They Might Be Giants have set an Aug. 15 release date for their as-yet-unnamed forthcoming Restless album. Suggested titles for the set, produced by Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne/Ivy), are "Yes
They Might Be Giants have set an Aug. 15 release date for their as-yet-unnamed forthcoming Restless album. Suggested titles for the set, produced by Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne/Ivy), are "Yes" and "Secret Mountain Laboratory."
The album, the band's first for Restless, will include several songs that have been played live for some time, some of which have been available through the band's EMusic subscription service, TMBG Unlimited. Among the tracks that will appear on the set are "Older," "I've Got a Fang," "Cyclops Rock," and "She Thinks She's Edith Head."
In the meantime, TMBG fans will want to snap up a copy of the latest edition of the literary journal Timothy McSweeny's Quarterly Concern. The issue is packaged with a 45-song CD largely composed by TMBG, along with pieces by Philip Glass, former Soul Coughing frontman Mike Doughty, Roger Greenawalt, and others.
Most of the tracks, which range from eight-second audio snippets to three-minute songs, are based on the fiction, essays, and art in the hardcover issue, with some of the authors reading their works. Some, such as Zadie Smith's "The Girl With Bangs," were written in response to already composed TMBG songs, in this case, "Bangs."
To celebrate the issue, TMBG principals John Flansburgh and John Linnell will on April 30 contribute an acoustic performance to a night of reading's from the issue at New York's Bowery Ballroom. Proceeds from the event, which comes near the end of the band's spring tour, will benefit the Reading is Fundamental organization. The tour's second leg kicks off Friday (April 14) at the Vanderbilt in Plainview, N.Y., and wraps May 6 at the Altamont (N.Y.) Fairgrounds.
As reported earlier today, the band has also secured headlining appearances at free concert series' in Nashville (June 28) and Atlanta (June 29).
For more information, or to order the issue, visit the official McSweeny's Web site.
Here are TMBG's tour dates:
April 14: Plainview, N.Y. (the Vanderbilt)
April 17: New Haven, Conn. (Toad's Place)
April 18: Pittsburgh (Metropol)
April 19: Providence, R.I. (Brown University)
April 20: Rochester, N.Y. (Institute of Technology)
April 21: Keene, N.H. (Keene State College)
April 25: Atlanta (Emory University)
April 27: Lowell, Mass. (Univ. of Massachusetts)
April 27: Springfield, Mass. (Springfield College)
April 28: Worcester, Mass. (Worcester Polytech Institute)
April 30: New York (Bowery Ballroom / McSweeny's event)
May 3: Columbus, Ohio (Newport Music Hall)
May 5: Oberlin, Ohio (Oberlin College)
May 6: Altamont, N.Y. (Altamont Fairgrounds)
June 28: Nashville (Dancin' in the District)
June 29: Atlanta (On the Bricks)