Jonathan Coulton serenades Wil Wheaton at PAX 2009So -- like the other 60,000 of you who are piling into the Hynes Convention Center this weekend -- we are all kinds of excited about PAX East. Just look at this schedule
-- that's a whole lot of "holy shit" right there, and right at the top
of the list is Saturday's concert with headliner and PAX veteran Jonathan Coulton.
Even if you've already read our Back Talk interview with Coulton, this
one's definitely worth checking out, since we ended up having to leave some of the
best material on the cutting-room floor, for space reasons. (Such is
the heartbreak of print media.) So here it is, restored to its original glory, with Coulton expounding on swine flu and a really bizarre game hack (which lets you play "Still Alive" by shooting a piano) and more
about his stance on Creative Commons. He also talked about one of his
obscurest deep cuts, "Brookline,"
which paints the picturesque Massachusetts hamlet as an insidious plot
to brainwash us and take over the world -- and you can blame it all on
John Hodgman. (If this piques your interest at all, do make a point to
listen to our 2008 JoCo/JoHo podcast, where Coulton performs "Brookline" live at the Coolidge -- a true rarity.)This
weekend, you'll be able to see Coulton in concert on Saturday (if you
show up early enough to get a concert wristband, that is); know also
that Protomen, Anamanaguchi, Metroid Metal, and MC Frontalot are
performing tonight, and that there's also a "PAX Musical Guests Panel"
at 2:30pm on Saturday. And now, without further adieu: the extended
Jonathan Coulton interview.
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