002 – The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian (0.8, 8.5)


On this episode, David and Matt have our special guest Trevor (of Giants Confirmed and several other music podcasts) to discuss The Boy With The Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian. It turns out there’s a lot more lore behind this album than meets the eye. Thankfully Trevor knows all about it so that we didn’t have to try as hard. Let Belle sing louder, Sebastian.

Tuning Fork

Pitchfork Media from about 2006 to 2012 had incredible clout in how they could make or break bands’ careers, either by giving them an abysmally low score (Travis Morrison, Black Kids, Jet) or the coveted Best New Music designation, which undoubtedly meant an otherwise-unknown band (Animal Collective, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors) would rise to fame, start appearing on late-night television, and be given the opportunity to perform at Pitchfork’s annual festival. David and Matt lived through this era and thus know far too many of these BNM albums as the soundtrack to the entire time they were in college, but how well do they hold up?

Artwork by Nicky Flowers – https://nickyflowers.bandcamp.com/

Theme Music: “Open Air” by Animal Style – http://www.nmlstyl.com/

054 – Pokemon Black and White 3


Folks! Matt’s here to tell you that politics is a huge woman destroying the State of Virginia and the Province of Ontario, and we’re all too horny to stop her. Wait shit. I’m sorry, I’m trying to delete it. We play a little game of Schrodinger’s Racism and everyone catches a terminal case of Internet Mad. Time to grab a huge mug of chamomile tea and log the fuck off.

Featuring: EdenRoy, and Sara
Edited by and also featuring Matt.

Music Used:
The Taxpayers – Evil Men
Daft Punk – Get Lucky
Marty Robbins – Big Iron
Steven Universe – Giant Woman

001 – The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens (8.4)


Tuning Fork is a show about music and the Pitchfork Media hype machine. David and Matt, and sometimes guests, will dive into an album that Pitchfork loved or hated, go through the review, listen to the album, and decide whether or not they agree with the ‘fork on this one.

This week’s album is The Age of Adz by Sufjan Stevens, well-known as a departure from his established style of acoustic allegorical indie pop. Our guest is Stephanie from City Girls Make Do.

003 – Flood (1990)


Why is the world in love again? Because Matt and Trevor are back for an episode of Giants Confirmed that’s more illuminating than a canary-shaped nightlight! This time, the boys sit down to talk about estranged brothers, the capitalist myth of overpopulation, and of course, They Might Be Giants’ third album and major label debut, Flood. Strap on your prosthetic forehead and come on inside!

HKIPGTD State Of The Union 2019


A thankaroo from us to you. It’s been a really great experience to do this show for a year and so we put something together to say “Thamk Yuo”

While you’re here let me also extend my (patrick) and our (assorted non-patrick) thanks to:
Sara, for getting us all off our asses to actually get the show going
Sam, for doing so much of the heavy lifting re:editing in the beginning and also in the now
Matt, for giving our show a place to call home
Brooks and Eddy for providing the wonderful community that brought us all together (crank naysh represent!)
All of my wonderful cohosts for being so cool and fun to talk to and make a show with
And me, for [fill this in when you think of how not to be a dick about it]

Music used:
The Taxpayers – Evil Men

002 – Lincoln (1998)


Returning for a particularly enlightening second episode of Giants Confirmed, Trevor and Matt book a trip to the Johns’ hometown of Lincoln, Massachussetts for an in-depth review of the band’s 1988 sophomore album — and as one might expect, it’s filled with even more oblique references and confounding trivia than their debut. To paraphrase one of the record’s biggest songs: I don’t want the world, I just want to know what the hell “Purple Toupee” is about!

Episode 49: Brendnant


Folks, something is happening that has never happened before. We have found a polarizing episode. Friend of the show Matt joins Jordan on Team Wrong this week to incorrectly claim that S03E03, “Get Out of Town”, isn’t that bad, while Sam confirms that it’s one of the worst. The fact is, this episode was trash and Sam is good and smart. Jordan and Matt told Sam they will each give him $100 as an apology for thinking this episode wasn’t terrible! How nice! This week, we find an excuse to do Marshall voice again. [Slide whistle!]

Sam | Jordan | Matt

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035 – Reach Into Your Local Trade Union


Here in 2018, what we know for sure is that Powerthirst is funny and that capitalism is the most reasonable distribution of resources. Just ask Verizon! This week the squad talks new names, vape games, popping big bottles for the big man Manafort and manages three separate times to discuss internet culture minutiae. We’re extremely online, just don’t report us to Doug Ford!

Featuring: Sam, Sara, Eden, Matt and Lauren

Music used:

The Taxpayers – Evil Men
The Coup – The Guillotine

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