2007 Archived News

From This Might Be A Wiki

December 2007[edit]

December 23, 2007
A new episode of Theynow is available. Update your feed reader or go listen right now at Theynow.com!
December 23, 2007
John Linnell and John Flansburgh guest-star as "The Supertasters" in a new episode of Higglytown Heroes entitled "Bingo Bongos"! The episode also contains the premiere of "Heart Of The Band". See future airings or get the episode on iTunes!
December 22, 2007
A bunch of new tour dates have been announced for early 2008. Check out the Shows page to see when TMBG is coming to your town.
December 21, 2007
Marty Beller is set to produce the next album You're a Rock Star Too by the kids-rock group, AudraRox. The CD is slated to be released sometime in Spring 2008. Read more about it at Zooglobble.
December 18, 2007
A new episode of They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Podcast is now available featuring the video for "Apartment 4."
December 15, 2007
John Flansburgh made an appearance on last week's episode of John Lee's Adult Swim show, Xavier: Renegade Angel as Xavier's "computer". Watch the episode on YouTube: Part 1, Part 2.
December 14, 2007
The They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Podcast is currently occupying the number one spot on the iTunes Kids & Family podcast charts. In other 123s-related news, the video for High Five! has been added to the rotation of videos on Playhouse Disney.
December 13, 2007
They Might Be Giants have posted a music video for "Philadelphia" (T.L.A.) on YouTube! Watch it here!
December 11, 2007
A new newsletter has been sent out. It announces that Here Come The 123s is "finally finished" and reminds everybody of all the current promotions: the "They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Podcast," the upcoming tour, the current offers at the TMBG Online Store, and more.
December 9, 2007
"Triops Has Three Eyes" has been added to the rotation of Here Come The 123s videos on Playhouse Disney.
December 7, 2007
John Flansburgh has been interviewed on SuicideGirls as the Interview of the Day. Read the interview here (Warning: Site contains some explicit content).

November 2007[edit]

November 30, 2007
30-second samples of all of the songs from the upcoming Here Come The 123s CD have been posted on the Disney Records site. Go check them out!
November 30, 2007
Over a month early, TMBG launched their new "They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Podcast" today! Today's installment features the video for "High Five!." Go here to download via iTunes.
November 29, 2007
They Might Be Giants have uploaded a backstage look at their horn section rehearsing on November 23. Check it out on YouTube!
November 27, 2007
All 2007 Rounder Records releases, including The Else, are on sale for one week only at the Rounder website. The Else is available for $12.99. Also worth noting: John Linnell's State Songs CD is available for only $8.99 at the Rounder online store [1].
November 27, 2007
A ten-minute video interview with John Linnell has been posted to maniaTV! Topics discussed include The Else, The Dust Brothers, and "I'm Impressed".
November 27, 2007
NPR's Morning Edition had an interview [2] with the woman who created Dunkin' Donuts' "America Runs On Dunkin'" campaign last year, including two TMBG songs, Things I Like To Do and Fritalian (although the group is not mentioned).
November 22, 2007
As part of Amazon's Thanksgiving Sale, the CD/DVD combo of Here Come The 123s is on sale for $7.99 at Amazon. Order your copy before the sale ends Tuesday, the 27th. (Here Come The ABCs is on sale as well for $7.99 -- order it!)
November 22, 2007
According to an article in CMJ, TMBG will be launching a "They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Video Podcast" each week beginning in January.
November 20, 2007
Playhouse Disney is starting to air clips from the upcoming Here Come The 123s album! So far, the clips that are airing are One Everything and Zeroes.
November 13, 2007
WRSI, a radio station in Northampton MA, has posted the MP3 of TMBG's 10/20 radio appearance. It's an acoustic show with the Tricerachops horn section and Marty Beller on accordion case, and hosted by the unlikely-named Jaz Tupelo.
November 13, 2007
Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies, which includes TMBG's cover of Havalina, is released today! Download it from iTunes here.
November 12, 2007
In yesterday's interview with The Grand Rapids Press, John Flansburgh mentions TMBW:
How do you put together a set list with such a huge catalog to go through?
It's funny, there's a fan-based wiki (tmbw.net) where all these different TMBG fans post different information about the band, including all the set lists. It's a huge database, and it includes all the set lists for TMBG. I often refer to that site in order to check in to see what kind of show we played the last time we were there. I kind of go out my way to play as few songs as we did at the previous show.
November 6, 2007
Three new Free Tunes, recorded live in XM Studios, have just been posted to tmbg.com! Get "The Shadow Government", "Withered Hope" and "Mr. Me" on the Free Tunes page!
November 6, 2007
A new hoodie has been added to the TMBG Merchandise Store, the stylish and brown TMBG Road Crew Hoodie! Get yours today and stay warm through those cold, TMBG-filled winter months.
October 27, 2007
Both January 26th shows scheduled for The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH have been rescheduled to March 29th. More info here.

