Catch th' Little Fishies (and make 'em come up)
June 10, 2011 12:43 PM   Subscribe

We've met Ween before, so I don't need to provide further introduction to this 25 minute long sampling of a 3 hour concert in Australia. It's from 2008, but recently put online courtesy of BTFishing. Wait, who? Yes, it's Dean Ween gone fishing. Mickey Melchiondo Jr. (aka Dean Ween) previously shared his love of fishing in the Brownie Troop Fishing Show. He now runs Mike's Guide service, sometimes going directly from shows to go fishing. See also: Dean Wean's Tips For Amateur Anglers, and an article on the Brownie Troop Fishing Show.
posted by filthy light thief (26 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
They're an incredible live band. Thanks for this.
posted by Bookhouse at 12:52 PM on June 10, 2011

Filthy light theif,

Way too cool, and thanks for posting this.
I fucking love Ween, probably one of the best bands I've seen live!
posted by handbanana at 1:01 PM on June 10, 2011

The Fishin' Musician.
posted by LarryC at 1:25 PM on June 10, 2011

A friend in Austin went on the road with Ween for several (weeks? months?) in the 1990s and filmed a trunk full of 16mm and video to make a documentary about them. He was a first-time documentary maker, and I think the prospect of editing it just sapped his will and the movie never got made. Everything I heard about the footage said there was a lot of good stuff: great shows, hotel debauchery, stoned rambling.
posted by bgribble at 1:31 PM on June 10, 2011

Of the four times I've seen Ween (once at Red Rocks with the Lips, once at the Sphere/Town Ballroom Buffalo when the place was 120+ degrees fareinheit, once at one of the festivals I can't remember) the one I will remember the most was St. Bonaventure, I think it was 2001, maybe 2002. It was around the time Dean/Mickey released Moist Boyz III, which was 2002, but I keep thinking it was 2001... anyhow...

They were absolutely lit. But they were in that rare state where their intoxication was noticeable, but it only made their performance better. Without shame, they stated they'd been on a bourbon and blow bender and hadn't slept since three days prior (not days... not "night"), and until they ended a blistering four hour set with a two hour version (may have been longer... all I know is that we didn't get to the parking lot until past closing time) of Poopship Destroyer, that I can't for the life of me find anywhere on the 'net, we figured they were joking.

Dean/Mickey, halfway through the marathon rendition, laid down on the stage while he was soloing, stood up ubruptly, walked to the side of the stage, threw up when he thought he was out of sight, came back to the center of the stage, playing the whole time.

They don't make them like that anymore. It's something rock music has been lacking for some time, and it's up to us to make sure the youngins of tomorrow figure out a way to bring it back.
posted by Bathtub Bobsled at 1:41 PM on June 10, 2011 [9 favorites]

I think this is my favorite episode, Fishing with the Butthole Surfers!
posted by schyler523 at 2:26 PM on June 10, 2011 [2 favorites]

Holy cats in a sack of cats, the solo in the middle of "Voodoo Lady...." I mean... Whoa...
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:38 PM on June 10, 2011 [1 favorite]

Also, whomever is mixing sound at that venue is a master.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:41 PM on June 10, 2011

i've seem them twice, awesome, thanks for sharing
posted by actionmotionpoet at 3:03 PM on June 10, 2011

I've seen them a million times, starting in '93, and the thought that one of the few people I consider a "rock god" might take me fishing for not too much money is just to wonderful for words.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 3:35 PM on June 10, 2011

posted by rhizome at 4:00 PM on June 10, 2011

so right now I'm packing up all my stuff (mostly books, lots and lots of books) in preparation for moving, and the only thing giving me the will to carry on is the longest version of Poopship I can find.

packing books into boxes is not brown. and poopship is the only thing brown enough to counteract it.
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick at 4:06 PM on June 10, 2011 [3 favorites]

If you want some of the brownest Ween available, check out Rotten Cheese, some of the best of their 94-95 Chocolate and Cheese tour, compiled by their sound guy.
posted by schyler523 at 4:26 PM on June 10, 2011 [2 favorites]

Schyler -- that is some fucking brown, brown shit. Thank you VERY much for the link!
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me at 4:59 PM on June 10, 2011 [1 favorite]

Holy cats in a sack of cats, the solo in the middle of "Voodoo Lady...." I mean... Whoa...

To self-plagiarize from an article I once wrote about Ween, when Dean gets going on a solo, he hunches down with his head between his legs like he's taking dictation from his balls, and it sounds like it too.
posted by Bookhouse at 5:16 PM on June 10, 2011 [1 favorite]

anyone read the 33 1/3 book on the Chocolate and Cheese album, pretty decent and a short read
posted by actionmotionpoet at 5:16 PM on June 10, 2011

My friend sometimes runs Ween tribute nights in Sydney, but I've never caught the bug.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 7:37 PM on June 10, 2011


What's all this then?!?
posted by fishmasta at 9:48 PM on June 10, 2011

We had the best time with your post. The wife and I thank you very much.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 11:07 PM on June 10, 2011 [2 favorites]

I'm with the Ween! This is awesomely great.
posted by arcticseal at 1:32 AM on June 11, 2011

Love Ween but their last show in Vancouver was a complete disaster.
posted by hoodrich at 2:54 AM on June 11, 2011

What's all this then?!?

It was a Central-coast California cable access show from the late 80s. :)
posted by rhizome at 7:58 AM on June 11, 2011

Anyone looking for more live and archival Ween are encouraged to head to the Brown Tracker, a torrent community endorsed by Ween. All kinds of old live and unreleased audio and video, usually in high quality.
posted by dozo at 9:35 AM on June 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Fishing trip with Capt. Mickey added to bucket list.
posted by calamari kid at 10:08 AM on June 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Apparently, Deaner was actually talking about catching the shit out of some stripped bass.
posted by priested at 12:15 PM on June 11, 2011 [1 favorite]

Yep, dozo speaks truth...that's where I found Rotten Cheese the first time. Also, there is a 4 disc rarities and B-sides collection there, as well as pretty much every show in audio and video. It's highly recommended.
posted by schyler523 at 3:26 PM on June 11, 2011

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