They Might Be Giants
Sat April 13, 2013
Doors: 7:30pm / Show: 8:30 pm
Cost: $22.50 advance / $25 day of show / $40 for 2 day pass
About the Event:
Two -count ‘em- TWO nights with They Might Be Giants!
For a 2 Day Pass, click here.
They Might Be Giants
This year They Might Be Giants are celebrating their 30th anniversary as a band. Yes, it is their pearl anniversary, and they are actively wondering what practical things are made of pearl.
They Might Be Giants is an original band from Brooklyn, New York founded by John Flansburgh and John Linnell. TMBG writes, records and tours continuously, has been involved in numerous television and film projects. They have an on-going audio and sometimes video podcast that is free. They have won two Grammys. The Johns are frequently joined by Dan Miller on guitar, Danny Weinkauf on bass, and Marty Beller on drums.
In July 2012 They Might Be Giants released the 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their first album for kids, No! It includes seven bonus tracks that are actually good, including a full length recording of the song Alphabet of Nations. Currently TMBG is producing an international crowd-sourced video to promote the Global Fund for Children. If you hail from a far away place, or know people in far away places–we need a photo of your flag and your face! Check out the Alphabet of Nations photo challenge video (the description has all the info) and submit on Twitter @tmbg (be sure to include the hashtag #TMBGnation) or on the Alphabet of Nations Tumblr.
For the complete TMBG discography, visit their newly redesigned Music page.
They Might Be Giants are also hard at work on their next set of releases, an iPhone app and other secret enterprises all due to arrive late in the year and in early 2013.
“Whoever thought of a band with two saxophones and a drummer? That’s the stupidest idea, right?” Moon Hooch saxophonist Wenzl McGowen asked the crowd at a recent gig. Well, Wenzl, James Muschler (drums) and Mike Wilbur (saxophone) never intended on forming a band together. The three guys graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Manhattan in 2010. Wenzl and Mike shared mutual contempt, each one thinking the other was a cocky sax-o-phony. And while they were both correctly judged each other, they eventually learned tolerance when Wenzl moved in to an apartment with James, next door to Mike.
The three began busking in the subway and in the city’s parks. At the same time, Wenzl was producing House music and writing House for saxophone. When the guys played this music in the subway, people immediately began dancing.
One subway passenger asked, “What’s your band’s name?”
Mike blurted, “Moon Juice.”
A Google search revealed that there were already multiple bands called Moon Juice. With the help of a thesaurus, the name Moon Hooch was selected, and more importantly, the trio now realized that they were, in fact, a band.
Since solidifying as a band, Moon Hooch has quickly gained a reputation for inciting “subway raves” (they were banned from performing at the Bedford Ave stop off the L line in Brooklyn for “starting too many dance parties”), their strange instrumentation and explosive live show. Their frequent presence in New York City subways and parks has brought them notice and fans which has led to appearances as the house band on Australian TV show “Hamish and Andy’s Gap Year,” and a national tour with Mike Doughty (Doughty saw them on a train platform and immediately invited to tour as his supporting act). They are now at the midpoint of a six month residency at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory, having sold-out all shows to date.
The band has already begun to expand its sound beyond just two saxophones and drums. Wenzl inserts a cardboard tube into his saxophone to create a Dubstep style womp, and switches between a contrabass clarinet and electronic wind instrument. They also have begun experimenting with various vocalists, inviting both singers and rappers on stage with them at shows.
Recorded in just a single day, their debut record, “The Moon Hooch Album,” gives the listener a taste of what’s to come for these guys. They seamlessly blend House, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, and Jazz into style that is uniquely Moon Hooch: Cave Music.