Hi, my name is Mickey Melchiondo. I also go by the name Dean Ween, or Deaner. I play guitar and fish for a living. I’m a licensed charter boat Captain with the United States Coast Guard. I run charters out of Belmar, NJ on my boat ARCHANGEL. This is a full-time job and I love being on the water. A lot of my clients are fans of my band and they ask me questions all day when they should be concentrating on fishing instead. I have started this site in the hopes of answering some of those questions beforehand. If you’re interested in booking a trip this is not the place to inquire, go to www.mickeysfishing.com and all of that info is on the website. Also, please try and keep your questions as concise as possible, I’m trying to update this website at least a few times a day. Feel free to ask me anything, be it about fishing, music, relationships, etc. and I will do my best to answer you as quickly as possible. I have all of the messages saved and it might take a few days to see a response.
On Sunday, October 6th from 5-9 p.m., acclaimed guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo (Ween, Moistboyz) will perform a special benefit concert in support of the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic. Mr Melchiondo will perform his own songs, as well as sets with legendary singer songwriter Chris Harford and the Moistboyz. The backing band will feature Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) as well as many more of the area’s top musicians and also some surprise guests! Also featured is local favorite and Southside Johnny lead guitarist, Billy Walton and his Billy Walton Band. The benefit show will be held at the Sea Shell Club and Resort on the Beach at Centre Street and Atlantic Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ.
Billed as Dean Ween & Friends, the concert will not only boast four hours of world class rock, but will feature unique auction items from the music, sports and fishing industries, including a Fender Stratocaster guitar, rod and reel outfits from Shimano, a custom rod by CTS Rods, as well as several fishing charters from LBI and local area fishing guides. “The island is a very special place to me and winning the derby was a dream of mine for many years. The devastation that Sandy had on the Island was heartbreaking to me and this is my chance to give something back to to a place that is very dear to my heart. The Island is a magical place in the fall, it was the setting for some of the best work that Ween ever recorded as well as my fondest childhood memories. Fall on LBI without the Derby is unthinkable to me and I hope that anyone else that has ever been touched by LBI in a similar way would come out to this concert and show their support.” – Mickey Melchiondo A charter boat Captain and fishing guide himself, Mickey Melchiondo has been fishing the LBI beaches since childhood, and returns every season to enjoy the outstanding action with bluefish and striped bass. His band, Ween famously recorded their album The Mollusk while staying at a rented beach house in Holgate back in 1995. Melchiondo also recently filmed a pilot episode of a television reality show with Les Claypool of the band Primus that features a combination of fishing and rock and roll. The show is currently being shopped to major cable networks. Since 1955, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), with generous support from the local business community, the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament has been helping extend the beachfront tourism season while bringing in anglers from all over the region to compete in this fall tradition. Regrettably, the 58th annual event in 2012 was cut short by Superstorm Sandy, which in turn has forced the Chamber to step back on its responsibilities with the tournament. The Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic committee has undergone revamping and overhaul in recent months, as local business owners and anglers have united to salvage the longstanding tradition. Melchiondo – “Sandy may have been very cruel to LBI, but it also brought out the best in a lot of people as well. The Island is still showing some scars but the Derby is a very important part of the healing process and it is essential that it continues uninterrupted this year and forever. My fishing schedule has me on the water 4 or 5 days a week and yet I still sign up every year and take time to come down and still hope to win it! The best I’ve managed in the past were some daily prizes for biggest fish but I’m not done yet!” The 59th consecutive LBI Surf Fishing Classic is set to kick off for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Monday, October 7th, which makes the October 6th event with Dean Ween & Friends a unique celebration of sorts for anglers and music fans alike. It also takes place soon after the commencement of the 2013 Chowderfest Classic, giving locals and visitors alike a place to hang while the weekend traffic thins out! The event is a 21 and over event, being held at the Sea Shell Club, which is on the beach in Beach Haven. Tickets are just $25 apiece and in short supply at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom and Surf City Bait and Tackle in Surf City. Tickets are also available online at: www.mickeysfishing.com
What’s the story behind “North Pappy Flappy”?
