Today, Mike Dillon has announced a brand new album, Bonobo Bonobo, due out next Friday, December 21st. The percussion wizard’s surprise album will coincide with his upcoming winter tour, and was recorded in New Orleans with a collective he calls The Mallet Men—essentially an extended version of his core touring vehicle, The Mike Dillon Band.
Produced by bandmate Nathan Lambertson, Bonobo Bonobo is available for download now via Dillon’s label, Royal Potato Family and out on all digital music portals next Friday, December 21. You can listen to the album’s title track now:
Having been a member of Garage A Trois, Dead Kenny Gs, and Critters Buggin, and serving as a key sideman to artists like Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool, and Ani DiFranco, Mike Dillon has an impressive toolbelt of musicians featured on the new album,
Bonobo Bonobo will feature guest appearances from Stanton Moore (Galactic), Tiffany Lamson(Givers), Doug Belote (Jerry Douglas), James Singleton (Nolatet), Brendan Bull and Ari Kohn (Brass Lighting), G. Maxwell(Miranda Lambert), Cliff Hines (Rickie Lee Jones) and Evan Oberla (O.A.R.).
As the press release notes about the forthcoming surprise album:
As for the artist himself, Dillon considers ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ to be a punk rock record, and undoubtedly, every song on this thirteen-song set backs up that sentiment. His vocals are direly manic and slightly twisted, as he howls and growls like the late, great D. Boon about backstabbing friends (“Shit Talker”), being repulsed by a certain White House resident (“Orange Julius Caesar”) and a take on his own career success, the manically, self-aware (“Big Ass Fish”). The Mallet Men compliment Dillon with exquisite performances, the group being committed to his style-shifting attack, and all being exceptional players in their own right.
Ultimately, though, ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ may be best summed up within this context: in his autobiography, ‘Commando,’ Johnny Ramone wrote that he “wrote the book on punk.” In fact, Ramone would double-down on that declaration: “I decide what’s punk. If I’m driving a Cadillac, it’s punk,” he wrote. After decades of operating according to his own blueprint, it’s hard not to think that ‘Bonobo Bonobo’ is truly Mike Dillon’s Cadillac. Beginning with his artistic vision and carrying through in his songs, Mike Dillon is an artist of remarkable creativity, galvanized by his independence and guided by fearless spirit and soul.
12/27 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live *
12/28 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *
12/29 – Portland, ME – Aura *
12/30 – Clifton Park, NY – Upstate Concert Hall *
12/31 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium TempleLive *
1/2 – Chicago, IL – Tonic Room
1/3 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founder’s Brewing
1/4 – St. Louis, MO – Pop’s Blue Moon Cafe
1/5 – Kansas City, MO – The Ship
1/6 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf **
1/8 – Austin, TX – One-2-One Bar
1/11 – New Orleans, LA – D.B.A.
1/12 – Jackson, MS – Martin’s
1/27 – Pensacola, FL – Chizuko ***
1/29 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House ^
1/30 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s ^
1/31 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar ^
1/1 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub ^
2/2 – Miami, FL – Blackbird Ordinary ^
2/4 – Carbondale, IL – Longbranch ***
2/7 – Fort Collins, CO – Washington’s #
2/8 – Denver, CO – Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom #
2/9 – Telluride, CO – The Liberty
2/10 – Phoenix, AZ – Center for Divine Awakening
2/12 – San Diego, CA – Winston’s
2/13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Library Room at The Mayfair Hotel
2/14 – San Francisco, CA – Boom Boom Room
2/15 – Talent, OR – Talent Club
2/16 – Portland, OR – Jack London Revue
2/17 – Zig Zag, OR – Skyway Bar and Grill
* w/ Clutch
** w/ Ten Hands
^ w/ Marco Benevento
# w/ Greyboy Allstars
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