They Might Be Giants - Till My Head Falls Off (Live)*
There were 87 Advil in the bottle now there’s 30 left. I ate 47 so what happened to the other 10?
There’s a small part of my brain that wishes TMBG got the widespread attention, respect, and mass success that they deserved before their excellent kids albums shoved them into the mainstream.
But there’s a much larger part of my brain that is happy I was able to enjoy them for so many years amongst modest numbers of truly faithful fans.
Of the bands I consider to be my all-time favorites, being a TMBG fan feels the most like I’m a member of a secret society that’s been given special access to some of the most entertaining music that’s ever been created.
*(I chose the Severe Tire Damage version only because the guitar solo absolutely rips.)
where did you get your desk/table? is it sturdy? is it made of particleboard?
Good question. I think it was given to me by my uncle who worked maintenance at Xerox. It was likely a victim of corporate downsizing, destined for the dumpster, and somehow made it way into my possession.
It’s extremely sturdy and I’m not sure what it’s made out of, but it’s likely very thick particle board. It’s quite heavy. I can’t imagine what it would take to actually break this thing, but it would not be easy.
Maladroit is, by far, the most overlooked weezer album. It’s also their best post-pinkerton album, and that’s saying a lot considering that most songs have ridiculous lyrics and the songs don’t really have much cohesion when taken together as a whole.
Though, to be honest, I’m sure the reason I like Maladroit so much is because it’s so raw, under-produced, and non-stop shred from start to finish.
People who leave jams in the copy machine for someone else to fix. People who take advantage. People who practice willful ignorance. People who don’t care that their lousy work ethic puts their coworkers at a disadvantage. People who talk over you while you are trying to explain something. People who don’t listen. People who think rules aren’t meant for them. People who don’t pay attention to signs. People who flaunt their ignorance. People who spend their whole day sighing. People who are workplace martyrs. People who hijack a conversation. People who have done everything you have but better, harder, faster. People who tell you your feelings are unnecessary. People who touch your personal stuff. People who comment about your lunch. People who don’t practice personal hygiene. People who think everything is about them. People.
First of all, I'm extremely jealous of your recording experience this month. I can't imagine how awesome that must have been. Second, I can't wait to hear Victory! I haven't heard much of your music, but if that acoustic cover of Stars was any indication of your ability, it's going to be great. Thanks for sharing your experiences with FMGreen.
Please hold your jealousy until the end of the show.
There really isn’t anything I love to do more than to write, create, shape, perform, and record my own music. This whole process has been fantastic from Day 1. That’s not to say there hasn’t been plenty of stress, arguments, anger, and maybe even a little depression (I really enjoyed Chicago), but the overall emotion, by an overwhelming margin, is that of pride. We created something that we are very proud of, something that we think sounds truly great, and we essentially pulled it out of thin air.
To me, that’s what makes making music so special. Where do songs come from? They are truly creations of our minds and our souls. I find that it’s entirely different from visual art, where you are looking at something and adjusting it and tweaking it and physically shaping it through touch and feel. Music comes out of the ether and, regardless of the mechanical processes involved in making it audible to others, it can be wholly enjoyed by its creator whether or not a wave of sound is ever created.
Thanks for your support. We can’t wait to get Victory! released for everyone to enjoy.
Todays reports are that Verizon will be offering an unlimited data plan for $30/month, but that this offer will only exist for “a limited time” - the duration of which will surely be kept secret from customers. Obviously I’d want to jump in on an unlimited data plan and potentially grandfather myself into unlimited data for the life of my contract, especially if I plan to use the iPhone as a wireless hotspot.
However, I’d prefer to wait until July to buy the likely-to-be-released iPhone 5. Obviously it doesn’t make much sense to buy an iPhone 4 now and then have to shell out full price in a few months for an upgrade to the latest and greatest.
