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  • Irresistible Bliss Irresistible Bliss Quick View

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    Irresistible Bliss

    Irresistible Bliss was Soul Coughing's second album, released in 1996 (see 1996 in music). The band initially planned for Tchad Blake, producer of their first album, Ruby Vroom, to produce the album, but the death of a family member in a car accident caused Blake to take a hiatus. Over the objections of his bandmates and his record label, Slash Records/Warner Bros., frontman Mike Doughty (then billed as M. Doughty) hired producer David Kahne (Fishbone, The Bangles, Sublime, Tony Bennett, Sugar Ray, The Strokes); he was intent on following up the wild sonics of Ruby Vroom with a tightly-wound, trembly, New Wave inspired record.
    1. Super Bon Bon
    2. Soft Serve

    3. White Girl
    4. Soundtrack to Mary
    5. Lazybones
    6. 4 Out of 5
    7. Paint
    8. Disseminated
    9. Collapse
    10. Sleepless
    11. The Idiot Kings
    12. How Many Cans?
    Soul Coughing
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    Ruby Vroom

    Ruby Vroom was Soul Coughing's 1994 debut album. The album's sound is a mixture of sample-based tunes (loops of Raymond Scott's Powerhouse on Bus to Beelzebub, Toots and the Maytals, Howlin' Wolf, The Andrews Sisters, and The Roches on Down to This, and a loop of sampler player Mark De Gli Antoni's orchestral horns on Screenwriter's Blues, among others). It also features guitar-based tunes like Janine, Moon Sammy, and Supra Genius and jazzy, upright-bass-fueled songs that often slyly quoted other material-the theme from Courageous Cat on Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago, Thelonious Monk's Misterioso on Casiotone Nation, and Bobby McFerrin's cover of Joan Armatrading's Opportunity on Uh, Zoom Zip.
    1. Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago
    2. Sugar Free Jazz
    3. Casiotone Nation
    4. Blueeyed Devil
    5. Bus to Beelzebub
    6. True Dreams of Wichita
    7. Screenwriter's Blues
    8. Moonsammy
    9. Supra Genius
    10. City of Motors
    11. Uh, Zoom Zip
    12. Down to This
    13. Mr. Bitterness
    14. Janine
    Soul Coughing
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  • El Oso El Oso Quick View

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    El Oso

    Driven by frontman M. Doughty's stream-of-consciousness poetry, Soul Coughing's sound was a willfully idiosyncratic mix of improvisational jazz grooves, oddball samples, hip-hop, electronics, and noisy experimentalism (described by Doughty as deep slacker jazz). Even at the height of the alternative rock era, it was too avant-garde to cross over into the mainstream, keeping one foot planted in the downtown New York scene from whence the band sprang. Yet their ironic sense of humor and stylized bohemian-hipster image made them accessible enough to earn a widespread, enthusiastic following on college campuses. Moreover, they built a reputation as an excellent live act, thanks to a jazz aesthetic that kept their concert performances fresh and spontaneous (not to mention a liberal policy on fans trading tapes). After three generally acclaimed albums, the group split up, and Doughtymounted a solo career.Soul Coughing was formed in New York City in 1992 by lead vocalist Mike Doughty (who usually preferred the stage name M. Doughty). A military brat born at Fort Knox, Doughty had previously worked as a music critic, and wrote abstract, Beat-influenced poetry of the sort that went over well at live poetry slams. He also held a job as the doorman for the famed cutting-edge venue the Knitting Factory, which afforded him the opportunity to meet an eclectic array of musicians on the downtown avant-garde scene. He eventually recruited keyboardist/sampler Mark de Gli Antoni, bassist Sebastian Steinberg, and Israeli-born drummer Yuval Gabay (bassist Wilbo Wright and cellist Catherine Bentwere very briefly in the group before the quartet solidified). Taking their name from the title of a poem Doughty had written about Neil Young vomiting, Soul Coughing made their live debut in June 1992 at the Knitting Factory (naturally enough).

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    1. Rolling
    2. Misinformed
    3. Circles
    4. Blame
    5. St. Louise Is Listening
    6. Maybe I'll Come Down
    7. Houston


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    1. $300
    2. Fully Retractable
    3. Monster Man
    4. Pensacola
    5. I Miss The Girl
    6. So Far I Have Not Found The Science
    7. The Incumbent

    Soul Coughing
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  • Haughty Melodic Haughty Melodic Quick View

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    Haughty Melodic

    Remastered On Clear Purple Vinyl


    Includes Bonus 7 On Clear Orange Vinyl


    Tremendous Brunettes Features Guest Vocals By Dave Matthews


    Remastered reissue of Mike Doughty's 2005 ATO Records debut and first full band album since his former group, Soul Coughing, disbanded in 2000. Features the song Looking At The World From The Bottom Of A Well.

