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CONCERT RECAP: Mike Doughty and Moon Houch @ Tipitina’s, New Orleans, LA 11/15/13

Coughing’s demise wasn’t a major surprise to many folks. The constant bickering over songwriting credits and publishing was enough to end ’s all-too-short career in 2000. Fast forward to 2013 and has reclaimed his Coughing material and re-recorded several of the tracks to his liking, claiming that manipulated them in the beginning. He brought his reworked tunes and tongue in cheek personality to Tipitina’s on Friday night.

Coughing’s coerciveness and outside-the-box attitude could only be complimented by very few openers. was just the band to do the trick. A three piece from consisting of two saxophones and a drummer brought their blend of jazz, dance, and funk (Cave / ˈkāv myo͞ozik) to the stage. The band’s high energy set kept the crowd entertained and wanting more by the time it ended.

5 Mike Doughty 11-15-13After a quick change, took to the stage on upright bass and on drums. The band was solid and in no way came across as a carbon copy and thus revealed the beginnings of Mike D’s renewed vision. A prime example of this reworking came in the form of the three songs after “Lazybones”: “Screenwriter’s Blues,” “Uh, Zoom Zip,” and “Mr. Bitterness.” Mike took the opportunity to show off his gadgets and free flow to a bass track. Doughty’s spoken word, stream of consciousness delivery gave a whole new feeling and understanding to the tracks. At the beginning of “St. Louise is Listening,” used a phone app as the introduction . Throughout the night, Doughty took the opportunity to play his gadgets and further experiment.

Towards the end of the main set he joked, this is “the song before the fake last song.” Then he proceeded to explain how the rest of the evening would unfold. The main set ended a completely dismantled version of “Super Bon Bon” before the evening ended yet another completely different version of “Circles.”

This set was an amazing adventure into the mind of

: M. Doughty used to be in @ Tipitina’s , , LA | FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH, 2013

Is , Is Not
Sugar Free Jazz
Bus to Beelzebub
The Idiot Kings
Unmarked Helicopters
Screenwriter’s Blues
Uh, Zoom Zip
Mr. Bitterness
Soft Serve
How Many Cans?
Monster Man
True Dreams of Wichita
St. Louise Is Listening
So Far I Have Not Found the Science / Moon Sammy
Super Bon Bon



Written by Steven Hatley

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