I'm going to pick this one up. I heard a cut from it on local station during a Sunday morning program.
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Hmmmmm, his new album is rock but he is quite the Wordsmith. He usually tours with an acoustic guitar and a keyboardist. I just saw him a little over a month ago at the Black Cat in DC. He is a fantastic performer.
I am seeing him again in September at the 930 Club. This time around he is touring with a full band!
Any more Soul Coughing fans out there? I recently started listening to Ruby Vroom, Irristible Bliss, and El Oso. It's been since about 1999/2000 since I last listened. I must have lost them in the shuffles of life but a friend loaned them to me and I once again reminded how fresh those guys were. Lots of great memories coming back. Love those bass lines!
"Normalize the signal and you're banging on freon
put the fake goatee on
and it booms as cool as
sugar free jazz"
Big Soul Coughing fan here. I saw them multiple times, mostly at CB313 Gallery in NYC, once at Wetlands with Cibo Mato (great show), and waaaay back, in '93 or so, at Nell's, playing to a mostly empty room.
Their live shows were always a sonic treat. CB313 was one of the most intimate venues I've ever seen music at, standing so close to the band that it was almost awkward.
I still have 2 or 3 playlists, handwritten by Mike (or M. Doughty as he referred to himself back then), nicked off of the stage by me at the end of their set(s).