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  • Years Active: 2000s
  • Website: tune-yards.com
  • Recent Activity: 01.21.17 RT @JamilahLemieux: White women who are marching, I swear to what ever Gods there are...this better not be a one day thing. I hope you're r…
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Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Beginning as the lo-fi experimental folk project of Merrill Garbus (also of the noisy indie pop band Sister Suvi) tUnE-yArDs fuses indie-pop and global elements into uniquely vibrant music. Garbus began writing and performing under the tUnE-yArDs moniker in 2006, using a digital voice recorder and shareware mixing software to assemble her homespun patchwork of found sounds, field recordings, ukulele, unusual percussion and surprisingly soulful vocals. It took Garbus two years to craft debut album, Bird-Brains, which she offered it as a pay-what-you-want download on the tUnE-yArDs website. Thanks to frequent touring with artists like Thao and positive buzz from music blogs, Garbus sold over $1,000 worth of copies of the album. In spring 2009, Marriage Records released the album on vinyl; that summer 4AD reissued it in a special screen-printed version before releasing a widely distributed CD version of Bird-Brains that fall, coinciding with a tour opening for the Dirty Projectors. For 2011's W H O K I L L, Garbus added bassist Nate Brenner to the fold and ventured into a professional studio for a more polished but still wide-ranging sound. The album earned widespread critical acclaim and topped The Village Voice's annual Pazz and Jop poll of music critics. Early in 2013, Garbus returned with tUnE-yArDs as Yoko, a single that saw her covering and remixing two of of Yoko Ono's songs to benefit the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, one of the charities helping those affected by Hurricane Sandy. When she began work on the third tUnE-yArDs album, Garbus changed her approach: A trip to Haiti helped provide inspiration, and collaborations with producers Malay and John Hill -- better known for their work with Big Boi and M.I.A. among others -- gave 2014's Nikki Nack an even more eclectic and accessible feel.


  • 01.21.17 RT @JamilahLemieux: White women who are marching, I swear to what ever Gods there are...this better not be a one day thing. I hope you're r…
  • 01.21.17 RT @RefuseFascism: .@SunsaraTaylor "these next few days will set a tone. Will this be 1 day or will it be the beginning?" #WomensMarch #No…
  • 01.21.17 RT @BreeNewsome: We. Are. Oppressed. Even. Within. Historically. Oppressed. Groups. Why is this difficult to grasp/easy to ignore? https://…
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  • 01.21.17 RT @OccupyOakland: First arrest at 14th and Broadway. Hundreds of cops have everyone completely trapped. No freedom to march or demonstrate
  • 01.21.17 RT @thebl0w: D.C. marchers you can send your used up metro cards to a group that will get them to women in need (empty cards are worth $2)…
  • 01.21.17 RT @oaklandfamous: Details for Monday 5:30pm — OKAY, IT'S ON!!! We're going to Council at City Hall ... https://t.co/o81ykgV0AM https://t.…
  • 01.21.17 New @austratalks album and proceeds go to @PPact https://t.co/2X10qrBvC2 https://t.co/tHmVGS00jK
  • 01.21.17 RT @ImposeMagazine: @austratalks' new album is LIVE and it's PAY WHAT YOU WANT today to benefit @PPFA. https://t.co/PlwP4OCs66 #IStandWithP…
  • 01.21.17 RT @aie_chat: She's back on the decks tonight. Various vibes, timeless music ✨ https://t.co/48QUlnBxza