Monday, May 08, 2006

How To Like Bring It...And Stuff....

By Josh Lamkin
Ways to make your show kick complete and total ass
Variety Playhouse
May 3rd, 2006

Little-Known-President Songs - Sing a song about James K. Polk. People will be like, "Hmmm...James K. Polk, huh? My interest is piqued. I need a beer."

Confetti - Use it. Not many bands do it, and it works great in songs about James K. Polk.

Puppets - If you aren't good with puppets, get good with them. The crowd will love it. Or you can get your close personal friends who run the Homestar Runner website to come and have Strong Bad sing with you and make comments during songs and completely steal the show.

Accordion - Much like cowbell, you can never really have too much.

Great Opener - If possible, have an opener with a great sense of humor who plays ukulele, has a hot (so hot) chick playing glockenspiel with him, and is named Michael Leviton.

Venue Song - Sing a song about the venue you're currently playing in. Make it up immediately before you go on stage. Make it poetic, perhaps a metaphor of "a hospital for the well where music is hostpital bill, and you pay for it with your applause." Make up a song about every venue you've played in for the last year. Share. Repeat.

Encores - Don't be stingy. Two encores will be just fine. Start out the first encore with a classic like "Birdhouse In Your Soul" know, if that's one of your songs...or whatever.

This show was so amazing. I've been a fan of They Might Be Giants since high school, but I'd never seen a show until last week. They've been playing together for over 20 years, and they still seem to be as happy to be playing music as they probably were when they started. This show was easily one of the best concerts I've ever seen. And as you would imagine, the fans of TMBG were the most laid-back, friendly people ever. Go see TMBG!!!


Blogger alannajoy said...

Sweet recaps D... I'm ALL over Limewire at the moment!

10:38 PM, May 08, 2006  
Blogger dawnmarie said...

See, I may have gotten Mike Doughty, but you got TMBG! Now I'm jealous! I [heart] TMBG.

8:04 AM, May 09, 2006  

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