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December 2011[edit]

December 19, 2011
Paul Pearson has published an interview with John Linnell that he conducted last August.
December 16, 2011
'The Here Comes Science DVD is now an RIAA certified Platinum video longform release (100,000 copies sold), and the Here Come The 123s DVD is certified Gold (50,000 copies). These releases join the ranks of high-selling TMBG albums Flood (Platinum) and Here Come The ABCs (Gold).
December 16, 2011
A new tweet seems to indicate that They Might Be Giants are planning to complete another tour and record another album in the upcoming year.
December 9, 2011
The A.V. Club has posted videos of TMBG performing "Tubthumping" (video) and "A Horse With No Name" (video) with members of the A.V. Club staff at TMBG's Chicago show in September.
December 4, 2011
The bass, the bass, the bass is Danny Weinkauf who is celebrating his birthday today. Happy Birthday, Danny!
December 3, 2011
Mink Car is finally available on iTunes! You can purchase it here.
December 1, 2011
The video for "Electronic Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" has been released! Watch it on Youtube.png
On December 9 John Flansburgh will be DJing the Art After Dark event for the Guggenheim Museum's exhibit "Maurizio Cattelan: All."

November 2011[edit]

November 24, 2011
There's a short interview with John Flansburgh in today's Washington Examiner.
November 18, 2011
Via TMBG's Facebook page "TOUGH NEWS: This morning TMBGs equipment trailer caught fire and destroyed a lot of our live show set up. We are scrambling to get everything back together for next week, and with luck there should be no compromises. VERY GOOD NEWS: no one was hurt, and the Avatars of They have been recovered in tact. They are wet and a bit smokey, and they have some stories to tell."
November 5, 2011
Marty Beller has started his own podcast called "The Drummer and The Professor". It's described as "A free wheeling discussion with musical interludes. Topics include: fear of the podcast, on tour with They Might Be Giants, Occupy Wall Street, the NBA lockout, the blurred lines of fiction and reality." You can subscribe to its feed, right here.
November 4, 2011
They Might Be Giants was released 25 years ago today!
November 2, 2011
Annie Pigott, Dane Haiken and Daniel Kisslinger talk with TMBG about songwriting, humor, and nude clowns on this week's Erasing Boundaries podcast. The segment begins 12 minutes in.
November 1, 2011
Rolling Stone has released an interview with John Flansburgh about the new album.
The video for "You Probably Get That A Lot" has been released! Watch it on Youtube.png
Also, Album Raises New And Troubling Questions is available on Amazon and iTunes! Please note that these downloads do not include the 5 videos.

October 2011[edit]

October 31, 2011
They Might Be Giants have done a Q&A over at Slashdot with fan-submitted questions - read it here. Also, Happy Halloween!
October 29, 2011
The Johns and Marty were interviewed and performed three songs on WMSE yesterday. Their segment begins at about 32:43 in.
October 28, 2011
The new compilation album, Album Raises New And Troubling Questions is now available for download. Pre-order it on CD and instantly receive the digital download for free!
October 27, 2011
The official video for "Marty Beller Mask" is now on YouTube!
October 27, 2011
There's a short interview with John Linnell on omaha.com today.
October 24, 2011
Download the funky and free MP3 of Midnight Sun's remix of Can't Keep Johnny Down from Girlie Action's site. Also, additional details about the new compilation album, Album Raises New And Troubling Questions, were announced via a press release.
October 19, 2011
John Flansburgh has given a short interview to the staff of The Gazette in advance of the band's show in Iowa.
October 18, 2011
The track listing for Album Raises New And Troubling Questions has been revealed. TMBG has also announced that a music video for "You Probably Get That A Lot", "directed by John Flansburgh and starring the group" will be released on November 1.
October 15, 2011
"Coming November 1st from Idlewild Recordings: They Might Be Giants’ rarities compilation Album Raises New And Troubling Questions Full length. All rare. Just in time for now."[1]
October 11, 2011
It's They Day! Remember to upload photos of your besmirched foreheads to TMBW's Facebook page!
October 4, 2011
The official video for "Can't Keep Johnny Down", directed by Surround and featuring Rip Torn has been released. Watch it on YouTube!
They Might Be Giants have also announced a number of tour dates for early 2012. Check them out on our shows page!
October 4, 2011
Philadelphia-based Internet radio station Y-Not Radio will air an interview with TMBG Wednesday night at 8pm ET, recorded backstage before their show at the TLA on Friday night. The interview will replay Thursday afternoon at 2pm ET. (It is available to stream On Demand.)
October 3, 2011
Happy 44th birthday to TMBG's lead guitarist, Mr. Dan Miller!
October 3, 2011
TMBG will be part of a special in-game event on 10/14 at 6pm Eastern, to celebrate the 3rd birthday of Adventure Quest.
And we somehow missed these interviews:
October 2, 2011
John Flansburgh has announced on Twitter that a rarities compilation album will be released on November 1, containing tracks that didn't make it to Join Us among other things. Also announced recently: the official video for "Can't Keep Johnny Down" will be released on Tuesday, October 4.
October 1, 2011
Billboard has posted an interview with John Flansburgh about Join Us and TMBG's future plans.

