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(Onion AV Club)   They Might Be Giants and their continued quest to expose the "ultimate truths" of music   (avclub.com ) divider line
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2013-03-07 08:15:29 AM  
They just played here.
 
Skr
2013-03-07 08:17:01 AM  
Didn't realize they had an album come out a few days ago. I guess I should check out if it is listenable.

 
2013-03-07 08:20:10 AM  

Skr: Didn't realize they had an album come out a few days ago. I guess I should check out if it is listenable.



I'm still waiting for a listenable TMBG album. I guess I just don't 'get' their music, but they seem rather bland to me, to be honest.
 
2013-03-07 08:43:43 AM  
A couple of smarty pants is what they are
 
2013-03-07 08:50:15 AM  
Saw them live in Knoxville when I was in college.  It was probably the most fun I've had at a concert- they definitely don't take themselves very seriously.
 
2013-03-07 08:54:55 AM  
Their albums of kids' music are fantastic. Watching a five-year-old boy grinning like a maniac and pogoing to "E Eats Everything" is enough to get even the most adamant non-breeder thinking that having a kid might not be so horrible after all.
 
2013-03-07 08:56:48 AM  
I love TMBG. I like having grown up with them through the decades. I think it's interesting that fans get hung up on a particular album being most representative of their musical style (like pre-John Henry albums) when in fact a wholistic approach to their discography really shows incredible growth and exploration.

It's like looking at one painting from an artist, say something from Picasso, a woman with the crazy face,  and saying, 'this best represents the artist', but that ignores the growth of the artist through his bull period, his blue period, pottery and sculpture periods.
 
2013-03-07 09:10:32 AM  
Woohoo! Seeing them tonight with Moon Hooch, who are also awesome.
 
2013-03-07 09:15:48 AM  

MmmmBacon: Skr: Didn't realize they had an album come out a few days ago. I guess I should check out if it is listenable.



I'm still waiting for a listenable TMBG album. I guess I just don't 'get' their music, but they seem rather bland to me, to be honest.


Either you are not listening to TMBG or you are suffering from a severe brain tumor that is effecting your sense of right and wrong.  Never, ever heard TMBG referred to as "bland".


/geek
 
2013-03-07 09:20:09 AM  
expose the "ultimate truths" of music

We already know that.

One likes to believe in the freedom of music.  But glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity.
 
2013-03-07 09:21:37 AM  

Skr: Didn't realize they had an album come out a few days ago. I guess I should check out if it is listenable.



I didn't either. I assumed it was going to be at least two years.

/Still need to see them in concert
 
2013-03-07 09:23:13 AM  

karnal: MmmmBacon: Skr: Didn't realize they had an album come out a few days ago. I guess I should check out if it is listenable.



I'm still waiting for a listenable TMBG album. I guess I just don't 'get' their music, but they seem rather bland to me, to be honest.

Either you are not listening to TMBG or you are suffering from a severe brain tumor that is effecting your sense of right and wrong.  Never, ever heard TMBG referred to as "bland".


/geek


They say love is blind i don't think you're blind
 
2013-03-07 09:30:27 AM  
Hot-Diggity-Dog!
 
2013-03-07 10:08:15 AM  
I am excited about this album. It's twenty tracks. Sure, all of them may be :15 but who cares?
 
2013-03-07 10:15:10 AM  

Fano: They say love is blind i don't think you're blind


 You don't want to understand!
 
2013-03-07 10:44:37 AM  
Link that seems appropriate to this thread (both TMBG and AV Club)....

http://www.avclub.com/articles/they-might-be-giants-covers-chumbawam ba ,53068/
 
2013-03-07 10:50:31 AM  

karnal: Fano: They say love is blind i don't think you're blind

 You don't want to understand!


All the facts in your life can be replaced by the facts in the life of chess piece face.
 
2013-03-07 11:16:28 AM  

karnal: Fano: They say love is blind i don't think you're blind

 You don't want to understand!


I don't want to shake your father's hand. Or walk in the sand. Or act like a man.
 
2013-03-07 11:18:52 AM  
We were once so close to Heaven, Peter came out and gave us medals declaring us the nicest of the damned.
 
2013-03-07 11:27:08 AM  
What's that blue thing doing here?
 
2013-03-07 11:56:19 AM  

Skr: Didn't realize they had an album come out a few days ago. I guess I should check out if it is listenable.



I picked it up earlier today, and I think it's one if their better albums. Lots of great, catchy tunes on here. "Black Ops" is a surprisingly pointed and political song, which is out of character for them as far as I know, but dammed if I can't stop humming it.
 
2013-03-07 12:14:35 PM  

UNC_Samurai: What's that blue thing doing here?


This is even funnier because I have you favorited in blue.
 
2013-03-07 12:15:52 PM  
Are they finally getting to the bottom of the case of why Constantinople got the works?
 
2013-03-07 12:21:05 PM  

karnal: Fano: They say love is blind i don't think you're blind

 You don't want to understand!


