2009 Archived News

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December 2009[edit]

December 27, 2009
Dan Miller will be making a guest appearance with Common Rotation on today's episode of Spinning on Air on WNYC. You can listen to the episode stream live online at 8:00pm. The link to the stream as well as more information about the episode and pictures from the session can be found here.
December 25, 2009
Remember to tune in to Spare The Rock Saturday morning for Marty Beller's DJ set.
December 25, 2009
This Might Be A Wiki wishes you a Merry Christmas!
December 21, 2009
They Might Be Giants were guest editors at magnetmagazine.com last week. A round-up of their posts on everything from model rockets to the tango can be found here. The December 18th entry also includes some of Linnell's on stage photography.
December 20, 2009
In case you missed the band on Good Morning America, you can watch their performances of Get Up And Go and Santa Claus on abcnews.go.com.
December 19, 2009
Keep your eyes peeled! The Giants have announced a Clock Radio upgrade right around the corner!
December 19, 2009
TMBG is slated to appear on Good Morning America (Weekend Edition) at 7:30 AM EST tomorrow morning on ABC. Remember to tune in!
December 16, 2009
Paul and Storm, last seen performing Flood with Jonathan Coulton in Chicago, have started a new project called "It Might Be Christmas." They're recording a Christmas TMBG pastiche three days a week between now and Christmas! Check it out at It Might Be Christmas
December 14, 2009
John Linnell discusses Here Comes Science in an interview with Magnet Magazine that was posted today.
December 11, 2009
TMBG has announced that they will be performing on Good Morning America on 12/20/09! And, while you're getting your DVR ready, don't forget to tune in tonight to see the band on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
December 10, 2009
Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism has posted a Q&A with Flansburgh about Here Comes Science and also a video interview with kids who attended their recent Chicago show. You can check out both here.
December 8, 2009
NY1 has posted an 8-minute long video interview/bio covering the history of the band. Check it out on ny1.com. They have also posted a "web extra" video that contains additional stories cut from the main interview.
December 7, 2009
Marty Beller will have a guest DJ set on the kids music radio show Spare The Rock, Spoil The Child on December 26th. More info on sparetherock.com
December 5, 2009
John, John, and Marty are on XM/Sirius channel 116 in a 'Science class Special' at noon today. They will be interviewed and play songs off of the new album.
December 4, 2009
Happy birthday, paleontologist extraordinaire Danny Weinkauf!
December 2, 2009
John Linnell has updated his spinner.com blog with this week's entry: "They Might Be Giants Say: 'See You Next Year!'", featuring a short photo slideshow at the end.
December 1, 2009
Get your DVRs ready! They Might Be Giants will be the featured musical guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 11, 2009.

November 2009[edit]

November 24, 2009
John Linnell has updated his spinner.com blog with this week's entry: "They Might Be Giants Get Flashy in Los Angeles".
November 20, 2009
If you missed They Might Be Giants on WNYC's Soundcheck this afternoon you can listen to the episode online here. The appearance includes a full band in-studio performance and discussion of Here Comes Science.
November 18, 2009
They Might Be Giants are appearing on WNYCs Soundcheck with John Schaefer this Friday afternoon! Tune in at 2:00pm Eastern on their great streaming site here: wnyc.org
November 18, 2009
John Linnell has updated his spinner.com blog with this week's entry: "They Might Be Giants Arrive in 'Stereo'".
November 13, 2009
Marty Beller has launched his own site, martybeller.com. Check it out for current news and to see his portfolio. You can also follow Marty on Twitter and YouTube.
November 10, 2009
John Linnell has updated his spinner.com blog with this week's entry: "They Might Be Giants Gain a New Perspective With Their Swing Lens".
November 5, 2009
John Linnell has updated his spinner.com blog with this week's entry: "They Might Be Giants Capture Detroit With A Cold War Camera".
November 5, 2009
Check out John Linnell's interview with Salt Lake City Weekly. Topics include: playing for kids, Dial-A-Song's death, and their next adult album.
November 3, 2009
As part of a charity event, The Pageant in St. Louis is auctioning off a 6-foot tall TMBG poster. All proceeds from the event will benefit neighborhood community programs. The starting bid is $150 (with $20 s/h). If you are interested in bidding, you can view the item on eBay.
November 3, 2009
TMBG played live on 89.3, Minnesota Public Radio, today. Check out the in-studio performance, here. They were also interviewed on another MPR show the same day. You can listen to the interview and some outtake clips here.
November 3, 2009
Kids Go! is officially released today (although it has been shipping from Amazon and other retailers over the last week). If you haven't already gotten a copy, <a href="">pick it up from Amazon.com</a> for .

