Merrill Garbus Becomes tUnE-yArDs

Interview

Friday, February 10, 2012

Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) explains how her previous career as a puppeteer impacted her performance style. Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) explains how her previous career as a puppeteer impacted her performance style. (Aaron Epstein)

Merrill Garbus is the performer and multi-instrumentalist behind tUnE-yArDs — a music project that blends African-inspired rhythms and vocals with electric bass and saxophone. But she only discovered music after a failed career as a puppeteer. She tells Kurt Andersen she found musical inspiration as a student living in Africa; her mother’s ukelele, purchased at an Army-Navy store, helped her to take the plunge.

Watch tUnE-yArDs perform songs from the album w h o k i l l  below.

(Originally aired: June 3, 2011)

 

 

Video: tUnE-yArDs performs "Gangsta"


Video: tUnE-yArDs performs "You Yes You"


Video: tUnE-yArDs performs "Bizness"

    Music Playlist
  1. Gangsta
    Artist: tUnE-yArDs
    Album: w h o k i l l
    Label: 4AD Records
    Purchase: Amazon

    Performed live for Studio 360

  2. Bizness
    Artist: tUnE-yArDs
    Album: w h o k i l l
    Label: 4AD Records
    Purchase: Amazon

    Performed Live for Studio 360

  3. New Life
    Artist: Depeche Mode
    Album: Speak and Spell
    Label: Mute Records
    Purchase: Amazon
  4. You Yes You
    Artist: Tune Yards
    Album: Who Kill
    Label: 4ad Records
    Purchase: Amazon

    Performed live at Studio 360

  5. Right Here, Right Now
    Artist: Jesus Jones
    Album: Doubt
    Label: SBK Records
    Purchase: Amazon

Guests:

Merrill Garbus

Comments [2]

Philip

Spectacular. I couldn't cartch the name so I came here to look them up, next I will be checking out Amazon to se how I can order their CD. Anyway, somebody pointed out Fela, also a little Johnny Cleg and Philip Glass. That said, they are very original and striking. Its exciting to discover something so fresh and fun.

Feb. 11 2012 06:18 PM
RC from New Hampshire

A lot of five college-ers on the show today (Hampshire/Smith). I especially liked the song "Bizness." It had a nice Fela Kuti kind of groove.

Feb. 11 2012 03:40 PM

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