Mike Watt
email archives
jan 2011 - August 2011



Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2011 16:00:46 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: one more cali gig before shoving off...


I got a fiftyone gigs in fiftytwo day hellride coming
for my third opera this spring -



but first I bail monday for new zealand/australia and
get to work bass for the stooges at the big day out


and before that I play w/perk and peter tonight

saturday, january 15
at fitzgerald's
19171 magnolia st.
huntington beach, ca
(714) 968-4523

my friend john wanted to tell you this:

> Never figured Sweet Apple would be touring much of anywhere,  let
> alone the west coast.  The band came about by freak accident. We're
> spread over four states:  Dave (Vt), J (Mass), me and Tim (OHio) and
> Graham (Cali). And everyone plays in other bands. Yet we're meeting
> up out west for a string of shows:
> Sat Jan 15, Silver Lake, the Satellite (formerly Spaceland):
> Sun Jan 16, San Diego, Casbah




Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2011 23:10:42 +1100

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: down under watt w/three items



I chimped first four gigs of the stooges tour I'm now on down under:


day before yesterday I did the watt from pedro show w/stooges saxman
steve mackay, talking about his new album and also aired first episode
"steam dreamers of inverness" - new zbs "mind movie" from meatball


'pert-near two-thirds of the way w/the bones she needs - if you
want/can, help peak w/her mission:


thank you, good people.





ibis in sidney




Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 21:40:57 +1030

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: watt in home strecth, tomodachi have video



I did radio show in melbourne, man alone:


should be back in my pedro town monday...

trippy video for my friends' new album!


they're on tour now too.





pic poster_on_wall_in_melbourne




Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 16:04:08 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: first so cal gigs since back from nz/australia tonight and





first off, hooray for the people of egypt!

- - - - -

just back from tour w/stooges,
I got two so cal gigs this weekend:

mike watt + the secondmen

friday, february 11 at 11 pm
at the redwood bar + grill
316 w. 2nd st.
los angeles, ca
(213) 680-2600

- and -


whupping up stooges in a john coltrane way
w/steve perkins and brother wayne kramer

saturday, february 12 at 11 pm
at the central aid and social pleasure club
1348 14th st.
santa monica, ca
(310) 451-5040

- - - - -

my tour diary w/stooges of gigs I just did:


- - - - -

if you can, please help miss peak - it's
my true opinion that she will not hoist
tiara but do good work


she's 'pert-near 88% there!

- - - - -

mike watt + the missingmen
perform "hyphenated-man" in its entirety on the

"north american hyphenated-man tour 2011"

march 10 to april 30

please help me get the word out!


(flyers you can print out here)

- - - - -

the february 8, 2011 edition of the
watt from pedro show w/on-air guest
richard "fuckin'" bonney here:





pic wild_cockatoo_in_perth




Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2011 07:56:17 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: happy vday



last day!








Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 16:13:20 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: again w/the secondmen!



again w/my secondmen!

mike watt + the secondmen

featuring original secondmen
pete mazich and jerry trebotic

saturday, february 19 at 10:30 pm
at di piazza's
5205 e. pacific coast highway
long beach, ca
(562) 498-2461

- - - - -

the feb 15 edition of the watt from pedro
show w/guest danny frankel here:


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peak got her bones for the trip, yatta!


thank you much, everyone who did big donate!

- - - - -

k got her bass back - baka tried to sell
it at a shithard center in hollywood - yatta!

- - - - -

storm is coming...







Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:56:37 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: big respect to mr norton!



big respect for mr norton wisdom's interpretation of my third opera!

full on:

econo quick:

feb 22, 2010 edition of the watt from pedro show here:


mike watt + the secondmen
saturday, february 26 at 10:15 pm
at the sunken city skates warehouse
447 w. 6th st. (enter through 7th st. alley)
san pedro, ca
(310) 833-6678
all ages!

pre-orders for my third opera (march first release):

vinyl (w/download card):


itunes preview:

I leave to tour this two weeks from tomorrow...


new poem from charley:







Date: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:38:44 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: ny times piece, great bassbrother koja



thank you big time to mr ben:


and this is great bassbrother koja:


see the tori? (not that one!)




terminal_ island


Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 19:33:22 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: in one week watt shoves off on tour




one week from today I shove off on tour:


if you want you can help me w/getting the
word out cuz there's flyers for each gig up
at the link I just chimped for you.

