MIKE WATT


events archived
january february march 2010


friends,

after seven straight polar bears swims on new year's, I missed today
BUT I did get to climb the ninetynine steps of the inubosaki lighthouse
and get a shot of 2010's first sunset.

this todai was built in 1874, same year as our point fermin one in my
pedro town!

http://www.inaboye.jp/english/et-todai.htm

http://www.pointferminlighthouse.org


happy new year everyone, truly!

 

 




Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2010 14:06:12

 

"before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.

after enlightenment, chop wood and carry water."

-- wu li (maybe)

 

 



first watt from pedro show of 2010 now up
- remote broadcast from tokyo, japan
w/guest jose ros:

http://twfps.com

 

 

 



Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:33:44

friends,

tonight!

jam for ron asheton

at the roxy
http://theroxyonsunset.com
9009 sunset blvd.
west hollywood, ca
(310) 276-2222

I'm there and on bass... watt

please see:

http://tinyurl.com/yc9dowr

 

 



Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:30:25

first time w/petezo and jerzo since tokyo

 

 

mike watt + the secondmen

featuring original secondmen
pete mazich and jerry trebotic

we will play our brains out!

saturday, january 16 at 11 pm
at the redwood bar + grill
http://www.theredwoodbar.com
316 w. 2nd st.
los angeles, ca
(213) 680-2600

saccharine trust goes on before us!
big respect to those cats...

 

 



Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 13:25:56

w/jack brewer

 

 

 

 

the january 17, 2010 watt from pedro show
up now w/guest jack brewer here:

http://twfps.com

 

 





Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 12:54:15 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: w/joe baiza

 


the jan 24, 2010 edition of the watt from
pedro show w/on-air guest joe baiza here:

http://twfps.com

 

 

 




Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 08:27:31 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: viva alex - ten year anniversary for his pad!

 

people,


http://thedistrictweekly.com/2010/print/music/music-features/cant-believe/

mike watt + the secondmen
saturday, january 30 at 10 pm
at alex's bar
http://www.alexsbar.com
2913 e. anaheim st.
long beach, ca
(562) 434-8292

we celebrate w/hermano alex!

 

 



(not long beach here but cabrillo beach!)

 

 

 


Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010 07:30:33 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: eye to eye in pedro

 



Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 15:37:34 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: w/don waller

 

 

the jan 31, 2010 edition of the watt from
pedro show w/on-air guest don waller here:

http://twfps.com


see don's site here:

http://www.theimperialdogs.com

 

 



Ņme entiendes?

 


regarding:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdojbkW0Jxc

 

 

 

 


Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2010 16:51:06 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: w/twan + skipper jeff

 

 

,

the feb 6, 2010 edition of
the watt from pedro show
w/on-air guests twan +
skipper jeff is up now at:

http://twfps.com

and

saturday, february 13 at 6 pm
at family
http://www.familylosangeles.com
436 n. fairfax av.
los angeles, ca
(323) 782-9221

tim kerr

http://www.timkerr.net/home.htm

I get to do bass for brother tim!

 

 

 

 



 

Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:39:20 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: w/craig ibarra, kid kevin + vinnie vegas

 

 

people,

the february 13, 2010 edition
of the watt from pedro show
w/on-air guests craig ibarra,
kid kevin carle + vinnie vegas
playing the new reactionaries
album "1979"

http://twfps.com

speaking of which,

http://www.waterunderthebridgerecords.com

saturday, february 20 at 9 pm
celebrating the release of the new
reactionaries album "1979"
at harold's place
1908 s. pacific av.
san pedro, ca
(310) 832-5503
FREE ADMISSION!


 




Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 16:08:59 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: Fwd: THE REACTIONARIES

----- Begin forwarded message -----

From: Craig Ibarra <
craigibarra@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 11:06:04 -0800 (PST)
To: Mike Watt <
bofus@mindspring.com>
Subject: THE REACTIONARIES " 1979 (watt, boon, tamburovich, hurley) LP
out 02/01/10.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For more information, contact:
Craig Ibarra
c/o Water Under The Bridge Records
P.O. Box 1794
San Pedro, CA 90733-1794 USA
craig@waterunderthebridgerecords.com

THE REACTIONARIES
(1978-1979)
MIKE WATT ‚?" BASS AND BACK-UP SINGING
D. BOON ‚?" GUITAR
MARTIN TAMBUROVICH ‚?" SINGING
GEORGE HURLEY ‚?" DRUMS

THE PRECURSOR TO THE MINUTEMEN.

