Jonathan Coulton | Thing a Week Box Set

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Thing a Week Box Set

by Jonathan Coulton

Well-crafted geek pop from the incredible Thing a Week series. Unspoiled, piping hot goodness, fresh from the muse.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. See You All in Hell
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2. My Monkey
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3. W's Duty
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4. Shop Vac
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5. Baby Got Back
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6. Someone Is Crazy
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7. Brand New Sucker
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8. Sibling Rivalry
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9. The Town Crotch
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10. Podsafe Christmas Song
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11. Furry Old Lobster
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12. Drive
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13. Flickr
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14. Resolutions
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15. You Could Be Her
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16. I Will
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17. Dance, Soterios Johnson, Dance
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18. So Far So Good
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19. Curl
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20. Chiron Beta Prime
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21. Take Care of Me
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22. A Talk with George
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23. Don't Talk to Strangers
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24. Stroller Town
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25. Re: Your Brains
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26. Madelaine
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27. When You Go
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28. Code Monkey
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29. The Presidents
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30. Just as Long as Me
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31. Till the Money Comes
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32. Tom Cruise Crazy
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33. Famous Blue Raincoat
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34. Soft Rocked By Me
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35. Not About You
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36. Rock and Roll Boy
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37. Drinking with You
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38. Pizza Day
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39. SkyMall
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40. Seahorse
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41. Creepy Doll
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42. Under the Pines
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43. Big Bad World One
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44. Mr. Fancy Pants
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45. You Ruined Everything
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46. I'm Your Moon
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47. The Big Boom
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48. Make You Cry
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49. Pull the String
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50. Summer's Over
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51. We Will Rock You
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52. We Are the Champions
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Jonathan Coulton's songs about vengeful nerds, ennui-afflicted clowns, self-loathing giant squids, and devotees of a certain Swedish prefab furniture store are insanely clever without ever being too clever for their own good. They repeatedly lure you into laughing before suddenly breaking your heart. And the sick part is, you keep coming back. Coulton's is the voice of every spooky elementary school kid who could never quite keep his shirt tucked in or shoes tied; every lovelorn mason and mad scientist; every one of us who has ever sat despairingly on the floor, surrounded by parts of an Ikea endtable, weeping over our allen wrenches.

From 2005 to 2006 he recorded and published a new song every week as a free podcast called Thing a Week. This rate of output wouldn't be so astonishing if the songs weren't so constently well-written and produced. A few of these songs have become full-fledged internet smashes: his folky cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back," a visual ode to Creative Commons called "Flickr," and of course "Code Monkey," the anthem of software designers everywhere. But it's the less obvious ones that sneak up on you and punch you right in the chest - the song about George Plimpton that makes you want to get out there and do something that really matters, or the song about an office crush that you're certain was written about you and that girl you keep meaning to ask out on a date.

All the songs from the Thing a Week project are now available on the CDs "Thing a Week One," "Thing a Week Two," "Thing a Week Three," and "Thing a Week Four." And then there is this awesome Box Set with all four CDs inside a delightful metal tin. An entire year's worth of songs from a bold experiment in independent musicianship and internet superstardom, finally yours.


Reviews


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Jim

Awesome
I'm glad that JoCo provided me with an option to finally "get legal" with the songs that he had made available for free download!

Sarah Ulloa

Fantastic!
I'm absolutly loving theses cds!

Robert Vaughn

Worth it
Only JoCo could get me to dl his music and then buy the box set to have another copy of it to fill up my cd changer after my ipod busted. always great to listen to time and time again.

i feel so insignificant

Four Reasons to Hate Jonathan Coulton
Jonathan Coulton created all four of these CDs in a single year, and every single song is better written, better performed, and better produced than anything you (yeah, I'm lookin' at YOU!) will ever do in your entire sorry life.

Buy this album and feel the envy poison your soul.

Sean Riley

Mostly very good.
One year. 52 tracks. Actually, it's only 51, with one track split in two, but that's because another track couldn't be in here due to legal reasons. Alas.

The result? Mostly very good.

Jonathan Coulton's ecclectic mix of rock, electronica and mostly folksy pop is very charming, and at his best he can be unexpectedly hilarious (Such as the outburst inducing "Furry Old Lobster") and surprisingly touching. ("You Ruined Everything" and his brilliant cover of "Don't Talk to Strangers").

However, over the course of a full year, it's clear he strains a little bit. Songs like "Skymall" and to a lesser degree "Shop Vac" play like little better than half-rate Weird Al impersonations, suffering a major lack of inspiration and energy. Disc 3 in particular suffers from this, with few excellent songs.

But even disc 3 includes one of his best tracks: The bizarrely anthemic "Code Monkey". In total, this is a great collection from one of the internet's most interesting ultra-indie popstars. Just make sure you download "25 to 64" from his website as well -- It's arguably the most infectiously fun track of his project, and it's a shame that legal reasons kept it off the discs.

Carrie

Brilliant!
My family cannot stop listening to this collection! My favorites: When You Go and Code Monkey. My 9 year old daughter's favorites: Seahorse, Mr. Fancy Pants and Creepy Doll. Funny, true and touching, this is brilliant songwriting, singing and production. Other reviewers are right, this artist deserves his music to be purchased. I bought 2 more for gifts - you have to share this with others!

Joey Coleman

Wonderful
Bought as a gift and thoroughly appreciated.

Theis Thomsen

Enough is never enough.
Unpretentious musicians are a rarity in the mtv-massacre we call modern music. Wrapping a boatload of excellent, diverse and exceedingly clever songs in a signed tin case and selling it for 50 Fascist Moneys is incredible. The Thing-a-Week box slid through my door today together with Smoking Monkey. Much rejoicing. I had stolen the songs previously, but I gladly sacrificed the cash to the alter of brilliance. Coulton is not geek pop. He is not a quirky songwriter. He is not a humourist. The music is too diverse and subtle for comparison. One of the most complete musicians I've ever listened to.

Also. The mails from CDBABY are made of excellent humour and brilliant wording. Good work, all round. Many thanks from Denmark.

Yoga Man

Portal song composer makes me laugh
I had heard "Code Monkey" and liked it before hearing the amazing song at the end of the game "Portal" that he wrote. This encouraged me to delve into his music further and it has been a worthwhile and mirth inducing experience. One that I recommend wholeheartedly to anyone who likes well crafted songs that make you laugh.

Chad Ligot

JoCo FTW!
You neeeeeed this. You NEEEEEEEED this!
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