I promised you something more fun the next time I wrote. I will try to deliver on that promise.
For anyone that hasn’t already figured it out, I’m pretty much a geek. I love computers, technology, and finding ways to solve problems with both. I know a few of you have also self-identified as being somewhere on the spectrum of geekitude as well, so I thought I’d introduce you to one of my favorite geek musicians.
Jonathan Coulton is a former Code Monkey turned indy musician from New York who has built a fairly substantial fanbase primarily on releasing his music through the Internet. Not only does he use the ‘net as a marketing platform, but he puts all the songs he owns the rights to out under Creative Commons licensing so people can do cool things with them.
If you find songs about sad vampires (thankfully, no, not the sparkly kind), the Mandelbrot Set (when he did this last Saturday, he went into a guitar solo after, “Mandelbrot’s in heaven,” the croud went nuts, great tribute), sad balads about Laika, the first dog in space, memo-writing zombies, George Plimton, vacuum cleaners, evil geniuses finally getting the girl, and a depressed octapus to be your style, check him out. You can find all of his songs in his MP3 Store. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
His shows are also tons of fun. What could be better than a crowd of geeks hanging out in a small club, rocking out to music we get? 🙂 Saturday’s was my second show, and there’s another coming up in May I plan to be at.
Here’s a vid someone shot from the encore performance of one of my favorite songs, Skull Crusher Mountain. He handed the last chorus off to the crowd, and we quite simply had a ton of fun with it, because who could not love a song who’s lyrics include, “I made this half pony half monkey monster to please you?” Enjoy
Disclaimer I have no affiliation with JoCo, other than simply loving his music.