Posted in MP3 | music | tour dates on July 18, 2011

DOWNLOAD: They Might Be Giants - "Can't Keep Johnny Down" (MP3)

TMBG at Prospect Park in 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
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After some experiments with children's music, They Might Be Giants are back with the quirky alternative rock they became known for over the last three decades. Their fifteenth LP Join Us comes out this week (7/19) on the band's own Idlewild Records. The album was produced with long-time producer Patrick Dillet. Grab the album's single "Can't Keep Johnny Down" above.

TMBG will head out on an extensive international tour this fall after a few dates at the end of this month, including an in-store at Apple Store Soho on Wednesday (7/20) at 7 PM ("Pick up an admission wristband on July 19"), a free Williamsburg Waterfront show on July 29 with Eugene Mirman, Patton Oswalt, Todd Barry, Kristen Schaal and fellow geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton. Jonathan also opens the band's record release show the next day (7/30) at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ and most of their fall tour.

They Might Be Giants recently stopped by AV Club Undercover to take on Chumbawamba's "Tubthumping," which according to the band is "sort of like a They Might Be Giants song." They invited AV Club staff to join them in the room and sing the song's chorus.

Watch the video and check out all tour dates, album art and tracklist below...

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They Might Be Giants - "Tubthumping" (Chumbawamba cover) for AV Undercover

They Might Be Giants covers Chumbawamba


Join Us

Tracklist:
1 Can't Keep Johnny Down
2 Cloisonné
3 Never Knew Love
4 Old Pine Box
5 Judy is Your Viet Nam
6 You Probably Get that A Lot
7 In Fact
8 You Don't Like Me
9 2028
10 Let Your Hair Hang Down
11 Three Might Be Duende
12 When Will You Die?
13 The Lady and the Tiger
14 Protagonist

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They Might Be Giants -- 2011 Tour Dates
7/20: New York, NY @ Apple Store Soho
7/28: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
7/29: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront w/Eugene Mirman FREE CONCERT*
7/30: Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony (CD release party)*
9/8: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place*
9/9: Great Barrington, MA @ Mahaiwe Theatre*
9/10: Concord, NH @ Capitol Center for the Arts*
9/11: Norwich, VT @ Open Air Theatre*
9/13: Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre*
9/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theatre*
9/15: Rochester, NY @ Harro Ballroom*
9/16: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*
9/17: Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre*
9/18: Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection*
9/20: Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House*
9/22: Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue*
9/23: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
9/24: St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant*
9/25: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom*
9/27: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom*
9/28: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel*
9/29: Richmond, VA @ The National*
9/30: Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts*
10/1: Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center,
(2 shows, 6:30pm & 9pm)
10/28: Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
10/29: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10/30: Iowa City, IA @ Englert Theatre
11/1: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/2: Kansas City, MO @ Beaumont Club
11/3: Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
11/4: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot*
11/5 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory*
11/6: Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory*
11/8: Vancouver, BC @ Venue*
11/9: Seattle, WA@ Showbox SoDo*
11/10: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
11/11: Arcata, CA @ Van Duzer Theatre *
11/12: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore*
11/13: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore*
11/16: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues*
11/17: San Diego, CA @ Belly Up*
11/25: Uncasville, CT @ Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Casino
11/26: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
* - w/ Jonathan Coulton

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Comments (71)

YES! I was getting tired of the childrens stuff...ready for the rock!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:12 PM

If they don't play "The Guitar" at the Williamsburg Waterfront, I will cry the entire weekend.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:15 PM

ready for the rock? since when has this fucking band rocked?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:17 PM

1:17 John Henry, Apollo 18, Lincoln, Factory Showroom...bet you haven't heard any of those.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:21 PM

The Else had some good rock too

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:21 PM

1:21 knows where it's at. Apollo 18 was one of the very first CD's I owned at eight years old. Still holds up surprisingly well.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:22 PM

My Evil Twin is very clever! Love that tune!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:28 PM

they might be releasing a very mediocre album. Actually, they are. Someone needs to take away John Linnell's KAOS pad and break it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:30 PM

^someone needs to take away your internet privelages for being an idiot

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:33 PM

new album's tight

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:34 PM

old dudes are stoked! They're calling their babysitters and making plans...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:43 PM

^ok enjoy your summer off..school starts again soon johnny boy...put down the mouse!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 1:46 PM

^old guy....probably actually did call his babysitter or had to ask his henpecking wife for permission to go.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:08 PM

I can't believe anyone on this blog likes this band. Seriously people..... Have you listened to the theme song to Malcolm in the Middle?? This might be the world's worst band. This band is so terrible it makes me angry.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:09 PM

^ I don't get it either, but I didn't go to high school in the '80s

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:11 PM

2:09 get over it you don't have bigger things to worry about...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:19 PM

So let me make sure I get it....anyone who listens to a band from the 80's or 90's is automatically old?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:20 PM

2:09 you are basing the bands whole career on a 30 second clip? Do you realize the band has over 20 albums and 500+ songs? You are really close minded. I am surprised you like any music whatsoever if you discount a band in 30 seonds!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:21 PM

Man I can't believe the crazed TMBG super-fans who made going to see them in the late 90s so annoying are not only still around, but infiltrating this message board to yell at anyone with an opinion other than the new TMBG is awesome.

STOP RUINING EVERYTHING NERDS

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:32 PM

I mean I don't care, but you 40 year old dudes need to stop pretending that this band has the level of talent that transcends generations.

They are a nice nostalgia trip for a certain socially challenged group of teenagers who grew up in the the mid to late '80s. Nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:36 PM

"Man I can't believe the crazed TMBG super-fans who made going to see them in the late 90s so annoying are not only still around, but infiltrating this message board to yell at anyone with an opinion other than the new TMBG is awesome."

What does this mean exactly... you're upset that people liked the same band you did in the late '90s?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:49 PM

I'm 27 and I love the band.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:50 PM

And you people wonder why you can't get a date.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:50 PM

is the TMBG fan base mostly nerds? I don't mean that in a mean way, it just always seems that way.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:52 PM

This is the spawning of the cage and aquarium, don't wait a moment too soon. Used to be different, now you're the same. Yawn as your plane goes down in flames. :)

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:53 PM

2:52, yes mostly nerds, a lot of them probably self identifyingly so.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 2:59 PM

The malcolm thing was pretty bad, but the first four records are untouchable. Impossibly witty, creative, experimental rock music. Some of the later records were pretty hit or miss, but I'd still take them over some unimaginative, flash in the pan hipster band any day.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:01 PM

You know what's really cool? A musician who wears thick, black frame glasses not because it's fashionable - but because they have really poor vision.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:07 PM

^nah that's just inferior genetics

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:08 PM

i'm 28 and i love the band

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:12 PM

2:49 if you are unaware of the cabal of psychotic super TMBG nerds which dominated all of their shows in the late 90s/early 00s just consider yourself lucky. These dudes were far beyond extra devoted fans of a band I liked.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:14 PM

i'm 82 and i love this band

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:18 PM

Never saw any crazy people at tmbg shows - usually just super-cute, super-nice people who would buy you a beer, a copy of Gravity's Rainbow and give you a hug. No bros trying to score, no talk of seven inches and no hummus. Imagine!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:33 PM

^I gotcha, it's mostly nerds like yourself...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:37 PM

A band that were once genuine oddballs who have since devolved into the saddest, most pathetic group of guys playing to their audience's worst tendencies. It's like they decided to play up everything that was once forgivably and pleasantly annoying and turn into this total beast. These guys are smart, strong songwriters, it's a shame that their previously mentioned terrible fans sent them off in such a dark direction.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:37 PM

sorry TMBG super-fans, but i've had the "join us" promo for about a month now & it's their worst album by far... and we're talking about the band that made fucking "mink car". still, i'm totally going to see these guys at the waterfront next friday cause they usually play a good selection of tunes from all their records.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 3:48 PM

"And you people wonder why you can't get a date."

...says the dude who thinks talking shit to fans of a band he doesn't like on the internet is a good use of his time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 4:07 PM

I thought mink car was really good, actually. Hovering Sombrero? She thinks she's Edith head? And Man it's so loud in here should be played in every club everywhere.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 4:21 PM

"...says the dude who thinks talking shit to fans of a band he doesn't like on the internet is a good use of his time."

My comment before was the only one in this article. I haven't partaken in the shit-slinging here (and not give a shit enough to). Seriously, you nerds need to at least practice taliing to girls or something. Have fun!

