#118 – “Sally Boy Candy Bar” (1983)

TMBG Unlimited - July

A.S.: AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH L.K.: This fucking song. A.S.: SKJVN;SZKNBSZFG LBNFGH’N EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE L.K.: We should’ve done this yesterday when I had my capslocking excitement! It’s worn off since then! A.S.: I’m trying to recapture the excitement of seeing this pop up in the shuffle. L.K.: I can’t feign keyboard-smashes… Go copy and paste whatever I did yesterday. A.S.: Sorry I was busy watching Mon Oncle at My Mind’s Eye and … Continue reading

#115 – “Sketchy Galore” (2006)

Cast Your Pod To The Wind

A.S.: Maybe it’s because we haven’t been Song-A-Dayin’ for a couple of days but this song is sounding really good to me today.  Like I’m just diggin’ it more than normal. L.K.: It’s a fun track from the early days of the podcast. I’ve always dug the shifting time signatures. A.S.: Yeah, I feel like this song was partly the … Continue reading

#112 – “AKA Driver” (1994)

John Henry

L.K.: Oh I was just thinking about this song earlier, in the wake of the Kanye West “Theraflu” debacle. A.S.: Yep.  Looks like Theraflu won that one. L.K.: Remember kids, you can have brand names in songs, but you just can’t print them. A.S.: The company posted a message saying that they in no way endorsed the song, and then I … Continue reading

#110 – “I Can’t Hide From My Mind” (2004)

The Spine

[audio http://www.tmbg.com/_media/_pod/TMBGPodcast34A.mp3] [“I Can’t Hide From My Mind” begins 4 minutes, 19 seconds into podcast.] L.K.: It’s kind of a minor song but we still need to radiate the Flans-love today… and all other days, really. A.S.: Yes, happy Flanso de Mayo, everyone! L.K.: You drank Mint Juleps and Mexican beer yesterday… I am not sure what the official Flanso … Continue reading

#107 – “Come On And Wreck My Car” (1992)

Apollo 18

L.K.: We are having the worst luck lately! A.S.: Yeah, although I will say that this is one of my favorite “Fingertips” songs. It has a good energy that sustains its 12-second length. L.K.: Its single-sentence lyric is the sort of thing that sounds great when shouted or shrieked at increasingly higher pitches, as Flansburgh tends to do in … Continue reading

#106 – “Indiana Wants Me” (198?)

TMBG Unlimited - July

A.S.: So here’s another song that isn’t quite TMBG but was released by TMBG. L.K.: It’s from a pre-TMBG band John Flansburgh was in. I don’t know if they recorded any other songs or if this was their only recording. A.S.: This song features members of The Turtlenecks, the band Flansburgh was in that not only immediately predated … Continue reading

#103 – “I Can Add” (2008)

Here Come The 123s

A.S.: I feel like since “Ten Mississippi” the shuffle has shown us pity with regard to children’s songs, although that could only last for so long. L.K.: Oh John Flansburgh, what went wrong with you in 2008? What went so horribly, horribly wrong? A.S.: Yes, a friendly reminder: as much as we love John Flansburgh, we feel that … Continue reading

#102 – “Extra Savoir-Faire” (1994)

John Henry

L.K.: More bass clarinet goodness for you! A.S.: Yesssss. This song has some pretty prominent bass clarinet action, which is always a good thing. I dare anyone to name me a shitty song with serious bass clarinet in it. L.K.: It’s got some fun wind scoring in general. A.S.: It does!  The arrangement for this is pretty neat, the 2-against-3 thing going on … Continue reading

#100 – “Down To The Bottom Of The Sea” (2001)

They Might Be Giants vs. McSweeney's

A.S.: Welp, we’ve made it to #100, slowly but surely, especially in the last couple of weeks.  We apologize for the delays. L.K.: Yeah, I don’t know what’s up with us lately. A.S.: A combination of being lazy and busy. I think. L.K.: This is kind of an anticlimactic song to be the big #100. A.S.: Such is the drawback of the shuffle. But to … Continue reading

#98 – “How Can I Sing Like A Girl?” (1996)

Factory Showroom

L.K.: Man, I am listening to the demo of this song right now and I forgot how low it is. A.S.: You mean they key?  I’m giving the studio version a re-listen first. L.K.: Yeah, key-wise I think it’s continually moved up, from the demo to the studio version to the live version. A.S.: Which of course isn’t unusual for … Continue reading

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