― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:09 (fifteen years ago) link
― Mr. Que (Mr.Que), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:14 (fifteen years ago) link
― gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:15 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:30 (fifteen years ago) link
x-post um have you seen the movie about them? 100% "serious critical evaluation".
― the doaple gonger (nickalicious), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:32 (fifteen years ago) link
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― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:37 (fifteen years ago) link
― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:39 (fifteen years ago) link
― polyphonic (polyphonic), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:43 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
― Mr. Que (Mr.Que), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:47 (fifteen years ago) link
― zeus (zeus), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 19:58 (fifteen years ago) link
― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:31 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:34 (fifteen years ago) link
― everything (everything), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:40 (fifteen years ago) link
― Mallory L . O'Donnell (That Bitch Camille), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:44 (fifteen years ago) link
Tough call. I'll go with "Ana Ng" for now.
― Mallory L . O'Donnell (That Bitch Camille), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:48 (fifteen years ago) link
"I'm gonna die / if you touch me one more timeWell I guess that I'm / gonna die no matter what"
― Mallory L . O'Donnell (That Bitch Camille), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:49 (fifteen years ago) link
― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:51 (fifteen years ago) link
― everything (everything), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 21:55 (fifteen years ago) link
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― gabbneb (gabbneb), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 22:05 (fifteen years ago) link
― Shakey Mo Collier (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 22:06 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
Nowadays, their childrens albums are about fifty billion times better than their "real" ones.
― Mr. Snrub (Mr. Snrub), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 23:23 (fifteen years ago) link
― Major Alfonso (Major Alfonso), Tuesday, 1 August 2006 23:26 (fifteen years ago) link
"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 (fifteen years ago) link
I wish no particular harm on TMBG. Flood is a nice album.
― Racist Friend (Roger Fidelity), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 01:00 (fifteen years ago) link
― Jonas Bronck (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 01:21 (fifteen years ago) link
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― zeus (zeus), Wednesday, 2 August 2006 06:12 (fifteen years ago) link
― sovietpanda (sovietpanda), Saturday, 5 August 2006 22:11 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (fifteen years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
Oh, and Tyler I wanna party with you, always find you on my fave threads. :-)
― Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 24 February 2011 20:05 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
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 (ten years ago) link
this song is so good
― frogbs, Friday, 27 December 2019 17:56 (one year ago) link
sic's campaigning/voting thread (linked above) is probably (still) the most, um, encyclopedic such thread I've seen. Bless.
― Nag! Nag! Nag!, Sunday, 29 December 2019 11:58 (one year ago) link
and it only covers the first 20 years (which I think now was a good call). and they've only been MORE prolific since then, I'm pretty sure
― Vinnie, Monday, 30 December 2019 02:23 (one year ago) link
its hard to tell, they weren't able to release outtakes albums every 3 years or so like they are now
― frogbs, Monday, 30 December 2019 02:54 (one year ago) link
didn't they put out like 3 albums last year not even counting the John Henry demos
― Nhex, Monday, 30 December 2019 04:41 (one year ago) link
Three studio albums plus an outtakes disc plus a live album plus the remastered John Henry Demos
weren't able to release outtakes albums every 3 years or so like they are now
I didn't track '80s and '90s Dial-A-Songs that never turned into released tracks in that poll, though. Balance may have been more even with those in.
Even with things like releasing a song a week in 2015 and 2018, writing and performing a new song at every venue on a 2004 tour, my feeling is that the eMusic era is still their most consistently prolific:
The first 17 years of this poll saw about 280 songs released; the next four see another 130 or so, not counting dozens of cues and miniatures for Malcolm In The Middle.
The cascade of music this year (2001) included 75 new songs. Lennon/McCartney wrote 121 in a decade.
Once or twice a month I open and poke at the spreadsheet for a 2003-2019 listening thread, and all of a sudden it's seven hours later and I'm A-B-C-D-E-ing two people's rips of Clock Radio tracks against a tape transfer and a streaming rip of the same song in Dial-A-Song form and the ParticleMen upload, and making notes in ID3 tags on which ones are different or more listenable and my hips hurt
― don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Monday, 30 December 2019 06:35 (one year ago) link
(quick count looks like 78 songs in 2004, including covers and TV themes and Homestar Runner collabs. Only 44 new songs last year, plus one they wrote for the third album but ran out of time to record.)