Don't, don't, don't let's start. I've got a weak heart. And I don't get around like you get around.

/No one in this world ever gets what they want and that is beautiful.
//Everybody dies frustrated and sad, and that is beautiful.
 
2013-03-07 12:21:59 PM  
ultimate truth of music exposed by TMBG: if you make two amazing albums and then totally sell out, you only get to make one more decent album and then for the rest of your life you're stuck making crap.

/ the sad little cross-eyed bear's been put to sleep behind the stairs and his shoes are laced with irony.
// guys tried to run me down in a rented ford once.
 
2013-03-07 12:32:14 PM  

the801: ultimate truth of music exposed by TMBG: if you make two amazing albums and then totally sell out, you only get to make one more decent album and then for the rest of your life you're stuck making crap.

/ the sad little cross-eyed bear's been put to sleep behind the stairs and his shoes are laced with irony.
// guys tried to run me down in a rented ford once.


A river of tiny tears fall from your crocodile eyes
 
2013-03-07 12:42:27 PM  
Fano:
A river of tiny tears fall from your crocodile eyes

ok, ok, two amazing albums and one amazing collection of b-sides and miscellania which still preceded their totally selling out and then making one last decent album with a few catchy songs on it.
 
2013-03-07 01:53:53 PM  
Sheesh, John Linnell just doesn't get old.
 
2013-03-07 02:19:46 PM  

GAT_00: expose the "ultimate truths" of music

We already know that.

One likes to believe in the freedom of music.  But glittering prizes and endless compromises shatter the illusion of integrity.

 YEAH!

FTFY.

/I like to imagine that Lee originally sang "...shatter the illusion of integrity, eh?"
 
2013-03-07 02:36:59 PM  
I lived in Brooklyn for 5 years, I think I saw them every time they played at the Bowery Ballroom during that time, so I've seen them like ... two dozen times.

I miss those days, when TMBG played NYC so often that other quirky bands like Moxy Fruvous would cover them.
 
2013-03-07 04:04:06 PM  
 
2013-03-07 04:25:02 PM  
Didn't they have like one song that was used for Malcolm in the Middle like 15 years ago? Enough already.

"but I was talking about these songs that have this spooky truth to them. You can tell we're desperately trying to make sense out of these songs. I sent John a list of songs where the lyrics declared themselves to be the truth, but they are in fact fictitious, and songs that you can't tell whether they're fictitious or not."

Holy f*ck, shut. up. The pretentiousness of this paragraph is crushing the actual internet.
 
2013-03-07 04:48:28 PM  
Come on! And wreck my car!

I'm not a super fan (but I did listen through Apollo 18 last week) but this seemed like an interesting list.
 
2013-03-07 05:33:42 PM  
A buddy of mine scored freebie tix to their show in St Louie next weekend. Never seen 'em before. Probably alot different from REK last night...
 
2013-03-07 07:47:53 PM  
Their kids' albums are indeed superb.  Especially awesome is their pro-reason anthem, "Science is Real."

Check it out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty33v7UYYbw
 
2013-03-07 09:46:59 PM  
Where did I leave my prosthetic forehead?
 
2013-03-08 01:19:46 AM  
So I'm back. The show was, as expected, totally awesome. Big dumb grin on my face the whole time.

And Moon Hooch (travelling with them as opening act) were just as fantastic as when I saw them on the subway platform a couple of years ago at ... Grand Central? Times Square? Wherever it was, my wife and I missed three trains to dance to them. Soooooo fun.
 
2013-03-08 09:06:05 AM  

e lo: So I'm back. The show was, as expected, totally awesome. Big dumb grin on my face the whole time.

And Moon Hooch (travelling with them as opening act) were just as fantastic as when I saw them on the subway platform a couple of years ago at ... Grand Central? Times Square? Wherever it was, my wife and I missed three trains to dance to them. Soooooo fun.


Jealous! Saw them in Atlanta one summer back when the city was doing free summer concerts downtown. It was fantastic. Best performance of James K. Polk.
 
2013-03-08 09:26:04 PM  

SoMuchFire: Where did I leave my prosthetic forehead?


Have you checked on your real head?

Me? I want a rock to wind a piece of string around.
 
2013-03-09 07:04:18 AM  

farkingnotworking: Their kids' albums are indeed superb.  Especially awesome is their pro-reason anthem, "Science is Real."

Check it out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty33v7UYYbw


...and let's not forget another science hit:
"The sun is a mass
Of incandescent gas,
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where hydrogen is fused into helium
At temperatures of millions of degrees."
 
2013-03-09 07:19:30 AM  

MmmmBacon: Skr: Didn't realize they had an album come out a few days ago. I guess I should check out if it is listenable.



I'm still waiting for a listenable TMBG album. I guess I just don't 'get' their music, but they seem rather bland to me, to be honest.


What's the matter - their notes are too sharp?  You gotta be at band practice in 26 minutes?
 
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