Return to San Pedro: Mike Watt’s “on and off bass” Reviewed

on and off bass by Mike Watt Three Rooms Press; 100 p.  If you’ve followed the music made by Mike Watt since the late 1970s, then you understand: the man has slowly crafted his own language. Through albums by the Minutemen and fIREHOSE, as well as a string of acclaimed solo albums with the Missingmen and collaborations such as dos and Spielgusher, Watt has charted his own personal history, cited influences obscure and well-known, and coined phrases that have entered […]

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Afternoon Bites: Bookstore Napping, Mike Watt and Rick Moody Chat, Reading “James and the Giant Peach,” and More

“For years after reading Dahl, I would invent my own words, unconcerned that the gibberish I was scribbling might not exist in a dictionary.” Janelle Brown on James and the Giant Peach. Rick Moody interviewing Mike Watt? Yes, we’ll read that one. Rosemary DeWitt once napped in bookstores. Francisco Goldman on his view of Mexico City. The upcoming Books Beneath The Bridge Festival sounds excellent. Titus Welliver, interviewed at the AV Club. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google + and our Tumblr.

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Afternoon Bites: Mike Watt’s Photography, Grant Morrison Gets A Convention, Etgar Keret Interviewed, And More

Mike Watt is interviewed about his new book of photography, kayaking, and the fIREHOSE reunion. Not to be outdone, Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter talks about her band’s new album as well. Rebecca Sacks interviewed Etgar Keret for The Paris Review. Mike Doughty made Electric Literature a playlist. Ta-Nehisi Coates on filmmaker Neil Drumming. If you’re a fan of Grant Morrison’s work, this news about a convention focused on his work will likely make your day. Follow Vol. 1 Brooklyn on Twitter, Facebook, Google […]

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Afternoon Bites: Mike Watt Gets Literary, Rediscovered Altman, Colbert’s Pop Conference, And More

In today’s literary news surrounding punk rock legends: Three Rooms Press will be releasing on and off bass, a selection of Mike Watt’s tour diaries and photographs, in May. A lost short film directed by Robert Altman has been discovered by filmmaker Gary Huggins. In one of the more surreal moments of television in recent memory, Stephen Colbert talks about the EMP Pop Conference. Then again, he did once book Carl Wilson as a guest… Alexander Chee weighs in on the […]

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Afternoon Bites: Mike Watt, Leonard Cohen, DFW symposium, and more

At The Outlet, Ryan Chang reports on the release party for Ben Marcus’s The Flame Alphabet. On April 5 and 6, the Harry Ransom Center in Austin will be holding a David Foster Wallace symposium. Maura Johnston talks Leonard Cohen. This fall: new Chris Ware. We’re guessing that some of you are looking forward to that one… Mike Watt and Richard Meltzer made an album. This interview with Matthew Wasovich includes references to SST Records, Cleveland punk, Oneida’s Kid Millions, […]

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