Entries tagged with: Mike Watt
by Bill Pearis
Dinosaur Jr. with Kevin Shields / Sharon Van Etten / Kurt Vile / Mike Watt
Dinosaur Jr. pulled out some big guns for their penultimate show of their seven-night 30th anniversary run at Bowery Ballroom. Most notably: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine who came out to play guitar on a cover of MBV's "Thorn" which Lou Barlow, clearly insanely psyched, sang lead. "This went great at rehearsal," Lou said after a false start. It went pretty good at the show, too. They are old friends: My Bloody Valentine played one of their first U.S. shows with Dinosaur Jr, and then they toured together on the 1992 Loveless trek. Video of "Thorn" is below.
Night 6 was pretty star-studded overall. The second set, which followed DinoJr playing their debut album in full, started with an introduction by legendary pro skater Tony Hawk and was followed by an improvised jam featuring comedian Eugene "Theremirman" Mirman on theremin. He didn't seem like he knew what he was doing, but was having a good time. The rest of the guests:
- Sharon Van Etten, wearing a t-shirt that had "Peyote" in the style of an old Pepsi logo, came out for "Get Me." She seemed a little sheepish, but it was great.
- Kurt Vile made his second appearance of the run, again doing "Crumble." He spent most of the show at the side of the stage, bobbing his head.
- Right after Kevin Shields, Mike Watt came out to end the main set with covers of The Stooges' "TV Eye" and "Funhouse," both of which were awesome, maybe the emotional highpoint of the night.
- Kyle Spence, who plays with J. Mascis & the Fog, played on Bones, the first real song of the set.
- Dinosaur Jr superfan Lee Ranaldo didn't perform tonight, but watched most of the show from the side of the stage.
- Tonight's encore take on Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" featured Shields and Vile, ran 10 minutes and was a bit of a mess. Vile had guitar issues, swapped out like three times. It seemed like he was going to sing lead, but then Lou took over and did an admirable job. Video is below.
- I was at Deerhunter beforehand and got there just in time for the second set. What did I miss?
One show left. What could they have in store for the finale? More Instagrams and videos from night 6 of Dinosaur Jr's seven-show run, below...
photos by Ebru Yildiz
Tav Falco / Watt & Dammit @ Grand Victory 10/13/2015
Legendary Memphis eccentric and punk/rockabilly lifer Tav Falco and his new iteration of Panther Burns kicked off their tour in NYC on Tuesday at Grand Victory. This lineup of the band is especially notable, featuring the rhythm section of bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen/fIREHOSE/etc) and drummer Toby Dammit (Swans/Nick Cave/Silver Apples/etc) who are also both in Iggy & the Stooges. Tav Falco may be 70, but he hasn't slowed down one bit -- Panther Burns played a two-and-a-half hour set for the packed Grand Victory crowd. Pictures from the show, including shots of openers D'NT, continue below...
For folks who prize unspoiled simplicity in rock'n'roll (and especially in rockabilly), Tav Falco's Panther Burns may be the ultimate band. On the early records, his voice drenched in echo, Falco goes through a familiar repertoire of Presley-derived whoops, mutters and coos, while an amateurish backing ensemble that often includes Alex Chilton grinds away laboriously like high-school rockers struggling through their first rehearsal. - [Trouser Press]Art-damaged rockabilly vet Tav Falco is still on the wild, having released the new album Command Performance back in Feburary. You can stream "Bangkok" from it below. He's also an accomplished photographer, having also just released a book of his work titled An Iconography Of Chance: 99 Photographs Of The Evanescent South and you can check out the cover art below.
Tav's band Panther Burns are about to head out on tour and it's a pretty special lineup this time out featuring Mike Watt and Toby Dammit. The tour kicks off here in Brooklyn on Tuesday (10/13) at Grand Victory. Tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
Montreal's Red Mass are a mercurial lot. Led by onetime CPC Gangbangs member Roy Vucino (aka Choyce), the line-up has expanded and contracted but the MO remains the same: pysch-punk with a flair for arty drama. I caught Red Mass' first-ever show back in 2008 when there was about 10 of them; these days the band are down to a more typical lineup. Red Mass' new album, A Hopeless Noise: The Story of a Diamond Girl will be out later this year and features appearances from King Khan, Mac DeMarco, Obits/Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu's Rick Froberg and Mike Watt. You can check out "Sharp," the video of which has DeMarco in it, below.
