Home after another great Jonathan Coulton concert. Paul and Storm opened for him, as usual, and a great time was had by all, including Adam Savage and presumably John Scalzi who were in attendance. Earlier in the day, I twittered at Jonathan that if he was still taking requests, I'd love to hear Famous Blue Raincoat. During the concert, he said he'd gotten a request "for a song that was a bit of a downer. ...from that guy right there" and pointed me out in the front row and named the song. There was a bigger audience reaction to the song than he (or I) expected (as he said after the concert). He did a great job of it, and I wish I could get a copy of the live version.
I'm tired, so I'm gonna jump straight to the setlist, and will probably edit the hell out of this entry tomorrow.
Paul & Storm
Opening Band ("and as of today 6 panties have been thrown", though I understand Denver was a 4 panty show)
Count To Ten
Nugget Man
Fresh Step Kittie Litter
Pilsbury Cookie Dough
Nun Fight
Ten-Fingered Johnny (dedicated to people who like to blow things up; now who could that be...?)
If James Taylor Were On Fire
If Bob Dylan Were Hiding At The Bottom Of A Well
Randy Newman's Theme to Lord Of The Rings
Randy Newman's Theme to The Crying Game
If Aaron Neville Were Looking For A Parking Space And Someone Stole It From Him
If They Might Be Giants Were The Ice Cream Man
The Captain's Wife's Lament
Jonathan Coulton
Big Bad World
Shop Vac
Skullcrusher Mountain
Still Alive
Millionaire Girlfriend (mention of Washington Mutual stopped him in his tracks)
Drinking With You
Famous Blue Raincoat
Tom Cruise Crazy
Code Monkey
My Monkey (with Paul & Storm)
Chiron Beta Prime (with Paul & Storm & Andy Bates)
Always The Moon (with Paul & Storm)
Birdhouse In Your Soul (with Paul & Storm)
Creepy Doll (with Paul & Storm)
Mr. Fancy Pants
Someone Is Crazy
The Presidents (updated to include Obama)
The Future Soon
Space Doggity ("This song is also a downer. See, this is what I do, I lift you up then I punch you in the face.")
Re: Your Brains
First Of May (with Paul & Storm)
Sweet Caroline (with Paul & Storm)
Last Friday, [livejournal.com profile] brigideire, [livejournal.com profile] pixie0fd00m, and I met up at the San Mateo Fairground to see "Weird Al" Yankovic in concert. Had his Monterey show been cheaper, I might have seen him the next night as well. It was a good show, though the set list was abbreviated to fit into the two hour time slot mandated by (I assume) the Fair or the City.

I also ran into [livejournal.com profile] gridlore and [livejournal.com profile] kshandra, [livejournal.com profile] dawnd and [livejournal.com profile] akienm. [livejournal.com profile] the_ogre was around as well, but I didn't get to say hi to him. I'm sure I'm forgetting at least a couple friendly faces, but hopefully they'll forgive me if they're reading this. Okay on to the set list. )
Traffic was scary on the way down to Santa Cruz, but we got down there timely enough. Then came the "trying to find a parking lot while getting scooped onto one way streets" portion of the evening. Fortunately, [livejournal.com profile] brigideire's parking mojo kicked in and we got on street parking a block away from the Casino entrance and only had to put 30 minutes on the meter. And once we got there we managed to find a place where we could see the stage and brigideire was able to sit on a planter. I stood behind her and took some video.

Set list:
Red And Black
Before The Kiss, A Redcap
Burnin' For You
Harvester Of Eyes
Harvest Moon
Black Blade
Don't Fear The Reaper
Hot Rails To Hell

A short show, which was expected since it was free. In the middle of Godzilla, the bass player was introduced as Rudy Sarzo, originally of Quiet Riot (and he played the opening licks to "Bang Your Head"), who later joined Whitesnake ("Slide It In"), and then was invited to play with Ozzy ("Crazy Train" with the crowd shouting "AY! AY! Ay!").

