10 Things Mike Doughty Wants You to Know About His New Album…


Mike Doughty

Singer-songwriter Mike Doughty released his new album, “Yes and Also Yes,” two weeks ago, and here are 10 things that he would like you to know about it:

1. “The title, ‘Yes and Also Yes,’ was the headline of my profile on an online dating site. I improvised it off the top of my head, because they wouldn’t let me post until I wrote a headline. I was unsuccessful at online dating.”

2. “The first single, ‘Na Na Nothing,’ was partially stolen from a song written by Nikki Sixx, Dan Wilson (who wrote ‘Closing Time’) and Matt Gerrard (who wrote a bunch of tunes in ‘High School Musical’). (I got their permission to steal it.)”

3. “‘Holiday,’ a Christmas song, is a duet with Rosanne Cash. I did a show with her, and she said onstage, ‘I feel nervous playing my new songs, because Mike Doughty is here, and he’s such a great songwriter.’ That BLEW MY MIND.”

4. “The song ‘Into the Un’ was written for, and rejected by the ‘Twilight’ soundtrack. (It’s about goth kids on LSD in a train station.)”

5. “I recorded it in a studio in Koreatown, Manhattan, from July ’10 to April ’11. Pat Dillett produced. Notable musicians included my trusty factotum Andrew ‘Scrap’ Livingston on bass and the pianist Thomas Bartlett, aka Doveman, who basically plays with everybody who’s groovy (Justin Bond, Antony and the Johnsons, Glen Hansard, the National, David Byrne, Yoko Ono). I’m releasing it on my own label, Snack Bar, through Megaforce. I split with Dave Matthews’ label ATO, so I could run my own shop and have more control, business-wise.”

6. “I wrote most of the songs at the legendary artists’ colony Yaddo [in Saratoga Springs], where Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, Sylvia Plath and a lot of other all-time giants worked. It was founded by a railroad tycoon’s wife, in her mansion, built in the 1890s. They put up artists for a month or two, feed them in an opulent dining room and give them space and time to work.”

7. “I used a capsule of the antidepressant duloxetine as a percussion instrument on some tracks. I held the tiny pill between my thumb and forefinger, put it close to the mic and shook it so it made a shcka-shcka-shcka sound.”

8. “I wrote a book about my ugly, drug-doing years called ‘The Book of Drugs.’ It’s coming out in 2012 on Da Capo/Perseus.”

9. “The song ‘Makelloser Mann’ is in German.”

10. “I play a Chinese lute (called a zhong ruan) on the song ‘Telegenic Exes #1.’

10.5. “In the liner notes, I say I exclusively wear Paul Smith suits and Sol Moscot eyeglasses and eat only gummi bears made by Haribo. I did this because I hope they’ll send me free stuff…”

Mike Doughty is slated to perform songs from “Yes and Also Yes” as well as his other albums when he closes out LarkFest on Saturday. Doughty will be performing at the corner of Lark Street and Madison Avenue at 4:30pm on Saturday. Other performers during the day-long fest from 10am-6pm include Diego Garcia, Motopony, Jason Spooner,Cody Beebe & the Crooks, Faces On Film, Severe Sever, Graffiti6, Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, We Are Jeneric, Ben KN, the Landlines and Blotto. Go here for a complete schedule of showtimes. Admission is, of course, FREE.

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