@acedgod, @ electric0ceans - Been a fan for years,but I think the phrase "admire the art, not the artist" applies to Mike. Last time I saw him live, he flipped out on a girl for requesting "No Peace Los Angeles" and told her to leave the show... don't think you can win with this guy no matter what... Still, he writes some pretty quality songs.
Water and Washington is definitely more palatable to those who prefer Mike's output and it's probably the closest he's come to going back to the sound present on Skittish in quite a long while (live stuff excluded).
agreed with below, if you dig Doughty's solo work over SC then you'll probably like this, but Soul Coughing fans should beware that basically everything Steinberg, Gabay, and De Gli Antoni did on those records is totally neutered and replaced with stock samples and drum loops (which already sound about 20 years out of date).
That album mentioned below is out now and while I don't dislike it entirely I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the Soul Coughing versions of those songs to listen with extreme caution. He ruined Unmarked Helicopters on it and sucked away the cool vibe How Many Cans originally had. Definitely a YMMV album.
I definitely agree with that - Steinberg's comments in the wake of the book totally make sense, that Doughty really only thought a song was something that was sung and literally could not discern what the other band members were contributing. I think Doughty's songwriting got better over the years but the more I listen to the SC records the more I realize that it was the other members who I really enjoyed listening to, not necessarily Doughty. That said I'm really glad he's still around and would definitely see him live if he were to come by!
The Book of Drugs certainly doesn't do anything to win Mike over in the eyes of his detractors and (no matter how much it needed to be put out there) kind of insults a lot of the fans who supported the man throughout his solo career. You can be as down to earth as you want to be, but it doesn't exempt you from being an asshole as well.
@joshbrogan: Making no sense there. You're seriously delusional if you think Doughty is an egoistic asshole who only cares about money. I'd advise you to listen to some of his live performances (which are released online for free, legally) to see how down to earth he is, although those are probably wasted on you too.
judging from the current "personalised" recording he's offering, this guy is a money grubbing, egotistical asshole who thinks he's worth much more than he actually is. fuck this dude for doing a disservice to music and his fans
AGHH Sad Man Happy Man doesn't even sync onto my iTunes right. I put it on there, and there's parts where theres complete silence where there should be music, and tons of skips. For the record, the disc is 100% unscratched and clean. Reuploaded it, same, but in different areas. I blame ATO records.
Bought the new CD today at FYE, and I'm like struggling frantically to hook up my computer right now (I'm on someone elses) just so I can put this on my iPod, it's awesome. The CD packaging is really disappointing and there's really nothing special about it, even the CD itself is just the ATO Records logo. But the album itself is the same old Mike Doughty with a little bit more acoustic folk type songs.
I saw him in Annapolis on the Question Jar tour. Tickets sold out on Ticketmaster in 9 minutes. The show was excellent. Mr. Doughty can engage an audience like few I've ever seen before. It was fantastic to see him and I hope I get the chance again.
I listen to Ruby Vroom just about everyday of my life. I love everything about your eccentric sound. It is honestly a sound track to everything I think about in the world. Your music is solid art. I don't think many people understand sound the way you do, you are a true composer.
One of your biggest fans,