Posts about Tune Yards

listen to this February 22, 2011

Audio: Tune-Yards A Cappella

Ecstatic Music Festival continued at Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center, this past Saturday with a cappella group, Roomful of Teeth. They performed pieces by William Brittelle, Caleb Burhans, and —  our favorite — Merrill Garbus a.k.a Tune-Yards. Merrill joined them on stage for “Hatari” — which she’d promised to perform in NYC only after finishing her sophomore album — and “Doorstep”, a new track off that sophomore album, coming out April 19.

Here are the four Tune-Yards performances recorded from that event, in the order they were played in:

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Download “Ansa Ya
Download “Hatari
Download “Doorstep
Download “Quizassa

Few more photos after the jump.

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Monday Mix June 28, 2010

Monday Mix, Vol 4

Jelly-bean hot-spring new* music to paint your Monday Morning a sugar-toothed yellow. Download the twinkie.

  1. “Lemonade” by Braids (Native Speaker)
  2. “A Cold Freezin’ Night” by The Books (The Way Out)
  3. “Safety” by Tune Yards (Bird-Brains)
  4. “Hospice Gates” by Lower Dens (Twin-Hand Movement)
  5. “Most Wanted” by Cults (Cults 7″)
  6. “Lawn Knives” by Gobble Gobble (Secret 7″)
  7. “Medulla Oblongata” by Buke and Gass
  8. “Apple Option Fire” by Hot Lava (Lavalogy)
  9. “South Dakota” by Magic Man (Real Life Color)
  10. “De Vienne A Paris” by Ödland (Ottocento)

*and the occasional old

shit was good February 7, 2010

Tune Yards at Bell House

tune yards at bellhouse

Not only is Tune Yards selling Bell House out these days, Merrill Garbus’ adoring fans knew all the words and sang along without being asked. The performance was superb; there were a few new songs.

This being her first headlining show in New York, she noted the newness of knowing that everyone present was there to specifically see her; and it was great to see the recent addition of a bass guitarist to what had previously been a solo stage act—not that she needed the extra help.

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shit was good June 25, 2009

Video: tUnE-yArDs at our Northside showcase

We’d invited Ray Concepcion to film our entire Northside Festival showcase at Trophy Bar, and he just sent in this beautiful segment from the tUnE-yArDs set. The song is “FIYA” from her fearless debut, Bird-Brains.

In case you missed it, read about this performance here.

shit was good June 15, 2009

Photos: Hooves on the Turf Northside showcase

Thanks so much to everyone who came out, especially the fabulous bands who played, and to Trophy Bar for hosting the whole madness. I know everyone I invited to play were some of my favorites, so of course I was thrilled more than anybody else to see them all at one place, but I was extra excited because they all played incredibly strong sets. A ton of pictures are posted here with helpful captions, and we filmed pretty much the whole thing, so video will come soon too! All pics were taken by me (Sarahana), except where noted.

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songs for you bunnies June 10, 2009

Hooves on the Turf's Northside Sampler

You have two full days to learn and memorize these songs, so that you can come and hum along at the show on Saturday. All 192kbps of glory packaged within.

Download the Hooves on the Turf Northside Sampler (49.8mb).

It includes a song each from all bands playing our showcase, in the order of appearance.

1. “Karate” by Afuche
2. “Hatari” by tUnE-yArDs
3. “As April Is to May” by Luke Winslow-King
4. “Song that Grows Like a Vine (Live)” by Gracious Calamity
5. “Sosey & Dosey” by Drink Up Buttercup
6. “Mechanical Life” by Glass Ghost
7. “For You” by Sharon Van Etten
8. “Ain’t No Grave” by Adam Arcuragi
9. “Woolgathering” by Vandaveer
10. a song by our special guests :)

photos April 20, 2009

Tune Yards, Afuche, Sister Suvi at Bruar Falls


Last week I finally headed out to Bruar Falls in Williamsburg, a new venue by the folks who run Cake Shop. The occasion was a release party for multiple releases, with friends Ladyfingers, Sister Suvi, Afuche and Tune Yards all celebrating a newly available body of work, though Ladyfingers pointed out he had nothing to sell at the venue since his release was digital-only (with suggested donations).

It was somewhat of a family affair, where everyone seemed to be fond of every one, except that one guy in reddish leather jacket with a penchant for experimenting on his point-and-shoot camera. I think I saw Phosphorescent. I’m 98% sure that only he can be the bearer of that longish face with hair and beard that are a burst of golden curls. Also, it was Charlie Chaplin’s birthday, and several (but not enough) people had followed the direction to wear only black and white. Sister Suvi, Afuche and Tune Yards ran a projection of a Charlie Chaplin film throughout their  sets.

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sxsw '09 March 23, 2009

Pictures: Day 5 in Austin

Day 5 in Austin was March 21, 2009. The morning began with a ride to the northern part of the eastern town, where five members of Balmorhea, an instrumental six-piece from Austin, were waiting to play a few songs for our video series, Secret Garden.

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sxsw '09 March 22, 2009

Pictures: Day 4 in Austin

Day 4 in Austin was March 20, 2009. We rolled into downtown by Mohawk, which was one of the places where the much talked-about Hot Freaks party was happening. There was a huge line outside.

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songs for you bunnies March 15, 2009

Top 20: SXSW '09 Shortlist

Admittedly, I’m not familiar with every single band involved in this year’s SXSW festivities, officially or unofficially, though I did listen to well over two hundred bands I don’t care to listen to ever again. Unlike them, the list compiled here includes twenty performers I think are most worth seeing, and for free, no less; as far as I know, all of them are either playing unofficial shows, or plan to play whatever last-minute gatherings that come their way.

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