View from Behind a Beard

April 30th, 2008

I spent all my time in Seattle and Portland walking around with a Flip Video in my pocket annoying all the very nice people who were just trying to check me into my hotel or sell me a donut. Below are the results (in a fancy playlist – thanks for the suggestion Javier). Part 1 is my trip to Seattle, Part 2 is our drive to Portland and the show there. I hope there will be more parts, but I haven’t edited them together yet.

Also, a longer version of the Giant Donut Incident exists, but I will leave that for Paul and Storm to post and discuss.

Thank You Portland and Seattle

April 29th, 2008

Another great trip to the beautiful Northwest – full houses, enthusiastic crowds, and a lot of that general calm and pleasant feeling I get when I’m there (do you all have industrial pumps filling the air with Ativan mist or something?). Plus on Saturday night in Seattle, Paul and Storm and I were privileged to share the stage with Molly, aka Sweetafton23. I have linked to two videos as proof, but she did a total of four songs – I’m sure the other two will turn up somewhere or other. Thank you Molly for making that show extra fun. And thank you to everyone who came out to see us. This weekend is Minneapolis, Madison and Chicago, or what like to call the Steadily Diminishing Appreciation for the Song “Curl” Tour.

Tom Cruise Crazy (with Molly on uke and singing, the rest of us doing our best to keep up):

My Monkey (with Molly on uke, me on Tenori-On, and all FOUR of us on vocals):

Springtime for JoCo

April 23rd, 2008

Hey, leaves and stuff! Nice work, nature! Celebrate spring with a
crazy little thing called “seeing JoCo in concert.” West coast,
midwest, and even dear old New York City are on this list. Spread the

Friday April 25 at 8 PM
Mission Theater (Portland, OR) with Paul and Storm

Saturday April 26 at 8 PM
Triple Door (Seattle, WA) with Paul and Storm

Sunday April 27 at 8 PM
Triple Door (Seattle, WA) with Paul and Storm
If not sold out already, it will be soon!

Thursday May 1 at 7 PM
Varsity Theater (Minneapolis, MN) with Paul and Storm

Friday May 2 at 7 PM
Majestic Theater (Madison, WI) with Paul and Storm

Saturday May 3 at 7:30 PM
Lakeshore Theater (Chicago, IL) with Paul and Storm

Thursday May 15 at 7 PM
Brickhouse Theater (Phoenix, AZ) with Paul and Storm

Saturday May 17 at 9 PM
Lestat’s Coffee House (San Diego, CA) with Paul and Storm
Tickets at the door only:

Sunday May 18 at 9 PM
House of Blues Sunset Strip (Los Angeles, CA) with Paul and Storm
Tickets: (on sale 4/24)

Saturday June 21 at 7:30 PM
Highline Ballroom (NYC) with Paul and Storm

And that’s the news so far – Lots of other stuff in the works though,
including a return trip to the UK sometime in October, and the release
of the concert DVD sometime in the Fall. More details and updated
information can be found on my shows page
( As always, I have probably made
mistakes, so please check my work before you buy tickets.

And you know what? Take the rest of the day off, it’s really nice

Let the Wiki Win

April 22nd, 2008

If you’ve been paying attention in the forums this will not be news to you, but the rest of you might like to know: there is now a wiki – A VERY SPECIAL WIKI ALL ABOUT ME. Right now it’s just a tiny baby taking its first tentative steps into the world, so be gentle. The hope is that eventually this will become a home for all these bits of information that currently live all over the place – lyrics, tabs, and other information about songs, plus gigs, set lists, user content, and stuff I haven’t even thought of, such as the hilariously optimistic “This Day in JoCo.”

Thanks to Agent Lex, Bry, and MitchO (plus all the other contributors who also rock) for all their hard work getting this thing up and running. More hard work remains, for there are plenty of informations to be wikified.

Why not take a look?

Scarface and Scalability

April 21st, 2008

Some of you may already have received emails from someone calling themselves “Scarface.” Yes, it’s true: I have hired an assistant. It’s all a part of my distressing slide into complete disconnectedness from the human race. By 2010 I should be shuffling around some airtight chamber with empty tissue boxes on my feet, slathering my body every hour with hand sanitizer while I look over my shoulder for WHOEVER OR WHATEVER IS MAKING THAT SCRAPING SOUND.

This does not mean that I don’t love you. In fact, I did it BECAUSE I love you. See, there was an enormous pile of unanswered emails, some of which were almost a year old, and it was making me sad. Will I ever write another song (I would ask myself)? Not while I have all these emails to answer! And to be perfectly honest, I was writing enough similar responses that it made sense to start using Text Expander to save time on the stuff I was typing over and over. And then Merlin Mann was all “You mean you’re not using Mail Template?” and so I had to start using that. So you see, the process was already corrupt to some extent (because of Merlin Mann, in case I haven’t made that clear).

Now it sounds like I’m making excuses, and I guess I am. But I will continue to read everything that comes in, and I will attempt to respond personally to as much of it as I can. And just because Scarface is pulling the switch that makes the “thank you” email go out, please don’t think I mean it any less. I just don’t have the time to pull that switch AND write the music anymore. A wonderful problem to have, to be sure, but a problem nonetheless.

I hope the internet can forgive me.