Mishka Shubaly

The Castle Hotel, Manchester.

Mishka Shubaly

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After receiving an expensive MFA in Fiction from Columbia University in 2002, Mishka Shubaly promptly realized he was more interested in playing music in dive bars than writing. He moved into a Toyota minivan and toured non-stop. After some lean, hard years and a couple hundred thousand miles, he’s become a cult favorite, opening nationally for comedy iconoclast Doug Stanhope, penning the soundtrack for The Unbookables documentary, headlining the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour and appearing on Warped Tour. He has shared the stage with artists like The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and The Decemberists among others.

 

In 2011, Shubaly began publishing a series of mini-memoirs via Amazon Kindle Singles (six #1 bestsellers, more than 200,000 copies sold in five different languages). Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wrote the foreword for his collection. His account of getting shipwrecked for The Moth was broadcast nationally on NPR and around the world. Shubaly’s full-length memoir I Swear I'll Make it Up to You (Hachette) was published in 2016 and has garnered praise from The Guardian, Publisher’s Weekly, GQ, Men’s Journal, and Brooklyn Magazine. His roadwork— 145 shows in 5 countries last year— has won him accolades from Portland, OR to New York to the UK. His writing workshop at Yale has been hailed by students as ‘transformative.’ He provides the theme music for the Doug Stanhope Podcast which goes out to more than 1.5 million listeners. Actor Adrian Grenier played drums for a single off the new record “When We Were Animals.” In 2017, he achieved his highest honor: he was a clue on Jeopardy!

 

“If you’ve ever woken up with your head pounding in an unfamiliar place following a few days of blackout drinking and had to ask someone what time it was, what day it was and what town you were in, then you will definitely relate to the music of Mishka Shubaly. It's either laugh or cry, and this record will make you do both. Heartbreaking gutter genius.” -Mark Lanegan

 

"Mishka Shubaly’s songs are the best kind of uncomfortable funny: inconvenient truths delivered with scorched-earth honesty, thumbnail sketches of unapologetic sexual politics mixed with rigorously stoic self-deprecation, and bittersweet but unsentimental candor delivered with a rough-as-guts voice and no-nonsense musical embellishments.” -Jim Sclavunos, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

 

We all have heroes. I would never want to imagine Tom Waits going to therapy or Bukowski running a 10k. In my heart, Mishka Shubaly will always be spilled over the bar next to me and playing on the jukebox of my soul.”

-Doug Stanhope