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Meat Puppets w/ Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry Show and Grant Hart – Brooklyn Bowl 05/10/2017

Meat Puppets, Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry Show w/ Special Guest Grant Hart

Brooklyn Bowl – 05/10/2017

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

In 1985 label mates at SST Records embarked on the road in what was dubbed “The Tour” and it featured the likes of Husker Du, the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Saccharine Trust, and SWA. Fast forward to 2017 and we have some of the ol’ gang hitting the road together again as The Meat Puppets have embarked on ‘The Tour Tour Two’ co-headlining dates with Mike Watt (Minutemen) + The Jom & Terry Show. Not only that, but a handful of dates here on the East Coast feature Grant Hart (From Husker Du) as a special guest opener. We’re at the Brooklyn Bowl for this one, which in case you’ve missed it, is a active bowling alley/concert venue hybrid and it’s the best thing to hit Williamsburg since IPA or CitiBike docking stations.

If you’re a fan of unique personalities, I’d like to introduce you to my new close and personal friend Grant Hart. Hanging around the venue incognito before he opened his set at 8PM with a booming Colorado. Real cool dude and as later discovered, nice enough to autograph stuff for fans who asked during the night. His set was about a half hour of glorioussness. You’re the Reflection of The Moon on The Water” is off 2009’s Hot Wax before the token Husker Du track Never Talking To You Again got resounding cheers. Or maybe it was someone rolling a strike at one of the lanes. Those folks seemed jacked to knock over pins with a ball. Two people behind me were talking to each other during the set. Overheard: “This guy, maybe he’s famous? A lot of people watching.” Yeah, he’s famous. As he said after the set “yeah man we worked hard back in the day on all this stuff so people can have our songs as their fucking ringtone.” Fantastic set.

Also, right before ducking off. Grant said something: “Home of the brave, not home of the chicken shit! We gotta do something man. Let’s shut the mother fucker down!” Damn right Grant, damn right. #Resist

Mike Watt has been bringing his Pedro twang to the scene since the 80s. He’s been in so many bands, so many different projects and is integral to every one of them. A set of assorted covers would blast out our eardrums over the next hour.

Tonight Mike Watt is with the Jom & Terry Show, comprised of Tom Watson on guitar and Jerry Trebotic. Need to be good to keep up with the pluckin’ and peddlin’ of Watt and these dudes are up for the task. Portions of the night had me in awe of Tom Watson’s guitar expertise.

Songs were running into each other without pause at times, like the notion of playing 48 songs in 43 minutes wasn’t so far out of the realm. Some songs contained long break downs at the end where Watt would run wild with the bass. Incredible vibes flowing through the Brooklyn Bowl on this night. Right after he said goodnight Mike Watt screamed out “John Coltrane!!!” then put his yellow backpack back on and headed off stage. Perfect.

The Meat Puppets had a little extra kick in their step tonight as they hit the stage at 10:15. Maybe it’s playing with old friends, maybe it’s the vibe of Williamsburg fueling the fire on stage. Legends to put it lightly, this is personally my 19th time seeing the sun scored desert rockers.

That said, it was exciting to hear a couple songs that haven’t been busted out most of those times. When Flaming Heart hit, it was so hard to contain squeals of excitement. They sang the harmonies on the chorus differently than the version found on Too High To Die, more low key. It was delightful.

Sam, Coming Down, Oh Me and Plateau had preceded. The Meat Puppets Facebook page had a live video going for the evening’s opener of Sam. How cool is that? And what do the comments read on that video? Well, they critique the abilities of the person taking said live video. The direct reason we can’t have nice things. Sidenote: I envy Cris Kirkwood’s beard.

The last time I saw The Meat Puppets play Severed Goddess Hand live, to my knowledge (fact-checking encouraged) was back in 2008 when they opened for Build To Spill with Dinosaur Jr sandwiched between them. The grainy pictures from my blackberry make me sick to this day. Sick in a different way was yet another gem from one of my favorite records of theirs.

Not exactly the same as the version that Metallica plays, Whiskey In The Jar is always a fun time live.