October 2009[edit]

October 31, 2009
Get your DVRs ready! They Might Be Giants will be the featured musical guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on November 16, 2009.
October 31, 2009
Check out the new Here Comes Science quiz game, featuring questions about scientific topics covered in each track on Here Comes Science, along with every video from the DVD. Answer 12 of the 18 questions correctly, and you will win a free download of "Electric Car"! (Thanks to Zooglobble for the heads up.)
October 30, 2009
Magic Hat Brewing Co is giving away tickets to see TMBG at the 9:30 Club in DC. Enter the contest here.
October 26, 2009
John Linnell has updated his spinner.com blog with this week's entry: "They Might Be Giants Celebrate Canon's Dial-35".
October 26, 2009
The new TMBG song, "Choo Choo Express", from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse special of the same name, can be previewed and downloaded from Amazon here.
October 25, 2009
Remember to tune in to The Disney Channel at 7pm ET tonight (Sunday), to catch "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Choo Choo Express", featuring a new song by TMBG. Amazon is also selling the DVD, which ships on December 1st: Click here to purchase.
October 24, 2009
Amazon has begun shipping copies of Kids Go!, a week early. If you haven't ordered yours already, get a copy today!
October 22, 2009
Yournabe.com has posted an interview with Eric Siegel of the New York Hall of Science, discussing his work with They Might Be Giants on Here Comes Science and announcing two shows at the museum on December 13.
October 20, 2009
John Linnell has updated his spinner.com blog with this week's entry: They Might Be Giants Crack 'The Egg'.
October 19, 2009
Last week TMBG were interviewed for the syndicated radio program Overnight America. You can listen to the interview here. They discuss the band's longevity, making music for kids and television and the band's most famous fan, among other topics.
October 15, 2009
The Space Parlour on KDHX, St. Louis Community Radio, features an instudio session with They Might Be Giants recorded before their sold-out "Flood Show" at The Pageant last Friday. Here's the RFT Review. They perform three songs and discuss songwriting, an upcoming "inspired by" Alice In Wonderland compilation, touring with Ralph Carney and more. Listen online tonight at 8PM CDT. Tomorrow, it will be available to stream for the next two weeks here.
October 14, 2009
AOL's Spinner.com has posted a blog entry from John Linnell titled 'Old-Timey' Technology Is Just What They Might Be Giants Ordered. The end of the article promises another article next week about The Egg. You can follow his blog postings here.
October 11, 2009
Happy They Day everyone!
October 10, 2009
To celebrate next year's 20th anniversary of the Flood album, TMBG also performed "Dead" after "Meet The Elements" on the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The web-exclusive performance can now be seen here on Hulu!
October 9, 2009
Sunday is They Day! Celebrate decades of TMBG goodness! Discuss your holiday plans here! Talk:They Day
October 8, 2009
Rolling Stone has posted a 5-page long retrospective, celebrating 20 years of Flood. Flansburgh and Linnell give a track-by-track commentary as to the meaning and/or recording process of every song on the album. Definitely worth checking out for all you die-hard fans out there! Additional snippets not used in the interview are available at 33 1/3's blog.
October 8, 2009
Jonathan Coulton has announced he’ll be playing Flood in its entirety at his October 10 show, at the same time TMBG plays Flood in its entirety. More infomation here at Coulton's Blog. An article, complete with YouTube clip of Coulton performing "Birdhouse In Your Soul" is available here.
October 8, 2009
The AV Club has posted an interview with John Flansburgh, discussing the subject of interviews that the band has granted over the years.
October 7, 2009
There's a new episode of Theynow, the music podcast for fans of They Might Be Giants. Update your feed readers or listen here.
October 7, 2009
TMBG's performance of "Meet The Elements" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last night is now available on YouTube here. A short (six-second) clip from the episode of the band backstage in the Green Room is on NBC's website. The full episode is available in America in high quality on Hulu (or skip to TMBG) and NBC.com (select chapter 5 in the "Select Chapter" menu).
October 6, 2009
Remember to set your DVR (or stay up late)--They Might Be Giants will appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tonight (12:35am ET on NBC), performing a song from Here Comes Science! The performance itself will likely take place at the end of the show, closer to 1:20am ET.
October 3, 2009
Check out TMBG's interview with Science Cheerleader, featuring lots of background info on the making of Here Comes Science.
October 3, 2009
A very happy birthday to Dan Miller, who turns 42 today!
October 2, 2009
They Might Be Giants' YouTube page "ParticleMen" has added all the videos off the Venue Songs DVD. Check it out at youtube.com/user/ParticleMen.
September 30, 2009
They Day is on its way--Sunday, October 11th! Get your sharpies ready!
September 27, 2009
Almost a year after the song premiering on Podcast 37A, The Brothers Chaps' video for Crystal Fortress has been posted on homestarrunner.com

