By Gregory AdamsWhile former Ween member Dean Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo) has plans to issue a a new solo set sometime in the near future, he's apparently trying to reel us in to watch a proposed fishing show he'll be hosting too.
The oddball New Jersey musician is prepping a pilot for a show about saltwater angling, which will be co-hosted by bass-slappin' Primus head honcho Les Claypool. The pilot is set to be shot sometime next month.
"The show is personality-driven," Melchiondo told the New Jersey Star-Ledger of the program's hook. "The idea is to get the show on after Anthony Bourdain or Tosh.O. It's a fishing show that you do not have to be into fishing to enjoy."
While it has yet to nab a name, the program will be produced by South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and it will feature a mix of fishing, music and comedy, with the hosts traveling along the waters of various locales with celebrity guests on-board.
"Part of the plan is to do music on the show and also create the soundtrack," Melchiondo confirmed.
The ties between the musicians run deep. Both are avid seamen, and their musical careers have both touched on this aspect. Ween's 1997 set The Mollusk, featuring "Ocean Man," was a tribute to the Jersey coast, written and recorded in a beach house in Holgate, NJ. Primus, meanwhile, offered up "John the Fisherman" on their 1989 debut disc Suck on This.
The pair have also teamed-up with the producers in the past, with Primus penning the South Park theme song in the late '90s, and both bands appearing in animated form and contributing tunes to 1998's "Chef Aid" episode.
Meanwhile, details have yet to arrive in full regarding Melchiondo's solo LP, which will be produced by Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme. The Star-Ledger also reports that Melchiondo is also working on new material with his Moistboyz project.