TMBG (and Other Folks) Appearing at This Month’s “Talent Show”, “Join Us” Advance Tracks Drop Tuesday

TMBG at Celebrate Brooklyn! (07/11/09)
Photo: D. Caplan
Download: “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” – TMBG (mp3)

Hi, our favorite people. Guess what! John Flansburgh and John Linnell, aka They Might Be Giants, are gonna be in our show this Wednesday night, 4/27. You are literally the first to know! Theme: Speech & Debate. Tickets:

Brooklyn superstars They Might Be Giants will make a “surprise” appearance at this month’s Talent Show at Littlefield on April 27. Not familiar with the Elna Baker and Kevin Townley‘s monthly show? I think the cat is out of the bag now that NYMag named it Best Variety Show in town. Other guests this month include: Todd Barry! Kristen Schaal! Eugene Mirman! Dave Hill! Cintra Wilson! Mike Albo! Virginia Heffernan! T-Berry! Matt Oberg! Stuckey & Murray! and Ashley Ward & Nate Starkey!

TMBG - Join UsIn other TMBG news, Flans and Linnell are about to drop a new (non-kids) album July 19, 2011 entitled Join Us. Itunes will premiere four advance tracks off of the new record on April 26 (also known as TMBG Awareness Day). “Can’t Keep Johnny Down,” the first new track from their upcoming LP is available now on Pitchfork or at the top of this post.

Read the full press release about the new TMBG album after the jump.

They Might Be Giants new album, Join Us, is the recordings that their fans have been waiting 20 years for! Impossibly catchy, sometimes strange and always original the album is a stunning return to form. As the band turns away from the family oriented projects that dominated their output in recent years (and garnered them two GRAMMY nominations and a win) on Join Us we find the band has returned to their singular sensibility that made them an instant phenomenon in the world of alternative rock. Join Us is an electrifying mix of clever, maddeningly catchy songwriting and studio mastery. The album was created in the brand new private studio of their long-time collaborator Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Mary J. Blige, Tegan and Sara, Doveman). The advance tracks will be released digitally April 26 on iTunes through their “Complete My Album” program on April 26th, with the full album arriving in all digital and physical outlets later this year through Idlewild/Rounder Records.

The advance track offering opens with “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” –a summer-perfect pop single that will get instantly stuck in your head and make you want to roll down the windows. The electronic ballad “Never Knew Love” puts a new and simple twist on the love song. The pure folk-pop of “Old Pine Box” showcases the band’s signature harmonies, handclaps and the always popular, never anticipated vocoder.

Check out the new “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” MP3 where it premiered on Pitchfork or HERE. Feel free to post and share!

They Might Be Giants unlikely success story started nearly three decades ago with their Dial-A-Song service. High energy, low budget videos broke them into heavy rotation on MTV and the rest would soon become alternative rock history. Along the way the band has become the recipients of two GRAMMYs and a platinum record (1990’s Flood). They recorded numerous themes including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, their GRAMMY-winning theme Malcolm In the Middle and many more. John Flansburgh is currently produced Jonathan Coulton’s upcoming studio release “Artificial Heart” which also features TMBG”s Marty Beller on drums.

Notorious for their energized live show, They Might Be Giants will launch the first international tour in over a decade this Fall, hitting 6 countries and over 50 US cities. Stay tuned for details!