Saturday, November 24, 2007

they might be awesome

Last night (after the gizzard dinner) S.Vix and I went to see They Might Be Giants at the 9:30 club. We ran into a friend of mine from middle school and her brother. He asked how many times I'd seen them at this club...I'm going with at least three or so. Then I started counting all the other times I'd seen them, and the total is around 10. Which is nothing compared to one friend's brother I met, who'd seen them more than 20 times - and he was about 23 years old.

And they were awesome. They played the songs everyone knows, and I was particularly excited to hear Purple Toupee, Whistling in the Dark, The Famous Person Polka, and - one of my concert favorites - Dr. Worm.

Quiz for you: S.Vix and I kicked off the evening with a concert by the Karelian Folk Music Ensemble at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage. The Karelians played Finnish music in the Christmas show two years ago when it was Scandinavian-themed. So. What single musical instrument do KFME and TMBG share?

4 comments:

giddysinger said...

Oh! Of course! That's easy...

It's the one that Arto from KFME, John from TMBG and Charlie Pilzer all play, right?

towwas said...

Actually that doesn't narrow things down much - Igor was playing it on Friday, and both guys in TMBG are named John. :) But you're probably thinking of the right instrument.

giddysinger said...

I was ambiguous about the Johns because of my secret shame: I've never been able to remember which John is which.

It's terrible, really. I *really* like TMBG, and even got Teh Geek into them as well. (The first time you met her was at a TMBG show, right?) I own all of their albums through John Henry and I can sing "Fingertips" all the way through from memory. Still, I just can't seem to keep straight which one is Linnell and which one is Flansburgh.

towwas said...

Linnell is the one who plays this instrument. Flansburgh talks more.