Monday, September 19, 2011

Jonathan Coulton Pre-Order Surpass $100,000, On Tour w/They Might Be Giants!

Jonathan Coulton

Artificial Heart

(November 8)

Orders of the Album Surpass the $100,000 Mark

Catch Him Live On Tour w/ They Might Be Giants

Jonathan Coulton speaks to the outcast in all of us, in the voices of characters we know from our own sad little lives. It’s no surprise that he has one of the most passionate fan bases around. More than fans, they are his champions and patrons.  Orders of Artificial Hearton his website have already surpassed $100,000 months before the physical release with hundreds of fans purchasing The Big Package of Everything which includes the album, three shirts, vinyl, demos, live recordings, and USB of his complete works and more. Fans must first take Jonathan’s hilarious personality questionnaire before being able to purchase “The Big Package of Everything”. He is also gearing up for his second fan cruise in February 2012. This past January saw hundreds of fans join him for a 6-day cruise of the Caribbean with daily performances.  This year's entertainment includes John Hodgeman, MC Frontalot, David Rees, The Long Winters' John Roderick and more. His song “Still Alive”, famously the soundtrack to the end credits of the game Portal and its sequel, has a cult of its own. YouTube clips of the game’s credits, which feature no image beyond the actual credits, have amassed over 19 million views due to fans wanting to hear the song.

Artificial Heart was produced by John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants, is due out November 8. It's a new direction for Coulton - he leaves behind the home recording gear for a studio filled with talented musicians and guest vocalists including Suzanne Vega, John Roderick of The Long Winters and Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara.  The album opens with “Sticking to Myself”, a blistering, high-energy song about finding success, and then tearing it all down. “Nemeses” is a duet between Coulton and The Long Winters’ John Roderick that suggests the only real way to bring meaning into your life is to find your own worst enemy. “Good Morning Tucson” is a highly singable pop song about an aging morning news anchor who one day finally loses it. The album’s title track, “Artificial Heart," has a bouncy, joyful melody that can't quite mask the feeling that drastic measures are sometimes worse than the problems they are trying to solve. Feel free to post and share the "Nemeses" and "Good Morning Tucson" MP3s.

Artificial Heart is Jonathan Coulton’s first album of all new material since his infamous 2006 “Thing A Week”series, during which he created 52 musical pieces in 52 weeks. It's a strong addition to an already impressive discography that spans a decade. His song “Still Alive”is the closing soundtrack to the video game “Portal," and was awarded “Best Original Vocal Pop Song” in 2008 by the Game Audio Network Guild. This year, Coulton was asked back to write “Want You Gone," a song for Portal’s long awaited sequel.


Jonathan Coulton Tour Dates
# = w/ They Might Be Giants

09/20: Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House #
09/22: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue #
09/23: Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre #
09/24: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant #
09/25: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom #
09/27: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom #
09/28: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel #
09/29: Richmond, VA @ The National #
09/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts #
11/04: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot #
11/05: Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory #
11/06: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory #
11/08: Vancouver, BC @ Venue #
11/09: Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo #
11/10: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom #
11/11: Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre #
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore #
11/13: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore #
11/16: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues #
11/17: Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern #

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