Not only was the show short, but the solos were, too. It was a fun "greatest hits" Readers Digest version of BOC. And I had a great time.
aiyume: (Default)
( Feb. 25th, 2008 10:42 pm)
Following up my post here, I am posting from JoCo's setlist I grabbed off the stage. I'm also trying to reconstruct Paul and Storm's from memory...

Paul and Storm
Opening Band
Count to Ten
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Olive Garden
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Kleenex
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Domino's Pizza
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Twister
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Cheetos
Rejected Commercial Jingles: Pillsbury Cookie Dough
Nugget Man
If James Taylor Were On Fire
If Bob Dylan Were Hiding At The Bottom Of A Well
If Leon Redbone Suffered A Major Head Injury
If Aaron Neville Were Waiting For A Parking Spot At The Mall, But Someone Else Snagged It
If They Might Be Giants Were The Ice Cream Man
Nun Fight
The Captain's Wife's Lament

Jonathan Coulton
The Future Soon
Shop Vac
I'm Your Moon
Baby Got Back
Kenesaw Mountain Landis
Chiron Beta Prime
Tom Cruise Crazy
Code Monkey
Creepy Doll
Still Alive
Mr. Fancy Pants
I Crush Everything
Skullcrusher Mountain
Mandelbrot Set
You Ruined Everything
Re: Your Brains
A Talk With George
Still Alive - Rock Band with Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, and Veronica Belmont
I Feel Fantastic
First Of May

And with that, I'm off to bed.
aiyume: (Ai Yume)
( Feb. 25th, 2008 12:16 pm)
Although other people have written about seeing Jonathan Coulton in concert on Friday night, I thought I'd add my two cents worth. Since I work in downtown San Francisco about a mile away from the Great American Music Hall, I walked over after I got out for the day. I suppose I could have found a way to kill time besides showing up 3 hours before they let in, but I've waited in longer lines. [livejournal.com profile] arianrhodstorm had kindly lent me her MiniDV camera as Jonathan had been soliciting the fans to bring extra cameras. (Oh, yeah. Did I mention he was making a live concert video? Well, I am now...) I got some exterior shots including a 180 of the marque of the Adult Sex Entertainment place around to the marquee of the GAMH.

A nice lady whose name I don't remember even though I heard it several times showed up eventually and set up a Zombification Station. By eating your brains applying makeup she would make you look like a zombie for the show. I was tempted, but was concerned about getting makeup on the camera. Unfortunately, we were told at the door that tripods would not be admitted, in spite of the request for extra camera work. Well, crap. Even if the resolution on the MiniDV was okay, I didn't want my picture shaking all around.

Around 6:30 or 7:00 I was joined by [livejournal.com profile] brigideire , [livejournal.com profile] cerulean_me , and [livejournal.com profile] zdashamber. I stowed the tripod and my heavy-ish backpack in the car and came back. Spiff and his wife arrived soon thereafter and I pulled him into line. I knew he had dinner tickets and that we'd get separated out together anyway, so I didn't feel too bad about it.

We interrupt this post for a public service message: It has come to my attention that some of my friends have not seen my video for Skullcrusher Mountain or any of Spiff's videos. If you haven't seen them, and/or are not familiar with Jonathan's music, I highly recommend them.

Read more about the concert )

[livejournal.com profile] zdashamber commented after that it was one of the best times she'd had at a concert. I'd have to agree, though there were some times the cameras made him and the audience a little self-conscious. The performance last year was missing some of that, but both performances and audiences had a lot of energy to them.

There are more more photos on Flickr, some better than others.
aiyume: (South Park)
( Jun. 16th, 2007 03:31 pm)
Last night, [livejournal.com profile] brigideire and I went to the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton to see “Weird Al” Yankovic in concert. There was no opener (and with the length of the concert, none was needed) and some small technical glitches here and there, but it sounded good, and was a great show. The first problem was some issues with the video projectors, which caused them to start late-a little after 8:30.

So... On to the set list: )


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