Nels Cline + Greg Saunier + Nick Reinhart + Mike Watt = Big Walnuts Yonder - in the Studio recording debut LP

sargenthouse:

For over a year this has been in the works, four of my favorite players on Earth together in one room making a record that we get to release. I’m still pinching myself that this is real. Nels Cline (Wilco), Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Nick Reinhart (Tera Melos) and Mike Watt

Nels Cline Singers (2 Sets) - Tickets - Rough Trade NYC - Brooklyn, NY - November 10th, 2014

The Singers are breaking my heart by playing a show close enough for me to go to on a night when I can’t get away. If only this were on a weekend!

Nels played with Cibo Matto last night and is in the studio with Mike Watt, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, and Nick Reinhart today. I continue to be amazed by his seemingly constant creative output. We have this new project to look forward to, hopefully later this year!

Nels played with Cibo Matto last night and is in the studio with Mike Watt, Greg Saunier of Deerhoof, and Nick Reinhart today. I continue to be amazed by his seemingly constant creative output. We have this new project to look forward to, hopefully later this year!

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williambenton:

This is- as far as I know- the lone release by the touring band comprised of Mike Watt (bass, vocals), Bob Lee (drums), and Nels Cline (guitar). This particular lineup only did the final tour in support of Watt’s punk rock opera Contemplating the Engine Room, as guitar duties had previously been filled by Joe Baiza (Saccharine Trust, Universal Congress Of) and Stephen Hodges (Tom Waits) on drums. (Hodges left after the first tour, replaced by Bob Lee of Clawhammer, Backbiter.)

This is probably not a very rare find on the internet but it’s an extremely important record for me. I was playing a little guitar by the time these tours were going on but only considered myself a bass player- and a frustrated one at that. Seeing Nels Cline transformed me and caused me to change my priorities. And maybe that’s not a good thing….but it’s where I went and never looked back.

This is a song by Nels Cline an was released on piss-bottle yellow vinyl on the Kill Rock Stars label. The b-side was Nels covering Captain Beefheart’s A Carrot Is as Close as a Rabbit Gets to a Diamond, plus a “tourspiel” by everybody involved in the “Puttin’ the Opera to Bed” tour. 

Nels to tour with Cibo Matto in September

Venues have started announcing Cibo Matto shows featuring Nels for September. So far I’ve seen announcements for Athens, GA; Nashville; L.A.; and somewhere else in California. No dates past August have been posted on Cibo Matto’s website, but stay tuned!

Nels plays a duet with Thurston Moore as part of the tribute show to Ornette Coleman at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on June 12. Photo by Greg Cristman for Brooklyn Vegan.

Nels plays a duet with Thurston Moore as part of the tribute show to Ornette Coleman at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on June 12. Photo by Greg Cristman for Brooklyn Vegan.

Thurston Moore performs a duet with Nels as part of the tribute show to Ornette Coleman at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on June 12. Photo by Greg Cristman for Brooklyn Vegan.
Ornette himself showed up unannounced! It makes me really sad to see that he has to play sitting down now, but I’m still so glad that he could be part of this special night. Other performers included Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Ravi Coltrane, Branford Marsalis, and Flea.

Thurston Moore performs a duet with Nels as part of the tribute show to Ornette Coleman at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on June 12. Photo by Greg Cristman for Brooklyn Vegan.

Ornette himself showed up unannounced! It makes me really sad to see that he has to play sitting down now, but I’m still so glad that he could be part of this special night. Other performers included Patti Smith, Laurie Anderson, Ravi Coltrane, Branford Marsalis, and Flea.

End of Love reform w/ new members Nels Cline & Jody Stephens, announce a show; Lee Ranaldo on LP, Nels touring