#89 – “Empty Bottle Collector” (2001)

Working Undercover For The Man EP

A.S.: Or “Empty Bottle Blues”. L.K.: This is the same as “Empty Bottle Collector,” right? Because I don’t have an “Empty Bottle Blues”. A.S.: Err, yeah I guess its original name is “Empty Bottle Collector”; I have it as “Empty Bottle Blues”. It’s another one of those songs with more than one title. L.K.: It’s another of those Malcolm instrumental … Continue reading

#87 – “All Things Considered” (Mono Puff) (2001)

TMBG Unlimited - October

L.K.: The TMBG-NPR connection continues. A.S.: With a funky Mono Puff cover of the All Things Considered theme, which is also as far as I know, the last released Mono Puff recording. L.K.: Yeah, although the fact that this was released at all is kind of weird. Mono Puff was on All Things Considered at least twice; in 1996 … Continue reading

#75 – “Theme From Unlimited” (2001)

TMBG Unlimited - March

L.K.: Oh I need to re-listen to this, not sure if I know what it is… A.S.: Yeah, I can’t remember this one off-hand either. L.K.: What is the deal with TMBG and weird instrumental theme songs? A.S.: I have no idea, but yeah I guess it is pretty common… “Severe Tire Damage” for one. L.K.: That one was like … Continue reading

#72 – “La Dolce” (2000)


[audio http://www.tmbg.com/_media/_pod/TMBGPodcast22A.mp3] [“La Dolce” found 4 minutes, 4 seconds into podcast.] A.S.: …And a mere two songs later, we get another Malcolm instrumental. L.K.:  One that actually shares the same main melody line as one of the ones we just mentioned! I used to get a couple of these instrumentals confused, and now I remember why—while … Continue reading

#70 – “Rotary Club” (2000)


[audio http://www.tmbg.com/_media/_pod/TMBGPodcast5B.mp3] [“Rotary Club” found 5 minutes, 47 seconds into podcast.] A.S.: This is a little Malcolm in the Middle instrumental that can be found on a podcast. L.K.: I first heard it on a podcast… is that where it made its debut on an official release? A.S.: Yup, although it’s been floatin’ around on Malcolm bootlegs n stuff for a while. I get … Continue reading

#46 – “Budnitz #1” (2001)

They Might Be Giants vs. McSweeney's

L.K.: There’s so little to even say about this song since it’s so short and it’s an instrumental, but for a tiny little instrumental, I really enjoy it. Or at least I enjoy the first, faster part of it. A.S.: Yeah, it’s just this cool little surf/spy thing. L.K.: It’s also known as “Be Kind And Gentle”. Both … Continue reading

#10 – “The Life of Doug” (2001)

They Might Be Giants vs. McSweeney's

A.S.: So we finally reach not only our first McSweeney’s track, but also our first instrumental, and our first track under 30 seconds long. L.K.: Well that certainly gives us a lot less fodder for discussion given the short length and lack of lyrics. I wish I knew which McSweeney’s piece this song was supposed … Continue reading

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