Tag Archives: They Might Be Giants

A New Year Friday Random 10

WMP-fired random tracks from the external HD:

  1. Pretending to Care” – Todd Rundgren, A Capella
  2. “My Baby” – Wings, Wings at the Speed of Sound
  3. “Swing Street” – Bruce Hornsby, Hot House
  4. “Standing on Higher Ground” – Alan Parsons Project, Gaudi
  5. “Bordeaux” – John Tesh, Tour de France soundtrack
  6. Goodbye Girl” – Toto, Toto
  7. “Hearing Aid” – They Might Be Giants, Flood
  8. Shangri-la” – Electric Light Orchestra, A New World Record
  9. Endless Horizon [I Love BoB mix]” – Electric Skychurch, Moog soundtrack
  10. Siberian Khatru” – Yes, Close to the Edge

Back to work!

They ARE Giants

K is a wonderful daughter and for my Father’s Day/birthday she bought two tickets to They Might Be Giants concert at the Pageant Theater. Well, as the day arrived, she came home from college for the weekend and we (eventually) found ourselves standing just a few feet from center stage.

The Pageant is a great venue; while it might not have been sold out, it was close, but the floor was not uncomfortably crowded. The opening performer was Jonathan Coulton; he and “The Jonathan Coulton Both Stars” very much reminded me of Bowling For Soup. He opened with an amusingly entertaining version of “Mr. Fancy Pants”, performed on…something. I’ve got some Googling to do. After the rest of his band came out, they played “Code Monkeys” among other songs. If I played Portal, I might have recognized “Still Alive”.

TMBG came out firing with several hits (here’s someone’s video of their opener “Dead”), including their new single “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”, several oldies but goodies (“Don’t Let’s Start”, “Birdhouse in Your Soul”, “Ana Ng”, “The Mesopotamians”, and of course “Particle Man”). Linnell rocked the keyboard, accordian, bass clarinet, and Flansburgh, his voice reinforced by a glass of Ecstacy-laced hazelnut LSD (well, that’s what he said it was) was very entertaining. My voice was a bit sore from providing the tragically missing high third to the harmonies, and K and I found them to be a lot more fun live than we were anticipating.


performing “Particle Man” stage left

It’s safe to say a good time was had by all.

A High Mean Temperature July Friday Random 10

For the sixth time in recent days we set a record for St. Louis for the highest daily low temperature on record.  We haven’t set any actual record high temperatures, but because it hasn’t cooled down as much at night, our mean temperature for July has been the fourth highest on record.  Yuck.

For the eighth time this season, I nailed the daily Twins radio trivia question, with the last five giving me chances at a drawing for tickets to the September 26th Twins/Royals game at Target Field.  Q: Bert Blyleven was traded away from the Twins, and later was again reacquired by the Twins; which Twins player did this happen to before Blyleven?  A: Roy Smalley
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WMP decided I needed to start out with a couple tracks by the Eno brothers — who am I to argue?

  1. Voices” – Roger Eno, Voices
  2. An Ending (Ascent)” – Brian Eno, Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks
  3. The Journey/Recollection” – Rick Wakeman, Journey to the Centre of the Earth
  4. Knife Edge” – Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer
  5. “Ancestors” – Lisa Gerrard, Whale Rider soundtrack
  6. “Schwarze Augen” – Klaus Doldinger, Das Boot (The Director’s Cut) soundtrack
  7. “Sonatine III – Be Over” – Joe Hisaishi, Sonatine
  8. “Let Your Hair Hang Down” – They Might Be Giants, Join Us
  9. Show Me Mary” – Catherine Wheel, Chrome
  10. “Vishnu” – E.S. Posthumus, Makara

Stay cool this weekend!