I'm touring my third opera - it just came
out on my new label clenchedwrench:


I got much work to do on this site, huh?

will do! just need some time...

before I shove off, I got one more so cal
gig and I will play my fucking brains out

mike watt + the secondmen
saturday, march 5 at 11 pm
at the redwood bar + grill
316 w. 2nd st.
los angeles, ca
(213) 680-2600

why? cuz I'm leaving my pedro town to
do fiftyone gigs in fiftytwo days!

please hear me and brother matt w/our
guest chris candy on the march 1, 2011
edition of the watt from pedro show:







Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 19:47:16 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: gommenasai


good people,

flyer was fucked up (I didn't make it - sailor from sassafras did),
secondmen are w/me saturday, not missingmen!

baka watt



Date: Thu, 10 Mar 2011 12:43:06 -0800

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: me and my men shove off for tour now...


good people,

tom and raul shove off w/me now to work the third opera for
this "north american hyphenated-man tour 2011"


peak is w/us to document hellride w/her camera.

we'll get bob-san in 'burque.

...and chimp tour spiel for online diary at the hoot page.

here's already some spiel regarding mission:


















Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2011 02:03:14 -0500

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: help japan




I ain't got much time cuz just did gig six of the fiftyone I'm doing
in fiftytwo days and damn, ain't there some big fucking hellrides in
the u.s. southwest or what? well worth it though cuz gig-goers coming
are most happening, respect.

but look, this is BIG TIME important and my tour shit most piddly in

this is for my music brothers/sisters... I wanna ask you something.
righteous skaterman/musician tommy guerrero is putting together a
benefit comp to help w/the hurt over in japan right now cuz of the
earthquake that wailed on them. I'm sending him a track from my new
album and wondering if you might wanna do something like that too. to
find out more, please write him at:


thanks so much for hearing me out on this.

and this from ms mo, another way folks who don't blow notes can help:


respect to ms mo. her folks had tsunami stop half a klick from their
sendai pad, they somehow made it...


let's bring it on and help!

on bass, watt

On Mon, 14 Mar 2011, tommy guerrero <
tommy@dlxsf.com> wrote:

>  as you know japan is in the midst of a crisis and it
>  has the potential to get much worse. i have several
>  friends in tokyo and they've told me that everyone is
>  -at the least- nervous if not frightened about what's
>  to come. most of you know that i work w a label called
>  rush in japan and they have always done a great job w
>  my releases and tours. they are great at promotions and
>  can maneuver quickly since they are a small operation.

>  i am reaching to out to you all in the hopes of
>  donating a trk to the comp/cause. i'll make sure it's
>  all on the up and up legal wise. you'll keep all your
>  publishing and we can say it's a 6 month exclusive tune
>  so you can release after if you like.

>  let me know asap if you can contribute. please have the
>  tunes mixed and i'll have the whole comp mastered at
>  mike wells.

>  please pass on or if any of your labels artists or
>  mates are interested please let me know..

>  rip - maybe we could use a photo of yours?
>  kazuki - maybe you could help w cd layout/design as
>  well as a trk?
>  yasushi - perhaps mori would like to be part as well?

>  together we can be a force and actually have a positive
>  impact on this ball of dirt.

>  many thnx
>  tg








Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2011 10:28:32 -0500

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: haru is here!


good people,

happy shunbun no hi!

love from watt

from brother damo:
>  Since last E-Report two extreme things happened which
>  will be marked on our history. Hi, here Damo Suzuki,
>  reporting.

>  Nice to see you here again, if you're first time here,
>  just enjoy this space of free energy and share to your
>  friend.

>  Revolution at Islam countries. They fight for human
>  right, Islam or non Islam. They need minimum right to
>  live. Then Tsunami crushed coasts of Northeast Japan
>  even worth, fighting with damaged reactor at nuclear
>  power station in Fukushima. This is the biggest damage
>  since WW2 in Japan. Still many people are missing,
>  everyday comes Job's Message...number of dead are
>  incusing. Horrible scenario.

