• 12.27.8 Mike Watt and the Secondmen at Redwood, Downtown LA

    Watt hauling gear

     

    Watt hauling gear

     
    The last gig of the year, as it was billed by Mike Watt, I had the duty to show up. It turned out to be a weird reunion of many musical strides, running of the same circle. I went along with Nels Cline, and through him I met/remet many faces I’d seen over the past couple of years. It was a little socially overwhelming to be in a place where a good amount of people know each other. It was almost like a community, an actual live, living community, flesh..blood, and faces. Yes, I sound a little tripped out, because I did. One of things characterizing LA is how spread out, hard to organize it is. I can only think of one month out of the year where this is possible. Specifically the last week of the year – seems to be the most willing of all occasions for people to actually come out of their comfortable hiding places and secure the connections after the family obligations were over with. It is as if christmas time put a huge pressure for people to be with families, and because of it, the slight revolt in people needing to verify their own choice of their own free willed connections, the other identity. 

    All in all it was a weirdly exhilarating evening.

     

    Jessica Catron and Jeremy Drake

    Jessica Catron and Jeremy Drake

    Watt talks to audience

    Watt talks to audience

    Pete Mazich of Secondmen

    Pete Mazich of Secondmen

    yet another instigation for people to 'start your own band'

    yet another instigation for people to 'start your own band'

    Watt's post gig socializing

    Watt's post gig socializing