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A slippery vehicle of a band which takes liberal detours around its jazz basis, Headless Household has often ventured into rock, polka, free improv, and surf territory in search of...something to do. They released their eponymous debut album on the Household Ink label in 1987, a Christmas tape the same year, and their first CD, Inside/Outside USA in 1994. ITEMS came out in 1996, Free Associations in 1999, and their fifth album, mockhausen, in 2000. In November, 2003, they released post-Polka, a quasi-concept album in polka music is graced with echoes of funk, C&W, punk, Nino Rota, Frank Zappa, Charlie Parker, and other musical ideas along the way... in celebration of their 20th anniversary, they released the special, especially dense “hyper remix” project Vertical Medleys, Vol. 1 in 2004—a kind of “story thus far, in one noisy package”... 2005 found them back on “regular” duty with the electronica-acoustica and more jazz-flavored Blur Joan... in 2010, they covered multiple attitudinal bases with Basemento, a double-disc project (This, that and The Other) celebrating their 25th anniversary, a couple of years late. The core Household has been, and is: keyboardist Dick Dunlap, drummer Tom Lackner, bassist Chris Symer and guitarist Joe Woodard. Various and sundry guests have been known to be roped into the musical bullpen. Dunlap, a visual and multi-media artist as well as a keyboardist, has played with Mal Waldron and in numerous new music situations

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Headless Household press:

Santa Barbara’s Headless Household celebrates 25 years of criminal neglect with a wonderful double album, Basemento (Household Ink). Come for “This, That…,” guitarist Joe Woodard’s song-oriented SoCal strip-mall blend of jazzy bossa nova and Bakersfield country laments (i.e., “Jobim Meets Jim Beam”). But stay for “…The Other,” a disk’s worth of some of the smartest and friendliest psychedelic jazz you’ll ever snuggle up to. Guest saxophonist Dave Binney applies the hot sauce liberally to these nine smart, incisive sonic meditations encompassing everything from British progressives like Henry Cow, gnarly New York downtown jazz, Weather Report’s international feel and the heady cosmic geologies of countless Grateful Dead space excursions.

—Richard Gehr, Relix, July, 2010

Biography No, Headless Household is not an Industrial band

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Albums by Headless Household

Album Basemento by Headless Household


Household Ink Records


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