Mockin’ Bird Hill was the two minute break from the ear-shredding that we all needed. Sweet little diddy and gave everyone a chance to catch their breath. This calm in the air would only last one minute and forty four seconds.

ATTACKED BY MONSTERS!!!!!!!!!! How awesome!? It’s a freaking headbanger full of fuzzy guitar genius. Only time I’ve seen them do it is 2009. This was sick. Upset this isn’t one of the songs they chose to extended jam on, but the night isn’t over.

Up on The Sun had to have clocked in at over 10 minutes. It can’t be said enough about the Meat Puppets. It’s a trip you take. These mid-song space jams, it’s like being elevated into some sort of craft and you return to earth when they come back into the song eventually. They always come back. Curt didn’t pull out the slide til late in the evening. The Brooklyn Bowl got smoked by the old guard of SST tonight. And it was phenomenal.


Coming down

Oh, me


Flaming heart


Severed Goddess Hand

Monkey And The Snake

Mockin’ Bird Hill

Whiskey In The jar

I’m ragged but I’m right

Touchdown king

Seal Whales

Lake of fire

Attacked by Monsters

Up on The Sun

Encore: Climbing


Meat Puppets @ Brooklyn Bowl 10/12/13

Meat Puppets – Brooklyn Bowl

Brooklyn,NY – 10/12/13

Words/Photos/Videos – Jay Porks

Meat Puppets Brooklyn Bowl 2013

You know what they say, 13th time is a charm right? This is going to be a great one, The Meat Puppets are back in New York tonight! At the Brooklyn Bowl no less, in the hipster capital of the world known as Williamsburg. How could you not love the Brooklyn Bowl? If I had any money I’d have dinner, the menu looks amazing. It’s a bowling alley, and people do bowl during the duration of the show. It’s kinda neat, like  between your turns you can rock out to awesome music.  Spent a good portion of my 6 o clock hour lost in this town, because even if you give me the smartest phone in the world I can still find ways not to follow directions and follow my own wrong instincts. Didn’t get to the Brooklyn Bowl til about 645, 45 minutes after doors opened, and settled in on a couch.. near an outlet. On the lookout for any Meat Puppets walking by.

Enemy Planes

Enemy Planes hit the stage at 8:35. Would you call this “groovy”? These guys got into jams I can’t even explain which way is up. It appears as if my iPhone isn’t the only apple product in use here tonight at the Brooklyn Bowl, as there are MacBooks all over the stage. A dude playing slide guitar, just because. I kept thinking that I’ve seen this lead singer before, where have I seen him. Then I figured it out. This is where Jesse Pinkman drove his car off to in the Breaking Bad series finale! He does look like Pinkman. They captured the room, had a bunch of people up front extremely interested in the goings on. I was checking out the rest of the room make sure it filled out, which it did to an extent. Enemy Planes went off at 9:09.

Meat Puppets pushing it close to 10, and there’s another show on after this with doors to that opening  at 11:30. About 10 to 10 it was time to party.  Kirkwood, Kirkwood, Kirkwood and Sahm.. The Meat Puppets.

Meat Puppets Brooklyn Bowl 2013

In April, I remember mixing up the names of I’m A Mindless Idiot and Seal Whales. They’re both extended instrumental jams, and there was no confusion tonight as this mindless idiot was rolling film. The thing about this tour is the lack of video appearing on YouTube from it. I’ve made a conscience decision to change that.

Monkey and the Snake and Touchdown King brought the fierceness before jumping into a Plateau/Coming Down back to backer.

That Plateau was nothing short of fucking majestic and Coming Down seemed, if it could be, a little extra twangy tonight. Went for the shortened version of Up On The Sun tonight, it was ONLY TEN MINUTES long!

Curt pulled out the slide early tonight, early and often.

Curt Slide

First Rat Farm tracks tonight: Sometimes Blue and Waiting rocked the Bowling Alley into nothing but a sea of bobbing heads. Waiting is so Byrds-y, then you just sing the lyrics along to yourself and realize how far a songwriter the man to the far left of our room,

Curt Kirkwood, has evolved to over the course of the last 30 years. Then it was time for Sam, a song that I recall Marc Maron asking Curt about on his WTF podcast last week. How is Shandon not busting open his drum kit back there? He’s killin’ it as usual.

