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( Jun. 9th, 2009 10:32 pm)
In February of 2008, I attended a concert at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Although I'd seen Jonathan Coulton before, this concert was different. A professional video crew was going to be recording the show and had invited fans to bring their own video equipment to record shots from the show as well. I was there with a borrowed cam-corder and (by virtue of showing up early) front row seats.

Jonathan Coulton is best known for funny geeky songs such as Re: Your Brains, Skullcrusher Mountain, Code Monkey, and his cover of Baby Got Back. However, he also has some very touching songs such as his song about parenting (You Ruined Everything), about seizing life (A Talk With George), and even about the demotion of certain planets (I'm Your Moon).

The DVD/CD set is finally out (and has been for nearly a month), but due to an address issue I got my copy late. However, I have finally seen it and the DVD is nearly as good as the show I remember. So from that DVD, this week's video is the opening song The Future Soon.

To order the DVD, see Jonathan's page at
25 years ago, a film appeared about a British rock group trying to break into the American scene. With improved acting... wait... improvved... Hrm... that's not really a word, is it? Can we start over? Great. Thanks.

In 1984, This is Spinal Tap hit the theaters, confusing audiences everywhere. This mockumentary featured Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, and Christopher Guest as a British heavy metal band. From getting lost back stage (something Rob Halford later confessed to) to the influence of a girlfriend on the band, the jokes were set up then delivered during improvised (there's the word I was looking for) scenes shot with hand-held cameras.Now what??? )
A band doesn't get more indie than making a song about a serial killer. The Greenskeepers managed to make one that gets lines from The Silence of the Lambs stuck in your head. As if Cartman quoting it wasn't enough.Video under cut. )
Sorry this was late today. Most of my day got rescheduled.
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( Apr. 17th, 2009 11:50 pm)
Just pointing people to a great song on the FuMP that came out this week. One might argue that it's not "funny" as such, but it's very good and has some great irony.

I've been focusing mostly on classics over these first few weeks, but there's some great new stuff out there as well. This week's entry was created last month and I'm including it to help celebrate Obama visiting the homeland of the Beatles. The video itself was created by a fan during the past few weeks.

Robert Lund is a regular contributor to the FuMP. Singing lyrics by written by Spaff Sumsion, the team has produced some very notable songs (notable by me, at least) include Shakesperian Pie and 99 Words for Boobs.

This week's Twisted Tuesday is dedicated to Karen who was one of the first people to ask me if I'd heard of a song based on a vague description of the song and allowing me to answer "Oh, yes. That's (song x) by (group y)." In this case x is Star Trekkin' and group y is The Firm (but not *that* The Firm).

I probably should have saved this for the release of the Star Trek movie this summer, but it looks so different in feel and so non-canon that it's hard to be jazzed about it except for the rush of adrenaline from the action whizzing by on the screen. I'll probably see it anyway and do my best not to have negative expectations. (Or is it too late?)

Anyway, I'm sick and tired. Not of anything, just sick (respiratory infection round 3) and tired (because of being sick and sleeping upright on the couch the last two nights), so I'll leave you with the video and try to be a bit more informative next week. Thanks for tuning in.

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( Mar. 17th, 2009 07:31 am)
Tom Lehrer's fame is arguable. Those who have heard of him seem to know a lot about him, and those who haven't (and probably outnumber the former these days) know nothing. ...obviously. However, anyone who has listened to humor and satire long, is bound to have run into his music. The New York Times said of him in 1959 "Mr. Lehrer's muse is not fettered by such inhibiting factors as taste." As with other great comedians, what was once cutting edge can now be considered common place. Some poeple have gone way past what could be considered tasteful these days (not that they aren't still funny).

Lehrer's song "The Irish Ballad" is popular in filk circles and at renaissance faires nationwide. I wasn't able to find a clip showing him singing it (though there are some clips on YouTube showing him perform), and most of the non-Lehrer performances, even by people who have made names for themselves aren't as good as the original. However, I found an individual who lip-syncs a number of songs including a few Lehrer pieces, and he had the good taste to leave in the very humorous introduction. So here I present Ben (RonfarZ3) lip-syncinging Tom Lehrer's "The Irish Ballad" (with intro).

And now that you're all the way down here, I'll suggest that you watch (or at least listen to) the video before clicking any of the other links. My timing is nothing if not late. And as a bonus for reading this far, here is a YouTube Channel dedicated to Tom Lehrer.

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( Mar. 10th, 2009 07:51 am)
I've admired [ profile] gridlore's ability to mine his vast knowledge of heavy metal from ages gone by. If you look at his Heavy Metal Sunday tags you'll find all kinds of metal of historical and contemporary interest, from Britain to America to Germany to Spain.

I finally realized there's a small niche I can fill among my friends. Since usually when I get asked "Hey, have you heard this old novelty record? There's a video of it on YouTube!" my response is usually "Oh, yeah! Great song. I heard it on the Dr. Demento show back in nineteen-mummbly-mummble. I should have shared it with you over the years I've known you."

All that was left was finding a day to put it on. [ profile] brigideire suggested Freaky Friday, but I wasn't sure I wanted to wait that long. Manic Mondays is taken by Devo Spice for his funny music podcast. And then I remembered that [ profile] mtfierce (among others) hates Tuesdays, and could probably use a bit of cheering up.

So, as my first installment, I've picked The Pheromones, best known for their song about hole-in-the-wall computer stores "Where's The Service?" However, this song was their first played on Dr. Demento. So get out your 80s hair and prepare to go back in time to when Yuppies roamed the earth. (Yeah, I know. They're still there, but they're not as fun to make fun of these days.)


