Mailing List Archive/2004-05-28

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TMBG's "The Spine on the Highway" goes nationwide for a 30-city tour beginning this July! We have ESP and know we'll be playing in.... Columbia, MO, St. Louis, MO, Austin, TX, Houston, TX, New Orleans, LA, Memphis, TN, Madison, WI, Minneapolis, MN, Kansas City, MO, Washington, DC, NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Albany, the Jersey Shore.... but can't say where yet....

Dial-A-Song is back! Blazing new tracks! 718 387-6962 is also back! and wants your show reviews, tmbg-related pix and memories! This has nothing to do with TMBG, but we like it:

TMBG full band show in Baltimore tomorrow night! Come on out to the grand opening of the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore. Show begins at 6:15! Free! Bring the kids! Info at and click on "opening weekend schedule."

Confirmed July tour dates!

7/2/04 Columbus, OH Promowest Pavilion 7/3/04 Ann Arbor, MI Ann Arbor Summer Festival University of MI 7/4/04 Chicago, IL Grant Park 7/7/04 Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre 7/9/04 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue 7/10/04 Minneapolis,MN kids show! Orchestral Hall 7/11/04 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium 7/13/04 Columbia, MO The Blue Note 7/14/04 St. Louis, MO Mississippi Nights 7/16/04 Austin, TX Stubbs 7/17/04 Dallas Trees 7/18/04 Dallas Trees 7/20/04 Houston, TX Meridian 7/21/04 New Orleans, LA House of Blues 7/23/04 Nashville, TN SoBro Summer Nights 7/25/04 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre 7/30/04 Prospect Park Brooklyn, NY Celebrate Brooklyn 7/31/04 Farmingdale, LI Downtown 8/11/04 Seattle, WA Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater 8/13/04 Portland OR, 21st Annual Bite of Oregon

_______ Southpaw Benefit! For the kids, mahn!

We hear your sticker-shock on the ticket price but it is a key fundraiser for a very good cause. This project was started by Dave Eggers and the fine people at McSweeney's in San Francisco, and now it's coming to Brooklyn. John and John will be performing a stripped down set with "On The Drums" Marty Beller on the drums.

THIS IS THE OFFICIAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE BENEFIT SHOW NEXT WEEK Please join us on Friday, June 4th for an evening of music and comedy with They Might Be Giants, David Cross, Todd Barry, Corn Mo and People Are Wrong! to raise funds for 826NYC. Sarah Vowell will host the event, which is at Southpaw ( in Brooklyn and starts at 8. Everyone at the show is invited to walk down Fifth Avenue with us afterwards for a party at 826NYC to celebrate the opening of our storefront, The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company. Tickets for the evening are $50 and can be purchased here ( For more information about 826NYC, please see here (

About 826NYC: 826NYC is a nonprofit tutoring center based on the successful model of 826 Valencia, a free writing lab that began operation in San Francisco in 2002. Scheduled to open later this spring in Brooklyn, 826NYC exists to help students, ages 8-18, develop their writing skills.

Whether the students are working in the realm of fiction, nonfiction, or English as a Second Language, we are here to help them explore their love of writing. We offer free drop-in tutoring, workshops, and storytelling. We also help students create their own story collections, zines, and other publications.

We hope to support area teachers in getting their students excited about writing, while also helping students learn how to better express their ideas through the written word. We encourage teachers to bring their classes in for field trips and invite us to visit their schools. We also urge students needing extra help to come by during our drop-in hours, when we offer students one-on-one help from knowledgeable tutors.

In addition to drop-in tutoring, we offer a number of in-depth workshops, in which professionals teach a variety of topics to the students interested in learning additional skills. These include, but are not limited to: creative writing, journalism, film, design, photo manipulation, comics, and online publishing.

826NYC's facilities are available as a free publishing resource, and our volunteers are available to assist with school and extracurricular student publications.

Please visit our website,, for more information.


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We want your Q's for new A's. Send your Q to

From: MpMan Will you have a music video for a song on your next album? JF: The Homestar dudes are definitely doing an online flash clip of "Experimental Film," and there are other plans as well.

From: Steve Has Alice Cooper ever reacted to your song "Why Must I Be Sad?" JF: We have never reached out to the Coop', but he has all our respect.

From: Dan What are your top 5 bands right now, AND what were your top 5 bands in high school? JF: Early high school would be 1. Sparks 2. Roxy Music 3. Elton John 4. Alice Cooper. 5. Frank Zappa. Once punk happened everything was different.

From: Jeff Would you consider TMBG's music to be more like Barry White or Barry Manilow? JF: I'm thinking more Chuck Berry and Todd Barry.

From: Owen Hi, are there any plans for a Concert DVD in the future? JF: We are working on a super-secret kids DVD right now-mostly animated-but it is super-secret.

From: Liz What is the meaning of life?

JF: Gee Liz, why you askin' a guitar player a question like that?