#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

#114 – “I’ve Got A Fang” (2001)

Mink Car

L.K.: I think “strange” is really the only word I have to describe this song. A.S.: Oh yeah.  Shades of the band’s earlier work really find their way into this one, only with a much bigger budget. L.K.: It seems like it’s trying too hard though, unlike the more organic weirdness of the earlier stuff. A.S.: You think … Continue reading

#84 – “Christmas Cards” (1993)

O Tannenbaum 7"

A.S.: Merry Christmas, dear reader! L.K.: You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but we’re going to make Christmas in April a thing now. A.S.: And what better way to celebrate with a jaunty, probably improvised tune about stolen Christmas cards? L.K.: I guess I didn’t realize that this was originally from a 7″! It’s the flip side to “O … Continue reading

#59 – “Nightgown Of The Sullen Moon” (1989)

They'll Need A Crane EP

A.S.: The shuffle gods are feeling quite guilty about the “Ten Mississippi” mishap. L.K.: We’re really breezing through the 1980s though, for the most part. A.S.: I suppose, although outside of “7-11” we haven’t gotten any of the really obscure, weird old stuff. L.K.: Yeah. I’m just talking album tracks and EPs here. A.S.: True, it does feel quite disproportionate. … Continue reading

#50 – “Tryptophan” (Mono Puff; 1995)

The Devil Went Down To Newport EP

L.K.: Or however it’s spelled. A.S.: Not even Flansburgh can decide how it’s spelled, it seems, even though as far as I know, it’s correct without the “e”.  Many Thanksgivings have taught me this. L.K.: Well I think it’s the amino acid versus… the substance? I don’t know, I’m a terrible biology major. A.S.: I feel like I’ve read … Continue reading

#39 – “Hey, Mr. DJ, I Thought You Said We Had A Deal” (1989)

Miscellaneous T

L.K.: I had the honor of being at the second-ever live performance of this song! A.S.: I am eternally jealous. L.K.: I have no idea why They Might Be Giants thought coming to Cleveland in February was a good idea, but they kicked their 2008 tour off there anyway, and it was amazing. And this was the song they … Continue reading

#38 – “I Enjoy Being A Boy” (2005)


[audio http://www.tmbg.com/mp3/IEnjoyBeingABoy.mp3] A.S.: Weirdly enough, I downloaded a Banana Splits compilation not all that long ago but have yet to listen to it in full.  I think I’ll give it a listen while we discuss this song. L.K.: Aren’t the Banana Splits like a children’s band or something? Or am I completely off base there? A.S.: No, you’re completely correct. … Continue reading

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