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Dec 8, 04 08:31 AM



Skittish/Rockity came out yesterday.


How weird and thrilling--I've been labelless for nearly five years. Still being in the Twin Cities, I wanted to go to Electric Fetus and see if they had it in the racks there. But I didn't go--maybe I'm scared of something?

It was fun being an utterly independant artist--it was romantic, and, frankly, I made more money than I did when I was in Soul Coughing--but I felt kind of illegitimate. It's good to have a label. It's good to be associated with a fun coterie of artists--to include my new boss.

I looked at it on the iTunes store, which was very satisfying. I want to see, after people have bought a few, what shows up under the "Listeners also bought" column.

I've been reading Jake Slichter's So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star--ooh, that title pains me, Jake deserves better!--while Dan mixes. Jake was Dan's drummer, and it's a fantastic tale, a better take on life in the music business than anything else I've read. And hilarious.

But to read all that music biz stuff, the radio people, the boneheaded marketing moves, the sorry attempts to force a group of talented men in their 30s to pretend they're kids--it sucked the energy out of me.

"Dan," I said from the couch. "I have an idea--how about we not make an album?"

Posted by Mike at December 8, 2004 8:31 AM

Fear not El Doughty. And congrats, congrats, congrats.

Posted by: Kevin at December 8, 2004 9:20 AM

Are you having a good time in Minneapolis??

Posted by: bee at December 8, 2004 9:27 AM

I just bought it & I love it. At first I was surprised it was so different than Soul Coughing.

Posted by: Mike C at December 8, 2004 9:44 AM

got my copy in the mail yesterday... the bonus tracks are fantastic!

more, please. thanks!

Posted by: jim at December 8, 2004 10:07 AM

I'm still waiting for my Skittish/Rockity package to arrive, dammit but the postal service does not cater to my whim! I love your 'new boss' too, Mike Doughty, he's been on my "Top 5 Fantasy Boyfriends" list for years now. Ahhh...Dave...ah....

(? -- you can't have just been working on the new album and reading rock-n-roll books all this time while in Mpls, Mr. D. Have you been "pitching woo" with Coco's nanny by any chance?!)

Posted by: Deb at December 8, 2004 10:10 AM

from Jason and my ex-husband, i learned so much about the music business and how superficial and fickle it can be, instead of being about promoting a wonderful art form and originality -- we have such a rich culture of music here, in spite of the music industry, though -- i think you've taken a great step to sign this deal, because it's a great group of folks who really care about the music and the artist -- i think it will be beneficial in the long run, even though the label still has to play with the business in order to play to some extent, i don't know how much -- i think it's worth the loss of total independence to have their backing

Posted by: Amy at December 8, 2004 10:15 AM

Deb-good one! You might be right, it could be the good ol' french Maid outfit wearing nanny?

Posted by: bee at December 8, 2004 11:11 AM

Hey all, like Mike I'm trying to get an ipod and this is a good way to do it. I was wondering if you all could help me get my free ipod, and if you sign up I will help you as well. much love!

Posted by: Hey all at December 8, 2004 11:27 AM

Damnit, stop it with the free ipod bullshit. I've seen this crap plastered and strewn about the web. Knock it the hell off with your ridiculous purport.

Every time someone posts a link, it makes Black Baby Jesus cry. We don't want that.

Posted by: Steaming Horseshit at December 8, 2004 11:37 AM

I think it's amusing that you want to know the listening habits of the people who buy your music. Just a note: I am freaked out from time to time when Amazon seems to know which kinds of stories I like to read, and although they seem to realize the way in which my ears are tuned to certain sounds, they don't however know anything more than how to wield a great marketing tool. You're a smart guy, so there's probably nothing new in my stating that the "if you liked this band than you'll love..." is not a good test to define who your audience is, (I hope it's more arbitrary than that), and when it really comes down to it, does your audience define anything about you anyway? If you want to know, (and just for fun) in addition to your new album I also spent my money on: Robyn Hitchcock's newest release, a little something from Bill Withers, and one from the Decemberists. This proves nothing. Now all I have to do is wait for the postman to bring your album to me so I can put in on heavy rotation with the rest of those guys. Looking forward to it.

Posted by: Another Seattle Fan at December 8, 2004 11:56 AM

congratu-facking-lations man! as soon as i get paid on friday, i am purchasing skit/rock! i'm so uber-jazzed for you man! no one inspires me to be who i am more than you. and i can see the fruits of your labor paying off for you! and that gives me the hope that i can make my art known...and i agree that the life of an indie musician is quite romantic...but can you tell some ladies that for me? ;)

congrats on the release again mike! no one deserves sucess on the uber-global, mass-universal level like you!

Posted by: james the s at December 8, 2004 12:13 PM

it's about time you let your cd's go out and play with all the other little cd's:)

this is great, Mike. organomous even!! <--fake word alert!

Posted by: marie at December 8, 2004 1:08 PM

Dude, someone bought you the Dustbuster on your Amazon list!

Posted by: DJ OMG at December 8, 2004 2:33 PM

Doh! Mike, you should have gone to the Electric Fetus and checked! Now I will have to go check myself..."sigh." I'm sure it's there. Great store...carries great CDs. Hell, you should go anyhow, cuz, you probably know it's a good store! Gives you an excellent excuse to be that guy that goes and looks proudly (and rightly so)at his CD's on display!I can't believe I have to wait until Friday to buy it(paycheck).
Anyhow, Congrats!!! Hope you're enjoying yer time in MN, MN appreciates you!