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    1. Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well
    2. Unsingable Name
    3. Madeline and Nine
    4. Busting Up A Starbucks
    5. White Lexus
    6. American Car
    7. Tremendous Brunettes
    8. I Hear The Bells
    9. Sunken-Eyed Girl
    10. Grey Ghost
    11. His Truth Is Marching On
    12. Your Misfortune


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    1. I'm Still Drinking In My Dreams
    2. All The Time

    Mike Doughty
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  • Circles Circles Quick View

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    Circles

    In the years since [Soul Coughing's] 1999 breakup, [Mike Doughty] has re-emerged as a top-notch singer-songwriter, seemingly eager to shed the ghosts of his past. So ultimately, it was a nice surprise when, earlier this year, he announced he was going to do an album of re-imagined versions of tracks he originally recorded with Soul Coughing. If you've listened to any one of the band's albums, you probably can understand why there has been a little cult following built behind their work.


    On "Circles Super Bon Bon " Doughty reclaims the songs and, most likely, delivers them in ways he had originally imagined. In interviews, he has discussed how he would have to fight for songs to sound a certain way. Sometimes, he would have to concede. So one could look at this album as a revisionist exercise. How his former bandmates feel about this is unknown. But, the big surprise is he actually improves and/or nicely compliments the vast majority of these cuts.


    Much of the record is given more of a pop sheen than one probably would expect. The effect works. Sure, some of the songs were hits in their original form (like "Super Bon Bon" and "Circles," for instance) but the collection's revelatory moments generally stem from the songs that didn't get airplay.


    "The Idiot Kings," in its original form, had a brooding, heavy, driving quality. The version here is infinitely brighter, thanks to a choice key change and a well-used drum loop.


    "True Dreams of Wichita" was originally an upright-bass driven lament. In its new form, it loses no intensity while it ends up sounding like a more complete cousin to Primitive Radio Gods' 1996 hit, "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand."


    In fact, the album on the whole seems celebratory. Doughty is aiming these songs at an audience willing to dance. "How Many Cans" and "Sleepless," which were originally both slow-building, almost meditative dirges packed with an underlying sense of menace, now bounce around with newly reinforced backbones.


    This album demonstrates that Soul Coughing really should've had more hits and Doughty deserves respect as one of his generation's keenest songwriters. While Doughty, himself, was probably exorcising personal demons by re-imagining these songs, in the process, he has given them a second life.


    Any fan of Soul Coughing should find this album, at the very least, to be a fascinating companion-piece to the original takes. In this surprising move, Doughty does his legacy proud. While some favorites may have not made the track list, this album, nevertheless, is a reminder of these songs' lasting endurance. This is Doughty's well-earned victory lap.


    Allan Raible (ABC News Music)

    1. Sleepless
    2. How Many Cans
    3. True Dreams of Wichita
    4. Super Bon Bon
    5. Mr. Bitterness
    6. The Idiot Kings
    7. Monster Man
    8. Maybe I'll Come Down
    9. Unmarked Helicopters
    10. So Far I Have Not Found the Science
    11. I Miss the Girl
    12. Circles
    13. St. Louise Is Listening
    Mike Doughty
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  • The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns Quick View

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    The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns

    Mike Doughty, founder, songwriter, and singer of Soul Coughing, has released 10 solo albums in the 21st Century, including Haughty Melodic, Stellar Motel, and Sad Man Happy Man. He's published a memoir, The Book of Drugs, and creates electro tracks and improvised-music pieces under the pseudonyms UUL and Dubious Luxury. His opera Revelation was staged in conjunction with WNYC, and he's currently writing a second memoir, and writing songs with Wayne Kramer from the MC5.
    1. Wait! You'll Find a Better Way
    2. I Can't Believe I Found You in That Town
    3. Brian
    4. There Is a Way Out
    5. Sad Girl Walking in the Rain
    6. Dawn/Gone
    7. You Could Fly
    8. Otherlands
    9. Don't Jerk the Wheel
    10. Making Me Lay Down
    11. Give Me Something
    12. The Wild Creatures
    Mike Doughty
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    Beast Epic (Pre-Order)

    I can whine about it all but I won't.
    -Samuel E. Beam

    The first Iron & Wine song that I ever remember hearing was Dead Man's Will, originally featured on the Yeti 1 compilation CD. Its hushed eloquence and unadorned beauty lent it a sort of soft power*,a triumph of instinct over overstatement. That was in 2001.

