Posted in music on April 6, 2011

by Andrew Frisicano

Mike Watt

Mike Watt and the Missingmen blasted through the entirety of Hyphenated-Man, Watt's third opera, as he's fond of saying, without a pause at their sold-out Monday show at Mercury Lounge, the second of two stops the band made in the NYC-area on its 50-plus-date tour.

For an album comprised of one- to two-minute songs, there's some humor in the fact that it's a 40-minute marathon live, spewed out in a continuous stream of riffs and digressions. The band---Raul Morales on drums, and Tom Watson on guitar---added grime and sweat to those movements, from the whispered "mouse-headed-man" to the violent "man-shitting-man," hitting their dynamic starts and stops with precision. Listening to their interactions, the vibrancy of Minutemen-derived sound has never been more apparent. As always, Watt delivered earnest, playful lyrics in his distinct working-class drawl.

For the encore, we heard some Tom-sung tunes, as well as Minutemen classics like "Toadies" and "The Glory of Man," before a goodbye to the too-short night: "The bottom line of the third opera is that life is for learnin'," said Watt. "So thank you for being in the classroom tonight."

Mike and the band are keeping a tour diary at Mike's site. Some of the many words Mike wrote about the NYC stop include...

I make my way through way packed room to stage - there's nels and mrs yuka, whoa... I am fucking nervous now, crimony! so glad there's a hand rail, so glad. I get up on stage and thank folks for coming on a work night and the other bands for letting us share the stage w/them. we bring forth the piece... fuck, no monitors - I know soundman kyle is trying as I give motions - at one point even a plea alongside a cussword even but to no avail. I fucking mime this entire gig. it is very difficult, very frustrating. I can't put nuance where I want, especial when the band gets tiny - even at those points, they're ain't shit. christ, you know I want "a poor carpenter blames his tools" to be more than a platitude but fuck, is this difficult. I do get the spiel to "stuffed-inside-the-drum" right but fuck if I can hear it. I do try hard not to let the sitch bum me out and connect much w/levity spirt w/tom and raul. "funnel-capped-man" has huge tom clams in one part but as bob-san later puts it "the clams were celebrated more than scorned" meaning he thought it was a good thing. astute analysis from bob-san. the nyc gig-goers are very respectful, very quiet in the quiet parts and such for the most part - big respect. I can see through the doors to the bar (even w/the busted glass taped up) and there's no one there, everybody's tuned into the gig. it's one of the most focused-in crowds for the piece, I think - one up there anyway and I'm thinking this is adding to the frustration of fucking miming it but I have to say I'm glad I didn't give in too much into getting panties bunched up over this bullshit non-existent monitor giving any vocal to me thing. I think I blow some clams in the last solo of the last part - fuck, in the last part of the last solo even... I let tom ring out the chord before I bring in the final - at least that one is ok. whew. the gig-goers are most kind and have us back - there's a way for me to get behind raul, righteous. this is where I like to be for the encores. we have fun, we thank the gig-goers.
The rest of the tour dates are below...

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Mike Watt & the Missingmen - 2011 Tour Dates
wednesday, april 6 at t.t. the bear's place cambridge, ma
thursday, april 7 at la sala rossa montreal, qc, CANADA
friday, april 8 at mavericks ottawa, on, CANADA
saturday, april 9 at horseshoe tavern toronto, on, CANADA
sunday, april 10 at brillobox pittsburgh, pa
monday, april 11 at grog shop cleveland heights, oh
tuesday, april 12 at magic bag ferndale, mi
wednesday, april 13 at radio radio indianapolis, in
thursday, april 14 at blueberry hill saint louis, mo
friday, april 15 at schubas tavern chicago, il
saturday, april 16 at shank hall milwaukee, wi
sunday, april 17 at high noon saloon madison, wi
monday, april 18 at turf club saint paul, mn
tuesday, april 19 at slowdown omaha, ne
wednesday, april 20 at the bottleneck lawrence, ks
friday, april 22 at larimer lounge denver, co
saturday, april 23 at the complex salt lake city, ut
sunday, april 24 at neurolux boise, id
monday, april 25 at doug fir portland, or
tuesday, april 26 at the media club vancouver, bc, CANADA
wednesday, april 27 at the triple door seattle, wa
thursday, april 28 at sam bonds garage eugene, or
friday, april 29 at bottom of the hill san francisco, ca
saturday, april 30 at blue lamp sacramento, ca

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Comments (40)

D N O T D....Watt RULEZ!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:00 AM

^ WORD

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:01 AM

Watt and the Missingmen kicked ass at Daniel Street last night. A 60-minute sonic assault!

