Word of the day: doubloon
I was reading a book and it talks about an incident in which Dick Tarleton (a famous comedian from the 16th century) got hit in the face with an apple while he was performing onstage. This reminded me of John Flansburgh’s Gak incident. ”John Flansburgh is in great company,” I thought.
The book is The Age of Thomas Nashe: Text, Bodies and Trespasses of Authorship in Early Modern England, edited by Stephen Guy-Bray, Joan Pong Linton and Steve Mentz, Ashgate Publishing Company, 2013).
Q:Can it be time to maybe dig up the "slow" version of With The Dark? I'm dying to hear it not just being played with robots!
Q:RE: the ask about "Veronica", have you guys ever covered it live? Many years ago my brother dreamed about hearing you play it, and both he and I can perfectly imagine your version.
JF: We don’t do a lot of covers in the show besides the covers we’re known for (like Istanbul, New York City)
Thanks to a 2 year old niece, Disney, and TMBG, Hot Diggity Dog will always be on my brain.
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Q:So I'm curious about songwriting decisions in relation to live performance. I was really impressed by First Album Live, because that album is less suited for a "rock band". That said, some of my favorite songs of yours (like Lumberland and Awake?) seem like they exist solely as a studio recording. When does a song get too complex (while writing it) that is becomes impossible to play live, and do you regret reaching that point with a song ever?
JF: An extreme recorded arrangement does mean you have to rethink how to do it live, and maybe that was too big a question for Am I Awake? and Darlings of Lumberland (both interesting, different kinds of songs for us) but we have had some luck making the “unplayable” work in the show. For a long long time FIngertips, which is many many small but fully arranged bits of songs, seemed impossible to do live but then we set ourselves to it and it worked fine. And there are other songs that have a signature electronic sound-like the gated guitar in Ana Ng-and even though we’ve never tried to reproduce it live it seems to have worked fine.