October 2007[edit]

October 24, 2007
Flansburgh announced via the Flansblog that the band has re-recorded Take Out The Trash in Simlish to be featured in the next version of The Sims, as well as a version of The Sims Theme with horns. Also, they recorded a concert and interview that will air soon on XM. And to wrap things up, Take Out the Trash is being used in all the promos for the show Dirty Sexy Money.
October 24, 2007
"The Mesopotamians" music video has been selected for Fuse TV's Oven Fresh program, set to air Friday, October 26 at 3:30pm. Head over to the Oven Fresh page and vote for TMBG to ensure that they are aired (the top 5 videos are aired), and to try to get them to #1! See the current rankings here.
October 24, 2007
Tonight's episode of Pushing Daisies features a great TMBG reference (including a partial cover of a certain TMBG song by Kristin Chenoweth). It airs Wednesday night on ABC at 8pm ET/PT, so be sure to tune in!
October 23, 2007
TMBG's YouTube profile, ParticleMen, has been heavily updated with their music videos from Direct From Brooklyn! Remember, the videos can be seen in high quality on the DVD, available at the online TMBG Catalog.
October 22, 2007
The TMBG Merch store has been updated with six different bundles for the holidays! New items available include a black baseball hat and The Else on vinyl (bundle-only). Plus, the Prevenge Promo is now available for the low low price of $3!
October 21, 2007
A new episode of Theynow is available. Update your feed reader or go listen right now at Theynow.com!
October 18, 2007
TMBG will be performing "Alphabet Of Nations" tonight on their second appearance on The Late Late Show!
October 16, 2007
Northampton, Mass., radio station WRSI "The River" announced via a listener e-mail today that TMBG will be performing a free pre-show this Saturday at 5:00. The newsletter says to meet at the Northampton Box Office a few minutes in advance to see the band.
October 14, 2007
YouTube user bunsandchouchou has made an interview with John Linnell about the new album The Else.
October 12, 2007
Don't forget to stay up tonight and catch TMBG's performance of "The Mesopotamians" on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. Check your local listings.
October 11, 2007
Happy They Day everyone!
October 9, 2007
They Day is coming up! TMBG fanboys (and girls) get your sharpies ready for October 11th!
October 2, 2007
The music video for "The Mesopotamians," directed by David Cowles and animated by Chris Timmons, has been posted to Stereogum.com!
September 30, 2007
According to a new Myspace bulletin from Flansburgh, the band will be taping two songs on Wednesday for Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. The show will air next Friday, the 12th.
September 27, 2007
A new episode of Theynow is available. Update your feed reader or go listen right now at Theynow.com!
September 20, 2007
Another new music video has been released on Amazon for the song "High Five!" Written and sung by Marty Beller and animated by Divya Srinivasan, the song will be appearing on the upcoming Here Come The 123s CD/DVD.

September 2007[edit]

September 17, 2007
Just on the heels of "The Shadow Government"'s new video, the official video for "I'm Impressed" created by Bent Image Labs has been released today exclusively on SPIN.com. Go watch it!
September 17, 2007
TMBG appeared on The Current (Minnesota Public Radio's KCMP in Minneapolis) today at 5pm CST. The station archives in-studio performances, and TMBG's performance is streamable here.
September 15, 2007
A new track announcing tour dates entitled TMBG Tour Announcement has been added to the They Might Be Giants Podcast feed.
September 15, 2007
As you can see, the release date for Here Come The 123s has been pushed back to February 5, 2008. You can still pre-order it from Amazon.com, however it is no longer available from Disney Sound.
September 12, 2007
The official music video for "The Shadow Government," which was animated by ColourMovie, has just been released and posted on AOL Music's Spinner.com. Go check it out!
September 12, 2007
TMBG will be appearing on Baltimore's WTMD this afternoon.
September 11, 2007
The vinyl edition of The Else has now been released. Go find it at your favorite record store or purchase it online from Rounder Records!
September 11, 2007
In a new Myspace bulletin, John Flansburgh announced that he will do his best to take a photo every day during the band's touring schedule and post it to theymightbegiants.com. As practice, he uploaded a picture Linnell shot during the aftermath of the "James K. Polk" confetti at the 2004 Fillmore show.
September 7, 2007
Coverville.com just did a They Might Be Giants "Cover Story" after much prodding from listeners. Theynow provided the trivia quiz at the end of the show.
September 5, 2007
The moons all aligned perfectly, and TMBW recently reached several significant milestones in the last few days: One million page views on the Main Page; ten million overall page views; and two thousand registered users! (Note: all stats do not include 2+ years on UseMod.) Thanks to everyone who has helped contribute to this site over the years, for all of your hard work!
September 1, 2007
A new episode of Theynow is available. Go grab it at Theynow.com or through your favorite podcasting service!

August 2007[edit]

August 24, 2007
A new short video with The Mesopotamians entitled "After the Audition" has been released at theymightbegiants.com today. It uses dialog sampled from The Monkees TV show episode, "Find The Monkees (The Audition)", first aired January 3, 1967.
August 21, 2007
TMBW gets a small mention in today's Minneapolis - St. Paul Tribune. From the article:
Here are five great wiki sites worth checking out as examples of how users can shape such collaborative online efforts:
  • This Might Be a Wiki: This "knowledge base" devoted to the rock group They Might Be Giants reflects the grass-roots origins of many home-grown wikis. tmbw.net
August 20, 2007
Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders for Here Come The 123s as a CD/DVD combo, to be released on October 2nd. Pre-order your copy today!
August 17, 2007
Oppenheimer, a Belfast, Ireland-based electronica band signed to the Bar/None record label, has announced that they will be opening for TMBG on 35 upcoming shows.
August 13, 2007
Gearlog (a PC Magazine blog) has posted a two-part interview with John Flansburgh about the the band's use of technology from the days of Dial-A-Song to Myspace. Read both parts of the interview, Part 1 and Part 2, at gearlog.com.
August 13, 2007
Brad has developed a new extension that lets you invite a friend to any of TMBG's upcoming concerts. Check it out on the Shows page and spread the love! In addition, over a dozen new tour dates have been announced and added this week, so check those out as well!
August 7, 2007
A cover of Particle Man has been used to promote the new Wii and Nintendo DS versions of Geometry Wars. The song can be heard on the trailer here.
August 6, 2007
After a 6-month hiatus, a new episode of the Theynow podcast has been released! Get it at theynow.com.
August 1, 2007
To celebrate the re-launching of the theymightbegiants.com Show Download Store, a new deal is now being offered on the site; "Simply add any four shows to your shopping cart and one [of the four] will be FREE. Huzzah!" That's four shows for the price of three! Check out the currently available shows at theymightbegiants.com.

