Of course Mike Doughty is keen on Tweeting. First known for defining Soul Coughing with his spare and striking lyrics, 140 characters would be ample space for Doughty to paint a city or a scene or a mood or a person—or maybe all of those. He says he works well with constraints.I’ll give you his nuts and bolts within the same limit: Background: Son of a military family. NY Knitting Factory doorman 1992. Founded Soul Coughing. Quit in 2000, then beat a heroin addiction.Soul Coughing: Says bandmates disliked him, were cruel. Bad relationship. Told him to fuck off on stage all the time. "Super Bon Bon."Drugs: Is being paid to write a book on addiction. No bad-ass stories. Funny and odd tales. Sad and wan tales.Going Solo: Sad Man Happy Man, Golden Delicious, Skittish and more. Much-heralded Haughty Melodic released on Dave Matthews’ label.Lyrics: Took Sekou Sundiata’s poetry class with Ani DiFranco. Chooses unusual nouns. Sometimes makes sense. Lately, makes more sense.Songwriting: Made a public 2010 New Year’s resolution to avoid the key of D. Voice: Says his is too weird to be mainstream. Can sing many words quickly without breathing. Uses breath as punctuation.Sad Man Happy Man, the New Album: Comfortable. Condensed. Surprisingly rock-bluesy acoustic guitar work. Good call on the cello. On His Show: Will answer questions from a jar on stage. May record the show so you can buy CDs of that performance afterward.
Tweets From Doughty"Used to sniff lots of drugs and watch Real World marathons. Now I have a lousy chest cold, watching Celebrity Rehab all day.""Woke up this morning feeling like P. Diddy—grandiose, narcissistic, deeply insecure … .""I’m like one of those kids who has to wear a helmet to school, but spiritually.""I feel like I’m either a center-right-moderate in the Radiohead party, or a fringe lefty in the Dave Matthews party.""I like the songs I write in the morning, then hate them by evening, then re-like them when morning comes again.""I wonder if I have the gumption to write a non-ironic Christmas song.""I like the part of ‘Bad Romance’ where Lady Gaga sounds like a Slavic Mae West."