Off the Internet, Onto the Stage?

After opening for They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton might be expanding his music career.
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Question: What’s next for you? 

Jonathan Coulton: It's been a few years now of me trying to process that and touring and actually building this business of making and selling music. And I feel like I've finally come to the end of that period of working with that music and I have been ready for some time to begin the next "thing." I just haven't known what it was. I also along the way have stopped writing music, largely. Here and there a song will trickle out but I haven't had the time or energy or drive to focus on writing stuff and I miss it. So I recently opened for They Might Be Giants, for about a week and a half. That's several shows and I've been a fan of theirs for years and years. So it was a real thrill to open for them and our audiences kind of overlap and we share a sensibility that I stole from them. So, that was a big thrill. 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 that is the thing I'm working on right now, feverishly and with enormous panicky feelings. I am home trying to write songs that are good... in anticipation of playing them with actual musicians and submitting them for the approval of one of my heroes, John Flansburgh. And then going into a real studio and spending a lot of money to hire people who know what they're doing to mix it and engineer it and master it and to hire musicians who know how to play their instruments. These are all new things for me. So, it's a very exciting project. I don't know what it's called. I don't know when it's coming, but that is the thing that I am very excited to be working on right now and also very terrified to be working on right now.

Recorded on May 6, 2010