Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mike Doughty 'Book of Drugs' tour continues with new music sub program

Mike Doughty's concert, reading and Q&A tour in support of his memoir, "The Book of Drugs" (published in February through Da Capo Press) is winding its way through America this spring. See below for upcoming dates.

The New York Journal of Books called "The Book of Drugs" "a satisfying, moving, and at times hilarious study of drug addiction, the music industry, and, above all, the cacophonous jangle of bizarre and often contradictory impulses that define the human condition."

Black Book called it "a refreshingly genuine rock 'n' roll memoir, with the typical rise and fall of a rock star you might find as the plot of a musical biopic...But it's also a poetic look at the music industry in the late '90s, a seemingly mythical time before the rise of mp3s and iPods."

Doughty's latest single "Strike The Motion," from his most recent studio album "Yes and Also Yes," follows previous singles "Na Na Nothing" and the Rosanne Cash duet "Holiday" with airplay at the college and Adult Alternative radio formats.

In January, the singer/guitarist released the highly engaging live album, "The Question Jar Show." Featuring more than two dozen selections and excellent sound, the two-disc release was compiled from various U.S. stops on Doughty's '09 tour of the same name. Doughty and his sideman Andrew "Scrap" Livingston played mostly acoustically and answered fans' questions between songs. Fans of Doughty's sardonic sense of humor will not be disappointed. 

Additionally, Doughty just announced The Lo-Fi Lodge, a subscription program that will offer fans a weekly download of unreleased recordings dating back to the beginning of his solo career.

The outtakes, demos, alternate versions and more comprises 32 tracks; those who subscribe ($20 one-time fee) before the April 27 deadline will get one new track per week for 32 weeks.

Songs comprise acoustic demo versions from the albums "Golden Delicious" (2008) and "Yes and Also Yes" (2011), digital eight-track demos from "Haughty Melodic" (2005), previously unavailable songs Doughty wrote and recorded for the soundtrack of the independent film "Evenhand" (2002), songs that ended up on "Haughty Melodic" and "Golden Delicious" that began with other producers before Doughty decided to go a different direction, and more.

Some of the tracks have never been heard before in any form, and others represent the germ of a song that was radically altered by the time it was released on an album. All in all, in represents an unusual look inside Doughty's creative process, allowing fans to glimpse the formative stages of his unique work.


Apr 11 -- Los Angeles, CA -- Bootleg Theatre
Apr 12 -- San Juan Capistrano, CA -- The Coach House
Apr 13 -- San Diego, CA -- Anthology
Apr 14 -- Phoenix, AZ -- Cave Creek Coffee Company
Apr 21 -- New York, NY -- City Winery **SOLD OUT**
May 2 -- South Burlington, VT -- Higher Ground Showcase
May 3 -- Pawtucket, RI -- The Met
May 4 -- Dover, NH -- Brick House
May 5 -- Cambridge, MA -- Regatta Bar (2 shows)
May 6 -- Sellersville, PA -- Sellersville Theatre
May 8 -- Alexandria, VA -- The Birchmere
May 9 -- Annapolis, MD -- Rams Head On Stage
May 10 -- Charlottesville, VA -- The Southern
May 11 -- Durham, NC -- The Casbah
May 12 -- Knoxville, TN -- The Square Room
May 15 -- Indianapolis, IN -- Irving Theatre
May 16 -- Columbus, OH -- Ace of Cups
May 17 -- Buffalo, NY -- Asbury Hall@Babeville
May 18 -- Hoboken, NJ -- Maxwell's
May 19 -- Westampton, NY -- Westhampton Performing Arts Center
May 25 -- New York, NY -- City Winery
July 15 -- Louisville, KY -- The Forecastle Festival

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