Red Mass are currently on tour with King Khan & the Shrines which rolls into the NYC area this weekend: Le Poisson Rouge on Friday, June 6 (tickets) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday, June 7 (tickets); and NJ's Asbury Lanes on Sunday, June 8 (tickets). If you wanna see Red Mass in a more up-close-and-personal enviornment, they'll play Brooklyn's The Flat on Monday (6/9) with Dasher and Foster Care.
Choyce's other current project, PYPY, were through NYC not too long ago.
King Khan and the Shrines also play a free show at Manhattan Inn on Monday, the same day as Red Mass' Flat show.
All dates, plus the "Sharp" video and flyers, below...
Il Sogno Del Marinaio is the trio of Italian musicians Stefano Pilia and Andrea Belfi with Minutemen/fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt. They've announced that they'll put out their second album, Canto Secondo, on August 26 via Watt's Clenchedwrench Records, which follows their 2013 debut, La Busta Gialla. They'll also be supporting the new album on an extensive North American tour which runs from September through November and hits NYC for shows on October 15 at The Bell House and October 16 at Mercury Lounge. Tickets for the Bell House show and the Merc show go on sale Friday (5/23) at 10 AM and noon, respectively.
All dates are listed, with a live video of the band, below...
Chelsea Light Moving at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Greg Cristman)
As discussed, Thurston Moore is kicking off a residency at The Stone with two New Year's Eve shows at the venue. His first show is an 8 PM duo set with the venue's artistic director John Zorn ($25 at the door), and since we last spoke, he's expanded the schedule for the second show.
It begins at 10 PM with a previously discussed trio set of Thurston, The Minutemen's Mike Watt, and Black Flag/Sonic Youth/Minutemen/etc album designer Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn). Then from 11:30 PM to 1 AM, Thurston's current band Chelsea Light Moving will play. Admission for the late show is $50 at the door and that gets you into the 10 PM set and the 11:30 set. Doors open at 9:45 and only 75 people will be admitted, so get there early.
Thurston's residency continues through January 5, and includes shows with his Chelsea Light Moving bandmate Samara Lubelkski (1/2), his Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley (1/3), and SY's Lee Ranaldo was added to the one with CLM's John Moloney (1/4).
Full schedule below...
confetti at Amanda Palmer's NYE show last year (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The fact that Phish will play the refurbished Madison Square Garden again this New Year's Eve is old news already, but Barclays Center just announced today (10/31) who will be playing the Brooklyn arena's second-ever New Year's Eve show, and the honor goes to.... Billy Joel (UPDATE: and the recently reunited Ben Folds Five) (last year was Jay-Z and Coldplay).
Here are a few already-announced New Year's Eve shows we're rather be at this year...
Andrew WK parties at Irving Plaza.
Mykki Blanco will help make Gramercy Theater ghetto fabulous.
Moon Boots plays Output.
Delta Spirit plays Brooklyn Bowl.
DIIV, Perfect Pussy, Potty Mouth and Nothing play Baby's All Right.
Patti Smith doesn't play on NYE proper, but does play year-end shows right before that on December 29 and 30 at Webster Hall.
Browse more NYC NYE Concert Options in our new year-round concert calendar.
Or maybe just head to Mexico!
P.S. If you're in Austin, you'll want to catch the Breeders.
Raymond Pettibon, Mike Watt & Thurston Moore
Punk veteran Mike Watt (co-founder of The Minutemen, and also of fIREHOSE, The Stooges, and more) has some shows with various projects coming up this year. First, he'll do a few dates with his band The Missingmen, including a Halloween show in LA at Olystis. Then, after a more shows with different groups throughout the year, he'll team up for another holiday show with Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and visual artist Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn), who designed Sonic Youth's Goo cover, a couple Minutemen covers, the Black Flag bars, and more. The trio will play John Zorn's East Village club The Stone on New Year's Eve (12/31) as a late set (10 PM), after Thurston and Zorn do an earlier duo set (8 PM). All Mike Watt dates are listed below.
For Thurston Moore, that show happens after his band Chelsea Light Moving tours with Merchandise. All of his dates are listed below too.
John Zorn also has a bunch of other upcoming dates, many of which are in NYC. Check out his full show schedule on Facebook.
