I had the opportunity to see The Godfather of Geek Rock, Jonathan Coulton, live in concert last night at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va. Coulton lived up to his nickname, playing Don Corleone to a sold out crowd of geeks both young and old. His witty banter helped string together songs with topics as diverse as maniacal evil geniuses in love, the noisy solace of a Shop Vac, how zombitude affects office politics, and the romantic difficulties caused by a futuristic robot war.
The evening’s best songs came with the aid of opening act Paul and Storm. Scary mood lighting brought new depth to “Creepy Doll“, Poe-esque tale of a possessed toy. And injections of Eagles and Beatles covers made “Soft Rocked By Me” the comedic high point. But the true highlight of the show was the the Plushie Angel:
Apparently JoCo’s rabid fan base organized some sort of mass stuffed animal gifting for the show, as he was pelted with plushies several times throughout the night. At the end of the show he had so many he actually attempted to make a plushie angel out of them. Wackiness ensued.
(Sorry for the fuzzy picture. I forgot my camera, so the only picture I have is from my brother’s phone. Gracias Blair.)
UPDATE: Here are some more clips from the show
A bit of “Hey Jude” embedded in “Soft Rocked By Me”