Mike Watt

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Interview: Nels Cline

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When I interviewed punk rock bass guitar hero Mike Watt a couple years ago, he referred to guitarist Nels Cline’s musicianship by saying, “He has no fear”. And when you consider Cline’s diverse discography, that seems like an apt description.

Cline is best known for being the lead guitarist for Wilco, a position he has held for the past ten years. He has also performed and/or recorded with a variety of other artists including Watt, Thurston Moore, Charlie Haden, and his wife Yuka Honda, in styles including jazz, free improvisation, and avant rock.

In a new project, Cline and Honda will be composing the soundtrack for an upcoming documentary called Almost Sunrise, which follows the healing journey of two veterans who don’t want to become part of the shocking statistic that 22 former American soldiers commit suicide every day. Almost Sunrise is directed by Michael Collins, who also directed the award-winning film Give Up Tomorrow, and recently received $100K in support from a Kickstarter campaign to help finance the editing of hundreds of hours of footage.

Cline graciously took part of a rare day off to talk about the Almost Sunrise project, plus his former job at Rhino Records and making music with Wilco and Mike Watt. The interview was done by phone on 6/10/14.

Interview: Rickie Lee Jones

Rickie Lee Jones is an acclaimed singer-songwriter who released her first album in 1979 and won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1980. Her song “Chuck E.’s In Love” was a huge hit, as were her first two albums, both of which reached the Top 5 in the U.S. She went on to release a dozen more albums in various styles, and her 1989 duet with Dr. John, “Makin’ Whoopee!”, won her another Grammy Award.

This interview was conducted by email, with answers received on May 20, 2011.

Concert Review: Mike Watt and the Missingmen Play Hyphenated Man

Review of Mike Watt concert at Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, 3/10/11.

Photos: Mike Watt

Photos by L. Paul Mann: Mike Watt and The Missingmen, Velvet Jones, Santa Barbara, 3/10/11.

Interview: Mike Watt talks about Yoko Ono gigs

Mike Watt co-founded, played bass, and composed many of the songs for the influential indie-punk band The Minutemen, which sadly was silenced when guitarist D. Boon died in a car accident. Watt has also played with fIREHOSE and, since 2003, The Stooges.

On October 1 and 2, Watt was a guest musician for Yoko Ono’s performances in Los Angeles, the second of which was reviewed here. This interview, conducted 10/8/10, covered his thoughts on these concerts, plus his recent projects with The Missingmen and Floored By Four.

Concert Review: Mike Watt and the Missingmen

Review of Mike Watt and the Missingmen concert at Mercury Lounge 3/7/10, with openers oso and Lite.

Concert Preview: Mike Watt and the Missingmen


Preview of concert by Mike Watt and the Missingmen at the Mercury Lounge on 3/7/10.

Interview: Mike Watt

Mike Watt’s musical resume is about as cool as they come. He co-founded the influential San Pedro-based indie-punk band The Minutemen, playing bass and composing many of their songs. After Minutemen guitarist D. Boon tragically died in a car accident, guitarist Ed “fROMOHIO” Crawford joined up with Watt and Minutemen drummer George Hurley to form the somewhat underappreciated late-80′s and early-90′s band fIREHOSE. And since 2003, he has been playing bass with re-formed (but perhaps not reformed) punk rock godfathers The Stooges, fronted by Iggy Pop.

This interview was conducted by phone on 2/9/10.

Advice From Musicians

Songwriters and musicians answer the question: What advice would you give to an aspiring songwriter/musician? Responses from:

