CERAMIC DOG

CAPTIVATES AT PUBLIC RECORDS IN BROOKLYN

Words & Photos by Doug Dresher

March 26, 2022

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Marc Ribot describes Ceramic Dog as a "Noise Rock Trio." While it is a trio and it is noisy at times, it is so much more. Ceramic Dog is jazz at its most angular, it is rehearsed and unrehearsed all at the same time, it is as spontaneous as it is planned. Ultimately it is rock jazz noise, and it is genuinely engaging.


If you're so inclined to know more about him, Marc Ribot has been the guitar player for Tom Waits for many years. If you enjoy Tom Waits and his quirky angular storytelling, then you've heard Marc Ribot. If you are interested in the No Wave movement that finds its roots in the dirtier, grimier sections of New York City in the late 1970s early 1980s, and especially the music of John Zorn, then you should really enjoy what this band is doing.

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In Ceramic Dog, Marc Ribot does several spoken word pieces while he and the band play inspired music as a musical bed for his words. And while the words are sparse, they are direct to the point as a criticism of modern mass communication culture, the age of the short attention span TikTok media consumer, at an insight into the progressive politics that Marc Ribot attends to.


This music is not for the faint of heart; it is challenging, sometimes difficult to listen to, and the volume at which they play can actually alter your physical state. I think they like that about the music. I invite you to check out Marc Ribot and his many different projects, as well as Ceramic Dog. You will hear the kind of free-form free-flowing jazz noise rock trio that can make a difference in your listening pleasures.

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