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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.

4 Comments »

  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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