They Might Be Giants - C/D, S/D, OPO etc

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I can't make up my mind.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Awful band. Really, I can't understand the appeal. Sort of catchy (but not really) songs, inane lyrics. (The Statue Got Me High???) I bet their kids albums are great though.

Mr. Que (Mr.Que), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:14 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Great band. Use the search function.

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

search function only turns up a random assortment of threads ("could they write a musical?" "change things about the band" etc.)

I'm more interested in an overview of their ouevre/"schtick", their songwriting, and the issue of their "dorkiness" (particularly how that has limited their appeal and why that is). Also how, at least on their first three albums, they fit into that 80s tendency of nerdy white guys appropriating and using explicitly non-nerdy white guy idioms - folk, reggae, world music, dance music (see also David Byrne, Paul Simon - I wanna throw Pere Ubu's 80s records in here too for some reason).

I think they've written a lot of great songs, but have a tendency to retreat behind a wall of schtick that makes any kind of emotional connection with their music problematic. But some stuff, if you peel away the levels of forced irony and wordiness, is really quite bleak and despairing, genuinely moving even. (see "They'll Need a Crane", for ex.)

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:27 (eleven years ago) Permalink

they seem doomed to be a "cult" band - like Insane Clown Posse or Phish or something - where any kind of serious critical evaluation will never happen because they've built this protective wall of schtick+diehard fans around them that prevents it.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:30 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Though they're not exactly PIONEERS of the "catchy melody/dark content" thing, they sure are accomplished practitioners. So many songs sneakily about death, divorce, etc.

x-post um have you seen the movie about them? 100% "serious critical evaluation".

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

sources reported the movie was "boring" so I didn't bother. Who's providing the critical evaluation in the movie...? They make a lot of jokes/references to other bands in their early material, but they don't strike me as even being on the radar of most of their contemporaries/peers.

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:37 (eleven years ago) Permalink

(altho Linnell blows crazy sax on an early JSBX tune - that always struck me as an odd pairing of NY art rockers)

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:39 (eleven years ago) Permalink

They are the Dilbert of music.

polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Who's providing the critical evaluation in the movie...?

Look at cast list in link provided! Jon Stewart! Dave Eggers! Paul Simon! Sarah Vowell! Etc!

the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Since you give the "Destroy" option above, I will choose Destroy.

Mr. Que (Mr.Que), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:47 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Classic.

zeus (zeus), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I don't think even Jon Stewart would consider his own opinion a "critical reevaluation"... I wonder what someone like Christgau has to say (he probably hates them)

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:31 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I stand corrected (at least in regards to the first three):

They Might Be Giants [Bar/None, 1986]
Two catchy weirdos, eighteen songs, and the hits just keep on coming in an exuberantly annoying show of creative superabundance. Their secret is that as unmediated pop postmodernists they can be themselves stealing from anywhere, modulating without strain or personal commitment from hick to nut to nerd. Like the cross-eyed bear in the regretful but not altogether kind "Hide Away Folk Family," their "shoes are laced with irony," but that doesn't doom them to art-school cleverness or never meaning what they say. Their great subject is the information overload that lends these songs their form. They live in a world where "Everything Right Is Wrong Again" and "Youth Culture Killed My Dog." A

Lincoln [Restless/Bar/None, 1988]
XTC as computer nerds rather than studio wimps--change for chord change and beat for irrelevant beat, they're actively annoying even if intelligence is all you ask of your art-pop. Except maybe on the antiboomer "Purple Toupee," side one's hooks begin and end with "Ana Ng," a beyond-perfect tour de force about a Vietnamese woman they never got to meet; until "Kiss Me, Son of God," which closes the album and could be anti-Castro if they let it, side two's are cleverness for cleverness's sake. And damned clever they are. B+

Flood [Elektra, 1990]
tunes, aarghh, tunes--please not more tunes ("Dead," "Your Racist Friend") **

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:32 (eleven years ago) Permalink

well sorta - he calls them annoying twice...

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

What's all this "serious critical evaluation" nonsense. They are about one tenth as dorky as ILM.

Classic.

everything (everything), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

C'est Classique.

Mallory L . O'Donnell (That Bitch Camille), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:44 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Search:

Lincoln
Flood
Apollo 18

OPO:

Tough call. I'll go with "Ana Ng" for now.

Mallory L . O'Donnell (That Bitch Camille), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Although "I've Got A Match" is tempting, given my emotional state...

"I'm gonna die / if you touch me one more time
Well I guess that I'm / gonna die no matter what"

Mallory L . O'Donnell (That Bitch Camille), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:49 (eleven years ago) Permalink

that could almost be a Will Oldham line

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Search also: John Henry and about two-thirds of Factory Showroom.

everything (everything), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:55 (eleven years ago) Permalink

They are better at writing miserable songs about dying, being dead or death in general that anyone else I can think of right now.

everything (everything), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:56 (eleven years ago) Permalink

TMBG OPO
T M B G P O X

gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 22:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

ah, I didn't search for "TMBG" - thx

Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 22:06 (eleven years ago) Permalink

TMBG were my favourite band, in 1990, when I was 15 or 16. They were my first ever gig, in 92. But I thought I'd grown out of them by the end of 94, and stopped paying attention. Then I caught up with them again in about 2001, and realised they'd never really lost it, but that if anything, they'd got a bit less wacky, which meant there were more sweet clever pop songs on the later albums (unfortunately this has changed again, more recently).

So these days, as a grown-up non-wacky non-fanboy, my picks would be:

Spiralling Shape. A very OTM song about novelty fixation and the race to hip, and the fact those things don't bring any happiness. "Nobody knows what it's really like, but everyone says it's great".

I Can Hear You. Recorded on an old wax cylider, it's just a small handful of two-line vignettes about different forms of communications technology, and the lengths people will go to to find new ways of just talking to each other. It can move me to tears. First time I heard it, I immediately ripped it to mp3 and emailled it to somebody, because that just made sense.

Four of Two. From the first kids' album, a little nonsense song which is in fact a sneaky allegory about how easy it is to think you'll one day meet your ideal partner, but then wake up one morning to realise that you're old and your life's flown by and it's too late...and yet to still think you're bound to meet them, soon.

She's An Angel. A very sweet and simple first love song, which is amazed and shocked by the way it feels, and is too shy to say "I really like you", so hides behind random tangents and adolescent surrealism...but doesn't manage to hide its real message very well, in the end.

Till My Head Falls Off. Drug addled suicide note. Which rocks.

Dr. Worm. Possibly their most archetypically TMBG sounding chorus ever, and the words are about a nice old man who's always wanted to be a famous jazz drummer and thinks he still can be, one day, if he just practices a bit more. Beautiful.

I could probably go on for a while, but I won't.

JimD (JimD), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 23:20 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Birdhouse in Your Soul" is one of the greatest songs ever written.

Nowadays, their childrens albums are about fifty billion times better than their "real" ones.

Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 23:23 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think I scared a girl off with the sun song.

oy

Major Alfonso (Major Alfonso), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 23:26 (eleven years ago) Permalink

TMBG's first 5 or so records ruled!!!! The rest is not so great. "John Henry" (the first time they recorded w/an actual band) is brilliant and remains my favorite.

"road movie to berlin," from "flood," was the first song my wife ever saw me sing in public...we've been married over 13 years now. I totally credit John and John of TMBG. Thanks, nerds!

-chadly con Queso

chadbeck (squirrel boy), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 00:04 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My friend's mom and stepdad had "Birhouse in your Soul" as their wedding song. That's pretty adorable, especially since they're old NPR nature-loving types.

I wish no particular harm on TMBG. Flood is a nice album.

Racist Friend (Roger Fidelity), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 01:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

they had a good run in the '80s and early '90s, and some of the children's stuff and one-offs were nice too, but tmbg are so beyond dreadful now i can't imagine they keep putting out music for any other reason than the money.

