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August 31, 1997
- Hoo. Okay, it's been a while. So after tonight, our
friends in The Cough get a break for a few weeks, then
they'll be back in the studio with Vroom genius Tchad
Blake to record the next album, El Oso. Sources say that
they've already worked on samples and such, including the
sound of crackling Pop Rocks.
- Also of interest to fans in some of the goings-down
backstage at the recent string of HORDE dates the band
did. The band became quite close with Ben Folds Five, and
were already close with Cake Like, and at the gig here in
the Boston area Doughty, Ben Folds, Darren Jesse,
Gentleman Jim (soul coughing roadie) and Kerry Kenni from
Cake Like, as well as a few other musicans hit the "Jam
Stage" with an amazing noise jam that left all involved
horse and Jim with his own vomit all over his hand.
- Speaking of Gentleman Jim being, well, Jim, at a date
earlier this month in Rochester, NY, moshers were
threatened by Doughty that if they didn't calm down they
would get kissed by Jim himself. The kid did not, and was
invited on stage where Jim delivered the goods. As a past
recipient of Jim's sloppy smooches, I can say that a kiss
from his is not to be taken lightly. The mosher did not
continue his evil dancing ways.
- Doughty's solo album, Skittish, has been shelved for
the time being as the band works on El Oso. Hang in
there, you'll get it eventually.
- On sale on at Soul Coughing shows is a special
edition Vinyl EP that contains two remixes of Super Bon
Bon, and live versions of White Girl and Lazybones
recorded at the late, great Rev 105. As of yet, you
cannot order this by mail or from record stores, but I'll
keep you updated.
August 8, 1997
- So it's just a few days away from my super road-trip
HORDE festival. I'll be sending out super psychic
rock-n-roll vibes for you to pick up on across the US of
A if you want to be part of the experience.
- If you'd rather not just feel my vibes but pick up on
the actual show, Sonicnet
is doing a live cybercast of Tuesday's HORDE fest at
Jones Beach, NYC.
- If you've seen cute little toddlers running around
your television to the tune of something strangely
similar to a Soul Coughing song, you're not going crazy.
That is, in fact, a song that they wrote for a Baby Gap
commercial which, not only gives them some money it also
clothes Mark's new baby, Niccolo.
- If you're already coming down off of the high that
the track on the Spawn soundtrack gave you for your Soul
Coughing fix, you might not need to wait too much longer
for another one. Late Night with Conan O'Brien intends to
release a "soundtrack" of live performances from their
show, including Soul Coughing's "Soundtrack To
- Lastly, if you open this month's issue of Playboy,
and get past the naked pictures of Pamela Lee and Jenny
McCarthy, you'll see that Soul Coughing is listed as a
"Hot New Band". This means that anybody who actually
"buys it for the articles" might be clued into the band.
We can always hope somebody actually reads the words in
July 21, 1997
- Has it really been that long? I'm sorry, I sat down
to update this page yesterday night, and just as I
started, honestly, water began to pour down from the
ceiling. The weird thing is there are two stories above
me and it wasn't raining. Shook me up, dammit.
- As for news, I do have some, I promise. The rumored
Soul Coughing/Roni Size colaboration on the Spawn
soundtrack is definate. It's called "A Plane Scratched
Its Belly on a Sooty Yellow Moon." The soundtrack will be
released August 29th, and I'll be at my local record
store first thing to buy it. Of course, I work at my
local record store, so there's an advantage there.
- Also on the Roni Size/Soul Coughing front, (with mad
props to the ever-alert Arijit Guha) there is a track
they did together that will be on a disc called Man In
The Moon: The Loving Tongue, due out in early 1998 on
Warner Brothers. Hatched from an idea by the good people
at KCRW, the disc will feature spoken word perfomances
and music by other artists created specifically for them.
No word yet if this is the same track as on Spawn or
- Soft Serve, the Soul Coughing mailing list, was off
line for more than a week because it's host server,
Coollist, was mailbombed by some naughty person. They've
got the situation under control, and the list is back up,
and you can sign up at the Coollist
web site. We need interesting, talkative people to
make this list a vibrant place to discuss the band,
kiddies, so enlist today!
July 4, 1997
- What better way to spend this monumental day, this
occasion on which our country was born, this celebration
of independence and America, what better way to scream,
"I love you, you kooky nutty country you!" than to set
off some illegal fireworks? Well, I'll tell you, you can
dig into some good ol 5% Nation Pie. Just like Mom used
to make... before the firebombing....
- Sorry, I was a bit delusional there. Here's some
actual news: Somebody has finally set up a Soul Coughing
mailing list. To all of you who have been griping for so
long (wait, that group includes me...) head over to the
Coollist home page
and write "Softserve" where they ask you what list you
want to sign up for. So far, Softserve Grand Poobah John
Scholtes, Jr., reports there are only six people
subscribed, but hey, we can change that, can't we? Soon,
this little digest will be bursting at the seams! Go
- Warner Brothers is getting excited because Soft Serve
is getting some major play on Modern Rock Radio. To help
it out, I've created a list
of radio stations that you can call to request the song.
Warner has asked that this week we focus on these
specific stations, so if you live in these areas (or feel
like racking up long distance dollars) call in to these
stations, otherwise, find
yours out and give them a
KITS (LIVE 105)
June 25, 1997
- It seems like I'll have to tune in now... sigh...
