Posted in music | pictures | tour dates on August 26, 2009

By Andrew Frisicano

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Rain washed out Marc Ribot's initial Hudson Square date on July 21st (the story of the summer). So in addition to switching the show to August 18th, Ribot also decided to switch groups (perhaps another rain-caused necessity), subbing the originally booked La Cumbiamba with his "rock band" Ceramic Dog and violinist Eszter Balint.

The parking lot of City Winery, which has been hosting shows all summer, served as a relaxing, tucked away venue, after the sun finally hid behind one of the surrounding buildings. The set sounded great, but accurately describing Ceramic Dog's sound (as I've found in trying to tell friends) can be a bit difficult. It's not exactly what you hear on 2008's Party Intellectuals. That album is more funk driven and homogeneous than their live set, which veers between genres and sounds without warning. Live there were plenty of solos and riffing, but the real clincher was when Ribot pulled more natural, acoustic-based sounds out from the guitar, at times reminding me a little of a spare-sounding Bright Eyes. Subtly comped chords matched up with crunchy leads - often coming, in a reversal of roles, from Balint's overdriven violin. Vocals bounced between Ribot and Balint, who rhapsodized in foreign tongues and, on other songs, added pleasant harmonies. But the loose rhythm section was the element that fought most against the "rock band" premise. Drummer Ches Smith and multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily (who moved from bass to synth to other noisemakers) lead the songs into strange places with a pulse that was more textures and color than 4/4.

Tonight (8/26) Marc Ribot plays Rose Live Music with Sun Ship, a free-form-jazz inspired group with Mary Halvorson, Jason Ajemian and Chad Taylor.

Further on, he plays with Marianne Faithfull (as he did earlier this year) on September 24th at Town Hall. He's also on the schedule for the NY Guitar Festival's Silent Films/Live Guitars series in early 2010.

More Hudson Square pictures and tour dates are below...

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog with Eszter Balint

Marc Ribot - 2009 Tour Dates
August 26, 2009 Rose Live Music Brooklyn, NY #
August 29, 2009 Leipzig Festival $
August 30, 2009 Willisau Jazz Festival #
September 05, 2009 Paris, France !
September 11, 2009 Century of Song - Ruhr Triennale Festival, Germany ^
September 12, 2009 Century of Song - Ruhr Triennale Festival, Germany ^
September 24, 2009 Town Hall, NYC &
September 26, 2009 Zeiterion Performing Arts Center - New Bedford, MA &
October 10, 2009 Century of Song - Ruhr Triennale Festival, Germany %
October 11, 2009 Century of Song - Ruhr Triennale Festival, Germany %
October 16-31 European Tour $
# w/ Sun Ship (Mary Halvorson, Jason Ajemian, Chad Taylor)
$ w/ Ceramic Dog and guest Eszter Balint
! w/ John Zorn's Shir Hashirim
^ Program 2 - "Love & Death": Iggy Pop & Tine Kindermann w/Marc Ribot as curator & musical director
& w/ Marianne Faithfull
% Program 3-American Soul: David Hidalgo, Juan Medrano Cotito w/Marc Ribot as curator & musical director

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Comments (19)

>> at times reminding me a little of a spare-sounding Bright Eyes>>

God, using Bright Eyes to describe Ribot is like referencing the Monkees in trying to describe Soft Machine. Why does blog writing continue to astound in its utter cluelessness and lack of context when discussing anything beyond standard Pitchfork points of reference?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 6:29 PM

Dear 6:29,

You are a douche.

Sincerely,
The Rest of the World

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 6:52 PM

Good thing they set up a barricade in front of the stage. That crowd looked rabid and out of control.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 6:55 PM

6:52,

Sorry to inform your music collection that a whole heck of a lot of music predates 2006. Begin to look into it . . . starting NOW.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 7:31 PM

7:31, not sure if you were meaning to imply anything specific, but Bright Eyes has been around since 1995. I mean, just for the record.

Posted by not 6:52 | August 26, 2009 7:58 PM

6:29 = grumpy old man.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 8:00 PM

6:29 is spot on. Bright Eyes?

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 9:07 PM

You all should shut up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 9:26 PM

BRIGHT EYES?

HA

Posted by NICK | August 26, 2009 9:34 PM

marc ribot is the best guitar player working today.

Posted by Anonymous | August 26, 2009 11:24 PM

To clarify, the Bright Eyes mention should have only been directed toward the encore, not the whole set.

Posted by Andrew | August 26, 2009 11:54 PM

love that Melody Maker

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 6:37 AM

Don't bring Bright Eyes up in relation to RIbot. You are embarrassing yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 7:01 AM

6:52 is an ignorant douche.

sincerely,
your mom.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 10:56 AM

that is one tall cymbal stand.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 11:06 AM

Hey Eszter..you wanna make $20 the hard way??

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 11:09 AM

6:29 is absolutely correct.

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 11:13 AM

THERE WILL BE A CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL TONIGHT TO MOURN THE SENSELESS MURDER OF MARY JO KOPECHNE (AND HER UNBORN CHILD) ... COME CELIBRATE THE LIFE OF A TRUE AMERICAN HERO AND CONTRIBUTOR ... THIS FRIDAY, CORNER OF 57TH AND BROADWAY, 10 PM

Posted by Anonymous | August 27, 2009 8:58 PM

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