JoCo News January 2012

January 4th, 2012

Happy new year everyone! I can’t believe I’m sitting here at this dumb desk working on this dumb computer again! Around the holidays I usually step off the grid for a bit, and it’s always a nice reminder that many parts of my life can still take place in offline mode. Still, I hope I didn’t miss any pictures of cats. And now, the news.

Artificial Heart

Artificial Heart special edition packages are almost all the way out the door. Levels 2 and 3 have shipped (3 went out just before Christmas), and Level 4 packages are being assembled RIGHT NOW and the plan is for them to hit the mail this week. The planet will breathe a little easier once that happens. I thank all of you for your patience, even the people who never ordered anything from me.

In general I’m really pleased with how the album has been received. Ridiculous Billboard charting incident aside, it seems to have found its way to a lot of people who like it, which makes me happy. All those videos I mentioned last time have now been released, so if you missed any of them, you can find them here. I think my favorite has to be Je Suis Rick Springfield, which features the Baldwin Fun Machine, a nice looking suit, and some even nicer looking bare feet.

The Cruise

JoCo Cruise Crazy 2 is coming up fast: February 19th-26th. We’ve sold through most of our allotment of cabins, so the booking website looks barren and sad, but there may still be cabins on board that we can snag if anyone is still interested in booking. Just get in touch with us at and let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll see what we can do. In case you haven’t heard on the Twitters, last minute additions to the talent line-up include John Flansburgh (who will be DJing a couple of dance parties), Molly Lewis, Joseph Scrimshaw, and Chris Collingwood from Fountains of Wayne. You should come! There is still time, but not much!

The official JoCo Cruise Crazy 2 T-shirt is now available at Topatoco for a limited time only, until January 13th. Order now and you’ll have the shirt in time for the cruise (or whatever sad, fake cruise you’re planning to have instead). While it’s possible we may have some EXTREMELY limited quantities on board, this is really the only sure way to make sure that you get one in the size you want, so order now or risk heartbreak forever.

Speaking of shirts, did you all see this fantastic new JoCo Has Some Problems shirt? Because it truly is my new favorite thing. I am fighting zombies!

The Touring

I’m out with The Might Be Giants again in February for the final leg of their Join Us tour. We start in California and head east until we get home, so it’s a big one. All these shows are with the band, and pretty short (but completely kickass) sets because I’m the opening act. Details on the Shows page as always, but here are the dates:

The Rio Theater – Santa Cruz, CA
January 27th 8pm

Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA
January 28th 8pm

Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
January 29th 6:30pm

Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
January 30th 8pm

Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK
February 1st 8pm

Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
February 2nd 8pm

La Zona Rosa – Austin, TX
February 3rd 9pm

Tipitina’s (Uptown) – New Orleans, LA
February 4th 10pm

The Ritz Ybor – Tampa, FL
February 7th 8pm

Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL
February 8th 8pm

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
February 9th 8pm

Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
February 10th 8:30pm

Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
February 11th 8:30pm

Track 29 – Chattanooga, TN
February 12th 8pm

McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square – Charlotte, NC
February 14th 7:30pm

Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
February 15th 8pm

Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
February 16th 8pm

Calvin Theater – Northampton, MA
March 8th 8pm

Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, RI
March 9th 8pm

Terminal 5 – New York, NY
March 10th 7pm

The Future

Between now and the cruise I’ll be getting ready for the cruise. Between the cruise and the future, who knows. I’ve been invited to be a part of this new NPR puzzle quiz show called Ask Me Another (fb page) that seems like it’s going to be pretty fun, and we’ll be recording a few of those in front of live audiences in NYC and DC over the next few months. I’ll let you know more about that when I have more details. I’m working on putting together a tour for late spring/early summer where I headline again, and play full size sets the way I used to. Which leaves some time in the early Spring for me to lie about and look at pretty flowers and things. Maybe I will write some songs.

I hope your new year is already better than your old one, especially if your old one was pretty great.

Public Appeal from Jimmy Whales

November 30th, 2011

No no no, not the founder of Wikipedia, this is a public appeal from an actual whale named Jimmy. He lives in the ocean and eats krill and he really wants to make sure you don’t miss out on JoCo Cruise Crazy. Here’s what he looks like.

This is to let you know that we’re getting down to our last few reserved cabins. We’ve been shuffling things around to keep as wide a distribution of cabin types as possible, but the ship itself is getting pretty full, and many stateroom categories are completely sold out. After December 6th we’re going to have to stop shuffling and begin to either sell through or give back all our rooms. So if you’ve been on the fence about going, or if you have friends who are dillying and dallying, now is a good time to pull the trigger. Not to say that nobody can book after December 6th, just that we’ll have a lot less flexibility than we do now.

This is also the time when I personally stop worrying about all the things I need to do to make the cruise happen and start to just look forward to it in a big way. We’ve got the last minute addition of John Flansburgh (who will be DJing a couple of dance parties for us), plus the already superbad array of fantastic performers and fun people. For the record, the complete list includes me, Paul and Storm, John Hodgman, Wil Wheaton, Vi Hart, John Roderick, MC Frontalot, Marian Call, David Rees, Paul F. Tompkins, and DJ John Flansburgh. We will have fruity cocktails together. We will all get horribly sunburned. We will wear fake mustaches. We will order club sandwiches delivered to our staterooms at 2 in the morning and it will cost us nothing.


So if you like those things and don’t want to make Jimmy Whales cry (because everyone knows, whales and sea creatures in general LOVE cruise ships), then book now.

New Video – Down Today

November 17th, 2011

Me and the uke:

New Video – Today With Your Wife

November 15th, 2011

Do you guys like harp? I sure do. The fellow playing the harp in this video is named Park Stickney and he’s, you know, pretty good.

Video: Nobody Loves You Like Me

November 11th, 2011

As promised, here’s the next installment of the Jonathan Coulton video explosion, the official video for Nobody Loves You Like Me.

I’ve described this before, but since I’m sure people will ask, I’m singing into an audio plugin called The Mouth. I don’t know specifically what this particular setting is doing to my vocal, but it sounds to me like it’s interpreting the frequency content of the input and mapping that to a spread across several different octaves of the same note. So it creates an accompanying voice in multiple octaves of a single note. I control what that note is via midi, in this case using my monome (using it in the most boring way possible, to play midi notes, which is SHAMEFUL, but it sure does have pretty lights).

The red cowboy shirt does not affect the audio in any way.