September 2009[edit]

September 25, 2009
TMBG appeared on WAMC's Performance Place earlier today. You can listen to the interview and performance here.
September 25, 2009
On Tuesday, October 6th, They Might Be Giants will be performing and appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. There is a contest at NBC to win tickets to attend and sit on the set's "Band Bench" during the screening, which can be entered here.
September 25, 2009
TMBG will be on the second hour of NPR's Science Friday at 3pm today. The performance can be heard and downloaded here.
September 23, 2009
WNYC show Radiolab has released a half-hour minishow with TMBG discussing Here Comes Science and performing songs from the album at Water Taxi Beach in Queens. Click here to download.
September 22, 2009
Today, Here Comes Science hits shelves at all your favorite physical music stores! Be sure to stuff your car with as many copies as you can. In other news, Amazon.com has posted an exclusive MP3 download of the bonus track "Waves" on the album's MP3 download page, so go download it for 99¢ today!
September 11, 2009
On October 26th, The Disney Channel will air a new animated special, "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Choo Choo Express," featuring a new song by TMBG. More info available here.
September 4, 2009
The Spike TV Scream Awards have nominated "Other Father Song" for "Scream Song of the Year." Vote <a href="http://www.spike.com/event/scream2009">here</a>.
September 2, 2009
WXPN has the July 25, 2009 Camden Waterfront/Xponential Music Festival '09 show up for streaming on their website. The <a href="http://xpn.org/music-artist/festival-2009/artist?artist=7">WXPN website</a>'s link is faulty, so try <a href=""> this one</a> instead.
September 1, 2009
iTunes now has "Here Comes Science" available to purchase! The full album with all songs and videos included (38 tracks total) costs only $14.99! <a href="http://tinyurl.com/mv4yej">Get it now!</a>
September 1, 2009
The Amazon.com release of the "Here Comes Science" CD/DVD has been pushed back a week to September 8th due to depleted stock (too many pre-orders!). If you have already pre-ordered the album before this week, you should still get it in the next few days.
September 1, 2009
"Here Comes Science" is now streaming in full on AOL's Spinner--this week only!

August 2009[edit]

August 31, 2009
Here Comes Science is now out on iTunes a day early! (However, it is only available as individual songs and videos. You cannot purchase the full album.) Click <a href="http://tinyurl.com/mv4yej">here</a> to buy.
August 31, 2009
If you don't feel like shelling out 99¢ for the iTunes version of Electric Car, AOL's Spinner has posted a great interview with Flansburgh, and a free MP3 download of the song. There is also a new Flansburgh interview on wired.com with some excellent quotes in the sidebar.
August 30, 2009
Not sure how we missed this, but last month, Flood became TMBG's first album to be certified platinum by the RIAA! Congrats, guys!
August 27, 2009
The newly re-designed theymightbegiants.com has been launched! Exclusive merchandise in the new store includes a new "Science Is Real" T-shirt, shirts from the 2008 and 2009 tours, both Mono Puff albums on CD, and more! Check it out!
August 27, 2009
There is a new They Might Be Giants Podcast available on iTunes and tmbg.com: Podcast 39, which includes the music video for I Am A Paleontologist.
August 26, 2009
TMBG's video for Science Is Real has been posted to Amazon.com
August 24, 2009
Our good friends at Spare The Rock, Spoil The Child have been given the green light to offer a free MP3 download of the album version of I Am A Paleontologist. Visit sparetherock.com and download it today! (Note - it's also available for listening at TMBG's PR firm, Girlie Action.)
August 24, 2009
They Might Be Giants posted the music video for the song Electric Car on their YouTube Channel.
August 11, 2009
Playhouse Disney has begun airing videos from Here Comes Science. So far, we know that Electric Car and Roy G. Biv are in the rotation. If you spot any more, please help us to fill out any information that you can about the songs.
August 3, 2009
Check out tmbg.com to see a new "tmbg" logo. Perhaps a foreshadowing of the newly redesigned site that is supposed to occur in 2009...?
July 30, 2009
TMBG's catalog on iTunes has been updated. Amongst the notable additions -- The Spine Hits The Road is back, plus the Cast Your Pod To The Wind collection that came with The Else is available as a download for the first time.