All Thurston Moore and Mike Watt dates are listed, along with a video of Mike Watt, J Mascis, and Thurston Moore covering The Stooges' "Fun House" at Le Poisson Rouge in 2012, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Descendents at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Much has been going on in the punk world lately, and in case you've missed out, here's a roundup of information on upcoming shows (mostly in NYC), and other related news. The big one is probably the inevitable news that Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn sued FLAG, the other currently operating incarnation of Black Flag. You can catch the impostors when their tour hits NYC on Septemeber 19 at Irving Plaza (tickets).
FLAG, as you may know, also share members with another classic punk band Descendents, and both of those bands will be playing this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 8-10. Tickets for that festival are still available.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Under the Gun (via Exclaim), Descendents drummer/producer Bill Stevenson mentioned that the band are slowly, but surely working on a new record, which will be the followup to 2004's Cool to be You. Bill said:
[The record is] in the embryonic stages. I have my studio, The Blasting Room, Stephen [Egerton] lives in Tulsa, and he has a studio too. Milo [Aukerman] even has a real small recording apparatus in his basement. Karl [Alvarez] still lives by me.Descendents have also recently been honored by some bands they've influenced. Pop punks Candy Hearts released a cover of "Nothing With You" on their new 7" (listen below), and FILTER Magazine recently released a free tribute album that features FIDLAR, Mike Watt + The Secondmissingmen, The Bronx, YACHT, TEEN, Good Riddance, and more.
So I went in a couple of weeks ago and recorded, so we got 11 songs done, [but] just the drums. We'll be passing those around, Stephen will be putting guitars on 'em, Karl will be putting bass on 'em, Milo will be singing on 'em. We'll get rolling but it's not gonna be like "Oh it'll be done in a month!" It's gonna take us several months.
Good Riddance, the '90s era Cali punks who reunited in 2012, will be playing their first NYC shows since reuniting, all of which will happen during this year's CMJ. They'll be playing both official Fat Wreck Chords (who put out the last Descendents record) showcases, including the one happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with The Flatliners, Western Addiction, and Brooklyn/NJ's Night Birds, whose new album, Born to Die in Suburbia, does a lot of justice to the sound bands like Descendents and Good Riddance helped create. That same lineup (minus The Flatliners) sets sail aboard a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/19). MHOW tickets are on AmEx presale now, and a general on-sale stars Friday (8/9) at noon. Rocks Off tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Another long-running Cali punk band, not too far removed from Descendents or Black Flag, Angry Samoans play a previously discussed NYC show on September 15 at Bowery Electric with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown (tickets).
Another good punk option in NYC happening much sooner (this weekend to be exact) is As discussed, Citizens Arrest (who once counted Ted Leo as a member), who play Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday (8/10) (57 Waterbury St) with Enabler, Miscegenator, and Dead Serious. Tickets are still available.
NYC street punk vets The Casualties have some Northeast dates this September. None of them are in NYC, but they do have an Orange County show on 9/7 at Ma and Pa's, a Long Island show on 9/12 at Revolution, and two NJ shows: 9/13 at Stanhope House and 9/14 at Brighton Bar. All of their dates are listed below.
Another East Coast punk tour lands in the NYC-area this month when Protagonist and related project Teen Agers hit New Brunswick on August 13 at Court Tavern with Not The Bees and Lay the Blame on Luck, and Brooklyn on August 14 at Saint Vitus with Go Deep, Scarboro and Divided Heaven. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.
As you may already know, Kid Dynamite are breaking up (again), but not before playing This is Hardcore in Philly this week (8/8) and their free House of Vans show (8/15) in Brooklyn with Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin'. RSVP for that show is closed.
Joyce Manor also have other shows around the one at HoV, including another Brooklyn show happening on August 17 at Knitting Factory with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for the Knit show are still available.
Obviously these are only a few of the upcoming punk shows in NYC. What else?
Some streams and the list of Casualites dates, below...
by Bill Pearis
Existing for a barely five years, UK psych band Loop were one of the most perfectly-named bands ever. Rarely bothering with verse-chorus-verse song structure, the South London group took a riff and added layer upon layer till it had its own gravitational field. They were heavy, man, and got heavier as they went along. The band made three album and two of them (1987's Heaven's End and 1990's A Guilded Eternity) are genuine cult classics. All three of their albums (including 1988's Fade Out) were reissued in 2009 and can be streamed on Spotify.
