In Jonathan Coulton’s Portal post, I find 6 things very interesting. He:
- was commissioned (I’m assuming) to write a song for a video game ($$$)
- likes the video game (is this an ad or a recommendation to his fans?)
- includes the lyrics in the post
- includes the chords in the post
- thanks the video game dev team
- recommends another game with a great theme song that
3.75 of them are for JC’s fans. He didn’t need to include any of them. Others haven’t and wouldn’t. This to me makes Coulton a far more interesting and fan-oriented musician than Radiohead simply removing the middleman.
Tonight, my iPod randomly pulled an almost-exactly-one-year-old Coulton/Hodgeman/Sound of Young America interview from my Unlistened Podast playlist. Quite good. Hodgeman even discusses Minnesota State Fair food.
Modern day troubadour Jonathan Coulton is the latest cult-of-personality on Ze Frank‘s GimmeSomeCandy micropayment platform.
In related news – Amanda Congdon announced new projects with ABC News and HBO.
Duckies, robots, and bananas for everyone!
A 10th Grade class in Sobriety High down the street in Edina made a video for Jonathan Coulton’s ‘Mandelbrot Set’.
Aside from being a brilliant project, making videos for JC is a an excellent way to get through Minnesota winters. I should know.
Almost 50 years ago, Redbook magazine and On Film made In the Suburbs, a promotional video for suburban life.
A few weeks back, Jonathan Coulton released “Shop Vac” a catchy little theme song for suburban life.
I wondered what they’d look like together.
Behold the power of Creative Commons and archive.org:
Shop Vac in the Suburbs [quicktime]
This triple play was tough, two of these songs were sitting in the queue for a while now awaiting a third. This morning inspiration struck – like that scene from Pulp Fiction. Conventional wisdom says there’s a fine line separating pleasure and pain. These three songs aren’t sure which side they’re on.
The day after Thanksgiving (or Halloween, or Arbor Day, or St. Patrick’s Day) marks the start of the holiday shopping season. This week’s Tuesday Triple Play is dedicated to the entertainment of retail.
Sony’s dog is just the first step in machines taking over – via our hearts. This week’s triple play is dedicated the androids so near to us me must destroy them.
- “Small Wonder” from the Vandals’ Fear of a Punk Planet
- “Todd the T1000” from Jonathan Coulton’s Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms
- “My Girlfriend’s a Robot” from the Hanson Brothers’ Gross Misconduct