Oh my fucking god y’all, I got THE BEST SURPRISE while organizing my apartment last night. So you know how a couple of years ago TMBG had the holiday bundles with the reproductions of vintage show posters? I’d heard people talk about it but didn’t remember getting them, and I figured I must’ve been too broke that year, and I was INSANELY disappointed because IT SOUNDED FUCKING AWESOME.
WELL. GUESS WHAT. It turns out I do have them but I just forgot somehow??????? And had never looked at them??????? I am COMPLETELY BAFFLED by what the fuck happened—maybe I was so excited that I put them away cos I COULDN’T HANDLE IT YET and then forgot. I have NO CLUE. But anyway while organizing my TMBG stuff I found them and oh my godddddddd THEY’RE SO AMAZING.
MY WALL IS SO MUCH HAPPIER NOW
Izzy sent me a REALLY FUCKING ADORABLE slashy Johns drawing and I’m so happy. OMG. Cutest. I kinda want to post it here but I guess some people are bothered by that sort of thing for some reason, but IF THE JOHNS DON’T WANT US TO SHIP THEM THEY NEED TO STOP BEING SO IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. Anyway, point is, SO FUCKING CUTE, and thank you Izzy!
MY PINK AND I ARE REUNITED. Here’s the deal: A long time ago I had it leaning up on top of one of my bookcases cos I wanted to have it on display, but this was a REALLY STUPID idea cos it ended up slipping behind it. My apartment is super-tiny and cramped and so there just wasn’t room to clear off the bookcase and retrieve it. But in the last few days I have been getting stuff organized and making much better use of my space and so I was able to perform a RESCUE MISSION last night. YAY.
HAPPY NANOBOTS DAY, EVERYBODY! Just back from buying my copy. I’ll admit it’s a bit anticlimatic when we’ve already had all the music for awhile, but I’m still very excited to have a real copy. I was VERY surprised and disappointed to see that I claimed the ONE AND ONLY COPY at the record store—I thought they’d have it all prominently displayed on one of the “New Releases” endcaps with a ton of copies for everybody. Now, granted, there could have been several that got snagged by people earlier in the day, but not that many. THIS IS A GREAT ALBUM IT SHOULD NOT BE NEGLECTED THIS WAY.
I’m also very excited of course to see my name in the liners, but I do wish very much that they’d included lyrics and more stuff in addition to that. This whole digipack thing is quite lame. I love the packaging overall though—the cover is so great and I love the hand-filled font. And I’m VERY happy that they’re back to “They Might Be Giants are John Linnell and John Flansburgh and have been joined by,” which is how the band should ALWAYS be listed.
Anyway. SO THRILLED WITH THIS ALBUM AND SO EXCITED TO HAVE IT OFFICIALLY AND AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH TMBG YOU ARE THE BEST.
So, while The Johns’ first show together was in Central Park in August 1982, TODAY is actually in a way the 30th birthday of “They Might Be Giants,” cos it was 30 years ago today that they did their first show under that name, at Dr. B’s. And, unlike the Central Park show, we do actually know this date, so celebration is in order. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TMBG. YOU’RE AS OLD AS I JUST TURNED. *throws confetti*
THE NANOBOTS EP IS UP. "Call You Mom" is still great. "Lost My Mind" is a MUCH better song than I thought it was—I guess it just doesn’t work very well as a live song, but the album version is quite good. I’M SORRY I DOUBTED YOU JOHN. I wasn’t sure at first what I thought of "Black Ops" but after a couple of listens I’m digging it much more, especially the ORCHESTRALNESS. OH MY GOD I HAVE SUCH HIGH HOPES FOR THIS ALBUM.
Sooooooooooooooooooo. I was too busy being crushingly depressed yesterday to properly spazz out about the new song/album news or be excited about it in the slightest actually but MAKING UP FOR IT NOW.
First, the song. IT’S SO DAMN CATCHY. I can’t get it out of my head. And I CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO IT but I don’t know that it’s necessarily going to be a repeat song for me when the album is out—it might just be cos it’s new. I can’t tell. It kinda reminds me of Vertigo, in the sense of transforming someone you’re going out with into someone significant to you. Also, OEDIPUS COMPLEX MUCH? Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeez John. It’s amusing though. AND DID I MENTION THAT IT’S REALLY CATCHY?
It’s also SAD but of course it has the BOUNCY CATCHY MUSIC cos he always does that cos HE’S RIDICULOUS LIKE THAT. He processes horrible things by combining them with happiness. It’s interesting. I BET HE REALLY DOES THAT. I bet he never, like, will seriously deal with horrible things that happen to him. He has to deflect somehow. Lalala WHY YES JOHN I WILL PSYCHOANALYZE YOU ON THE BASIS OF YOUR SONGS YOU CAN’T STOP ME. He says that thing in Gigantic about how “there’s nothing interesting about just publicly crying” and what he thinks is actually sad is when someone shows their sadness in a different way. GOD he’s so interesting.
And yes MARCH 5 MARCH 5. I just got my new planner and I have to put all the dates in (it’s undated) but when I do it’s gonna be THE FIRST THING I WRITE DOWN. And Nanobots is A DAMN GOOD TITLE. Join Us was LAME so I’m glad they’re doing better this time. And it’s 25 songs in 45 minutes is PRETTY RIDICULOUS. But one of my favourite albums ever, Sloan’s Never Hear the End of It, is mostly a bunch of short songs, so it can definitely be done well. They always have a fair number of pretty short songs anyway, but this is ridiculous even for them.
GOD I’ve been dying for any kind of info related to the album so A SONG plus a title plus a release date PLUS THAT ADORABLE PICTURE should really be enough to sate me for awhile but really it’s just making me even more desperate for MORE MORE MORE. It shouldn’t be toooooooooo much longer before we get the actual new pictures, and I don’t know if they’re going to be releasing a few more songs or not, but they’ll at least be playing some at the shows at the end of the month. And hopefully soon there will be more interviews where they’re talking about details, and there will be the album art, and OH GOD THIS IS ALL SO EXCITING I CAN’T EVEN STAND IT.
So Flans posted that today is the last day of tracking for Album 16. Soooooooooooooooooo excited, and wishing they didn’t have to do more stuff so we have to wait another two months for it. I want it nowwwwwwwwwww. But getting closer is good. Apparently it’s going to have “Insect Hospital,” a song they played a few times live like 16 years ago, which is a big surprise. Posted that here if you’d like to hear it. NOW WHERE ARE MY PREVIEW TRACKS AND PROMO PIX?
So LOOK there’s a page for Album 16 on the wiki now (thanks Apollo!) WHO’S EXCITED? I’M A LITTLE EXCITED. I was actually just pondering the idea of asking Flans something along the lines of “So y’all are being AWFULLY quiet re: the new album, WHAT’S GOING ON” so I’m so happy that we’re getting to where there are silly tiny videos and tweets and etc now. Join Us was my first proper period of album anticipation (I got obsessive only a month before Mink Car came out, was somewhat involved with The Spine but had some bad shit going on in my life during that time that kept me from paying as much attention as I should have, and was on fandom hiatus for The Else) and it was sooooooooooooooo much fun. I mean, granted, once the album actually came out I was…less than entirely thrilled with it but WHATEVER, I have HIGH HOPES for 16. MY TMBG-RELATED HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL.