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Nov 21, 04 11:42 AM

Mini Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaves.

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Saw Mason Jennings at the Mercury Lounge Saturday night.

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We went out to Vegetarian Dim Sum House, on Pell Street, to eat before the show. Lotus root cakes, mashed taro treasure boxes, vegetarian mock pork steamed dumplings, turnip cakes, sesame paste buns. Mason and Chris (the bass player) and Chad (the front of house guy) were unfamiliar with Chinatown--"What's it called? Dim Sum? What is that, exactly?" That's the brilliance of living in New York--for all our tiny homes and surly fellow passengers on the F train--the joy of taking visitors to eat amazing, exotic food.

His songs were taut and drawly, Chris bobbing and bouncing, cracking, papery snare and chiming, arpeggiated acoustic guitar. Ben Kweller (my new labelmate, who hugged me when he met me) and Haley Bonar guested. Sometimes the songs heated up, and Mason would get so passionate he would seem dangerous, whipping the guitar neck around in a fast axis, WHAP! such that I would fear Brian, the drummer, getting conked in the head.

Hung with the musicians in the Merc's dank basement afterwards. Glenn Morrow, head of Bar/None and chillest man in the music industry, was there. Chris and Haley tried to force cannoli on me, and when I refused, pleading that I was battling my Inner Fat Man, Chris ate them theatrically, describing them in erotic detail as he munched.

There was a piece of graffiti in the dressing room: TITS ARE STILL COOL.

Posted by Mike at November 21, 2004 11:42 AM
Comments

gus brger!

Posted by: white spotter at November 21, 2004 2:06 PM

So I had a weird Mike Doughty moment last night. I went to see my kid brother preform "Fire Truck" at his high school talent show. He lifted Mike's commentary right from Smofe and Smang, played the song, and was asked to never participate in a talent show again. This in itself was a sweet example of emulation and flattery, but what really got me was that he was directly followed by a twelve year old (yes, folks, that really does say 12) girl "dancing" to an uncensored version of "Salt Shaker" by the Ying Yang Twins (feat. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz). What makes this all so brillant is that he goes to school in the middle of Amish Country Pennsylvania and there were Amish and Mennonite audience members experiencing interpretations of both Mike and the Yin Yang Twins.

Posted by: mollybeth at November 21, 2004 4:38 PM

i love gus with every inch of my heart. the amish are right up there too.

Posted by: jupiter at November 21, 2004 6:47 PM

no way, tits are so 80s

Posted by: chesty at November 21, 2004 11:36 PM

Tits withstand the test of time...

Posted by: Mike Falzone at November 22, 2004 2:48 AM

Is taut and drawly a compliment? Just wondering because sometimes I like Mason, sometimes I don't. Kinda like vegetables.

Posted by: Don M at November 22, 2004 8:15 AM

dont be frightened dude but doughty you were in my dream on saturday.my girlfriend and i were at one of your shows and after the show you were really pissed off, you had just recieved the cover for your new album and it was Patrick Dempsy in a milkman outfit with mikedoughty written on his hat. boy were you pissed.
i thought it was really funny though. cmon! Patrick Dempsy the pizza delivery giggilo himself.

Posted by: mike at November 22, 2004 10:35 AM

i would have to say that tits are not only 80's, but they are also still cool. it's retro. tits are so retro that it's not lame. sometmies retro things are lame. but not tits.

Posted by: james the s at November 22, 2004 11:38 AM

When were they not cool? (.)(.)

Posted by: bee at November 22, 2004 1:01 PM

Patrick Dempsey in a milkman uniform? Mike, that's an inspired dream! (I must admit to a pseudo-crush on him back in the 80s, for about 5 minutes).

And tits...as I possess two of them and compare their bodaciousness with a close (female) coworker every day (don't hate us because we buy good pushup bras), I can say with complete confidence that tits NEVER went out of style. Those skinny-ass 32-A-cup models just ain't got da goods..."she's a brick...HOUSE!" Yeah, baby!

Posted by: Deb at November 22, 2004 2:42 PM

hee hee... tits.

Posted by: chunk at November 22, 2004 2:55 PM

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Posted by: bee at November 22, 2004 3:01 PM

Someone in the last post made a comment that they knew the 'Bonnaroo story', but never followed the comment up with what happened at the event.

Anybody know the details on this one? I was there, and added two new fans to the Doughty club. Would really dig sharin a funny story with them.

Posted by: invert at November 22, 2004 6:15 PM

Someone in the last post made a comment that they knew the 'Bonnaroo story', but never followed the comment up with what happened at the event.

Anybody know the details on this one? I was there, and added two new fans to the Doughty club. Would really dig sharin a funny story with them.

Posted by: invert at November 22, 2004 6:17 PM

West Main Street. Awesome.

As a long-time Charlottesvillian now in NYC, I found this particularly amusing. And just a bit bizarre.

Posted by: Patrick A. Reed at November 22, 2004 8:56 PM

Tits were so not the '80s. At least not most of the '80s. That was the era of the Kate Moss/Kim Alexis models with the tiny chests. As a tit man, I remember these things.

Posted by: wymer at November 22, 2004 10:38 PM

ben kweller is the best. i met him last week (i was picking him up from his hotel for a show at my school) and he hugged me when we met as well... he was soooo super cool/nice, we talked politics and all kinds of other stuff. his wife is equally cool. we also discussed ATO, which was agreed to be extremely awesome. rawk rawk on.

mike doughty is the shiznit.

Posted by: katey at November 23, 2004 3:03 AM