It was a very good show and a very fun everning! Of particular entertainment were an epic version of “Ana Ng” (which I don’t think I’ve seen them do live in a decade), and the Avatars of They performing “Spoiler Alert.” They did a very good job of mixing the olde and the newe in their set.
We hadn’t actually had a chance to go see They for many, many years, so it was great to have They back (on the other hand I think I’ve seen JoCo four or five times in the last couple of years—not that I’m complaining).
This summer, my all-time-favorite musicians They Might Be Giants are releasing a new album. To tide you over until then, you can download and listen to this “leaked” song from it: Can’t Keep Johnny Down.
TMBG went on Craig Ferguson’s show recently and did two songs back-to-back. First they did the classic, “Why Does the Sun Shine?” which they followed immediately with the brand-new “Why Does the Sun Really Shine?” which corrects the out-of-date science of the first song. Also, special guest John Hodgman! And plus, Ferguson is a pirate for no discernible reason.
Link of the Month: theSixtyOne.com
EDIT: This site just went through a major re-design that took out all of the functionality that I liked about it and replaced it with, well, nothing but shit. Please do not visit or support them.
DVD & ALBUM of the Month: They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science
Not only is this TMBG album full of fun, catchy tunes, but since they’re all science themed, you get some great songs about how you shouldn’t believe anything unless it’s been verified through experimentation. And not only is it a great album, but They went ahead and got animators to make animated music videos for each and every single song on the album, and they put them all together as a DVD!
Game of the Month: The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
Another brilliant Zelda game in the Wind Waker chronology. This one takes place after Phantom Hourglass, and has some wonderful innovation, like the central theme of the game: trains. You use a train to get from place to place, and you have to switch from track to track to avoid explosive enemy trains, and you have to haul cargo around without damaging or dropping it, and you have to carry passengers without making them think you’re a completely unsafe train engineer. Also, there are a series of dungeons where you can actually team up with Zelda and control both characters to solve the puzzles. It’s good.
One thing you might not know about me is that I don’t listen to a lot of music, by which I mean I tend to focus on a small selection of music and then listen to it over and over and over again.
One of the things I do is I make Mix CDs that I listen to while I’m driving around—to and from work, to and from Fools Play, etc. Thing is, I only make one Mix CD about every three months and that’ll be pretty much all that I’ll listen to until I make another one.
Traditionally I go iTunes and organize my music by most recently added, then start pulling the best songs over to a new playlist as I work my way back in time through my music collection. This way my Mix CDs tend to have a handful of songs that I’ve acquired recently. I also try not to put in too many songs that were in my previous Mix CD. But I don’t add much music to my collection very often, so doing it that way only fills up a portion of the CD. So then I delve into my list of all-time most listenable songs. Y’know, the songs that I don’t really ever get tired of listening to (the playlist that I call “Ultimate Flawless Victory” in iTunes) and toss in a few of those. Then I look at all of the songs in my collection that I’ve given four or five stars and toss in a few of those.
These Mix CDs are both reflective and projective. I try to incorporate how my musical tastes have changed over the past three months while at the same time trying to predict what I’ll want to listen to for the next three months.
Here are the last two CDs I created:
Always Been There Anyway – Julia Massey
Around the Bend – The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Brain Problem Situation – They Might Be Giants
Buddy Holly – Weezer
Cellars by Starlight – Kay Hanley
Golden Blunders – The Posies
Good Fish – Julia Massey
Have a F*****g Baby – Three Ninjas
Headphones on Your Heart – Leeni
House of Mayors – John linnell
The Last Thing On Your Mind – Lights
Little Fighter X – Fighter X
Lollipop – Mika
Lovebite – Order of the Crimson Wizard
Me + Yr Daughter – Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head
Over and Over – Leeni
Red Underwears – Three Ninjas
Say It Ain’t So – Weezer
Shut Up and Let Me Go – The Ting Tings
Soft Rocked By Me – Jonathan Coulton
Somewhere on This Couch – The Crazy Boy Floyds
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
You Don’t Know Me – Ben Folds (featuring Regina Spektor)
November 2009 (there is one repeat song from the August CD—see if you can spot it)
Dance, Dance, Dance – Lykke Li
Dirt Bike – They Might Be Giants
Doll Partz – Order of the Crimson Wizard
Heading Out at Dawn – Terrapin Productions
Jenny Towner – Julia Massey
Los Angeles – They Might Be Giants
Mario’s Café – Saint Etienne
Powers – Three Ninjas
Pride & Strawberry Wine – The Wastelanders
A Quiet Room – Tangentbot
Secret Skin – Busdriver
Spin Around – Josie & The Pussycats
Stairs – Locust Street Taxi
Starry Eyed Surprise – Oakenfold
Stop – Spice Girls
Sun Shower – Busdriver
Teenage Dirtbag – Wheatus
Theme from “Greatest American Hero” – Joey Scarbury
True Affection – The Blow
Ugly Girl – Fleming & John
Vancouver – They Might Be Giants
Veronica – Elvis Costello
The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
What’s Golden – Jurassic 5
Your Love Is a Drug – Puffy AmiYumi
I have no idea what these songs say about me, so feel free to psychoanalyze me to your hearts’ content based solely on the content of these lists. Enjoy!