August 25, 2009

They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science

They Might Be Giants
photo: Autumn De Wilde

Brooklyn duo They Might Be Giants are one of those rare bands that cater to both the adults and kids music market. After releasing an album about the alphabet (Here Come the ABCs) and numbers (Here Come the 123s) the new CD/DVD set Here Comes Science is their most ambitious yet, tackling various subjects like Computer Aided Design, prisms and rainbows (Roy G. Biv), Photosynthesis and songs that will piss off creationists (My Brother The Ape, I Am a Paleontologist).

Most music that is especially written for kids is unbearably simple and sugary, but They Might Be Giants stick to their guns, using catchy New Wave breaks, pop and rock that adults can handle. Too bad that they used the rather obvious canon scheme for What Is A Shooting Star?, which sounds childish and cumbersome.

Kids will love Here Comes Science. The DVD has animated clips for all the tracks, with a few short spoken interludes.

They Might Be Giants: Here Comes Science

Here Comes Science is released on Idlewild/Disney Sound. Downloads at Amazon/iTunes as of September 1st, full-scale release date is September 22.

  1. Science is Real
  2. Meet the Elements
  3. I Am A Paleontologist (w /Danny Weinkauf)
  4. The Bloodmobile (w / Robin Goldwasser)
  5. Electric Car (w / Robin Goldwasser)
  6. My Brother The Ape
  7. What is a Shooting Star
  8. How Many Planets?
  9. Why Does The Sun Shine?
  10. Why Does The Sun Really Shine?
  11. Roy G. Biv
  12. Put It To The Test
  13. Photosynthesis
  14. Cells
  15. Speed And Velocity (Marty Beller)
  16. Computer Assisted Design
  17. Solid Liquid Gas
  18. Here Comes Science
  19. The Ballad Of Davy Crockett (In Outer Space)

Live dates:
  • 09/13: Clark, NJ @ Union County Music Fest at Oak Ridge Park
  • 09/19 Raleigh, NC @ North Carolina Museum of Art
  • 10/01 Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre
  • 10/02 Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre/The Egg
  • 10/03 Albany, NY @ Hart Theatre/ The Egg
  • 10/04 New York, NY @ American Museum of Natural History
  • 10/08 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
  • 10/09 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
  • 10/10 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
  • 10/11 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
  • 10/13 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
  • 10/15 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
  • 10/16 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theater
  • 10/17 Kutztown, PA @ Kutztown University - Schaeffer Auditorium
  • 10/18 New York, NY @ NYU - Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
  • 11/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall @ UCLA
  • 11/15 Santa Barbara, CA @ Campbell Hall @ UCSB
  • 11/21 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
  • 11/27 Uncasville, CT @ The Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Casino
  • 11/28 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club


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