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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Musical Minions

The Minions don't have a theme song (yet, anyway), but until then, I have something that will do. My friend Sean Prescott recently introduced me to singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton. How have I never heard this guy before? Imagine you mixed the DNA of Weird Al, Tom Lehrer, plus everyone in Smash Mouth, then throw in South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, then ran it all through the blender, you might produce a mutation that sounds a little like Jonathan Coulton. This guy is officially (I'm not making this up) the Contributing Troubadour for Popular Science magazine.

Anyway, drop by his web page and check out the (currently free) MP3 download of the song "Skullcrusher Mountain" from the album "When Tradition Meets Tomorrow." (You can also listen to it directly on the web page.) There's also an alternate acoustic version on "Other Experiments," that you can listen to for free, but it will cost you a buck to download. Hey, it's a buck well spent.

I'll go so far as to suggest you grab some of his other music while your there. Go on. Spend a little money. You won't regret it. (My favorites include "Code Monkey," "re: Your Brains," "Millionaire Girlfriend," "Betty and Me," and "I Feel Fantastic."

Be warned that a few cuts ("The First of May" comes to mind) may not be considered family/office friendly, but they're in the minority. Have fun!

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