Jonas Bronck (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 01:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

long tall weekend was good too.

Jonas Bronck (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 01:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Probably "Birdhouse In Your Soul" was the song which got me into contemporary pop music (before that I was listening only '60s music). Still a damn perfect song, though "Don't Let's Start" or "Snail Shell" are exceptionally great too, and they have loads of more great stuff. I haven't listened their post '96 stuff much, just their 2004 album, which was a disappointment.

zeus (zeus), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 06:12 (eleven years ago) Permalink

"Ana Ng"

sovietpanda (sovietpanda), Saturday, 5 August 2006 22:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

OPO: Birdhouse definitely.

I'm conflicted about "Shoehorn with Teeth": either it's meaningless and infuriating or it's wonderfully oblique. I can't make up my mind.

The Mad Puffin (The Mad Puffin), Saturday, 5 August 2006 22:43 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

Wonder if anyone's heard their newer records? The Else was surprisingly good. Very straightforward but just a good rock record. I actually kind of enjoy the kids stuff. I'm a dork.

I mostly bumped this to say that "Narrow Your Eyes" may be their best song ever. The lyrics on that one kill me - "I get off the bus/ride past our stop/and though I'm late/I can't get off/I just can't bear/to tell you some lies/so narrow your eyes" **shudder**

frogbs, Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:24 (six years ago) Permalink

i've heard most of their later albums and while there are definitely some good songs here and there, the children's albums are by and large better than the 'regular' albums. also the bonus disc for The Else is more fun than the proper album.

but yeah "Narrow Your Eyes" is great, they can kill you with occasional sincere moments.

some dude, Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm a dork.

also this sentence is just kind of assumed when you're posting on a TMBG thread, no need to type it

some dude, Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah I was surprised by the amount of effort they put into those kids albums. They remind me of the earlier stuff but with somewhat dumber lyrics. I don't know if they're better than The Else but some of it is very good. "Can You Find It?" and "C is For Conifers" are just oddly touching, I guess

frogbs, Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:39 (six years ago) Permalink

the kids stuff is fun. for the most part, not all that diff (musically at least) from their regular stuff. and kids do indeed love it.

tylerw, Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:41 (six years ago) Permalink

the bonus disc for The Else is more fun than the proper album

Oh, fer sher! "Why the Christ, why the Devil, Why did you grow a beard?!?"

Of the later stuff, "Mink Car" is brilliant but "The Spine" is their absolute nadir, just completely unredeemable.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, and Tyler I wanna party with you, always find you on my fave threads. :-)

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Really really liked "Brain Problem Situation", "We Live in a Dump", "Yeah, the Deranged Millionaire" and "Cast Your Pod to the Wind". I don't think it's better than the main disc but it's a great bonus. TMBG were really a band built for these types of podcasts.

Agree that "The Spine" is the worst. I mean it is fairly decent in spots but I really hate how every song on the first half sounds like every other song on the first half. I really liked "Broke in Two"

frogbs, Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:11 (six years ago) Permalink

haaa right back atcha, gerald. and i agree about the spine -- i remember listening to that a bunch and deciding it really was *bad*. or just completely lifeless.

tylerw, Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:12 (six years ago) Permalink

So these guys are releasing a new album this year and will be touring the US in September. Which is when I was thinking of visiting. They've already announced a few cities and SF and ATL are among them so now I am really really wondering I cant only get over but get to see the beloves Johns live again woo!

berk psychosis (Trayce), Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Here was my review:

"John Flansburgh, attempting to describe why "Sensurround" was left off of Factory Showroom: "For me, I think of every song as its own thing. I think it's interesting to see the shape of an album after it's put together; you can create a different listening experience depending on how you stack up the songs. The most discipline that we ever apply to an album sequence is avoiding like-sounding songs. If we have too many mid-tempo songs, we'll leave a couple of them off. Or if we have a better example of a song than another, we tend to leave the second-rate one off." Ignoring the fact that I find “Sensurround” to be perhaps the best song of the Factory Showroom era, I really do like the sentiment behind this statement. So it's a little disappointing to find them pretty much ignoring their old values - here comes The Spine, a disc that fills nearly the entire first half with mid-tempo rockers, of which only “Experimental Film” makes an impression. No, none of these songs are bad in isolation, but stacked one after another gives the album a really bland feel, completely atypical of what we’ve come to expect from these guys. The experimentation is toned down – there’s auto-tune on “Bastard Wants to Hit Me”, and one song that’s reminiscent of Flood but only about half as catchy (“Stalk of Wheat”). Other than that, they’ve almost fully transformed into your typical rock band, although the lyrical puzzles are still abound – Linnell sings about resignation from life (“Memo to Human Resources”), drug addiction (“Thunderbird”), and bizarre strings of cause-and-effect relationships (“Wearing a Raincoat”). The unfortunate thing is that the lyrics are the really the only interesting parts of them. I’m not exactly sure what happened here – maybe they purposely decided to write a more “adult” album to offset the kids’ one – but this group never really did the “mature adult rock” thing in the first place. The saving grace of the album is that side 2 has a few legitimately great tracks - “Museum of Idiots” gets by on a strong and punchy horn section, “Damn Good Times” is an energetic slice of power-pop with an accelerating guitar solo ending, and “Broke In Two” rides a wonky guitar line into the stratospheres of catchiness that this group was always capable of. But other than those tracks (and “Experimental Film”), there’s little on here you’ll want to hear again. So give it credit for those few great songs and making an album that’s at least listenable all the way through, but you know the band can do better than this. It's funny to hear them sing on "Stalk of Wheat" that they're "out of ideas", but less funny when it actually seems true."

frogbs, Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:18 (six years ago) Permalink

I stil havent got round to hearing some recent albums. I love "Sensurround", its a great song.

berk psychosis (Trayce), Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:22 (six years ago) Permalink

i've heard most of their later albums and while there are definitely some good songs here and there, the children's albums are by and large better than the 'regular' albums.

"The Spine" is their absolute nadir,

agree with all this

yesterday's twat (sic), Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:38 (six years ago) Permalink

i covered "narrow your eyes" for a fan-assembled TMBG tribute album when i was like 16

congratulations (n/a), Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:40 (six years ago) Permalink

At parties some of us have been known to break out into spontaneous acapella barbershop renditions of "Kiss me, son of god".

berk psychosis (Trayce), Thursday, 24 February 2011 22:43 (six years ago) Permalink

They were kind of a poppier version of bands like Fish & Roses and Orthotonics maybe, if that means anything to anyone.

Addison Doug (Matt #2), Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:47 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I just relistened to an old tribute album I had sitting on my hard drive: "Hello Radio: The Songs of They Might be Giants"

Hearing these songs performed by other bands has been eye-opening. They sound totally unnatural; most of these bands (OK Go and The Wrens for two) sound like rather standard indie/alt-rock groups, most of whom try to add some quirks to match the kind of thing that TMBG does, but nearly all of them struggle to figure out how to cram so many syllables into a mostly standard 4-chord rock song. Like no one can get the timing right. Nor figure out how to transition between the verses and the choruses which are often wildly different from each other. It's as if they're trying to cast these as more "normal" rock sounds to reveal how profound they really are minus the "jokey" arrangements but in the process kill most of the profundity that the songs had in the first place.

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 9 October 2014 15:23 (three years ago) Permalink

TMBG are pretty singular. I'm glad I never knew they had a tribute album.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 9 October 2014 15:46 (three years ago) Permalink

TMBG seems like a band who would be on a lot of tribute records of other acts; dont think it works the other way around

Master of Treacle, Thursday, 9 October 2014 15:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm still quietly lobbying for them to be Colbert's house band when he takes over for Letterman, btw.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 9 October 2014 16:26 (three years ago) Permalink

YES

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 9 October 2014 16:39 (three years ago) Permalink

I mean, yes, this is a great idea, not Yes should be Colbert's house band

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 9 October 2014 16:39 (three years ago) Permalink

Although....

