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Mike Doughty contains multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Guitar player. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982. He's released five solo albums, some EPs, a covers album, a couple of live albums, a bunch of EDM tracks and remixes, a poetry book, and a memoir about that time he was in a band called Soul Coughing and didn't like it and took ... Read more in Amazon's Mike Doughty Store

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  • Audio CD (August 29, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B005CGN1VW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,232 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Na Na Nothing
2. Into the Un
3. Day by Day By
4. Holiday (What Do You Want?)
5. Russell
6. Strike the Motion
7. Have at It
8. Makelloser Mann
9. The Huffer and the Cutter
10. Rational Man
11. Telegenic Exes #1 (Hapless Dancers)
12. Weird Summer
13. Vegetable
14. Telegenic Exes #2 (Astoria)

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Things Mike Doughty Would Like You To Know About His New Album Yes and Also Yes:

1. The title, Yes and Also Yes was the headline of my profile on an online dating site. I improvised it, because they wouldn't let me post until I wrote a headline. I was wretchedly unsuccessful at online dating.

2. The single, 'Na Na Nothing,' was partially stolen from a song written by Nikki Sixx, Dan Wilson (wrote 'Closing Time'), and Matt Gerrard (wrote a bunch of tunes in 'High School Musical') (I got their permission to steal it)

3. 'Holiday,' a Christmas song, is a duet with Rosanne Cash. I did a show with her, and she said, onstage, 'I feel nervous playing my new songs, because Mike Doughty is here, and he's such a great songwriter.' That blew my mind.

4. The song 'Into the Un' was written for, and rejected by the Twilight soundtrack. (It's about goth kids on LSD in a train station)

5. I recorded it in a studio in Koreatown, Manhattan, from July '10 to April '11. Produced by Pat Dillett. Notable musicians included my trusty
factotum Andrew 'Scrap' Livingston on bass, and the pianist Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, who basically plays with everybody who's groovy (Justin Bond, Antony and the Johnsons, Glen Hansard, The National, David Byrne, Yoko Ono). I'm releasing it on my own label, Snack Bar, through Megaforce. I split with Dave Matthews' label ATO so I could run my own shop and have more control, business-wise.

6. I wrote most of the songs at the legendary artists' colony Yaddo, where Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers, Sylvia Plath, and a lot of other all-time giants worked. It was founded by a railroad tycoon's wife, in her mansion, built in the 1890s. They put up artists for a month or two, feed them in an opulent dining room, and give them space and time to work.

7. I used a capsule of the antidepressant duloxetine as a percussion instrument on some tracks. I held the tiny pill between my thumb and
forefinger, put it close to the mic and shook it so it made a shcka-shcka-shcka! sound.

