“Sad Girl Walking in The Rain Video” Released


Mike Doughty has released the second video from his elegant, charming new album The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns. See the video for “Sad Girl Walking In The Rain,” animated by illustrator Curtis Carey here. “Curtis literally tagged me on Instagram with a fragment of this, and I loved it, and asked him to do a full-on video that I could officially release,” says Doughty. “There is a sweetness to the song, and the lyric, that the video really expresses. I dig the character of the Sad Girl. And I really like doing a video in which I’m an incidental character.” Carey, a big Doughty fan, posted an additional video as part of his regular YouTube show explaining what it was to work with one of his longtime heroes.

Doughty, who moved to Memphis from his long time home in New York in 2014, is confirmed for an ambitious 48-date U.S. tour in support of this, his ninth solo album. New York’s Wheatus will join the tour both as the openers and Doughty’s backing band. Wheatus’ Brendan B. Brown comments, “I’ve been in some musical situations…leader, follower, heavy-loud, technically intense, quiet, gentle, bad, good…things you need for music. None of that prepared me for the fact that Mike conducts improv with his face…I mean, here’s this guy, who I fan on to the extreme, glaring at me like he just ate rancid garlic & I have to interpret & play something different based on that face in that moment. It’s ‘improv’, yes but it’s more like, ‘improve! NOW!'”

Long-time Doughty fans—including Marc Maron (whose phrase inspired the album’s title) and a long list of well-known musicians and comedians—are praising his “free-spirited and distinctly loquacious” (All Music) new album as one of Doughty’s best to date. Read on for a full list of dates and to see what fans are saying.

I find that up or down, full of piss and vinegar or trying to breathe deep, I’m always in the mood to listen to Mike Doughty. The new record is classic Mike yet dynamic and surprising too- scents of his new Memphis home infuse everything with a country warmth. Get in there… –John Ross Bowie (Big Bang Theory, Speechless)

Did I say that? Wow. Cool. –Marc Maron

Mike Doughty does soulful Americana, and it’s gorgeous. The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns is a stop at a smoky, whisky-soaked roadhouse that’s the last building standing in town after the Interstate went through. – Wil Wheaton

I’ve been a fan of Mike Doughty for twenty years, and somehow he still sounds like he’s from the future. “The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns” gives you pathos, humor, insight, killer beats, and melodies that you wake up singing. It’s Doughty at his best, and it’s just what my soul needs in this trashcan of a year. – Dave Holmes (Editor-at-large, Esquire.com)

A new Mike Doughty record is an event. He inspires me so much– as a songwriter, as a wholehearted and uncompromising artist, and as a human being devoted to truth. You need to buy “The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns”, because the heart does just that, and he knows how to tell you all about it in a voice like bourbon and gravel that will stick in your head forever. – Rosanne Cash

I love this guy! Is he gay? Robin, this is the kind of guy you should date. – Howard Stern

I’ve seen the future of rock and roll and it's Mike Doughty. – Wayne Kramer

“The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns” is a timeless classic, an album that you will return to again and again until your ears stop working. – Kristen Schaal (Bob’s Burgers, Last Man On Earth, Flight of the Conchords)

Mike Doughty is one of culture’s finest culture-makers and these songs, each of them literate and smart and rocking, may be his best yet. – John Hodgman

This new album. Somebody kicked Kerouac and a drum machine down the stairs you built a damn Trans-Am from the bits. — Twitter user @capndukekimball

Mike Doughty On Tour:

1/12 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
1/13 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
1/14 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
1/15 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
1/17 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
1/18 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s
1/19 – Orlando, FL – The Social
1/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Culture Room
1/21 – Tampa, FL – New World Brewery
1/23 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
1/24 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
1/25 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
1/26 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
1/27 – Austin, TX – 3Ten @ Austin City Limits
1/28 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
1/31 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
2/1 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
2/2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubador
2/3 – Santa Cruz, CA – Crepe Place (2 shows)
2/4 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
2/7 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
2/8 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
2/9 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
2/10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
2/12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
2/14 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar
2/15 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
2/16 – Minneapolis MN – First Avenue
2/17 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
2/18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
2/19 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
2/21 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
2/22 – Columbus, OH – A&R Bar
2/23 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
2/24 – Detroit, MI – El Club
2/25 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
2/26 – Rochester, NY – Flour City Station
2/28 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot
3/1 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
3/2 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
3/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
3/4 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
3/5 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live: Downstairs
3/7 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
3/8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe (2 shows)
3/9 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
3/10 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
3/11 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone

2017 Winter Tour On Sale Now!

Tickets for Mike’s 2017 winter tour are now on sale!

