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Strap it in for the longest TMBP weekly episode to date! A double-dose episode with one of the weirdest of the weird stories in TMBG lore. My guest is professional opera singer Steve Pence, who has worked with John Williams. No kidding. Just give this monster a listen, it might take you a few days. Amazing covers, amazing revelations, and an amazin…
 
The inimitatable Avren Keating returns to the show to talk about Phone Power's Sold My Mind to the Kremlin. We are pretty much best buds by now so there are many tangents buuuut never fear we get into the song's many 80s pop culture references, how much Reagan sucked and the general oddness of these lyrics. Plus we find a sweet twee cover and make …
 
I am joined by 4 amazing artists to talk about TMBG's cover art for BOOK, then where we left after Part 2 - 1991 and 1992. We go over the covers of Miscellaneous T and Apollo 18 as well as the Statue Got Me High EP. Join Owen Blaufuss, Felinium, Carmen Montoya and Abi Bash as we get artsy fartsy!By Punknews.org
 
Four-timer Jonathan Leonard is going for that special sports jacket as he returns to talk about "Minneapolis - First Avenue" off of Venue Songs. It's only the second Venue Songs track I've covered, so strap it in it's gonna be a wild ride. Hear about the history of this legendary venue, listen to Flans try to find their star, and we actually found …
 
OG TMBG fan Rick Mummey is on the show to talk about a song that's gotten a lot of attention since its album, Flood, turned 30. Umm have you all heard about this Stilloob thing? Probably, but if you haven't get ready for a treat. We talk a lot about Rick's time as a radio DJ when Flood was ZERO years old, where he would spin the brand new alternati…
 
Ky Fifer, prolific TMBG cover artist and writer of countless original tunes for various bands, finally makes his first appearance on the show to talk about the Glean track Music Jail, Pt. 1 + 2. We go on and on about how amazing this Flans cut is, how trippy and awesome the video is, break down the string part and play many many amazing covers, two…
 
Kyla Gilmore is a 17-year-old TMBG fan who grew up on the band because she has a cool mom. We talk about Dan Miller's one and only feature and songwriting credit with TMBG, Infinity! We feel the song is overlooked on Here Come the 123s since it doesn't have a music video on the DVD, so we discuss that and break down this awesome guitar and percussi…
 
Actor, comedian and author DC Pierson is on the show this week to talk about a song he'd never heard before picking it, We're The Replacements. A fan of TMBG but a bigger fan of The Replacements, it made total sense. You've have seen him in Derrick Comedy with Donald Glover, as well as Community, Captain America Winter Soldier and much more. We wil…
 
Owen Blaufuss visits the show to talk about the wonderfully weird tune Absolutely Bill's Mood from the self-titled TMBG debut. Learn about guest guitarist Eugene Chadborne, what we think about the song's take on mental illness, and hear a surprising appearance of Open Mike Eagle in the covers section.…
 
Sean Crawford's here to talk about TMBG's rip-roarin' opener to Apollo 18, Dig My Grave. We get into the balancing act of genre and instrumentation going on in the song, how it has changed in live settings throughout nearly 30 years, and how this very song may have single-handedly gotten Greg into the Giants.…
 
TMBG wrote the music that opens the second Austin Powers movie, The Spy Who Shagged Me. Elizabeth Siegel is on the show to talk all about the Austin Powers movie, the James Bond themes that inspired the song, and what makes the TMBG track such a well-crafted homage and perfect track to begin that silly flick.…
 
Lauren Davis is a brand-new fan of the band so she brings a fresh perspective to this episode on Robot Parade, known mainly from their first kids album No! We go through what seems like hundreds of incarnations of this song, including unearthing a unique performance from their family video podcast, and we find a surprising amount of covers and remi…
 
Former TMBG bassist Tony Maimone kindly joins us to talk about Snail Shell off John Henry, a song that he played bass on! Tony tells us about his career as a bassist, how he came to be in the Giants and how that slap bass part came to be as we examine the song.By Punknews.org
 
Nearly two years ago, TMBP had our first live episode about Don't Let's Start. We don't do covers sections on a live episode, but there are so many great covers of this epic song! Two members of that roundtable rejoin me, Dana Williamson and Scott Currie, to find those great covers. Listen to some of TMBG's talented fans take on this tricky song in…
 
Brook Pridemore visits the show to talk about the a cappella John Henry tune O, Do Not Forsake Me. They go through the history of the song from the Dial-a-Song to the demo, live version and studio version, breaking down what makes each one tick. Surprisingly we even find a couple covers.By Punknews.org
 
Shelley Pierce, DJ for KMSU's annual TMBG marathons, joins Greg to talk about XTC Vs. Adam Ant off Factory Showroom. Shelley is a huge XTC fan so we introduce the uninitiated to XTC as well as Adam Ant's music. We also talk about and play clips from Shelley's interview with John Flansburgh where he gave some insight into this song.…
 
Finally it's our second Mono Puff episode, and for this one we focus on four songs off of 1998's It's Fun to Steal. Chris Tull, Jon Uleis, Abi Bash and I each picked one song - "Poison Flowers," "Mr. Hughes Says," "Imaginary Friend" and "Backstabbing Liar" - and we discuss them at length, score them, and find a couple covers. Enjoy some sweet Flans…
 
When I started the show, I noticed the amount of ukulele covers of TMBG songs that were popping up. I wanted to find out why there is such a big overlap in TMBG fandom and ukulele players so I rounded up there uke experts, Mary-Anne McTrowe, Derrick Schertz and Todd Breadon to tell us about their favorite TMBG songs to cover and why they work so we…
 
Greg's bandmates in Dopplepopolis, Tim Brouk and Jonny Sommer, come on to talk about When Will You Die off of Join Us. Dopplepopolis has covered this song so we talk about how difficult the song was to learn, how hilarious the lyrics are, and how, like Stomp Box, this is one of TMBG's most punk songs.…
 
Dylan Baldi of the amazing rock band Cloud Nothings is here to give y'all even more Spiney goodness with a double dose - Spine and Spines! We discuss these two short album cuts and their insane lyrics, and give you a solid primer of the greatness that is Cloud Nothings.By Punknews.org
 
Bostonian Tom Dunford returns to the show and Greg's parents come along for the ride to talk about Wicked Little Critta off Mink Car. Lots of discussion about accents and slang, we figure out a bit about these sports figures, and talk about how many directions the song goes in a mere 2 minutes.By Punknews.org
 
Bob Nanna of Braid and Hey Mercedes returns to the show to talk about Nothing's Gonna Change My Clothes from TMBG's self-titled debut. We talk about robots trying to swing, the key changes and chromatic twists of this tune, and even collaborate on a cover of the track.By Punknews.org
 
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