Howard "King Of Penis Jokes" Stern will be having Soul
Coughing on his show Friday morning, according to a few
people I've heard from. They should be doing a few live
numbers, and talking with Howard, who will undoubtedly
say something outrageous and shocking. Yawn.
- In more exciting news, I want you all to know you
should be more like Bryan Mathis, who just sent me a big
box full o' tasty candy treats. He gets my undying thanks
and mad props from my sugar tooth. He's the bestest guy
around. Plus, Bryan is strong as 12 men and handsome as
Fabio, too. Be like Bryan.
- Lastly, my Warner Brothers connection has asked me to
urge you all to call your local "Modern Rock" station and
request to hear Soft Serve. If they get lots of calls,
they'll play it more, and more people will like it and
they'll get more calls. It'll be a wonderful thing. So
here's a little sample script I wrote up, feel free to
- Hello Mr/Ms Radio Personality! I listen to
your radio station constantly, and I must say I was
certainly impressed by a new and exciting sound
from a band called Soul Coughing! The ir newest
single, Soft Serve, is a lolling, bass-thumping
tribute to the heavy days of summer, and seems
perfectly appropriate to play right now. I would
like to request Soft Serve, and remind you that its
gentle hypnotic melody makes me want to listen to
your radio station continually, and to frequent
your commercial sponsors. If you do not play it, I
June 18, 1997
- Not that I listen, but.... fans have told me that
radio "Shock Jock" and hopefully soon-to-be stale flavor
of the month Howard Stern has been ranting about how much
he likes Super Bon Bon for a few months now, and recently
he mentioned he's going to have Soul Coughing on the
show. I cannot confirm this report, but I'm trying to
firm it up a little. The boys will be in NYC for a KRock
show on July 1st, so it's possible they'll be doing Mr
Potty-Mouth's show then. We'll see.
- More unconfirmed rumors: the Spawn soundtrack, which
arrives in stores July 29th, is said to have a track
colaboration between Soul Coughing and Roni Size. I do
know that during his break in England, Doughty went to
record with Roni (see news for March 20), although i
don't know if anything came of that or if the other
members of Soul Coughing were involved.
- Now for some actual, confirmed, real news (although,
really, what is real?). Doughty sent me a quick note
saying they've just entered the studio with extrodinaite
Tchad Blake and that spirits are high that some quality
recordings are going to come out of this session. When
they'll be out for public consumption, however, is
- Greg Wymer, radio insider extrordinaire, reports that
"Soft Serve" was the #2 most added song in alternative
radio last week. Considering the #1 most added song was
from U2, our boys have done pretty well for themselves.
The buzz in radioland is that this could be a major hit,
perhaps even approaching the sacred Top 40-land. And you
can say you knew them when.
June 3, 1997
- Soft Serve, according to Industry Insider &
Perpetual Love Machine Greg "Bob LaBlah" Wymer, has been
bumped back a week for add to radio. Warner is promoting
it to be added to rotation on June 10th, and Greg says
there's a lot of buzz around it in industry circles, so
we should all have high expectations.
- During the next few weeks, the band will be in the
studio with Mr. Tchad Blake in San Fransisco. It will be
a very informal session, and nobody knows what might come
of it; although there is talk of putting out an EP with
the material recorded.
May 23, 1997
- The little mini human offspring of Mark De Gli Antoni
and his lovely wife Maria has been named Niccolo Guzzo De
Gli Antoni. Doughty made it a point of telling me he's a
Taurus: you do the astrological math.
- Doughty also has informed me that he's relazing in
Pensicola for the remaineder of his break. He'll be doing
the solo thing any time a band plays at Sluggo's, on
Palafox St, so if you're in the neighborhood, swing on
by. Before I get innundated with emails on this front,
you should know that the solo album still does not have a
release date set, but still has a cover of Mary J.
Blige's "Real Love" on it. Damn straight.
- More updates from Doughty on the band front: They'll
be working together on some new material in early June,
and in July they'll be kicking a big show in Paris with
the Chemical Brothers. More when I know it.
- The contest is over, kids. I'll have the
winners posted this weekend, I hope.
May 13, 1997
- First things first: this is the first time we get to
use The 5% Nation as a platform for birth announcements!
Keyboardist/Sampler Man extraordinaire Mark De Gli Antoni
and his lovely wife Maria recently welcomed the addition
of a bouncing baby boy to their family. Born at 0022
hours on May 9th, the baby is 7 lbs. 11oz. and 21 inches
high and healthy. Despite rumors, the baby did not arrive
with bleached blonde hair. I'll let you know when the
little guy is named.
- The Batman & Robin soundtrack, with new Soul
Coughing song "The Bug," is slated for release on June
10. Watch your local record store.
- The Soft Serve single should be hitting the airwaves
soon. Warned Brothers is pushing for a June 3rd add date
(the day when radio stations add new songs to their
rotation), wisely delaying the release of this summer jam
until the weather heats up a little. When you start
hearing it on your local Big Corporate Rock station, be
sure to call in with many requests.
- Those of you who have not yet entered my mis-heard
have until Friday to do so, when I close the entries and
pick the winners. Get those bribes in quick, folks, or I
may have to chose a winner on merit alone.