Posted by: dharma at December 8, 2004 3:04 PM

"Another Seattle Fan" is absolutely right about those 'also bought' lists. I work for a company that does that on their website, and it can be very misleading. If I buy myself New York Magazine, buy my mom Country Living magazine, a subscription to Hot Rod magazine for my bro, and Out magazine for my lesbian friend, the system just sorta shrugs and gives a list of fuck-all. We have a great time at work looking at the Also Bought lists our computer spits out...especially when someone buys kids magazines AND porn...whew!

(And Bee...oui! Mon dieu! Complete with feather duster!)

Posted by: Deb at December 8, 2004 3:08 PM

If you're interested, besides you, the only other artist on my amazon wishlist is a local chicago guy, matt marque who also wields a unique brand of small rock. i saw a poster for him at abbey pub when i saw you there debuting the new band. he's got some tracks on his website for download

Enjoy. Congrats!

Posted by: Mike at December 8, 2004 3:14 PM

yess! thats exactly what i meant by staying true to yourself, mikey! don't take no sh*t!

Posted by: rob from grand forks at December 8, 2004 3:17 PM

[long-time fan / short-time lurker / first-time poster]

having never gotten around to purchasing skittish or rockity roll in their first incarnations, i am super-psyched to finally have the double-disc in my possession. both cds are fantastic in their own ways, and the bonus tracks are a welcome addition. (although, i am glad i picked up future soundtrack for america the week before, as the slickly produced version of "move on" seems an excellent indicator of things to come...)

p.s. as divided as i am to say this -- half of my brain cringes and the other half has giddy visions -- "ossining" is begging to be remixed and/or spun at a dance club (if it hasn't been already).

Posted by: matty at December 8, 2004 3:52 PM

French maids and feather dusters, did I just wake up on Bourbon Street, or was that yet another wonderful dream?

Posted by: bee at December 8, 2004 4:02 PM

I hope my cd/tshirt package doesn't take long. I'm kind of edgy over here.

Posted by: ike. at December 8, 2004 4:03 PM


Your in Minneapolis today huh? I wish I was closer to the Twin Cities I would skip class and try and find you. I know it kinda sounds like a stalker but it is not that way. Ever since I saw you at 1st Ave. a couple of years ago walking out the door to probably go get some grub and drink I have wanted to talk to you. For some reason I felt that I would be intruding on your personal life before the show. Anyway, skittish/rockity roll fucking rock, and the bonnaroo tracks, Hell yeah!!!! It brings me back to the fucking heat, sweat and drugs of B-roo, days like this in MN I need every motivation to keep on keeping on.

If you get bored in Minneapolis (which is almost impossible) you should take a drive down 169 to Mankato, we would be honored to have your presence here.

Peace Out Miggidy Mike D.


Posted by: doughtyluver at December 8, 2004 4:04 PM

Mike if you enjoy the stylings of people-who-bough-this-also-bought-this, you should start exploring yo'self on AudioScrobbler (which is about the greatest music thing going).

Posted by: FooFightersRock at December 8, 2004 5:51 PM

i got my skittish/rockity today and i love you like i used to, except all the fuck over again.

and i got my t-shirt. which i will wear to an office christmas party. can i say, thank you for rocking? i was one of those fiends who downloaded your stuff and has been forgiven her sins for buying it, now. i feel good inside.

i will truly feel fantastic, though, when i see you in person. i hope that you come southways enough so that i might see a show of yours.

and thank you again.

Posted by: julieja at December 8, 2004 6:04 PM

yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay it has arrived....thanks for all the hard work that we now get to enjoy...congratulation!

Posted by: Julie Beck at December 8, 2004 7:12 PM

listeners who bought Mike Doughty (as of 12.8.04) also bought:

Steve Earle
John Mellencamp
Tom Waits
Neil Young
They Might Be Giants
Old 97's
Fountains of Wayne
The Flaming Lips

top song: 27 Jennifers

Posted by: Art at December 8, 2004 7:45 PM

You guys actually bought a real, physical CD? I bought it in iTunes Music Store and I was listening to it less than a minute later.

Posted by: Mike C at December 8, 2004 8:14 PM

Thanks for thinking about Itunes Mike, it was nice getting it instantly.

Posted by: Matt_From_SSR at December 8, 2004 8:20 PM

i can't wait for my preorder to arrive...but i might have to wait a bit longer than most, 'cos i live in Australia? Hurry it up will ya!!! i downloaded various songs before but have a mish mash of various releases all on the one cruddy burnt cd, cant wait for the packaged doughty musical manifesto...and my t shirt. you rock doughty, how about a tour down under? PLEEEEASSSE!

Posted by: slimey at December 8, 2004 8:41 PM

Just got it in the mail today. With the bonus tee shirt. Orange and gray will be the "in" colors next year. Hooray! I'm advance!

Posted by: YLlama at December 8, 2004 9:01 PM

Soft Serve deserves a better rating, it's one of the best, solo mike or Soul Coughing!

Posted by: ipsdurgh at December 8, 2004 10:02 PM