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Oh man you guys, I forgot how exciting it is to play in a market for the first time. I don’t know why it took me so long to get to Florida, but I’m glad I did. I was sorry to leave, especially since it was just getting warm – I had to wear my winter coat at Disneyworld! (Don’t let anybody tell you it isn’t hard to be a rock star, because it is.)


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And not to overlook the kind people of Atlanta who actually bought all available tickets at the Variety Playhouse. That’s 750 people, which is nuts. That’s like Seattle numbers. Well done Atlanta, here is a cookie: O


3.

Twitter followers and obsessive types will already know this, but the tickets have finally gone on sale for Houston February 6th at Zilkha Hall – BUY THEM HERE. There were various problems that kept this from happening until way too close to the show – I’m hoping it’s not going to be a complete disaster. If it is, the 15-20 of us will still have fun, just, I will have to sleep in a box that night.

posted 6 years ago

Welcome back everyone! Here we are in the shiny new future world of 2010, and doesn’t it feel good? As long as you haven’t been laid off or blown up by terrorists I mean?


As you know, I am a fan of the future. That is why I will continue to tour there. Look for my flying car at the following places and times:


Orlando, FL – The Social

Thursday January 14 at 7 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/3Teu0M

Note: There is no seating at this show, so bring your feet. Avoid service charges by buying at the box office M/W/F, or pay only $1 service charge when you buy at Park Avenue CDs.


St. Petersburg, FL – Nova 535

Friday January 15 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/2Zr956


Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

Saturday January 16 at 8:30 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/1Wfbbo

Note: Service charge only $2.25 when you buy through the venue’s ticket club, or $1 for credit at the box office, or $0 for cash at the box office.


San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Friday January 22 at 9 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/3uE2HO

Note: Service charge only $1 at the box office.


San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Saturday January 23 at 9 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/585J7N

Note: Service charge only $1 at the box office.


Dallas, TX – Grenada Theater

Thursday February 4 at 7 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/5xUH5E


Austin, TX – Antone’s

Friday February 5 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/mhGdL


Houston, TX – Zilkha Hall

Saturday February 6 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: on sale soon


Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch

Thursday February 18 at 7:30 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/83BHEu

Note: Limited GA seating


San Diego, CA – Anthology

Friday February 19 at 7:30 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/8gx5KW


Los Angeles, CA – Largo

Saturday February 20 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: Call box office at 310-855-0350


Los Angeles, CA – Largo

Sunday February 21 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: Call box office at 310-855-0350


Vancouver, BC – Rio Theater

Thursday February 25 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/6v7It8


Seattle, WA – Moore Theater

Friday February 26 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/6q1UIw


Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater

Saturday February 27 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/6sQSkR


Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere

Friday March 12 at 7:30 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/4TgXNf


Boston, MA – PAX East

Somewhere there in 3/26-3/28

Details TBA


bit.ly/4QUIVa


New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Friday April 2 at 7 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/83dtU0


New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Saturday April 3 at 7 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/7ocm6D


That’s all for now. Happy new year to everyone, and see you soon…

posted 6 years ago

Welcome back everyone! Here we are in the shiny new future world of 2010, and doesn’t it feel good? As long as you haven’t been laid off or blown up by terrorists I mean?


As you know, I am a fan of the future. That is why I will continue to tour there. Look for my flying car at the following places and times:


Orlando, FL – The Social

Thursday January 14 at 7 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/3Teu0M

Note: There is no seating at this show, so bring your feet. Avoid service charges by buying at the box office M/W/F, or pay only $1 service charge when you buy at Park Avenue CDs.


St. Petersburg, FL – Nova 535

Friday January 15 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/2Zr956


Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse

Saturday January 16 at 8:30 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/1Wfbbo

Note: Service charge only $2.25 when you buy through the venue’s ticket club, or $1 for credit at the box office, or $0 for cash at the box office.


San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Friday January 22 at 9 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/3uE2HO

Note: Service charge only $1 at the box office.


San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall

Saturday January 23 at 9 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/585J7N

Note: Service charge only $1 at the box office.


Dallas, TX – Grenada Theater

Thursday February 4 at 7 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/5xUH5E


Austin, TX – Antone’s

Friday February 5 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/mhGdL


Houston, TX – Zilkha Hall

Saturday February 6 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: on sale soon


Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch

Thursday February 18 at 7:30 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/83BHEu

Note: Limited GA seating


San Diego, CA – Anthology

Friday February 19 at 7:30 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/8gx5KW


Los Angeles, CA – Largo

Saturday February 20 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: Call box office at 310-855-0350


Los Angeles, CA – Largo

Sunday February 21 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: Call box office at 310-855-0350


Vancouver, BC – Maybe?

