Madison Show Added

September 25th, 2009

As many of you noticed, there was a gap in that last show schedule that simply begged for a show in Madison. It’s happening – Sunday the 25th we’ll be at the Majestic! Tickets and more details soon…

UK/Ireland Plans

September 22nd, 2009

But first, thanks to Denver and St. Louis. I took no photos, I left no footprints, but I had a great bunch of shows last weekend. Many thanks to everyone who came out. It was my first non-PAX road trip since June, so I was expecting to be pretty rusty, but I actually felt pretty competent much of the time. Go figure.

A lot of people have been asking and I can now confirm that I’ll be back in the UK for a while in November (and Paul and Storm will be with me). We’re still working on the final details, but it’s coming together nicely. We’ll be there about a week and a half and we expect to hit Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, London, and Bristol. In fact, Manchester and London are already on sale if you’d like to get a head start. I’ll post more details as soon as I know them myself.

Yes, this does mean no Birmingham and no Nottingham this time around, just can’t get everywhere we’d like to get in this one trip. I know this is going to make it hard or impossible for some people to see a show, and I’m sorry about that, but WE’RE ONLY ONE MAN! If anyone knows how to build a robot that looks and acts and sings just like me, please get in touch. Or if anyone has the technology to smush the cities closer together, that would help as well.

Northampton, New Haven and Boston are coming up this weekend. I hope you are ready.

JoCo in the Fall

September 16th, 2009

Summer’s over, and I am back to work (if you can call this working). Just look at this series of incredible shows, each of them potentially the Second Best Concert Ever.

Thursday September 17 at 8PM
The Soiled Dove Underground (Denver, CO) with Paul and Storm

Friday September 18 at 9PM
The Soiled Dove Underground (Denver, CO) with Paul and Storm

Saturday September 19 at 8 PM
Off Broadway (St. Louis, MO) with Paul and Storm

Thursday September 24 at 7PM
Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA) with Paul and S torm

Friday September 25 at 7 PM
Toad’s Place (New Haven, CT) with Paul and Storm

Saturday September 26 at 9PM
The Paradise (Boston, MA) with Paul and Storm

Thursday October 8 at 8 PM
The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI) with Paul and Storm

Saturday October 10 at 8PM
Park West (Chicago, IL) with Paul and Storm

Friday October 23 at 7PM
Beachland Ballroom (Cleveland, OH) with Paul and Storm

Sunday October 25 at 8PM
Majestic Theater (Madison, WI) with Paul and Storm
Tickets on sale soon

Monday October 26 at 7:30PM
Guthrie Theater (Minneapolis, MN) with Paul and Storm

Thursday December 3 at 7PM
World Café Live (Philadelphia, PA) with Paul and Storm

Friday December 4 at 8PM
Rams Head Tavern (Annapolis, MD) with Paul and Storm

And now I guess technically we’re into Winter, so I’ll stop. But there’s more coming, there’s always more…


September 8th, 2009

Where to begin?

I suppose I’ll start with this TERRIBLE injury that I received while putting my bags into the trunk of a cab on my way to the airport. A lot of musicians would have stopped right here; I soldiered on (please note: I am not talking about the wedding ring, that injury was sustained years ago ZING!).


Arrived in Seattle Thursday night and immediately felt the “Seattle Smoothies,” which is a term I have just invented that describes the feeling of well-being that settles on me the moment I breathe the delicious air of that charming city. I don’t have a photo of this. Dined with the fine people of Harmonix, plus Wil Wheaton, plus Paul and Storm, plus MC Frontalot. Also enjoyed beers with various Guild and Legend of Neil folks. Yes, I am dropping names, it’s the only way I can demonstrate to you how I roll. When I returned to the hotel, this apple was on the floor (I am just reporting the facts):

Some Apple

Up early to set up the booth and sound check with Frontalot. See here the empty but enormous concert cave:

The Stage

And also Wil Wheaton “practicing” with Frontalot:

MC Wil Wheatalot

Spent the day a-boothin’ and got to meet many fans, costumed and otherwise. Saw a lot of dressed up babies this year, which is always hilarious. Received two half-pony-half-monkey-monster gifts, was pleased:


