Listed under "projects" on Marc Ribot's website is Ceramic Dog. Listed under Ceramic Dog at #4 is "Not a 'project': a real band." And indeed it is a real band and a heck of a conundrum with no need for justification.
Comprised of Ribot (Guitars), Shahzad Ismaily (Bass et al.) and Ches Smith (Drums),
Ceramic Dog is a raucously vibrant race between some perspicacious musical minds. No one needs to understand it all. Ceramic Dog is a mad motioning of contrapuntal and
contrapunktal and Ribot is a guitar playing a guitar playing a guitar.