The band called it quits in 1991 but the A Guilded Eternity line-up has reformed to play AND curate the second half of this year's All Tomorrow's Parties End of an Era which happens from November 29 - December 1 in Camber Sands, UK. The rest of their line-up includes postpunk legends The Pop Group and 23 Skidoo, plus Fennesz, Dirty Beaches, Eaux, Hookworms (who we recently profiled), The KVB, Thought Forms, a DJ set from Edan and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now.
No word on other Loop shows, specifically, but frontman Robert Hampson writes that they band will be performing "a number of shows from late 2013 to mid 2014 at various venues across the world." Let's hope that includes North America. Surely Austin Psych Fest would be interested?
The weekend before (November 22 - 24) is End of an Era Pt. 1 which is being curated by Barcelona's Primavera Sound. It features Television (minus Richard Lloyd) performing Marquee Moon in its entirety, plus Dinosaur Jr, Les Savy Fav, Chelsea Light Moving, Mum, Dinos Chapman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Wolf Eyes, Il Sogno Del Marinaio (featuring Mike Watt), Yuck offshoot Hebronix, Forest Swords, BEAK>, The Haxan Cloak, Demdike Stare, Eraas and more TBA. Earlybird tickets are on sale now to this as well.
As for the "End of an Era" part, these will be ATP's final "holiday camp" festivals, though they plan to continue putting on events. Flyers for both APT End of an Era weekends are below, along with Loop song streams, are below.
Iggy & The Stooges, who had three classic albums during their first run as a band (1967-1971) and returned with Iggy, Rob Asheton, and Scott Asheton in tow for 2007's The Weirdness, are now ready to release another new album, Ready to Die (I guess they didn't feel Illmatic was fitting?), on April 30 via Fat Possum. Ron unfortunately passed away in 2009, but Scott is still with Iggy and they've regrouped with James Williamson, who ripped with the band on Raw Power. The lineup is rounded out by Mike Watt (Minutement, fIREHOSE, etc). On the decision to record another album, Iggy notes:
My motivation in making any record with the group at this point is no longer personal. It's just a pig-headed fucking thing I have that a real fucking group when they're an older group they also make fucking records. They don't just go and twiddle around on stage to make a bunch of fucking money...That's excerpted from a video interview with Iggy that you can watch below, along with a promo trailer for the album...
Michael Bolton, who seems to have a good sense of humor about his crappy music, will star as himself in new sitcom Michael Bolton's Daughter Is Destroying My Life according to Deadline. Look for the new sitcom on ABC next year.
Speaking of the trend of having your festival two weekends in a row now, Ultra Music Festival announced they're doing it too.
Jon Carmanica at the NY Times talks about dance stars evolving to pop fame.
The same issue of the NY Times profiles Ellie Goulding who is dating pop fame dance star Skrillex (who she was hanging out with at Pianos the other night).
Adele's "Someone Like You" has topped another chart: most popular songs at funerals.
The Nick Waterhouse and Allah-Las tour hit Chicago last week. We got pictures.
Speaking of pictures, in NY we recently captured the butt shaking going on at Bowery for Nicky Da B, Flying Lotus and then SBTRKT at Terminal 5, Public Image LTD at both MHOW and Hammerstein, Menomena at Bowery (MHOW on the way), Revelation Records Anniversary Night Two (three and four on the way), and Morrissey not once, not twice, but thrice.
And oh yeah, don't forget the New York Comic Con shots.
Stream Divine Fits' appearance on NPR's World Cafe from earlier today.
Xbox's iTunes-esque new music service debuts tomorrow. Surprise: you're going to have to update your firmware to use it.
Kitty Pride, who plays CMJ this week, hates fellow redhead Tori Amos. For weird reasons.
More stuff below...
Mike Watt at LPR (more by BBG)
people, I wanna bring my third opera "hyphenated-man" around the u.s. again cuz there's some towns I missed last time. fuck, we're a big land and of course I'm gonna still miss some towns but that don't mean me, my bass and my missingmen (tom watson on guitar and raul morales on drums) ain't gonna try to do what we can... yeah, doin' it.
Mike Watt & the Missingmen's tour will kick off in the Northwest and continue on through to middle November. The first few weeks of the tour will see support from Japan's Lite, who is on board for Watt's NYC show at the Bell House show on October 12. Tickets go on sale Friday (7/13) at noon.
