Jonathan Coulton and TMBG’s John Flansburgh to Collaborate on New Record

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A few weeks ago, the internet’s favorite singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton announced that his next big project will be a brand new record. With a band. One of the songs is about mustaches. So we have that to look forward to, right?

It gets better. Coulton did an in-depth interview with the website Big Think and revealed the genesis of this new album. Apparently we can all thank John Flansburgh for the idea. Yeah, that John Flansburgh. Coulton toured with They Might Be Giants earlier this year and recounts his experience in the interview:

“I got to know John Linnell and John Flansburgh, the two main dudes and liked them quite a bit. And at the end of my time with them, John Flansburgh suggested to me that I make a record, I write a bunch of songs, put a band together, and make a record and that he would like to produce that record.”

So, yes. John Flansburgh, of They Might Be Giants, will be producing Jonathan Coulton’s next album. Which will feature a full band. I’m not going to lie: for me, this is like Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie working on a record together, with… I dunno, the Beatles as a back-up band? It’s pretty exciting, is what I’m trying to say.

For those who want to sample the flavor live, Coulton will be playing with his band and trying out some new songs in July. Check out his shows page for information and to buy tickets.

Read and watch the interview at Big Think and don’t forget the bonus performance of “The Future Soon”

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