Giants, Goblins, and Girls Named Melanie


by Eric J Baker

Indie-rock’s elder statesmen They Might Be Giants put on a free concert in Princeton yesterday in honor of National Record Store Day, a concept I can get behind emotionally, if not rationally. After all, celebrating the record store in 2012 is a bit like prehistoric animals throwing a Dinosaur Appreciation Festival two years after the asteroid hit.

John Flansburgh and John Linnell: They Might Be Secret Agents. (Ph: S. Anderson)

But we can pretend iTunes doesn’t rule the music world, and no question the Giants are one of my all-time faves, so I’ll take the free show. The stage was set up at Hinds Plaza on Witherspoon Street and was sponsored by The Princeton Record Exchange, the historic town’s second most venerable institution (the most venerable one is busy trying to unlock the secrets of nuclear fusion and could not appear in this story). More on PREX, as they call themselves, in a minute.