They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh: The Catskills Is The New Williamsburg (Gothamist)


It’s been over four years since Brooklyn-based rockers They Might Be Giants produced an “adult” album, which isn’t as dirty as it sounds—the indelibly inventive songwriting team of John Flansburgh and John Linnell have been busy carving out an increasingly successful niche for themselves with the 12-and-under set, with a growing catalog of popular rock albums for kids. But tomorrow they finally drop another joint for mature audiences with their new album “Join Us.” It’s their 15th record, next Friday, July 29th, and they’ll be returning to the NYC stage with a highly-anticipated free show for the grownups on the Williamsburg Waterfront (funnyman Eugene Mirman opens). We recently spoke with Flansburgh at-length about Twitter, rejected album titles, the American death trip, and so much more.

You guys have been here so long, I guess you feel like you have roots here. But for what you do, you and Linnell could work together anywhere in the world…

Yeah, I suppose that’s true. We both have little weekend retreat laboratories in the Catskills. The Catskills is the new Williamsburg. There, I said it! There is more artisanal pork being butchered there than anywhere else.

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