Sam was speedy as ever, serving as a great prelude to the Lost that would follow.

Curtin' It Close


Time for some Oh, Me action. I knew it was coming after Lost, didn’t need to see Curt mouth it to the band to have the feel of the set.

Speaking of feels of the set, I set myself up right in front of the stage to the far right anticipating Curt to be there but he and Cris switched sides! They’re usually on opposite sides, the 12 other times I’ve seen them anyway. I’m standing right in front of Cris, who is a master of jumping around stage hitting the bass like a beast. And Elmo is sandwiched between Father and Uncle, front and center. Destroying it. Broke a string or two by night’s end. This kid shreds harder and better every time I see these dudes. Especially on Seal Whales, which came right after

Time and Money, another solid Rat Farm track.

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Now we’re diving right into a groovy Backwater as it seems we are creeping to the end of this evening. During Sloop John B next I wrote it down along with writing down Lake of Fire.. Because Lake of Fire always comes next, right? Thirteenth time seeing these guys and they still can throw curve balls- Open Wide came next. A very surprised reaction not unlike the one I felt in April at Mercury Lounge, I let off a loud “oh shit!!” As I focused in with my new toy on the video, my iPhone 5C. Awesome amphibious times.

Now the opening chords of Cathy’s Clown begin, as the band is being told that that’s it. Elmo, who doesn’t look thrilled about having to compromise the Everly Brothers classic, makes sure to extend a jam in the middle of it,

making sure the thing clocked in over seven minutes.  There was some serious headiness here, Curt and Elmo just bounced riffs off of one another for what seemed like forever. You’d have to keep reminding yourself “Holy shit this is still Cathy’s Clown!”. Then, assuming we’re just here to piss off the people who make the rules, Shandon slams the skins not once, not twice, but four knocks right into Lake of Fire. The phrase ‘crowd goes wild’ couldn’t be more appropriate here. And all puns that involve Lake Of Fire and the song ‘burned’ down the house (you know, because of the fire) cannot be brushed aside as usual cliche.

The Meat Puppets bowl a 300 at Brooklyn Bowl. That set was just perfect.


I’m A Mindless Idiot

Monkey and the Snake

Touchdown King


Coming Down

Up on the Sun

Sometimes blue




Oh, Me

Time and Money

Seal Whales


Sloop John B (Beach Boys)

Open Wide

Cathy’s Clown (Everly Brothers)

Lake of Fire

We’ll delve more into this on the weekly installment of The Jay Porks Experience Podcast, which you can find here.

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Matisyahu w/ Dub Trio 11/29/10 Brooklyn Bowl

This is without a doubt the closest I’ll ever come to attending shol. Welcome back friends as The 40th installment of the Jay Porks Never Ending Concert series takes us back to the venue we began 2010 with- the ‘Brooklyn Bowl’- a bowling alley/restaurant/ 600 person capacity concert venue. It’s a pretty cool place to see a show-even after dodging all the hipsters flooding the streets of Williamsburg to get there. Tonight we’re in for a treat as ‘Matisyahu’ headlines the first of five consecutive shows in Brooklyn billed “The Festival of Lights”. He does these shows every year in celebration of the Jewish holiday Chanukah.  

For those unfamiliar with his work, Matisyahu is a Hasidic Jewish reggae singer/rapper/beat box extraordinaire. And there is nothing half assed about his religious practices as he sports Tzitzis hanging from his pockets, the two curls of hair on each side of his head swinging with a full beard-and sings reggae as authentic as you’d hear blasting through stereos in Jamaica, while weaving in lines of Hebrew prayer and Yiddish phrases that probably go unnoticed to the naked ear. It’s a scene man.

I rolled in about 10 minutes to 8PM; the opening act Dub Trio is suppose to come on at 9pm. With prime real estate in sight right in front of the stage unoccupied- I leaned myself up against it, just left of center and prepped myself for the nights proceedings.

