Mike Dillon To Release URN on September 25

Article Contributed by The Royal Pota… | Published on Friday, August 24, 2012

Look up punk jazz in the dictionary and next to it you'll find a picture of its patron saint Mike Dillon. The vibraphonist/percussionist/vocalist/MC has been in perpetual motion for over 20 years now. From his time spent with the late '80s MTV buzz band Billy Goat to cult faves Hairy Apes BMX to his current role in the post-rock behemoth Garage A Trois, Dillon has amassed a diehard fan base that embraces his freewheeling mash up of sound and style. On one hand he exudes the musical chops absorbed from countless hours spent with Milt Jackson records, on the other hand he thrashes about with visions of Iggy Pop hard-wired to his frontal cortex.In that spirit, his latest solo album, Urn, due September 25 from The Royal Potato Family, pushes the envelope even further. He recently assembled a new band from his current hometown of New Orleans and proceeded to tour the group relentlessly for the first half of 2012. He then ducked into a Kansas City recording studio and cut the album straight to tape. The results are vibrational: "DVS" and "Ding Dong The Party Is Over" radiate with a ska pulse and surf punk abandon; "Leather On" is a definitive post modern freak anthem (download and share here); "Saturn Returns" shows why Dillon was Les Claypool's perfect foil all those years in the Frog Brigade; "Cedar" slowly uncoils in a manic existential bender through India.Mike Dillon has made the rare album that can be both a party starter turned up loud in the house and tweaked-out headphone record for the end of the night after everyone's gone home. In all of its multi-dimensional glory, Urn cements Dillon's reputation as an ever-intriguing cult music hero fearlessly forging his own path.Mike Dillon Urn track listing:1.  DVS2.  Leather On3.  Saturn Returns4.  Flourescent Sunburn5.  Demons6.  Ding Don the Party Is Over7.  River is Burning8.  Sunny is Drunk9.  CedarUpcoming Mike Dillon Band tour dates:August 24 | Blue Nile | New Orlean, LAAugust 28 | The Deli | Norman, OKAugust 29 | VZDs | Oklahoma City, OKAugust 30 | The Colony | Tulsa, OKAugust 31 | Webby D's | Fort Smith, ARSeptember 1 | George’s Majestic | Fayetteville, ARSeptember 2 | Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack | Little Rock, ARSeptember 5 | The Brick | Kansas City, MOSeptember 6 | Mojo’s | Columbia, MOSeptember 7 | Varsity Center for the Arts | Carbondale, ILSeptember 8 | Spicoli's Grill | Ceder Falls, IASeptember 13 | DBA | New Orleans, LASeptember 14 | Martin's | Jackson, MSSeptember 15 | Mezzos | Ocean Springs, MS September 17 | Boone Saloon | Boone, NC September 18 | Hot Spot | Waynesboro, VASeptember 19 | Water Street Music Hall | Rochester, NY ^September 20 | Nietzsche's | Buffalo, NY ^September 22 | Martyr's | Chicago, IL ^September 23 | Cafe Paradiso | Fairfield, IA ^September 24 | Vaudeville Mews | Des Moines, IA ^September 25 | Record Bar | Kansas City, MO ^September 26 | Old Rock House | St. Louis, MO ^September 27 | Headliner's Music Hall | Louisville, KY ^September 28 | Woodland's Tavern | Columbus, OH ^September 29 | Rex Theatre | Pittsburgh, PA ^^with Marco Benevento