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Oct 26, 04 08:05 AM

More on Shahzad.


While I was touring with Shahzad in June, there were innumerable times that he would walk into, say, a Subway in South Dakota barefoot, playing a Steinberger guitar--one of those little black 80's guitars without a body or a headstock--as he ordered his sandwich.

He has a certain guilelessness in this behavior. Often after soundchecks, he'd wander around whatever town we were in, playing a banjo. And after a gig in Milwaukee, he went to a Monday night open mic, horned his way onto the performers' list, and did Tom Waits' "In The Colosseum" in a burly, mock Tom Waits voice.

I was talking on the phone with Jonathan Maron; he plays bass in the Groove Collective. He cowrote "Down On The River By The Sugar Plant" with me, and is an old school friend. We both met Shahzad at Simon's Rock--we were on our way out of there as he was an incoming student.

He said that a while back he saw Shahzad for the first time in years; he was onstage at Wetlands, and he looked out at the crowd and saw a South Asian guy, taller than anybody standing around him, playing guitar soundlessly in the middle of the club.

He bumped into him recently, and Shahzad reminded him of this. "I almost didn't remember it," said Jonathan. "It was such a strange image--it was as if I filed it with my dreams."

Posted by Mike at October 26, 2004 8:05 AM

i like it when you post early in the morning...i always forget to look later...tell us more about shahzad, i like the way you write about him.

i wondered the other day, if you ever make posts on your own stuff, under other people's names... or if you even read the comments?

i think there will be sunshine in nyc today...finalmente

Posted by: nicole at October 26, 2004 9:55 AM

i also enjoy it when you post early, part of my hour-long morning ritual at work "getting settled into my day", until coffee kicks in. too bad i live so far north, out of the loop of such collaborations

Posted by: julie b at October 26, 2004 11:12 AM

Last time I was in The City I saw Shahzad walking the other way up Broadway. My girlfriend and I exchanged a "wasn't that the guy who played drums for Mike Doughty at Bonnaroo?" look. It was random.

But really, you can't miss the guy. He's one of a kind.

Posted by: Ian at October 26, 2004 12:15 PM

sometimes i wish i lived in ny instead of out here on the west coast. then i realize i'd be near the aurora...and that would not be so good.

but i love mike's blog entries. they put mine to shame for shizzle.

Posted by: james the s at October 26, 2004 7:48 PM

I wonder if these comments get read...

Either way, my experience with Shahzad is this: I went to go see Mike play at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. During the show, Mike opened the field up for questions. Some people shouted requests (Blue-eyed Girl and the Incumbent seemed to be extremely popular amongst the fans that night), one person asked why the Doveman was called the Doveman, and why he was so cool (no one really knows). I asked "Are we still going to Reseda, someday, to die?" Mike told me to fuck off. I felt really embarassed, but Shahzad leaned over from his drums and said something along the lines of "Don't let it get to you, ill talk to you after the show." The show carried on, and I can safely say it was my favorite concert of all time. Afterward, I had Mike sign my copy of "Slanky", and I talked to Shahzad and the Doveman. After a brief conversation, during which they apologized for Mike and explained why he said that, they took me to the tour van and gave me an unbelievably cool gift. We said our goodbyes, and that was that. Shahzad, I think, is one of the coolest and nicest artists i've had the priveledge to meet.

Posted by: Sean at October 28, 2004 2:30 AM