And finally a concert where I’m not the resident Jew in attendance as I’m spotting yamacas everywhere. And the disco ball hanging from the ceiling is in the shape of a dradel. Chanukah is technically 2 days away-but right now I’m already in the holiday’s full swing. Times like these make me wish I never dropped out of Hebrew School..

Dub Trio came on stage a couple minutes after 9PM. The guitar and bass player’s both had these sort of synthesizer type things set up in front of them, the bass player actually had an Apple laptop sitting there and what appeared to be a pedal/effects board of some sort elevated to hands reach. This is the only time I’ll ever probably say that the opening act was substantially louder than the headline; as these guys were as hard rock/experimental metal as much as they were ‘dub’. The drummer was epic though, as he seemed to be the only one keeping with the dub flavor-he was a beast. And Dub Trio wasn’t a tough act to watch either. Shifting from dub/ska sounds to the heaviest of riffing in a noise filled 40 minute set. I don’t even know how many songs they played-it could have all been one song for all I know. They don’t have a vocalist so it was strictly business up there. When they went off, there was a dude right by me down in front and he was shouting out to the guitar player something about the slide bar he was using-and the guitar player was a total prick to the dude; wouldn’t even shake the dudes hand. I hate to tell you dude, but you’re in Dub Trio not Led Zeppelin-you don’t have the right to big time one of your six fans in the room. It’s not even like they were busy packing up they’re gear because Dub Trio is the backing band for Matisyahu. Wouldn’t hurt to look over and say “Thanks man” and stick a hand out.

We had a 20 minute break or so before Matisyahu came on. I turned to check the room to see if a quick cigarette run was doable-room was completely packed and it was a situation where I was not going to loose my spot(not only for sight lines but resting my coat and back pack on stage), so I turned back towards stage and a few minutes later the his Holiness had hit the stage. It’s party time.

“Darkness into light” was first song they got into. The backing band is the aforementioned Dub Trio-claiming their same places from before. They’re not as heavy now as they flow through a few songs but they got progressively heavier as the night went on-some of these Matisyahu reggae jams turned into hard rock songs when performed live. Matisyahu had on a white Yankees hat, a scarf that said “Liverpool” and Adidas high tops with the three lines on each sneakers side colored Red, Yellow and Green-keeping with our Rastafarian theme of the evening. I looked over at the set list on stage and counted twelve songs. I turned to a dude next to me and was like “12 songs setlist?” and he replied with “Watch dude they jam out-it’s going to be a late night”. Looking at this list, they had to have played more because I heard(and think I got video of) them doing a song called “Jerusalem” which is not listed. I’m getting lost in these songs-it starts to get trippy when Dub Trio just lays feed back down as Matisyahu chants as if he’s facing the whaling wall. At other times during jam outs he was jumping around on stage, possibly doing the C-Walk as he began to headbang during long instrumental jams. Halfway through his hat had flew off and he continued to bang his head metal style with those two curls swinging back and forth as he danced around violently(almost kicking me in the face at least twice) . Looking up at him you could tell he’s one of those guys that takes his sets very seriously as he rarely spoke between songs opting to either stare into the crowd with a slight head nod going or some chant that would start soft and intensify into the beginning of the next song. I could swear there were times in the set where he was “Freestyle rapping”, and I got to record a few of his beat boxing sessions. That stuff was epic, as he did it acapella in edition to jumping into jams on the tail end of songs keeping rhythm with the bass and drums keeping it so funky. Such a fun night as I reach for my phone to check the time it was 11:45PM and we’re not exactly saying goodnight yet as we were still getting into songs like “Youth” and “I will be Light” before playing “One Day”-a song most of the crowd was shouting for all night. That’s when Matisyahu goes over to the guitar player and starts waving his hand around his head signaling for “King Without A Crown”, which they jammed out to for about six and half minutes before saying goodnight to loud roars from the crowd and people like me hounding the roadies for one of the copies of the set list that were taped to the stage(one of which I was able to obtain).

