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smallerdemon
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Icon 10 posted May 01, 2003 08:27      Profile for smallerdemon   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I'll post a brief summary of TMBG concert. The opening band was Common Rotation, and Adam Busch is one of the singers (the lead really) in this band. Adam Busch you would know if you saw him since he played Warren on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. They are a decent band with a sound a lot like The Barenaked Ladies, so it's nothing spectacular but still better than a lot of crap you'll hear on the radio.

Here's my thing about going to concerts. I don't really follow of know the playlist very well. If I don't know a song, then I just enjoy the performance. If I do know a song, I equally enjoy the performance combined with enjoying hearing a song I'm familiar with performed live and maybe with a bit different inclination.

TMBG is a big combination of these two things. I don't know all of TMBG's songs, and honestly, it didn't matter. The songs I didn't know were outstanding and many of them made me want to find the CDs that contain the songs. The songs I did know I enjoyed immensely.

My favorite (and I think everyone's there) song performed with quite a bit of a different inclination was Particle Man performed in the style of the Beatle's "Tax Man". This was the result of TMBG's part of the show where they flip through the local radio stations and pick songs to play along with.

TMBG is a crowd band all the way. They love to make fun of the audience (Advice: don't yell "Istanbul!" out unless you want to receive a special secret message from the band, and don't yell over their stories unless you want to be deemed "Mister Entitlement Issues"), and they have several songs that specifically require audience participation (I can't recall the last time I was asked specifically to swear aloud then asked to mumble aloud as part of a performance).

TMBG were gracious with their encore performances, providing us with two encores, one of which did end up with Istanbul and another, which shocked me:
Fingertips. If you are not familiar with this, it's a series of about 18 tracks at the end of Apollo 18 that are designed to be played on a CD player
in shuffle mode, but TMBG actually started at the beginning and worked their way through to the end of that entire series of tracks (they are all about three to fifteen seconds long). The second encore was nice, but clearly designed to tone down the audience (it's a song about a crowd going to sleep), although they DID open the second encore with a cover of The Monkees
theme song.

Other standout things about the show were the number of kids there (plenty)
and the fact that I saw someone in the audience wearing a Megatokyo l337 shirt.

The show I attended was the 04/30/03 show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

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TMBG rocks. I saw them for the 6th time in early April at Toad's Place in New Haven. As always, They kicked ass, but I don't think I'd recommend Toad's as place to see them or any band you care about.

We got there about an hour before the tickets said the show started (8, so we showed up to wait at 7ish.) Turns out, in true Toad fashion, doors didn't *open* til 8. Then we stood and waited and waited and waited until 10:30 for the opener and the Johns finally went on at 11. Overall, it was not a good concert going experience, even though the group put out great energy. We were exhausted and annoyed, having stood for the better part of 3 hours.

[QUOTE]Originally posted by smallerdemon:
TMBG were gracious with their encore performances, providing us with two encores, one of which did end up with Istanbul and another, which shocked me:
Fingertips.


That's cool. Usually they close with Lighthouse, or at least, that's what I've seen lately. At the last two shows I went to, they played Fingertips as part their performance.

The only disappointment I had this last time was that They didn't play "She's An Angel" (but that's just 'cuz it's my favorite.) [Wink]


Other standout things about the show were the number of kids there (plenty)

I know! Isn't that cute? At Toad's I gave up my front row spot by the stage to a kid who was at his first live show. We bonded. He didn't mind my singing along either. [Smile]

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Ooh. I want to see them. *jealous* That is so cool. I had teachers playing TMBG in my English classes in high school and even here in college. You are so lucky.

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I have not listened to much of their stuff, but i just bought a song of theirs off iTunes Music Service. Some of their stuff is so out there, I am not sure I can get into it all, but I like their individuality and different sound from mainstream rock.
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Shoehorn!!!

PB, check out their site. I have no idea where in Cali Elkgrove is, so maybe you're in the north, and you can go see one of the OR shows. . .

The last time I saw TMBG was last June, and they said they'd be back in six months [Frown] ; but they haven't come back yet . . . Stupid boring Cincinnati: Bring back TMBG!

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They seem to be turning into "The Screen Savers" house band, they were just on 2 nights ago performing a couple of songs.

I always seem to miss them when they come to MI, usually play somewhere that's at least a 3 hour drive on a work night. [cry baby]

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They've played a few free concerts at the Hatch Shell here in Boston--those're always worth seeing. But I've been a major fan of them ever since I heard "Birdhouse in your Soul" on the radio, more years ago than I should admit to.

My four-year-old loves "No!", too. He'll sit mesmerized through the entire album.

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Nah you can admit it! I've been a fan since buying their self titled CD in 1986(or was it '87 and the songs are just copyright '86?) after seeing the video on MTV, but sadly I've slipped in keeping up with there releases the past 4 years.

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......... But I've been a major fan of them ever since I heard "Birdhouse in your Soul" on the radio, more years ago than I should admit to........


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I just had to interject this for bragging's sake (you know, like people who rave about their brand new computers):
They Might Be Giants is going to be at my college next semester. They were going to come in early September last year, but then the planes hit the WTC and they canceled. (With good reason).
But, anyway. They're coming back.
SOOOO excited.

And Dr. Demento is currently right down the hallway in my dorm.

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TMBG is absolutly my favorite band! I've been listening to them for ten years. I've only been to four of their concerts, but each was a singular experience. Unfortunately, they don't come out to Colorado very often. [Frown] [Frown] So I'm starting a yearly vaction to San Diego to see them. Anyway, if you haven't been introduced to TMBG, they do have two albums available via iTMS. I highly recommend John Henry. Great album!

If anyone is a TMBG fan and would like to see some rare videos, let me know. I'd love to share!

Good site for TMBG stuff.

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[cry baby] DOOOH ! TMBG Just played 2 gigs in Seattle at the crocodile cafe. A tiny little club. I OF COURSE had to work. [ My job the more life you have the more they want to suck it out of you. OT all summer long and take your leave time in the winter.] I LOVE the Johns and have been rabidly listening to everything they have done for years. I REALLY LOVE the Beatles too and a Taxman ish version of Particle Man ? Id give my left nut for a MP3 O that.
So don't yell Istanbul ? OK what do you get for yelling Purple Toupee ?

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a race car not called a racist?

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[Confused] That girl who says " I don't want the world. I just want your half." in Ana Ng [Lincoln version] I SWEAR is Liz Taylor from Staten Island NY. My X GF last seen on Mount Rainier. Any of you Giant Heads know for sure ?


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I know this topic is way old, but here's a new post.

They might be coming to philly

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/020039140309B629?brand=&artistid=736288&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=60

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They came to a city near me last month but I was out of town when they came so I didn't get to go. Kinda pissed me off... I've never gotten to see them in concert although I've desired to for a long time. Well maybe next time then [Smile]

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They're going to be in Leeds in a couple of weeks time - right when I go off to the Lakes [cry baby]

/me wonders if I can get someone to tape it for me [Wink]

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I saw them a few years ago with trachtenberg (sic?) family slideshow players.

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I'm going to see TMBG in 4 hours! I'm so stoked! Woooo!

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