― don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Monday, 30 December 2019 06:48 (one year ago) link
Picture disc 30th anniversary reissue of Flood.
The A-side features the original Flood album cover art and the B-side is a brand new animated psychedelic zoetrope image of TMBG ephemera created by Paul Sahre. You will need a phone and a glass hookah to experience it in its full psychedelic glory! (Viewing instructions are included on the LP jacket.) Buy two and sell the second on eBay for the price of both!
― don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 05:14 (one year ago) link
ok that is p cool
― Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 05:51 (one year ago) link
In the series "lyrics snippets that haven't aged all that well":
Why is the world in love again?Why are we marching hand in hand?Why are the ocean levels rising up?
― anatol_merklich, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 08:02 (one year ago) link
ok yeah I had to order that
― frogbs, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 14:37 (one year ago) link
The free download of FLOOD LIVE IN AUSTRALIA has been reposted on our website’s Downloads page but it leaves on February 1 (for something else free!). https://found.ee/freedownloads
― don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:25 (one year ago) link
― Nhex, Thursday, 16 January 2020 12:15 (one year ago) link
lmao "gonna tell my kids this was Animal Collective"
― frogbs, Monday, 9 March 2020 14:29 (one year ago) link
Restreaming a previously subscriber-only concert from 2015 this evening on youtube, for pandemic party times.
The TMBG Watch Party goes up at 11pm London, 7pm Eastern US, 4pm Pacific US, 10am in Sydney, 8am Tokyo. We will be streaming a performance of a Brooklyn show from October 2015, and as it streams you can chat in real-time with other TMBGers.
For spoilers, here's the setlist for this "Horntoberfest"-themed gig.
― Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Friday, 27 March 2020 18:33 (one year ago) link
whoa, that's an awesome setlist
saw them on this most recent tour where they were doing Flood in its entirely, one of their last gigs before they all got cancelled in fact. without coming off too fanboyish they really do seem to get better every time I see them. the wonky "Spy" improv included a sample of The Eagles "Take It To The Limit" which was one of the funniest things I've ever seen them do
― frogbs, Friday, 27 March 2020 18:44 (one year ago) link
I'll be watching the Steven Universe finale but will probably catch up with that later
― Nhex, Friday, 27 March 2020 18:53 (one year ago) link
Suspect it won't be archived, but should run longer than Steven Universe to join in when you get a chance.
― Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Friday, 27 March 2020 22:54 (one year ago) link
For spoilers, here's the setlist🕸 for this "Horntoberfest"-themed gig.guessing they’re starting with set 2
― karmic blowback for dissing pip and jane baker (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 27 March 2020 23:09 (one year ago) link
First set was probably a tech rehearsal, given some of the glitches still in the first few songs here.
― Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Friday, 27 March 2020 23:31 (one year ago) link
yeah, it’s a mess, i bailed
― karmic blowback for dissing pip and jane baker (Autumn Almanac), Friday, 27 March 2020 23:48 (one year ago) link
I kept it on for background listening once the audio settled down, but gave up on looking at it almost immediately.
― Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Saturday, 28 March 2020 00:24 (one year ago) link
I put a playlist together of my favorite Glean/Phone Power songs:
1) Erase2) Apophenia3) I Love You for Psychological Reasons4) Music Jail, Pt 1 & 25) Answer6) ECNALUMBA7) End of the Rope8) All the Lazy Boyfriends9) It Said Something10) Impossibly New11) Unpronounceable12) I'll Be Haunting You13) I'm a Coward14) Aaa15) Shape Shifter16) Let Me Tell You About My Operation17) I Wasn't Listening
I think, when listened to this way, it would be maybe their strongest single album ever?
― frogbs, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 20:27 (ten months ago) link
don't suppose you've got that put together on a streaming service somewhere, do ya?
