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Mike Doughty New CD & Tour This Fall!!!

Mike Doughty, formerly M. Doughty of the 90’s now defunct Soul Coughing is a bad bad man in the best way possible.  I’ve been a fan of him for years and am thrilled to see that he is releasing an all new album soon.  His 2008 release titled Golden Delicious won me over and I had nothing but nice things to say about it when I reviewed it for

The CD will be released on ATO Records once again.  In case you did not know, ATO Records was founded by Dave Matthews back in 2000.  Dave Matthews was a huge fan of Mike Doughty’s work and still is for that matter so it only makes sense to see them working together. 

As much as I was a fan of Golden Delicious, other die hard fans of his prior solo material did not welcome the album as much perhaps from the more pop feel to it.

This time around Mike Doughty took consideration and decided to pull from his roots in hopes that the older fans will once again appreciate his material.  It sounds like more acoustic tracks will appear on the album which I know I myself will enjoy tremendously.  I am sure it will be full of humor and weird antics as well.

Mike Doughty had this to say about the upcoming release:

“I tend to take sharp left turns. Every time I put out a record, the audience seems to like what I did two years ago better. You’d think I could shrug it off because that’s what always happens, but it always gets to me.”

He continued by saying:

“The songs on Sad Man [Happy Man] are more arcane and convoluted songwriting-wise, though they’re sparer in terms of instrumentation. Although my choruses are still simple — I love taking phrases and repeating them ad infinitum.”

With Sad Man Happy Man dropping soon I can only wonder how amazing it is going to be.  I also am pumped to learn he will be touring again in support of the release this fall and is making a pit-stop in Cleveland.  I will finally get to see him again after my drunken 2000 experience when I saw him at the Odeon and remember absolute squat.

That’s not entirely true…  I do remember Mike Doughty on stage that night all by himself and he was changing guitars.  While grabbing a smaller instrument he mentioned something about it’s size.  I screamed “it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it!”  He chuckled as did most of the fans and replied “size does matter.”

Anyways, I truly believe you have to have a certain type of appreciation for music to enjoy and understand Mike Doughty.  I only speak from the truth as some of my friends absolutely worship every move he makes while others cringe at the thought of hearing anything by him because they never were a fan.

Growing up Soul Coughing always caught me in a good way and even as sad as it was to see the band part ways I was happy to see Mike Doughty continue on his own path.  I can not wait to hear his next release.

I can’t help but to smile every time I see this video and it’s not just because it makes you feel good but because I know one of the dancers in the video.  I won’t go into detail about her but she is an absolute sweetheart…

Mike Doughty “Fort Hood” Music VideoFor more funny movies, click here

Mike Doughty Fall ‘09 Question Ball Tour – all dates subject to change
10/8 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe(2 shows), ages 21+
10/9 Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe, ages 21+
10/10 Toronto, ONT, Canada – Drake Hotel, ages 19+
10/11Toronto, ONT, Canada – Drake Hotel (2 shows), ages 19+
10/13 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
10/14 Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
10/15 Chicago, IL – Schubas (2 shows), ages 21+
10/16 Chicago, IL – Schubas, ages 21+
10/17 Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall, ages 21+
10/18 St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill
10/20 Louisville, KY – Zanzabar, ages 21+
10/21 Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley, all ages
10/22 Athens, GA – Melting Point, ages 18+
10/23 Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic (2 shows)
10/24 Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
10/25 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
10/27 Carrboro, NC – Arts Center, all ages
10/28 Charlottesville, VA – The Southern, all ages
10/29 Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
10/30 Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre, all ages
10/31 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge, ages 18+

11/12 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse (2 shows)
11/13 Cambridge, MA – Regatta Bar (2 shows)
11/14 Newmarket, NH – Stone Church (2 shows)
11/15 Portland, ME – One Longfellow Square
11/17 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Lounge (2 shows)
11/18 Albany, NY – Revolution Hall, ages 18+
11/19 Syracuse, NY – Westcott Theatre, all ages
11/20 Ithaca, NY – Castaways
11/21 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
11/22 Charleston, WV – Mountain Stage
11/24 Harrisburg, PA – Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, ages 21+
11/25 Towson, MD – Recher Theatre, all ages


Download This! – Frank Turner – “The Road”

Now this is what I call a sing along:

The onetime member of hardcore act Million Dead has been doing things his own way just prior to Million Dead calling it quits.  Since then Frank Turner has been doing things his own way with a more folk approach and this September he’s releasing an all new album on Epitaph Records titled Poetry Of The Deed.