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 9 October 2014 16:40 (three years ago) Permalink

TMBG used to do a thing in their live show where they'd try to find a bunch of local radio stations and would play along to whatever they found. They definitely have the talent to fit whatever the show needs. I would imagine Colbert is a fan.

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 9 October 2014 16:41 (three years ago) Permalink

They're already tied into the Daily Show universe by having done the current incarnation of the TDS theme music.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 9 October 2014 16:55 (three years ago) Permalink

I have a theory that TMBG do a lot of TV/commercial music without anyone knowing. I think Flansburgh has referred to this in a few interviews; they're listed in the Daily Show credits and for the kids shows they do but I believe they do a lot just as working musicians. I remember an interview long ago where they were asked what they thought when fans accused them of "selling out" - their response was "it's our dream to sell out"

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 9 October 2014 17:46 (three years ago) Permalink

Like, Tim and Eric do a bunch of commercial work but nobody knows it's them

Maggie killed Quagmire (collest baby ever) (frogbs), Thursday, 9 October 2014 17:46 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.tmbgifc.com/
apparently the future of music is what TMBG used to do

Steve 'n' Seagulls and Flock of Van Dammes (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 04:27 (three years ago) Permalink

Three CDs, 1 DVD, 1 T-shirt, weekly new songs in mp3 format all year, random swag and tickets for two to a show for a hundred bucks.
So let's say $20 per ticket, $20 for the shirt and $15 a disc; all eminently reasonable prices and the swag and MP3s are free and you get to directly support the band. It's an equitable deal.

Steve 'n' Seagulls and Flock of Van Dammes (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 04:33 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh hmph. THey've booked a spring tour, so I guess my Colbert dream will remain a dream.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 04:36 (three years ago) Permalink

Wait, all the shows are in Williamsburg, so the dream is alive!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 04:37 (three years ago) Permalink

I realize I'm just having this conversation with myself, but the band just posted this on their fb page in response to someone's inquiry about what cities they were playing: "April-May means Brooklyn, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Minneapolis, Madison, Cleveland, Albany, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Boise, Seattle, Portland OR, San Francisco, Dallas, Austin, Oklahoma City, St. Louis, Columbus OH"

Makes it kind of hard to be a late night show's house band if you're doing that much touring.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:10 (three years ago) Permalink

they would be a good late night house band. but maybe darnielle will step up

Steve 'n' Seagulls and Flock of Van Dammes (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Johnny Fever, I think you should take your Colbert dream public ... or if you already have, then, like, MORE public. Start a campaign! It's a brilliant idea and should happen. The spring tour is just a bump in the road, doesn't mean it can't happen.

Just this morning I was randomly thinking about how many times I saw TMBG as a teenager (6 or 8?) and how many of their shirts I owned (probably 4 or 5?). I love these guys forever, even if I stopped paying attention.

Might have to hit that tour.

alpine static, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 08:35 (three years ago) Permalink

the Colbert idea really is great. he's supposedly not starting on CBS until around September, so there's still time that it's plausible!

nakhchi little van (some dude), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 09:14 (three years ago) Permalink

I'd love to see that too, I think what's kind of lost on a lot of people who haven't seen them live is that they're both really funny in person, especially Flansburgh.