Also sold quite a few of this new flash drive I have: it’s 2 Gigs, contains 320K MP3s of all my music plus source tracks for everything on JoCo Looks Back, also album artwork, AND PLUS ALSO comes with a DVD. This incredible deal will also be available at future shows, I’m just saying. The image on the flash drive is by Len and also appears on my guitar picks, due to my narcissism. And yes, I probably should have rotated this image before I exported it:

Actual Product Is Horizontal

Did a panel with all the other PAX musicians, who all seemed smarter and funnier than me. Played “Diseases of Yore” with Frontalot at his Friday night show, talked Paul and Storm into singing harmonies with me (click the play button that’s currently in the top right corner of Frontalot’s site if you’d like to hear it and then go buy Front’s fantastic record). Went to sleep. No partying for poor, old, tired JoCo.

Similar things happened on Saturday, including a very fast lunch of sandwiches with actual rock stars John Roderick and Jason Finn (again, do you see how I roll?). Did a panel with Harmonix on the subject of the very exciting Rock Band Network, in which we pushed an authored version of The Future Soon into an Xbox and then played it right there in front of everyone with the help of some audience members. As you can see, I am not very good at playing Rock Band. It was also announced that another PAX Pack is coming to Rock Band next week, featuring me (“Re: Your Brains”), Frontalot and Paul and Storm. “The Future Soon” is going up on the Rock Band Network obviously, and I’m working on putting a lot more stuff in there right now. In case you missed that, “Re: Your Brains” will be in Rock Band next week. Brains!

And then of course, late at night, the big show. Wil Wheaton introduced Paul and Storm by talking about me for 10 minutes. Paul and Storm did their usual kick-ass job of warming up the crowd, then setting them on fire and burning them up until only ashes remain. I staggered on at 12:45 in the freaking morning to do my little show. I was joined by Paul and Storm and our pal Molly for a few songs, including a version of “My Monkey” where we replaced those words with “Wil Wheaton” to extremely comedic effect. Participated in group hug with all parties. Collapsed in a heap.

Sunday morning hopped a plane home, ate a lunch/dinner combo meal out of a tube, watched as the ratio of food to garbage in my Luxe Snack Box (TM) descended quickly to almost zero. This is ALSO how I roll.

The High Life
Food/Garbage = .33333
Food/Garbage Approaches 0

Thanks to everyone who came to the concert, visited the booth, bought me a beer, helped me sell merch, joined me on stage, or stuffed my dinner into a tube. Special thanks to all the people who work very hard to make PAX such an incredible event, extra-especially the very generous and often be-kilted Enforcers.

You rule Seattle, I’ll see you soon.

Scarface is dead, long live Scarface

September 2nd, 2009

Well OK, not dead, that’s overstating it. As you know, I’ve had an assistant for a while, much to my surprise and amusement. Thus far I’ve referred to this assistant only as Scarface, both to protect this person’s identity, and because it is hilarious. But mostly because it is hilarious. In a move that I applaud with loud isolated claps (the stirring, earnest, emotional kind, not the sarcastic kind) Scarface has moved on from Coulton Industries and taken a real job with a real company. And so I can now reveal that Scarface’s name was actually Meaghan.

I was going to write a fantastic post about Meaghan and our time working together and my extreme delight at seeing her take on the challenge of a brand new thing, but I see that she has beaten me to it with a post of her own that has made me all misty. It’s true, Meaghan now works for Tumblr, but she is also on the Twitter and on the Tumblr as a very talented writer and observer of things funny and sad.

Much as I would have liked to, I never intended to keep her prisoner here at my secret mountainous island lair forever. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about living a life it’s that you need to keep moving, and if there’s another thing it’s that you really should quit your job every once in a while and take on something new, maybe even something that seems crazy and scares the hell out of you. So I wish her well, and I thank her for her time of servitude. She was a great assistant, but I’m sure that she will be an even better former assistant.

But for all of us here at Coulton Industries the work goes on. There is a new Scarface, as there always will be, because it is my way. I’m not going to tell you anything about this person either, at least not until they break my heart and leave me alone in this godforsaken place (kidding Meaghan! I kid!).

That’s all for now. I’m painfully aware that the Summer is ending, and I got lots of stuff cooking that I hope to share with all of you soon.