September 2011[edit]

September 30, 2011
The Johns and Marty appeared on the radio show On Point today at 11am ET.
September 27, 2011
There is currently a short sale—ending October 2—at the TMBG Merch Store. A vinyl copy of TMBG's Other Thing Brass Band (EP) is free with the purchase of any T-shirt.
September 24, 2011
TMBG's Other Thing Brass Band 7" vinyl EP and two new T-shirts are available for purchase from the TMBG Merch Store.
September 24, 2011
The Black Sheep posted a short interview with John Linnell regarding the evolution of the band up to this point.
September 23, 2011
There's a short interview with John Flansburgh up at NewsOK.com today, as well as a lengthier interview with John Linnell at PopMatters.
September 22, 2011
John Flansburgh did a short interview with LEO Weekly, in advance of the band's Louisville show. It is available here.
September 19, 2011
They Might Be Giants have released a new music video for "Cloisonné" on RollingStone.com, directed by John Flansburgh! Watch it here.
Also today, louisville.com posted an interview with John Flansburgh.
September 15, 2011
They Might Be Giants appeared on WBER in Rochester, NY today at 3:30 ET.
Additionally, John Flansburgh spoke briefly with the Oakland County Daily Tribune.
September 14, 2011
There's an interview with John Flansburgh in the Cincinnati CityBeat today.
September 11, 2011
John Flansburgh appeared on WAMC recently, in anticipation of the show in Great Barrington. You can listen to the interview here.
September 8, 2011
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has published a brief interview with John Linnell.
September 6, 2011
Boing Boing posted a video for "Spoiler Alert", featuring John & John (sort of), this morning. Check it out!
September 5, 2011
Flotsam & Jetpacks posted a profile of John Flansburgh a few days ago, in which Flans discusses labels applied to TMBG by itself and its audience.
September 2, 2011
Jonathan Coulton's new album, Artificial Heart, is now available for download. The album was produced by John Flansburgh and also features Marty Beller and Dan Miller. Head on over to JoCo's website to purchase for $10.

August 2011[edit]

August 30, 2011
John Flansburgh was a guest on The Grizzly Bear Egg Cafe podcast discussing all things TMBG. The portion of the podcast featuring Flansburgh begins at the 28:30 mark.
August 29, 2011
Stereogum has posted an article with Flansburgh in which he shares his list of videos that he's always thinking about.
August 28, 2011
John Flansburgh has been interviewed by Guitar World discussing his roots, the band's name and Join Us.
August 23, 2011
To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks—which coincides with the tenth anniversary of Mink Car's release—a conglomerate of popular musicians, who happen to be TMBG fans, released a Mink Car cover album today. All proceeds from album sales go to the New York Fire Department. Stream and purchase the album here.
August 12, 2011
Tech Report has posted an audio interview with Flansburgh about his favorite app - Shazam. Listen!
August 9, 2011
OurStage has posted a brief interview with John Flansburgh.
August 2, 2011
Tune in to WXRT Radio in Chicago this evening at 9:00EST/8:00CST to hear TMBG's invite-only concert at the Shedd Aquarium broadcast live. You can also listen to the concert streaming live online on WRXT's website.
August 1, 2011
The Awl has posted an interview with John Flansburgh and Jonathan Coulton about Coulton's forthcoming album Artificial Heart which Flansburgh produced.