Sweet night I must say. Totally didn’t expect Matisyahu to rock out a two hour set list on a Monday night. Hell, there was a lot of stuff tonight I wasn’t expecting to witness. It was really fun and we can definitely conclude that this night was a 15 dollars well spent. I would suggest to anyone in the Brooklyn area this week to try and find your way into one of these “festival of light” gigs, as it promises to be an eventful evening to say the least.

Dinosaur Jr Live @ The Brooklyn Bowl Jan 18th 2010

Must say it was the most interesting place I’ve seen a show. I’m Jay Porks, and Welcome to the twenty second installment of the Jay Porks Never ending concert series for Dinosaur Jr!!!!… tonight takes us to Williamsburg, to the Brooklyn Bowl, which I know- sounds like a bowling alley. It actually IS a bowling alley, along with being a pseudo-fancy restaurant, it’s equipped with16 bowling lanes(each lane with a big screen on the end, showing a movie) to the right of a small concert stage… The space where use concertgoers will be standing is pretty basic… it’s larger than I thought but still basic-just a floor. No ramps leading to higher seating, no side barricades. I see J. Mascis'(JM) three tan/beige double stacks Marshall amps being covered by a white sheet. Feel like I’ve been here for ever but it’s still early, 7:08 actually and a few people are beginning to show up. Like ten maybe…There are people currently bowling- I wonder if that will continue throughout the show…. now that would be one cool bowling alley-when I used to go bowling on school trips to Gil Hodges Lanes there were never any bands playing.. just older women and cigarettes(something I had no use for at the time, but now would love to be around both) I found where the merch chick was, and she had 20 dollar tee shirts…sold. There were also copies of Dinosaur Jr.’s new record “Farm”, and it came with a free hat. I already have a copy so I wasn’t buying another one just to get the hat, so when about to ask how much for just the hat I read a sign that said “ No, you can’t just by the hat. Why? Because we said so”… Ok, so much for that hat. After buying my shirt I went out to smoke to find no one of interest out there. Now here’s the dilemma- do I head in and sit in the dark and wait two hours for the show to start or stay out here in the cigarette smoking zone to spot incoming concert goers?…Well there’s no WiFi in this place (figures, never WiFi where I need it).. AnywayI decide to come in but sit on a couch looking right at where the merchant is being sold. If someone interesting is gonna pass by then this is the place to be. Take in mind it’s 7:16pm. Two hours til show, and I’ve already limited myself to being within 10 feet of the door to this place for the next five hours…

It’s coming up on 8:33 and this place still isn’t packed out to the capacity it will be- I mean the show is set to start in a half hour So, I gave them there chance-now I’m headed to the front row, where nobody is standing directly in front of where JM is going to be standing. Plop, I’m there. I got one dude shouting out how cool my shirt is ( “your favorite band sucks” with JayPorks.Com on the back). Looking at those stacks up close I realize that I will be deafened by the guitar amps.. Sweet. One thing I don’t see any of: event staff, which bodes well for me trying out my new Flip video camera….about 8:51, the house music plays Tom Petty- The Wait…. If they only knew

8:57- and here’s Jeffrey Lewis setting up.. Looks like he’s solo. He has a little toy keyboard on the floor and a really funky looking acoustic.. He gets into his first song at which point I look at my vacant wrist because this is unentertaining.. He’s just singing and playing guitar as if he was playing for free or something on a street corner.. I was looking for his change bucket, didn’t I just see this dude on the ‘L’ train?. He had some weird, trying to be comedic slide shows going- there was one about the Indians getting there land stolen and another was an old school, black and white detective short. I thought I was watching the discovery channel or something. He also had a what he called “gangsta rap” about ” killing misquitos “…. Probably the most enjoyable part of his set. He went off at 9:44…now we await who we all came here to see..

