New Music

I was just introduced to an artist named Jonathan Coulton by my friend Scott. Scott describes Coulton: “Good artist, generally funny, and has a penchant for making really atypical love songs (for example, “Code-monkey”, “Skullcrusher Mountain” and “I Crush Everything” – one of my favorites, written from the perspective of a giant squid).”  Needless to say, my interest was piqued.  What’s great is that on Coulton’s website you can listen to all his songs.  They are available for purchase through his website, and he specifically notes that:
“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.”

I like that.  I like that a lot: if I buy his songs, they are only $0.01 more than from iTunes, he (presumably) gets the money, and I can do whatever I like with my purchased tunes.  Nice.

So far the first song I heard was my favorite.  It’s called “When You Go” and is less unconventional than some of his others.  You can listen to it through the link.  An excerpt from the lyrics:

There in the frame of your face in the cast of your eyes
I saw this coming but still I am caught by surprise
All of this time I knew
That I’d be losing you
That doesn’t mean that it’s OK
That doesn’t mean I’m ready

Fold my heart up small
Or break it into pieces
Find somewhere and keep it there
Take it when you go.

I also enjoyed “I Crush Everything” (the squid song), and “Mandelbrot Set” – I mean come on, a song about fractals!

Edit: I just discovered the song “Chiron Beta Prime” which mentions robot overlords. Um, yeah.  Who is this guy?

Comments 1

  1. troglodyteking wrote:

    Somebody on an email list I am on mentioned this guy. In particular he mentioned his song about zombie coworkers. I am not kidding: Re Your Brains

    Posted 13 Jun 2006 at 13:55

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