• 2.18.9 Mike Watt in Los Punkinhedz recording

    Los Punkinhedz :
    Money Mark
    on keyboards
    John Wicks
    on drums
    Mike Watt
    on bass
    Raymond Pettibon Guest vocal

    guitars at the studio

    guitars at the studio

    Mike Watt runs over some songs

    Mike Watt runs over some songs

    Money Mark

    Money Mark

    John Wicks

    John Wicks

    Mike Watt

    Mike Watt

    Raymond Pettibon

    Raymond Pettibon

    John Wicks

    John Wicks

    Money Mark

    Money Mark

    Mike Watt

    Mike Watt

    Mike Watt and Money Mark in studio

    Mike Watt and Money Mark in studio

    Raymond Pettibon in studio

    Raymond Pettibon in studio

    session engineer : Nick Pavey

    session engineer : Nick Pavey

    Money Mark

    Money Mark

    Mike Watt, Money Mark, and my couchsurfer Abbéy Odunlami

    Mike Watt, Money Mark, and my couchsurfer Abbéy Odunlami

    John Wicks, Mike Watt, and Money Mark

    John Wicks, Mike Watt, and Money Mark

    Raymond Pettibon, Mike Watt, and Money Mark - LA River

    Raymond Pettibon, Mike Watt, and Money Mark - LA River


  • 1.10.9 Mouthfull / As A People : Red Devil Lounge San Francisco

     Coat check in pre-showCoat check in pre-show
    Nathan Ling - As A People

    Nathan Link - As A People

    Adam Yas - As A People

    Adam Yas - As A People

    Nigel Sussman - As A People

    Nigel Sussman - As A People

    Nels Cline pre-show

    Nels Cline pre-show

    Steve Mackay

    Steve Mackay

    Herman Green

    Herman Green

    Nels Cline

    Nels Cline

    Scott Amendola, Susan, Devin Hoff after show

    Scott Amendola, Susan, Devin Hoff after show

    Mike Watt after show

    Mike Watt after show


  • 1.8.9 Banyan at the Winston in San Diego

    Watt at Winston, San DiegoWatt 
    Herman Green and Nels Cline

    Herman Green and Nels Cline

    Perkins

    Perkins

    Perkins

    Perkins

    Herman Green, guest

    Herman Green


  • 1.7.9 Banyan at the Mint, Los Angeles

    Perkins

    Perkins

    Nels

    Nels

    Guest Herman Green

    Guest Herman Green

    Guest

    Guest

    Mike

    Mike

    Perkins

    Perkins


  • 1.1.9 The Watt From Pedro Show – New Year eve from my turf

    Mike Watt brings in the new year

    Mike Watt brings in the new year

     Mike came by to do another radio show on new year’s eve. It was an interesting evening, to say the least. He brought with him a bottle of Jim Beam, plus a six pack of beer. Only just a few days back from Japan, Mike was running on some kind of an exhaustion high. He downed bottles of beer impressively while nursing the Jim Beam. The recording was a little rough because the microphone he brought was … shitty. We had to retake some stuff. By 1 am, after ring in the new year, Mike was pretty much done and out. Still he woke up at the crack of dawn fully ready to go to his Polar Bear annual jumping in the ice water event in Pedro.

     

    Mike Watt with Cat 1 New Years Eve 2008>2009

    Mike Watt with Cat 1 New Years Eve 2008>2009


  • 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


  • 11.30.8 The Watt From Pedro Show with Tony Kinman (The Dils)

    Watt on 180th twfpsWatt on 180th twfps   

    Find the show here. 

    Tony Kinman on twfps

    Tony Kinman on twfps

    Tony laughing

    Tony laughing

    Tony Kinman's wife and my friend Morgan Moore in background

    Tony Kinman's wife and my friend Morgan Moore in background

    Watt

    Watt

    Watt

    Watt


  • 11.9.8 The Watt From Pedro Show

    Another installment of an internet radio TWFPS. I took couchsurfer photographer friend Giovanni Del Brenna with me.

     

    Watt talking on his internet radio show

    Watt talking on his internet radio show


  • 8.14-17.8 Warped Tour with Mike Watt & the Missingmen

    MIke Watt with the Missingmen does Warped Tour 08 - Chula Vista, CAMIke Watt & the Missingmen does Warped Tour 08 – Chula Vista, CA
     

     

    “The longest running of traveling music festival!” Mike Watt announces often on this trip. He speaks very fondly of Kevin Lyman, “the Boss”, the founder of this. I had never attended a Warped Tour out of all 22 years of its existence. When Watt brought it up the he’s taking the Missingmen to do a few of the cities around California, I asked to join. With Watt, I don’t really know how things happen – It’s between my demanding to get involved, or his invitation to participate. In any case, I’d still do my best to be a part of the experience. 