Still no word on an East Coast stint for fIREHOSE (who toured the West Coast earlier this year), but you can still check out the Pedro, CA legend at the dates listed below.
In the live interview that took place before Hellride East (aka J.Mascis and Murph of Dinosaur Jr, and the guest of honor for the evening Mike Watt) hit the stage, Watt told rock critic Byron Coley about his intense love for John Coltrane ("I thought he was a punk") and how The Stooges changed his life. It was the latter that formed the basis for Hellride East's set at Le Poisson Rouge last night (5/2), as part of a release party for Mike Watt's new book On & Off Bass.
Featuring opening sets from throwback punk rockers Dead Trend and Brooklyn post-punkers Appomattox, the Hellride East set was comprised of 100% Stooges covers along with a shockingly large number of guest appearances. Names like Thurston Moore, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, Steve Shelley, and a gang of other guests sauntered on stage to help tear through Stooges classics like "TV Eye", "Loose" (with Thurston), "Dirt" (with Sharon), "Not Right", "Down on the Street", "1970", set closer "Fun House" and many more. Though the band was clearly loose and out to have a good time, it was a night of wonderful surprises and, like Iggy would say, a "Real Cool Time".
If you were there last night, you might already have a copy of the book (and signed). If not, you can still order yours. Mike Watt recently completed a tour with his old band fIREHOSE which hit Coachella.
Pictures and the setlist from Le Poisson Rouge, a video from the interview session, and the audio from an interview Mike did on WNYC Soundcheck earlier in the day, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Buzzcocks / Bon Iver / Squeeze
"The earlier part of the afternoon felt a little sleepy. People waking up late after Friday, taking their time getting to the festival, and the earliest bands on the bill usually have a gentler style of music anyway. That all changed, for us at least, with the arrival of the Buzzcocks, those spiky, rapid-fire elder statesmen of melodic British punk, on stage in the Gobi tent.Before Radiohead closed out Saturday with a near-2 hour headlining set, Coachella-goers were treated to live music by Jeff Mangum, the Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver (videos & setlist HERE), Andrew Bird, The Shins, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky (who played at the same time as Radiohead), Feist, Noel Gallagher, Destroyer, Grace Potter, The Head and the Heart, and many more.
Founders Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle look older now -- it's been 35 years or so since they launched the band --but their voices are strong, their rapid-fire guitar riffing still delivers an electric current to the brain. And, bonus for fans on Saturday, the short length of many of their songs meant you got a whole lot of Buzzcocks packed into a 55-minute set." [Orange County Register]
Mike Watt's new book
Hellride East (Murph, Mascis & Watt)
Happening at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC:
On Wednesday, May 2nd, 7 p.m., Three Rooms Press presents the NYC book launch for Mike Watt: On and Off Bass at Le Poisson Rouge. The event will feature live performances by Mike Watt + J Mascis + Murph, with opening acts Appomattox and Dead Trend, plus a reading & signing by Mike Watt along with additional very special surprise guests. The new book will be available for purchase at the event.Tickets are on sale. As you can see in the above picture, it won't be the first time the three greats formed a band. In July 2000 Hellride East, as they call themselves, performed a set of Iggy Pop covers at Knitting Factory in NYC.
This is a general admission, standing event. Happy hour from 7-8pm including $3 beer and $5 well drinks.
J Mascis recently played with Sharon Van Etten at SXSW where he also played with Murph. Check out a video of Dinosaur Jr. at Bar 96 in Austin, below.
Order "Mike Watt: On and Off Bass" between April 1 and April 30 and receive a copy of the book signed by Mike Watt PLUS an 8 x 10 photographic print of an image used in the book, also signed by Mike Watt. NOTE: Pre-orders will be available beginning April 1 through April 30 only. The link to the preorder will be available at threeroomspress.com at 10 am (EST) on April 1. Pre-order quantity is extremely limited, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.Mike will also be on the road soon with fIREHOSE who are releasing "their first major collection ever", "lowFLOWs": the Columbia anthology ('91 - '93). Check out fIREHOSE's "Brave Captain" video (taped off MTV who wrote "Firehouse" on the video), below...
Best Coast at LPR (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Best Coast have announced a big tour in support of their new LP The Only Place, due on 5/15 via Mexican Summer. Check out the tracklisting/art for The Only Place below.