April 21, 1997
- It's true! It's true! I've been bursting at the seems
wanting to tell you this for a few weeks now, but I was
waiting for an official go-ahead from the powers that be.
Now it can be said: Soul Coughing is on board for this
year's HORDE tour. Along side with groups like Ben Folds
Five and Morphine, it looks like this might be one
super-mega-fest worth attending. Not all bands play all
dates, and I don't have a list of where/when the boys
will be, but as soon as I get one I'll post it up.
- The HBO series I told you about, Reverb, aired its
episode with Soul Coughing on April 20th. But don't you
fret, little kitties! You can catch a repeat on May 21st
at 3:30 am on HBO, or head on over to the Reverb
Site where there's a really cool section on our boys
that includes four full live videos for download.
- Any of you in the Boston area can go see a dance
piece coreographed to Casiotone Nation at the Boston
Conservatory. The piece will be closing out the show that
runs on April 25th and 26th, and will take place at 31
Hemenway St. The show is free, and you know the music
will be good, so go get yourself some high culture,
April 9, 1997
- This has got to be the weirdest news I've had for a
while: Doughty has a font. Yes, a font. It seems master
fontmaker Chank Deisel
(the Space Ghost font? That's Chank) decided to work on a
series of RockStar fonts. His first one was done by
singer/poet/love goddess Nicole
Blackman, and is called Darling Nikki. Nicole then
wooed Doughty on board with the help of her homeade
truffles (which, I can attest, are the tastiest things
ever to be smuggled backstage in an air sickness bag).
His font, called Wichita, can be found at this
page on Chank's site. I've put an email in with Chank
to see if I can make it directly downloadable from this
site, but until then, head over to his page and download
all sorts of tasty fonts. With a name like Chank, it's
gotta be good.
- If anybody is interested in obtaining a copy of the
tasty 'zine "Smack," whose latest issue contains an
interview with Doughty, send $1 to:
- Ceirah Smack
6021 Bitternut Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22310
- Long ago, Soul Coughing taped some scenes for an HBO
show. It looks like that show may finally be coming out.
Called, "Reverb," it begins airing on April 13th on HBO2
and airs every Sunday at 11:00. There's no word yet as to
which episode will feature The Cough. For those without
multi-channel HBO, it looks like it will begin airing on
regular HBO on May 14th. For those of you without cable,
or even a TV, well, you'll just have to sit at home and
cry like me.
- I got a slap bracelet! I got a slap bracelet! Damn
the law! I got a slap bracelet!
April 1, 1997
- Word from overseas has it that drummer Yuval Gabay is
in the hospital in serious condition. It seems Tour
Manager Gus Brandt, ever the prankster, decided to slip
some red meat (usually absent in Yuval's diet) into his
meal after a recent gig in Belgium. Doctors say that
Yuval had a serious allergic reaction to the meat and
develped a rash all over his body and covering major
parts of his intestines. And if you buy that story,
you're quite the April Fool. You silly. He's fine.
- The rumors are true: the next big single for Soul
Coughing will be "Soft Serve". The single won't be
pressed for another month, which is fine with me since
the song has such a summer vibe to it. Doughty has drawn
up a treatment for the video, but no word as to
when/if/by who it's going to be shot.
- The other rumors are true, too: a new Soul Coughing
song, "The Bug", will be on the soundtrack to the
upcoming "Batman and Robin". I've heard the song, and it
should win them quite a few converts. It's quite worth
it, even if you have to buy an album with George Clooney
on the cover just to get it. My Warner Brothers
connections are trying to get me a Real Audio clip soon,
so maybe you'll get a chance to listen.
- I've been getting a lot of mail about the Cough's
appearance on last weeks episode of "The X-Files". Yes,
folks, I knew about it all along, as is evidenced by the
mention of it in the below March 20 installment of The
News. And, yes, folks, it's a song not available on their
albums called "Unmarked Helicopters", which is on the
X-Files soundtrack. If anybody needs me to repeat
anything, just tell me. I'm a welcome source of old
- Snow day! Snow day! Snow day!
March 20, 1997
- Here's is Doughty's official epitaph for the loss of
the radio station Rev 105 in Minneapolis:
We were recently distressed to hear that Minneapolis' REV 105 was absorbed by
some wack corporate competitor and converted into a hair metal station.
Monumentally depressing news.
REV was very nice to Soul Coughing, and besides that, the people over there
became good friends of ours over the past couple of years. Sean Stewart's
very kind intern Mandy used to send me tapes of her "Moonlight Meditations"
on a weekly basis; it's the only radio station I listened to on a regular
basis. We used to love going over there and playing; rather than the usual
perfunctory radio-station performances, the REV really inspired us to push
ourselves--we did some things over there that we really loved.
Listen, we've spent the past year or so visiting every radio station in North
America, and I feel qualified to say there was absolutely nothing like it
anywhere else. That REV is gone means the state of American radio is in a far
sadder place than it was when REV was around.
We're going to miss it terribly, like a friend; we can only hope that its
people realize their cause was righteous, and continue to make amazing things
happen on the airwaves in other places.
We'll be back in MPLS just as soon as we can be; people of MPLS, remember
that half of what made REV amazing was that you were listening to it, that
you understood it, that there was a great dialogue between the station and
the listener. That power is still yours. No corporate competitor can coopt
- Doughty also reports that, on his break in England,
he's cutting a track with Jungle DJ Roni Size, which
should be quite exciting. More news as it happens.
- The next single may very well be "Soft Serve," not
"Idiot Kings" as previously reported. It isn't solidified
yet, but it looks good that "Soft Serve" will be the
official summer song of 1997.
- Also unofficial but even more exciting is the
possibility that a Soul Coughing song, "The Bug," may be
included on the upcoming "Batman and Robin" soundtrack.
It's not quite definate yet, but the song is a delicious
reggae-flavored ditty with a manic pace.
- The magic insider Bob "Greg" LaBlah reports that the
Soul Coughing song "Unmarked Helicopters" will be heard
in the conclusion of the two-part episode of "The
X-Files" sunday night on Fox. X-Files creator Chris
Carter who is a fan of the New York band personally chose
the song for the episode and for the grammy-nominated
"Songs in the key of X" CD.
- Mr. LaBlah also reports a live concert series from
Westwood One called "In The Zone" will be featuring Soul
Coughing on the week of April 7th. The first half of that
show will have material from the (shudder) Smashing
Pumpkins, but the scond half should have about 45 minutes
of music recorded at the El Rey Theatre in Hollywood last
year. Here in boston, it runs on WFNX under the name "The
FNX Concert Series" and will be on Tuesday, April 9th at
11:00. Call your local station to see if you can get it
where you live.
March 14, 1997
- A great friend to Soul Coughing, the radio station
Rev105 in Minneapolis, has recently been bought out,
gutted, and turned into (of all things) a heavy-metal
station. Doughy described this to me as one of the few
stations in the country he actually enjoyed going to, and
he's going to miss it dearly. He's promised a brief
epitaph in the next few days.
- The favorite food of tour manager Gus Brandt is a
Japanese snack called "Pocky". It's available at your
local asian market and comes in many flavors and is the
perfect gift to give to him when they come through your
- Again with the Japanese thing! It turns out, in
addition to the two-song extra bonus version of
Irresistible Bliss, there's another version of it over
there. From what I am lead to beleive it's a promotion
only release (in other words, good luck getting one) that
includes an extra CD-5 that has several live tracks
(including one recorded at the aforementioned and
recently hairsprayed REV105) and two remixes of Super Bon
Bon (one by Mr. Tchad Blake himself). When I get more
info, I'll be sure to tell you kind people.
- I'm afraid I didn't have any advance warning, so I
couldn't tell you, but the episode of MTV's "Loveline"
show with Mark and Doughty aired on March 4th. The show
does make it around to reruns, so if you're prone to
watching MTV, you may see it again. Then again, if you're
prone to watching MTV you should seek professional help.
March 2, 1997
- The invaluable Randy Kaye has given us a sneak peek
of the future of Soul Coughing: the next single off of
Irresistible Bliss will most likely be The Idiot Kings.
No word as to when it ill be will be released.
Feb 26, 1997
- It looks like the next issue of the Soul Coughing
newsletter, Candy Bar!, is put on hiatus for now.
It seems that there's too many fans o' the cough for them
to afford to send the sucker out. They expected a little
over a thousand, but when the looked at the accumulated
addresses, they found it had grown to four thousand! It
looks great, though, (I should know, I helped newsletter
grand puba Eliz make it) and we're working out a way of
getting it to the masses. Soon it will be available in
PDF format, for you to download and print, and I am
trying to find time to turn it into HTML documents.
Feb 15, 1997
- Hotcha! Super Bon Bon is heating up on MTV, moving up
from a "stress" rotation to the next level. I'm
personally attempting to support the boys as much as
possible with a write-in campaign to get MTV to cram
Super Bon Bon down the throats of the unsuspecting
masses. You know they'll thank us for it. So hop on over
to the MTV
Feedback page and let them know you want your
- Speaking of MTV, Mark and Doughty were at the studios
of Loveline last night, to record their program. They'll
be on the radio version of Loveline on Tuesday, and on
MTV at a yet-undisclosed date. Who else knows more about
- In the latest issue of Alternative Press, Doughty
talks a bit about his solo record, so I thought I'd tell
you what I know. He recorded it last summer, and it's
basically his outlet for things non-cough-related. It's a
very folky record, with lots of echoey guitars. The great
Gus described it as "Sebadoughty". And, of course, it has
not been released yet. Doughty tells me he's
waiting for the sales from Bliss to die down a bit, so he
can release it as an interum before the next record. I'll
let you know, though, when it's going to be out there as
soon as I find out.
January 27, 1997
January 20, 1997
- Whoo, nelly. How I wish I could have brought you some
of this news during my break, but, alas, I had no access
to the page. I'm back now, and so are the tantilizing
tidbits of goodness.
- Super Bon Bon is, well, da bomb. It's doing better
than any previous Soul Coughing release, in heavy
rotation at many alternative radio stations. MTV has also
been featuring the video on 120 minutes. You can dowload
a clip of it from my samples
section, but it might be nice to head over to MTV's
site to write them a letter requesting the video be
played more often. Couldn't hurt.
