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1918

by Mike Dillon

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    Vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillon has spent the last three decades playing well over 200 shows a year with both his own band, as well as a sideman with artists including Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool and Ani DiFranco. So when the pandemic hit in early 2020 forcing Dillon off the road, he instinctively directed his perpetually restless creative energy to writing and recording. Residing in Kansas City after spending 15 years in New Orleans, Dillon and producer Chad Meise would track a trilogy of albums: 'Shoot The Moon,' 'Suitcase Man' and '1918.' Collaborating with his record label Royal Potato Family, they would release these records exclusively via Bandcamp just days after they were mixed and mastered. In 2021, those albums will now receive the full vinyl treatment, as well as complete digital release across all streaming outlets.

    The third in the trilogy of albums, ‘1918’ more heavily focuses on Dillon's instrumentals: the dank, dark Moog/tabla/vibraphone psych vibe of "Pinocchio," the electro analog trance of "Pelagic" and the jungle groove, space rock of the title track. Both the instrumentals, as well as a handful of vocal-based tunes address the Covid-19 pandemic and social issues. "The parallels between 1918 and 2020 are immense. We just have fancier toys, but the tunnel vision and mammalian tendencies are the same if not greater," explains Dillon. 

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1.
Pinocchio 02:45
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Mad Hatter 03:37
Going Down that rabbit hole your late to the gate for a flight on hold  Drinking and Freaking  in the house of mirrors  she’s shutting your name But your too lost to hear her in Between the cracks reflected  Conspiracy man  Truth Deflected Your white wash heroes Your picket Fence your Doing nothing But making Folks tense your blood soaked flag You star striped rag chlorinated vaccinations black lives built your white house nation sculptors round black kings found history found  our grandparents bound  to the cubs a bloodhounds Your white wash heroes Your picket Fence you're Doing nothing But making Folks tense Because the tunnel is a house of mirrors the cracks in between  reveal your terror take me back  to 1950 when life was good for you only a fountain of youth  only you got to drink
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Pelagic 04:33
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Don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t you touch my mom Don’t You touch Vera! But i know you want to touch her But i know you want to love her Don’t you hug my mom Don’t You hug  Vera! But i know you  don’t  want to hurt her I know you don’t want  to make her sick I know you don’t want  to kill her But i might have to kill you Don’t you Hug Vera! Don’t You hug Vera! No You Don’t  please why Don’t you Don't! Don’t You hug Vera! Stay stay away stay away from my mommy Don’t Touch my Mommy!
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Dubious 02:19
Disappointing you again and again Disappointing you again and again following protocol Flirtation Dubious Disappointing you again and again Disappointing you again and again Analog texting road trip Distraction Natural Deviant  navigating Nothing Disappointing you again and again Disappointing you again and again Disappointing you again and again Disappointing you again and again
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Covid Kumbia 05:13
It’s Starting to get Weird  up in my head things ain't working right waking up in the middle of the night what’s going on  with my right arm my toes are tingling  I can’t feel myself It’s starting I’m Fighting I’m Slipping  I’m Slipping  I’m Dreaming away It’s getting strange Every Day new smells and the noises are bizarre Whats’s it like fucking a pirate? he asked you the other day you just laughed He is on the Plank I can’t feel my arm I can’t shake my toes I'm paralyzed I’m waking up in the middle of the night paralyzed I’m paralyzed paralyzed waking up in the middle of the night walking circles in the middle of the street sleep walking again the dream never ends Dreaming dreaming dreaming Sleeping sleeping sleeping something's changing
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1918 03:41
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'1918' is the final release of three albums Mike Dillon recorded during the lockdown of 2020 in a staggering burst of creative output. Its songs deal with the pandemic and social issues facing the world. It has more instrumentals than the previous releases in the 2020 trilogy, but the titles and the music speak loudly to mankind’s pelagic ignorance. The parallels between 1918 and 2020 are immense. We just have fancier toys but the tunnel vision and mammalian tendencies are the same if not greater.

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released December 4, 2020

Mike Dillon - All Instruments
Nathan Lambertson - Bass and Synths on "March of The Covidiots," "Covid Cumbia" & "A Word To the Virus"
Brooks Hubbert - Guitar of "Grandfather Clock" and "Mad Hatter"
Cliff Hines - Guitar on "Covid Cumbia"
Shane Theriot - Guitar on "Pelagic"
JJ Jungle - Bass and Vocals on "Quarantine Bootie Call" and Vocals on "Mad Hatter"
Earl Harvin - Drums on "Mad Hatter," "Quarantine Bootie Call" and "Grandfather Clock"

Recorded and Mixed by Chad Meise

All Songs Written by Mike Dillon and Peregrine Honig

Released by Royal Potato Family

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