ON FEBRUARY 1, 2010, NEW SAN PEDRO BASED RECORD DEVICE, WATER UNDER THE
BRIDGE RECORDS ALONG WITH 45 RPM RECORDS WILL RELEASE A 12-INCH VINYL
RECORD DOCUMENTING A 1979 PRACTICE TAPE BY SAN PEDRO‚?TS FIRST PUNK
BAND, THE REACTIONARIES. PLUS A VERY SPECIAL BONUS B-SIDE.

The Minutemen Were Reactionaries

By Joe Carducci

For most of the music world ‚?" or rather the much smaller rock world ‚?"
of the early 1980s, the Minutemen seemed to arrive fully formed, as if
from some other planet. Questions must have immediately crossed minds:
Where are these guys from? What drugs are they on? Are they
carbon-based life forms?

Those reactions were understandable, as it was the 45-song, double 33
rpm Double Nickels On The Dime (SST 028) that introduced the band to
most folks outside of Los Angeles. If I remember right, the initial
sales jumped from the five thousand range for Buzz Or Howl Under The
Influence Of Heat (SST 016), to fifteen thousand for Double Nickels.
(Of course all those releases sold far more after the day.)

D. Boon, Mike Watt and George Hurley were always deflecting the
effusiveness of fans in clubs, or in interviews ‚?" it was part of their
charm. But think about it, the Minutemen were telling kids that they
could pick up instruments and do the same! Nobody who saw them live
believed that for a second.
 
I was at Systematic Record Distribution and got their first record,
Paranoid Time (SST 002), from the label and ordered it for distribution
to shops around the country. It was hard enough for me to discern how
great they were from that and their early follow-up records and
compilation tracks. To my ear, I don‚?Tt think I really heard what they
were capable of until they were playing the Anti-Club regularly in
1983-84. There was just so much music packed into their short, fast
tunes. And at each gig a few older, simpler tunes were replaced by new,
even more masterful tunes. At their first San Francisco gig at the
Mabuhay, Dirk Dirksen (who ran and MC‚?Ted the club), strolled out on
stage to introduce them and the first thing he saw was a four-foot long
set-list taped to D.‚?Ts mic-stand and Dirk said, ‚?oWhat is this, the
history of music?!‚?Ě It was! When we recorded the long tail of the song
‚?oMore Spiel‚?Ě for Project: Mersh (SST 034) I joked to D. that he had
just laid down a six-minute history of the guitar solo. At SST, hearing
guitarists Greg Ginn, Joe Baiza and Curt Kirkwood all the time, it was
easy to underestimate how great a guitar player D. was. That radical
reformation the Reactionaries performed on themselves to become the
Minutemen encouraged that, because it elevated Mike and George to
co-lead players.

But their world-historical, musical summation had a history as well.
And that was their late-seventies band, the Reactionaries. Mike and D.
had known each other since junior high. They met Martin Tamburovich and
George Hurley at San Pedro high, although they wouldn‚?Tt claim they
knew George because in Watt‚?Ts words, ‚?ohe was a happening cat,‚?Ě
whereas D., Mike, and Martin were on the not-so-happening end of the
high school social spectrum. As George tells it: ‚?oFor a long time Mike
would ask me to play music with him. He wanted to jam out, but I really
wasn‚?Tt into it ‚?~cause I was a Surfer then and he was sort of a geek.
I don‚?Tt know, we were kids. Finally, I agreed to it.‚?Ě This kind of
transgression of school social hierarchy is common when music brings
young kids together in their first band. It‚?Ts an under-appreciated
aspect of the power of music.
 
