The 5 Percent Nation of Chocolaty Delicious: It comes down to THIS!

The long-awaited and much-anticipated Soul Coughing 180g vinyl issues have arrived!

MusicDirect lists the official ship date as 08-31-15 for the Sept street date but pre-orders shipped in advance from their Chicago distribution center and arrived at my door in NY this morning.

If you missed the pre-order and still want to grab these for your collection, each of their albums are still available at the regular price from MusicDirect here.

This is the very first time Ruby Vroom has ever been made available in a vinyl format. If you’re a fan (or if you had a pulse in the 90s) this is the time to claim some SC love for your own.

“And it booms as cool as sugar free jazz”

All my SC promos CDs and cassettes are packed for the move at present, but I’m enjoying digging through my archive of live shows and radio sessions this evening.  And The Rev 105’s Moonlight Meditations program featured a unique look at M Doughty’s poetry in 1996.

Highlights from Soul Coughing and Mike Doughty’s live material

There are currently 126 solo shows available for free at Archive.org.  The site also hosts the 23 known live recordings of Soul Coughing.  This weekend will be a great opportunity to complete my own archive of all things from the Soul Coughing Underground.

Happy Friday everyone!

Mike Doughty: Please Stop Making Music.

Sad news my friends. For nearly a decade Mike Doughty has spent his post-Soul Coughing era immersed in folksy-acoustic guitar dementia, collaborating with Dave Matthews, (I know… I know…) and essentially recording the same exact half-spoken melody with the same percussive 6-string strumming album after album.

soul-coughing-frontman-mike-doughty-releases-circles-an-album-of-the-bands-songs-as-he-meant-them-to-be You haven’t missed anything, and now, after his bottom-of-a-well ran dry, he’s taken to rehashing the Soul Coughing hits he’d previously sworn not to entertain since his going-clean.

Here’s his latest video – a thoroughly post-modern ironic mimic of his former hit, “Super Bon Bon,” stripped of the energy, edginess, and the jazzy funk of the original.

The album comes complete with typographical cover art which was hip and artful back when XTC did it for their album, Go 2 in 1978.

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Cue the contrived low-budget filters, green screens, slow-mo footage of random objects in motion, and lifeless audio.

Sorry Mike. You were a whole lot better on drugs.

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I had this Sunday off so I took a trip to a neighborhood filled with antique shops and spent the better part of the day digging for treasure.

Found a late 70s Meters LP, but I prefer their pre-disco stuff.

Took home a “Weird Al” 7inch w picture sleeve – the song, “This is the Life” which he wrote for the classic comedy, Johnny Dangerously.

Weird Al - This is the Life

Visited a few junktique shacks and found a fun item at an estate sale just as they were closing up.

SS2 Book and Record

This was the second Sesame Street album released.  I have Book and Record #1, so I was happy to find the follow up.  This album was also released as a box set with stickers, but I don’t imagine it turns up very often.

The album features a number of my favorite classic Sesame Street songs, including two tracks that appear on Grover Sings the Blues, which I’d been looking for.

Someday I’d like to get my hands on the original 14 volume Sesame Street Treasury complete with Big Bird book holder that I had as a child, but not just yet – I’d have no place to put it.

IN OTHER NEWS – I’ve just completed my latest audio archival project!

Over the years I’ve collected a ton of Soul Coughing and Mike Doughty unreleased/live/rare/b-side material from various sources.  This past week I decided it was time to overhaul the folders.  I tracked down the original sources again and re-downloaded all the files at lossless CD quality.

Then, as none of the files had any ID3 track info (no song titles, artists, etc.) I manually entered in 550 tracks worth of information based on set lists from the live shows.

Finally, I organized the files, saved recording source information with each set and created a .torrent so that Soul Coughing/Doughty fans everywhere can enjoy it.

(Mike Doughty has commented on numerous occasions that he is cool with tape trading, as long as the shows are recorded directly from the soundboard.)

If you’ve already got all the SC+Doughty albums and are hungry for more, pick up the rarities collection here.

Soul Coughing

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