The Else

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The Else
Studio album by They Might Be Giants
Released May 15, 2007
Recorded 2006 – 2007
in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock
Length 38:12
Label Idlewild, Rough Trade
Producer The Dust Brothers
Pat Dillett
They Might Be Giants
They Might Be Giants chronology
Venue Songs DVD/CD
(2005)
The Else
(2007)
Here Come the 123s
(2008)
TMBG studio album chronology
Here Come the ABCs
(2005)
The Else
(2007)
Here Come the 123s
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (73/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
The A.V. Club B [3]
IGN (8.5/10) [4]
The Music Box 3/5 stars [5]
Now 4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (5.3/10) [6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [7]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [8]
Spin (6/10) [1]
Stylus B+ [9]

The Else is the 12th studio album by rock group They Might Be Giants, released by Idlewild Records in 2007. The album was produced in part by The Dust Brothers, along with Pat Dillett and the band.

The Else was first available for download through the iTunes Store on May 15, 2007. The CD version was released in stores on July 10, 2007, with initial runs accompanied by a full-length bonus disc of rare material, Cast Your Pod To The Wind.[10] On September 11, 2007, the band released a gatefold vinyl LP of the album. Cast Your Pod was made available separately on iTunes in July, 2009.

A video, created by Mizushima Hine, for "With the Dark" was released on the band's YouTube page on June 7, 2007. Two more videos, for "The Shadow Government" and "I'm Impressed" were also later released. A full-length video for "The Mesopotamians" was released on Stereogum.com on October 2.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by They Might Be Giants except as noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "I'm Impressed"   2:39
2. "Take Out the Trash"   3:14
3. "Upside Down Frown"   2:17
4. "Climbing the Walls"   3:15
5. "Careful What You Pack"   2:40
6. "The Cap'm"   3:11
7. "With the Dark"   3:17
8. "The Shadow Government"   2:37
9. "Bee of the Bird of the Moth"   3:31
10. "Withered Hope" (written by They Might Be Giants, Mike Simpson, John King) 2:54
11. "Contrecoup"   3:11
12. "Feign Amnesia"   2:29
13. "The Mesopotamians"   2:57
Total length:
38:12

Cast Your Pod to the Wind (bonus disc)[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Put Your Hand on the Computer"   1:57
2. "I'm Your Boyfriend Now"   2:40
3. "Why Did You Grow a Beard?"   1:08
4. "We Live in a Dump"   1:40
5. "Brain Problem Situation"   2:55
6. "Sketchy Galore"   2:21
7. "Microphone"   2:04
8. "Vestibule"   1:59
9. "Greasy Kid Stuff"   1:40
10. "Metal Detector" (Live for Studio 360, at the Coney Island Museum on July 05, 2003 [see 'Notes...', below]) 3:43
11. "Employee of the Month"   1:24
12. "Homunculus"   2:16
13. "No Plan B" (Live for Studio 360, at Joe's Pub in Manhattan on September 28, 2003 [see 'Notes...', below]) 1:40
14. "Morgan in the Morning"   1:07
15. "Kendra McCormick"   0:51
16. "Yeah, the Deranged Millionaire"   1:23
17. "My Other Phone Is a Boom Car"   0:27
18. "I Hear a New World"   2:09
19. "(She Was a) Hotel Detective in the Future"   2:05
20. "Haunted Floating Eye"   1:25
21. "Scott Bower"   1:23
22. "The Mexican Drill"   1:10
23. "Cast Your Pod to the Wind"   1:26

Notes about live tracks 10 and 13 on the Bonus Disc[edit]

Dates of the live performances are not on the liner notes, so it takes some research to find this information. Both songs were performed several times before the release of Cast Your Pod to the Wind.

Track 10, "Metal Detector", was performed live three times,[11] but only one was the same length as on Cast Your Pod (3:42).[12] So, the only possibile match is when TMBG played it during Segment 2 of the Studio 360 radio show, on July 5, 2003 at the Coney Island Museum.[13]

Track 13, "No Plan B", was performed live four times,[14] but which rendition was on Cast Your Pod? Blog entries show that Studio 360 taped both the early [15] and late [16] shows at Joe's Pub in New York City on September 28, 2003. Beyond that, it's impossible to know which version was used.

Personnel[edit]

They Might Be Giants
Backing band
Additional musicians
Production
  • They Might Be Giants – producers (except 3, 6, 9, 10, 12)
  • Patrick Dillett – producer (except 3, 6, 9, 10, 12), engineer
  • The Dust Brothers – producers (2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 12)
  • UE Nastasi – mastering
  • Yuki Takahashi – engineer
  • Greg Thompson – engineer
  • Jon Altschuler – engineer
  • Marcel Dzama – artwork, costumes, photography

Reception[edit]

The album reached #9 on the Billboard Top Digital Albums chart.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ The A.V. Club review
  4. ^ IGN review
  5. ^ The Music Box review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  9. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  10. ^ Jonathan Cohen. "They Might Be Giants Plot July For Next Disc". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2007-04-13. 
  11. ^ "Metal Detector live performance chronology (MDonBD) on TMBG's wiki". tmbw.net. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  12. ^ "MDonBD Track Lengths". Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ "MDonBD Segment". Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  14. ^ "No Plan B Overview (NPB)". tmbw.net. Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "NPB Early Show". Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  16. ^ "NPB Late Show". Retrieved June 23, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Top Digital Albums". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 

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