jason on 10/26/2011 at 10:40AM
Mike Doughty unleashed Dubious Luxury earlier this year as an appetizer to his fourth official solo release, Yes and Also Yes. Dubious Luxury apparently caught a few fans by surprise (judging by the Amazon reviews) with its dearth of vocals from the former Soul Coughing frontman. What we have here is a fluid 18-track cut-up experimental dance party mix that's primarily instrumental, but with sampled vox used to great effect, and a playful invitation to join in on the fun. Along with the release came a new website where Doughty offers up even more instrumental tracks for free personal use, while providing an easy email contact for further licensing. Along the same lines, the Free Music Archive is now proud to welcome Dubious Luxury to the free world under a Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license so that it may inspire further creativity.
Mike Doughty understands a thing or two about the nature of musical creativity and collaboration in the digital era. He sampled the likes of Raymond Scott back in the Soul Coughing days, and Yes & Also Yes sports collaborations in the standard sense (i.e. the "Holiday" duet w/ Roseanne Cash) as well as some good ol' fashioned musical borrowing. "Na Na Nothing," Doughty touts in the press release, "was partially stolen from a song written by Nikki Sixx, Dan Wilson (wrote 'Closing Time'), and Matt Gerrard (wrote a bunch of tunes in 'High School Musical'). I got their permission to steal it."
Mike Doughty performed "Na Na Nothing" and other new songs off of Yes & Also Yes earlier this fall on Irwin's WFMU program, where he was accompanied by cellist Andrew 'Scrap' Livingston:
Doughty recently started his own label, Snack Bar, in order to have control over his own work. So these are tracks that Mike Doughty wants you to share. If you've ever pirated his music, that may be a different story, but the man himself is not out to sue his fans. Instead, Mike Doughty generously offers "amnesty for filesharers" on his website in the form of donations to Doctors Without Borders, a cause he advocates via his fantastic blog (though much of the conversation's moved on to tumblr and twitter). He's also got some sweet T-Shirt + LP combos of his recent releases available here. Cover art for Mike Doughty's Dubious Luxury by Aleksandra Waliszewska