"Ain't nothing like the real thing," Marvin Gaye once sang, and the real thing, in terms of soul and musicianship, is just what went down at Off Broadway for the KDHX event "How Sweet It Is: A Tribute to Marvin Gaye."
I don't know why I hadn't realized before, but Ween and Halloween go together better than their morphemes.
This year, Mike Doughty released a crowd-funded album that included re-recordings of old Soul Coughing songs -- mainly the best of "Ruby Vroomm" (1994), "Irresistible Bliss" (1996) and "El Oso" (1998). The record's name ridiculously lists all 13 tracks, but Doughty shortens it to "Circles" or "Circles Super Bon Bon..." for press purposes.
From the Greek, "phenomena" means, "to show, shine, appear, to be manifest (or manifest itself)" -- an occurrence that is a given, a force of nature that becomes the object of a person's attention.