July 2007[edit]

July 31, 2007
The vinyl LP edition of The Else is now available for pre-order on the Rounder Records online store. The LP will be released on Tuesday, September 11.
July 30, 2007
Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies is picking up steam for its November 13 release. A clip of TMBG's version of "Havalina" was recently added to the project's Myspace page-- go listen! The clip begins 30 seconds into the sample medley (spelled "Medly" on the page).
July 30, 2007
TheyMightBeGiants.com has updated with a short, animated video featuring the characters from the new Mesopotamians T-Shirt. The video is also up on YouTube, being called a "Mesopotamians Now preview".
July 29, 2007
Dan Miller has put up three The Else shows on theymightbegiants.com for sale, with two more to be made available soon. This is the first time TMBG has sold new shows since 2005. Dan also linked to TMBW on each of the new show download pages.
July 27, 2007
On July 28, They Might Be Giants will be on Bob Edwards Weekend. It will be broadcast on WNYC at 4 PM EDT on 93.9FM (New York) and also on the WNYC website at that time via live streaming. For those not local to NYC, you can check Public Radio International find a Bob Edwards Weekend broadcast near you on the weekend of July 28.
July 26, 2007
A new newsletter has been released. The newsletter announces that Podcast 28C has been added to They Might Be Giants Podcast feed, the first 50 people to arrive at Saturday's free show at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den will receive a free copy of The Else, and the TMBG Merchandise Store now stocks a new Mesopotamians T-Shirt, inspired by the song, "The Mesopotamians".
July 18, 2007
Several links to news articles have been posted to theymightbegiants.com, including:
July 17, 2007
Paper Thin Walls has an interview with John Flansburgh and Marcel Dzama about the artwork featured in The Else. The interview tells who is inside the costumes and sheds some light on the origins behind the pictures.
July 16, 2007
They Might Be Giants will be performing live tomorrow (Tuesday, July 17) in the WNYC studios for Soundcheck. The show airs daily at 2 PM EDT on 93.9FM (New York) and will also be available via audio streaming.
July 12, 2007
The Else, Venue Songs, The Spine Hits The Road and The Spine (with Renew My Subscription as a bonus track) have been added to the UK and Canadian iTunes. Go get 'em, chaps!
July 11, 2007
Podcasts 28B and 28C have been released, with more great live recordings of tracks off The Else! Go get 'em!
July 10, 2007
In a new Myspace bulletin posted today, TMBG announced that they will be playing I'm Impressed for Friday's Conan appearance. On theymightbegiants.com, a link has been posted to an interview on PopMatters.com about the making of The Else. On the TMBG Merchandise Store [3], a new T-shirt based on "The Mesopotamians" has been put up for sale (also available in a $35 bundle with The Else). In addition, tmbg.com and theymightbegiants.com have been updated with a new The Else-themed splash page.
July 10, 2007
They Might Be Giants' twelfth album, The Else, is released on CD in stores nationwide today! All current pressings of the album ship with a 23-track bonus disc entitled Cast Your Pod To The Wind, and feature artwork by Marcel Dzama.
July 10, 2007
John Flansburgh hosts the just-released Podcast 28A! Subscribe or get the MP3 at tmbg.com.
July 6, 2007
Over twenty upcoming tour dates for September, October and November have been announced via zoerecords.net and theymightbegiants.com. Check them out on TMBW's Shows page, and mark yourself down if you're planning on attending some shows along the tour!
July 5, 2007
They Might Be Giants will be making an appearance as musical guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on the night of Friday, July 13. The show airs on most NBC stations at 12:35/11:35c with the musical guest appearing in the second half hour.

June 2007[edit]