Details TBA


Seattle, WA – Moore Theater

Friday February 26 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/6q1UIw


Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater

Saturday February 27 at 8 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/6sQSkR


Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere

Friday March 12 at 7:30 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/4TgXNf


Boston, MA – PAX East

Somewhere there in 3/26-3/28

Details TBA


bit.ly/4QUIVa


New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Friday April 2 at 7 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/83dtU0


New York, NY – Highline Ballroom

Saturday April 3 at 7 PM

With Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/7ocm6D


That’s all for now. Happy new year to everyone, and see you soon…

posted 6 years ago

I am not dead, I am just resting. Sometimes I don’t have anything to say, or at least anything that’s longer than 140 characters. My life has been a bit chaotic recently because earlier this year we moved into this new house, and over the last few months there’s been a lot of construction – drywall, tiles, table saws, plaster dust everywhere. I have no closet or real bedroom. Since April my wardrobe has consisted of whatever was in the one box of clothes that I unpacked and put next to the bed, which is in the room that is supposed to be the living room, but right now is the fake bedroom and soon will be my fake studio. All my gear is still mostly in boxes, though some of it is piled and tangled up on a desk that is covered with a plastic sheet. So that’s been nice. Not really the most inspiring environment for a sensitive creative soul like myself. Those of you who have lived through construction will perhaps understand: the chaos seeps into everything, so that every aspect of my life feels MAKESHIFT. Also the children repeatedly need to be fed and bathed and dressed and soothed, and they are frequently covered in plaster dust, or drinking paint, or eating drywall screws.


But I want to tell you a few things. Recent (and not so recent) shows have all been wonderful. And though I didn’t say anything about it here, the UK trip was pretty fantastic too. The last show of the year was last week in Brooklyn, and I look back now on yet another amazing stretch of touring, generously supported by all you people who continue to surprise me by showing up at all. I have made it through another year pretending to be a rock star. Thank you.


Thanks also for participating in my poll about the cruise idea. The investigation continues, but I can tell you that based on all of your very helpful feedback I’m now looking at options that are not as long and expensive. This means it probably won’t be this Summer, and it probably won’t be out of Seattle, so you can all resume planning your Summer vacations without me. I would really like to do it, I just need to find the right situation. I’ll keep you all posted and give you plenty of advanced warning.


Already it’s time to start talking about touring plans for 2010, and if you look over there on the shows page you’ll see it starts in mid January with Orlando, St. Petersburg, Atlanta, and then continues with San Francisco, and then Dallas, Austin, (Houston?), and LA and Seattle and Portland and yet another run at Vancouver. I’ll write a proper mass email soon, and of course you can subscribe to the mailing list or the RSS feed so that you are certain to hear about all the details.


Some new songs would be nice, don’t you think? It’s been a long dry spell for me and I’m not sure exactly why. No doubt part of it is the seeping chaos situation described above, but I’m sure it’s more complicated than that. I look back at some of the Thing a Week songs that happened in spite of whatever inconvenient circumstances I was dealing with at the time, and many of them are much better than they have any right to be. A few of them are great. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that I’ll ever get into that headspace again, that desperate, wide-open, WTF state of mind that leads to something like “Re: Your Brains,” which quite honestly I can no longer remember writing. The more distant those acts of creation become, the more they seem like accidents or miracles, things that happened to somebody else. It’s daunting sometimes. I worry that I can’t compete with me. And I know the way through it is to write, or as Merlin says, to make the clackity noise. If there’s one thing I learned from Thing a Week it’s that, but my lizard brain continues to resist the solution. And I can come up with any number of excuses, but they aren’t real; I haven’t been writing because I haven’t been writing. The why of it isn’t nearly as important as the physical act of sitting down and getting to work.


Whoops, gotta go, Robocop 2 is on!

posted 6 years ago

Thanks for all the comments on the cruise idea everyone, it’s incredibly helpful to be able to get such direct feedback from such a large group of people. I’m still working on this, trying to figure out the best way to make it happen, so please understand that this was just one possibility. It may end up being a different boat, destination, time of year, price, etc., but this seemed like a decent place to start taking everyone’s temperature. Obviously I can’t pick a location that works for everybody. I hear you that cost is a factor and I’m not surprised – that’s a hefty chunk of change. We’re trying to find the right balance between high awesomeness and low cost, and that means dealing with a lot of details and possibilities. Stay tuned. Remember this is all HYPOTHETICAL.