Posted by Venison | April 6, 2011 11:03 AM

Pissed I missed his Maxwell's gig. Ugh

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:11 AM

Mike Watt is a legend. He changed the way I play bass and influenced all.

Posted by ^ WORD/WINNING/DUNKACCIN O)))/FTW | April 6, 2011 11:11 AM

I saw the Maxwells show. It wasn't great and I'm a big fan. He was good, but I've seen him with better backing bands.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:16 AM

Watt needs Nels Cline.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:18 AM

Band was tight and Watt killed even though we was rocking a leg brace all night (hardcore!). Show was good but not great...def worth checking out though! Watt = Legend!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:27 AM

^ WORD!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:33 AM

any news on the LCD dvd?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:34 AM

Trolling about LCD on a Watt thread = PUS$Y

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:38 AM

^ WORD!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:41 AM

way to go, Lounge of Mercury!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:44 AM

WORD>WINNING>TROLLS>LCD>FTW>CLUBRENAMING>DUNKACCIN O)))

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 11:47 AM

no photos from the gig? shame on you vegan, shame

Posted by shame giva | April 6, 2011 12:08 PM

Vegan cookies suck yo!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 12:13 PM

Vegan cookies are rock n roll!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 12:48 PM

^ WORD

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 12:58 PM

edamame + soy nuts + chick peas = super gaseous hummus

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 1:43 PM

Vegans are pussies

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 1:55 PM

Watt's work ethic, his sincerity and his music should all be admired. He's still doing it for us and D Boon. Lucky us. Really miss D, big respect to him, a complete original gone too soon.

Posted by donn | April 6, 2011 2:02 PM

^ DUH

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 2:06 PM

Watt is a legend and vegans are NOT pussies. Non-vegans/vegetarians ARE huge fucking pussies who needs their knee caps busted.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 2:09 PM

Have you ever tried a phat roast beef sandwich? If you haven't, you don't know anything about rock and roll, and you're wasting your existence.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 2:14 PM

Mike Watt is a real bassist. He's not a guitar player that plays bass on the side. He is a legend, and anyone who doesn't respect the multitude of music he's put out doesn't know jack shit!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 2:57 PM

"...vegans are NOT pussies. Non-vegans/vegetarians ARE huge fucking pussies who needs their knee caps busted."

Must be that lack of protein and meaty blood getting you all angsty.

Try that or blow some semen out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 2:58 PM

Take it out at the chili dog stand. Vegans vs. carnivors.

Posted by THE REAL yup | April 6, 2011 2:59 PM

Vegan semen is different than carnivor semen. You can tell by the smell. ewwwwwww... that smell!

Posted by Skynyrd 4 life! | April 6, 2011 3:09 PM

Vegans shoot blanks also. Nobody has ever swallowed a vegan load because there's no protein intake.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 3:19 PM

Chili dog vs. vegan dog...go!

Posted by The Real Real Yup. PERIOD | April 6, 2011 4:06 PM

BEST THREAD EVER! I WANT TO BUY BOTH YUPS DRINKS.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 4:17 PM

meet me at Stonewall tonight at 9pm. I'll be there getting my protein on!

Posted by THE REAL REAL YUP. PERIOD. | April 6, 2011 4:20 PM

will anyone toss my salad tonite? you will definitly get your protein from a rim job!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 4:29 PM

I NEED A PROTEIN SHAKE AND A CHILI DOG NOW!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 4:31 PM

I agree, 2:57. He's also one of the nicest, most gracious guys that I've seen in the music scene/business. You won't see many like him.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 4:38 PM

Mike Watt is a troll!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 6:16 PM

what is going on!?! it's like the back page of the voice gay ads!?!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 6:26 PM

Never mind those people.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 6:33 PM

6:33=TROLL

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2011 6:38 PM

^ Total loser.

Mike Watt is the maestro, by the way.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2011 12:50 PM

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