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Soul Coughing's M. Doughty Does Acoustic Tour

Catherine Lewis reports:
Mike Doughty (the Soul Coughing frontman formerly known as M. Doughty) will be embarking on his fourth solo tour this month, hitting venues on the East Coast and Midwest. Doughty, who tours with only an acoustic guitar, treats audiences to acoustic versions of Soul Coughing tunes and new material (including the classic "Firetruck," a tune written by a four-year-old. Or so he claims).

In addition to the two-week musical tour, Doughty will perform in "The 24 Hour Plays L.A." benefit at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles on the 24th of February. Proceeds from the show will benefit the World Trade Center Relief Fund. Doughty has participated in previous 24-hour plays both as a writer and as a musical performer between plays. This is not Doughty's first flirtation with the written arts-- he has written several articles for the New York Press and has published a book of poetry, Slanky. Tour dates:

02-13 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
02-14 New York, NY - Knitting Factory
02-15 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
02-18 Somerville, MA - 608
02-20 Cleveland, OH - The Odeon
02-21 Detroit, MI - Magic Bag
02-22 Newport, KY - The Southgate House
02-23 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
02-24 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater (The 24-Hour Plays)
02-25 Chicago, IL - Double Door
02-27 Minneapolis, MN - The Woman's Club
02-28 Madison, WI - Stage Door at the Orpheum

Doughty is writing songs and recording demos for an upcoming album, the follow-up to his self-released Skittish, which was recorded by the mysterious Kramer in 1995 or 1996. He also appears on the recent They Might Be Giants album Mink Car, on the song "Mr. Xcitement."

Fans who are eager to hear more Soul Coughing can pick up Lust in Phaze: The Best of Soul Coughing out on Rhino/Slash Records March 19th. This record delivers 20 songs from the Cough's three albums, as well as singles and soundtrack contribuions released from 1994 to 1998. Doughty will add track-by-track notes, and New York Press Editor John Strausbaugh is contributing a band history. Tracklist:

01 Bus to Beelzebub 02 Sugar Free Jazz 03 True Dreams of Wichita 04 Screenwriter's Blues 05 Janine 06 Blueeyed Devil 07 Buddha Rhubarb Butter 08 Unmarked Helicopters 09 Super Bon Bon 10 Soundtrack to Mary 11 Lazybones 12 Paint 13 Collapse 14 The Idiot Kings 15 Rolling 16 St. Louise Is Listening 17 $300 18 Circles 19 Super Bon Bon (Propellerheads Radio Edit) 20 Casiotone Nation (live)

.: Pitchfork Review: Soul Coughing: El Oso
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.: Originally published: 7 February 2002
.: Items mentioned above on Slanky (Mike Doughty); Lust in Phase: The Best of Soul Coughing (Soul Coughing, 2002); El Oso (Soul Coughing, 1998); Irresistible Bliss (Soul Coughing, 1996); Ruby Vroom (Soul Coughing, 1994).