- Soul Coughing is working on some new songs right now
in New York. They've set aside a week to rehearse and try
out new stuff, so when you see them next, expect some
- Soul Coughing will be appearing on the radio show
Modern Rock Live next Sunday, the 27th. This is a
nationally syndicated radio show, so check your local
alternative radio station to see if you can tune in (and
tape the live stuff). Yummy!
December 9, 1996
- The tour is over. They played their last gig in Rhode
Island last week at a radio festival and the boys have
gone off for much-needed rest. Doughty will be lounging
in London with his girlfriend, Yuval has gone off to
Isreal, Mark is going back to San Francisco to be with
the little lady, and Sebastian will be, quote, "bumming
- Mark's pregnant! Well, not exactly, but his wife is,
and they're expecting the child in June. The bad news is
that Marks newly dyed blonde hair will not carry over to
the child. It's a complicated genetics issue.
- HBO has taped a concert and a series of interviews
with Soul Coughing that they will be using on their
network at some time in the future. They recorded some
material in Boston, New York, and Minneapolis to produce
a short piece on the band. More information when it is
- The band recently spent some time finalizing the
video for Super Bon Bon, which Doughty describes as "the
band playing in a lot of wierd places". In a strange
homage to David Byrne, perhaps, Doughty also appears in a
Big Suit. "Big, like in 20 feet high, that big," he
describes it as. Weird. No news yet as to when it will be
December 3, 1996
- The Good News: Doughty's book of poetry, the
self-produced "Slanky" is being sold at shows.
- The Bad News: The first run of a paltry 350 sold out
in a few nights, and more will not be printed until the
- The boys were here in my hometown, and spent all of
yesterday editing footage for the Super Bon Bon video.
When a finished product hits your screens, I'll let you
- After their December 4th gig at a radio showcase show
in Rhode Island, Soul Coughing will be taking a
much-deserved 6-week break from touring. Quoth Doughty,
"I don't know about you, but I'm tired."
- I saw them two times this weekend. In case you were
wondering, yes, they still rock.
November 11, 1996
- I found out today about a side projects of Yuval's
called Firewater. It's a band made out of members of Cop
Shoot Cop, The Jesus Lizard, and other bands. Their
album, "Get Off The Cross (We Need The Wood For The
Fire)", not only wins the gutsiest title of the year
award, but is available at you local store.
November 4, 1996
- First things first. I have heard, although I have yet
to confirm, that Soul Coughing will finally be playing my
old hometown of Hartford, CT on December 5th. I submit
that half of the people in the audience will be people I
introduced to the wonders of Soul Coughing personally.
I'll be in attendence, of course, as well, making a
special road trip for the occasion.
- Doughty sent me mail telling me that on Monday they
will begin filming the video to Super Bon Bon. The promo
has already been released to radio, and I'm inquiring
into finding when the single will be released
commercially and when the video will first air. The
director's name is Jamie Caliri. Quoth Doughty, "Methinks
its gonna be the bomb" (which, for all you less-than-hip
people out there, is a good thing).
- If you're catching Soul Coughing at a town near you,
be on the look out for some new songs they're unveiling:
"She's Gone to Houston," "Don't Go Wreck the Car," and
"Genius of Displacement." And if you get a recording of
any of these tracks, for the love of god, tell me. I'll
make you a very generous offer. And remember, folks, I'm
still looking for a copy of either of the recent Boston
shows they played... be nice to your friendly webmaster,
October 19, 1996
- Whoa. I mean, whoa. I was lucky enough to see
they boys when they swang through Beantown this week. Two
rockin' shows included unreleased songs such as "16
Horses", "I'm Livin' On Baby Food" (also known as Amy
Fisher) and, just for me (as Doughty put it, "my man with
the tie in the front"), "Wooly Imbibe". Not to mention
rarities like Bhuddha Rhubarb Butter. And a personal
shoutout wasn't so bad, either. All in all, one of the
most wonderriffic shows I've been to.
- On that note, I'd like to probe the Boston audience
to see if anybody was luck and/or tricky enough to get a
boot of either of those shows. I'm interested in getting
the first nights show (what could be cooler than having a
version of True Dreams of Wichita where Doughty calls,
"gotta stand on the corner and bellow for my friend
Opus"?). If you're out there, I can make some nice offers
for you, so drop me an email.
- What, you want actual news? Well, okay, only since
you've been so patient. I got a chance to hang with the
guys a bit after the shows and discuss some upcoming
Cough stuff. First of all, they weren't able to film the
Super Bon Bon video last week. It'll be some time in the
middle of the current tour, with plans to be directed by
somebody named Jamie McLeary. Whomever he/she is, I'm
sure he/she will do The Cough justice.
- Also, the guys have started sliding some new things
into their setlist, to shake up the musical enuii that
comes from playing the same songs over and over every
night. In addition to getting bits of "Like a Prayer" and
"War Pigs" into the songs, they've added "876-5309" to
their medlies. They also slide Disseminated into a new
bit Doughty calls "Some Plans", and Sugar Free Jazz turns
into "Fakes and Approxomates" at the end. During the
first show, they did an astounding cover of a Circle
Jerks tune, although I'm unsure which one.
- Oh, yeah. Gus Brandt is so damn cool.