Friday Random 10

Another Friday, another ten random tracks, this time straight off the external HD:

  1. “Hearing Aid” – They Might Be Giants, Flood
  2. “The Demon Power II” – Joe Hisaishi, Princess Mononoke soundtrack
  3. “Cairo” – Geoff Downes, The World Service
  4. “Farewell” – Tan Dun, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon soundtrack
  5. “Like Everyone She Knows” – James Taylor, New Moon Shine
  6. “Plurnstyle”, Ozric Tentacles, Become the Other
  7. “Temperament of Mind” – The Strawbs, Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios
  8. “The Calling” – Ira Stein & Russel Walder, Transit
  9. “Lucky Sevens” – The Push Stars, Paint the Town
  10. “Zawinul/Lava” – Brian Eno, Another Green World

Enjoy your weekend!

A Birthday Friday Random 10

Birthdays on Fridays are sweet…

  1. freudianaDestiny” – Eric Woolfson, Freudiana
  2. “1988 (Robert Fripp)” – Various Artists, Angels in the Architecture
  3. “San Francisco 1906 (Excerpts)” – Synergy, The Jupiter Menace soundtrack
  4. “The Floater” – Henry Mancini, The Music from Peter Gunn
  5. Never Ending Story” – Klaus Doldinger & Georgio Moroder, The Never Ending Story soundtrack
  6. Pipeline” – Alan Parsons Project, Ammonia Avenue
  7. Why Does the Sun Shine?” – They Might Be Giants, Severe Tire Damage
  8. “America (bonus track – single)” – Yes, Close to the Edge
  9. “Relay Breakdown” – Synergy, Electronic Realisations for an Electronic Orchestra
  10. “A Miner” – Joe Hisaishi, Laputa: The Castle in the Sky soundtrack (Image Album)

regarding #3 & #9: we were big Synergy fans in college (still am); Synergy is Larry Fast, electronic keyboard pioneer.  If you haven’t heard him as Synergy, you might have heard him playing keyboards on Peter Gabriel’s early albums & tours.  His first LP Electronic Realisations is brilliant.

1991 Flashback Friday Random 10

A few weeks ago I tried a shuffled Random 10 from the Twins’ World Series year 1987; this week I’m giving their other World Series year 1991 a whirl:

  1. djam karet“Topanga Safari” – Djam Karet, Burning the Hard City
  2. “One More Go Round” – James Taylor, New Moon Shine
  3. Live Throbbe [bonus track]” – Ozric Tentacles, Strangeitude
  4. “A.D. Rock” – Rick Wakeman, 2000 A.D. Into the Future
  5. When It Rains It Snows” – They Might Be Giants, Miscellaneous T
  6. “Corkscrew” – Steve Howe, Turbulence
  7. “5 Bagatelles – I Prelude” – Gerald Finzi, FINZI: Clarinet Concerto, Five Bagatelles
  8. “O’ Bilancio” – Rick Wakeman, Black Knights at the Court of Ferdinand IV
  9. Frozen Man” – James Taylor, New Moon Shine
  10. How Much is Enough?” – The Fixx, Ink

Enjoy Labor Day weekend!

An Alternate Random Friday 10

This Friday I set the shuffle to “Alternate” (whether they were correctly categorized or not, who knows?) – let ‘er rip:

  1. OMDElectricity” – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, The Best of OMD
  2. Everywhere That I’m Not” – Translator, Everywhere That We Were: The Best of Translator
  3. “A Poor Man’s Memory” – Explosions in the Sky, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever
  4. I Love You (Miss Robot)” – The Buggles, The Age of Plastic
  5. ABC Auto Industry” – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Dazzle Ships
  6. Doctor Worm” – They Might Be Giants, Severe Tire Damage
  7. Hope for Us” – The Jealous Sound, Kill Them with Kindness
  8. Experimental Film” – They Might Be Giants, The Spine
  9. “Just Another Day” – Oingo Boingo, 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Oingo Boingo
  10. O Lazarus” – Translator, Everywhere That We Were: The Best of Translator

A few duplicates, but some great tracks.  Enjoy your weekend!