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New(ish) Music: tUnE-yArDs

22 Jun

The drops from soaring falsetto coos to husky tenor vocals create what can only be described as a Dirty Projectors/Adele/Mavis Staples three-way love child. This sound, looped with poppy electro beats and juxtaposed against ukulele and independently-recorded city sounds, composes 32-year-old Merrill Garbus’s music project, tUnE-yArDs, that has this blogger mildly obsessed and in a continuous clash with caps lock.

While belatedly reading my June issue of Spin yesterday I came across an article describing a break-out artist by whom even Yoko Ono couldn’t help feeling upstaged.  After reading a description like this, how could you NOT check this lady out:

“When…Garbus re-creates her quirky pop live, jaws dont just drop, they become temporarily unhinged.” -Spin, June 2011

I’m still trying to reel mine in–and I haven’t even seen her live.

Garbus’s latest album,w h o k i l l, (released April 19, 2011) features a vast array of sounds ranging from reggae to brassy jazz all flawlessly interwoven with xylophones, voiceovers, jungle-esque drums, and tambourines.  If you need further convincing of the quality of this album, here it is: I JUST BOUGHT IT.  Who buys music anymore? Not me. Except in the rare occasion I value an artist at a high enough level to want their album in its clear, studio-sound entirety.

Her wholly unique cacophony (I think that works here in this case) of musical inspiration is so impossible to encapsulate any further that I have run out of carefully crafted similes with which to describe it.  The only hope for you to grasp what I’m talking about now is to listen.

The crazy ones are always the best, especially live, and you can download this single, “Bizness”, for free right hur.

On my last note, whilst writing this post I came to the realization Garbus will be gracing the stage at the Pitchfork Music Festival on July 15… needless to say I will be finding my way down there as soon as I recover from the mini-coronary I suffered upon discovery of said news.

Peace, love and electronic bliss,


Eardrum Euphoria: 80s meets today with Internet mix tapes

14 Feb

dish up

This blog post may be difficult to top in terms of my favorite topics.

I love, love, love music and therefore it was inevitable that when I got an email update from TheHypeMachine talking about a new (free) music sharing website I would check it out.  Meet my new obsession: 8tracks.

8tracks.com is a classic mixtape gone digital.  It is a website that allows users to download at least eight tracks of their own music in a mix that can be shared world wide via the Internet.  Users of 8tracks can search artists and genres to find mixes by fellow users that they can listen to, allowing them to enjoy mixes generated by real human beings as opposed to shuffle or Genius functions on iTunes.  It might even introduce said users to a new band to fall in love with, a feeling I equate with the excitement of my first day of kindergarten or the box of chocolates my grandpa gave me for Valentine’s (non-holi)day.

Songs can be loaded straight from iTunes playlists.  It really is that simple.  And just think of the endless possibilities for free tuneage!  To prove its magical powers, here’s a little music montage I put together tonight.  Join the club and follow me to hear future mixes and possibly share some of your own!


love and happy listening,