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Reverend Guitars Unveils Lefty Mike Watt Signature Bass
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Reverend Guitars Unveils Lefty Mike Watt Signature Bass

Mike Watt’s signature Wattplower bass from Reverend Guitars is now available in a left-handed version, the company has announced. The limited run was created as a gift for another punk rock legend. “Mike Watt wanted to have one made as a gift for Iggy Pop – a left-handed player,” they write. “Reverend Guitars saw this as an opportunity to make...

Mike Watt with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder: Walking The Cow
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Mike Watt with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder: Walking The Cow

Ever since the Ring Spiel Tour ’95 album came out last year, I’ve been hooked on this song. “Walking The Cow” is an odd little tune written by Daniel Johnston and reimagined here by Mike Watt along with Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder, Pat Smear, and William Goldsmith. Watt lays down a perfect bass line accented by a few pops and...

Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass
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Reverend Guitars Unveils Mike Watt Signature Wattplower Bass

Bass legend Mike Watt has teamed up with Reverend Guitars for a special signature bass called the Wattplower. The short-scale bass also features a smaller body and is reminiscent of vintage basses that Watt gravitated towards. “He was always modifying the vintage basses,” Reverend writes, “so Joe Naylor built the Wattplower with all of his favorite mods on board, some...

Mike Watt Releases Historic Live Album
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Mike Watt Releases Historic Live Album

A special piece of history has been released with Mike Watt’s Ring Spiel Tour ’95 album. It was a special time for Watt, who was just beginning his solo work after years of working with The Minutemen and fIREHOSE. His first solo album, Ball-Hog or Tugboat? was released in February 1995, and he took the show on the road in...

Mike Watt with Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, & Pat Smear: Big Train
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Mike Watt with Eddie Vedder, Dave Grohl, & Pat Smear: Big Train

I’ve been revisiting some of Mike Watt‘s music recently after listening to his incredible interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, and this clip floored me. The punk legend toured in 1995 with a superstar band to back him up including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Foo Fighters members Dave Grohl and Pat Smear. Here’s the group on the Jon Stewart...

Mike Watt: The Stooges Are Writing New Music
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Mike Watt: The Stooges Are Writing New Music

The Stooges are back to making new music, says bassist Mike Watt. The band, which hasn’t released any new material since 2007’s The Weirdness, is still in the very formative stages of writing. “I’ll tell you this: James Williamson a few months ago had me put bass on nine songs that he gave to Ig [Iggy Pop] and Ig is...

Mike Watt Releases “On and Off Bass” – A Book of Photos, Reflections and Diary Excerpts
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Mike Watt Releases “On and Off Bass” – A Book of Photos, Reflections and Diary Excerpts

Mike Watt, bassist for the Stooges, the Minutemen, fIREHOSE and others, has released Mike Watt: On and Off Bass, featuring photos, thoughts and diary excerpts culled from his archives over the last ten years. Watt, who has a deep interest in photography, has had his work featured at Track 16 Gallery, in his home town of San Pedro, California. The...

fIREHOSE releases “lowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology (’91 – ’93)”
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fIREHOSE releases “lowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology (’91 – ’93)”

Alternative rock band fIREHOSE, anchored by bassist Mike Watt, have released a new box set featuring their work from the early ’90s. lowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology (’91 – ’93) offers up 45 tracks, including both of the band’s albums on Columbia Records (Flyin’ The Flannel and Mr. Machinery Operator), as well as 15 tracks of out-of-print and previously unreleased recordings....

Mike Watt to Reunite With fIREHOSE; Releases Album with Spielgusher
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Mike Watt to Reunite With fIREHOSE; Releases Album with Spielgusher

2012 is shaping up to be a busy year for punk rock icon Mike Watt, with the and the announcement that fIREHOSE will be reuniting in April. The group, which was formed by Watt and fellow Minutemen member George Hurley after frontman D. Boon’s death, hasn’t played together since 1994. The band has revealed two weeks of dates, including a...

Chris Murphy: Blues for Bukowski, with Mike Watt
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Chris Murphy: Blues for Bukowski, with Mike Watt

Violinist Chris Murphy enlisted the help of bassist Mike Watt and drummer Steven Hodges for this tune, “Blues for Bukowski” for his 2007 album, Luminous. Here’s the official video, complete with bass solo.