There won't be much of a summer vacation in store for rock satirists Ween the duo are booked solid, juggling work on their next album with a side-project LP and a barrage of television and film gigs, including a stint playing a polka band in a film directed by a "Sopranos" cast member.
But the Pennsylvania pair have it covered and will even find time to stage a short tour in August. The outing kicks off August 17-18 in Alaska and then spends two weeks on the West Coast, ending Labor Day weekend in Seattle at the Bumbershoot festival, according to Ween manager Greg Frey.
Dean Ween (born Mickey Melchiondo) and Gene Ween (born Aaron Freeman) are demoing material in their home studio for the follow-up to last year's White Pepper. Though they've not yet decided where they'll record or who will produce the effort, the album should be out early next year.
The Weens are also working on the second Z-Rock Hawaii album with their Z-Rock partners Eye Yamatsuka and Yoshimi of the Japanese noise-rock band the Boredoms. Z-Rock Hawaii's eponymous 1996 debut included the songs "Chuggin'," "God in My Bed" and "Sunset Over Osaka." The new effort, produced by longtime Ween collaborator Andrew Weiss, is expected out by year's end and will be available through ween.com.
Meanwhile, Ween are beefing up the film and TV section of their résumé.
The prolific twosome have signed on to appear as a polka band in an upcoming movie directed by "Sopranos" actor Joe Pantoliano, Frey said. They plan to perform "Who Stole the Kishka" in the flick.
Dean and Gene, who write the music for Fox's comedy series "Grounded for Life," are also collaborating with the Vandals on an original song for the movie "Run, Ronnie, Run! The Ronnie Dobbs Story." The Weens just finished covering the Atlanta Rhythm Section's "Champagne Jam" for the film, which is based on the Ronnie Dobbs character from HBO's "Mr. Show."
A remastered version of Ween's first album, GodWeenSatan The Oneness is due August 1. The limited edition, issued through Restless Records, will include three previously unreleased bonus tracks, "Hippie Smell," "Stacy" and "Bumble Bee Part 2," as well as new liner notes.
"You will definitely notice the difference in sound quality as the
previously available pressing always sounded like sh-- compared to the original stereo mix," Dean Ween wrote on ween.com. He added that he and Gene are looking into releasing their entire back catalog on vinyl.
"This is good news for those of you who have paid out the ass to buy the vinyl on eBay," he wrote.