01 Apr 2015
They Might Be Giants announce new album “Glean” as Dial-A-Song continues every week throughout 2015

They Might Be Giants - Glean

2015 is already a landmark year in two-time Grammy winners They Might Be Giants‘ illustrious career. With the return of their Dial-A-Song service, the band have been posting a new track and accompanying music video every week to unanimous exclamations of joy from fans old and new.

Every Tuesday throughout the year a new song is posted via www.dialasong.com, TMBG’s “Particlemen” YouTube channel and on their free smartphone apps.

In celebration, the band is releasing GLEAN on 20th April via Lojinx in Europe and on 21st April in the US on their own Idlewild imprint. It includes 16 songs direct from these first weeks of their Dial-A-Song service. The range of these recordings is truly staggering. From the manic violin-driven ‘Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2‘ to the bluesy grinding of ‘Underwater Woman,’ Glean comprises some of They Might Be Giants’ most vital work of their 30+ year career. With the album, TMBG’s sound is in equal turns as rocking, surprising, effervescent, and truly original as they have ever been. The highly anticipated album is produced with long-time collaborator Pat Dillett (St. Vincent, Mary J. Blige, David Byrne, Donald Fagen, etc), and comes hot on the heels of 2013’s fan-favourite Nanobots.

From the world’s first downloadable album to audio and video podcasts to smart phone apps, They Might Be Giants’ career has always been one of unlikely innovation. And now their most notorious innovation, Dial-A-Song, has been revitalised for 2015. Originally launched in 1983 from John Flansburgh’s Brooklyn kitchen via a consumer answering machine, Dial-A-Song let listeners in on the latest and greatest from the band years before their career took off on a international level.

In February the band announced a video contest for the lead single ‘Erase’, to be judged by Black Francis of the Pixies. As the 7th April deadline approaches, it’s sure to elicit spectacularly original results and the 3 winners will each be handsomely rewarded with a $1000 cash prize.

Pre-order Glean: https://www.lojinx.com/releases/they-might-be-giants/glean

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31 Mar 2015
They Might Be Giants – I’m A Coward (Dial-A-Song Week 13)

They Might Be Giants Dial-A-Song Week 13, “I’m A Coward”. Video created by Keira Alexandra.

iTunes | Spotify | Dial-A-Song Direct

I’m a coward
It’s a miracle I dare breathe
Overpowered by the gentlest summer breeze
Even when I close my eyes I like to think that I’m hiding

I need a confidant. A co-conspirator
To turn the tide on my losing side

I’m a coward
Guess I’d best make myself clear
I bet mumbles are what you’d expect to hear

I need a confidant who can see past my faults
And take the time to save me from myself
I need a confidant. A co-conspirator
To turn the tide on my losing side

29 Mar 2015
They Might Be Giants New Album

They Might Be Giants New Album

24 Mar 2015
Review: The Lost Brothers in R2 Magazine

The Lost Brothers review R2 Magazine

If you’re already acquainted with The Lost Brothers, then this is more of the loveliness. If you’re not, you ought to be

24 Mar 2015
They Might Be Giants – Underwater Woman (Dial-a-Song Week 12)

They Might Be Giants Dial-A-Song Week 12, “Underwater Woman”. Video created by Mark Marek.

iTunes | Spotify | Dial-A-Song Direct

underwater woman
underwater lady
no one on the shore will ever know what’s in her heart

fiercely alive, will to survive
able to thrive on her own
self contained, properly trained
hydroponically grown

underwater woman
breathing underwater
brushing her hair, eating a pear
no one can tell when she cries
away away away

she scans the ocean floor
with ultrasonic blips
nothing but rocks and sand
and the broken wrecks of ships

underwater woman
underwater lady
no one on the shore will ever know what’s in her heart

laughing uncontrollably, who is she talking to?
holding up a shell like it’s a telephone
frantically digging through a pile of old papers
intently staring at a photograph

underwater woman
breathing underwater
brushing her hair, eating a pear
no one can tell when she cries
away away away

23 Mar 2015
New Release: David Myhr – Veronica / Oh Susie

David Myhr is back with a single release featuring cover versions of two classic songs from his own childhood record collection, records that were spinning on his turntable and in his head when he first started out writing pop music.

The A-side features his own inimitable take on Elvis Costello’s 1989 classic “Veronica”, recorded for Myhr’s contribution to the recently released American compilation “Beyond Belief: A tribute to Elvis Costello“. Other contributors included Matthew Sweet, The Rubinoos and Lojinx label mate Mike Viola. The highly recommended compilation is out on Spyder Records and the proceedings goes to charity.

“Veronica” was co-written with Paul McCartney and Myhr declares it his favourite Costello song in no small part influenced by his life-long obsession with The Beatles.

Though “Veronica” was Costello’s most successful song in the US it has so far been covered by very few artists (we believe this is the first time that a cover version finds its way out onto Spotify).

The digital release includes B-side tune “Oh Susie”, the debut single from 1979 by the Swedish new wave/pop band “Secret Service”. Myhr says:

It was evening sun in my old home town Piteå in the north of Sweden. I was eighteen and cruising around in my first car when this song first came on the radio. It immediately struck a chord with me. Its melancholy seemed to me to have an almost Harrison-esque vibe. I found out it was from a Swedish band from the seventies called Secret Service and we used to include it in our otherwise sixties dominated cover repertoire. The singer Ola Håkansson had been a star already in the sixties with Ola & The Janglers and later became, and still is, a legendary music business mogul. It was he who first gave my former band The Merrymakers our first record deal.

The original has a distinct disco flavor but David Myr’s version perhaps gives it a more timeless appeal.

Myhr’s take on “Oh Susie” is also featured on an American compilation album “Even More Superhits of the Seventies” which he was invited to participate together with, among others, Lojinx label mates Marshall Crenshaw and They Might Be Giants.

21 Mar 2015
The Lost Brothers play live for Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music at SXSW

The Lost Brothers play live for Steve Lamacq at SXSW

Listen to The Lost Brothers play live for Steve Lamacq at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

18 Mar 2015
The Lost Brothers – UK dates with Stornoway

The Lost Brothers

The Lost Brothers are returning from triumphant US tour with Glen Hansard and SXSW shows to immediately head back out on the road with a string of dates supporting Stornoway in the UK & Ireland. Prefaced with Liverpool Acoustic Festival and Shepherd’s Bush Empire with St. Paul and The Broken Bones, the band continue to support their new album New Songs Of Dawn And Dust.

  • 21 March Liverpool, Unity Theatre (Liverpool Acoustic Festival)
  • 28 March London, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (w/St. Paul and The Broken Bones)
  • 10 April Dublin, Pavilion Theatre (w/Stornoway)
  • 21 April Southampton, Engine Rooms (w/Stornoway)
  • 22 April Reading, Sub 89 (w/Stornoway)
  • 23 April London, Islington Assembly Hall (w/Stornoway)
  • 25 April Bexhill on Sea, De La Warr Pavilion (w/Stornoway)
  • 28 April Cambridge, Junction (w/Stornoway)
  • 29 April Norwich, The Waterfront (w/Stornoway)
  • 30 April Glasgow, The Art School (w/Stornoway)
  • 01 May Newcastle upon Tyne, Riverside (w/Stornoway)

17 Mar 2015
They Might Be Giants – Unpronounceable (Dial-a-Song Week 11)

They Might Be Giants Dial-A-Song Week 11, “Unpronounceable”. Video directed by ITWST.

iTunes | Spotify | Dial-A-Song Direct

time stopped
when you said hello
when you left
the clock began to breathe again
now all I do is think about
the puzzle that remains

your name it is unpronounceable
distorted and illegible
I never figured out what that was
If I couldn’t then I doubt I ever will

rewind the tape, review the blur
never the same, but still obscure
turn up the sound and hear the white noise
zoom and enhance if that were even a
real thing
which it isn’t
stare at the static long enough you’ll
be hypnotized be hypnotized

now I spend
my days and nights
looking at
a depression on the sofa
and over time it flattens out
but I am still depressed

your name it is unpronounceable
distorted and illegible
I never figured out what that was
If I couldn’t then I know I never will

rewind the tape, review the blur
never the same, but still obscure
turn up the sound and hear the white noise
stare at the static and be hypnotized

found
found your sound
wound down and nearly drowned
lying on the ground

your name it is unpronounceable

13 Mar 2015
Making-of “Afraid Of Ghosts” mini-documentary with Butch Walker and Ryan Adams

Noah Abrams made a mini-documentary with Butch Walker while recording his new album Afraid Of Ghosts with Ryan Adams.

iTunes: http://smarturl.it/afraidofghosts
Amazon: http://ljx.cc/LJX090CD-amazon
CD & LP: http://ljx.to/ljx090