Jonathan Coulton blogs today about the sweatiest show he has ever played, which I was happy to attend on Saturday night. To say that the inside of Lestat’s coffee house was sauna-like would be wildly unfair to many saunas, whose capacity to extract sweat stops at the skin, whereas being inside Lestat’s with 200 other fans caused my hair and bones to sweat. Fortunately, I was not invited up on the stage, where the bright stage lights increased the temperature to a level referred to as “Mid-August Death Valley Inferno”. Bill was not so lucky however, and got to hop onstage with Jonathan, Paul and Storm to assist by providing the voice of a robot in “Chiron Beta Prime”
It was a testament to the humor and enjoyable musical qualities of both Jonathan and Paul & Storm, that the evening was actually a great time and the guys were fun to hang with afterwards. Perhaps next time we will have more time for Rock Band, and I will be able to keep straight who went to UVA, (Me & Lauren) and who didn’t (everyone else.)
If I can make some recommendations:
1. This article in the New York Times about Jonathan was an interesting read about the way the web has changed things for musicians, and also features interviews with the Hold Steady’s Tad Kubler and Franz Nicolay (they don’t mention the maniacs who jumped onstage with them the last time they came to San Diego)
2. Paul & Storm’s “Dejected Arr” shirt was something that I wanted but had no cash and even if I had it would have become soaked in sweat just by me looking at it.
3. Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale does a great job of cooling you down after a show like that
4. Lastly, if you are a fan of the witty song stylings of Jonathan Coulton or Paul & Storm, I invite you to check out this song by my friend Andrew Kilpatrick called “Orthopedic Shoes“. It’s quite awesome, we listened to it in the car on the way home from the show and sung along the whole way:
5. This was written in an office that was approximately 2 degrees cooler than Lestat’s was, due to the weekend thievery of copper pipes in our office complex that proved vital to the functioning of the A/C units, not to mention the running water and toilets. The crime of the century!
UPDATE: Credit where it’s due — HERE is the artist for the “Dejected Arrr” tee.