Posts tagged “Jonathan Coulton”

Friday, 18 October 2013

Code Monkey Save World Now Available!

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 Save World: Issue #1

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.

More info:

Categories: Comics.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

“Of the Month” December 2012

Link of the Month:
Amazon My Wish List
‘Tis the season to give me lots of presents! #shameless

Album of the Month:
One Christmas at a Time 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 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).

Categories: Of the Month.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Musics I Need to Get

There are a bunch of musics that I really should pick up. This post serves a dual purpose:

  1. It serves as a reminder to me of what I might otherwise forget
  2. It lets you, dear readers, see the kind(s) of musics that I am currently diggin’

Camp by Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino is the hip-hop alter-ego of Donald Glover, star of Community. It’s funny, nerdy, and very self-aware. Also filthy, filthy, filthy.

Artificial Heart by Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton‘s latest album. I still haven’t picked it up for some reason. I even saw him live on stage since it came out! I’m a bad slacker person.

Grey Oceans by Cocorosie

I actually only own ONE song by Cocorosie. FOR THE SHAMES ON ME! Her stuff’s got dat smoove, weird groove dat I dig, y’hear?

Night Sound by Prom Queen

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).

The Time Slip Demos by Robb Benson

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?

Categories: Music.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

@JonathanCoulton and @TMBG at @ShowboxSEA SoDo

Is the title of this post a little much? Have I been on twitter a bit too often?

Anyhoo, last night my wife and I went with @Jayseman and the Unintentional Housewife to Showbox SoDo to see a musical-type performance show.

The opener was Mr. Jonathan Coulton!

JoCo at ShoBo SoDo

JoCo at ShoBo SoDo

He brought out a special guest for the song “Nemeses” — Mr. John Roderick!

JoRo joins JoCo at ShoBo SoDo

JoRo joins JoCo at ShoBo SoDo

Then after they were done out came Mr. John Linnell and Mr. John Flansburgh!

JoLo & JoFo followed JoCo & JoRo at ShoBo SoDo

JoLo & JoFo followed JoCo & JoRo at ShoBo SoDo

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).

Categories: Concerts/Shows.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The Deranged Millionaire is Back!

And he brought a bunch of his friends acquaintances:

Categories: Books, Videos.

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Jonathan Coulton: The (Almost) Complete Concert!

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.

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Life, Music, Videos.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Mix CD Mania

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:

August 2009:

  1. Always Been There Anyway – Julia Massey
  2. Around the Bend – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
  3. Brain Problem Situation – They Might Be Giants
  4. Buddy Holly – Weezer
  5. Cellars by Starlight – Kay Hanley
  6. Golden Blunders – The Posies
  7. Good Fish – Julia Massey
  8. Have a F*****g Baby – Three Ninjas
  9. Headphones on Your Heart – Leeni
  10. House of Mayors – John linnell
  11. The Last Thing On Your Mind – Lights
  12. Little Fighter X – Fighter X
  13. Lollipop – Mika
  14. Lovebite – Order of the Crimson Wizard
  15. Me + Yr Daughter – Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
  16. Over and Over – Leeni
  17. Red Underwears – Three Ninjas
  18. Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
  19. Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
  20. Soft Rocked By Me – Jonathan Coulton
  21. Somewhere on This Couch – The Crazy Boy Floyds
  22. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  23. 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)

  1. Dance, Dance, Dance – Lykke Li
  2. Dirt Bike – They Might Be Giants
  3. Doll Partz – Order of the Crimson Wizard
  4. Heading Out at Dawn – Terrapin Productions
  5. Jenny Towner – Julia Massey
  6. Los Angeles – They Might Be Giants
  7. Mario’s Café – Saint Etienne
  8. Powers – Three Ninjas
  9. Pride & Strawberry Wine – The Wastelanders
  10. A Quiet Room – Tangentbot
  11. Secret Skin – Busdriver
  12. Spin Around – Josie & The Pussycats
  13. Stairs – Locust Street Taxi
  14. Starry Eyed Surprise – Oakenfold
  15. Stop – Spice Girls
  16. Sun Shower – Busdriver
  17. Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
  18. Theme from “Greatest American Hero” – Joey Scarbury
  19. True Affection – The Blow
  20. Ugly Girl – Fleming & John
  21. Vancouver – They Might Be Giants
  22. Veronica – Elvis Costello
  23. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  24. What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
  25. 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!

Categories: Music.