, Shahzad připravil všechny mikrofony, pak šel do velínu a zavřel dveře,“ říká Marc. „Ches a já jsme dorazili později, on svým vlastním autem, já na kole, v různých časech, vstoupili do přední místnosti s nasazenými maskami, sundali boty, umyli si ruce. Ches šel k bicí soupravě v hlavní místnosti, já do izolační kabiny a zavřel dveře. Pokud jsme měli jít na toaletu, nosili jsme roušky.“
⊕  Marc říká, že se při produkci doslova neviděli. „Ale vzhledem k vynikajícímu mikrofonu a monitorovacímu systému — navzájem jsme se slyšeli lépe než kdy jindy. A tak jsme zapomněli na nedostatek vizuálu a zaznamenávali jsme úmyslně, radostně naslepo po dobu čtyř hodin denně něco málo přes dva týdny. Vzpomeňte si, co jsme na sobě vzájemně měli rádi, na naší kapele a na nahrávání, které děláme společně i jako jednotlivci. Když jsme skončili, měli jsme mnohem více materiálu, než kolik se nám vešlo na CD a ze všeho jsme opravdu nadšení. Takže album (s 9~ti ze 14~ti melodií) vyjde na jaře 2021 a zbytek vydáváme nyní jako speciální vydání EP na Bandcampu. Ten nás drží.“
⊕  „Chybíte nám: a těšíme se na bezpečné a rozumné znovuotevření živého vystoupení — pod novou politickou správou, která respektuje lidský život, je schopna porozumět vědě a vážit si umění.“ — Marc Ribot  2017 09 12 Marc Ribot ©Ebru YildizLocation: New York, New York
Album release: October 2, 2020
Record Label: c
Duration:     31:07
Tracks:
1. We Crashed In Norway   4:17
2. Beer   6:58
3. Who Was That Masked Man?   4:35
4. Dog Death opus 27   2:03
5. Hippies Are Not Nice Anymore   5:16
6. The Dead Have Come To Stay With Me   7:58
Ceramic Dog are:
■  Marc Ribot: guitars, vocals
■  Shahzad Ismaily: bass, keyboards, backing vocals
■  Ches Smith: drums, percussion, electronics, backing vocals
■  with Darius Jones: alto sax on (1)
Credits:
■  All tracks Engineered by Shahzad Ismaily at Figure 8 Recordings & Mixed by Randall Dunn at Aleph Recording Company, Brooklyn, NY
Except (2) & (4): Engineered & Mixed by Philip Weinrobe at Figure 8 Recordings
■  Mastering by Eli Crews
■  Photo by Marc Ribot
■  Art Direction by Adam Downey
■  All Songs Written by Ceramic Dog (Knockwurst Music, Preposterous Bee Music, Wazir & Malika Music)
■  Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog have a new EP titled What I Did On My Long ‘Vacation’ that’s an appetizer — or side dish — for an album that’s coming next year.

Marc Ribot ©Dawid LaskowskiReview:
⊕  Marc, Shahzad Ismaily, and Ches Smith made the EP in isolation at Shahzad’s studio. “Shahzad would set up all the mics before we arrived, then go into the control room and shut the door,” says Marc. “Ches and I would arrive later, he by his own car, me by bicycle, at different times, enter the front room with our masks on, remove shoes, wash hands. Ches would go to the drum kit in the main room, and I would go to the isolation booth and close the door. If we had to go to the bathroom, we wore masks.” Marc says they literally never saw each other while making it. “But, given the excellent mics and monitoring system we heard each other better than ever. And so we forgot about the lack of visuals, and recorded willfully, joyfully blind for four hours a day for a little over two weeks. It made us remember what we loved about each other, about our band, and about the recording work we do together and as individuals. When we were finished, we had way more material than we could fit on a CD, and we’re really excited about all of it. So, the album (with 9 of the 14 tunes) is coming out in Spring 2021, and we’re releasing the rest now as a special Bandcamp Fridays EP release to hold us over.’”
MARC RIBOT ON THE NEW CERAMIC DOG EP:
⊕  Shahzad’s lungs are all fucked up, so we didn’t get together till the end of May, even though he lived right upstairs from the studio. Ches was looking after his kid (Zane) while Miya worked, and I was walking around my apartment talking to myself and eating beans out of tin cans (with salsa and soy sauce on special occasions). But eventually we came up with a plan. Shahzad would set up all the mics before we arrived, then go into the control room and shut the door. Ches and I would arrive later, he by his own car, me by bicycle, at different times, enter the front room with our masks on, remove shoes, wash hands. Ches would go to the drum kit in the main room, and I would go to the isolation booth and close the door. If we had to go to the bathroom, we wore masks.
⊕  We never actually literally saw each other — but, given the excellent mics and monitoring system — we heard each other better than ever. And so we forgot about the lack of visuals, and recorded willfully, joyfully blind for four hours a day for a little over two weeks.
⊕  It made us remember what we loved about each other, about our band, and about the recording work we do together and as individuals.
⊕  It made us happier than anything we’ve done since the shut down — and sad about the forces leading those of us who work in it towards precarity long before anyone ever heard of COVID~19. (for a concise mytho/history of Silicon Valley told from the perspective of an intellectually challenged amphetamine abuser, see “Hippies Used To Be Nice”). It made me determined to fight back IRL.
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