>  Send words of condolence to the families of the victims
>  and the victims. Anyhow the world is coming closer
>  against nuclear power station. This is time to apart
>  from nuclear power station around the world.

>  Astrid, long time friend of mine sent me following very
>  interesting documentation about disaster of Tschernobl
>  in 1986. Unfortunately this is in German, but I'm sure
>  you can get it in your language. The documentation is
>  from Discovery Channel original. Really good
>  documentation : worth ro see.


>  This is the turning point to think about alternative
>  energy source and alternative life style. This will be
>  turning point to networking people comes closer,
>  against corrupt this system, authority and
>  establishment. We're standing on historical moment!!

>  Thank you for reading this E-Report...

>  I hope you enjoy my E-report and other news.

>  Now, it's begin....

>  Energy Damo@ Behinde your left shoulder

more from this brother here:


...and lite brothers are kicking up much dust in u.s.!


http://lite-web.com/news-en/ (for gaijin using baka 'puter jive)

p.s. watt tries to chimp own tour spiel:




Date: Sat, 26 Mar 2011 20:05:58 -0400

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: our lite brothers had to bail




a little sad cuz it's time lite brothers have to get back home but it
was a righteous ten gigs w/them. they played their hearts out and
inspired us much.

missingman guitarman tom made audible tour spiel here:

week one of tour

week two of tour
part one:
part two:

I chimped mine here (some from raul also):


after tonight here in athens (georgia) we are one third done.







Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2011 17:33:06 -0400

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: we work third opera for d. boon's bday tonight







sakura on d. boon's bday!




we work third opera for him tonight!




just put up tom's third week diary spiel:


raul now helping me w/tour chimping:


d. boon, fuck yeah!

love from watt





Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2011 03:32:50 -0400

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: what would d. boon do?







Date: Sun, 3 Apr 2011 04:51:53 -0400

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: when the revolution comes...


...will party and bullshit and party and bullshit and party and
bullshit and party and bullshit and party and bullshit and party and
bullshit and party and bullshit and party and bullshit and party and

when the revolution comes






Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2011 09:17:50 -0500

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: record store day's today!



all you good people,

yes, today is record store day!




("your independent and locally-run record stores need your business
more than just one day out of the year. they need it consistently")

and baka watt forgot to flow shot of his men and go! brothers from
last week in canada - aaahhhhhh!

but which one?











just did thirtyseventh gig in a row - thirtyeight if you count
righteous wfmu radio one - last night in chicago (where I was
conceived)... only thirteen to go - fourteen for me if you count
tuesday's gig for ronnie w/stooges in ann arbor...

keep on keepin' on watt



Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2011 11:57:36 -0600

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: each gig has its own day now


good people,

but just a week of tour left for us!

tom talks about last week here:


me and raul in one of those moments:







my chimped spiel:


I'll put up yesterday when we get to boise.

happy easter!


Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 08:53:29 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: dear sister


good people,

we have lost a dear sister... much respect to ms poly.


sadden watt







Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 10:40:42 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: and this brother...





ira cohen march 6 2011 mp3





Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2011 17:58:42 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: one gig of tour left!


tonight in sacto!







Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2011 18:55:58 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: Fwd: Re: one gig of tour left!



them a call it sack town.






Date: Sun, 1 May 2011 19:07:11 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: happy may day



just got everyone back safe.

we did it. I love my men.

will try and catch up on all everyone's sent me, sorry.

am finishing last chimping for the tour spiel now... head still
spinning though.





Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 13:20:05 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: back but not idle!



I am back in my pedro town but not idle!

tour was intense and interesting, read diary:


much respect to all the righteous gig-goers!

in the role of a bassman for a trio, I am here tonight:


in the role of icon (ridiculous), I am here saturday:




mike watt + the missingmen
friday, may 6 at 11 pm
at the the date shed
81800 avenue 51
indo, ca
(310) 985-1163

the inquisitive musician
saturday, may 7 at 8 pm
at the los angeles county museum of art
5905 wilshire bl.
l.a., ca
(323) 857-6000







Date: Sun, 8 May 2011 07:29:25 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: pynchon in public day 2011




Suggestions for the day itself:

1) Reading books, in public, by or about Thomas Pynchon.