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:10 PM

I was a big, big fan of these guys as a young boy and saw them many times. It is true, they do have some of the worst, most obsessive, disgusting fans on the planet earth. I still have a lot of affection for some of their material but god, their fans are serious beasts. It is almost impossible to enjoy their concerts due to how obnoxious their crowds are. Their fans (at least the ones I've met) are obsessed with them to the point of being stalkers and seemingly enjoy no other music that is not directly related to They Might Be Giants, Weird Al Yankovic or Moxy Fruvous.

I'm amazed they still put themselves on the line regularly and play concerts where they could be forced to interact with their miserable, creepy fans. I'm sorry, They Might Be Giants, for all the bullshit you take from people and for how horrible your fans are. It is funny to see your horrible fans trolling Brooklynvegan though.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:13 PM

^I really want to know what the fans did to you..enlighten me? Were you rejected by some girl who liked TMBG? Was it decades ago? Why are you still holding a grudge?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 5:49 PM

I went to see them a number of times and was forced to listen to their terrible, terrible fans talk. Please note I said I like this band and have nothing against them personally, I just think their fans (or at least the kind that attend their concerts regularly) are some pretty terrible people.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 6:21 PM

you were forced to listen to their "talk"? dude, you need some help.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 7:38 PM

I saw these guys in the early 80's in space's smaller then your living room.
I guess that makes me really old.
they always put on a great show. even if there were only 15 people in the room

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 8:26 PM

What time do we pick up wristbands on the 19th?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 8:35 PM

can vouch for the comments about horrible super-fans having been among them in the early 00's...

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 8:47 PM

Ironically everyone says the fans suck but they themselves were fans of the band...maybe you were part of the problem?

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 9:12 PM

Not their fans. A small but awful annoying cabal of their following that ruin it for everyone else.

Posted by Anonymous | July 18, 2011 10:15 PM

You know what? I'm 197 and I love this band.

Posted by Exquisite Dead Guy | July 20, 2011 7:44 AM

"My comment before was the only one in this article. I haven't partaken in the shit-slinging here (and not give a shit enough to). Seriously, you nerds need to at least practice taliing to girls or something. Have fun!"

...says the dude who gave enough of a shit to defend himself to a bunch of "nerds" on the internet.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2011 6:27 PM

this album sucks. the end. heard the whole thing and I hated it.

Posted by yeruweyguwg | July 24, 2011 7:21 PM

What time is TMBG taking the stage?

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 1:12 PM

^ at 8:30

Posted by Anonymous | July 29, 2011 7:25 PM

Anyone know what music was playing before Eugene Mirman took the stage? It was blues rock and I'd love to find out the band. The few songs that were played sounded great.

Posted by Mike | August 1, 2011 11:06 AM

^^ it was called "Irrelevant Blues" by Fukwad Jones and the Lucky Pierres

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2011 11:34 AM

im 22 and this is my favorite band

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 9:41 AM

They haven't done anything interesting since 1986. Soon as they signed to Bat None it was over. Sorry hipster kiddies, you totally missed the real boat. Go back to your Deathcab playlist.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 11:10 AM

^when is the last interesting thing you did? Posting on BV doesn't count!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 11:39 AM

settle down nerds

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 11:49 AM

11:39, you mean besides managing compliance between three departments in my company? Oh, I dunno ... but I would guess that today alone I have done about 1000x more than you have this year. But, who's counting?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:03 PM

^Sure you have posting on BV mid-day..kid yourself while you sit in your basement.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:12 PM

12:03 Compliance...really interesting..more like snorefest!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:13 PM

Believe what you want hipster scum. I don't need to prove shit to you.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:14 PM

^yes you do..otherwise you are a typical BV liar...

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:15 PM

Compliance = back office loser

Now settle down nerds

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:38 PM

^I don't want to be in compliance so I won't cause compliance is uber boring!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:40 PM

^I would much rather be unemployed sucking my daddy's dick, that's more my style

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:43 PM

lol sucking daddy's dick lol hipsters can't comprehend multitasking lol silly hipsters lol

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:46 PM

12:43 sounds like you have a persnoal problem...get a job..or get your dads seman to a sperm bank and make some money...THINK!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:55 PM

^Personal that is

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2011 12:56 PM

omg I love this band!

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