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Some Guys: The New Album From Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton announced his super secret project today.

The musician will release a new album called Some Guys and it is covers of 70s soft rock songs that sound exactly like the originals.

Coulton describes his connection to that era and genre of music:

“In the 70s, I was sensitive kid who liked soft rock (both of those things are still true). These were some of the first songs that I remember really connecting to. I was always pretty sure that this was not a thing that made me cool, but now that I’m in my late 40s, I feel like it’s safe to come out as a soft rock lover. (Hello, I’m Jonathan, and I like Dan Fogelberg.) Lately, I’ve been listening to this kind of music a lot, rediscovering all my old friends, and I couldn’t shake the idea that it would be a lot of fun to just kind of make them again. I didn’t want to do new versions, I wanted to just rebuild the originals from the ground up. I wanted to live inside these songs for a while. I can tell you it felt very warm and cozy in there.”

The album was produced by Solid State producer Christian Cassan. Most of the instruments are played by Cassan and Coulton, but they brought a few friends to accompany them.

Track Listing:

1. Sister Golden Hair – America
2. On and On – Stephen Bishop
3. Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan
4. The Things We Do For Love – 10cc
5. Make It with You – Bread
6. New Kid In Town – Eagles
7. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
8. How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees
9. Easy – Commodores
10. Wildfire – Michael Murphey
11. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Harry Nilsson
12. If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
13. Crazy Love – Poco
14. Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg

The release date is tentatively scheduled for late March and you can pre-order the album in various formats on Kickstarter HERE.

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Jonathan Coulton To Release New Album, Solid State On April 28, 2017

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Jonathan Coulton will release a new album, Solid State on April 28, 2017.

You can pre-order now at solidstate.jonathancoulton.com. The first single is called “All This Time” and is available right now on Spotify, and as a download in iTunes.

Solid State is a concept album about the internet, trolls, artificial intelligence, and how love and empathy will save humanity. There is also a companion graphic novel (136 pages, hardcover) written by Matt Fraction and drawn by Albert Monteys.

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You can also pre-order the digital album wherever fine digital music is sold and/or pre-ordered, including iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, etc.

To promote the record, Coulton will be on tour, opening for Aimee Mann, April 20 – May 13 in various cities across the country.

Track Listing:

1. Wake Up
2. All This Time
3. Solid State
4. Brave
5. Square Things
6. Pictures of Cats
7. Ordinary Man
8. Robots.Txt
9. Don’t Feed the Trolls
10. Your Tattoo
11. Ball and Chain
12. Sunshine
13. Solid State (Reprise)
14. Pulled Down the Stars
15. All to Myself, Pt. 1
16. All to Myself, Pt. 2
17. There You Are

Listen to the first track, All This Time:

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What’s On Jonathan Coulton’s iPod

From Jonathan Coulton: For those of you who are wondering what’s on my iPod, I’m the subject of today’s Random Rules in the Onion AV club. I like this interview format very much: I put my iPod on shuffle and we talk about what happens. It’s kind of terrifying because I’ve always felt a little self-conscious about sharing my taste in music, ever since 1982 when a neighbor kid asked me what bands I liked and I panicked and said “Um, Air Supply?” Fortunately nothing really embarrassing came up. Though I fear that I may have said too much about Billy Joel and Paul McCartney and how they’re not as good as they used to be – what if I meet them in person and they hate me because they read this interview?

You can read what songs are on Jonathan Coulton’s iPod here.

 

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Washy Ad Jeffy

Jonathan Coulton writes:

“When I was a wee lad my father taught me the greatest mnemonic device in the history of mnemonic devices. It’s called “Washy Ad Jeffy” and it’s a little jingle/rhyme thingie that helps you remember the order of all the US presidents and how many terms (or partial terms) they served – the number of syllables in the nickname is the number of terms. My father learned it from Mrs. Govan, his 8th grade history teacher at Memorial Junior High School in Ohio. He believes she made it up, but he’s not entirely sure. At the time he learned it, and of course when he taught it to me, it only went up to Eisenhower. I have added to it over the years, so really it’s a collaboration between Mrs. Govan (maybe?) and me.

I’ve always wanted to set this to music, and with the recent intense primary season, it came back into my mind again. I added the little B section in which I tell all the little children that they can be president too someday, a possibility that has already become that much more possible for many kids, regardless of what happens in November. So yeah, this one’s for the Democrats: both of them.

Below is the video of me recording it – there’s no multi-tracking, it’s all live (I’m playing a tambourine and an empty kitty litter jug with my feet).”

Lyrics:

 

Washy Ad Jeffy

Maddy Monroe

Ad Jackson Van Hair

Ty Po Tay Phil Pear

Bu Lincoln John Grant2

Hayes Garther and Cleve

Hair Cleve and McKin

Roosevelt Taft

Wilson Hard Coolidge

Hoov Franklin Roosevelt Truman Ikey

Ken Johnson Nixon Ford Cart Reagan Bush

Clinton Dubya

 

And maybe you someday

And if you do they’ll say

What a fine president you made

 

Washy Ad Jeffy

Maddy Monroe

Ad Jackson Van Hair

Ty Po Tay Phil Pear

Bu Lincoln John Grant2

Hayes Garther and Cleve

Hair Cleve and McKin

Roosevelt Taft

Wilson Hard Coolidge

Hoov Franklin Roosevelt Truman Ikey

Ken Johnson Nixon Ford Cart Reagan Bush

Clinton Dubya…

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