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MY FAVORITE BAND: WALT MINK

I can't really talk about the significance of this event. If you've known me awhile, you know Walt Mink has been a big presence in my life. Actually, it's literally affected the direction of my life in weird ways. I used to be on a pre-Web internet BBS called ISCA, and my nickname was "Walt Mink". That led to meeting all kinds of cool people, hooking up with Radio K and starting my web career. Not to mention living with a bunch of Macalester students, and being in a terrible band called "Tea on the Lawn" (from a Young Ones episode). We played one great gig to a basement full of incoming freshmen. We were all HUGE Walt Mink fans, and our drummer tried out to replace Joey Waronker when he left for Beck.

Okay, I could go on and on. I'm supposed to call my man Chris Butler (the guy behind Walt Mink The Movie) for an interview, but I've been too dang busy. Right now I'm listening to Mary Lucia talk to John and Candice... loving every second. I can't wait for this show.

UPDATE!
Dude. Dude! I'm totally hooking up with Butler and the whole film crew @ the Triple Rock and documenting behind the scenes stuff. It's going to be an insane paramilitary film operation, four cameras and an unknown # of video cameras. Butler said they presented John Kimbrough with an exact replica of his Strat from back-in-the-day that was stolen, and he just lit up like it was his golden birthday. This is so damn exciting. I guess I'll finally get to meet them. I'll have to tell Candice about the hot packed Entry show where she tossed her sweat-soaked towel to the crowd and I caught it, and guys were trying to buy it from me. Heh.

My pics from the show

We may never live to see a Hüsker Dü reunion, but Macalester's other alt-rock heroes return for a much-anticipated gig that may be the coda of Chris Butler's Walt Mink The Movie. Cursed by topping CP's "Picked to Click" in 1991, the power trio's career encapsulates the '90s music biz. Fueled by John Kimbrough's melodic funk-shred riffs, Joey Waronker's jazzy geek-punk rhythms, and Candice Belanoff’s effortless bass counterpoint, the Mink was often compared to fellow cartoon-voiced labelmates Smashing Pumpkins. After signing with Columbia and shooting videos with Miguel Arteta and Sofia Coppola, there was nowhere to go but... down. Plagued by numerous label shakedowns and drummer changeups, they released a couple highly acclaimed albums and finally called it quits in 1997. This is the farewell show we've been waiting for. [chuck]

See also:

  • A bit more of my Walt Mink history and my local rock history
  • Walt Mink acoustic, from Butler's film
  • Nick Hook takes Butler to the old Walt Mink house

    Chuck_waltmink
    Walt Mink: A narrative thread

    June 16, 2005 at 05:52 PM in Local, Music, Personal Crap | Permalink

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    Chuck, this is so cool you're in on this Walt Mink doc....Keep us posted! I want to see this damn thing when it's done! Cheers, Mike

    Good to see you guys in the wee hours of the morn Sunday over at the MNSpeak par-tay.

    Posted by: Michael Maupin at Jun 20, 2005 2:26:24 PM

    I am going to check out this band. Which album is the best in your opinon. Let me know..

    Nick
    www.lastlapnick.blogspot.com

    Posted by: Nick Schmidt at Jun 21, 2005 11:56:42 PM

    oh golly.... that's a tough one.
    i guess i'd start with El Producto.
    if you like/love that, you'll want all the others. :-)

    mike: right on bro. pretty much guaranteed a spiffy Mpls screening, maybe next year-ish.

    Posted by: Chuck at Jun 22, 2005 1:40:28 AM

    YO CHUCK!!!!

    I was googling around Macalester and a few other key words and came across your blog!!!

    What a trip. ISCA, Walt Mink, that First Ave show we met you at. A few nights hanging out in Dupre. Weird.

    Anyhow, just a quick shout out to say hi, it's been forever. I look forward to seeing the documentary. I REALLY wanted to go to the concert, but plans here in Lincoln, NE prevented it...

    Posted by: Mat Rehwaldt (aka Horton) at Sep 12, 2005 8:48:21 PM

    holy sh*t! horton!
    ISCA.
    Macalester. dorms.
    you just blew my mind... the show was great, he documentary will be great too!

    Posted by: Chuck at Sep 12, 2005 10:57:30 PM

    Dude. You get more comments on my film than I do.

    Posted by: Butler at Sep 14, 2005 3:38:30 PM