Now officially a duo of Merril Garbus and Nate Brenner, tune-yards will release a fourth record called I can feel you creep into my private life on January 19th. The sound of this song ‘Look At Your Hands’ is a nice taster, it’s more focused, danceable and electronic-leaning while retaining some of that Afro looped pop exuberance that is a key part of the Tune-yards identity.
“Thematically, the twelve new songs tackle race, politics, intersectional feminism and environmental prophecies head on. But in the billows of intense subject matter, the album arrives as Tune-Yards’ most immediate and upbeat music yet – this is music to dance to.|
Pink Kink – ‘Munchie Magic’
A Liverpool band whose second single equates a desire for fast food with oral sex, ‘Munchie Magic’ is a gang-shouting slice of glittering shouty neon pop.
Lankum – Déanta In Eireann
From one of my albums of the past week (and a band who announced a Vicar Street show this morning) comes this standout from Between The Earth & The Sky about Ireland. The 8-minute ‘Deanta in Eireann’ that could be about nearly any time in Irish history but are applicable to the now – migration, a government who doesn’t care about the little people and using your Irish charm abroad but it turns the song’s gaze back on the homeland – “if the Dáil are the pimps, then we are the whores” and in the end, you’ll want to stand up and declare the song our new antagonistic national anthem.
Marcus Marr – High Times
THE DFA producer that brought us the absolute dancefloor riproar of ‘Rocketship’ brings the funk and house on this new track. Reminds me of early Daft Punk.
Gorillaz & Little Simz – Garage Palace
An uncharacteristic banger from Gorillaz with UK rapper Little Simz on vocals. This is a fresh thing.
Bibio – ‘Phantom Brickworks III’
Bibio has a new album out Friday called Phantom Brickworks and it’s a collection of mostly improvised ambient pieces that are quite evocative.
Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times – some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both. Human beings are highly sensitive to the atmospheres of places, which can be enhanced or dramatically altered when you learn about the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.” Bibio
The Cyclist – When We All Break Down
Derry producer Andrew Morrison dropped his new album Sapa Inca Delirium last Friday and his stated aim was to bring some warmth into electronic music. On one of the album highlights, he hooks up with Joni, who recorded her vocals in one take over some percussive synth dance music with a nod to garage and drum ‘n’ bass.
Hamilton Leithauser & Angel Olsen – Wild Hunger
Olsen’s been on fire on the collaboration front lately and here, her turn with the Walkmen singer is a great match as his retro singing style is reinforced when she appears.
Young Fathers – Lord
Glasgow trio Young Fathers have finished recording their third album and so they’ve shared the closing cut from it to coincide with some UK dates. You can’t dance to it they want you to know. It is a slow alt-gospel ballad in their unique style.
Teen Ravine – Steady On
Toronto act Teen Ravine bring the crystallised dream pop vibes from an upcoming album.
tUnE-yArDs is playing Vicar Street on Tuesday March 3rd. Nice. Tickets are €22 plus fee from Ticketmaster on sale Thursday morning at 9am.
Having topped the UK album charts with I Forget Where We Were (Hozier is still number 1 here), Ben Howard will play the 3Arena on Tuesday April 14th next year. Standing tickets: €39.05 plus fee / Seated tickets €44.05 plus fee on sale Friday 9am from Ticketmaster.
Also playing Vicar Street is Tweedy, also courtesy of Aiken, on Wednesday January 28th. The Wilco singer/songwriter is joined by his 18 year old son Spencer on drums. Son and dad on tour in Europe! Tickets €40.55 plus fees also on sale Thursday at 9am from Ticketmaster.ie.
Finally this morning, another Aiken Vicar Street gig in the form of Daniel Lanois, the producer and composer, who plays the venue Thursday April 16 next year. Tickets on sale Monday November 3rd at 9am costing €44.05 plus fee from Ticketmaster.
Lanois has a new album called Flesh and Machine, out now on Anti.
After last year’s GIF marathon, we returned to Stradbally this year with the intention of more GIF action. As captured by Killian Broderick and turned into GIFs by me, this is a selection of what went down at Electric Picnic in moving form featuring St. Vincent, Tune-Yards, Outkast, Beck, Sleep Thieves, Portishead, Glass Animals, Girl Band, Clu, Neneh Cherry, Le Galaxie and a lot of festival randomness.
Body & Soul have announced their lineup for the imminent Electric Picnic festival at the end of August and it’s another doozy lineup of acts across three stages. Only €229.50 weekend tickets are left but there is a serious lineup including the full list below.