July 2009[edit]

July 27, 2009
John Flansburgh appeared on this week's episode of This American Life, discussing both the writing of contract riders, as well as the band's upcoming fall tour. The episode, entitled "Fine Print", can be streamed here.
July 18, 2009
Several new articles worth reading have recently been posted online. The first, from Billboard states that Here Comes Science's release date of September 1st will only be through iTunes and Amazon. It will be available through other retailers on September 22nd. It also says that we may see a Spring 2010 release date for their new rock album, and it is halfway done. The second article, a press release from the band's PR firm Girlie Action says that we can expect to see the They Might Be Giants Friday Night Family Podcast resume next month.
July 17, 2009
They Might Be Giants are featured prominently in this week's episode of PRI's "Studio 360", recorded in Aspen, CO on July 4. The full episode and individual downloads of each song performance can be found at studio360.org.
July 11, 2009
Hot on the heels of the announcement of the release of Here Comes Science, Amazon is now taking orders for TMBG's next book, called Kids Go! (scheduled to be released on November 3rd). Included with the book will be an audio CD as well. You can pre-order it at Amazon.com!
July 10, 2009
Happy Birthday, Mr. Marty Beller! Hope your birthday is literally, off the hook, cuz we know that's how you roll...
July 10, 2009
Two new interviews with John Flansburgh have been posted on Rainbow Rumpus. The first interview is for adults, and discusses their children music career. The second interview is much shorter, sillier, and is for kids.
July 8, 2009
TMBW.Net is now on Facebook. Come check us out today, and meet all your fellow wikians!
July 1, 2009
Here Comes Science now has a set release date of September 1, 2009, and is available for pre-order on Amazon.com!

June 2009[edit]

June 29, 2009
Celebrate America's independence this year with TMBG, live from Aspen Colorado on Public Radio International's Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. The night's show will focus on the current financial crisis, and They Might Be Giants will perform songs on the theme of the big reset. CORRECTION: This show will air the weekend of Friday, July 10. Check your local listings (many of which offer online streams).
June 19, 2009
Here Comes Science will be in available in stores this September! Stay tuned for more details.
June 19, 2009
They Might Be Giants appearance at this year's Coney Island Mermaid Parade has been canceled. If you were planning to go, just to check out TMBG, it's not too late to change your plans!
June 12, 2009
A very happy birthday to John Linnell, who turns 50 today!
June 9, 2009
John Flansburgh, John Linnell, and Marty Beller appeared on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show last week, playing "Meet James Ensor", "The Mesopotamians", and talking about Marty's list of banned words. The appearance is now up on wnyc.org, available in both video and MP3. (Note - the recording is cut short, due to a power outage.)
June 3, 2009
"Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" was lip-synced by Craig Ferguson (and others, including those ubiquitous puppets) as the opener for the Late, Late Show on CBS. Catch the replay here.

May 2009[edit]

May 21, 2009
Attention Little League Coaches: TMBG is offering to sponsor ten little league baseball teams this summer! If you would like John and John to sponsor your team, send the following info to littleleague@tmbg.com:
  • City, State and Zip
  • Name of the local sports organization
  • Ages of team members
  • Size of your team
  • Anything else they should know!
For more info, check out tmbg.com
May 20, 2009
If you'd like to keep up on the latest TMBG news that is posted on TMBW.Net, subscribe to TMBW's Twitter feed today!
May 6, 2009
On Thursday, May 7 at 11am, TMBG will be on WFUV Public Radio NYC, live in-studio with Claudia Marshall.
May 6, 2009
A happy birthday to John Flansburgh, who turns 49 today!