October 8, 1996
- So I was hanging out with my friend Doughty last week
(what do you mean, name dropping?) and he tells me
that they will most likely begin filming the video for
Super Bon Bon this Friday. Yuval told me they're unsure
as yet who will be directing it, but I will certainly
keep you informed.
- By now most of you should have received your copies
of the first Soul Coughing newsletter in the mail. If you
have yet to sign up, you can do so at the
official web site.
September 13, 1996
- With thanks to Chris Conaton, I am pleased to report
that "Soundtrack to Mary" has graced the Sept 14th
Billboard Magazine, hitting number 40 on the Modern Rock
Tracks list for airplay. Damn, they're cool.
September 9, 1996
- I have official word from Warner that the band will
be taking some time in October to film the video for
"Super Bon Bon", the next single from the album. This
single will be released commercially, although i don't
have any dates yet. But, in related news, there is an
actual sign in the subway stop near my house that reads,
"Elevator To Mezzanine". Pretty damn cool.
- About Peach Pit Babylon: I don't know if or when new
rantings will be coming out. Doughty has foresaken his
New York home to live on the road, and when he's not on
tour he's with his girlfriend in London. There's problem
#1. Problem #2 is that, even if somebody were to tape the
shows for him to review at his leisure, the format is
different over there for videos, so he'd have to get them
transfered over to a new format or get a special kind of
VCR. And, frankly, I don't know how much trouble he wants
to go through for a Spelling production. But, rest
assured, if any new writings pop up, I'll paste them up
and shout it on the mountaintops.
August 28, 1996
- Hotcha. Firstly, any of you interested in talking to
other fans o' The Cough should be on IRC tonight. A
session starting at 9:07 pm on channel #SoulCoughing on
dal.net will be hosted by J-Dude. He invites all
"non-psychos" to come along and talk Cough. It sounds
like a swell time, and I'd be there, too, were it not for
a date I have tonight. Flesh & blood wins out over
ASCII any day. I'd be very pleased, however, if this
turns into a weekly event...
- Fun Stuff: It has been disclosed that The Cough are
working on various side projects. Yuval and Sebastian are
on the upcoming Suzanne Vega album, and in a project with
Marc Ribot called "People Who Only Need a Beat". Yuval
and Sebastian provide the beat, I assume. In addition,
M'ark recently was at work on a CD for John Zorn's new
label. I'm not sure what this disc will be, but I'm
hoping it has some of his classical pieces on it, which
I've been dying to hear. I should admit, though, that I
mooched just about all of this information from the
Addicted To Noise site, which is now linked on the links
August 22, 1996
- It's been a long time since I've had news, huh? Well,
I've got some good stuff, now. The disc by Soul Coughing
on the Hello Recording Club has been released. It is a
little over 17 minutes long, and contains the following
- El Burro In The Underworld
- My Ass Is In The Bronx
- Come On and Dig Me 'Cause I'm The Fly Pygmy
- Sack Full Of Puppies
- Pounded Cub Scout
Each of the songs is, as Doughty describes it, "these
ambient type groove jammy instrumental things," which are
very nice indeed, and all recorded at Yuval's house.
For those of you who do not know, Hello Recording Club
is a organazation founded by They Might Be Giant's John
Flansburgh. Paying for a yearly subscription, you get 10
EPs of original recordings from original artists. This
year is particularly tasty, with discs coming up from
Gordan Gano, John Linnel, The Candy Butchers, and a
full-length copy of the debut from Flansburgh's Mono
Puff. I personally think that they're a nifty thing, even
if they do take WAY too long to process orders. You can
call 1-800-HELLO-41 to sign up.
- Also, many of you were wondering if the Soundtrack To
Mary single would ever be released in stores. It won't
be, and the radio station release only contains that one
track. The tentative plan is to release Super Bon Bon
next, and have a commercial single for that one. More
news as I break it.
August 6, 1996
- Just to confirm, once again: Conan O'Brien Show.
August 16th. Soul Coughing. Honest.
- Sigh. I've let you down. I feel awful, nobody told me
so I couldn't tell you: the video for "Soundtrack To
Mary" was preimeired Sunday on 120 Minutes. I missed it,
too. No word on if they'll be replaying it yet. I feel so
bad about this, I'm going to go bash my head against a
hammer for a few hours.
- Thanks to the praiseworthy Greg Deegan, I have a copy
of the Rev 105 CD with the live version of Down To This
on it. It's truly a rockin' CD, with live tracks from
They Might Be Giants, Spearhead, Frank Black, and lots
more. I don't know if they're still selling it, but you
can try calling their listed number, (612)341-1700 to get
a copy, or writing 430 First Avenue North, Suite 680,
Minneapolis, MN 55401. I've got an email in with them,
too, to try to get more information about how to order
August 3, 1996
- Righto. This time, I'm right. Soul Coughing will be
appearing on the Conan O'Brien show on August 16th.
- Literary News from Doughty: Due the the extroardinary
response to his article in Might magazine (still on
newstands! Go forth and buy, buy, buy! It is your duty as
an American!) they have asked him to do a regular
collumn. He isn't sure if he will or not, yet, but I'll
keep you posted. And you should subscribe anyways; it's a
damn good magazine.
