Sneak Preview: Merrill Garbus’ Ukulele

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Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - 12:09 PM

Merrill Garbus performs live for Studio 360 Merrill Garbus performs live for Studio 360 (Aaron Epstein)

An old ukulele — bought at an Army-Navy store — started Merrill Garbus on the path to drum-looping, face-painting renown with her band tUnE-yArDs. She told Kurt Andersen that her mother's uke helped her make the career switch from aspiring puppeteer to inventive musician and critical darling.

Garbus brought her ukulele to WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space for a special live taping of Studio 360. She brought the audience to its feet with songs off her new album  w h o k i l l, including “Bizness” and “Gangsta.”  It was a special thrill to watch her use a loop pedal to layer her voice and beats live.

Garbus' full interview will air this weekend — but for now, you can watch both songs, recorded live.

Video: Merill Garbus' tUnE-yArDs performs "Bizness"

Video: Merrill Garbus' tUnE-yArDs performs "Gangsta"

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Allison Warner from Arlington, WA

This is the most unique sound I have heard since Reggie Watts...Wait! come to think of it....would love to see a collaboration of these two...maybe they are destined to meet....?

PS Love to listen to your show Sunday eves on KUOW Seattle...as we are winding down, getting ready for the work week ahead or making Sunday dinner.

Jun. 06 2011 01:19 PM

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