    In 2017, Beast Epic, Iron & Wine's fourth album of new material for Sub Pop and it's sixth overall, recasts soft power as a series of vignettes, observations and regular old songs that redeem through joy and a certain expectation of grace.

    Even the instant classic, Bitter Truth, with a lyric as pained and direct as any I've heard from Iron & Wine, is leavened with background vocals recalling The Jordanaires. Sam Beam has called Beast Epic his most personal album to date. It is the first Iron &Wine album that he's produced since The Creek Drank The Cradle,though the results are vastly different. This album brims with surprise flourishes, classic touches and an appealing confidence that is evident on songs like Call It Dreaming.

    After a decade and a half of prodigious expression and exploration,recording as both Iron & Wine and eponymously, Sam Beam confessed that he has finally figured out how to make records. He hadme fooled all along.

    Beast Epic will be available worldwide through Sub Pop Records. It's my favorite Iron & Wine album by a mile.

    - Jonathan Poneman

    Iron & Wine's Beast Epic was written and produced by Sam Beam,and recorded and engineered by Tom Schick at the Loft in Chicago inJuly 2016 and January 2017. The musicians who played on Beast Epic include longtime Iron & Wine collaborators Robert Burger (keys),Joe Adamik (percussion), and Jim Becker (guitar, banjo, violin,mandolin), along with bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing and Fiona Apple), and Chicagoan Teddy Rankin Parker (cello). Beast Epic was mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, Tennessee.

    *The term soft power was cribbed from author and Harvard professor Joseph Nye, but used in a different context.

    1. Claim Your Ghost
    2. Thomas County Law
    3. Bitter Truth
    4. Song in Stone
    5. Summer Clouds
    6. Call It Dreaming
    7. About A Bruise
    8. Last Nigh
    9. Right for Sky
    10. The Truest Stars We Know
    11. Our Light Miles
    Iron And Wine
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  • Beast Epic (Deluxe) (Pre-Order) Beast Epic (Deluxe) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Beast Epic (Deluxe) (Pre-Order)

    Deluxe 2x Vinyl Edition Features 5 Bonus Tracks

    I can whine about it all but I won't.
    -Samuel E. Beam

    The first Iron & Wine song that I ever remember hearing was Dead Man's Will, originally featured on the Yeti 1 compilation CD. Its hushed eloquence and unadorned beauty lent it a sort of soft power*,a triumph of instinct over overstatement. That was in 2001.

    In 2017, Beast Epic, Iron & Wine's fourth album of new material for Sub Pop and it's sixth overall, recasts soft power as a series of vignettes, observations and regular old songs that redeem through joy and a certain expectation of grace.

    Even the instant classic, Bitter Truth, with a lyric as pained and direct as any I've heard from Iron & Wine, is leavened with background vocals recalling The Jordanaires. Sam Beam has called Beast Epic his most personal album to date. It is the first Iron &Wine album that he's produced since The Creek Drank The Cradle,though the results are vastly different. This album brims with surprise flourishes, classic touches and an appealing confidence that is evident on songs like Call It Dreaming.

    After a decade and a half of prodigious expression and exploration,recording as both Iron & Wine and eponymously, Sam Beam confessed that he has finally figured out how to make records. He had me fooled all along.

    Beast Epic will be available worldwide through Sub Pop Records. It's my favorite Iron & Wine album by a mile.

    - Jonathan Poneman

    Iron & Wine's Beast Epic was written and produced by Sam Beam,and recorded and engineered by Tom Schick at the Loft in Chicago in July 2016 and January 2017. The musicians who played on Beast Epic include longtime Iron & Wine collaborators Robert Burger (keys),Joe Adamik (percussion), and Jim Becker (guitar, banjo, violin,mandolin), along with bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing and Fiona Apple), and Chicagoan Teddy Rankin Parker (cello). Beast Epic was mastered by Richard Dodd in Nashville, Tennessee.

    *The term soft power was cribbed from author and Harvard professor Joseph Nye, but used in a different context.

    1. Claim Your Ghost
    2. Thomas County Law
    3. Bitter Truth
    4. Song in Stone
    5. Summer Clouds
    6. Call It Dreaming
    7. About A Bruise
    8. Last Nigh
    9. Right for Sky
    10. The Truest Stars We Know
    11. Our Light Miles
    12. Hearts Walk Anywhere*
    13. Kicking the Old Rain*
    14. About a Bruise (demo)*
    15. Claim a Ghost (demo)*
    16. Summer Clouds (demo)*


    *Bonus track on deluxe edition only

    Iron And Wine
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    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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