What's the Bizness?: tUnE-YarDs w/Pat Jordache @ The Black Cat 10/8/11

The always fantastic and frequently mindblowing tUnE-YarDs payed another visit to DC this past Saturday, and I'd like to say we're all a little better for it. Merril Garbus, the engine that drives this "group" is simply one of the best, and most capable perfomers on the scene today. And her album whokill  is a must hear for anyone who even has the inkling of an appreciation for challenging, thought provoking music that still manages to satisfy on every level. Put simply it's one of the best album released this year.

When we saw Merril and Co. last time here, the buzz was beginning to build behind the album, but had really only spread throughout critics circles and completely obsessive music nerds. She played the Red Palace on H Street, a room that fits 200 on a good day, and at that point in time came off as almost scared of the crowd ammased before her. When she was in the song, she was a veritable hurricane of musical muscle, but the spaces between revealed a somewhat shy performer who may not have quite been sure yet as to why exactly all these people were here in front of her.

Jump forward to Saturday night at the Black Cat. During opener Pat Jordache's (more about him in a minute) set, her and bass player Nate Brenner could be seen side-stage GETTING THE F@#@ DOWN to the 80's inflected sounds that Jordache and his crew were pumping out. It was a joyous discovery to glance over and see this celebration taking place, and it fairly set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Daily Listen: Tune-Yards - Bizness

Take a whole bunch of acid and surround yourself with reggae, hip hop, R&B and some just plain freaky sh!@ and you'd be getting close to the sound of Tune-Yards.This track is from her (it's a one woman show) new album WHOKILL (buy it right here...NOW), which is, despite what the influences would suggest, quite excellent.

Look for our review a little later in the day, but for now enjoy this sample.

Tune-Yards - Bizness


New Releases - 4.19.11: The Fall? Really?


 Oh new releases, why do you tease us so. Last week was a positively stellar week for new music with releases from the like of TV On The Radio, Alison Kraus and, who can forget, John 'The Moustache" Oates. Yep, those were the days.

This week...well lets see. Wayne Brady, a Gorillaz album that everyone already has (and was less than impressive) and The Freakin' Steve Miller Band. That's just sort of..hmmm.

Oh wait..here to save the day is DUFF McKAGAN!!!!

Look. I tried.

All kidding aside, I hear that The Head and the Heart album is actually quite good, and I'm never one to scoff at Llamas, especially when they are HIGH. Sorry. Too easy. I actually like those guys though so you should check them out if you get the chance.

That's it for this week. Sorry to be so brief, but as well as being an overzealous music fan, I am also an overzealous fan of the game Portal, which saw it's sequel released today, so if you need me...just don't need me. OK?

Oh wait..THERE IS SOME GOOD STUFF. Please definitley check out the album ROAR by Dirty Gold and WHOKILL by Tune-Yards. We'll be reviewing both before the week is out.

Now really. I've got to get off this computer and practice some science.

Dirty Gold - ROAR
Tune-Yards - WHOKILL
The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade
Blackfield (Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson with Israeli artist Aviv Geffen) - Welcome to My DNA
Bombino (Nigerian-born guitarist Omara "Bombino" Moctar) - Agadez
Wayne Brady - RadioWayne
Breaking Laces (Brooklyn trio) - When You Find Out
Kimberly Caldwell ("American Idol" season 2 contestant) - Without Regret
Eliza Doolittle - Eliza Doolittle
French Horn Rebellion - The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion
Gorillaz - The Fall
The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart
The High Llamas - Talahomi Way
I'm From Barcelona (27-member Swedish group) - Forever Today
Lenka - Two
Les Nubians - Nü Revolution
Duff McKagan's Loaded - The Taking
The Steve Miller Band - Let Your Hair Down
Tracy Nelson - Victim of the Blues
David Rosenfield - Son of Ojito