Playlist of additions:
Body & Soul man stage
tUnE-yArDs Young Fathers Perfume Genius Kate Boy Francois and The Atlas Mountains Oum Shatt Lau Moodoid Glass Animals Olof Arnalds Alice Boman Dermot Byrne Florian Blancke & Brendan O Regan Join me in the Pines I Have A Tribe Linkoban Jon Gomm Meltybrains? Tommy KD C.R. Avery Girl Band Altered Hours Buffalo Woman Donal Dineen Ronan O Snodaigh & The Occasionals Sounds of a System Breakdown InterSkalactic Viking Project The Careers Loah Sleep Thieves Grounds For Invasion Youth Mass Mongoose Susan O Neill & The Low Standards Arioso Grouse
UPSTAGE Line Up
Kowton Shanti Celeste P Disconaut Replete o.utlier Chris Farrell TR-One [live] Talkboy UNKNWN [live] Ghosts Ryan Vail Shane Mannion LAKE PEOPLE [live] Donal Dineen Reid Adultrock [live] Discotekken Gilbert Steele Contour Sol & Louche Richem DJKIDCAM Mikey Joyride Soro
EarthShip Line Up
Maud In Cahoots Ruff Chuff Live Crew Come On Live Long Leo Moran & Anto Thistletwaite The Tav Jam Band WOB! Joe Fury & The Hayride Punch Face Champions Willow Sea & Guests Aindrais De Staic & The Latchikos Attention Bébé Stevie G & the Deep South Soul Soundsystem The Eskies Simi Crowns Noelie McDonnell & Band EDFT i am niamh Polyphonic X The Amazing Few Sinead White The Ground Will Shake Koukie Floor Staff Somerville Eileen Keane Malcolm London Symphonic Funk Tradiohead Mikey and The Scallywags Strange Boats G.I.R.O The Cold Draw Louisiana 6 Shay Cotter and the New Blues Analogue Wave In The Willows
Patrick O’Laoghaire was playing with Slow Skies a year ago. Now he’s supported Anna Calvi on a European Tour and releases a debut EP on Faction Records next month with two gigs in Dublin’s Chancery Lane Theatre.
The debut track from an London/Iranian musician cultivates an aesthetic that references her ancestry through deep-low end, bright synth melodies, vocal cutups and nuanced percussion. TĀLĀ is the sole composer, producer and singer.
Tune-Yards has a new album called Nikki Nack on May 2nd in Ireland on 4AD. You’ve probably already heard ‘Water Fountain’, a track that was very much in the established style of Tune-Yards. New track ‘Wait For A Minute’ is a bit more R&B than we’re used to from Merril Garbus.
Exciting news for a Monday, tUnE-YaRdS‘ Merrill Garbus announced her new album today on her birthday with a frantic megamix that gives you some idea of what it will sound like. “It came to me in a dream and is a little nutso,” she said on Facebook. Which is this madness:
Highlights: Tune-Yards, Wu-Tang Clan, Joy Orbison, Low, 10 Days In Dublin, Paul Simon, Monster Truck fundraiser, Le Galaxie EP launch & Teengirl Fantasy.
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The brilliant live show of Merrill Garbus aka tUnE-YaRdS is coming to Vicar Street next weekend on Sunday July 15th with support from Micachu & the Shapes (who has a new album Never due out later this month) and Dublin sunny-electro duo Last Days of 1984. Win…→
A dose of Merril Garbus goodness. Following on from the kids from last year’s ‘Bizness’ video, these children come from the Brightworks and San Francisco Rock Project , a nonprofit music school that offers musical education to kids through the experience of learning and performing rock music. Tune-Yards has set up a Kickstarter project to help them out for appearing in the uplifting video, which was directed by Mimi Cave. Tune-Yards play Vicar Street on July 15th.
Highlights: Tune-Yards, BLONDES, Balam Acab, Musicmaker Social, Michael Kiwanuka, !Kaboogie Sixth Birthday with Miss Dynamite.
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If Nialler9 did Person of the Year in music nominations, Merril Garbus would have won it hands down. On Jimmy Kimmel she performs my song of the year with ‘You Yes You’ following it up. W h o K i l l? tUnE-yArDs does. They’re back in Dublin in February.
Myself and Aoife introduced two friends of ours to tUnE-yArDs’ last night by playing them ‘Bizness’ and ‘Party Can’. Watching their jaws drop was a delight. There’s no greater joy than sharing some good music and Merrill Garbus is a pretty exceptional musician. The video is a black and white tour made affair but sure, any excuse for a birra tUnE-yArDs.