Mike Doughty

Amoeba San Francisco - September 16th @ 6:00pm

Join singer/songwriter Mike Doughty (Soul Coughing) for a live set and signing in celebration of the release of Stellar Motel, his first all-original studio album in three years.

Mike Doughty takes a sharp turn into hip-hop on Stellar Motel. Produced by DJ Good Goose, guests include rappers MC Frontalot, Miss Eaves, Big Dipper, Jay Boogie, Kim from the Japanese band Uhnellys, country singer Laura Lee Bishop, Brooklyn saxophone-and-drums band Moon Hooch, and the female rap trio Hand Job Academy.

From the moment a propulsive beat bangs into the twinkling banjo intro of first track (and first single) "Light Will Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future," it's clear that Stellar Motel is a different Mike Doughty album. Powered by youthful collaborators, every moment of this album feels vital and exciting. Doughty was particularly inspired by the Brooklyn queer hip-hop underground, and out rappers Big Dipper, Jay Boogie and Hand Job Academy's Uncle Meg deliver some of the album's best verses.

Fans watched Stellar Motel's entire process via Doughty's PledgeMusic campaign, through dozens of making-of videos—from the earliest stages, as Doughty and Good Goose built basic tracks, through Doughty's lyric-writing, to the sessions with guest vocalists (with much joking and messing around). Doughty's fiendishly loyal crowd pledged for oddball incentives such as recordings on microcassette (recorder included), lyrics typed on Doughty's 1980 IBM Selectric typewriter, and the "cosmic freewrite option": a page of typed, surreal responses to topics requested by fans.

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