Friday, July 11, 2008

Because Chrysler and Buick Were Booked Solid

Last night I went with Isaac and Grace to see Jonathan Coulton perform with Paul and Storm at the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac.

It was a great show. I was surprised how late it was before Paul & Storm took the stage (it was over an hour after doors opened, and geeks are generally very punctual, so we had a long wait). We were not quite prepared to be out so late, getting back to Ann Arbor at 1 a.m., quite a bit later than we had planned with our babysitter, and on a school/work night. It was quite hot and crowded in the venue, and my 6-month-pregnant and tired wife couldn't get a chair and wound up sitting on the floor.

But despite all that we really enjoyed the show. I had not heard Paul & Storm before and they were very funny and very good at getting the audience loosened up. Jonthan's set was great; I especially liked his extended "Mr. FancyPants" on ZenDrum (with micro-Rickroll!) and cover of "Birdhouse in your Soul." He seemed really "on" and very engaged with the audience and getting a lot of positive energy back. I think the audience response helped pull a really great performance out him.

I took my Sony digital recorder to the show. I cleared this with the venue in advance and I'm pretty sure JoCo allows people to distribute recordings for free. It is my plan to make some or all of it available, but I want to double-check with Paul & Storm and get 100% clear on what I can post (for example, Jonathan's cover songs, yes or no?) without stepping on anyone's toes. Also, P&S is a little less suited for just listening to -- it doesn't capture their lip-synching or dance moves! So maybe I would just post some excerpts of their stuff, given their permission.

These might go on my blog, or maybe I will put them in a podcast. I can't really just upload the raw recordings. They are two 24-bit, 96 KHz stereo files totalling five or six gigabytes. They need editing, and I'll need to do some massaging to get them into a manageable MP3 form.


Derek said...


After seeing you recording the show, I was hoping to find you ad I'd love to get a copy of the show when you post it. I'd also be happy to compensate you for it (if that's appropriate - maybe I could buy you some JoCo merch or something).

I'm sure you'll agree, there are few things better than being able to revisit the audio of a great live show you've seen.

Sorry your wife had to sit on the floor; mine (who coincidentally is having an MRI on her bad knee - football injury, no lie - next week) had a bit of trouble with all of the standing as well. Fortunately she was able to grab one of the stools from the bar to sit for part of the show.

Paul R. Potts said...

Hi Derek,

I am working on the tracks now. It has been a few years since I did much in Logic. I'm trying to master them using Ozone but I'm not quite sure I'm doing it right! I won't be able to do them all at once.

Grace was not actually too bad off, and to be fair to the other folks there we did not actually ask for anyone to give up a seat for her, so it isn't like we asked and everyone refused.

Paul R. Potts said...

Derek, I certainly don't need (and shouldn't take) money for the recording of the show. If you like the concert put some money in Jonthan Coulton's or Paul and Storm's tip jars with their PayPal donation links. That's what I did (in addition to buying tickets). You could also buy the individual songs you like from their sites. I didn't wind up buying individual songs, I just gave JoCo what I thought was a reasonable donation, and I'm planning to support him more in the future. I will give some money to P&S too.