In the meantime, I wanted to mention a couple other shows that just got set up. We added Pittsburgh in December:


Saturday December 4 at 8 PM

Rex Theater (Pittsburgh, PA) with Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/3e75SA


And already plans are being made for 2010 (finally, Florida):


Thursday January 14 at 7 PM

The Social (Orlando, FL) with Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/3Teu0M

No service charge if you buy at the box office M, W, F: (407) 246-1419

$1 service charge if you buy at Park Avenue CDs: www.parkavecds.com


Friday January 15 at 8 PM

Nova 535 (St. Petersburg, FL) with Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/2Zr956


Saturday January 16 at 8 PM

Variety Playhouse (Atlanta, GA) with Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/1Wfbbo

$2.25 service charge if you buy through the Variety Playhouse Ticket Club: bit.ly/1Wfbbo

No service charge if you buy with cash at the box office ($1 for credit cards): www.variety-playhouse.com/tickets.html


Friday January 22 at 9 PM

Great American Music Hall (San Francisco, CA) with Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/3uE2HO

$1 service charge when you buy at venue box office: www.gamh.com/tickets/


Saturday January 23 at 9 PM

Great American Music Hall (San Francisco, CA) with Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/2PAq8E

$1 service charge when you buy at venue box office: www.gamh.com/tickets/


Friday February 5 at 8 PM

Antone’s (Austin, TX) with Paul and Storm

Tickets: bit.ly/mhGdL

posted 6 years ago
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Jonathan Coulton's songs about vengeful nerds, ennui-afflicted clowns, self-loathing giant squids, and devotees of a certain Swedish prefab furniture store are insanely clever without ever being too clever for their own good. They repeatedly lure you into laughing before suddenly breaking your heart. And the sick part is, you keep coming back. Coulton's is the voice of every spooky elementary school kid who could never quite keep his shirt tucked in or shoes tied; every lovelorn mason and mad scientist; every one of us who has ever sat despairingly on the floor, surrounded by parts of an Ikea endtable, weeping over our allen wrenches.

In 2005-2006 he recorded and published a new song every week as a free podcast called Thing a Week. This rate of output wouldn't be so astonishing if the songs weren't so constently well-written and produced. A few of these songs have become full-fledged internet smashes: his folky cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," a visual ode to Creative Commons called "Flickr," and of course "Code Monkey," the anthem of software designers everywhere. The office zombie song "Re: Your Brains" made the Dr. Demento Funny 25 countdown for 2006. But it's the ... (+) expand
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Suzen (level 12) wrote:
First of May.... great song, lol!
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cocteau (level 27) wrote:
OMG I completely forgot you were on this site. I listen to you now plenty via other channels and purchases, but this is one of the first places I actually got to know your stuff. I hope you come back and share new stuff now that the site is back to the way it used to be when it was fun! :)
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Jomichka (level 13) wrote:
Your music is always fun and witty, thank you for sharing your talent here.
6 years ago
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I love this song.
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RisingTalent (level 9) wrote:
You are a great songwriter man. Great job :)
6 years ago
Calikka (level 14) wrote:
I want You Ruined Everything to be my wedding song... but the man won't let me :(
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matuska (level 12) wrote:
i just love Re: Your Brains. fantastic!
6 years ago
smccubbi (level 8) wrote:
I'll be at the Dallas show - looking forward to it!
6 years ago
musicallyorientated27 (level 13) wrote:
Ikea -- such a cool song!! haha and i went to Ikea just last weekend... great job!!
6 years ago
Marc Morlock wrote:
----"Beautiful"----
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puffmommy (level 25) wrote:
haahah .. you and felicia .. i'm a big fan of the guild :D .. love your stories!!
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ArosIrwin (level 15) wrote:
I got a standing ovation for singing Future Soon in the last "Battle of the Bands" at my school. I believe I owe you one.
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Zodiac2800 (level 21) wrote:
@ctxt: iirc Valve owns the rights for Still Alive, which might be why you can't find it here.
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Moe Rock wrote:
nice stuff bro
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ctxt (level 9) wrote:
Still alive!
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musicmissionary (level 32) wrote:
Just checking in. Rest is good. The chaos you're describing actually sounds to me like material for new songs. Your updates are almost as enjoyable as your songs, btw.
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You are one of the best artists I've ever heard!
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Love fancy pants
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It's funny, I've loved a bunch of your songs before as covers, and always loved you as a concept. Now I hear the true genius.
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My favorite is Shop Vac, I guess that makes me dark.
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