The New Yorker will host a conversation, with music, between the alternative rock duo They Might Be Giants and the New Yorker humor writer Andy Borowitz.I'm so going. Your mileage may vary.
Also on the subject of TMBG, I just received my copies of Their new children's DVD, Here Come the ABCs and its soundtrack today. Yes, you saw the C word in there, but turn up not thy nose 'til you've checked out the samples on this site. I recommend the song Alphabet of Nations (which They performed on Conan O'Brien last week (link goes to the video)), and the videos for Flying V and D and W. I can't see myself actively watching this DVD in its entirety often, but it'll be great to have on in the background. I wish I knew more kids in it's target demographic, because it would make a great gift.
Here Come the ABCs would also make a great gift for the TMBG fans in my life, but Amazon tells me that people who bought it also looked at the trailers for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Team America: World Police, and Elvis Costello albums. I get the feeling that the adults purchasing Here Come the ABCs are unashamedly buying it for themselves. Oh sure, we were sheepish about it at first. Their first children's album, No! was released on my 22nd birthday, and I spent every lunchbreak of the preceding week taking notes and graphing and correlating customer data at Borders to figure out the best time to zip in, make my purchase (avoiding eye-contact with the sales staff, of course), and leave without many people seeing me in the Children's section.
When I actually listened to the album it turned out to be friggin' brilliant, musically at least. No! features a lot of songs where the lyrics are just lists, and the usual themes of death, loneliness and paranoia are missing. That hasn't stopped TMBG fans all over the Internet from trying really, really hard to legitimize Their children's work to the incredulous rest of y'all. This is my attempt.
Anyway, I notice that the back of the DVD case says:
Kids know TMBG's music from the Disney Channel's "Higglytown Heroes," "Austin Powers," "The Oblongs," "Blues Clues," "PBS KIDS Share a Story," and "Tiny Toons," as well as their GRAMMY Award-winning theme for "Malcolm in the Middle."I wonder how many kids in the "under six" age bracket latched on to TMBG through Austin Powers? My guess is somewhere in the ballpark of zero.