June 26, 2007
New York Magazine online today featured 21 questions with John Flansburgh.
June 22, 2007
JB Hi-Fi has just posted the full tracklisting for The Else's 23-track bonus disc, titled Cast Your Pod To The Wind.
June 22, 2007
theymightbegiants.com has just been updated with a new, blog-style layout that includes a prominent display of upcoming shows, embedded YouTube videos, links to download The Else (and soon purchase the CD), and an Other Links section that features This Might Be A Wiki!
June 22, 2007
The Wikipedia article for They Might Be Giants has been illustrated and made into a comic by Greg Williams for WikiWorld, a webcomic that highlights little-known articles on Wikipedia by using excerpts from the article along with original illustrations. View the comic here.
June 15, 2007
A new Myspace bulletin has been posted, promoting the new podcast. It also reveals the name for the next tour, the "We Got a Fever for the Flavor of a Whatnot 2007 United States Tour," with Corn Mo opening for many shows.
June 15, 2007
The 26-minute long Podcast 27A, which features several completely unreleased John Henry demos, has just been released! Get it at tmbg.com or iTunes.
June 12, 2007
TMBW wishes a very happy birthday to Mr. John Linnell, who turns 48 today. Happy birthday, John!
June 12, 2007
The A.V. Club have just published a "Random Rules" interview with John Linnell, where he discusses the contents of his iPod as it shuffles from song to song. Read it here.
June 8, 2007
All entries that we received as part of our contest with the Chop Shop Store have been posted here. Again, thanks to all that entered, and to our friends at The Chopping Block.
June 7, 2007
Hine Mizushima, author of the fan blog "A Piece of They Might Be Giants" and creator of wonderful They Might Be Giants fan art, videos and projects such as the "TMBG Puppets Shoot 'Ana Ng'" stop-motion video, was recently commissioned by the band to create the first official music video for The Else, for the song "With The Dark". The video has been completed, and uploaded to YouTube by They Might Be Giants. Watch it here!
June 5, 2007
A new Myspace bulletin has been sent out, containing a new edition of John Flansburgh's "Flansblog 3000." In it, he reveals that The Else will also be released on gatefold vinyl LP! The last TMBG albums to be released on LP were Apollo 18 in Germany (1992), and Flood in the US (1990). Flansburgh also reveals that the band has been finishing up "magazine ads, new posters for CD shops", and "new t-shirts and hats for the tour" among other things to prepare for The Else's July 10 CD release.
June 4, 2007
The 22-minute Podcast 26A has just been released! Subscribe or get the MP3 at tmbg.com.

May 2007[edit]

May 30, 2007
The two-minute-long Podcast 25A has been released, which just contains the song Name! Nothing else, just Name. Additionally, a new newsletter has been sent out and tmbg.com's Free Tunes page has been updated with Chop Shop Store theme I Got My T-Shirt Back, and Name. Download them at tmbg.com!
May 29, 2007
Congratulations to TVsKyle and Ganna, the winners of The Chop Shop Store Contest! Kyle won the re-recording contest, and Ganna wins the lyrics rewrite portion of the contest. Entries (both winning and non) will be posted in the next few days...stay tuned. In the meantime, we definitely encourage you all to go to chopshopstore.com for all your T-shirt and poster needs!
May 24, 2007
TMBG has posted a new Myspace bulletin that includes a "Flansblog", in which John Flansburgh mentions a new song title for Here Come The 123s, "Roy G. Biv" ("yes, it is unrelated to numbers!"). Flans also mentions that the next podcast is "coming up soooon"!
May 22, 2007
Today marks the celebration of the fourth annual They Might Be Giants Day! (not to be confused with They Day.) The holiday was first proclaimed on May 22, 2003 by Robert Krulwich of Nightline, via a Proclamation from the Borough of Brooklyn at a spectacular concert.
May 17, 2007
Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies, which includes TMBG's cover of Havalina, is now available for pre-order for $20 from the American Laundromat Records shop. The first pressing comes with all sorts of bonus goodies for die-hard collectors.
May 17, 2007
TMBG has posted a new Myspace Bulletin, stating that The Else has peaked at #1 on the iTunes Alternative Charts, and that TMBG will be performing three upcoming show dates with The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, from May 31 to June 2nd in New York City.
May 15, 2007
A newsletter has been sent out, promoting The Else's release on iTunes, providing some details on the tour's upcoming shows, and stating that "the first [CD] edition of The Else is a special deluxe CD package which includes a full length - yes, FULL LENGTH - bonus CD including many previously unreleased top quality studio recordings in brilliant CD-quality sound!"
May 15, 2007
Gothamist.com has just published a new interview with John Flansburgh regarding The Else here.
May 15, 2007
The Else has been released on the US iTunes Store for $9.99!
May 13, 2007
The pilot episode of The Drinky Crow Show, for which TMBG wrote the theme song, is now viewable on adultswim.com. The pilot episode will be broadcast tonight at 11:45pm EDT on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block.
May 12, 2007
The Chop Shop Store Contest is now over! Thank you to everyone who submitted an entry.
May 8, 2007
A new newsletter has been sent out, mentioning The Else's upcoming release and the current tour.
May 7, 2007
Our good friends Bill and Ella from Spare The Rock, Spoil The Child have posted their excellent interview with John and John that will appear on this Saturday's show. If you've ever wanted to hear John Linnell get quizzed on his knowledge of Helen Keller, this is your lucky day!
May 6, 2007
Mr. John Flansburgh celebrates his 47th birthday today. Happy birthday, John!
May 5, 2007
Promo copies of The Else have dropped to reviewers and radio today.
May 4, 2007
Today's Ask A Ninja mentions TMBG as a quirky band.
May 1, 2007
A CMJ.com article has just revealed The Else's 13-song track listing!
May 1, 2007
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Attention all guitar players, singers, accordionists, pianists, drummers, remixers, and wannabe rockers!
TMBW.Net is partnering with The Chopping Block for a contest to re-record I Got My T-Shirt Back (just for fun). And, for you non-artistic types, you can also rewrite the lyrics to the song. Check out The Chop Shop Store Contest page for rules and prizes!
May 1, 2007
A new newsletter has been sent out, discussing The Else and the upcoming tour. It mentions that the bonus disc accompanying The Else will include "some new rarities as well as some hi-fi versions of some podcast favorites."