Thankfully the Reactionaries recorded a practice in their attempt to
get gigs so we have these 10 songs to contemplate. What you can hear
are the rudiments of the Minutemen‚?Ts sound, only unlike most bands,
they only got rid of stuff as they improved. D. is already a good
guitar player with his trebly sound in place. Mike and George play more
standard-rock bass and drums parts, and Martin sounds like he belongs
on the mic, though the quality of the lyrics varies widely. Chuck
Dukowski saw them and reports, ‚?oMartin was a cool singer and I liked
his style.‚?Ě They were just out of high school and though they already
had their obsessive interests, the lyrics (by Mike, Martin, and friends
outside the band) show an awkward adaptation to the punk style as they
understood it. Like a lot of lyrics by seventies punk bands, television
is of particular concern ‚?" punks who were determined to create a music
scene thought watching TV was a fate co-equal to Death.

In February of 1979, Chuck and Greg Ginn were flyering a Clash, Bo
Diddley, Dils show at the Santa Monica Civic when they met D. and Mike.
The flyer was for what would be the second Black Flag gig and it was
going to be in San Pedro. D. and Mike were amazed to learn of a gig in
Pedro and Chuck hadn‚?Tt known there was a punk band there, so he put
the Reactionaries on the bill. It was their first gig; they played with
Black Flag, the Descendents (their debut too), the Alley Cats, the
Plugz and an impromptu mini-set by the Last. A world-historical night,
however many paid at the door.

The Reactionaries played only two more gigs, opening for the Suburban
Lawns at their practice pad in Long Beach. They made a pass at getting
a gig at the Other Masque up in Hollywood, but the band was falling
apart. Mike‚?Ts description of D.‚?Ts loss of interest in the
Reactionaries is interesting. Apparently D. didn‚?Tt offer his songs to
the Reactionaries and then found them another guitarist (Todd Apperson)
so he could quit. They broke up around mid-1979. George found a band in
Hollywood called Hey Taxi! and is on their 45. Though soon enough, D.
and Mike regroup and eventually pull George back into their new,
improved mess after their new drummer (Frank Tonche) walked offstage
and quit during their second gig. At the Minutemen‚?Ts first gig (May
1980), Greg asked them to do a record for SST.





Catalog #:
WUB 001 ‚?Ę 45 RPM 003

Artist:
THE REACTIONARIES

Title:
1979

Format:
12-Inch Vinyl LP

First Pressing:
500 Pressed On Translucent Green Vinyl

Pre-Orders:
AVAILABLE NOW! at
http://www.waterunderthebridgerecords.com

Release Date:
February 1, 2010

Release Party:
February 20, 2010 more info. at
http://www.waterunderthebridgerecords.com

Track Listing:

1. 1979 (watt)
2. The Big Lie (watt)
3. Cheap False Teeth (watt)
4. Video Madonna (watt)
5. My Heroes (watt/tamburovich)
6. Getting Existential On The Beach (watt/john jure)
7. Innuendo (watt)
8. God And Country (watt)
9. Brigate Rosse (watt)
10. Tony Gets Wasted In Pedro (watt/max lazaroff)





SYNOPSIS

The initial idea by Craig Ibarra came to fruition in early November of
2008. The plan was to launch a record label (Water Under The Bridge) as
a support base exclusively for the unpolished and unspoiled talent of
the San Pedro punk community. For the label‚?Ts first release, what
better band can you ask for than Pedro‚?Ts first punk band, the
Reactionaries (with Mike Watt‚?Ts permission of course). This is a joint
release with 45 RPM Records, another up and coming record label from
San Pedro. Document Side A presents a restored and mastered, 10-song
Reactionaries practice tape that was recorded in January of 1979,
featuring some of Mike Watt‚?Ts first songs that he ever wrote. Bonus
Side B consists of the 10 Reactionaries songs from Document Side A
covered by 38 members of different San Pedro affiliated bands, both
past and present (see list below).
 
For the full documentation of this record (complete with studio session
photos and video) and to find out more about the individuals involved,
check out:
http://www.waterunderthebridgerecords.blogspot.com

BONUS SIDE-B FEATURES:

Mike Watt (Minutemen, fIREHOSE, DOS, The Stooges), George Hurley
(Minutemen, fIREHOSE), Chuck Dukowski (W√ľrm, Black Flag, SWA, The
Chuck Dukowski Sextet), Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress
Of, Mecolodiacs), Jack Brewer (Saccharine Trust, The Jack Brewer Band),
Jimmy Mack (Jimmy Smack), Dirk Vandenberg (Tragicomedy, Seatbelt And
The Pecking Order, Raymond Pettibon With Super Session), John Blazing
(Salvation Army, Hari-Kari), Luis ‚?oMadmax‚?Ě Maldonado (Saccharine
Trust, Hari-Kari), Ritch Wilder (Saccharine Trust, Hari-Kari, Mood Of
Defiance), Alma McLay (Hari-Kari), Cindy Vodo (The Wigs!), Todd
Congelliere (F.Y.P., Toys That Kill, The Underground Railroad To
Candyland, Bible Children, Stoned At Heart), Sean Cole (F.Y.P , Toys
That Kill, That‚?Ts Incredible), Rawl Morales (No Comply, F.Y.P., The
Leeches, Jag-Offs, Killer Dreamer, Mike Watt + The Secondmen, Mike Watt
+ The Missingmen, Lou Barlow + The Missingmen), Christian
Wabschall-Moreno (Bedlam, Hippie Temptation, Skinhorse, Rig, 400
Blows), Craig Ibarra (No Comprende, Rig), Jerry Trebotic (Mike Watt‚?Ts
We Go Speedro, Mike Watt + The Secondmen), Vinnie Vegas (No Comprende),
Casey ‚?oChachi‚?Ě Ferrara (F.Y.P., Toys That Kill, Can Of Beans, SS Fun,
The Underground Railroad To Candyland, Stoned At Heart), Mike ‚?oJimmy‚?Ě
Felix (Toys That Kill, The Underground Railroad To Candyland, Bible
Children, Stoned At Heart), Tony Cook (The Leeches, Jag-Offs, Killer
Dreamer, SS Fun), Adam Gaxiola (Chingas De Mingus, Mike Watt‚?Ts We Go
Speedro), Jacob Gaxiola (No Comply, Jag-Offs, Killer Dreamer, SS Fun),
Philo Van Duyne (SWA, The Jack Brewer Band), Vince LaFarga (Second To
Last, The Skanks, Frijoles Negros), Denis Fleps (Spinning Ceilings,
Rosemary‚?Ts Billygoat, E.Coli, Iambic Pentameter, Toys That Kill, The
Megahurts, Epic Debauchery), Bob Archer (Pigsty, Halfdead), David Love
(Dig It), Kevin Carle (Four Letter Words, Lipstick Pickups, Killer
Dreamer, That‚?Ts Incredible), Joey Simeoni (No Comply, The Skanks,
Frijoles Negros, Sunken City), Jessica Feeney (Can Of Beans, Thee
Ultimate Baby J, Stoned At Heart, On The Five), Vince Giobbe (Tijuana
Knife Fight), Jacob Partida (Absorbing Jr.), Ethan White (Absorbing
Jr.), Freda Renté (Vicious Attack, The Jack Brewer Reunion Band),
Danny Partida (Frijoles Negros, Melting Pot, Absorbing Jr.), R.J.
Blanks (SS Fun, The Couches).




Water Under The Bridge is a new San Pedro based record device,
documenting past and present San Pedro shit for your amusement. We are
three working dudes that want to put out records on our spare time to
help document and support the San Pedro punk community. We also do a
fanzine called The Rise And The Fall that helps keep people motivated
and informed. We are looking forward to putting out records from bands
and/or projects from our hometown.


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Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:43:59 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: w/flea

 

 

the february 21, 2010 edition
of the watt from pedro show
w/on-air guest flea up now at:

http://twfps.com

 

 

 



Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 14:52:44 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: w/old buddies spot and abby tonight

 

friends,

mike watt + the missingmen

TONIGHT
saturday, february 27
at the redwood bar and grill
http://www.theredwoodbar.com
316 w. 2nd st.
los angeles, ca
(213) 680-2600

w/old buddies:

spot
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPOT_%28producer%29

and abby!
http://www.abbytravis.com/live_index.php



Date: Tue, 2 Mar 2010 12:24:13 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: w/joe, sal + james

 

 

people,

the february 28, 2010 edition
of the watt from pedro show
w/on-air guests joe boon, sal
espana + james ellis
up now at:

http://twfps.com

 

 



Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 05:21:29 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: little tour for our lite brothers

 