July 29, 1996
- Okay, first of all, I know the page was down this
weekend, and I'd like to emphatically say it was not
my fault. Not a bit. All I could do is sit back and
cry (which, coincidentally, is what I do most weekends
anyways). I'm sorry for the technical difficulties but
apparently we're back on track now.
- Secondly, I'd like us all to take a moment of silence
to mourn the passing of Ythan's page; the Unofficial Soul
Coughing Fan Page. Many of you Soul Coughing Web Surfer
People know the page because it had consistant, timely
Soul Coughing news and an immense amount of information
about the band. This page wouldn't be possible without
Ythan, so I am very sad to see his page go. I wish him
luck in all that he does.
- Another thing: This weekend I was in Boston giving
myself headaches looking for a place to live next year.
The good thing that came out of this was that I found a
copy of the Radio 88.5 Oddyssey CD that has the live
track of "Bus To Beelzebub" on it in a nifty used CD
store. Any true-blue fans of Soul Coughing (who live
outside of the general Georgia area, where Radio 88.5
broadcasts) might be able to get a hold of their own copy
by contacting the station. The listed address is:
"WRAS-FM, Attention: Radio Oddyssey, P.O. Box 4048,
Atlanta, GA, 30302-4028" and the listed phone number is
(404)651-2240 and fax (404)651-1705. I don't know if you
can actualy order directly from them but they might be
able how to tell you how to get a copy.
July 24, 1996
- Lies I Have Told, Vol I:
- Firstly, many of you have realized that they did
NOT appear on Conan as I've listed below. I got faulty
information, I hear they're going to be on August
16th, but I'll confirm that so none of you stay up
past your bedtimes.
- Secondly, the people at Blender said that their
"article" on Soul Coughing was in the latest issue of
their CD-ROMzine. But they lied about this, too,
apparently it's in an older issue. Dilligent
web-surfer Anne Marie has already pestered them about
this, and at the number (800)-537-7300 you can order
that back issue or trade in your ill-bought
- I know it's very late, but try to tune in as Soul
Coughing get internet-interviewed again (they do this a
lot, don't they?) Thursday, July 25 at 4:00. It's all
tied into their Lollapalooza fun festival and the info is
(if you miss the actual interview, I'll be posting a link
to the transcript as soon as it's up)
July 17, 1996
- Okay, look, I apologize to anybody who stayed up to
watch Conan O'Brien to see Soul Coughing. Apparently I
was fed some faulty information; the person who informed
me has been hunted down and killed, so you don't need to
worry about that anymore. I can't find out if/when
they'll really be on, but if I get word of it, you'll be
the first to know.
- At the Irving Plaza show last night, the people of
Blender CD-ROM magazine displayed their latest issue,
which includes a profile of Soul Coughing. Doughty
described it as "TigerBeat online" and said it had a
certain "Hey, Hey, We're the Coughings" feel to it, but
if you'd like to check it out, the issue is on newstands
now (it has Metallica on the cover).
July 14, 1996
- If you can't be like me, rocking it out live in
person with Soul Coughing on Tuesday, you can join in the
fun on-line. The Total
NY site has a palace environment where you can
interact and chat, real time, with the band before the
show. Propose marriage to Doughty, write a ode to Yuval,
bow to M'ark or serenade Sebastian. Or, simply sit in
silent respect for the almighty Gus.
July 13, 1996
- I can think of no bigger news than this page's new
location. But that's simply because I'm a self-centered
July 10, 1996
- Soul Coughing will be appearing on "Late Night with
Conan O'Brien" this coming Tuesday, July 16th. That's
July 9, 1996
- Whoo-ah! Yowsahs! After a grueling wait, you can
finally find Irresistible Bliss on the shelves of stores.
I know how painful the wait was, the multiple date
setbacks and rumors of early release. I feel your pain.
But our day has come. Our time is now. Seize the
- I love being melodramatic. If you want more stuff
about the new album, why not read the official press
releases or even the liner
notes. You deserve it.
July 4, 1996
- Here's the dope on the 808 State track: it's called
"Bond" and it's currently available only overseas.
Doughty is unsure when or if it will every be released
domestically, so you die hard fans might want to order it
at your local import-carrying shop.
- Way Cool News: My favorite magazine, "Might", has an
article in their latest issue by none other than M.
Doughty himself. This magazine is wonderful, you should
pick it up, if not just for the article than to support
the starving geniuses in San Francisco who put it
- The first video from "Irresistible Bliss" was shot
recently in Allentown, PA. It was directed by none other
than They Might Be Giants' John Flansburg. Themes include
railroads, trucks, baseball and other madness.
July 1, 1996
- I got word from the people at the Total NY site that
after their performance on Tuesday, July 16th, Soul
Coughing will be on-line for an interactive "chat".
Although thier site
doesn't have a listing yet, the people there assure me it
will be happening. You will need to download the "palace"
software to take part in the event, but soon you could
have your own smiley-faced icon conversing with the
smiley-faced icons of the rich & famous.
- Old news, perhaps, but I just got reliable word that
Doughty does guest vocals on the latest album by 808
State, called "Don Solaris". I don't believe it has been
released in the states yet, I cannot find it around, but
I'll check on it for you all.
