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Editors’ Notes

This is a two-disc live album featuring Mike Doughty and his right-hand cellist/bassist man Andrew “Scrap” Livingston. In between certain songs, the duo answer questions that audience members put in a jar at the front of the stage before the show began. The questions are mostly silly and frivolous, letting the two have a bit of lighthearted fun while simultaneously visiting the emotional core of songs that aren't quite so easygoing. It’s no secret that Doughty has faced many difficulties over the years. His memoir The Book of Drugs is unsparing and hilarious where it needs to be. Most songs here hail from the Haughty Melodic and Golden Delicious period of his solo career, with such better-known tunes as “Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well,” “Busting Up a Starbucks,” “Madeline and Nine,” “27 Jennifers," and “Pleasure on Credit” all making appearances. The acoustic setting is best for those who enjoy Doughty at his most intimate. Fans of his hard pop arrangements will prefer the studio versions, though there’s no reason not to enjoy both.

Customer Reviews

Mike's Best Live Effort To Date!

I've been an ardent fan of Mr Doughty's music going on 15 yrs now. He's gone from psychedelic poet trip hop to warm, acoustic campfire busker, bridging the gap easily with a knack for the vernacular and can turn a phrase (made up gibberish to insightful prose) like no other. This collection is the best live effort we've gotten from him so far. The sound quality is excellent, and he's never sounded better live vocally. It's less vocally hit or miss, and more confident, even through the trademark screw-ups that somehow always come off making him more down to earth and likable; at ease with his own imperfections. The questions from "the jar" are amusing, and sometimes insightful, but always entertaining. After a few listens, you'll want to boil the set down to music minus the questions, but it's a cool concept and great that they were included for those of us unlucky enough to not witness the spectacle up close and personal. A great span of Doughty tunes are mostly from the last few releases, and I'd love a few more oldies mingled w/the rest, but that doesn't take away from the release at all. Can't miss with this one - buy it. And while you're at it, pick up his new book, which is a hugely entertaining read that covers Mike's youth, school, drugs, time w/Soul Coughing, and beyond. That's January money well spent on both deserving products. Thanks again Mike.

The Soul Coughing Marvel

Musically Mike Doughty can do no wrong.His music is both original and from the soul.People should take the time and divert from the main stream.Take a look at how a real artist does things.This is not mass produced crap.I applaud you Mike.

The question jar rocks

I caught this tour and it was one of the most innovative shows I've ever seen. Mike had the audience write random questions on scrap paper before the show which were placed in a jar on the stage. About every three sings, Mike would draw questions from the jar and answer them. It was silly, introspective, ridiculous and mildly educational. This is a must have album for and Doughty fan!!


Born: June 10, 1970 in Fort Knox, KY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Before emerging as a solo artist, Mike Doughty (known as M. Doughty during the early stages of his career) was best known as the frontman of the unique avant-garde group Soul Coughing. Formed in 1992, Soul Coughing took shape after Doughty met Yuval Gabay, Sebastian Steinberg, and Mark de Gli Antoni while working as a doorman at the Knitting Factory, a staple of New York City's underground music scene. The four musicians signed with Slash/Warner Bros. in 1993 after making a name for themselves on...
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