2) Reading work of his 'heirs', such as David Foster Wallace, David
Mitchell, Neal Stephenson and Dave Eggers.

3) Reading work of authors who have cited Pynchon as an influence.
These include: Don DeLillo, Ian Rankin, William Gibson, Alan Moore,
Bruce Sterling and David Cronenberg.

4) Reading any other work, for example Katie Price's latest biography,
preferably with a sticker on the cover, 'My Other Book Is A Thomas

5) Organizing a local version of the W.A.S.T.E. postal network, as
described in 'The Crying of Lot 49?.'

6) Calling local radio stations, requesting they play 'Gravity's
Rainbow' by the Klaxons and other Pynchon-themed songs.

7) Organize a 'Philately Gone Wild' club night. Patrons could come
dressed as their favorite Pynchon character, covered in mute post horn
symbols in body paint or Weimar era cabaret stars.

8) Launching model V-2 rockets in an appropriate safe open area.

9) Post the muted post horn everywhere (see below).

10) Set up your own W.A.S.T.E. Network

11) Take a hot-air balloon trip in honor of the Airship Boys in Against
the Day. Openly carry a copy of the book as you do so.

12) Pledge to begin writing a Pynchon-influenced novel or short story.

13) Read The Education of Henry Adams in public.

14) Buttonhole strangers at random and explain to them the process of

15) Adopt a Pynchon character's name for the day. Use it on official

[I choose "zaby" - watt]









Date: Sun, 8 May 2011 07:59:44 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: thank you uncle ray







Date: Wed, 11 May 2011 08:50:39 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: more third opera live opportunities



good people,


wednesday, may 11 at 10 pm
at the bootleg theater
2220 beverly bl.
los angeles, ca
(213) 389-3856

and same goes for sack town next night!

thursday, may 12 at 10 pm
at the press club
as part of the in the flow festival
2030 p. st.
sacramento, ca
(916) 444-7914

dos does benefit...

kira on bass and singing plus watt on bass

saturday, may 14 at 8 pm
at the save dave king fundraiser
711 w. woodbury rd.
units a, b + c
altadena, ca

the first watt from pedro show
since getting home, the may 8,
2011 edition:


has thrilling conclusion of "steam
dreamers of inverness" mind movie

last tour's diary:










Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 11:02:30 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: ten years of twfps + watt's third opera live on-air thursday!



good people,

yesterday I did ten year anniversary
edition of the watt from pedro show w/brother
matt. it was thalia's bday and she was our guest.
hear it here:


big respect to bill and eric for their sightworks
hosting and support of this endeavor the entire decade!

all old shows are archived:


...and speaking of radio, me and my missingmen
preform my third opera "hyphenated-man" in its entirety
thursday, may 19 at 10 pm pdt live on kxlu (88.9 fm
in so cal,
http://www.kxlu.com on the web) for the
"neuz pollution" show - listen here then:


p.s. most important though:

fake rilakkuma!


this is zurakuma!

and how can kiiroi tori have teeth?

barcode baka!








Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:01:15 +0200

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: happy bloomsday!



happy bloomsday everyone!


we miss the big day by two but still
the spirit will be fresh!





the june 14, 2011 edition of the watt from
pedro show w/remote broadcast from rho, italy
and on-air guests stefano pilia + andrea belfi
(my il sogno del marinaio bandmates) up now at


am now part of wailing gigs w/the stooges,
have chimped some tour spiel here


(more tomorrow, italia gig)








Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 13:54:25 +0200

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: word "punk" and shakespeare



What does Shakespeare have to do with punk rock?

June 17, 2011

While the modern day use of the word "punk" might suggest anarchistic
youth, William Shakespeare used the term quite differently over 400
years ago. So how did this word evolve from a derogatory term aimed at
a woman to a derogatory term aimed at a young man?

Although its exact etymology is not known, the term "punk" has
survived numerous changes in meaning throughout the centuries. The
first recorded use of the term (unknown origin) occurred in the early
1590s, with reference to a "prostitute, harlot." The term "taffety
punk," a reference to "a well dressed whore," appears in William
Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, penned between 1604 and 1605.