A- The opening line in Aerosmith’s “Home Sweet Home” when Steven Tyler sings “take me back to north Tallahassee!” We were jamming onstage one night and I just changed it to “pappy flappy”. Then we wrote a whole song around it.
I don’t like to talk shit about other bands music. It’s hard enough to make a living and everyone has different tastes. No one has the right to judge something, what works for me and sounds good to my ears might be different for you. Having said that, the concept of this column is pretty genius and they called me to do it and I obliged. Check it out, drink the Hatorade with me if you will:
The new Moistboyz album is finished being mixed and it is an excellent album even by our lofty and biased standards. It will be out very soon, we are planning on touring before the year is out in support of it. We have total control (!) of our Facebook page (not as easy to get back as you think) as well as moistboyz.com (which we haven’t done anything with it just yet. Check out the facebook page for all sorts of nuggets and archival material for now though.
Schnitzel Records released the new limited edition vinyl of the Moistboyz “Paperboy” today. The song is from the forthcoming album “Moistboyz V Medusa” which will be released this summer. The video was produced by my good friend Zak Pine….dig it!
………and I provide the soundtrack for his work. Check out this commercial I just did for Wilson Baseball Gloves. i played all the instruments and recorded this at my studio not less than 72 hours ago! Quick turnaround.
I didn’t bring a laptop with me (on purpose) for the month of February when I went to Austin to finish the Moistboyz fifth album, which is titled “Moistboyz V-Medusa”. The album is being mixed as we speak and should be out this June or July. We are planning on doing summer tourdates but we haven’t started booking them as of yet. I think it’s the best Moistboyz record ever, hands down. The lyrics, playing, singing, production all far exceed anything that I had in mind when we set out writing it last fall. A hell of a lot of work went into it and you can hear it. I’m not only a close friend of Guy Heller but a big fan too and I don’t mind saying that lyrically and vocally, this is him at his best. I can’t wait to take it to the stage.
From Austin I went to Fort Lauderdale, FL to do a week of charters, followed by three days of filming a pilot episode of a new fishing show with Les Claypool. We had some issues with bad weather but we did get some fishing in and shot some great footage of us hanging out on the boat jamming as well. Les is an avid fisherman and a great guy and I had a great time jamming with him, we hit a groove immediately and he is one of the most talented musicians I’ve ever played with. The charters that I ran from 2/17 to 2/24 were some of the best I ever did. We caught Sailfish and Mahi on EVERY TRIP. Anyone who has ever fished before should appreciate how unlikely that is—there are no guarantees in any kind of fishing, especially when targeting Billfish though and in very tough conditions to boot. We even hooked a Blue Marlin on our Tuesday charter and gave it everything we had. Here are some pics from the trip. Special thanks to my buddy Capt. Phil Dunn and his brother Greg—we all worked our asses off despite 16 hour work days to make this happen and were rewarded with a lot of beautiful fish.
I have sorta lost interest in this website the past couple of months……….I’m gonna leave it here and resume answering questions if and when I feel like it since I already paid for the domain name and server space. I just don’t feel like answering any questions about the band right now.
Dear Mr. Dean Ween. What is your favorite type of cheese. My friend
and I are a big fan and we both love mild chedar!
A- I could eat nothing but cheese all of the time if it didn’t kill me. I like sharp provolone that smells like stinky feet, I like hot pepper jack cheese on burgers, I love Stilton Blue cheese, I love Alpine Lace Swiss on a chicken breast sandwich, I like all cheeses actually. What a dumb website this is.
Hi. Is there any food you cant eat? I was raised on real italian food.
Home made macaroni, gnocci, scarole soup, hell i was even scraping
artichoke leaves w my teeth and digging into the stuffed squid on xmas
eve when i was a kid w my grandmom. Seems my tastes evolved quickly at
an early age. I truly like it all but cant do the beets. F-beets even!
