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Nov 2, 04 04:59 PM

And by the Way, I Just Got a Record Deal with ATO.


Yep, you've got other things to think about today. But they're gonna announce my signing to ATO Records to the media on Thursday--and I wanted to let the cat out of the bag here first.

ATO, of course, was founded by Dave Matthews--and is, coincidentally, home of my best friend's two favorite artists, Patty Griffin and My Morning Jacket--hence winning me major points!

The label's got a great, diverse, vibe: it's where indie rock, jam bands, and singer/songwriters meet, and those are the genres I've found most interesting for the past few years.

Well, and Jay-Z. Dave, could you please sign Jay-Z?

Rockity Roll and Skittish will be out, as a double CD thing, with some bonus joints from the Skittish sessions, Bonnaroo, and Evenhand on December 7.

I'm finishing up the main record with Dan Wilson. There's drums to do, guitars to polish and fuzz up, backing vocals to lay down, some mild retooling, and that dreadful K2 of the recordmaking process, mixing. Will keep you posted. But it won't be long 'til it's out.

I am very happy to be in Dave's little cosmos. I am psyched to be in his righteous company.

Posted by Mike at November 2, 2004 4:59 PM

Congrats Mike!

Posted by: Virginia at November 2, 2004 5:03 PM

You couldn't have made a better choice. Congrats on the great news.

Posted by: Eric at November 2, 2004 5:12 PM

congrats! i can't wait to spend more money in your direction.

Posted by: KIM at November 2, 2004 5:30 PM

that's awesome mike.

i remember a thing you did a few years ago with the DMB, you went on & did a little scat with them or something and got the ladies all riled up. good stuff.

Posted by: Gnu at November 2, 2004 5:46 PM

Congrats, Mike!

Posted by: !!! at November 2, 2004 5:46 PM

ahh! i'm so excited!

Posted by: Hannah at November 2, 2004 6:16 PM

I'm very happy to hear that. It's especially nice to know that the release of your album is finally on the horizon.

Posted by: Ian at November 2, 2004 6:28 PM

fucking yeah. :)

Posted by: rahaeli at November 2, 2004 6:36 PM

Congrats Mike!!!

What a great label to be a part of.

Posted by: Travis at November 2, 2004 6:37 PM

hot beyond belief. i've been waiting so long for the new record. may you succeed greatly.

Posted by: bensaki at November 2, 2004 7:27 PM

What excellent news for you and your fanbase! Let's hope the good news continues this evening. I've been listening to my Future Soundtrack for America all day.

Posted by: Heather at November 2, 2004 7:34 PM

Very Cool. Congratulations! New MD on my B-Day!

Posted by: Wribbon at November 2, 2004 7:43 PM

Right on, Mike! I love ATO's work. I'm a writer for Acoustic Guitar magazine and reviewed Smofe + Smang when it came out. Can't wait to hear your new stuff. Would love to trumpet my Doughty love to the AG readers. Will this one have Unsingable Name on it?

Posted by: drew pearce at November 2, 2004 8:26 PM

Yeah, I've been excited about this for a week now. We got a message in at the record store I work at from our ATO guy. I can't wait to hear the Evenhand stuff all the way through. Great to hear new Mike stuff on the way!

Posted by: jackieboy at November 2, 2004 8:32 PM

What a home! Like planting a tree in the backyard and waiting for the blossems.

Posted by: Earl at November 2, 2004 8:39 PM

Dave Matthews sucks, but may you rule royally on his record company!

Posted by: Ryan at November 2, 2004 8:48 PM

mucho fabuloso!

cant hardly wait for the polished and fuzzy stuff!

Posted by: wendy at November 2, 2004 8:57 PM

There couldn't be a better pick-me-up after waiting over an hour to vote! Fantastic news!

Posted by: Jen at November 2, 2004 9:22 PM

Wowzers! This is what I've been waiting for! I'm sold on all of it - you put it out, and I'm buying! Evenhand! I'm buying! Bonaroo! I'm buying! Will it have "People are Bad" and Savali" on it? No! Wait! Put those on a separate CD and I'll buy that as well! I can't stop giving you my money!

Posted by: Brian at November 2, 2004 9:48 PM

ATO -Awesome Tunes Oncoming!

Posted by: wymer at November 2, 2004 10:20 PM


Posted by: Ten at November 2, 2004 11:16 PM

Congrats!!! I can't wait. And come back to Boston or Providence soon!

Posted by: tim at November 2, 2004 11:39 PM

Damn, Mike. Congrats. Best news I've heard all night...

Posted by: Kevin at November 2, 2004 11:48 PM

Congrats!!!!!! Hope to see you back at the Downtown on L.I. soon!

Posted by: Tom at November 3, 2004 12:27 AM

flippin' sweet!

Posted by: Mr. Dynamite at November 3, 2004 12:54 AM

Finally! Nice choice of labels. It's gonna be a sweet sounding Christmas. Congrats Mike.

Posted by: Mike at November 3, 2004 1:07 AM

Yay! I've been missing those outtakes from Skittish. Be nice to hear them all non-hissy and stuff.

Posted by: Struble at November 3, 2004 3:21 AM

evenhand as in the MUSIC?? would someone let me know if they find out?

speaking of jay-z, did you see the article in the paper yesterday about r. kelley filing a suit on jay-z? isn't 75 million a weee bit much?

oh, this is great mikety mike mike.

goo foo yoo.

Posted by: marie at November 3, 2004 7:08 AM

that's awesome news, Mike! i can't wait to hear it! have fun with the finishing touches! i'm a huge fan of Patti Griffin -- maybe you guys could do some work together sometime -- :)

Posted by: Amy at November 3, 2004 8:26 AM

That's fantastic. Can't wait for your new album, and while you're
mixing it would be most wonderful if you did some remixing (that should only take what? Like another hour or two of the total recording time). We rabid fans just can't get enough. I question the loyalty of this "best friend", I mean how can they just be so nonchalant about two people besides yourself being their favorite artists. Indeed.

Posted by: Lauren at November 3, 2004 9:25 AM

Does this end the days of small rock?

Posted by: liz at November 3, 2004 9:37 AM

Mike, I don't think my throbbing libido can take you AND Dave Matthews working so yummily close. On second thought, more shower fantasy scenarios...! Congrats!!! "May the wind always be at your back."

(P.S. - I'll give you a dollar if you write a song with rhymes of my unsingable name.)

Posted by: Deb at November 3, 2004 9:52 AM