April 2007[edit]

April 30, 2007
A new song entitled Name has been posted to TMBG's Myspace profile, along with TMBG's June 24, 1993 performances of Mammal and Particle Man (the track also includes four live Frank Black songs from the same session). In addition, a new Myspace bulletin has been sent out revealing that The Else's full length bonus disc will be a disc of "wayward and misguided songs".
April 27, 2007
Take Out The Trash, a brand new song from The Else, has just been put up for download at stereogum.com. This marks the first studio recording from the album to be released. Stereogum's description of the song: "A fairly funky female empowerment jam, polished by the Dust Brothers."
April 27, 2007
Breaking news about The Else has just been posted to TMBG's Myspace profile, revealing the following details: The Else will be released digitally on iTunes on May 15th, and on CD on July 10th. The "first run" of CDs will include a free full-length bonus disc accompanying the album. Lastly, the CD will include original photographs by Marcel Dzama (designer of TMBG's Bed, Bed, Bed book), such as "The Else" rehearsals.
April 24, 2007
The New York Times crossword for today has this 29-Down clue: "____ Might Be Giants (rock band)."
April 24, 2007
They Might Be Giants have submitted a recipe for the book I Like Food, Food Tastes Good which goes on sale today, April 24. The book is a collection of recipes from various bands, printed in the format they were received. TMBG's entry is a drink; "a Countrypolitan with cranberry and pomegranate juice." The recipe is featured in a Time Out New York article on the book.
April 23, 2007
Podcast 24A has just been released! Open iTunes or get the MP3 from tmbg.com here, and enjoy!
April 22, 2007
They Might Be Giants are mentioned in a recent satirical Onion article about PRI's This American Life, which TMBG has been featured on and written music for.
April 19, 2007
A new newsletter is out, reminding people that Employee Of The Month is available for free download from TMBG's Free Tunes, and giving some more info on the upcoming shows.
April 16, 2007
According to a bulletin and replicate blog, from the Pixies, They Might Be Giants will be contributing a cover of the Pixies song "Havalina" for Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies.
April 14, 2007
I Got My T-Shirt Back, a song written in late 2006 by TMBG for The Chopping Block's newly launched Chop Shop online store, has just gone up on the site! Head on over and listen to the song by turning music on, or by downloading the MP3, in the top-right corner of the site!
The Chop Shop is also selling two limited-edition TMBG Party Posters, both of which feature an accordion and a grill. Both posters also feature the line "Ready to serve your corporate whateveryoucallit" from Chopping Block Testimonial, and the second poster features the four president heads from tmbg.com's previous Chopping Block Flash design.
April 13, 2007
Brad Will has coded a new extension, Setlist Search, that searches every TMBG setlist in our extensive show database for a specific song, and displays every known show that it was played at, along with how many times it was performed live. Song pages now also include a new automatic line, "First Played", which displays the first known date that the song was performed live and includes links to the show page and a listing of all the song's known live performances (it appears Birdhouse In Your Soul has statistically been the most performed TMBG song).
April 13, 2007
Employee Of The Month has just been posted to TMBG's Free Tunes page! Download at the usual place if you know the password (if you don't, sign up to TMBG's mailing list to get it!).
April 11, 2007
The limited 2001 eMusic TMBG Unlimited black fleece jacket is now available at the TMBG Merchandise Store for $30 here. This fleece was originally only available with an eMusic subscription in 2001.
April 10, 2007
A brand new song entitled Employee Of The Month has just been posted to TMBG's Myspace profile! As the song plays, the odd description of "Superfueled Freaksicle, 2011 No Doubt Theater" displays to the left of the player. Any meaning behind this description is unknown. The song is also mentioned in a new Myspace bulletin just sent out by the band.
April 10, 2007
For you Melbourne TMBG fans, who were unaware, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival there is a "tribute" benefit show to They Might Be Giants called Birdhouse on 21st April at 11.45pm (AEST). The show will have comedians such as Scott Edgar (of Tripod) and Casey Bennetto, and all proceeds will go to support the work of the Asylum Seekers' Resource Group.
April 10, 2007
In fairly old news, John Linnell contributed an article to the November 2006 issue of the International Design Magazine. In it, he reviews instruments marketed by the Blue Man Group.
April 10, 2007
They Might Be Giants recently contributed vocals to Frank London's A Night in the Old Marketplace. Hear "Tavern In Pinsk," sung by John Linnell, on the score's Myspace.
April 10, 2007
Somehow we forgot to post that our good friends from Spare The Rock had a live performance of "D Is For Drums" on their 3/31 episode (we'll blame it on last-minute April Fools' preparations). It features The Next President of the United States, Marty Beller, on drums and AudraRox on vocals and backing. You can download the full episode here. Sorry Bill!
April 9, 2007
A brand new 20-minute interview with John Flansburgh has just been posted to joespub.com! Get the MP3 here. Topics include The Dust Brothers, The Else, Dial-A-Song, TMBG's Podcast, and This Might Be A Wiki! (14m:15s into the interview) Flansburgh on TMBW:
We have a very thorough wiki, the people who run the They Might Be Giants Wikipedia [sic] site seem to have really just... I feel like I could put together a diary from the level of information that they have in there.
April 9, 2007
An article posted today to Billboard.com reveals TMBG's plans for Here Come The 123s, and discusses the music they are creating for the animated film Coraline (due out December 26, 2008 and co-starring John Hodgman as Coraline's father). According to the article, "They Might Be Giants are eyeing an August release" for Here Come the 123s. "The DVD will boast an hour of original music plus videos specially commissioned by the duo." Flansburgh on the Coraline soundtrack: "We're having trouble being as creepy as we need to be; having to write songs that are sincerely scary... We're not completely unversed in writing creepy stuff."
April 7, 2007
Brad Will has created a new extension that allows our extensive TMBG shows database, including shows without pages, to be searched by city and venue. Check it out at Show Search!
April 5, 2007
Kids' music radio show Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child has announced that they are tentatively scheduled to interview TMBG before their May 5th Northampton, Massachusetts shows. They are soliciting suggested questions in the comments section of their blog post, so if you've got a question for TMBG, add it to the comments and it may get asked!
April 4, 2007
TMBG has advanced to round 3 in "Band Madness!" at bandmadness.net, and this time, they are facing off against The Police. They currently hold under 25% of the votes, so be sure to go show your support! Also, don't forget to vote on all the other match-ups to contribute to the overall value of the competition.
April 3, 2007
Based upon positive feedback from our April Fool's joke, Gena has ported that look/feel to a new earth-toned skin, "Deciduous". You can enable it under your Preferences.
April 3, 2007
An article posted today to Billboard.com reveals details of the new album, including a few new song titles and the CD's official release date of July 10! Check it out here.
April 3, 2007
John Flansburgh made an appearance on WNYC's Soundcheck last Friday to discuss musical hoaxes and promote his April 1st appearance on XM Satellite Radio. You can listen to the show here.
April 3, 2007
TMBG's theme for Tony Millionaire's upcoming The Drinky Crow Show can now be heard here.
April 2, 2007
If you didn't get a chance to see our "Wookiee-fied" April Fool's prank, you can check it out <a href="/wiki/Main_Page?chewie=yes">here</a>. (Note - this will turn the prank on for an hour. If you'd like to turn it off, go <a href="/wiki/Main_Page?chewie=no">here</a>.) A big thanks to everyone who worked hard to provide a great day of Millenium Falcons and Sith lords!
Also, congrats to Jadeybeans who identified the most word replacements. Enjoy your credit towards a copy of The Else on us, Jade!

