For more than 20 years, They Might Be Giants
has used an answering machine tied to a Brooklyn phone number to release its odds and ends. The number is still active at 718-387-6962, but its slogan has become "Always busy, often broken." Technology has come a long way since Dial-A-Song's humble beginnings, but the original spirit hasn't been lost. See www.dialasong.com
for an animated version of the service, then sign up at www.tmbg.com
for free, unreleased MP3s, access to Internet-only albums and plenty of time wasters to get you through your workday, including a downloadable desktop radio that streams three channels of TMBG rarities, podcasts and live tracks. Your daily Myspace surfathon could use a better soundtrack.