― alpine static, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 21:41 (ten months ago) link
worth noting, i guess, that apparently TMBG has to move all its merch from one warehouse to another, and as a result they've put lots of stuff on mega-sale. some stuff 30% off, some 80%, some in between. i grabbed a couple of LPs and some stuff i don't really need (keychain, air freshener, etc), but was bummed because the FLOOD picture disc sold out while it was in my cart.
the shipping costs are expensive, but YMMV
― alpine static, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 21:45 (ten months ago) link
if I can remember my Spotify login I could throw it in a playlist
I noticed that sale too, kinda funny cuz I just ordered the 2 LPs I was missing last week
for whatever reason they seem to be really overstocked on Nanobots, it was a free throw in with any other LP for a while and now it's just 10 bucks. its a really good album too, people should buy it
― frogbs, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 21:53 (ten months ago) link
I ordered the John Henry demos and My Murdered Remains, but put back the reissue of the debut when I saw how much shipping was.
One of these days, I should really listen to the albums that came out between Factory Showroom and I Like Fun. I don't think I've ever listened to any of them, at least not more than a song or two.
― alpine static, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:23 (ten months ago) link
see if this works for you:
the band definitely stumbled around a bit after Factory Showroom, I think Mink Car & The Spine are probably their two weakest (excluding the kids albums which you can't really judge). Everything after that is pretty solid though. I like The Else a lot but I think for most fans Join Us is where they really came back
― frogbs, Wednesday, 27 January 2021 22:33 (ten months ago) link
their first 3 releases are the best as are their label mates the dead milkmen first 3 releases!
― xzanfar, Thursday, 28 January 2021 01:13 (ten months ago) link
Mink Car def a low point - probably the only TMBG album I never want to listen to again
They're still incredible songwriting machines after all this time though, still love 'em
― Nhex, Thursday, 28 January 2021 04:49 (ten months ago) link
when i was super into TMBG - 25 years ago, in my teens and early 20s - i didn't really differentiate between the two johns, who was singing what, who had obviously written what, etc. i just enjoyed the band.
these days, i approach their music differently and it has become clear to me that John Linnell is one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songwriters of the past half-century.
that playlist worked, frogbs, thanks! and thanks for the post-Factory pointers. i'll start with Join Us and The Else.
― alpine static, Thursday, 28 January 2021 16:36 (ten months ago) link
I used to listen to their albums nearly every day on my paper route and it never occurred to me that there were two singers
totally agree about John Linnell - I'd love to read an actual musician explain what makes his songwriting so unique, his progressions sound very distinct to me but I can't quite peg why. I remember some long article about Flood where a lot of their peers talked about how deceivingly complex "Birdhouse" was, that it had way more chords than your typical pop song and that's why it's so memorable. for example, a song like "Unpronounceable", it's not particularly experimental or strange but it's got his unique stamp on it. if any other artist did it I think I'd recognize it as being influenced by him.
― frogbs, Thursday, 28 January 2021 16:54 (ten months ago) link
totally agreed about john L's largely unappreciated genius. i spent a lot of time and words in the ballot poll threads realizing this and trying to articulate some of it... but yeah, would love to hear someone who really "gets" songwriting examine his stuff.
― Doctor Casino, Thursday, 28 January 2021 17:44 (ten months ago) link
i'm not a theory expert, but even his songs without complex chord progressions have hyperactive, tricky melodies (i'm particularly thinking of "she's an angel," which only uses I IV V in E (the simplest guitar chords imaginable) but manages to use every note in the scale in many different interval combinations. it's also kind of weird how the intro and verse of the song is built around the V chord, which adds a mounting sense of unease and tension before the comedy of linnell's situation comes through with the tonic in the pre-chorus and chorus
― tiwa-nty one savage (voodoo chili), Thursday, 28 January 2021 18:05 (ten months ago) link
i'm realizing now that there's a minor chord in the chorus of that song but whatever. the chorus melody could be a bach minuet.
― tiwa-nty one savage (voodoo chili), Thursday, 28 January 2021 18:06 (ten months ago) link
If we're doing "John Linnell as unrecognized songwriting genius of the late 20th / early 21st c." then I am once again asking you to listen to his incredible solo record, State Songs
― Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 28 January 2021 18:17 (ten months ago) link
oh i very much include State Songs in my assessment of him
literally once every six months i look up its release date so i can think about pitching a 20-year anniversary piece somewhere (to be rejected, of course). and every time, i realize (again) that i missed it.