March 2007[edit]

March 29, 2007
According to Joe's Pub's page for the Wednesday, May 16 TMBG shows, the shows will be celebrating The Else's release, meaning the album now has a (likely) release date of Tuesday, May 15, 2007! even though the CD will be released on July 10. The Joe's Pub show's page says "The Else CD Release" at the top, and the site's calendar says "They Might Be Giants CD Release" as the date's event. The band has not yet made any announcements regarding the May 16th shows as being release parties, but perhaps it is inferred that the album may be released via a download-only or other medium in mid-May.
March 29, 2007
This Sunday, April 1 at 10pm EST, John Flansburgh and Bill Kates will be hosting a special April Fool's Day edition of the show Fine Tuning on XM Satellite Radio (channel XM 76). If you don't have XM, you can sign up for a free trial of the online service here. XM's description for the episode:
John and Bill delve deep into musical hoaxes both great and obscure, throughout the history of music... from Mozart that never was to Beatles fakery and beyond, you'll hear some favorites and some surprises on this celebration of the battle of wills between the charlatan and the rube.
March 29, 2007
TMBG is currently in a musical March-Madness-style tournament entitled "Band Madness!" at bandmadness.net. They're heading off in Round 2 right now against Earth, Wind & Fire and are finally ahead by over two dozen votes! However, the numbers are still very close, so be sure to still vote and help them out! You'll need to scroll down a bit to reach TMBG.
March 27, 2007
Several new "warm-up" shows for the month of May have been posted to TMBG's Myspace profile.
March 27, 2007
The soundtrack for Meet the Robinsons was released today on Disney Records. It features a new TMBG cover song; There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow, and is currently available on Amazon, iTunes and Napster.
March 27, 2007
A recent email from American Laundromat Recordings contains some new info on the Dig For Fire: A Tribute To Pixies album slated for this year, which features TMBG:
Now keep an eye out in the next several weeks for a VERY COOL pre-order offer for our DIG FOR FIRE release (the Pixies tribute). We're going to do an EXCLUSIVE "limited edition" first pressing with bonus tracks, alternative art, a seven-inch split vinyl with an exclusive bonus track not available on the CD, and lots more. Yeah, we're going old-school with this limited edition first pressing. Sean and I have been working on all the particulars over the past two months. We cannot recommend enough pre-ordering this as soon as we post it. Once we sell-out of the first pressing - that's it!
March 17, 2007
"Wiki people are here. The smell of wiki is everywhere."
That was the first thing I saw when I took my first visit to this website over three years ago. Sadly, I don't think we can determine who wrote this tagline, as the authors of individual contributions prior to May 2004 were not kept (due to TMBW's move from UseMod to MediaWiki). But I digress. Seeing this line, a clever, user-written parody of I've Got A Match (still one of my favorite songs) at the front of the site made me realize immediately that this site, this wiki, was special. Over the years, I've watched the site bloom with the constant flow of more users, and of course, more TMBG knowledge than any other TMBG fansite on the Internet. In November of 2005, I finally got around to registering a new account, and within five months of actively contributing I became an admin.
Flash forward to another year later, March 2007 to be precise. Brad, Gena Wenli and myself are unveiling TMBW's brand new skin, the site's first significant change since its move to MediaWiki in 2004. This would be the skin you're seeing now, by the way. We call it "Azure," and today is its official unveiling, along with two other skins: "Blanko," which mimics the style of the new tmbg.com look, and "ChoppingBlock," a skin influenced by tmbg.com's Chopping Block era. All three of these skins have been created by Gena Wenli (whose new self-declared title is "Czarina of Azure"), and extensively tested and critiqued by Brad and myself over the past few months (especially Azure). Registered users can change to one of Gena's other two skins, or go back to the classic Monobook look if they wish, via the Preferences page.
Azure utilizes cutting-edge web technology, and is optimized, performance and graphics-wise for the free Mozilla Firefox web browser, so if you don't have Firefox, get it! Click here to see a screenshot of Azure in Firefox, the way it was meant to be viewed. Feedback, comments and issues regarding the Azure skin can be posted to Azure Skin Feedback. Hope everyone enjoys TMBW's new look!
- Jon
March 16, 2007
Due to a technical glitch on Myspace, for a short period of time today, all four songs on the TMBG Myspace were replaced by Beastie Boys songs, as seen here. It has since been fixed.
March 15, 2007
They Might Be Giants have just updated their Myspace with some fresh news!
This week we are working on songs for the film "Coraline" and a new kids CD and DVD that will be out later this year.

