Album review: They Might Be Giants, Nanobots
“Over three decades as They Might Be Giants, the Brooklyn duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell have developed into a sort of post-modern Flanders & Swann, crafting sharp, witty and entertaining little satires on contemporary mores, set to a dizzying range of styles chosen for humorous emphasis.
On Nanobots, they cram 25 tracks into 45 minutes, ranging from “Call You Mom”, a brisk Sixties rocker, and the quietly threatening secret-service satire “Black Ops”, to “The Darlings of Lumberland”, an infectious, multi-sectioned jazz suite of accordion, sax and bass clarinet. “Tesla” offers a two-minute potted biography of the scientist, while “Sleep” undertakes a complex philosophical discussion of daily renewal in just 38 seconds.
Download: Black Ops; Tesla; Sleep; The Darlings of Lumberland”
The Dinner Party Download is a smart, funny public radio show about everything excellent in culture, from the company that brings you “Marketplace.” Think NPR meets Vanity Fair. In each episode, hosts Rico Gagliano & Brendan Francis Newnam talk with some of the world’s most interesting celebrities, and along the way equip you with bad jokes, fresh drink recipes, hot food finds, odd news items…
Grammy-winning duo They Might Be Giants (John Flansburgh and John Linnell) have been churning out catchy, smart tunes since 1986 – for both adults and on several albums for kids. Their 16th album “Nanobots” (out this week) features a whopping 25 songs in just 45 minutes. To celebrate the less-is-more idea, they suggest a few other tiny gems.