Do you have something that youd rather have in your garbage can?
A- We like the same kinda foods first of all. I could eat nothing but Italian food every day for the rest of my life and be happy. I should probably live in Italy actually. I’m not a big fan of pork related foods–pork chops, ham, pork loin, that kinda thing. I do love bacon though, man do I love bacon–and pork roll too.
I dont know if you even remember making this album at all, but what
was it like working with the Boredoms for the Z-Rock Hawaii album? I
saw Boredoms in 2008, front row, and I can honestly say that Yamataka
Eye was probably the most intense person I’ve ever seen in person. I
know the album seems to have been done quickly but I love it anyway.
Do they speak English? Did you guys jam a lot? Do you like their
records? Anyway just wondering as I can’t think of any musicians who
would try to seek out the freakin’ Boredoms.
A- I get asked this so often that I figured it’s time to answer it. Way, way, back (like in 1993) Andrew Weiss took me to see Boredoms first in Philadelphia, and then again in Hoboken a day or two later. They were the heaviest band I had ever seen since the Butthole Surfers, but on a similar level of psychedelic transcendence with a Japanese point of reference that was unlike anything before or since. Last time I saw them a few years ago they were just as heavy and still evolving. At the time not a lot of people knew their music stateside, but the singer of the the band Yamatsuka Eye had released a solo album full of samples of “The Pod” so we knew he was a fan. After meeting at these 2 shows we arranged for him to come to our studio (we were working on “Chocolate and Cheese” in Pennington, NJ) and he stayed with me and my family for about a week. His English was minimal at best and he spent the whole time at my house roughhousing with my border collie Jimmy, which I loved. He couldn’t get enough of Jimmy, throwing the ball, chasing the stick, it was incredible to see and Jimmy loved it, being a Border Collie and all. Not being able to really communicate in the studio was an advantage, we tried anything and everything. He spent time inventing contraptions to sing through, like an Evian bottle as a megaphone taped to a snare head with the other side mic’ed up with vibrating snares, shit like that. He was an animal on the microphone. One night he and I were driving home at 3am and a deer jumped in front of my little Nissan. I totalled the car and the deer lay dead, steaming in the road. Eye was going batshit, I dunno if he’d ever seen a deer in person and I was laughing my ass off, it’s pretty typical around here to run into deer and I hated the car. Anyway, after he left he went back to Japan and the Boredoms wrote the second half of the album and mailed it over to us. We overdubbed our tracks and that was that. Eye named the band “Z-Rock Hawaii” which was the most perfect name in the world for the record. In the studio it was just me, Aaron, and Andrew Weiss and Eye. I think Claude may have played some drums on there too actually. We did some 4-tracking at my house which I’ve never been able to find for some reason.
This may seem off topic, then again I guess there is no set topic
here. What do you think about video games as they currently exist? Do
you think any genre of video games could be considered art? Better
yet, do you play them? I’m interested to see your take on it.
A- I have a great concept for a game, “Call of Doody”. You’re dropped into any of 300 random levels and you have to take a shit (there is a pressure meter on the top of the screen). Say you’re at like Macy’s, you have 3 minutes to find a bathroom and it might be out of order, the seat might be covered in vomit, etc. Or at a bus station in Gary, Indiana–the possibilities are endless and everyone would love this game. I have copyrighted this idea. if anyone knows how to write the code I will personally commission the project.
A couple of buddies and I are planning on holing up for a weekend in
my house (on LBI) sometime soon in hopes of getting a bunch of
recording done of the dozens of songs we’ve written over the past
couple years. Besides beer and gear, what else do we need to get the
most out of the session(s)?
A- I love it! Yeah, you need some surf rods and fishing gear! It is the perfect way to relax and get inspired when you get tired of recording or uninspired. You can also make day trips to A.C. to gamble, I brought my golf clubs and played golf in Manahawkin sometimes if that’s your thing. Cool stuff though, I loved my time there writing and recording.