Thursday, October 28, 2004

Quote & Music of the day -- 10/28/04

"To complain that a free economy favors the rich is like complaining that free speech favors the eloquent." -- Joseph Sobran

Mike Dillon - Mike Dillon
This album is a treat to listen to if you happen to be a percussion fan who's itchin' to hear an album full of diversity and quirkiness. Mike Dillon is a Texas-based percussionist who has lent his services to many different bands over the years, including Critters Buggin, Garage A Trois, Hairy Apes BMX, The Black Frames, Malachy Papers, and Les Claypool's Flying Frog Brigade. He certainly doesn't disappoint if you're looking for music incorporating many different percussive elements, as he can be heard playing the following: marimba, timpani, surdo, vibraphone, tabla, drum set, oil drum, electric vibraphone, shakers, berimbau, cuica, handsonic, and boomerang.

The first four tracks comprise what is dubbed as the "Morning Marimba Suite", a beautiful arrangement of music centering around the marimba, although I find the vibraphone work on the third song to be absolute ear candy of the sort that would make me smile at any moment, even if I were concurrently experiencing a swift kick in the nuts.

"Elephant Space" is another highlight of the album; a song featuring T.J. Dovebelly performing what is known as 8 track tape scratching, which sounds a lot like turntable scratching blended with high speed rewinding and fast forwarding. The hip-hop community will have a field day with this once they discover it!

The music in general varies from piece to piece, ranging in sound from mellow percussive bliss, to wacked out exotica, to free jazz, with an occasional groovy electonica vibe thrown in. In other words, it's an instrumental album that is able to massage your mind into a state of serenity before kicking your ass and then injecting you with morphine to help you cope. Well worth it if you ask me.


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