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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Vinyl Heaven

Sunday, May 1st was an absolute thrill.  Both Buffalo and Rochester held their annual record shows the same day.  I attended both, (nearly 120 eight foot tables!) and was amazed by what I found.

Standing in line for the Buffalo show to open it’s doors I was complemented by the four men in front of me for my resemblance to Captain Beefheart.  From our chat I learned of Frank Zappa’s Lost Episodes album which contains a number of collaborations with the Captain from as early as 1958.  Later when I researched that album I discovered a similar collection titled An Evening With FZ & CB. That’s what I love about music – there is always more to learn.

The Lost Episodes

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Within the first 10 minutes I found The Flaming Lips’ masterpiece, The Soft Bulletin.  Yoshimi may be their most popular LP but nothing compares to The Soft Bulletin’s masterful compositions, sonic bliss, and brilliant production value.  It was album-of-the-year on nearly every major list in 1999, and was selected by Pitchfork as the third greatest album of the decade.  Several critics have called The Soft Bulletin “the Pet Sounds of the 1990s.”  I’d been tracking copies online all month, so I bought it without a moment’s hesitation.  The disc also comes with a bonus CD featuring “The Captain,” “Satellite Of You,” and “1000 Ft. Hands.”  The same vendor had a red vinyl sealed copy of Yoshimi that I’d also been tracking online, but his price was a bit steep.

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin

Next I hit up a booth with a ton of original 70s funk LPs.  I purchased a near mint original German pressing of Funkadelic’s Maggot Brain.  The album is an absolute classic.  Rolling Stone ranked the disc among the top 500 records of all time and the title track as #60 in the greatest guitar songs of all time.  It has also earned the reputation of the #1 guitar solo in the history of rock.  For those who aren’t familiar with the legendary solo, George Clinton allegedly told Eddie Hazel to play “like his mother just died.”  The result was a ten minute opus, the conclusion of which just might have resurected Hazel’s mother from her funky grave.  Beside the album was an equally rare near mint copy of Funkadelic’s self-titled album, but I didn’t have an extra $40 to spare.

Funkadelic - Maggot Brain

The last table I stopped at was better still.  The vendor asked me where I acquired my Beefheart tee.  When I told him that I made it, he replied, “Me too!  Hey – I’ve got that album right here if you want it!”  And he promptly produced a 1970 (second pressing) copy of Safe As Milk!  The first issue of that album, along with the baby Jesus bumper sticker is often considered the holy grail of record collecting.  Tom Kohn, owner of Rochester’s Bop Shop once said that he’ll retire the day he finds that LP.

Captain Beefheart - Safe As Milk
Just as I got ready to leave the table I saw a Jim Henson album which I snatched as quickly as I could.  For $3 I took home the soundtrack to The Dark Crystal, which sells for between $50-$60 online.  After looking up the album I saw photos of a fold-out poster that originally came with the LP.  I hesitated for a moment, reached into the sleeve… and pulled out the mint poster from inside!  Of my twenty five Jim Henson related albums, this might be my new favorite.

Dark Crystal Soundtrack

Dark Crystal Soundtrack Poster
At the Rochester show I met up with two wonderful friends and received hugs and handshakes from several vendors I hadn’t seen in as many as fourteen years, (namely Mark of the Compact Disc Exchange.)  One vendor had a mint original copy of the Meters’ Fiyo on the Bayou, but like the aforementioned Funkadelic LP I didn’t have an extra $40.  I was completely surprised, however to find at the very last minute Soul Coughing’s Irresistible Bliss!  I wish their debut album, Ruby Vroom had been released on vinyl, but alas it was not.  Still Bliss spent years in my CD player so it’ll be great to hear it on my turntable.

Soul Coughing - Irresistible Bliss

I finished the day with a massive garbage plate in the company of good friends and made a few more stops around town before heading home.

All in all probably the best day of crate digging in my entire life, and in the company of people I miss dearly.  Just for fun, below are the other albums I found but didn’t have the $400 extra dollars to pay for…

The Flaming Lips – Oh My Gawd! (2005 clear vinyl reissue) $20
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (red) $28
The Meters – Fiyo On The Bayou (mint original pressing) $40
Leon Redbone – Champagne (78RPM 10″ single) $4
Funkadelic – Funkadelic (original German pressing) $40
Funkadelic – America Eats Its Young $20
Funkadelic – Uncle Jam Wants You $10
Fuzzy Haskins – Radio Active $20
Bootsy’s Rubber Band – This Boot Is Made For Fonk-n $5
Tom Waits – Mule Variations $20
Tom Waits – Romeo Is Bleeding – Live From Austin $20
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones $20
Tom Waits – Glitter And Doom Live $20
Captain Beefheart – Mirrorman $20
Captain Beefheart – Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) $15
Captain Beefheart – Bluejeans And Moonbeams $15
Captain Beefheart – Unconditionally Guaranteed $20
Captain Beefheart – Spotlight Kid $20
Captain Beefheart – It Comes… In A Plain Brown Wrapper $30
Captain Beefheart – Strictly Personal $20

Along with the two Zappa albums mentioned above, I’ve got a lot of new music to take in before my birthday this June!  Special thanks to all my friends in Rochester who made the day memorable.

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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