I can not even tell you how excited I am for this release.

Epitaph was kind enough to send me a link to share his first single off the track titled “The Road”.  The song is insane and I think it would be in your best interest to download it now and thank me later.

DOWNLOAD THIS! Frank Turner – “The Road”

Drive-By Trucker’s Patterson Hood Takes The Wheel For A Solo Journey

When you partake in a festival with hundreds of bands sometimes it is easy to miss someone you really wish you could have seen perform. With Bonnaroo that was all too common for me as I felt like I was in a relay race going from one tent to another taking in what performance I could before heading to the next stage for a new fix.

I missed a lot of acts because of the favoritism and just plain old bad timing.

Patterson Hood sadly was one of the acts I missed at Bonnaroo.  I just was unable to fit him in to my personal schedule on the second day of the festival.  The lead man of the Drive-By Truckers played a small stage at Bonnaroo showcasing some of his new material from this second solo release Murdering Oscar (and other love songs).  I am sure it was amazing.

I have not heard any of his new solo material yet so I was left with an empty feeling of how great it could have been to be in the crowd listening to him play.  I would also have loved to have seen Sugar‘s bassist David Barbe play along side the country/rock artist.  I used to be a huge Sugar fan in the 90’s.

Luckily the good folk at Thirty Tigers sent me an email with infor about Patterson Hood’s latest release along with a MP3 of one of his new songs to share with all my wonderful readers.

Download This! – Patterson Hood – “I Understand Now”

MURDERING OSCAR (and other love songs)
June 23, 2009

“For more than a decade, Hood has been transforming all that preys on him into songs that are loud, rowdy, and angry, but also humorous, intelligent, and compassionate.” – Pitchfork

“Hood is a supremely talented songwriter.” – Popmatters

Athens, GA – Patterson Hood will release Murdering Oscar (and other love songs) on June 23, 2009 on Ruth St. Records./Thirty Tigers.  The second solo record from the leader of the Drive-By Truckers has been 15 years in the making. The album was produced by Hood and long-time DBT producer David Barbe (Sugar). Most of his DBT band mates join him on the album as well as Don Chambers, Will Johnson and Scott Danbom from Centro-matic/South San Gabriel. This is also the first time Hood’s father David Hood, famed Muscle Shoals bass player, joins him on a record.

The album was recorded at Chase Park Transduction Studios in Athens, GA and will also be released on 180 gram vinyl. The vinyl release will include three exclusive bonus tracks.  An a cappella version of “Range War” will also be available exclusively with iTunes. “Pollyanna” and “Pride of the Yankees” are available to preview on his Myspace page:

Tour dates:

Joining Hood on tour will be Brad Morgan (drums), John Neff (guitar/steel), Scott Danbom (keys/fiddle), Will Johnson (guitar) and David Barbe (bass), who has not toured since his days with Sugar. Will Johnson will open the shows.

June 12 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo
June 18 Nashville, TN Grimey’s in-store
June 18 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge
June 19 Louisville, KY Headliner’s
June 20 Chicago, IL The Metro
June 22 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
June 23 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
June 24 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
June 25 Washington, DC The Black Cat
June 27 Athens, GA AthFest
July 8  San Francisco, CA Independent
July 10 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom w/ The Gourds
July 11 Seattle, WA No Depression Festival

Advance tickets are on sale at

Track listing:
1. Murdering Oscar
2. Pollyanna
3. Pride of the Yankees
4. I Understand Now
5. Screwtopia
6. Granddaddy
7. Belvedere
8. The Range War
9. She’s A Little Randy
10. Foolish Young Bastard
11. Heavy and Hanging
12. Walking Around Sense
13. Back of a Bible

BONUS TRACKS (on vinyl only):
Uncle Phil and Aunt Phyllis in the Month After the Election
Playboy Mansion
Sam’s in the Ground