The Scottish, spunk, meaning "a spark," is a 1530s reference to
burning embers and ashes. A similar use of the word can be found in a
1618 account by native inhabitants of Virginia as a reference to
overcooked corn: "Some of them, more thriftye then cleanly, doe burn
the coare of the eare to powder, which they call 'pungnough,' mingling
that in their meale, but yet never tasted well in bread or broath."
Native peoples throughout the Delaware region of the United States used
the word ponk around this time to reference "rotten wood used as

By 1896, and perhaps fueled by the "rotten" connotation to the term,
punk had become synonymous with "something worthless" and "young
criminal" -- specifically in relation to a male youth. It is perhaps
the latter definition that Dave Marsh had in mind when he coined the
phrase "punk rock" in his May 1971 column featured in Creem magazine.





Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2011 08:33:09 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: watt on the radio today and tomorrow


good people,

I have one week before back
to europe for more stooges so...

I'm w/karen schoemer
from noon to two pm (u.s. east coast time)
TODAY, wednesday, june 22
on wgxc in upstate ny 90.7 fm
please listen online

- - -

mike watt + the missingmen

performing "hyphenated-man"

thursday, june 23
starting at 11:15 am (u.s. west coast time)
live on kcrw
santa monica, ca
89.9 fm for the so cal area or
please listen online

- - -

I was on w/jim and greg earlier in the spring


please listen online

- - -

I have tour w/the stooges diary here:


- - -

the june 14, 2011 edition of the watt
from pedro show remote broadcast
from rho, italy w/on-air guest stefano
pilia and andrea belfi up now at






Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 14:59:46 +0100

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: lisbon's big hills tough for hiza but beautiful here



sorry last minute but on the radio here in lisbon, portugal at six pm
tonight their time w/pedro ramos, radar (97.8fm) - listen live at

also later after that I play w/brother steve mackay and his friends at
zdb if you happen to be around -

please send well-wishes towards scotty to heal up good, big love to
him. in the meantime larry's helping us and I had him on my show last
night - http:/twfps.com

I chimped more tour diary as well -

on bass, watt







Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:41:06 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: our new dos album is now out!



good people,

I'm very happy to tell you that yesterday
was the day the new dos album "dos y dos"
was released! please go to:


to check it out!

thanks to the org folks for so much

it's me and k on bass, that's it!

interview w/her about it here:


video for "number eight" here:


thank you chris

we're having a little party to celebrate
this saturday (july 16) at 8 pm at sacred grounds
which is at 468 w. sixth street, san pedro, ca
ph 310 514 0800 and it's free and for all ages
and also there will be righteous bassist/person
devin hoff w/a performance to blow minds!


me and k will do a set of dos songs too

...and the july 12, 2011 edition of the
watt from pedro show - back w/brother matt -
up now at:









Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 12:57:06 +0200

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

Subject: dos on npr


good folks,

dos on national public radio!


big thank you to alex and congrats on her new baby

"Audio for this story from Weekend Edition Saturday will be available
at approx. 12:00 p.m. ET" [july 23, 2011]


(so says the npr.org website)

ok, you can get our new album "dos y dos" by visiting

the july 19, 2011 edition of the watt from pedro show w/on-air guests
ward dotson, cy, matt + coco up now at

I'm in corsica right for now for stooges gig here tonight but you can
read about previous ones this summer at
http://hootpage.com/hoot_stooges-wattdiary2011b.html and I'll write
about this one tomorrow. it's my first time here, sure is pretty and
great chow.







Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 18:33:30 -0700

From: bofus? <bofus@mindspring.com>

To: bofus@mindspring.com

Message-ID: <20110805183330394370.b9399971@mindspring.com>

Subject: pat!


good people,

big time happy bday for pat smear - respect!

k on dos for cleveland scene:


brother's sister's daughter sound for this video:


arigatou to mr shimmy

again back w/brother matt for watt from pedro show:


good scotty-san spiel:


more tour diary chimped here:


(scroll to 'pert-near fucking bottom)



pat with watt excerpt mp3



emails collected by rinaldo rasa i thanks very much mike