These shows will be with a full band – a cello/bass player, drums, another guitar player, an organ player, and a backing vocalist – six people on stage. The show consists of basically live remixing. Using hand gestures, Doughty improvises changes in what the musicians in the band are doing – stopping, starting, getting louder or quieter, changing their parts, repeating their parts. The songs are Soul Coughing songs and Doughty solo songs, but none are ever performed the same way twice.

It’s a kind of simplified version of something Doughty saw John Zorn doing with avant-garde jazz in the 1990s, but adapted to be more along the lines of a dance music or hip-hop producer mixing tracks – bringing in the drums, dropping them out, juggling the musicians like samples.

All shows will be with special guest Wheatus.

Tickets for all dates available at http://www.mikedoughty.com/shows

Jan. 12 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
Jan. 13 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Jan. 14 – Charlotte, NC – The Visulite Theatre
Jan. 15 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Jan. 17 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
Jan. 18 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
Jan. 19 – Orlando, FL – The Social
Jan. 20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
Jan. 21 – Tampa, FL – New World Brewery
Jan. 23 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
Jan. 24 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
Jan. 25 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Jan. 26 – Dallas, TX – Dada Dallas
Jan. 27 – Austin, TX – 3Ten Austin City Limits Live
Jan. 28 – San Antonio, TX – The Paper Tiger
Jan. 31 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Feb. 1 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
Feb. 2 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
Feb. 3 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place
Feb. 4 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
Feb. 7 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Feb. 8 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Feb. 9 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
Feb. 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
Feb. 12 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Feb. 14 – Kansas City, MO – recordBar
Feb. 15 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
Feb. 16 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Feb. 17 – Milwaukee, WI – Shank Hall
Feb. 18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Feb. 19 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
Feb. 21 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
Feb. 22 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
Feb. 23 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
Feb. 24 – Detroit, MI – The El Club
Feb. 25 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
Feb. 26 – Rochester, NY – Flour City Station
Feb. 28 – Burlington, VT – Arts Riot
March 1 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
March 2 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
March 3 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
March 4 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
March 5 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live – Downstairs
March 7 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
March 8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
March 9 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
March 10 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
March 11 – Memphis, TN – Hi-Tone Cafe

Catch Mike on the road this fall at a record store near you!

10/16 Toledo, OH – Culture Clash, 4pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/486376068236902/

10/17 Akron, OH – WAPS members event @ Papa Joe’s Restaurant, 7pm
Become a member to attend: https://support.thesummit.fm/

10/18 Pittsburgh, PA – WYEP members event @ Pittsburgh Winery, 7pm
Become a member to attend: http://wyep.org/about-membership

10/19 Rochester, NY – Record Archive, 7pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/149906968793908/

10/23 Portsmouth, NH – Bull Moose, 6pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/1618757528422603/

10/25 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade Records, 7pm
FREE show! https://roughtrade.com/events/mike-doughty

10/29 Raleigh, NC – Schoolkids Records, 5pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/2130005430557955/

10/30 Atlanta, GA – Criminal Records, 5pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/175439772860410/

11/1 Dallas, TX – Good Records, 7pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/513126742229747/

11/2 Austin, TX – KUTX listener event @ Studio 1A, 1pm
Become a member to attend: http://kut.org/support-kut

11/4 Tucson, AZ – Zia Record Exchange (Tucson), 6pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/183715732034884/

11/5 Phoenix, AZ – Zia Record Exchange (Mesa location), 3pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/1113166348762617/

11/9 Carmel, CA – KRML members event @ Folktale Winery, 7pm
Become a member to attend: http://www.krml.com/contact

11/10 San Francisco, CA – KFOG Levi’s Lounge
Enter to win tickets: http://www.kfog.com/2016/10/14/see-mike-doughty-in-levis-lounge/

11/10 San Francisco, CA – Amoeba Records (Haight location), 7pm
FREE show!

11/13 Eugene, OR – Skip’s Record & CD World, 7pm
FREE show!

