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I get e-mails occasionally from the sixtyone [ link ] about certain artists and happenings on the site. The most recent electronic communique reminded me of an artist often heard in the van whilst on tour or traveling and also heard in video games, on television and of course, the internet.
I'm talking about this guy right here:
His name is Jonathan Coulton and he writes great music, often with a technological or "geek culture" slant. His website [ link ] offers you the ability to listen to a wide variety of his music. He even has a musical primer, with different songs organized by categories like "geeky ones" or "funny/sad ones". [ link ] A few favorites of the band include: "Re: Your Brains," a song about zombies negotiating with a group of humans in a business meeting, of sorts; "Tom Cruise Crazy," a delightfully old-schoolish song explaining Tom Cruise's... eccentricities; and "Skullcrusher Mountain," which is a loving plea from a supervillain to his female captive.
Coulton has interestingly satisfying tonal and chordal instincts that make his music fun to listen to and his lyrics are often crafted wittily. While I sometimes prefer the acoustic version of his songs to his full rock band arrangements, he paints with a brush that is nicely influenced by the past thirty (plus) years of music, including touches of folk, electronic music and stadium-rock synth parts along with some heartily enjoyable rock.
One of my favorite Coulton tunes is "Still Alive," which was written for the end credits sequences of Portal [ link ], a video game released in 2007. The song is sung by the computer voice that is present throughout the game and makes a series of references to the game, so it's difficult to understand if the context isn't there. Still, it's a pretty song with a fun melody that I find myself humming randomly. The song isn't available on Jonathan's website because of licensing agreements with Valve Corporation, but it is available on YouTube. [ link ]
So, to recapitulate, The Empty Pockets like Jonathan Coulton and think you might like him to. Check him out.
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