― alpine static, Thursday, 28 January 2021 18:21 (ten months ago) link
apologies if this has been posted before, but i watched it a while back and really enjoyed it. the grainy quality gives it a serious "unearthed treasure" vibe:
― alpine static, Thursday, 28 January 2021 18:22 (ten months ago) link
I assume he has been asked 100 times over the years if he will ever do another record of state songs. Anyone remember his answer?
― alpine static, Thursday, 28 January 2021 18:45 (ten months ago) link
I loved how he performed other "State Songs" during those shows like "North to Alaska" and "California Uber Alles"
― frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 03:47 (ten months ago) link
my copy of I Like Fun arrived today, man does "By The Time You Get This" feel very relevant right now
― frogbs, Friday, 29 January 2021 03:53 (ten months ago) link
new album finally came in the mail, only listened once but I really liked it. maybe the only TMBG album where I thought every song was good on the first spin.
I just found out that apparently if you join their fanclub at the highest tier they will record a custom ringtone for you with your name in it. I guess when you have the ability to write a tune in 15 minutes you might as well make some money off it
― frogbs, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 18:37 (two weeks ago) link
their first 3 releases are the best but they lost me after that pretty much except Can't Keep Johnny Down is good!
― xzanfar, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 19:12 (two weeks ago) link
as usual the new album made me Google a bunch of stuff, "If Day for Winnipeg" is a pretty cool slice of history. weird to hear them doing overtly political stuff like this now
― frogbs, Tuesday, 23 November 2021 20:57 (one week ago) link
I think they're completely excellent up to and including John Henry, and there's lots of rad stuff in amongst the rest, but it's definitely an "in small doses" thing for me past that point.I say that as someone with all the releases including bonus CDs and whatnot, and for some reason even a member of the current Instant Fan Club.I've moved on, but they're still a nice place to visit.
― raven, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 11:26 (one week ago) link
thats all accurate
― When Young Sheldon began to rap (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 23:10 (one week ago) link
idk if I just burned myself out on the early stuff when I was younger but I actually get more mileage out of the newer albums these days. Join Us, Nanobots, Phone Power, I Like Fun, Book...maybe the high points aren't as great but overall I think these albums are more solid track-for-track. in part I think this is because I get to see them live a lot, and hearing the new songs alongside the old helps you appreciate how good some of them are. I actually don't think their songwriting has changed a whole lot in the last three decades.
that said getting into those first 4-5 albums as a teenager is the sort of thing you can't really replicate, idk if I'll ever again just slam an album on repeat for a few weeks the way I did with Flood and Apollo 18. but when I'm in the mood for them I always seem to pick something new
― frogbs, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 23:25 (one week ago) link
So I'm guessing you guys would say NOT to buy that package of BOOK
― Nhex, Friday, 26 November 2021 18:08 (six days ago) link
I have the BOOK of BOOK and it's very pretty and has recent lyrics and things in arty fashion.It's definitely a fan thing. I am not quite at the level but enjoy the fun inherent in the Instant Fan Club.
― raven, Saturday, 27 November 2021 05:19 (five days ago) link
this bit from a JL interview is fascinating (the getting pulled off YouTube part...I didn't know it could do that):
We seem to specialize in finding complicated things to do, although sometimes we do simple things, and that works really well. Last year we learned how to play one of our songs, “Sapphire Bullets of Pure Love,” backward. We taught the band to play all the notes in reverse order, and John and I learned to sing the song phonetically in reverse order. It took weeks. But not only did we pull it off, we played it live just just before the COVID lockdown started up. We were on tour and we got to play it a few times. Somebody took a video of it, and then whatever the robot is that figures out what songs are under copyright heard our backwards version and could tell what song it was, and tried to ban it from YouTube. Once we start touring again, we’re hoping to revive it, because we spent so long learning how to do it.
― frogbs, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 04:07 (yesterday) link