The tour, part of which is with Jeff The Brotherhood (who recently played Terminal 5), and part of which is with Those Darlins (who recently lost a member), kicks off in LA in May and hits NYC at Terminal 5 on July 17th (with Those Darlins who they also played that Planned Parenthood event with at Le Poisson Rouge). Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale Wednesday (3/7) at noon, and regular sale on Friday.
The NYC stop falls toward the end of fashion mogul Beth Consentino's trek, and is also one of TWO stops they'll make to the NYC area this summer, the first being... supporting Metallica in Atlantic City. All dates are listed below.
If you have ever seen Nikki or Linwood's VHS collections, you know that their copies of Repo Man are well worn. Hell, we are pretty sure that Nikki's not driving might have something to do with Miller's philosophizing.Look for covers by Mike Watt, Matthew Sweet, Black Francis, Weekend and more to round out the rest of the LP, and look for it on 9/8 via American Laundromat.
So, it is very cool that we can now announce that Those Darlins have recorded a cover of the Iggy Pop title track for an upcoming tribute album on American Laundromat Records.
All tour dates, SXSW included, and the new BC album cover, below...
DOWNLOAD: Lee Ranaldo - "Off the Wall" (MP3)
M Ward @ Summerstage 2009 (more by Paul Bachmann)
Still no east coast dates to report for the reunited fIREHOSE, but they did announce a west coast run of shows, some of which are with M. Ward who also plays Coachella (not the first time friends Mike Watt and M. Ward will share a bill.) All fIREHOSE dates are listed below.
M. Ward however will head east as part of a set of just-announced May dates that include a NYC show at Webster Hall on May 11 with Lee Ranaldo. Tickets are not on sale yet but check ticketmaster for updates. All tour dates are listed below.
Speaking of Lee Ranaldo, he recently revealed the first song from his upcoming album, Between the Times & the Tides (out March 20 via Matador). The track is a relaxed R.E.M.-ish rocker called "Off the Wall." Download it above and stream it below.
Anywhere L to R: Christian Eric Beaulieu, Mike Watt, Cedric Bixler Zavala
Anywhere began as a LA/SF collaborative project started by musicians Christian Eric Beaulieu (Triclops!) and Cedric Bixler Zavala. In early 2010 while in Los Angeles to perform at an art opening of mutual friend artist Sonny Kay, [Beaulieu] befriended Cedric (singer of The Mars Volta) who was DJing the event. The two exchanged numbers and... months later the pair met in Los Angeles, enlisted the mobile engineering talent of Toshi Kasai (Big Business) and tracked an album's worth of material in 2 days at The Melvins practice space in downtown Los Angeles. During that same visit Christian played live on "The Watt from Pedro Show" as the musical guest of Mike Watt (of The Stooges, fIREHOSE, Minutemen). After the show, before leaving San Pedro, Christian realized they needed bass on the new material, and boldly asked Watt if he'd contribute. Watt agreed immediately, and a few months later delivered the entire projects bass tracks. Returning to San Francisco, Christian decided to reach out to vocalist Rachel Fannan, who had recently parted ways with Bay Area psych rockers Sleepy Sun and had relocated to Los Angeles.Anywhere are welcoming a new single, their second, via Valley King Records, a limited-to-500 pressing of 7"s featuring artwork by Alan Forbes. Preorder your copy at Valley King.
One of Mike Watt's many other projects, Spielgusher, also has an album coming out this month, and he's keeping busy playing shows as usual too. As previously mentioned, Mike is performing Minutemen songs as a duo with George Hurley at an ATP in the UK in March. Before then he also plays with the Missingmen in LA in February, and he's taking part in a memorial for his friend Doug Rockett in Memphis this Friday (1/13).
More importantly... We've already seen the lineup for Coachella 2012, so we know Anywhere WON'T be on hand for the festival (or Mike with the Minutemen), but Coachella WILL feature reunion performances from both fIREHOSE (with Mike Watt - their first show in 8 years) and, as you definitely know by now, At The Drive In (with Cedric Bixler Zavala). No word on any other scheduled fIREHOSE shows at the moment.
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of ATDI (and Mars Volta) will also do double duty at Coachella. He's also playing the festival as part of Les Butcherettes (like he did at Fun Fun Fun Fest). Check out an NPR Tiny Desk Concert of Le Butcherettes below alongside a Le Butcherettes LP stream.
