Mailing List Archive/2007-05-30
FREE SONGS BECAUSE WE ARE ALL FREE!
"Name" and "I Got My T-Shirt Back" at www.tmbg.com/freeTunes.html,
password is thespinesurfs. To check out the lyrics go to THE END of this email!
They Might Be Giants' new album is here and ready for you!
Support TMBG! Click here - www.doiop.com/theelse - and preview
The Else at iTunes right now!
Cleveland; Detroit; New York; Seaside Park, NJ;
Dewey Beach, DE; Lancaster, PA; Wellfleet, MA;
Mohegan Sun, CT; Amagansett, NY; Oyster Bay, NY
PLUS FOUR WED. in JULY & AUG. in NYC!
See below for details and direct tickets links....
"Take Out the Trash" from The Else is now
featured on They Might Be Giants myspace page!
THIS ENTRY from JF's Flansblog bulletin at
(now with more than a half million page views and
just under 50,000 true myspace friends!)
"Hi everybody! John F of TMBG here!
I am writing all our myspace folks directly to put the human face on
this electronic stuff! Wanted to tell you the myspace page has a couple
of exciting new additions, including two songs off our brand new album
The Else: "Take Out the Trash" and "Contrecoup." We have also put up
"Birdhouse in Your Soul" for all of the old school fans, and the latest
podcast (yes, the next one is coming up soooon).
Big thanks to the army of people who stepped up to the iTunes
challenge and bought the pre-release this week and helped take
The Else to #1 on the alternative chart! It is always humbling and
startling to be on a chart, and number one is definitely the most
exciting place of all. It really kick-started everybody in TMBGland
working on promoting the album, and it was a great way to begin
the whole project.
As we have wrapped up the first leg of our long touring schedule
for this year, I can not express in words how excited we are to get
back to the stage! The last show in San Diego was a perfect night
of music for us, playing all the new songs, taking phone calls from
the dead, etc. The show was sold out, with a highly attentive audience
very open to the new material. The previous night at the Hard Rock
in Las Vegas was also interesting for a bunch of different reasons.
The show was a gas, playing on a bill with some notably happening
bands, most especially the Plain White T's. Our resident guitar genius
Dan Miller evidently went off to play blackjack after the show and
won $230. Marty Beller, my personal Texas Hold 'Em coach and
in jest a self-described degenerate gambler, led me to the poker room
where we filibustered into the wee hours. The other players at the
table were out of central casting: the angry drunk guy, the Dennis/Randy
Quaid hybrid dude, the elegantly coiffed Rosanne Barr lady, the card
counting robot guy, the young guy in the Red Sox cap and big sideburns.
Marty ended up $100 up, but only after being up over $200 so he still
walked away a bit peeved, and I walked out with exactly nothing.
Didn't win, didn't lose--just cashed in the $100 in chips I started with.
The arc of my game was pretty simple. I lost a bunch at the top and
clawed my way back until I was even, and then I went home. It was
still a hell of a lot of fun, and I look forward to the next time--
even though I bet I'll lose.
I am writing you from the studio right now where we are mixing songs
for the "Here Come the 123s" DVD and CD. The song up right now is
called "Roy G. Biv" (yes, it is unrelated to numbers!) and Greg T. is
digging in to the microscopic elements of the recording, playing tiny
blasts of music over and over again. It is a little insane-making so
I'll put on the headphones and leave the sound off. Today we were also
polishing up a live recording we made at Sirius last week, performing a
lot of songs off The Else. It is cool to see how these songs evolve from
the focused album-making versions to the live show-already a lot rowdier.
So I'm going to list all the upcoming shows here. We have evidently
been having some programming problems getting the links just so, so
if they don't work just call up your googley friend on your browser and
I'm sure you'll find the site you're looking for.
See you at the shows!"
-Mr. John Flansburgh, direct from NYC
TMBG PERFORMS 3 SONGS WITH ROBOTS!