 

people,

me and my misssingmen tom and raul
wanna take our buddies from tokyo in the band lite
(
http://myspace.com/liteband) on their first u.s. west
coast gigs ever so here's this little tour we got going
for us to do together, starting tonight:

thursday, march 4
rhythm room
http://www.rhythmroom.com
1019 east indian school rd.
phoenix, az
(602) 265-4842

friday, march 5
bootleg theater
http://www.bootlegtheater.com
2220 beverly bl.
los angeles, ca
(213) 389-3856

saturday, march 6
the casbah
http://www.casbahmusic.com
2501 kettner bl.
san diego, ca
(619) 232-4355

sunday, march 7
mercury lounge
http://www.myspace.com/mercurylounge
5871 hollister av.
goleta, ca
(805) 967-0907

monday, march 8
the blue lamp
http://www.bluelamp.com
1400 alhambra bl.
sacramento, ca
(916) 455-3400

tuesday, march 9
bottom of the hill
http://www.bottomofthehill.com
1233 17th st.
san francisco, ca
(510) 621-4455

thursday, march 11
dante's
http://www.danteslive.com
1 sw 3rd av.
portland, or
(503) 226-6630

friday, march 12
chop suey
http://www.chopsuey.com
1325 e. madison st.
seattle, wa
(206) 324-8005



- - - - -

mike watt's hoot page
http://hootpage.com



Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 11:09:31 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: w/tomodachi

 

folks,

the march 10, 2010 edition of
the watt from pedro show
w/remote broadcast from
medford, oregon w/on-air guests
nobuyuki, kouzou, akinori + jun
(from band lite), kazuto, goichi
+ missingmen tom watson/raul
morales plus another great pinhead
from asia segment now up at:

http://twfps.com

a righteous time w/my
lite brothers, last gig
tonight in seattle!

http://www.newaudiogram.com/premium/lite_us_2010/

 

 



Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:09:18 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: long beach + los angeles

 

 

TONIGHT...

mike watt + the secondmen

friday, march 19 at 10 pm
at di piazza's
http://dipiazzas.com
5205 e. pacific coast highway
long beach, ca
(562) 498-2461

[last gig w/them 'till after stooges touring]


TOMORROW NIGHT...

mike watt + the missingmen

saturday, march 20 at 11 pm
at the redwood bar
http://www.theredwoodbar.com
316 w. 2nd st.
los angeles, ca
(213) 680-2600

[another pedro one april second]


lite tour diary:
http://www.newaudiogram.com/premium/lite_us_2010/

 



Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 09:31:18 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: w/skipper jeff

 

 


the march 21, 2010 edition
of the watt from pedro show
w/remote broadcast from
his boat in san pedro, ca
w/guest skipper jeff
up now at:

http://twfps.com

 

 

 

 



Date: Fri, 26 Mar 2010 14:33:25 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: trippy stuff

 

 

folks,

I have some trippy stuff coming up:

dos

our first gig since my bday!

l'keg gallery benefit
saturday, march 27 at 4 pm
info here:
http://brainsheer.blogspot.com
and
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=346132419535&ref=ts

- - - - -

I'm improvising bass behind
barbital bob branaman's film
"portrait of the artist as a young dog"

sunday, march 28 at 5 pm
at beyond baroque
http://www.beyondbaroque.org
(scroll down to march 28)
681 venice bl.
venice, ca
(310) 822-3006

- - - - -

"eye-gifts from pedro"

http://bit.ly/av4zYT

photos of my pedro town taken by
me usually at the crack of dawn

opening reception:
thursday, april 2 at 7 pm
track 16 gallery
http://www.track16.com
bergamot station
2525 michigan av., bldg. c1
santa monica, ca
(310) 264-4678


from the kayak yesterday:

 



Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:22:08 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: forgot!!!

 

people,

happy hundredth bday to mr kurosawa!

http://www.tcm.com/schedule/index.jsp



baka watt

 

 

 

Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 08:43:06 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

 

Subject: baka

 

people,

I fucked up cuz I am baka.

my pedro picture-showin' thing:

http://bit.ly/av4zYT

is thursday, april FIRST (d. boon's bday),
not SECOND.

sorry.

friday, april SECOND is my last
so-cal gig before stooges touring:

mike watt + the missingmen
at harold's place
1908 s. pacific av.
san pedro, ca
(310) 832-5503
FREE ADMISSION!

 



 

 



 








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