The actual origin of Dos came about in the fall of 1985 when Watt and Kira, who were already dating, began improvising two-bass jams in their free time, sometimes recording these results into Watt's four-track recording machine.Dos released the Numero Dos EP and Justamente Tres in the years following and the duo were even married from 1987 - 1994. Though they split (amicably apparently), Dos lives on and will release a NEW LP called Dos y Dos on July 12th. The record, which features material recorded over the span of thirteen years, features the new track "Number 8" which spawned a video that you can check out for the first time below. Grab the CD at Insound.
The sudden death of Minutemen guitarist and lead singer D. Boon in a van accident on December 22, 1985, led to the end of the Minutemen and left Watt deeply depressed. Kira had parted company with Black Flag not long beforehand and moved to New Haven, Connecticut to attend Yale University. Watt considered abandoning music altogether. But intending to keep him playing after Boon's death, Kira and Watt began collaborating via four-track cassettes sent back and forth in the mail. The activity led to Kira flying back to California for the formal forming of Dos in September 1986.
They recorded their first album, an all-instrumental affair save for Kira's closing track, "Taking Away The Fire", almost immediately, and made their performing debut as Dos opening for ex-Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn's instrumental group Gone that same week. Watt released Dos' eponymous first album, Dos on New Alliance Records, the label he had formed with D. Boon in 1981. Around the same time, Watt formed fIREHOSE; many of the songs on fIREHOSE's first album Ragin', Full-On, are actually Dos songs with lyrics added (by either Watt or Kira) and rearranged for a power trio format. -[Wiki]
Mike Watt is currently "trying his hardest" on bass for Iggy & The Stooges on the European Festival circuit, and will return in time to play a Dos album release party in his beloved Pedro, CA on July 16th. In addition to Dos and Iggy & The Stooges dates, Mike Watt will also team with George Hurley to play Minutemen covers at the Jeff Mangum-curated ATP in Minehead UK on December 3rd.
All tour dates and that Dos video is below.
by Andrew Frisicano
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...
by Michael Hill
After recently celebrating his 50th birthday, the maturing, former heavy rock front man is showing no signs of slowing down or mellowing out. He is not "aging gracefully," he is turning up the volume and raging full on.
Rollins first came to prominence in 1981 as the fourth singer of the seminal hardcore punk band Black Flag. After a brief tour of duty fronting State or Alert in his hometown of Washington, DC, he relocated to Southern California to join Black Flag. Rollins toured extensively and appeared on several recordings until the band broke up in 1986. He was back on the road the following year in 1987 with the Rollins Band which garnered modest commercial success during the 90's with "Liar" and "Low Self Opinion." After three lineups, the band parted ways in 2006.
During the Black Flag years, Rollins founded the 2.13.61 Publishing Company, basically a P.O. Box, where he published a series of folded and stapled self-publications. Ultimately, the roster would expand to include Nick Cave, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, and Glen E. Friedman among others. Additionally, he has acted in films such as David Lynch's "Lost Highway", "Feast" and "Heat"(where he shared a scene with Al Pacino) as well as appearances on television as a part of the cast of "Sons of Anarchy" and on his own IFC talk show.
These days, Rollins is mostly known for his unique brand of spoken word performance. Though, often times humorous, I hesitate to call it stand-up comedy; it exists in region where Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks and Friedrich Nietzsche converge. It's part political commentary, part travelogue, part story telling session delivered with a high intensity pace the delivers the goods without fail. I've been witnessing these performances since the late 80's when the audience consisted of a handful of punk rockers congregating at some out-of-the way hole in the wall in a bad neighborhood. I caught one of his sold out dates at Joe's Pub in New York City, a nice place with reserved seating, food and a well-stocked bar.
Henry was kind enough to set aside some time in his schedule to talk to us. Read our chat below....