And so… buy iPhone 4 now and secure myself with an unlimited data plan but then have to pay full upgrade cost to iPhone 5 in just a few months… OR… wait to buy iPhone 5 in a few months and run the risk of getting stuck with a crappy tiered data plan and have to pay frequent overages.
I was thinking today of all the great shows I’ve been to in the past and how when it comes to typical worktime cooler-talk, I’m much more comfortable discussing that one great local band I saw three times or the stadium show that blew my mind.
So, for a little sea change, let’s talk live shows. I’ve put together a little list to fill out, because who doesnt love lists? I love lists and you love lists… I see enough of them posted every day, so what’s one more list to add to the pile? Except, this one is actually about something interesting, not who you kissed last or the last person to text you (because frankly, I dont give a shit). So, ahem….
I’ve never done one of these before, so feel free to reblog with an answer or send one here and I’ll post it.
This is going to be pretty difficult. I think I’ve probably attended somewhere close to 600 shows (local, national, my own, etc) over the past 17 years.
1.) What was the first band you ever saw live?
Slash’s Snakepit - April 15, 1995 - Boston, MA (Axis)
2.) What was the first big show/stadium/festival you went to and who was playing?
I’ve never attended any sort of large multi-band festival-type event, and I don’t particularly ever want to.
3.) What was your favorite all-time live show, based on how amazing the band was?
David Bazan (w/band) - October 16, 2009 - Washington D.C. (The Black Cat). Perfect band, perfect album, perfect night.
4.) What was the most memorable show you’ve ever seen, based on strange events/drunk people/fighting/moshing/et cetera?
The most ridiculous stage antics I’ve ever seen would probably be way back in 1996, one of the first shows I ever attended… Brutal Juice, CIV, Toadies. The lead singer of Brutal Juice was half-smoking cigarettes, tossing them up in the air, catching them in his mouth, chewing them, and swallowing them… filters and all. Not particularly impressive… but it was definitely memorable for little 16yo Steelopus.
Also… getting to see KISS on the Psycho Circus tour was pretty damn awesome.
5.) What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a group play live?
In 2008 I traveled from Rochester, NY to Los Angeles, CA to see Superdrag’s first west coast show since 2002. That’s 2262.6 miles.
6.) What group have you seen that absolutely sucked live? (come on, we all know it happens)
Holy crap this is a long list. Most recently: Cage The Elephant in 2010 played one worst shows I’ve ever seen while opening for Silversun Pickups (who were excellent).
*6a.) Has a band ever been so bad live that you walked out before they finished?
I can’t recall ever walking out on a show. I paid my money and I’m gonna see all the movie hear all the music.
7.) What bands have you seen live before you even knew who they were, and subsequently became a fan of?
I saw Ben Kweller (solo) open for Sarah Harmer sometime back in 1999 at a small local bar, before his resurgence in popularity in 2000. He blew me away that night and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.
Jucifer hit me like a ton of bricks the first time I was convinced to check them out. 8 shows later and I’m still a huge fan.
I didn’t know what to expect from Electric Eel Shock when I saw three Japanese dudes take the stage, the drummer wearing nothing but a strategically placed sock, but holy hell they shredded me into submission. I was instantly hooked. It’s a shame they’ve given up on America and now spend all their time in Europe, because their live shows are astoundingly entertaining.
8.) Got any great band merchandise you purchased at a show?
Not that I can think of. I tend to buy music from the merch table, not tshirts, etc.
9.) Any shows where you got to hang out with the band/crew?
This is a pretty long list. Most notable would be these… Weezer on several occasions. Superdrag on several occasions. Ozma a couple times. David Bazan/Pedro The Lion twice. Sarah Slean a few times. Ben Folds (solo) once. Ben Kweller twice. Phantom Planet once.
10.) What groups have you yet to see live, but are dying to?
Queens of the Stone Age are my #1, “Must See,” band. Radiohead, but the longer I wait… the less interested I become. The Cardigans, but that’s not likely to ever happen. Pixies. The Rentals. The Philip Glass Ensemble. Pinback. Tool.