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Sep 11, 04 02:37 AM

Le Concert pour la Change.

I just got back from a surprise guest spot at one of the "Concerts for Change." Did my heart good. My friend Bill, who books Sin-, called me at 10 pm last night to invite me. I called him back at 2 pm today. What time do you want me onstage tonight?

He said, "Really?!"

It makes me happy to do something, just a small something, of meaning in this dark, dark time for our country. Just a very, very small something.

And it was great. Bill's a spectacular guy. The gig's right in my hood, too, and it's so much fun to saunter over to a show, rock a few tunes to some good neighbor people having some beers. There were a couple people who knew my shit, and, amusingly, some old Soul Coughing fans that had no idea what I had been up to, and were astonished to find me, randomly, in a bar on Attorney Street.

Someone called for "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago." I said, On September 10th?! You're out of your mind!!

But I was mistaken. It was, in fact, 12:30 pm, on September 11, 2004.

Posted by Mike at September 11, 2004 2:37 AM

I guess, i'm the first to post a comment! I would like to say that this new design for the site rocks, and I believe the best part is the journal section. It's been great reading about you trip to Africa, and hopefully more stories are to come.

Posted by: Mike at September 11, 2004 11:01 AM

And to all those who suffered a loss on the 11th, God Bless!

Posted by: Mike at September 11, 2004 11:09 AM

I'm more intrigued by this U2/Whitney Houston thing: Bono doing "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"?!

Posted by: DJ No Taxation Without Representation at September 11, 2004 12:42 PM

Oooh, comments.

The Ethiopia stories have been just lovely. I hope there will be more!

Posted by: liz at September 12, 2004 9:47 PM

Our local college alt radio station (The Impact, at Michigan State U) has played Mike's song "Move On" from the 'Future Soundtrack for America' as part of the station's "Top 5" every day for the past 2 weeks. Makes me very hopeful! Rock on, man!

Posted by: Deb at September 12, 2004 11:51 PM

I was at the Seattle show at The Crocodile, and remember when someone called out "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago".

I'm glad I got the chance to see you play then... I missed the Alki show due to misinformation... and the Ethiopia stories have been great. Keep it up...

Posted by: Tara at September 13, 2004 1:04 AM

thanks for leading me to the "move on" stuff. i will vote for the first time this year because of the info on the move on site. it is important to remove W from office. go out and vote

Posted by: erin at September 14, 2004 2:24 PM

I'm going to comment here now, before everyone finds out about this and it gets all swamped and suchlike.

I was at the Seattle Crocodile show with the above Tara, but I don't remember anyone calling out for "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago." This is possibly because I was distracted by the people dancing in front of me. You made people in Seattle dance! It was amazing.

I love the Ethiopia stories, and also the collaboration with Thanks for all of it!

Posted by: samantha at September 14, 2004 8:37 PM

Mike, when is your next showing of the 24 Hour Plays or for that matter anything at all? I am moving into the city soon (Battery Park City)having lived just outside my whole life and have yet to see you solo. I went to a handful of Soul Coughing shows back in the day and just picked up Rockity Roll and love it.

Posted by: Matt M at September 15, 2004 1:48 PM


Thanks for making a difference! And thanx for the tunes.

When you have the time and are curious enough, contact me about how we can make incredible free-associative interactive digital info-tainment together. It would be my pleasure!

BTW: My wife was the one that interrupted your Will Hung story at the Treube in LA. She loved the fact that you were gracious enough to return her emailed apology back with kind words.


Posted by: Ethan at September 15, 2004 2:57 PM

Mike, Ethiopia sounds like a great time. I can't wait for your new tunes to break on through...

Posted by: caleb at September 18, 2004 3:02 PM


Which is more eerie (if at all) to you, the "Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago"/Sept.11 coincidence or the "Sugar Free Jazz"/Russian school bombing?

u got a crystal ball or something?

Posted by: Somebody named Marty at September 22, 2004 3:29 PM

Love the new design on the site, good to see you're still playing as well. Saw you twice at a bar in Somerville MA that doesn't exist any more (Lilly's I think).

I hate the political stuff, though. Just make music. I thought it was telling in Ethiopia story #9 when a local told you he liked that Bush was "tough on terrorists," and you dismissed him with a verbal wave, that he was just playing up to you. Yeah, those poor ignorant third-worlders.

Posted by: F. del Dongo at September 26, 2004 9:11 PM

Thank god I have something to check back on besides the old SCUG site now! I hope you keep posting poetic in the future. I like the format/set up too. Heard there is a DVD of old stuff in the works--its this true?

Posted by: julie b at September 27, 2004 4:40 PM

props to you, mike doughty. props to you.

Posted by: a seven-day fool at September 30, 2004 7:03 PM