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The Dead Kenny G's - Operation Long Leash - out on The Royal Potato Family



The Dead Kenny Gs Operation Long Leash
The Dead Kenny G's - Operation Long Leash
Featuring Skerik, Mike Dillon & Brad Houser
(CD/Download) The Royal Potato Family RPF 1103, 2011-03-15

If the moniker for the combustible punk jazz trio The Dead Kenny G's doesn't say it all at first glance, one listen to their new album Operation Long Leash quickly makes intentions clear. Saxophonist Skerik, bassist Brad Houser and drummer/percussionist Mike Dillon are committed to musical subversion of the highest order. Exploring a muso obsession of musical styles and sonic colors, The Dead Kenny G's have both the courage and the chops to realize their wildest aural visions. One moment they draw inspiration from punk legends The Minutemen, the next finds them embracing the spirit of jazz giant Rahsaan Roland Kirk and still another speaks to the pull of indie rock progenitors Deerhoof; yet all the while sounding purely DKGs. To further that extent, it's not just music informing the trio's voice, but a keen understanding of political conspiracy in American history. The album's title, Operation Long Leash, comes from the clandestine CIA operation in the late ‘40s to fund Abstract Expressionism as a means for Western culture to undermine the rigid, confined and conformist ideals of the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War.

The Dead Kenny Gs Operation Long Leash
The Dead Kenny G's - Operation Long Leash
Featuring Skerik, Mike Dillon & Brad Houser
(CD/Download) The Royal Potato Family RPF 1103, 2011-03-15

Black Truman (Harry the Hottentot) by Royal Potato Family

Devil's Playground by Royal Potato Family

Tracklisting :
01. Devil's Playground 4:41
02. Black Truman (Harry the Hottentot) feat. Charlie Hunter 5:04
03. Melvin Jones 2:49
04. Black Budget 5:56
05. Black Death 3:41
06. Bucky Balls (Spherical Fullerene)1:36
07. Luxury Problems 2:40
08. Black 5 3:50
09. Sweatbox 3:23
10. Jazz Millionaire 1:55

Note : Skerik: Sax, keys. Mike Dillon: Drums, vibraphone, tabla, percussion. Brad Houser: Bass, baritone sax.

Links :
thedeadkennygs.com
myspace.com/thedeadkennygs
facebook.com/TheDeadKennyGs
syncopatedtaint.com
crittersbuggin.com
facebook.com/skerik
facebook.com/pages/Skerik/107937785894989
twitter.com/skerikmusic
myspace.com/43304272 (Skerik)
myspace.com/crittersbuggin
myspace.com/mikedillonpercussion
myspace.com/basshouser
wikipedia info
royalpotatofamily.com/operation-long-leash-the-dead-kenny-gs
facebook.com/TheRoyalPotatoFamily
twitter.com/RoyalPotato
soundcloud.com/the-royal-potato-family
myspace.com/theroyalpotatofamily
feeds.feedburner.com/RoyalPotatoFamily
youtube.com/user/RoyalPotatoFamily

Press Release :
Combustible punk jazz trio, The Dead Kenny Gs, featuring saxophonist Skerik, bassist Brad Houser and drummer/percussionist/vibraphonist Mike Dillon, have announced the release of Operation Long Leash due March 15 on Royal Potato Family. Recorded in December at Stone Gossard's Studio Litho in Seattle with engineer Randall Dunn (Cave Singers, Black Mountain, Boris), the band conceived the majority of the material while on the road last summer with Primus, Gogol Bordello and Garage A Trois. The release of Operation Long Leash is surrounded by a 15-date tour that begins in New Orleans and heads north up the East Coast.
 
If the moniker Dead Kenny Gs doesn't say it all at first glance, an initial listen to the latest album quickly makes their intentions clear. The trio is committed to musical subversion of the highest order. Exploring a muso obsession of musical styles and sonic colors, The Dead Kenny Gs have both the courage and the chops to realize their wildest aural fantasies. One moment they draw inspiration from punk legends The Minutemen, while the next finds them embracing the spirit of jazz giant Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and still another the influence of indie rock progenitors Deerhoof; yet always remaining purely DKGs. It's not just music informing the band's voice either, but an obsession with political conspiracy in American history. The album's title, Operation Long Leash, comes from the clandestine CIA operation in the late ‘40s to fund Abstract Expressionism as a means for Western culture to undermine the conformist ideals of the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War.
 
Operation Long Leash opens with the sprawling art rock "Devil's Playground" followed by the skewed go-go funk of "Black Truman (Harry The Hottentot)," featuring special guest Charlie Hunter on guitar. Over the course of the album's ten tracks, they'll blast through avant instrumental punk rockers spiked with Balkan and Klezmer music like "Melvin Jones" and "Sweatbox." The experimental doom metal dirge "Black Death" includes a cathartic lyrical onslaught from Mike D. that turns his past struggles with heroin into a metaphor for the Gulf Coast oil spill and the United States' addiction to oil. In the hands of these three musicians, the disparate  elements coalesce into a complete vision, fearless in its creation and explosive upon arrival. In the words of Skerik: "Dead Kenny Gs is what happens when people listen to Bad Brains and Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sunn O))) and Milt Jackson, Dead Kennedys and John Coltrane, Melt Banana and Fela Kuti."  
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