    Knowing full well what I was signing up for, I braced myself for the BOAT RIDE. A space was saved for me in the co-pilot section as the Missingmen guitarist Tom Watson, drummer Raul Moreles, and general roadie friend co conspirator Richard Bonney were in the back seat. Watt signed up the band for 3 shows, and damn it all to hell, I will go to all of them. First show in Chula Vista near San Diego – 2 hour south of LA, then ‘hell ride’ 8-9 hours up the coast to Mountain View for a 9am check in at the festival office. One day break and the last one was to be back southward in Carson, just a bit south of LA. Yes, South – North – South…Watt Style. The third show was the last one to conclude Warped Tour.

    This is one place where I put my ignorance to use more apparently. I decided a long time ago that I would preserve my learning about people/events from real life interaction. This is also to help me be objective in my photography pursuit. The personal impression of people I meet is very crucial, this I find over the years. It is as if all the information from somewhere else – word of mouths, others’ interpretations, internet, websites – are hard for me to filter out once received. I would then get confused and nervous of portraying people the way someone else somewhere might expect. Selfish, I know – but I pay high price to get to be like this.

    Part of the huge ignorance I went in with was about anything Punk ; bands, personalities, histories, and relationships. Other than Mike Watt and his Missingmen that I traveled with, I knew no other bands. I didn’t even know that Warped Tour had always been held in parking lots. About them, I think the festival organization is quite outstanding. All bands must check in first thing in the morning, at the day of event. They were then given the schedule and stage assignment. This way, Watt explained, they will have no problems with bands showing up whenever they want. All the bands and crew get fed 2 meals, lunch and dinner. I appreciated the recycling effort implemented throughout the festival ground.

    Watt and his band was to play at the Old School Stage – this is unique to the West Coast leg of the tour. Bands like Fear, TSOL, The Germs, The Dickies and Watt’s played on this stage. Watching Watt glowed catching up with old friends from ‘back in the days’ was something else. I only caught performances here and there feeling very scattered and ineffective in photo coverage. I couldn’t help it but being crazy distracted by EVERYthing else that was going on. There were at least a dozen stages, and must be close to a hundred bands playing back, and at the same time. I had to constantly remind myself this was another Watt-centric photo coverage. That way I wouldn’t get tempted to stray far. 

    Partial photo report 

    Watt discusses the band schedule - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt discusses the band schedule - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt on stage in Chula Vista where the concert was not

    Watt on stage in Chula Vista where the concert was not

    Raul's smile qualifies to effect world's peace

    Raul's smile qualifies to effect world's peace

    Richard, Tom, and Raul

    Richard, Tom, and Raul

    Band loading out - Chula Vista, CA

    Band loading out - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt - Chula Vista, CA

    neo-retro-punk fashion?

    neo-retro-punk fashion?

    Family Force Five or FF5, the most animated band I had ever seen - Mountain View, CA

    Family Force Five or FF5, the most animated band I had ever seen - Mountain View, CA

    Lee Ving of Fear - Mountain View, CA

    Lee Ving of Fear - Mountain View, CA

    Mondo Lopez of Fear - Mountain View, CA

    Mondo Lopez of Fear - Mountain View, CA

    Watt with Kevin Lyman

    Watt with Kevin Lyman

    Watt - Carson, CA

    Watt - Carson, CA

    Jack Grisham with TSOL - Carson, CA

    Jack Grisham with TSOL - Carson, CA

    Lorna Dooms and Pat Smear - the Germs, Carson, CA

    Lorna Dooms and Pat Smear - the Germs, Carson, CA

    Shane West - the Germs, Carson, CA

    Shane West - the Germs, Carson, CA

    The Dickies - Warped Tour, Carson, CA

    The Dickies - Warped Tour, Carson, CA

    Watt - Chula Vista, CA

    Watt - Chula Vista, CA

    Mike Watt and the Missingmen waiting for BBQ after the festival - Mountain View, CA

    Mike Watt & the Missingmen Raul and Tom after festival in Mountain View, CA


  • 7.9.8 The Watt From Pedro Show with Todd Congelliere of Recess Records, Issac, and Vinnie Vegas

    Follow the link to the show here.

     

    Watt recording twfps

    Watt recording twfps

    Brother Matt

    Brother Matt

    Todd Congelliere of Recess Records

    Todd Congelliere of Recess Records

    Issac has my tattoo

    Issac has my tattoo

    Watt

    Watt

    Vinnie

    Vinnie