11/14 Portland, OR – KINK listener event @ Skype Live Studio
RSVP or stream it live here: https://www.skypelivestudio.com

11/14 Portland, OR – Music Millenium, 7pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/1700652290253897/

11/15 Seattle, WA – KEXP listener event, 9am

11/15 Seattle, WA – Silver Platters, 7pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/916973815099797/

11/16 Boise, ID – Record Exchange, 6pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/679850615497416/

11/20 Omaha, NE – Homer’s, 5pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/184475761996924/

11/25 Kansas City, MO – Mills Record Company, 7pm
FREE show! https://www.facebook.com/events/1840502972902713/

11/26 St. Louis, MO – Euclid Records
FREE show!

New Album “The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns” Available for Pre-Order

We are excited to announce Mike’s ninth solo album, The Heart Watches While The Brain Burns. The album comes out on October 14, but pre-orders are available today!

from iTunes: http://geni.us/ithwwtbb
from Amazon: http://geni.us/thwwtbb
from Mike’s store: http://bit.ly/mdStore
from your local record store: http://bit.ly/thwwtbbRSD

In addition to currently streaming on Spotify, the lead single “I Can’t Believe I Found You in That Town” will also be given as a free instant download with all album pre-orders.

The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns is the third collaboration between Mike
and Queens, NY hip hop producer Good Goose and features some of his most mature
and realized songwriting to date. The elegant, charming album swerves between
lonesome country influences, and trap beats.

Doughty’s latest offering is the result of an exciting new chapter his life where he traded
the manic energy of New York City for the “fascinating” and “mysterious” allure of
Memphis, Tennessee.


1st Leg of the Living Room Tour On Sale Now

Mike is hitting the road with Scrap and bringing the Question Jar Show to a living room near you.

Tickets available at http://undertowtickets.com/collections/mike-doughty/

6/7 – Jersey City, NJ SOLD OUT
6/8 – Nyack, NY SOLD OUT
6/9 – New Haven, CT
6/10 – Providence, RI SOLD OUT
6/11 – Boston, MA
6/12 – Portland, ME
6/13 – Portland, ME
6/15 – Burlington, VT
6/16 – Springfield, MA almost sold out!
6/17 – Albany, NY
6/19 – Philadelphia, PA SOLD OUT
6/21 – Baltimore, MD SOLD OUT
6/22 – Washington, DC SOLD OUT
6/23 – Charlottesville, VA
6/24 – Richmond, VA almost sold out!
6/25 – Durham, NC
6/26 – Charlotte, NC
6/28 – Atlanta, GA
6/29 – Jacksonville, FL
6/30 – Orlando, FL almost sold out!
7/1 – Miami, FL
7/2 – Palm Harbor, FL
7/5 – Greenville, SC
7/6 – Asheville, NC
7/7 – Knoxville, TN
7/8 – Murfreesboro, TN
7/9 – St. Louis, MO
7/15 – Cincinnati, OH
7/16 – Cleveland, OH
7/17 – Pittsburgh, PA
7/19 – Columbus, OH
7/20 – Ann Arbor, MI
7/21 – Chicago, IL
7/22 – Chicago, IL
7/23 – Milwaukee, WI


Get a New Song Every Week on Patreon

I’m joining Patreon. It’s a means of getting music directly to you, skipping the middle man.

I’ll post two songs a week – one a live song, the other a TOTALLY NEW SONG, never released.

Yeah, for $5 a month, one new song a week! By me! To you!

Go here: https://www.patreon.com/doughty

I don’t have to tell you that times are tough for musicians – I was just on Capitol Hill with other artists, meeting with Senators and members of the House, advocating for the Fair Play Fair Pay act. We’re fighting out here.

I really appreciate your help!


Stream Mike’s DJ Set at Drip Creator Sessions from Ace Hotel

The folks at Drip have released a stream of Mike’s DJ set from the Drip Creator Sessions at Ace Hotel. You can check it out at https://www.mixcloud.com/Drip/drip-creator-sessions-mike-doughty-may-28-2015-at-ace-hotel-new-york/

If you’re not subscribed to Mike’s drip.fm page, you can do so here. Subscribers get a *new* song each week, plus tons of bonus content like song demos, concert recordings, and exclusive discounts at Mike’s online store.