TMBG Say Yes To 'No!,' Dial-A-Song Compilation
Brooklyn, N.Y. duo They Might Be Giants, coming off a rejuvenating year that saw the release of their seventh full-length album, "Mink Car" (Restless), and a holiday EP, as well as extensive touring,Brooklyn, N.Y. duo They Might Be Giants, coming off a rejuvenating year that saw the release of their seventh full-length album, "Mink Car" (Restless), and a holiday EP, as well as extensive touring, are planning even more activity for 2002.
The group has finally placed its long-awaited children's album "No!" on a release schedule. It's due out in April on the group's new TMBG imprint, distributed by Rounder Records. The disc will feature children-oriented songs such as "Robot Parade" and "In The Middle" (based on an old New York public service announcement about looking both ways before one crosses city streets), as well as an interactive animation segment created by the Chopping Block design team, who run the Giants' official Web site.
August will see the release of "Dial-A-Song: An Anthology," a double-disc compilation featuring songs from the group's phone-machine song service, which has been a staging area and showcase for demos of TMBG songs at 718-387-6962 since the mid-'80s.
"Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)," a full-length documentary about the band by AJ Schnack (who has produced videos for 311, Blink-182, Papa Roach, and TMBG), is currently in post-production, having wrapped shooting last September. The film is due to be finished in March, and its progress can be followed at its official Web site.
In other TMBG news, the band's online EMusic subscription service TMBG Unlimited will come to an end Feb. 15, having provided monthly "issues" of exclusive audio downloads by the band for the past year. The group also recently reeled in a Grammy nomination in the best song written for a motion picture, television, or other visual media category for "Boss of Me," the theme song to Fox's "Malcolm in the Middle" sitcom.