8. I wrote a book about my ugly, drug-doing years called The Book of Drugs. It's coming out in 2012 on Da Capo/Perseus.

9. The song 'Makelloser Mann' is in German.

10. I play a Chinese lute (called a zhong ruan) on the song 'Telegenic Exes, #1'

11. In the liner notes, I say I exclusively wear Paul Smith suits and Sol Moscot eyeglasses, and eat only gummi bears made by Haribo. I did this because I hope they'll send me free stuff.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robert Flor on September 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Yes & Also Yes, is a another great collection of hauntingly good, avant garde alt-rock from singer, song writer, label owner, and ex-Soul Coughing front-man Mike Doughty. It's been 23 months since Mike's last album "Sad man, happy man"(a raved return to Mike's soulful acoustic rock roots) graced our playlists, and I'm happy to say that Y.&.A.Y. falls in-line with Mike's record of recording successful and timeless music. As Mike's first independently produced solo album, it further illuminates Mike as both a tested artist, and thoughtful producer. Y.&.A.Y is a 5-speeds album and ranges from the slower promenade of tracks 5,11,14 to the racing kick-drum of tracks 2,6,7. It's a front loaded album (tis the standard these days) starting strong with a great example of Mike's iconic Na-Na style catchy-pop-hook choruses, and only dips into obscurity in track 8. Which, I should point out is a thoughtful 1.3 minutes long. Like most Doughty/Soul Coughing albums, this one utilizes an eclectic mix of sounds and instruments to compliment Mike's soulful voice and thick guitar sounds: Piano, slide guitar, Hammond organ, vibraphone, violin, viola, stand-up bass, and synthesizer. All in all, I consider it a great album. It places 2nd behind the amazing Haughty Melodic album and believe (i can't believe he actually did it) it beats golden delicious/Sad man. When speaking about his artistic direction as it relates to dropping new albums, Mike said he tends to "take sharp left turns." Coming off Sad Man Happy Man this is definitely a left turn, but he's sticking to a great block and I think i speak for all his fans when i say i love the part of town he's cruising around in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TX Gunner on June 4, 2012
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I am a huge fan of MD and have enjoyed his work since his days in Soul Coughing. While this album does have a lot going for it, I think the entire work feels rushed and unfinished. Some of the songs are brilliant, but they end before they are complete. I do not deny the quality or ability of the artist, and I will certainly continue to support Mike, I just think some of the works needed to be developed more. Have At It is the best example of this. This is the second album in a row from MD where it appears that quanity was chosen over quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beautiful At Last on September 20, 2011
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This album has it all. It gets better and better with each listen. Songs I thought I didn't like at first I find myself singing my heart out to (the Roseanne Cash song). It's just so fun to sing along with Mike. The words he chooses, Dragoon (?), just make you feel so good. As another reviewer said, this album is chock full of sounds. "Sad Man/Happy Man" was stripped down and this album is just so eclectic. The haunting one about the cutter is just so new and different. Dark and beautiful. That song about Russell, I don't even know him, but I find myself singing my heart out to him. Track 10 and 13 are repeat repeat repeat tracks. Can't get enough. Mr.Doughty just keeps delivering the goods. I love being drenched in his strange parades. Thanks Mike, it truly feels like Christmas when you drop a new album.

love, love made them beautiful at last
he was there and she was there
she was there and he was there
he was there and she was there

don't give me your clap trap/don't give me your stinking words/you make me feel like a fat sap/hapless in a dirty shirt

i'm a rational man, rational man rational man

hopeless?/oh you made a brave mistake/shame, living in a failed state

i'm a rational man, rational man, rational man

i've got a dark hole to fill

day by day by day

your man don't dance but i will

the hustler? and the cutter in a field with jimson weed

beautiful at last
love, made them beautiful at last

now i'm forswearing the hustle

love, made them beautiful at last
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By G. Connot on September 7, 2011
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I am a huge MD fan, have been since the early days of Soul Coughing, but I'm not the biggest fan of everything he does. This album, however, is excellent, I would say its his best since Haughty Melodic, my favorite album of his. The style is new but not a total reinvention, and its very good. For once he's produced an album where there isn't a single song I skip over. Definitely a must-have.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Opus on September 12, 2011
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Haughty Melodic, Mike Doughty's first proper solo album after a couple of great but unfinished-sounding EPs which followed the dissolution of Soul Coughing, counts among my very favorite collections of songs. It's a unique and very personal mix of street smarts, wry humor and lessons learned the hard way that could only be the work of this artist and none other. That recording was a major artistic statement and set the bar so high that I've been a bit disappointed with the two following collections. Although Yes and Also Yes isn't Haughty Melodic, it has enough great moments to make it Mike's best since that landmark.

This one starts off very promisingly with four outstanding tracks, the best of which ("Day By Day") is probably my favorite song released so far this year. It's trademark everything-that's-good-about-Mike-Doughty, with a solid groove backing up some very clever and witty wordplay mish-mashing cultural references into a kind of postmodern word collage blender which comes out with the world's perfect ear smoothie. The others in this four song knockout punch aren't too shabby either, and I find myself putting all of them on repeat. Unfortunately, the rest of the collection isn't quite up to this standard. There are still some very inspired moments ("The Huffer and the Cutter," for one, and "Strike the Motion") but there are also a number of short "experimental" bits that come off sounding somewhat unfocused and uninteresting. There is a lengthy EP's worth of top-drawer material here but the extras (maybe thrown in to bring this up to regulation length??) break up the overall flow that made Haughty Melodic such a great experience.

Mike Doughty's on track again, and it's a great thing to see.
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