July 2011[edit]

July 29, 2011
They Might Be Giants appeared on Fuse TV's Hoppus on Music on Friday 7/29. Videos of their interview and performances of "Can't Keep Johnny Down" and "Never Knew Love" are available here.
July 28, 2011
They Might Be Giants performed two songs last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out "Can't Keep Johnny Down" here and the web-exclusive "Birdhouse In Your Soul" performance here.
They Might Be Giants also appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert video podcast today, on which they performed "Can't Keep Johnny Down", "Cloisonné" and "Fingertips". Watch the mini-concert on NPR or YouTube, or download it from NPR.
Listen to TMBG's interview on NPR's All Things Considered here.
July 27, 2011
A.V. Club has posted an interview with John Flansburgh about the band's longevity, a follow-up to their previous interview with John Linnell.
July 26, 2011
Many interviews have been posted online today:
July 25, 2011
John, John, and Marty appeared on The Leonard Lopate Show last week. You can listen to the segment here.
July 21, 2011
The New York Post has posted an interview with John Linnell about his home in Windsor Terrace.
July 20, 2011
For UK TMBG fans, there is a 3-page interview with the two Johns in the latest issue of The Word magazine, available in newsagents all across the UK. The online version of the magazine is available here . The band was also interviewed for the magazine's podcast, which can be streamed (by fans of all countries) here, and the band's segment begins at 23 minutes in.
More interviews have been posted today as well:
July 19, 2011
Join Us hits stores today! Don't forget to pick up a copy at your local music shop or other fine They Might Be Giants merchandise retailer.
July 18, 2011
Multiple interviews have been posted online today:
  • Lancaster Online has published an interview with John Linnell about Join Us and the band's upcoming show at the Chameleon Club.
  • Suicide Girls has published an interview with John Linnell about the writing and creation of Join Us.
  • The Gothamist has published an interview with John Flansburgh about Join Us and the band's upcoming Williamsburg Waterfront show.
July 14, 2011
Status magazine has posted an interview with John Flansburgh about the style and influences of Join Us.
Vanity Fair also posted a Q&A with Flansburgh today, discussing TMBG's history building up to the new album.
July 13, 2011
John Linnell describes his five favorite iPhone apps (regardless of whether or not they exist) in an article posted by The Huffington Post today.
July 12, 2011
Billboard has posted a short interview with John Flansburgh, discussing how Join Us is different from TMBG's past works.
July 10, 2011
Happy Birthday, Marty Beller!
July 8, 2011
Podcast 48 has been released! Get it on iTunes or subscribe manually.
Also, They Might Be Giants will be recording an appearance on the Fuse TV show Hoppus on Music on Monday, July 11 in Manhattan. To request tickets to be in the audience, follow the instructions on TMBG's Facebook.
July 6, 2011
Consequence of Sound has posted an interview with John Flansburgh discussing Join Us, touring, and the band's upcoming 30th anniversary.
July 5, 2011
The AV Club has posted a video of They Might Be Giants (featuring the AV Club staff) gloriously covering "Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba as part of their AV Undercover series. You can watch it here.
July 1, 2011
Amazon.com has posted 30-second song samples from Join Us. You can check them out on the Amazon Music Sampler. Update: iTunes has several samples that are up to a minute-and-a-half long.

June 2011[edit]

June 27, 2011
Podcast 47 has been released! Get it on iTunes or subscribe manually.
June 24, 2011
TMBG has announced a fan video contest for "Can't Keep Johnny Down"! The grand prize is $1,000 and a pizza. The winner will be chosen solely by John Hodgman. Submissions must be posted to their Facebook page by July 15th.
June 22, 2011
The Baltimore Sun has posted a Q & A with John Linnell, discussing Join Us and the band's longevity.
June 20, 2011
Songfacts has posted an interview with John Flansburgh, in which they discuss the meaning of TMBG songs old and new.
June 18, 2011
Podcast 46 has been released! Get it on iTunes or subscribe manually.
June 18, 2011
They Might Be Giants has announced the second leg of their 2011 tour! See if they're playing in your city on the shows page.
June 13, 2011
Technologizer has posted a thorough four page interview with John Linnell about his history with computers, how he incorporates computers into the songwriting and recording processes, the state of current albums, and his thoughts on They Might Be Giants.
June 12, 2011
Happy birthday, John Linnell!
John Flansburgh gave a brief interview to Canada's MSN Music Blog in advance of Saturday's Toronto show.
June 9, 2011
Sound Spike has posted an interview with John Flansburgh. In the interview, he mentions that there may be a non-animated video for Can't Keep Johnny Down, which would be their first in over ten years!
June 6, 2011
Podcast 45 has been released! Get it on iTunes or subscribe manually.
June 1, 2011
A charity Mink Car cover album is being recorded to benefit the FDNY Foundation. It's now available for pre-order.