April 2009[edit]

April 30, 2009
In a new mailing list email, the band has announced that they are working on a picture book for kids as well as an untitled forthcoming adult album, and their children's DVD/CD, Here Comes Science. They are also looking for developers for a They Might Be Giants iPhone application.
April 10, 2009
The Johns spoke about Frank Black for WXPN's Unsung Favorites series, each citing and describing a song they admire. Listen here

March 2009[edit]

March 21, 2009
They Might Be Giants will be hosting Tap Project Radio, part of UNICEF's Tap Project, during various parts of the day on Friday, March 27. You can listen online and get a schedule of who will be hosting here.
March 8, 2009
A new Theynow is available for fans of TMBG. Update your feed reader or listen online now.
March 5, 2009
Podcast 38A has been released and consists of the music video for "Employee Of The Month." Watch/listen today!

February 2009[edit]

February 16, 2009
John Flansburgh is donating a ukulele that he hand-painted and features silhouettes of his cat, "The Governor", to a charity auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Humane Society of Berks County. The auction will be on Saturday, March 28, 2009, beginning at 6:00 PM (live auction begins at 7:00 PM). In addition, they are accepting proxy bidding in advance on their website.
February 12, 2009
Don't forget, tonight TMBG will be on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, performing "The Mesopotamians" (12:35 a.m. ET)! If you were too tired to stay up and watch it, the episode is up on Youtube. Watch it here!
February 8, 2009
Holy smokes! They Might Be Giants won their second Grammy today, this time in the Best Children's Musical Album category, for Here Come The 123s! Congratulations to John, John, Marty, Dan, and Danny!
If you missed the live stream, you can re-watch the awards show for the next month here, with Best Children's Musical Album appearing at approximately 41 minutes in. Here are some links for news about TMBG's win: NY Daily News; Billboard.
February 3, 2009
The Coraline Soundtrack, which features the "Other Father Song" has been digitally released today. You can download it from Amazon for $8.99 and iTunes for $9.99. (The individual track is 99¢ from both stores.) The CD is now also available from Amazon.

January 2009[edit]

January 29, 2009
John and John will be hosting 95.5 WBRU's Retro Lunch Hour tomorrow at noon. It is a station based in Providence, RI. If you aren't in the market, you can listen to a live stream at the station's website.
January 26, 2009
The tracklisting for the upcoming Coraline Soundtrack, which features the short Other Father Song has been released. According to Amazon, the album will be released digitally on February 3rd. A physical release will follow on February 24th.
January 25, 2009
Minnesota Parents Magazine has named Here Come The 123s as their #1 kids album of the 2008!
January 22, 2009
TMBG posted a new video for Employee Of The Month here (Guaranteed entirely unrelated to Dane Cook!).
January 15, 2009
Flansburgh talks about kids music and the band's Grammy nomination in today's Star Ledger.
January 14, 2009
Jamie Kitman spoke with some people from NPR about Electric cars at the Detroit Auto show. At the end of the interview, he talks about They Might Be Giants, and how they have a new song, to be released this fall, called Electric Car. A sample of the song is played near the end of the interview.
January 10, 2009
To celebrate the fact that They Might Be Giants has appeared more times on Late Night with Conan O'Brien than any other rock band, they have been invited back to bid Conan a fond farewell on Thursday, February 12, 2009. Check your local NBC listings for airtime.
January 5, 2009
A John Flansburgh interview with Stay Thirsty has been released. There are audio clips from the interview sprinkled throughout, along with various song samples. Topics covered include: Here Comes Science, People Are Wrong!, and Marty's disdain for the Boston Red Sox, plus much, much more!
January 1, 2009
Two more interviews from Philadelphia have been posted. First, check out the 14-minute long video interview with NBC Philadelphia. And, when you're done with that, here's an interview with Phawker for your reading pleasure. (Thanks to Giants Online for the heads-up).
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