Pluto is curiously absent from those planet pedestals the Johns are playing on. Its status as a planet was questioned as early as 1992—perhaps not by coincidence, this song is from 1992—but it wasn’t officially labelled a dwarf planet until 2006. Did They Might Be Giants see its demotion coming 14 years in advance?
Interesting fact re: the sax-playing astronauts in this video: the saxophone was one of the earliest musical instruments to be played in outer space (preceded only by bells and harmonica used in a Christmas prank on Gemini 6).
“The Statue Got Me High” comes from Apollo 18. They Might Be Giants have a new album—I Like Fun—on the way in January.
Flying is a privilege, not a right—these people should cheer up and enjoy their aerial abilities. Granted, all the disappearing, reappearing and doppelgangerism is probably irksome.
And of course, this is all taking place in the Matrix, as we see at the end, but if you can’t celebrate what you’ve got in there, good luck in the real world!
“Retreat (Light The Fire)” comes from Beliefs’ latest, Habitat.
“If all the girls are wearing headphones, how will they hear me singing Belle & Sebastian?”
It’s a knowing opening line. If Ruins is like anything, it’s like a Belle & Sebastian record. There’s more self-deprecation to wade through, but at its core, this is the life of—as singer Marc Cantone puts it—a boy in a woman’s world.
Ruins isn’t a huge departure from previous City And Horses albums, but it doesn’t need to be when the tunes are this catchy. The jingle-jangle sounds of sunny days and launderettes meet insecurity and anguished, Dr. Dog-style soul. Check out “Drag” below.
Anyone want to play Yahtzee?
This Fazerdaze video is thoroughly demented. Aside from it imparting the nagging suspicion that they probably snuck in some subliminal suggestions, you’re made to watch things that should not be destroyed get repeatedly chopped in half and smashed.
“Lucky Girl” comes from the debut LP, Morningside.
The appeal of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s latest record—and of much of their last one too—is that every one of its songs sounds like the last song on an album: all the guitars, all the strings, all the keys, all the emotions, all thrown together in a looping, blissful climax.
How they can go all-in like that for nine songs straight (especially live) without exhausting themselves or listeners is anybody’s guess, but the appeal is tangible: it’s hard not to like these songs because they all appear so imbued with sentiment.
The only negative: the sometimes saccharine, always emotive vocals and lyrics may be a turnoff for those not used to them. Check out one of the disc’s less sugary tunes below.
That is one heavily graffitied sidewalk. They’re all pretty lame tags, though. Amateurs. Is white the only paint colour you know how to use?
Surely, we’re not the only ones reminded of a Nine Inch Nails video, here? Eyeball close-ups… a group of boots tromping across a desolate cityscape…
You’re probably wondering what an “immer zu” is. It appears to be a German expression that means “keep it up,” though there’s an interesting thread on Lonely Planet about its possible uses in waltzing.
“Immer Zu” comes from INVSN’s recent The Beautiful Stories album.
Not much you can do about Satan peeping in your window, but why let him come in and use the phone and bathroom? You’re just asking for a permanent houseguest.
A YouTube commenter points out—and we’d never have noticed—that the face on Satan’s sun cut-out at 0:50 spells Cub. Another commenter wonders, “What show was this on!!!!”
“My Chinchilla” comes from Cub’s 1993 debut, Betti-Cola.