They Might Be Giants will perform a short set of songs as part of this larger event
LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots Live Music by Robots and Humans
May 31, June 1st & June 2nd at 8 pm 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, 80 Greenwich Street, NYC
Also performing the legendary JG Thirlwell (Foetus), electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick, and jazz trombonist (and MacArthur Fellow) George Lewis. Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/14405
see the robots at www.lemurplex.org
HERE COME A LOT OF LIVE SHOWS!
THE STAND BEGINS!
Wednesday July 18th NYC at The Bowery Ballroom 8pm Ages 18+
Thursday July 19th Dewey Beach, DE at Bottle & Cork 9:30pm Ages 21+
Saturday July 21st Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom 9pm
Friday July 20th Lancaster, PA at Chameleon 8 pm Ages 14+ www.chameleonclub.net
TMBG HEADLINE A FREE FESTIVAL IN DETROIT!
Sunday July 22nd Detroit, MI The Concert of Colors Festival
Wednesday July 25th NYC at The Bowery Ballroom 8pm Ages 18+
Thursday July 26th Seaside Park, NJ at The Green Room 10pm Ages 21+
Friday July 27th Wellfleet, MA at Wellfleet Beachcomber 10pm Ages 21+
TMBG's SECOND ANNUAL AUDIENCE APPRECIATION FREE SHOW!
Saturday July 28th Uncasville, CT at The Wolf Den (Mohegan Sun) 8pm
Yes. Free, and we are gonna play what we want in a casino! First come, first mighted!
Wednesday August 1st NYC at The Bowery Ballroom 8pm Ages 18+
Friday August 3rd Amagansett, NY at Stephen Talkhouse 8pm Ages 14+
Saturday August 4th Oyster Bay, NY at The Planting Fields Arboretum 7pm ALL AGES FAMILY SHOW!
Wednesday August 8th NYC at The Bowery Ballroom 8pm Ages 18+
THE ELSE is out now at iTunes!
Hear some previews! Click here: doiop.com/theelse
We would also encourage people to use the 'gift this item' feature
at iTunes! If you know a TMBG fan who's is not as tech savvy as you
are, buy it for them when you buy it for yourself. They'll freak out, etc.
THESE ARE THE SONGS!
I'm Impressed | Take Out The Trash | Upside Down Frown | Climbing The Walls | Careful What You Pack | The Cap'm | With The Dark | The Shadow Government |Bee Of The Bird Of The Moth | Withered Hope | Contrecoup | Feign Amnesia | The Mesopotamians
The CD will be out on July 10th in CD shops everywhere. The CD includes artwork by Canadian super-friend Marcel Dzama. If you are primarily a CD purchaser and loathe duplicating your purchase at iTunes with a later CD, we are psyched to tell you the first edition of The Else is a special deluxe CD package and will includes a FULL-LENGTH bonus CD including the very best of those crummy-sounding podcast songs and MORE in brilliant CD quality sound!
BUT BECAUSE WE KNOW YOU LOVE THE FREE-HERE IS SOME FREE!
Download mp3s of "Name" and "I Got My T-Shirt Back" at www.tmbg.com/freeTunes.html, password is thespinesurfs
I GOT MY T-SHIRT BACK
I got my t-shirt back, I found my self-control
I got my eight track tape, my four cassettes, an extra cord
I found my brain stuck on a pole and it was cold
Cold to the touch
I got my T-shirt back, I found some new designs
I got a rebus. Don't believe us? Then just check the signs
I need a shelf for all my new friends
That's what I defend till the end
I got my T-shirt back, I got my T-shirt back
Play the bongos!
Name. They're gonna stop you for this
They won't forget about this. It's not the same after this
Name. They're gonna love you for this
They're gonna crown you for this. Everything's new after this
All the kids at the mall, we're just Stepford kids
We're like our mom and dads
All the kids havin' fun, it's not real fun
We don't know what is fun
Name. I'm gonna wake up to this
I'm gonna walk after this. I'm gonna quit after this
Name. I'm gonna get you for this
I can't believe we do this. I can't believe we got this
All the guys at our jobs, they're not real jobs
They're only paper jobs
All the guys at the club, they're not working enough
And they're not making enough