THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS Release Winners for Fan Vid Contest
Remaining true to their highly personal mission statement, from the Dial-A-Song days and beyond, They Might Be Giants value their fans above all. Their "Am I Awake?" video contest just wrapped, and the verdict is in! With over 150 spectacular entries (and 16 finalists), the response to the contest was simply overwhelming. TMBG seems to have the most talented fans: lots of bands can animate, but how many audiences can direct?
The decision was not an easy one, but three winners were handpicked by Judge John Hodgman:
Jack Fields- "Murderous Puppet Typewriters"
Paul & Mike Swiatek- "Sleep Study Voyeur"
Alex Italics- "Don't Say 'Grassy Knoll,' say 'Grassy YES"
They Might Be Giants have pulled off the seemingly inconceivable--they have continued to work, create and evolve musically, artistically and uninterrupted for 30 YEARS. During this time, the two-time GRAMMY winning Brooklyn originals diversified into television & film music-often with award-winning results-and have 16 vital studio albums under their belt. All the while, TMBG have remained an active live act, touring across America, Europe and Australia in the last year alone. In celebration of the last 10 years of the band's remarkable run, They Might Be Giants are releasing Idlewild, a 17-song compilation album named for their own label on May 27 via Idlewild Recordings.
While Idlewild is neither a "best of" nor a "rarities" set, it is an ultra-vivid illustration of the bands prodigious output and singular musical vision. From the spare, folkie chug of "Words Are Like," which originally appeared as part of TMBG's internet-only collaboration with eMusic back in the dot.com era glory days of 2001, to the propulsive, dance floor groove of "You're On Fire," from last year's Nanobots release, the scope of Idlewild is as wide as it is beguiling.
Photo credit: Shervin Lainez