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Jim Wilson: Los Angeles singer/songwriter/guitarist JIM WILSON, best known for his work with his own band, Mother Superior, has just released his first self-titled solo album. It features contributions from U2/Bob Dylan/Neil Young producer DANIEL LANOIS and also a track with the legendary band SPARKS.
Known for his soulful vocals and guitar work, this is JIM WILSON's first solo album after releasing 10 albums with Mother Superior, who were also known as the backing band for HENRY ROLLINS. Wilson wrote all the songs on the new album and plays all the guitar and bass as well as lead vocals.?
Jim Wilson has been playing in DANIEL LANOIS' band for a decade, including touring as bassist for his latest project, BLACK DUB. A just-completed world tour ended with a festival gig in Canada where Wilson played bass and sang background vocals with EMMYLOU HARRIS.?
Jim Wilson is currently the lead guitarist for SPARKS, Ron and Russell Mael's unique band, and was involved in the 2008 "Sparks Spectacular" when the band performed all 21 of their albums in chronological order in 21 nights. Wilson is also featured on the latest Sparks LP, "The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman."?
As a songwriter, Wilson has written songs for HENRY ROLLINS, ALICE COOPER, MEAT LOAF and PEARL (featuring singer Pearl Aday and Anthrax guitarist SCOTT IAN).
Jim Wilson is a vinyl collector and musicologist with a deep knowledge of all kinds of music. He hosts his own internet radio show called "The Vinyl Shelf."
Mike Dillon Band: 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 die hard fan base that embraces his freewheeling mash up of sounds and styles. On one hand he exudes the musical chops absorbed from countless hours spent with Milt Jackson records, on the other he thrashes about with visions of Iggy Pop hard-wired to his frontal cortex. In that spirit, his latest solo album, Urn, pushes the envelope even further. After assembling a new band from his current hometown of New Orleans, Dillon toured the group relentlessly for the first half of 2012 before ducking into a Kansas City recording studio and cutting the album straight to tape. The results are vibrational as the best analog records always are: "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; "Saturn Returns" shows why Dillon was Les Claypool's perfect foil for all those years in the Frog Brigade; "Cedar" slowly uncoils in a mad existential bender through India. Mike Dillon has made the rare album that can be both the party starter turned up loud in the house and the weird headphone record for the end of the night after everyone's gone home. In all of his multi-dimensional sonic glory, Mike Dillon succeeds at exactly that.