If you’re somehow out of the loop, let me briefly run it down for you: earlier this year the musical geek folklorist (and incredibly bearded) Jonathan Coulton, similarly-bearded comic book writer Greg Pak (known mostly for his work on the Hulk books in the late 2000s, and who is now writing Batman/Superman), and beardless illustrator Takeshi Miyazawa (who drew many issues of The Runaways) teamed up to make a limited series comic book based on Jonathan Coulton’s songs. They launched a Kickstarter campaign that ended up raising almost $350,000!
Well, this week the first issue of the resulting comic book became (digitally) available!
Code Monkey Very Simple Man, with Big, Warm, Fuzzy, Secret Heart. Code Monkey Save World.
You can get it from ComiXology here. YOU SHOULD DO THAT. Unless you funded the Kickstarter, in which case you had access to this about a month ago. In which case you should have already done that.
Undecided? You can see a preview of the first few pages. Then you should get it.
Link of the Month: My Wish List
‘Tis the season to give me lots of presents! #shameless
Album of the Month: One Christmas At a Time by Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick
Jonathan Coulton (of Jonathan Coulton fame) and John Roderick (of The Long Winters fame) set out to collaborate on an album of traditional Christmas albums. They quickly found this boring, and were more entertained by the jokes they were coming up with than the traditional songs. So they made those jokes into all-new Christmas songs and recorded them instead. The results is a delightfully daffy while still very mucially polished collection of songs about relatives ruining Christmas and wanting an Atari 2600. There’s a very accurate, old-school country song about Christmas in jail (it reminds me a lot of a Three Ninjas song) and an hilarious song about the dangers of celebrating Christmas based on past experiences, or projecting the current Christmas into next year’s. Very funny and very catchy stuff. Get it!
Movie of the Month: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
An unconventional Christmas movie, Rare Exports is an extremely straight-faced parody of arctic monster movies (like John Carpenter’s The Thing). Some wealthy American is digging up a mountain in Lapland because he’s certain that it is actually the world’s biggest burial mound. A young boy in the nearby village does some research and comes up with a theory about what (or who) is buried there that turns out to be surprisingly accurate. The results are darkly comedic, with a surprising third-act reveal, and the epilogue is delightful (and explains why the film is called Rare Exports).
Prom Queen is one of Leeni‘s side projects. It’s got a creepy 60s-ish mellow vibe, like something you’d listen to in the dark, eating a cheeseburger and drinking a milkshake while wearing a circle skirt (if you’re a girl).
Robb Benson is an uber-talented Seattle musician who has been in a half-dozen bands in the last 10 years. We saw him perform live once in 2000, and have kinda picked up some songs by him here and there. We recently re-discovered him via The Glass Notes and now are totally stoked to go see him play sometime soon.
By the time you read this I will have most likely gotten some of these. So, y’know, there’s that.
So what am I missing, folks? What other musics should I pick up?
It was a very good show and a very fun everning! Of particular entertainment were an epic version of “Ana Ng” (which I don’t think I’ve seen them do live in a decade), and the Avatars of They performing “Spoiler Alert.” They did a very good job of mixing the olde and the newe in their set.
We hadn’t actually had a chance to go see They for many, many years, so it was great to have They back (on the other hand I think I’ve seen JoCo four or five times in the last couple of years—not that I’m complaining).
Last Friday (back when it was still February) evening I went to a concert with @jayseman, @gendlec, and my brother. We went and saw Jonathan Coulton at the Moore Theater in Seattle, with special guests Paul and Storm and Molly Lewis (aka sweetafton23).
It was a good show. And now, thanks to the magic of YouTube, you can watch (almost) the entire thing here. Not all of Paul & Storm’s act was put online, so I had to take some of their songs from the Portland show they did around the same time. But they did the same stuff, so IT’S OKAY.
Anyhoo, here is good musics for you to enjoy. A playlist with a whopping 30 videos in it:
A funny side note: @gendlec didn’t know that Molly was going to be in the show, and she’s a huge fan of Molly. So when Molly came out on stage @gendlec went NUTZ with excitement.
One thing you might not know about me is that I don’t listen to a lot of music, by which I mean I tend to focus on a small selection of music and then listen to it over and over and over again.
One of the things I do is I make Mix CDs that I listen to while I’m driving around—to and from work, to and from Fools Play, etc. Thing is, I only make one Mix CD about every three months and that’ll be pretty much all that I’ll listen to until I make another one.
Traditionally I go iTunes and organize my music by most recently added, then start pulling the best songs over to a new playlist as I work my way back in time through my music collection. This way my Mix CDs tend to have a handful of songs that I’ve acquired recently. I also try not to put in too many songs that were in my previous Mix CD. But I don’t add much music to my collection very often, so doing it that way only fills up a portion of the CD. So then I delve into my list of all-time most listenable songs. Y’know, the songs that I don’t really ever get tired of listening to (the playlist that I call “Ultimate Flawless Victory” in iTunes) and toss in a few of those. Then I look at all of the songs in my collection that I’ve given four or five stars and toss in a few of those.
These Mix CDs are both reflective and projective. I try to incorporate how my musical tastes have changed over the past three months while at the same time trying to predict what I’ll want to listen to for the next three months.
Here are the last two CDs I created:
Always Been There Anyway – Julia Massey
Around the Bend – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Brain Problem Situation – They Might Be Giants
Buddy Holly – Weezer
Cellars by Starlight – Kay Hanley
Golden Blunders – The Posies
Good Fish – Julia Massey
Have a F*****g Baby – Three Ninjas
Headphones on Your Heart – Leeni
House of Mayors – John linnell
The Last Thing On Your Mind – Lights
Little Fighter X – Fighter X
Lollipop – Mika
Lovebite – Order of the Crimson Wizard
Me + Yr Daughter – Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Over and Over – Leeni
Red Underwears – Three Ninjas
Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
Soft Rocked By Me – Jonathan Coulton
Somewhere on This Couch – The Crazy Boy Floyds
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds (featuring Regina Spektor)
November 2009 (there is one repeat song from the August CD—see if you can spot it)
Dance, Dance, Dance – Lykke Li
Dirt Bike – They Might Be Giants
Doll Partz – Order of the Crimson Wizard
Heading Out at Dawn – Terrapin Productions
Jenny Towner – Julia Massey
Los Angeles – They Might Be Giants
Mario’s Café – Saint Etienne
Powers – Three Ninjas
Pride & Strawberry Wine – The Wastelanders
A Quiet Room – Tangentbot
Secret Skin – Busdriver
Spin Around – Josie & The Pussycats
Stairs – Locust Street Taxi
Starry Eyed Surprise – Oakenfold
Stop – Spice Girls
Sun Shower – Busdriver
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
Theme from “Greatest American Hero” – Joey Scarbury
True Affection – The Blow
Ugly Girl – Fleming & John
Vancouver – They Might Be Giants
Veronica – Elvis Costello
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
Your Love Is a Drug – Puffy AmiYumi
I have no idea what these songs say about me, so feel free to psychoanalyze me to your hearts’ content based solely on the content of these lists. Enjoy!