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Jonathan Coulton and TMBG [Nov. 13th, 2011|11:55 pm]
Got out to a concert this past Wednesday in south Seattle. First one in a while. Some geek favorites: Jonathan Coulton and They Might Be Giants! JoCo did an opening set for about 40 minutes, there was half hour break with hair-tearingly bad recorded filler music, then an hour and a half set of TMBG.

JoCo did a good set, including two of my favorites: "Shop Vac" & "I Feel Fantastic". (He surprised me and didn't do "Re: Your Brains", which I expected for the audience participation possibilities.) He sounds very good live (and you can see a lot of live YouTube recordings); it isn't like some groups, where the live performer(s) and studio recordings seem to have come from such different talents that you start to suspect fraud.

four halfway-decent phone pics

Then They Might Be Giants! Yay! Still wonderful after all these (many) years. They played a good selection of old and new stuff, including a lot of songs I really like. Felt sorry for Flansberg who was recovering from being sick and really needed to take a breather toward the end.

They also played "Fingertips" -- remember all those little snippet tracks on Apollo 18 that you were supposed to shuffle? They played them live, back to back. It was a special joke shared with the fans.

Awesome show. And not horribly over-amped for a change. First concert in a while where it didn't seem like the audio guys cranked the knobs all the way up, because speakers are supposed to rattle and clip like that, yeah. :P

Also, the show featured a puppet segment. Because that's how they roll.

[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2011-11-14 10:46 am (UTC)
That's awesome!

Weasely's parents went to Europe and Russia recently on vacation. They brought back some Turkish Delight that they bought from a spice market in Istanbul. When they told me where it was from I said "Wow, Istanbul! Not Constantinople?"

They didn't get it :(
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-11-15 04:59 am (UTC)
Aww man! That's like missing a "Holy Grail" reference. It's just something everyone is supposed to know.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2011-11-14 10:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I wish I'd known. gramina is in Seattle now, and she'd have loved it.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-11-15 04:52 am (UTC)
C'mon! It's fun for the whole family! :D
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[User Picture]From: bearknight
2011-11-14 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'm havin' a heart attack
I'm havin' a heart attack
I'm havin' a heart attack
I'm havin' a . . . heart attack.


Saw TMBG on the Apollo 18 tour. SO freakin' good!
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2011-11-14 03:34 pm (UTC)
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