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But before any science teachers object to an overly simple description of the sun's gaseous state, he added, the album will also contain a song called "The Sun Is a Miasma of Incandescent Plasma."
TMBG is working on another adult record, as well, which Flansburgh hopes will revisit the band's roots.
"I think this next rock album my ambition for it is to blend more of the home-recording techniques that we presented in the '80s with modern sounds," he said.
"I'd like to make a more insane-sounding record, to be perfectly honest."
Flansburgh also shared some less-fortunate news. TMBG was originally slated to provide the soundtrack to the upcoming "Coraline" movie. However, "we were basically cut out of that film," he said.
"It was a strange experience. They basically wanted the music to be more creepy. It was unfortunate--we did a lot of sort of preliminary work, there were a lot of false starts, and we never really found a rhythm to work with them. I guess there's one of our songs in the movie momentarily, but it's sort of unfortunate."
Flansburgh did note that the few songs that resulted from the "Coraline" project will get released eventually.
In the meantime, fans have plenty to tide them over.
Ryan Little is a freelance writer and musician in Fredericksburg. Reach him at