Sooooooooooooooooo I’m working on the next issue of This Could Lead to Excellence or Serious Injury. Are you excited? You’re excited, aren’t you?
I usually do a new issue when I’ve been to some shows, because show reviews are what make up the bulk of issues normally. But I wanted to keep things going during THIS FUCKING GODDAMN LONG LONG YEAR, so I’m coming up with other material.
This particular issue is going to consist mainly of “The Absolutely Neverending List of Things About John That Are Adorable, Sexy, or Just Generally Completely Amazing.” I know, you’re thinking, “But Quinn! That list is already available right here on Tumblr! Why should anyone care about it in a zine?” But! The version in the zine is going to be ANNOTATED. It is going to be much more detailed and illustrated and everything. IT WILL BE SO MUCH BETTER.
When I first thought of the word “annotated” in relation to this my very next thought was “Oh my god it’s like the Norton Critical Edition of John obsessing,” and then I got really excited, cos I fucking LOVE Norton Critical Editions. Do all those silly silly people who weren’t English majors even know what Norton Critical Editions are? ARE THEY AWARE OF THE MAGIC? Basically it’s a classic book but in an edition jam-packed with TONS of supplementary material—footnotes, scholarly essays, background info, etc. THIS IS THE SORT OF THING ENGLISH NERDS GET REALLY EXCITED ABOUT. So um. I am excited to be bringing a scholarly perspective to talking about how hot John Linnell is, and I’m going to make the cover look like a Norton Critical Edition somehow.
I am getting SO geared up for John’s birthday tomorrow, y’all. I have BIG PLANS.
I’m gonna watch Gigantic for the 50 millionth time and find some gifable things and make gifs of them, and maybe find some things that would make good wav files too. Probably most of these will be things that are to be filed under “Things John Does/Says That No One But Me Realizes Are SUPER-ADORABLE,” but that’s pretty much the story of my life, so.
Then I’m probably going to go over to Seattle’s own ACCORDION STORE, which I believe I have only been to once, which is totally ridiculous. Obviously I don’t need a second accordion myself, but I will just gaze at all the pretty accordions. And that’s close to my very fav coffee shop in town, Sureshot, so I will go there and drink celebratory coffee for my fellow coffee fiend.
AND AND AND I think their episode of Ask Me Another should be going up, since the one for last week went up on Thursday. So that’s EVER-SO-SLIGHTLY EXCITING too.
So yes! It’s going to be a good day! I’m sure I will enjoy it much more than John will, ha.
Y’ALL it is now after midnight here in Seattle so that means it is ONE WEEK TO JOHN’S BIRTHDAY and ONE DAY TO THE RADIO THING
I’M A LITTLE BIT EXCITED
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.