I want to blog about the They Might Be Giants concert I went to last night, but I honestly can’t think of anything to say other than “OMG it was So Cool you guys have no idea” which is not particularly useful communication for people who didn’t go to, and aren’t going to, a They Might Be Giants show.
Seriously, though, they nailed, like, everything. They were funny, they did a great mix of songs from throughout their career, they did a really funny cover, their lighting was amazing — like, I don’t really want to dwell too much on the lighting because obviously it’s not the most interesting thing about the show, but usually when I see the use of lights in concerts, it’s kind of annoying. Like, they’re trying to do something interesting with the lights, but they’re only trying hard enough to make the fact that they’re trying distracting, making the experience worse instead of better. But TMBG genuinely used the lights in their show to astounding effect, in a way that added a lot to the experience of watching them perform each song.
And they did two sets. They opened for themselves. Which was funny. And they played several of my favorite songs that I really didn’t expect — “Dead,” “Fingertips,” “Cyclops Rock,” “Man, It’s So Loud In Here” and “Can’t Keep Johnny Down” were a few of the songs that were genuinely surprising and exciting to hear. And the way they arranged them made it surprising and exciting to hear the songs I did expect — “Erase,” “Number Three,” “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” and “Birdhouse in your Soul,” for example.
Maybe I did have a little more to say “OMG it was So Cool” &etc.
Anyway, here’s some They Might Be Giants songs: