Sonic Youth, They Might Be Giants, and Ice-T livened up a numb 1986

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

They Might Be Giants share tour dates and a spooky new video with Nick Offerman

Everybody seems to love Nick Offerman, but nobody loves Nick Offerman like the stringy-haired man in a Nick Offerman shrine from this video for They Might Be Giants’ “The Greatest” loves Nick Offerman. Or maybe “love” isn’t the right word for this terrifying Buffalo Bill nightmare, in which a man sews together a Nick…

First Aid Kit, They Might Be Giants, and 5 more albums to know about this week

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First Aid Kit delivers more ’70s folk-rock mastery with Ruins, while Porches sputters out on The House and Belle & Sebastian go deeper and darker on the second How To Solve Our Human Problems EP. These, plus Tune-Yards, Shopping, and more in this week’s notable releases.

Behold, an arena of children singing They Might Be Giants’ “Birdhouse In Your Soul”

They Might Be Giants’ 1990 album Flood brims with hits, and while we love “Particle Man” and “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” as much as the next fan, it’s the buoyant, uplifting “Birdhouse In Your Soul” that really makes our hearts flutter (Titus Andronicus’, too, apparently).

How A.V. Club staffers got their offspring to just say no to kids’ music

The A.V. Club, as you might have guessed, is staffed with no shortage of music nerds, casually tossing off comments about our vinyl collections and that obscure indie show we caught last week. Before we were parents, we naturally assumed that our excellent musical taste was something hereditary that we would pass on…

Artist imagines all the horrifying things standing behind you right now

About a year and a half ago, illustrator Brian Coldrick began a series of single-panel comics titled Behind You, which explores the unseen horror that lives, as They Might Be Giants put it, “Where your eyes don’t go.” While he shows no sign of stopping, Halloween seems like a good time to take a look at a few…

Put a little birdhouse in your rhymes: How They Might Be Giants influenced Open Mike Eagle

They Might Be Giants fans are a small, weird, devoted group in 2016. While many people haven’t thought about the late ’80s and early ’90s college rock stalwarts since the first Bush administration, there remains a small, dedicated fan base who just can’t get enough of them. One of those people is Chicago rapper Open…

Nerd alert: Here’s a mashup of They Might Be Giants and Force Awakens

They Might Be Giants tried something unusual with their 1992 album Apollo 18. The penultimate song, “Fingertips,” consisted of 21 brief musical fragments, some lasting only a few seconds and each given its own separate track number. As explained in the liner notes (remember liner notes?), the idea was that fans could…

Check out this sweet fan-made video for They Might Be Giants’ “Good To Be Alive”

For the last 30 years, They Might Be Giants have been known for music videos that are every bit as quirky and inventive as the music they make. That spirit of creativity, it seems, also extends to the group’s ultra-loyal fans. One such acolyte, Ken Pfeiste, has taken the liberty of making his own video for “Good To Be…

Let’s remember all of 2015’s “12th questions”

For the past year or so, The A.V. Club has used its 11 Questions feature to ask celebrities about their first jobs and worst living situations. Part of that feature—the 12th question—also asked the interviewee to come up with a question for the next interview subject without generally knowing who they were. Those 12th…