It wasn’t until Jeffery Lewis’ set did I realize the big screens in front of each bowling lane would be used to project the stage happenings… These screens were showing “kill bill” (I think) before we started and now everyone was bowling towards Jeffrey Lewis’ history lesson. Yes the bowling continued as the show went on, with bowlers leaning over the rail to check out what was going on in between frames, it was a really cool atmosphere from where I’m standing, because I can see peoples scores as well having my face on an amp. And I see JM walking around-he tends to do this-he walks around like he’s a nobody seeming trying not to be noticed-he thinks he can get away with it, I mean.. rock star journalist’s like yours truly aren’t going to go running over like a prissy little fan boy, but I figured others would. I mean, dude has long platinum hair, how could you miss it? It looked like he was moving along just fine with little to no bothering by anyone…. I guess this is a hipster town after all. Rounding the corner on 10:15PM when they hit the stage, the one the only DINOSAUR JR!!

Kicked off the set with “Thumb”, first of all you knew it’d be a kick ass show when JM is wearing a Wipers tee shirt. Love the Wipers… anyway, right from the start- the first touch of chord my ears went numb almost-this was loud, noisy and distorted… and rocking! Every time JM touches the chord it explodes, and did you see his effects pedal set-up? Look at this: Your kidding right? There’s like 100’s of different sounds you can alter you guitar to-how do you remember which ones which ,when I can’t even ride a bike? As they get into songs like ‘In a jar’ and ‘Budge’ you just become a witness to cerebral assassinations of instruments We got the extended version of “Pieces”, a song I happen to love off the new record “Farm”-somewhere between this song and “Plans” and “Pick me up” which followed, was where Mascis just completely gave this this six string a total beat down-he was killing it. He plays a Fender Jazzmaster, which is a discontinued model but Fender provides JM with custom guitars (I hear he’s got velvet running up the back of the neck for comfort-how cool?).. “Feel the Pain” was awesome, because it was one of the handful of songs I recognized without looking over at the set list which was a foot away from me taped to the stage in large font. You can’t hear any vocals at the spot I’m in, which is how it usually is with me. It’s awesome to be there if your not trying to take videos for YouTube and stuff. I’m trying to write a blog here, I’m so close that the light shows interfere with my pictures as oppose to enhance them, but I got two full song son video “Thumb” and “Freak Scene”(Freak Scene is the song that Dave Grohl copies his guitar riffs from).. all of a sudden I remember there’s other members of this band, and I look over to see Murph kickin it big time on drums-really laying it down. And there’s not enough to be said about Lou’s bass playing-it’s a different kind of sound. Lou plays a sort of alternation of heavily distorted fast chords melded in with utterly decaying lows-blisteringly blissful… He takes queue from both hardcore and punk concurrently… He’s like the bass player version of JM, where it sounds like something, unique-something totally of it’s own.. totally ripping through the traditional basslines you’d expect to hear Song’s like “Forget the Swan” with Lou singing lead and JM soloing underneath make for inexplicable, indescribable type of rock. I want to call it noise but it’s too melodic. Want to call it “grunge” but it’s too fancy, too well played. It’s really something of it’s own. They actually went off with the two aforementioned songs. They played “Freak Scene” and then played “Forget the Swan” and walked off stage. Without even saying goodbye! This was 11:46, and without a goodnight I would think they’d come back out, and here they do, about 5 minutes later. They get into a song, which of course being an encore has exceeded the written set list, so I do not recognize the song. It’s loud, abrasive and awesome and I hope someone can get back to me with the name of that song. Then after that there kinda looking at each other wondering what to play and then someone screams “Just Like Heaven!” and JM looks at Murph and gives him the “fuck it, why not” look and they end an masterful set by covering the Cure, awesome….

SETLIST: Thumb, In a jar, Budge, Imagination land, Pieces, Plans, Pick me up, Out there, Over it, Feel the Pain, Little fury things, The Wagon, Freak Scene, Forget the Swan….

ENCORE: Unrecognizable song followed by “Just Like Heaven”

Your damn right I grabbed that set list off the stage. This was my second time seeing Dino, and my second time being amazing along with being the second time I got the actual taped set list off the stage. What a show, what an absolute guitar clinic that was put on tonight-jeez. I can’t hear a damn thing….. Yet another unforgettable evening riding the Jay Porks Concert Train… catch you all next time.

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