Our new album "The Else" will be released in a few months. It has 13 new songs, with tracks produced by They Might Be Giants with our pal NY mixing genius Pat Dillett and LA production superstars The Dust Brothers. The artwork was done by "Bed Bed Bed" collaborator and Canadian art genius Marcel Dzama. This album also spotlights our highly effective live ensemble of superstar players who are not professionally known as the MarDans, but could be if they formed a partnership. We are very happy with the album and will be touring in the summer and fall to get out the good word. Some top-secret shows in New England and NYC will be happening in early May, and July dates in the mid-west and the New York area. Watch this space for updates, or sign up for our free info and email service at TMBGs free mp3 service.
Til then-thanks!

-They Might Be Giants
March 12, 2007
WHYY's radio program Fresh Air with Terry Gross featured an interview with writer Jonathan Lethem in the second half of its show today. In it Lethem describes a project in which he offered up song lyrics for free to anyone that wanted to use them. One of the examples used in the show were some lyrics Lethem wrote to which John Linnell added melody and sung. If you missed it on your local NPR station, the audio archive will be available here at NPR after 3:00 p.m. ET today. You can also go to Lethem's website to learn more about his promiscuous songs project, other projects, and hear the song The Second Longest Night by Linnell.
March 9, 2007
LyricWiki.org's Song of the Day for today is Particle Man by They Might Be Giants. Here's the accompanying reason for its selection:
The battle of the millennium: Triangle Man vs. Particle Man. Why doesn't Universe Man step in to stop the brutal fight? Is Particle Man a dot or a speck? Why does Person Man live his life in a garbage can? Who came up with Person Man? Why are there more questions than answers? Who knows? They might be GIANTS!
March 6, 2007
Here's a news item that could have been reported two months ago, but I guess no one knew it: The song "Happy Doesn't Have To Have An Ending" was featured in the movie "Happily N'Ever After."
March 5, 2007
Slightly old news, but one of the latest xkcd comic strips references Dial-A-Song... oh, and it's funny in a geeky sort of way. Link here
March 4, 2007
Four new automatically populating categories have been added for sorting They Might Be Giants songs: Sung By John Flansburgh, Sung By John Linnell, Sung By Both Johns, and Sung By Other People (which also includes songs sung by Johns with other people accompanying). To browse songs that do not have lyrics, use the category Instrumental Songs. Note that some song pages that are currently missing details (a blank Sung By field) are not sorted, but will be automatically if their details are filled in, so feel free help if you can!

February 2007[edit]

February 27, 2007
For the March Wired Magazine theme, Snack Attack!, They Might Be Giants have composed several original "snacktones" (ringtones).
February 24, 2007
In the interview on Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child this morning, Marty revealed that the new rock album will be titled "The Else". He also revealed that he has written a new song called High Five for Here Come The 123s. The show also featured two new TMBG songs written as bumpers for the show; It's Spare The Rock and Spare The Rock. Here's the playlist, which includes a link to the archived MP3.
February 23, 2007
Don't forget to tune in to tune in to tomorrow's episode of "Spare The Rock, Spoil The Child", which will be featuring Marty Beller and new TMBG songs. From the show's website:
In addition to the Marty Beller guest DJ set, we'll also be premiering one or two short bits from They Might Be Giants (for whom he is the drummer). We don't yet have the revamped theme song, but we have a couple of short (sub-30-seconds) songs they wrote and recorded for us. So be sure to listen!
February 23, 2007
Tweedzygirl on Last.fm conducted and recorded an interview with They Might Be Giants last week for Southern Illinois University Carbondale's alt.news 26:46. Topics that were discussed include the title of the new album (revealed for the first time), how they felt about being acknowledged by Bob Dylan, and how they've managed to stay together as a band for 25 years. The interview is currently being edited and will "most likely...be up in May." Read more about it at her Last.fm journal.
February 18, 2007
A new episode of Theynow has been released; get it at theynow.com.
February 16, 2007
TMBG drummer-extraordinare Marty Beller will be doing a guest DJ set for the children's radio show Spare The Rock, Spoil The Child. You can hear his set on Saturday, Feb 24th 8:00-10:0am on Valley Free Radio, 103.3 FM in Northampton, Massachusetts. For those of you not in the Northampton MA area, you can also listen online or on their podcast archive afterwards.
February 15, 2007
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch released an interview with John Flansburgh today here, discussing the Mardi Gras show on Saturday, TMBG's next album, and Here Come The 123s. Flansburgh on the next album: "It's all killer, no filler."
February 15, 2007
Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders for the Meet The Robinsons Soundtrack, due to be released on March 27, 2007. The full tracklisting is not yet known, but we do know that it will include TMBG's version of There's A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow. Click, here to buy the album from Amazon.
February 13, 2007
Podcast 23A has been released, with five new songs! A new newsletter has also been sent out alongside the new podcast to announce its tracks and also to remind everyone of a free concert in St. Louis this Saturday in celebration of Mardi Gras!
February 8, 2007
WTMD - a public radio station (89.7 in Baltimore and 88.5 HD Channel in Washington DC) is counting down the top 897 songs of all time, as voted on by their listeners. TMBG has checked in at #344 with Ana Ng.
February 7, 2007
TMBG will be performing tonight on Left of Sessions, a show on SIRIUS Satellite Radio, at 9pm EST. If you're not a SIRIUS subscriber, you can sign up for a free 3-day trial here and still listen when it airs (it's on channel 26).
February 7, 2007
A new TMBG Myspace bulletin has been sent out. The bulletin's first line implies that Podcast 23A has been released ("I want They Might Be Giants new free Podcast 23A now!"), though the podcast does not appear to have been uploaded yet. The mention of 23A may have been a typo for 22A, since TMBG's podcasts are generally not released this close together. The bulletin also mentions the free upcoming St. Louis show, and that the theme of the TMBG haiku challenge has been changed to state capitals and presidential candidates.