Pete Seeger
Sir George Martin
Steve Reich
Jeff Barry
David Crosby
Graham Nash
Fats Domino
Willie Nelson
George Clinton
Alice Cooper
Slash
Wanda Jackson
Yoko Ono
Ian Anderson
Jon Anderson
Arlo Guthrie
Booker T. Jones
Eric Burdon
Dick Dale
Pat Metheny
John Mayall
Dave Mason
Jello Biafra
Jeff Mangum
Dr. John
Ann Wilson
Jimmy Webb
Greg Lake
Richard Thompson
Tony Levin
Boz Scaggs
Geoff Emerick
Bonnie Bramlett
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford
Mark Lindsay
Chuck Negron
Chuck D
Eddie Izzard
Rickie Lee Jones
Todd Rundgren
Alan Parsons
Peter Hook
Laurie Anderson
Dan Hicks
Glen Matlock
Alan Bergman
Danny Seraphine
Clem Burke
Stephen Perkins
Jack DeJohnette
Holly Near
Will Jennings
Kinky Friedman
Nels Cline
Raffi
Yanni
Mark Volman
Howard Kaylan
Richie Furay
Bill Champlin
Ted Nugent
Billy Corgan
Peter Buck
Bryan Adams
Maceo Parker
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Jeremy Spencer
Karla Bonoff
Billy Duffy
Chris Shiflett
Nick Oliveri
Kronos Quartet: David Harrington, John Sherba, Hank Dutt
David Cassidy
Morris Day
Abdul “Duke” Fakir
Annie Haslam
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
Jody Williams
Jimmy Carter
Ray Manzarek
John Densmore
Robby Krieger
Paul Kantner
Jorma Kaukonen
Jack Casady
Martin Gore
Mike Campbell
John McEuen
Kim Wilson
Paul Barrere
Fred Tackett
Steve Hillage
Robben Ford
Bill Frisell
Charles Lloyd
Garry Peterson
Jim Kale
Emilio Castillo
Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka
Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia
David Garibaldi
Hale Milgrim
John Batdorf
Bones Howe
Don Randi
Bob Cowsill
John Cowsill
David Pack
David Lindley
Ricky Phillips
Rosemary Butler
Tata Vega
T-Bone Burnett
Johnny Rivers
Gary Brooker
Robin Trower
Garland Jeffreys
Airto Moreira
Seun Kuti
June Millington
Jean Millington
Cherie Currie
Penelope Houston
Jake Shimabukuro
Country Joe McDonald
Jonathan Richman
Van Dyke Parks
R. Stevie Moore
Steve Wynn
Steve Diggle
Pete Shelley
Andy Shernoff
Blag Dahlia
James Stevenson
Gary Twinn
Tony Kaye
Glen Phillips
Larry Ramos
Jim Yester
Gary Lucas
Charlie Musselwhite
Lester Sterling
Lynval Golding
Carl Giammarese
James Alexander
William Bell
Carl Graves
Martha High
Steve Vai
Thurston Moore
Bob Mould
Lou Barlow
Cris Kirkwood
Curt Kirkwood
Mike Watt
Josh Tillman
Will Oldham
Bill Callahan
Buzz Osborne
Dale Crover
Jim Heath
Neil Hagerty
Bob Bert
Ken Stringfellow
Don Fleming
Jason Lytle
Cedric Bixler-Zavala
Josh Klinghoffer
Mike Muir
Mike Palm
Parry Gripp
Devendra Banhart
Neal Casal
Stephen Pope
Jonathan Wilson
Dana Janssen
Zac Holtzman
Ritzy Bryan
Kim Manning
Linnea Vedder
Robert Randolph
Jim Coleman
James Jackson Toth
John Doe
Exene Cervenka
Billy Zoom
DJ Bonebrake
Dave Alvin
Henry Rollins
Victor Krummenacher
David Lowery
Jonathan Segel
Greg Lisher
Sam Coomes
Janet Weiss
Jack Grisham
Ron Emory
Rick Wilder
Scott Franklin
Michael Livingston
Paul Mars
Merle Allin
Donald “Dino Sex” Sachs
Dannis and Bobby Hackney
Chris Geddes
Michael Andrews
Joey Burns
Dallas Good
Connor Martin
Michael Chapman
Russell Ferrante
Jimmy Haslip
Eddie Tuduri
Brute Force
Mark Tulin
Ian Underwood
Billy Cox
Jim Kweskin
Geoff Muldaur
Will Cullen Hart
Scott Spillane
Julian Koster
Bert Lams
Paul Richards
John Kadlecik
Seymour Duncan
Daniel Levitin
David Freiberg
Steve Young
Justin Roberts
Taylor Goldsmith
Nolan Wheeler
Charles Bradley
Bob Margolin
Freebo
Thomas Brenneck
Mike Deller
Larkin Grimm
Jason Reeves
Buddy Miller
Black Francis
Alex Ebert
Al Kooper
Jeff Hanneman
Ira Kaplan