May 2011[edit]

May 31, 2011
John Flansburgh talks gear and home recording with Gearwire in this audio interview.
May 29, 2011
John Flansburgh did a brief Q&A, posted to rockdirt.com, about July's Latitude Festival.
May 27, 2011
John Linnell has written an article for Impose Magazine about the thinking part that wonders what the part that isn't thinking isn't thinking of.
May 26, 2011
As promised, Podcast 44 is now out! Get it on iTunes or subscribe manually.
May 25, 2011
The Des Moines Register has posted an article in which Linnell briefly talks about playing for kids versus playing for adults and childhood influences.
May 17, 2011
Podcast 43 has been released today, featuring the return of beloved host Cecil Portesque and many unreleased demos! Get it on iTunes or subscribe manually!
May 13, 2011
TMBG has announced several dates for their upcoming "Join Us Tour". Check out the Shows page to see when they are playing near you! You can also sign up for alerts, and TMBW.Net will notify you as new dates are added.
May 11, 2011
Podcast 42 has been released today. Get it on iTunes or subscribe manually!
May 6, 2011
Happy Birthday, John Flansburgh!!

April 2011[edit]

April 29, 2011
NBC New York has posted a new questionnaire from John Flansburgh covering topics from his first gig to his first childhood memory.
EV Grieve has posted a new interview with John Linnell, discussing TMBG's past and upcoming musical endeavors.
April 26, 2011
The full tracklisting for Join Us has been revealed on Facebook[2]. It has been expanded to 18 tracks, including "Canajoharie" and "Celebration".
April 25, 2011
The "Join Us" Preview EP has been released digitally! Check it out at one of these fine retailers:
If you order the full album for $9.99 through iTunes or the band, you will receive the remaining tracks from the full album on July 19th.
April 12, 2011
They Might Be Giants has released Podcast 41, the first episode of the They Might Be Giants Podcast in over a year! Get it on iTunes or subscribe manually!
April 12, 2011
The new Jonathan Coulton album, which is being produced by John Flansburgh and features Marty Beller on drums, is currently wrapping up production. More information here.
April 5, 2011
Pitchfork has released the full track listing to the upcoming album Join Us, along with a free download of the track "Can't Keep Johnny Down"! They also reveal that Join Us will be released July 19, 2011!
April 4, 2011
They Might Be Giants and Idlewild Recordings have announced the They Might Be Giants Instant Fan Club: a paid subscription service for 2011 similar to TMBG Unlimited in 2001, including exclusive MP3 or FLAC downloads, an exclusive 7" vinyl EP, a pair of TMBG concert tickets, and much, much more.
UPDATE - April 5, 2011: All 1,000 member slots for the club have been filled.

March 2011[edit]

March 16, 2011
Danny Weinkauf has been interviewed by Sonoma Wire Works discussing his influences, current projects and DrumCore. Check it out!
March 14, 2011
John Flansburgh has revealed the title of TMBG's upcoming album, Join Us, as well as some other info about the upcoming iTunes preview EP in an interview on spinner.com!
March 6, 2011
The Cast Your Pod To The Wind collection is now available as a free bonus download with The Else for the low-low price of Currently out of stock on Amazon.com!
March 2, 2011
On their Facebook page, TMBG posted this challenge today:
Make a video for Omaha (Sokol Auditorium) from Venue Songs before Nebraska's statehood birthday celebration ends tonight. Creativity and style counts. Prize: everyones respect, two t-shirts of your choice from tmbg.com and free tix to the TMBG show of your choice. If there are multiple entries our management will judge!
Follow-up: Ten winners have been selected by the band's management. They can be viewed here (top three), here (first three runner-ups) and here (last four runner-ups).

February 2011[edit]

February 26, 2011
TMBG's next album is tentatively scheduled for release in July, according to a post on theymightbegiants.com. Stay tuned for more info.
February 22, 2011
They Might Be Giants made a major announcement via Facebook today:
Huzzah! In support of our next album They Might Be Giants are planning a 45 city US tour starting in September. Two shows in England in July. Album preview ep on iTunes in April, LP later--release date not nailed down yet.
February 9, 2011
They Might Be Giants have posted on their Facebook that they are planning to release a new EP soon!

January 2011[edit]

January 27, 2011
Apollo 18 has been repriced on iTunes to $9.99. Buy it here!
January 27, 2011
Marty Beller is one of the guests on the current episode of the podcast The Digital Life, discussing the future of digital music. The episode is available to listen to here.
January 19, 2011
John Flansburgh will be presenting at this year's Cinema Eye Honors, an awards show for documentary films. The show, which is also co-hosted by AJ Schnack, will air on the Documentary Channel on January 30.
January 15, 2011
UGO.com has released a list of their 50 favorite They Might Be Giants songs with a description of each, in an article entitled "They Might Be the 50 Best They Might Be Giants Songs".


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