Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

May 14, 2017

[Photo by Dean Keim]

It’s an absolute shame it took me this long to see Mike Watt live. I recall as a teenager hearing about the epic Watt/Foo Fighters/Hovercraft tour of 1995—recently documented on Ring Spiel Tour ’95—and not quite knowing who this guy was except for “Against the 70s.” A few years later I would learn of the Minutemen and fIREHOSE, but still it never seemed to work out to catch Watt live. Last week I rectified that in the best way possible. Watt has been playing off and on with Tom Watson (guitar) and Jerry Trebotic (drums) since 2001 and they’ve got the whole spiel down pat. Twenty-seven songs in under an hour with a whole bunch of Minutemen favorites thrown in—pure joy.

The Tour Tour Two with the Meat Puppets continues. Check here for dates.

I recorded this from the right side of the room with the AKG’s flown high. The sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Download at the Live Music Archive

Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show
Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn, NY

The Tour Tour Two

Recorded and produced by Eric PH for nyctaper.com

AKG C480B/CK63 (ROC, PAS) > Zoom F8 > WAV (24/48) > Adobe Audition CC (compression, normalize, fades) + Izotope Ozone 5 (EQ) > Audacity 2.0.5 (tracking, tagging) > FLAC (24/48, level 8)

Tracks [55:05]
01. [Intro]
02. Little Doll [The Stooges]
03. She Don’t Know Why I’m Here [The Last]
04. Sweet Honey Pie [Roky Erickson]
05. Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs [Minutemen]
06. One Chapter in the Book [Minutemen]
07. Fake Contest [Minutemen]
08. Big Bang Theory
09. The Tin Roof [Minutemen]
10. Amnesty Report II [The Pop Group]
11. Beacon Sighted Through Fog [Minutemen]
12. If Reagan Played Disco [Minutemen]
13. Life as a Rehearsal [Minutemen]
14. This Road [Minutemen]
15. Forever… One Reporter’s Opinion
16. It’s Expected I’m Gone [Minutemen]
17. Anxious Mo-Fo [Minutemen]
18. The Big Foist [Minutemen]
19. Surfin’ With the Shah [Urinals]
20. Political Song For Michael Jackson to Sing [Minutemen]
21. The Glory of Man [Minutemen]
22. The Politics of Time [Minutemen]
23. [banter]
24. Slots
25. Statement
26. Art Analysis
27. Self-Referenced [Minutemen]
28. Cut [Minutemen]
29. [banter]
30. The Red and the Black [Blue Öyster Cult]

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13 Responses to Mike Watt + The Jom and Terry Show: May 10, 2017 Brooklyn Bowl

  1. Tom Ward
    May 14, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    how come you did not get a sbd feed and make a matrix? someone on etree did.

  2. EricPH
    May 14, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Harsh, bruh.

  3. May 14, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Tom Ward, do you have any idea what is required to do a sbd/aud matrix at BK Bowl? We’ve done it a few times before and the labor is far too intense for the small gain in sound quality. I’m not going to lay 30 feet of cable with gaffa tape along the wall of the venue just to gain a little bit more vocals, and I’m certainly not going to ask Eric to do it on a show for which he covered on short notice when I had a family event prevent me from attending.

  4. LazArchives
    May 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Life is a bitch. Dig the music, carry on. Sheeeesh. Thanks again.

  5. Some User
    May 15, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    The song “This Road” is not by Jars of Clay, but another Minutemen song.

  6. EricPH
    May 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm


  7. mikeL
    May 15, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    thanks for taping and posting Eric.

    have been following watt (and meat puppets) since ’85 (sadly d.boon died before i got to see the minutemen), first seeing fIREHOSE open for sonic youth in 86.

    all of his projects over the years have been top-notch, but IMO
    watt’s current, minutemen-heavy shows especially need to get out there. that music is approaching 40 years old and sounds as vital and fresh as ever – maybe even moreso! (there was a LOT of fresh music happening in ’85), and more young people should hear what mike, d. and george hurley were up to…and start their own bands!

    i haven’t posted anything yet but did run a multi-track matrix of the brooklyn show, and will have it up on the LMA in the hopefully not-to-distant future.

    your recording came out really nice Eric. mics up high, nice sounding room leave it to somespoiled non-tapers to be unappreciative!

    I was a little daunted by doing a multi-track at the BB, preferring a smaller venue but limited by schedule and sates which included grant on the bill. my matrixing task is a little easier as i use 4 separate recorders. so instead of snaking a cable, i was doing much snaking through the ever-denser crowd.

    was going to say hi, but was short on time with decks spread apart.

  8. EricPH
    May 16, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Mike, looking forward to hearing your matrix. Three recorders is a lot of work, but I’m sure it’s going to sound awesome. Cheers

  9. Shea
    May 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Great sound. No need for soundboard when the mics sound like this. I was standing about 10 feet in front of your mics and this recording sounds much better than in person. Thanks for taping. This is great.

  10. Shea
    May 16, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    By the way, the bowling pins in the background of the banter are priceless. Great recording.

  11. EricPH
    May 16, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks Shea. I was also impressed at how well it came out considering the difficulties of the room.

  12. dead_elvis
    May 17, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Great set, thanks for posting up at archive.org!

    One nit to pick – isn’t this the Jom & Terry Show?

  13. EricPH
    May 17, 2017 at 8:32 am

    Thanks. I totally missed that. Fixed.

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