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After releasing recordings primarily of acoustic guitar and voice, Mike Doughty teamed up with Semisonic’s Dan Wilson to record an album that gave his songs a commercial sheen and the chance to land on "alternative" radio stations, or whatever outlets were playing poppy, literate music in 2005. Signing to Dave Matthews’ ATO Records gave Doughty further visibility, though it’d be interesting to hear what fans of Matthews’ collegiate jam rock thought of songs with such a deep sarcastic streak. “Busting Up a Starbucks” has fun with its cultural references to Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek and Sister, Sister’s Tia and Tamera Mowry. But there’s also an aching soul underneath the smart remarks, as evidenced by the poignancy of “White Lexus” and “American Car.” “Sunken-Eyed Girl” captures further snapshots of NYC life and the torments that a lonely city person confronts daily, all to a snapping beat. “Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well” has the sound of a hit single that never was. “Grey Ghost” is Doughty’s reaction to his friend Jeff Buckley’s death.

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Looking at the World ...

Heard this on KBCO a few years ago and was immdiately hooked. Then saw him at the Dodge about 5 years ago. I can't even remember who they opened for, but I sure remember him. This is a great intro for newcomers!


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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