The Big Think

December 6, 2010

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Filed under: Music — jasony @ 10:36 am

Jonathan Coulton makes me happy. Super excellent awesome points for the notated guitar solo.

… and please, please, keep Mandlebrot Set far away from me. That’s the catchiest tune I’ve ever been exposed to. Serious Andromeda Strain level earbug contamination risk.


  1. You know, in spite of the catchy tune and upbeat arrangements, I think this is one of the saddest songs I know. It makes my heart sink every time I hear it. The contrast between the story of the lyrics and their nihilism and despair and the Wal-Mart friendly veneer of the music is a brilliant bit of songwriting.

    And yes, the notated guitar solo was awesome.

    Comment by seanmctex — December 6, 2010 @ 11:26 am

  2. Oh, I didn’t miss the message. I just bliss out on JoCo whenever I hear one of his songs for the first time. It’s a bit sad (and also a little unnecessarily harsh toward suburbanites), but dang, that man writes a catchy tune. I really did have to mute the audio whilst looking for the Mandelbrot links.

    Comment by jasony — December 6, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  3. “…and as the freeway hums the cars go by
    the headlights roll across the sky
    many miles away and I
    can see them spinning through the dark.”

    Love it.

    Also love:

    B7, E, B7, E, B7, G#7/B#, C#m7. Man, that progression is food for the soul.

    Comment by jasony — December 6, 2010 @ 11:42 am

  4. This video is made double awesome by the fact that it’s not an official video for this song. This is a fan vid, done by one guy, over many hundreds of hours of his own time. Spectacularly well done. I’d be ecstatic if I could make something a tenth that good.

    Comment by Jeff Snider — December 6, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

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