Mike Watt Tackles the Minutemen, again

26 May

Though the local club (that is trying to gentrify a working class Hispanic neighborhood) barred my camera from entry, these cell phone pics do capture some of Mike Watt’s roiling energy, surge, and rumble (mixed with bouts of whispery quietude), and his fiery, fluid cross-cutting between the Minutemen’s deep vaultage/history of song last night, from “If Reagan Played Disco” and “Cut” to obscure nugget tracks off Double Nickels on the Dime and What Makes a Man Start Fires? — a high velocity jukebox of crackerjack tunes, including Roky Erickson, meant to sweep away the last embers of mundane music. “Go start your own band!” he yelped at the end, paying homage to the Big Boys, the funk-punk pioneers of Texas. Look for my interview with Watt posting tomorrow!

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