Venue/Location: Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie Ave, Phone: 503-234-9694
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 9:00 PM
with John Roderick
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In 2005 Jonathan Coulton dropped out of a perfectly good software career to write music on the internet. He embarked upon a bold experiment called Thing a Week, in which he home-recorded and released a new song every week for an entire year, giving them all away for free. And while a struggling music industry fell to pieces, Jonathan Coulton amassed a small army of techies, nerds, and dedicated superfans who buy his music even though they don't have to.
Coulton speaks to the outcast in all of us, in the voices of characters we know from our own sad little lives: the awkward, lovelorn mad scientist from Skullcrusher Mountain, the powerless wage slave from Code Monkey, and the annoying former coworker turned zombie from the anthemic ode to office doublespeak, Re: Your Brains. His songs resonate because he transcends what might otherwise be a gimmicky genre of songwriting - behind every misunderstood monster is a human frailty that we recognize all too well.
Artificial Heart is Coulton's first album of new material since Thing a Week, and it features an actual kickass band made up of actual kickass musicians, the delicious high production values of a real recording studio, and the talents of guest vocalists and actual famous people Suzanne Vega, John Roderick of The Long Winters, and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara.