Mailing List Archive/2018-03-16

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Why is the world in love again? 
They Might Be Giants have released I Like Fun, 
a remarkable 15-track album, and now it’s available on vinyl!

I Like Fun. LP, CD or instant download.
Get it direct from TMBG
At iTunes
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Your local record shop

Greetings from the road! John F. here. I am writing you from some hotel in Milwaukee. We are still very much in the midst of this US tour, but it’s already been more fun than we could’ve ever imagined. With all these sold out shows, the amazing reception of the I Like Fun album—everything has really amped up the band and the crowds. Bringing Curt Ramm into the live lineup has also been a revelation. Everyone is just so blown away by the new musicality and excitement that he brings to the show. Every night has different deep cuts and more tracks from I Like Fun are on the blocks to be debuted soon. We’ve been opening the show with Let’s Get This Over With for the last couple of days and it seems to go over remarkably well.

This second run ends up in Louisville on Sunday so celebrate with us there if you can. Otherwise, we’ll see you in April on the east coast or in Europe in the fall. The Canadian tour is REAL and will include a few new US dates when we momentarily dip back into the states on the long east-west trek.
3.16 Milwaukee WI
3.17 Chicago SOLD OUT
3.18 Louisville, KY
4.13 New Haven CT
4.14 Washington DC SOLD OUT
4.15 Pittsburgh SOLD OUT
4.17 Covington Cincinnati OH
4.19 Rochester NY
4.20 Burlington SOLD OUT
4.21 Portland ME SOLD OUT
4.22 Albany NY
4.26 Northampton MA
4.27 Boston MA
4.28 Philadelphia SOLD OUT

Then we are over there!

9.20 Leeds, UK ADDED!
9.21 Leeds, UK SOLD OUT
9.22 Cambridge, UK
9.23 Bristol, UK
9.25 Munich, DE
9.26 Antwerp, BE
9.27 Amsterdam, NL
9.28 Berlin, DE
9.29 Hamburg, DE
10.1 Koln, DE
10.3 London, UK
10.4 Manchester, UK
10.5 Edinburgh, UK
10.6 Dublin, IE
We are also happy to announce the two other winners of the I Left My Body video contest. From Judge Open Mike Eagle:

The "Thank You for Taking Weeks off from Life Animating This Award" goes to Victor Fitzsimons: There was a lot of brilliant animation submitted to this contest and I wish I could award each piece. I felt as if this piece made the strongest interpretation of each lyric in the song and attempted to take the presentation to a new place as often as it could.

The "It Took Me Two Viewings to Get it then it Blew my Mind Award" goes to Sascha Loffl: this was a very unique and effective way to interpret this song visually and its an amazing way to show how much fascinating material can come from a simple idea executed in a novel way.

Both winners will receive $1000 and the complete set of Red Giant tools.

A note from John F. of TMBG here:

On Wednesday Mike Eagle declared director David Kreutzer the big winner of our “I Left My Body” contest. Shortly after the song was posted a number of people came forward and complained that the video did not qualify as an original work because the footage was culled from a short film Mr. Kreutzer had previously made.

To be clear, Mr. Kreutzer’s video did not break any contest rule. The fact is his video is edited from original material that he himself created. The music video has been found effective on its own merits by the judge and by many viewers since it’s posting. While we understand other contestants have found the method here distasteful and we can understand the frustration in a project created with previously shot footage grabbing the prize here, we need to remind everyone that all artists are working with the resources they have and those resources are often limited. Mr. Kreutzer is not the first case of someone repurposing their own work to solve a different creative challenge. We hope people can let this go and respect that this was an unusual story behind the winning entry.

I also recognize that if we are to do contests in the future, we might need to make a more tedious set of rules regarding found footage, repurposed footage, etc. which has been an issue for a while. Our goal with these contests is to provide visual people with an exciting prompt to create new work, potentially for their reel or just to have fun realizing an idea. It is amazing to see what comes in and all the efforts are appreciated by the band. We certainly don’t want you to think this circumstance didn’t create concern about how things are structured.

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