Nicodemus (nicodemusrat) wrote,

Jonathan Coulton and TMBG

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.

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