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Tuesday, 11 November 2014 13:33 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh, September really? The dream is alive!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 14:20 (three years ago) Permalink

they'd seriously be perfect for the job. personable, talented and versatile, very funny/quick-witted, quirky but can rock if necessary, based in NYC, probably not super expensive?

this has to happen. someone start a tumblr or something

alpine static, Tuesday, 11 November 2014 16:30 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

RIP early TMBG booster and showbiz legend Joe Franklin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFRjVXh9_8E

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 25 January 2015 22:59 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
two months pass...

these lyrics from "Answer" made me laugh out loud:

You wanted tall
I came in under 5'4
Then you asked for dark
I tend to sunburn a lot
As for handsome, well
Can't help you there
So make of it what you will

It may take an ocean of whiskey and time
To wash all of the letdown out of your mind
And I may not be the one you expected but
I am the answer to all your prayers

frogbs, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 01:45 (two years ago) Permalink

like 'em, don't like 'em, at least watch their cover of Bills, Bills, Bills

it's good!!

http://www.avclub.com/video/they-might-be-giants-covers-destinys-child-221191

frogbs, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:28 (two years ago) Permalink

i love that song and that band too much to ever watch that

some dude, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 04:29 (two years ago) Permalink

^

like a giraffe of nah (forksclovetofu), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 05:20 (two years ago) Permalink

They'll need a crane

kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:10 (two years ago) Permalink

http://www.avclub.com/video/they-might-be-giants-covers-destinys-child-221191

This is really really good!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:09 (two years ago) Permalink

stop waving that thing around, i'm not clicking on it

some dude, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

LOL

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Hahahahaha!

You’re being too simplistic and you’re insulting my poor heart (Turrican), Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:50 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New album Phone Power is quite good - a few songs sound like obvious duds but there's like 13-14 really solid tunes there. Kinda weird that there's another version of "Black Ops" on there but it's better than the original. As usual the Linnell songs are generally better, two in particular are really really great - "ECNALUMBA" and "Shape Shifter".

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 03:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Didn't even know about this; will check it out

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 03:49 (one year ago) Permalink

It's just another collection of last year's weekly Dial-A-Song songs

glandular lansbury (sic), Wednesday, 6 July 2016 04:07 (one year ago) Permalink

there was another one? i haven't heard any news since Glean came out

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 04:14 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, but if you haven't heard it yet you wouldn't know. it plays like any of their albums and the songs are consistently good. I'd say it's about as good as Glean, maybe better, so if you like that one...

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 04:22 (one year ago) Permalink

ohh i didn't even realize till now that Glean was a DAS comp. and i thought that was their best album in over a decade!

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 04:32 (one year ago) Permalink

seconding phone power. i bought it back when it was a non-streaming release (early march?) and it's great. not groundbreaking, but quite albumly sequenced and a lot of really good songs (the first seven tracks are faultless imo).

Autumn Almanac, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 05:16 (one year ago) Permalink

ohh i didn't even realize till now that Glean was a DAS comp.

The most recent kids album Why?, as well as being a sequel to No!, is also largely / sort of a compilation from last year's Dial-A-Song project - they did a song a week as a tiered subscription download or freebie youtube thing.

glandular lansbury (sic), Wednesday, 6 July 2016 06:49 (one year ago) Permalink

I haven't heard any of the kids albums since No! actually... but you've got me interested

Nhex, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 10:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Hate to say it, but found Glean to be their worst since Mink Car. Phone Power is a lot better yet still bitty. They were on a huge roll with Join Us and Nanobots though - best albums since the 90s

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 6 July 2016 15:13 (one year ago) Permalink

I lionize the early stuff as much as anyone, but I think this is just as good - it seems to follow the pattern of the best TMBG albums where it's just one great song after another until the final third where things get a bit weird. It's even got those songs that pass you by on the first couple listens until one day you just feel like listening to them on repeat.

frogbs, Thursday, 7 July 2016 16:16 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

new song today. I like it a lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-1SqAJHhFc

frogbs, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 03:37 (one week ago) Permalink

They'll need a crane

― kurt kobaïan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:10 AM (two years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yes

ur-oik (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 04:07 (one week ago) Permalink

not sure I like the new song, but I like when they sing together. it's also a bit outside what they usually do, kind of going back to the sound on John Henry

Vinnie, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 07:05 (one week ago) Permalink

i forgot which tab i had open and for a second thought this was track four on River of Dreams

the pleather of pleather paul (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 14:13 (one week ago) Permalink


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