Previously available only in Japan, it
arrives early next year Stateside.
By Blurt Staff
Minutemen bassist/current Stooges bassist/solo artist/collaboratist Mike Watt
has announced that he’ll be releasing his third opera, Hyphenated-Man worldwide in
both physical and digital formats early in the new year on his newly formed Clenchedwrench
label. It follows 1997’s Contemplating
the Engine Room and 2004’s The
SecondMan’s Next Stand.
was only available in Japan
on the Parabolica label. Art is above/ tracklisting,
will be followed by a series of collaborative recording projects Watt’s
participated in the past year – stay tuned.
Meanwhile his recent collaboration with Nels Cline, Yuka
Honda and Dougie Bowne called Floored By
Four picked up great press notices this year, including the following
review at BLURT:
On break from his
near-now-permanent tenure with The Stooges, Pedro-punk’s most steadfast
soldier/bassist Mike Watt, along with guitarist Nels Cline (ditto in regard to
his stay in Wilco), keyboardist Yuka Honda (late of Cibo Matto) and drummer
Dougie Bowne (the ultimate Downtown avant-garde session rhythmatist) make with
the atonal jazz-soul noise and roll with furious funk.
Four songs singularly named and
composed by the bassist for each of the quartet’s members, the Floored By Four
started as Watt’s “New York
project,” and wound up as a testament to their shared love of Krautrock,
Captain Beefheart and latter-day Miles Davis, with some Stax stuff thrown in as
a good luck rabbit’s (good) foot. Add to the grueling groove and the simmering
avant-soul the stop-and-start complexity of four improvisational-ists at the
top of their games and you get the stammer of “Yuka,” the cackle of
“Watt” and the absolutely epic skronk of “Dougie.” Ouch.