Mike Doughty

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Mike Doughty contains multitudes: Singer. Songwriter. Guitar player. Poet. Author. Playwright. Photographer. Most Improved Camper, West Point Youth Camp, 1982. He’s released five solo albums, some EPs, a couple of live albums, a bunch of EDM tracks and remixes, a poetry book, and a memoir about that time he was in a band called Soul Coughing and didn’t like it and took a lot of drugs.

On September 17, Doughty will release his new album, a collection of 13 re-imagined songs originally performed by his former band, Soul Coughing. Doughty has famously eschewed the band’s repertoire as he built a solo career in the years after their 2000 split, but decided to re-explore his old songs after writing his memoir, The Book of Drugs, which was published by Da Capo last year. The was produced by Good Goose (Menya, Ninjasonik, Mac Lethal, Homeboy Sandman) and will be released worldwide via Snack Bar (Doughty’s own imprint) and Megaforce Records.

The album’s title is a list of the songs included: Circles Super Bon Bon Sleepless How Many Cans? True Dreams of Wichita Monster Man Mr. Bitterness Maybe I’ll Come Down St. Louise Is Listening I Miss the Girl Unmarked Helicopters The Idiot Kings So Far I Have Not Found the Science. The album includes songs that originally appeared each of Soul Coughing’s three studio albums, as well as “Unmarked Helicopters,” a rarity originally written for the X-Files-themed 1996 compilation album Songs in the Key of X.

Doughty raised funds to record Circles Super Bon Bon… via a crowdfunding campaign with PledgeMusic.com. Doughty’s enthusiastic fans helped the project reach its funding goal within 16 hours of launch in early April, and to date more than 3,400 fans have contributed. Incentives ranging from autographed CDs to exclusive t-shirts to a private concert and more are still available, and fans may continue to pledge up until the day before the album’s release date at http://pledgemusic.com/mikedoughty

Doughty says of the reinvented versions of the songs on Circles Super Bon Bon…, “After my memoir, which was full of pain, I picked up an guitar and, by myself, went through the songs I wrote in the ’90s — between the ages of 20 and 29 — to figure out who I was, where I was, and what I was trying to say. There’ll be more of the music I stumbled into, and fell in love with, when I came to New York as an 18-year-old — an explosion of amazing hip-hop and house music. I can use the weirdness I absorbed as a doorman at an avant-garde jazz club, when I was 21, more artfullly. I think the songs can be better than they were. I can make the actual songs more hearable. I think I can make them more like what I intended them to be.”