October 02, 2009

Mike Doughty: Sad Man Happy Man

Mike Doughty

Mike Dougthy can write a song about anything, but he gets better when he is pissed off or wants to hammer home some truths.

His new album Sad Man Happy Man starts with yet another songs about a Nectarine, but the rest of the album has more meat than the health food opener. Stand out tracks (You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified), and the putdown songs Rising Up and How to Fuck a Republican keep him at the forefront of acoustic angry folkies.

Mike Doughty is still a witty lyricist, injecting verbal slang for heroin in Lord Lord Help Me Just to Rock Rock On and laughing aloud about receiving letters on credit with John Paul Jones bustling in the hedgerow (Pleasure on Credit). It makes sense that he covers the Daniel Johnston song Casper The Friendly Ghost, a story about a creature who tosses his money in the wishing well and ends up broke. Sounds familiar, huh?

Mike Doughty: Sad Man Happy Man

Sad Man Happy Man is released on ATO Records. Release date: October 6th.

Tracks:
  1. Nectarine (part two)
  2. (I Keep On) Rising Up
  3. (You Should Be) Doubly (Gratified)
  4. Lorna Zauberberg
  5. (I Want to) Burn You (Down)
  6. Pleasure on Credit
  7. Lord Lord Help Me Just to Rock Rock On
  8. (He's Got the) Whole World (in His Hands)
  9. (When I) Box the Days (Up)
  10. Year of the Dog
  11. Diane
  12. How to Fuck a Republican
  13. Casper The Friendly Ghost
Live dates:
  • 10/08 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe(2 shows)
  • 10/09 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
  • 10/10 Toronto, ONT, Canada - Drake Hotel
  • 10/11Toronto, ONT, Canada - Drake Hotel (2 shows)
  • 10/13 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
  • 10/14 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark
  • 10/15 Chicago, IL - Schubas (2 shows)
  • 10/16 Chicago, IL - Schubas
  • 10/17 Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
  • 10/18 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
  • 10/20 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
  • 10/21 Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
  • 10/22 Athens, GA - Melting Point
  • 10/23 Atlanta, GA - Eddie’s Attic (2 shows)
  • 10/24 Charlotte, NC - Evening Muse
  • 10/25 Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle
  • 10/27 Carrboro, NC - Arts Center
  • 10/28 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern
  • 10/29 Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
  • 10/30 Sellersville, PA - Sellersville Theatre
  • 10/31 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
  • 11/12 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse (2 shows)
  • 11/13 Cambridge, MA - Regatta Bar (2 shows)
  • 11/14 Newmarket, NH - Stone Church (2 shows)
  • 11/15 Portland, ME - One Longfellow Square
  • 11/17 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Lounge (2 shows)
  • 11/18 Albany, NY - Revolution Hall
  • 11/19 Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theatre
  • 11/20 Ithaca, NY - Castaways
  • 11/21 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
  • 11/22 Charleston, WV - Mountain Stage
  • 11/24 Harrisburg, PA - Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center
  • 11/25 Towson, MD - Recher Theatre

» mikedoughty.com
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