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Nov 19, 04 04:56 PM

I Met the Charlottesville Mafia.


Dave and I are very suspicious of you.


OK, no, we're not, really.

I went down to Charlottesville to meet the peeps at my record company. It was awesome. They have this air of liberation about them--as in, they can work in the music business without having to live in New York or Los Angeles. I liked 'em a lot; they've clearly got a powerful and funky operation; this is gonna be good. As I've said here in the past, ATO is pretty much my dream label.


Before the gig, I was summoned to the DMB studio--one might say, the Dave Cave--and thanked Dave for inviting me into his righteous cause. They also played me a few tracks, which sounded great--there was one in particular that I thought was a really fantastic progression for them, I fear mentioning the title would be talking out of school. Also, their choice of producer, which was suprising and great.

Dave gave me a tour of the Dave Cave; it's a swank set-up, for sure.


A fun show, too; I was energized by the hang with Dave, and I felt like I played great. The crowd was fun and friendly, except for a couple of chatties up front (I hate it when the chatties are up front--c'mon, pal, go back to the bar, at least, willya?)

I was signing stuff after the show and two girls walk up. "We have two things to say to you." Okay. "First of all, in 'Rising Sign', when you say 'I resent the way you make me like myself,' do you mean, I resent you making me appreciate myself, or I resent you making me similar to myself?"

Both, it's a double entendre.

"Oh, wow! It's such a great song, wow, I love that song so much! And the second thing is: WHY DID YOU YELL AT US FOR TALKING, WE'RE MAD AT YOU AND YOU LOST TWO FANS TONIGHT AND WE'RE NEVER GONNA COME SEE YOU AGAIN."

Posted by Mike at November 19, 2004 4:56 PM

Damn loud bitches.
Charlottesville loves Doughty.
And so do I.

Posted by: Alexi at November 19, 2004 5:01 PM

For some reason, those top pictures are really unsettling..

and Mike, you standing next to Dave, well its like taking a 'not-so-pretty' girl out with you just so the guys will talk to you more.

you just shine.

Posted by: double entendre at November 19, 2004 5:08 PM

Double Entendre is right. Dave is a damned good looking guy, but Mike... Oh man. He is a handsome gentleman if there ever was one. Especially in that second picture.

Posted by: Claire at November 19, 2004 5:25 PM

Hope you can still sleep tonight, Mike. True fans like that don't come around every day.

How dare you tell people in front not to talk while you are playing? They came to talk, not hear good music! And they are true fans as well!

(bad karma for them)

Posted by: apoxuponme at November 19, 2004 5:36 PM

Psh. I've seen you yell at chatties, and I've seen *the Magnetic Fields* yell at chatties. Twits got off light (says the girl who gets bubbly insane during your shows).

I'm deeply disturbed by how adorable I find those pics of you and Dave.

Posted by: ikichi at November 19, 2004 5:53 PM

i love it sooo much whenever mike tells people in the house to shut the fuck up! it's so cool. i wish i had the balls to tell people that when my band was playing. when i saw him at vasar, all the little fuckers were talking and he said something like "if you want to talk, i've walked around this campus, and it's a pretty huge place. so shut the fuck up!" i died laughing!

Posted by: james the s at November 19, 2004 5:55 PM

Dave Matthews reminds me of Ray Romano in that outfit.

Posted by: DJ The King of Queens at November 19, 2004 7:56 PM

dave matthews make mike doughty look small
mike doughty tall man

dave matthews freakishly tall man
mike doughty very precious man

go mike doughty go!

Posted by: freakish at November 19, 2004 8:09 PM

We love you Mike, you're so cute, and you don't have any frowny lines like Dave does.

Andy Adelewitz's Mom and Dad

Posted by: Norm and Rosie at November 19, 2004 9:22 PM

pls 2 divulge some secret info


Posted by: JTR at November 19, 2004 10:25 PM

Dave may have the outfit of Ray Romano, but I have to say: he looks like the older tanner brother (maybe twin) of Giovanni Ribisi. In Seattle where I live, Dave is one of the few celebrity this city see's wandering around amongst the mortals. It's in this city, on one Friday at an unnamed sushi joint where I used to work that I notice a really incredible pair of mens shoes in my section and knew right off that that guy wasn't from these parts. I knew the shoes owner looked familiar, but it wasn't until one of my fellow waitresses pulled me aside and started begging me to let her take his table that I realized it was that Dave. We struck up a bargain, and I got $10 for letting her take the table. In the end it was my loss because Dave apparently is a great tipper. Now I gave up Daves table for a ten, and I have to say that if a certain Mike came in and sat in my section I would have to get a much much more generous offer to give that one up. So does anyone know, is Mike a good tipper?

Posted by: A.S.F. at November 19, 2004 11:00 PM

I think it's strange and possibly innapropriate to say this...but I think Dave may be the man who took my virginity in a dark office of Easter Seals circa 1992-1994. All I have to say is he looks hot in the above picture and would love to get my hands on him again if he is the man I'm looking for. I hope he's happy with his damned wife since I swear he promised me he'd wait for me considering I was so much younger than him. I'm 24 now and let me tell you, he's missing out on quite a bit.

Posted by: Leslie Bedore at November 19, 2004 11:05 PM

steal from grand forks. heh.

Posted by: rob from grand forks at November 20, 2004 12:39 AM

So, what? You mention two chattie broads that tell you to fuck off; and you don't tell everyone about signing my friend's tits? Give a real fan a shout. I happen to know that was the only breast you signed that night. Unless, after I left, some other chicks were inspired by the earlier display... If so, you're welcome.

It was an awesome show. Mike played as well as I've ever heard him. I almost got in a fight with these kids that were smoking. Mike told some guy to fuck off in the middle of an intro, then continued only when he began walking off toward the back, as instructed. Hilarity.

The Bonnaroo story was a high point. Quite a charming performance, overall. He's got one new fan at least, I know. The friend I took. I've still got the bra Mike signed, too. Should I put it on eBay?

Oh, also, I'd like to mention that I just won Smofe + Smang, as well as an original copy of Skittish, on eBay, for a combined $86. Fucking bargain, I tell you. I even pre-ordered the Rockity Roll/Skittish reissue with the Mike Doughty t-shirt, you should too!

You're a modern-day poetic genius, Mike. I don't know what else to say, except: I love you... but, not in THAT way.

Posted by: Mikey at November 20, 2004 1:01 AM

"Believe it or not, there are bars in new york where you don't have to pay 15 dollars to get drunk and talk shit. It's true!"

-Mike Doughty, Bowery Ballroom, 2000

Posted by: Roshan Abraham at November 20, 2004 2:06 AM

Sugar Will?

Posted by: Brian at November 20, 2004 3:32 AM

Hello Again
Sugar Will
Joy Ride
Good Good Time


Posted by: Steve at November 20, 2004 10:03 AM

leslie bedore,

you are a whore...don't know how old you were when you lost your virginity? damn girl, slow it down.

Posted by: qmm at November 20, 2004 11:03 AM

My brother told me legends of the "shut the fuck up game." Unfortunately, the crowd at Hamilton was quiet and respectful...Doughty even said so!

Posted by: Sam at November 20, 2004 12:22 PM

Re: Mikey's bargain on eBay...if I have an original release of Skittish (signed, no less) and Smofe + Smang, that means I should put them on eBay, yes? Because let's face it, 86 bucks is quite a net gain there.

The C'ville show was good. Does this mean the ATO Mafia will make Doughty come down here more often now, for clandestine meetings and the like? Will you now be among our commonest celebrity sightings? Oh Doughty, you know not what you've stepped into...

Posted by: polyglot conspiracy at November 20, 2004 1:43 PM

Well, I only saw one other copy of Smofe + Smang, which I lost, that went for 75 bucks. So yeah, you would probably stand to make some money. I've got El Oso and Irresistible Bliss both signed, but I would never sell them. Next show I'll get everything signed. Ruby Vroom, Lust in Phaze, Smofe, Skittish, Rockity Roll, the t-shirt, my cock... everything.

Posted by: Mikey at November 20, 2004 2:07 PM

Great news! I hope the ATO deal is all you want it to be and more! There seems to be great synergy between you and Dave and that is wonderful to see.

I don't understand people talking at Mike's shows, and when I'm there I shush them, too. It's disrespectful, but I guess it's part of life. They're definitely missing out.

Posted by: Amy at November 20, 2004 4:35 PM

mike, i thought of you last night when i went to see lou rawls. he did four sam cooke songs ending with the best sam cooke song 'bring it on home.'

those pictures are prime. you guys are equally as cute.


OMIGOD, the dancing hamsters are playing on the radio. now i'll be singing that ditty all night.

Posted by: my rie at November 20, 2004 6:30 PM

A few things:
1. Thank you SO MUCH for doing this, Mike. It really is awesome to be let into this whole process for regular folks like us.
2. You are the fourth (!!! pretty goddamn impressive) best poet/musician (yes, i use those terms interchangably) of the last 40 years.
For clarification's sake: 1) clearly Dylan (i imagine there isn't much argument here); 2) Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters/Sun Kil Moon fame (if you don't know him, look him up...if you are reading this you won't be disappointed); 3) Adam Duritz (sorry for the sort of poppy reference, but the Crows have regularly put out the best stuff of the last 10 years). (Although, I'm pretty damn sure Van Morrison should fit easily in there somewhere).
3. I'm anxious to attempt to start a real discussion on this board: What is everyone's favorite Doughty line? (I know there are far too many...)
In anticpation, mine is:
"Keep the wrong hands off the biscuit fortune."
(The C'ville girls already stole: "I resent the way you make me like myself." which otherwise would have been my pick.)

I'm now much happier for having been a Dave fan backintheday...looks like you are having a good time at ATO.

Rockity Roll,

Fire Truck.

Posted by: Pourouttherum at November 20, 2004 9:33 PM

//2. You are the fourth (!!! pretty goddamn impressive) best poet/musician (yes, i use those terms interchangably) of the last 40 years.... 3) Adam Duritz (sorry for the sort of poppy reference, but the Crows have regularly put out the best stuff of the last 10 years). (Although, I'm pretty damn sure Van Morrison should fit easily in there somewhere).//

What a CRAPPY ASS comparison, man. "Big Yellow Taxi" with the Crows and Michelle Branch. That wasn't poetic. That was as cheap and dirty as Tom Cruise doing Rebecca deMornay in "Risky Business."

Posted by: DJ Sabado Gigante at November 20, 2004 10:32 PM

DJ Sabado Gigante I'm sure since your a "DJ", that you listen to enough music to know a cover when you hear one, but if not I would like you to know it wasn't Mr. Duritz who wrote "Big Yellow Taxi" but the one and only Joni Mitchell. When this song was written more than 30 years it's possible that it was poetic, and I argue that it still is (perhaps it's just better when it's coming out of Joni's mouth). I agree that it's a hard sell to pit Duritz against Doughty, maybe it's best not to put the people we respect on a who's better than who top ten list. They're all very talented, and we are drawn to some more than others for our own very personal reasons. But as far as lines go I love the specificness of ("Your polaroid is on the wall, stuck in crack between the door and door frame, trapped in the middle of some laugh, some some drunken joke some friend of yours was telling")maybe I dig it because of my own personal fascination with moments suspended in time, or maybe I just listen to his songs because I think Mike is such a handsome devil.

Posted by: A.S.F. at November 20, 2004 11:46 PM

Well, I love both Mike and the Crows, but I *hate* that cover of BYT. Singles almost always sound like crap to me, though.

And the talking thing amazes me. I feel guilty for singing along, but I can't help it. The Joy, it runs through my veins and controls my body. #O_o#

Posted by: ikichi at November 21, 2004 12:38 AM

why isn't Dave wearing his wedding ring?besides there are so many beautiful poets in the world...who has any room for for many favorites..because there are so many to discover and so many to is short and you are beautiful so shine like a star and fade like a sunset...

Posted by: jen at November 21, 2004 4:38 AM