Live At The Music Hall Of Williamsburg 11.29.15

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Live at the Music Hall of Williamsburg 11.29.15
Live album by They Might Be Giants
First released November 19, 2020
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Tracks 38
Label Idlewild Length 2:01:41

Live At The Music Hall Of Williamsburg 11.29.15 is an official soundboard recording of the November 29, 2015 concert at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg, released for download in November 2020. The show is notable for featuring a full set where John & John played in their original duo format with a reel-to-reel backing tape that was created specifically for the show.


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For one brief shining moment on Saturday, November 29th, 2015, They Might Be Giants returned to their original format: a drum machine and synth bass tracked to a TEAC reel-to-reel tape recorder with a duo lineup of John L. on accordion and John F. on a Japanese telecaster (even taking care to bring back his original Fender Deluxe amp and minimal pedal complement). It was all Big 80s Systems at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn for that special set. Combining some early classics with recent numbers into a truly dynamic set of songs, these recordings are a unique glimpse of They Might Be Giants Version 1.0.

To top things off, the second set that night reintroduced They Might Be Giants' long-standing live lineup of the 21st century and, like John Henry of legend, they set out to prove that live humans will always eclipse the heartless, error-free efforts of machines. Who won? Only you can decide.

For unspecified reasons, the song "She's An Angel," which closed the duo set, was not included in this recording (though fan recordings exist).

The cover artwork for this download was a photograph taken at the show by Jon Uleis.

Track listing[edit]

Set One (John & John Duo)[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
1 Intro 1:34 
2 Snowball In Hell 3:05 
3 Don't Let's Start 2:40 
4 The Famous Polka 2:08 
5 I'll Sink Manhattan 2:29 
6 Trouble Awful Devil Evil 5:14 
7 Lie Still, Little Bottle 5:05 
8 Ana Ng 3:05 
9 Impossibly New 2:50 
10 They'll Need A Crane 3:48 
11 I Hope That I Get Old Before I Die 1:45 
12 Cage & Aquarium 2:41 
13 Daylight 1:54 
14 Wearing A Raincoat 4:13 
15 How Can I Sing Like A Girl? 2:40 
16 Youth Culture Killed My Dog 2:44 
17 Birdhouse In Your Soul 3:32 

Set Two (Full Band)[edit]

# Title Length  Lyrics Guitar Tab
18 Godzilla & Band Intro 1:11 
19 The Mesopotamians 3:08 
20 We Live In A Dump 1:46 
21 Can't Keep Johnny Down 2:40 
22 Answer 3:31 
23 Number Three 2:01 
24 Authenticity Trip 4:14 
25 I Can Help The Next In Line 2:12 
26 Damn Good Times 3:00 
27 When Will You Die 2:37 
28 Let Me Tell You About My Operation 3:12 
29 Dead 5:01 
30 I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar 2:27  N/A
31 Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2 3:15 
32 Twisting 1:57 
33 James K. Polk 4:00 
34 Robot Parade 7:28 
35 The Guitar 5:09 
36 Istanbul (Not Constantinople) 5:08 
37 Meet James Ensor 3:09 
38 Doctor Worm 3:09