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Concert notes: Jonathan Coulton

January 27, 2009

So, last Friday, my friend dragged me out to see this guy Jonathan Colton. We got there right at eight and we didn’t have to wait very long at all, which was good because my mom wanted me home by 11. *pout* The opening band were pretty fun – I don’t really remember their name. […]


What will music fans pay for?

October 9, 2009

This piece was crossposted to Music Think Tank. Earlier this week, I talked about how NPR and webcomics have a business model that’s predicated on the primary work (the radio broadcast and the webcomics themselves, respectively) being available for free; once the overhead is covered, the incremental cost of additional readers or listeners is approximately […]


Read: Fans, Friends and Followers

July 2, 2009

Fans, Friends and Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age is a new e-book by Cambridge-based Scott Kirsner. He’s been writing, speaking, and connecting people involved in the uptake and spread of innovations for many years, including a column in the Boston Globe (together with its  companion blog), and he […]


SanFran MusicTech Summit roundup

May 21, 2009

This year’s SanFran MusicTech Summit had a lot going on. Somewhere north of 600 people turned up, including tech/development people, marketers, and business development people, and I’d say about half of the crowd put up a hand when asked if they were a musician (I suspect there’s considerable overlap between that category and the others). […]


It’s May 1st…

May 1, 2009

If you’re anywhere outside the US or Canada, Happy May Day! If not, Happy First of May! MP3: Billy Bragg – There is Power in a Union [buy] MP3: Jonathan Coulton – First of May [buy/download] (N even remotely SFW! Also it’s absurdly catchy, so try not to inadvertently sing it aloud)


$99 Music Videos

February 25, 2009

$99 Music Videos hopes to occupy the space between fan-created videos and traditional music videos. The brainchild of Next New Networks, the rules are simple: the video has to be made for less than $99, it has to be shot in one day, it has to be edited in one day and—this is where it’s […]


Merry Christmas from Chiron Beta Prime

December 25, 2008

[Image credit : Len from the Jawbone Radio Show] As you may have gathered from an earlier post, I’m not so much about holiday music (hey, it’s a secular democracy, deal with it). So it’s perhaps unsurprising that “Chiron Beta Prime” by Jonathan Coulton is one of the very few Christmas songs that I like. […]


Election day

November 4, 2008

If you are a US citizen, and you haven’t yet voted, please go out and vote today. MP3 link: Jonathan Coulton – The Presidents (more JoCo)


“Still Alive” as videogame theme, redux

October 16, 2008

I got a press release today, heralding the theme song for the upcoming Electronic Arts videogame “Mirror’s Edge.” It’s sung by Lisa Miskovsky, and Nettwerk is releasing an EP of remixes, including big names like Paul van Dyk. The song is called “Still Alive.” Wait a minute, I think, isn’t that the name of the […]


Threesome: public radio personalities

July 23, 2008

Three fantasias which have real public radio personalities as the subject. First, Amanda Palmer tells the story of her unrequited crush on Christopher Lydon (pictured above), former host of The Connection on NPR’s Boston affiliate, WBUR. Next, Jonathan Coulton‘s ode to WNYC host Soterios Johnson‘s secret E- and Red Bull-fueled club lifestyle. Finally, Franz Ferdinand […]


Tracklisting: Heartbreak, Unrequited Love, and Clever Lyrics

December 29, 2007

[November 2006] The Format: Dog Problems The Hidden Cameras: Learning the Lie Crooked Fingers: You Threw a Spark The Weakerthans: Plea From A Cat Named Virtute The Hold Steady: You Can Make Him Like You Dresden Dolls: Shores of California The Mountain Goats: No Children Dan Bern: One Dance Arab Strap: Stink The National: Karen […]