 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)
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, [ 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.
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( Jun. 16th, 2007 03:31 pm)
Last night, [ 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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( Mar. 19th, 2007 05:44 pm)
1. Have your music library ready.
2. Choose one (1) song from your music library whose title starts with the first letter (or number) of your username.
3. Repeat this process with each successive letter (or number) in your username until you run out of letters (or numbers).
4. Post your results )
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( Mar. 12th, 2007 07:15 pm)
[profile] brigideire took me out last night to see Stephen Lynch. I've enjoyed his albums and his Comedy Central special. He is great to see live. Lots of great ad-libs. For those who are interested, here's his set list )

Stephen is very good at ad libbing live. He threatened to learn all 25 minutes of Freebird and play it for us if someone shouts it out next time, so the audience will beat the crap out of that person in the parking lot.

There were a couple well-known songs he missed, such as Lullaby and Hermaphrodite, but it was a very good show.
Here is a review/set list for the Blue Oyster Cult concert attended by [ profile] brigideire, [ profile] weirdodragoncat, and myself. This is actually the text of an e-mail that I sent to Hot Rails to Hull, a BOC site that has an astonishing number of set lists. I ran across them earlier in the week, and dropped a line saying I was going to the show. He asked if I could include info about the first group, so I took more notes about them than I might have. I composed this after we got home from the show between 12:30 and 1:00 am, so it my taper off a bit at the end.
Oh, no! There goes Tokyo! )
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( Sep. 7th, 2006 03:57 pm)
In a bit of competitive motivation, I've created a new video. This one is for Jonathan Coulton's Skullcrusher Mountain. So check out my new video and while you're there watch Spiff's video for the same song.
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( Sep. 1st, 2006 09:12 am)
It has come to my attention that I haven't directed some of my friends to some great WoW videos. These three are done by "Spiff" to various Jonathan Coulton songs.

re: Your Brains
Just As Long As Me
Creepy Doll

Rumor has it that both he and I are working on videos to Skullcrusher Mountain.

There are also videos for I'm Too Sexy and Hardware Store.
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( Mar. 28th, 2006 03:29 pm)
I occurred to me today that I hadn't actually posted about Jonathan Coulton. Last year sometime, I followed a link someone had made to a great version of "Baby Got Back". And since I had just joined Yahoo Music Unlimited (which lets you listen to tens of thousands of songs on demand), I looked him up there. I found his EP Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow. If you are in the least geek-inclined and have a sense of humor, you owe it to yourself to listen to these five songs.

1. The Future Soon - "But I know that I'll forget the look of pity in her face / When I'm living in my solar dome on a platform in space"

2. Skullcrusher Mountain - Evil Genius meets Girl, Evil Genius woos girl

3. I Crush Everything - A lovely ballad expressing the lament of a giant squid

4. Betty and Me - Another one of those "let's make a baby out of DNA" country songs

5. Mandlebrot Set - Rockin' ode to the fractal mathematician

There are plenty of other songs you can buy and download directly from his site. He does plan to make money doing this, so try to support him, but:
All songs are in mp3 format with no DRM, which means that you can play them wherever you want. They are also all Creative Commons (except the covers and the mashups), so you should pass them along to friends, burn them onto mix CDs and re-use them in whatever non-commercial endeavor you like. There are still plenty of freebies here, as indicated by the smiley faces, and of course the Thing a Week series is free if you subscribe to it as a podcast. But it is my goal to make a living by making music, so if you get free music and enjoy it, I would certainly appreciate a donation.

Although I like some more than others, I haven't found one yet that I didn't like (even the serious ones). Check him out.
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( Mar. 10th, 2006 01:13 pm)
Roger Waters (formerly of Pink Floyd) snuck some songs out in September of 2004, and I really wish I'd known they were out at the time. They're both very sharp looks at aspects of the war in Iraq. "To Kill the Child" and "Leaving Beirut" are available as a CD single, or through most on-line music stores. I listened to both on Yahoo! Music Unlimited yesterday.

According to Waters, he began work on his new songs "…immediately after the invasion of Iraq, which is now fifteen months ago. It seems apposite to throw them out there on the Net, before the election. Historically, there have always been people within the artistic community who have spoken out about things they believe in and they should continue to do so. I shall certainly continue to do so, whether it has any effect or not, because I feel I have a responsibility to myself to do that."

Lyrics behind cut due to some language )
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( Aug. 23rd, 2005 02:13 pm)
I know that [ profile] mysticsagefire, [ profile] thor_cat, and [ profile] journeyrose tend to like celtic music and cats. They may have all heard of the Brobdingnagian Bards. But one of the pair, Marc Gunn, has his own site up with some mp3s for his album When Kitty Eyes Are Smiling (& other Celtic Cat Songs). Enjoy!
Witch Hunt (Part III of Fear)

The night is black
Without a moon
The air is thick and still
The vigilantes gather on
The lonely torch lit hill

Features distorted in the flickering light
The faces are twisted and grotesque
Silent and stern in the sweltering night
The mob moves like demons possessed
Quiet in conscience, calm in their right
Confident their ways are best

The righteous rise
With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill

They say there are strangers who threaten us
In our immigrants and infidels
They say there is strangeness too dangerous
In our theaters and bookstore shelves
That those who know what's best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves

Quick to judge
Quick to anger
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand...


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