- New Yorkers can find articles on The Cough in the
latest issues of "Smug" (it's the cover story) and
June 22, 1996
- Friday's Soul Coughing concert at Moe's in Seattle
will be broadcast live over the internet via Imusic. Rev
up your copy of RealAudio and head over to I-Music's
site to hear the show.
- Also, I should have mentioned it before, but I
forgot: Yuval Gabay has some work on the debut album by
Mono Puff. The group, a side project from They Might Be
Giant's John Flansburgh, has their first eclectic album
out, called "Unsupervised". Yuval plays drums on a track
called "Careless Santa". It's all on the discography
May 22, 1996
- Old news, perhaps, but I finally got myself a copy of
"PoemFone: New Word Order" the spoken word compilation
that includes four poems by Doughty. If you're at all
interested in poetry, I suggest you pick it up; it also
has tracks by Bob Holman, John S. Hall, Hal Sirowitz and
Allan Ginsburg, amongst others. Tasty.
May 18, 1996
- Doughty has spoken: "Bliss" is still scheduled for
July 9, and he does have tracks on the album "Poemfone:
New Word Order". So be it.
May 17, 1996
- I have some unconfirmed rumors that Irresistible
Bliss's release date will be bumped UP to June (this
records jumps more than a kangaroo having a seizure).
I'll let you know more when I hear from the "official"
- I also have word that the poetry album "Poemfone: New
Word Order" has tracks by Doughty on it. Again, I'm
double checking this, and if it's true, I'll be adding it
to the Discography page.
May 13, 1996
- Well, everything I've heard is true. As Doughty wrote
me: "Fox has officially screwed us, thus setting
our record back to July for no reason whatsoever."
In other words, you won't be seeing an "Unmarked
Helicopters" video or single in the near future. Or the
new album, for that matter.
- In slightly better news, if you're a Soul Coughing
fan *really* jonesing for your latest fix, "Irresistible
Bliss" was released as scheduled in Europe. Your local
record shop might be able to get you a copy, or you can
try an on-line store like CDEurope.
- Doughty also told me that the Hello Recording Club
disc they'll be putting out (see News for April
11) will be "these ambient type groove jammy
instrumental things", which should prove
May 12, 1996
- A reliable source tells me that, becuase of
scheduling problems with the X-Files crew, the band will
NOT be able to film a video for "Unmarked Helicopters". I
am not sure yet if this means the company will not
release it as a single. On that subject, Doughty had
to say on AOL, but he posted it over a week ago, so
everything could have changed by now. I'm trying to get
confirmation of this rumor from Warner Brothers or the
band, and I'll let you know as soon as I know more.
May 5, 1996
- I was at the concert that Soul Coughing played at the
University of Connecticut last night and I got to speak
to Doughty and Mark after the show (bear with me, this is
more than just to make you jealous). Becuse so many
people were asking me, I asked them what the reason was
that the release date was bumped back again (To July
9th). They answered, "We're slaves to Fox". Apparently,
Fox liked their "Unmarked Helicopters" song from the
X-Files soundtrack so much, that they want to push it for
radio & video play. They'll be making a video, and
most likely, the song will be released as a single. The
whole push will be to get people to buy the soundtrack,
and so they delayed the album so people wouldn't buy that
- In other news, Mark informed me that Soul Coughing
will be playing a few dates on the Lollapolooza tour this
summer. They won't be with it the whole time, just in a
few states out in the midwest where they wouldn't have a
big enough fan base to tour there otherwise. This just
might open up a new audience for The Cough, though.
- I'd just also like to say, for the record, that Soul
Coughing's tour manager, Gus, is one of the coolest men
I've ever seen.
May 1, 1996
- I'm sorry. That's all I can say. I'm sorry. The
release date for Irresistible Bliss was bumped back
again. Now it won't be out until July 9th. I'm so
- In some happier news, you can spot a tiny picture and
blurb about Soul Coughing in the current issue of Rolling
Stone. The issue has the X-Files on the cover, and the
picture is on page 16.
- In even better news, it looks like RealAudio recorded
last night's live concert, so you can play it at your own
leisure. I don't know how long it'll be up, but it's
still at http://www.realaudio.com/live/anniversary/index.html.
The sound, of course, isn't great, but they play a lot of
songs from the new album. A hint: You'll have to track
past about 20 minutes of cheesy dance music before the
band hits the stage.
April 27, 1996
- Soul Coughing will be performing a RealAudio concert
over the 'net on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:00 pm Pacific
time (10:00 here in the east). They'll be performing as
part as RealAudio's one year aniversary party. If you
don't have the RealAudio player yet (it lets you listen
to sounds live, over the internet) get your butt over to
to find out more. That's also the address to turn to on
the night of the big show. Yummy.
April 11, 1996
- Release date for "Irresistible Bliss" is set for May
- On April 12, Soul Coughing will attend a photo shoot
and a reporter will be in the audience of their show that
night. The boys in the band will be in a feature article
for Rolling Stone.
John Flansburg (of They Might Be Giants) is including a
disc by Soul Coughing in his 1996 Hello Recording Club. The
club, which costs $41, gets you 10 CDs a year, each with
about 4 new songs recorded just for the club. I'm a personal
member of the club, I can attest that it's worth the money,
once they get your order processed (which can take a
long time). Call 1-800-hello-41 for more details.
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