Mike Watt & the Missingmen at Maxwell's last year (more by Lori Baily)
""hyphenated-man" is the name of my third opera, "contemplating the engine room" (1997) being the first one and "the secondman's middle stand" (2004) being the second...Hyphenated-Man is due on March 1st, and Mike Watt has posted all the lyrics from the LP on his site if you're interested in a preview. He'll be taking out Mike Watt & The Missing Men to promote said LP, and those dates include a trip to SXSW, as well as Maxwell's on 4/3 (tickets) and Mercury Lounge on 4/4 (tickets) (both shows on sale at noon today - 1/7).
whereas "...engine room" dealt w/my pop's life in the navy as a metaphor for the story of the minutemen and "...middle stand" was a parallel to dante's "comedia" dealing w/an illness that almost killed me in 2000, this third opera is quite different in that it has no standard narrative (libretto!) meaning no regular beginning-middle-end and is as it were "simultaneous" in the way a mirror from just inside my head - right in this middle-age moment of mine - was then shattered into thirty pieces and then each piece stuffed in the head to show a piece of my state of mind (or out-of-mind) as of now. "thirty tunes?" yes, they're little ones... actually they're "thirty parts" of one big tune.
oh, it was kind of trippy how this piece was actually made. I wrote all thirty parts on one of d. boon's telecaster - the black one he got in kent, ohio in 1984. now I'm not a very good guitarist but tom watson was quite the righteous man in his patience and determination to take the palsy demos I gave him and bring them to the piece." - Mike Watt
Besides the Mike Watt & The Missingmen dates, Watt will also hit the road for dates with Stooges, Hellride, Mike Watt & The Secondmen, and even play bass with Jandek in the coming months. All tour dates and some video is below.
photos by Chris La Putt
"Saw a very briefly reunited Cibo Matto play "Birthday Cake". #my1999dreamcometrue #soooooawesome" - St. Vincent
Cibo Matto fans (like Chris) may have been a bit disappointed at Le Poisson Rouge last night (12/6). That's because the semi-reunited group only played four songs at the show which was billed as "Yuka & Miho cover Cibo Matto". Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori were backed by Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Dougie Bowne, Doug Wieselman and Steven Bernstein (who also played the Bob Dylan event at the same venue one night earlier). After the four songs, a cake was brought out for Yuka who was celebrating her 50th birthday.
The show opened with a 15 minute noisy Nels Cline solo set followed by the Cibo Matto set, followed by a break before Floored by Four took the stage. As you know, Floored by Four is Mike Watt, Dougie Bowne, Yuka Honda, and Nels Cline. (there was more jamming after that - as Nels advertised there would be to the end the night - but Chris took off before the end).
The show was unofficially part of Wilco Week here in NYC which also saw Mikael Jorgensen playing with Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's last night while Jeff Tweedy, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone were not far away in Tarrytown (Jeff, John and Pat played a variety of NYC and Hoboken shows on the three nights prior).
Doug Wieselman plays again tonight, 12/7, at the Stone.
More pictures from the LPR show, two videos and the Cibo Matto setlist below...
Floored by Four @ Summerstage (more by Paul Bachmann)
- is a 50th birthday party for Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda who used to be married to Dougie Bowne who she has a long history of playing music with, used to date Sean Lennon who she frequently collaborates with, and who is now engaged or married to guitar wizard Nels Cline of Wilco (Wikipedia says their wedding was scheduled for late November in Japan, so if that's true, congratulations to them!)
- will feature a live performance by Floored by Four aka Mike Watt, Dougie Bowne, Yuka C. Honda, and Nels Cline. It will be their 2nd live show ever which means their first must have been that Summerstage show with M Ward
- will feature a Nels Cline solo set "+ friendly jamming after 10:30pm"
- will include a set titled "Yuka & Miho cover Cibo Matto" which I assume means a Cibo Matto show, but without any of Yuka and Cibo's other band members?
Nels Cline will also be back at the same NYC venue on February 26th for "The Nels Cline Singers and ROVA perform 'The Celestial Septet'". Tickets are on sale for that too. All Nels dates below.
Will Nels Cline, Mike Watt, Yuka Honda, and/or Dougie Bowne play with Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's this week? I don't know, but it would be pretty cool.
Will Nels Cline's Wilco bandmate Jeff Tweedy play with Yo La Tengo at Maxwell's this week? Very likely.
Will Sean Lennon show up and play at all at LPR on 12/6? Maybe? Will Yuka Honda play with Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl aka The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger at Rockwood Music Hall on January 8th? Maybe?
Can Yuka Honda, Dougie Bowne, Sean Lennon, and Nels Cline all be in the same room and everything be completely normal? Apparently?
Oh, and speaking of turning 50, don't forget tickets to Henry Rollins' upcoming shows at Joe's Pub go on sale Friday at noon.
Enjoy some birthday cake, with all Nels Cline tour dates, below...