January 2007[edit]

January 30, 2007
TMBG Podcast 22A has been released with an accompanying newsletter! In addition, TMBG has sent out four Myspace bulletins over the last two days, one of which links to TMBW! Here's the quote:

Idlewild Recordings sez (because we can't answer all your emails):

<a href="http://tmbw.net">tmbw.net</a>
Also, a "They Might Be Giants Haiku Challenge" has been called out! Share your TMBG-related Haikus today on their Myspace profile!
January 28, 2007
TMBG's album Flood is currently residing in or very close to the top 20 albums on Amazon UnSpun's Top Albums list. UnSpun rankings are created and modified by users, so wikians can help move the album up the list. So what are you waiting for? Vote TMBG!
January 28, 2007
Attention all wikians! Please see the TMBW To-Do List for a new big undertaking. We'd like to completely rewrite the They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh, and John Linnell pages, so that they rival their counterpart pages at Wikipedia. Please join today, and help us with this important task! (And, while you're there...feel free to sign up for any other ongoing tasks that you would like to help with, as well.) -- Duke33
January 27, 2007
Asterisk Animation, the company behind many of the animated videos found on the Here Come The ABCs DVD as well as some on the Venue Songs DVD, have posted the unreleased T-Shirt music video (originally intended for the Here Come The ABCs DVD) to YouTube here. According to Asterisk, it was excluded from the DVD because it was deemed "TOO HARDCORE" for Disney.
January 25, 2007
A few months old news, but Mono Puff was featured on Episode #18 (the October 31, 2006 episode) of the FrankBlack.net Podcast, for their cover of Frank Black's Oddball. Get it from his podcast episode listing page here.
January 24, 2007
Podcast 7A has replaced Caroline, No on TMBG's Myspace profile.
January 23, 2007
Popular media website IGN.com has ranked TMBG's version of Istanbul (Not Constantinople) as the number one song in their "Top 10 Songs About Wonderful Cities" list, with this to say about why they chose TMBG's version over the original:
"Without question, doubt or argument, though, it's TMBG's faster tempoed, up-beat, and eccentric interpretation of the classic that has become ingrained within the sonic receptors of the modern popular culture zeitgeist. Besides, who can forget their zany video for the song? Exactly."
January 22, 2007
A new Myspace bulletin has been sent out by TMBG. Among the announcements: Podcast 22A will be out soon, and Experimental Film has been replaced by Birdhouse In Your Soul on their Myspace profile.
January 18, 2007
TMBG has added the songs Asbury Park and Caroline, No to their Myspace profile.
January 13, 2007
A new newsletter has been sent out, which includes details of the upcoming February 17th St. Louis Mardi Gras show, and a link to TV On The Radio's cover of Dead, which can be downloaded from Napster.
January 12, 2007
Podcast 21A, the first podcast of 2007 has been released! Greasy Kid Stuff has also been added to the tmbg.com Free Tunes page.
TMBG has also added Call Connected Thru The NSA to their Myspace profile, replacing Savoy Truffle.
January 10, 2007
TMBG has added a new song, Greasy Kid Stuff, to their Myspace profile.
January 8, 2007
TMBG has posted a new Myspace bulletin announcing the pending arrival of Podcast 21A. From the bulletin:
Podcast 21A (that's the first of the new year) will be posted soon-featuring new songs "Vestibule" and "Greasy Kid Stuff" along with previews of a set of ringtones the band put together for Wired Magazine.
January 5, 2007
TMBG's Bangs will be featured on an upcoming episode of "Theme Time Radio Hour," hosted by Bob Dylan on XM Satellite Radio. The episode is based on the theme of "Hair," and will air Wednesday, January 10th at 10 a.m. EST on channel 40 on XM. If you do not have XM, TMBG has posted Bob Dylan's introduction in an MP3 on theymightbegiants.com, here.
January 2, 2007
TMBG has put up a new video on YouTube entitled Whence That Wince, a cover of a song from the 1956 LP Songs of the Pogo.
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