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FILTER’s Top 10 of 2011: Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs

By Staff on December 16, 2011


FILTER’s Top 10 of 2011: Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs

2011 put tUnE-yArDs on the map and Merrill Garbus has been working hard for it. It almost seems as though the band spent the year on an infinite tour, but of course that's an exaggeration. This year, tUnE-yArDs released its sophomore album in April, w h o k i l l via 4AD, and received much-deserved praise and attention from tastemakers on the Internet and beyond. Aside from the time on the road and supporting their new release, the band is quite intuned with other aspects and pleasures in life.

Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs has graciously shared with us her musical picks for the year. Below, you can find Garbus' Top 10 of 2011. It's quite the eclectic list!

Merrill Garbus' Picks of 2011

1. Beep, City of the Future (THIRD CULTURE RECORDS)
Seeing a fraction of this album be created made me want to do W H O K I L L in the same studio with Eli Crews engineering...the stuffy studio air was electric with creativity and life and new sounds, and GROOVE.  These dudes know no bounds of their technical abilities and their mind-boggling experimentation.  STOP FEARING "JAZZ"

2. Group Doueh, Zayna Jumma (SUBLIME FREQUENCIES)
This music is being created NOW, believe it.  I'm used to discovering "world music" from old dubbed cassettes but these days, labels like Sublime Frequencies are nurturing contemporary African artists.  Thanks to the zillions of people who turned me onto Group Doueh, as their name gets passed around

3. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy (4AD)
Annie Clark is a brilliant genius at writing choruses that will haunt you for years to come. 

4. Andrew Conklin, If I Were More Like You (Self-released via Bandcamp)
You do not know Andrew Conklin but you should.  One of the best collection of songs I've had the pleasure of being exposed to, ever.  Find it on his Bandcamp for free.

5. The Roots, Undun (DEF JAM RECORDS)
They do it again.  Which means they do it in an understated, simple and beautiful way.  A band who doesn't have anything to prove, but slays like they have from the beginning.

6. Mwahaha, Mwahaha (MWAHAHA MUSIC)
ZAP—an Oakland band, psychedelia and nasty distortion and heavy, anthemic choruses.

7. Low Cut Connie, Get Out the Lotion (LOW CUT CONNIE)
My friend Adam started this band with wicked, sweat-drenched players so that he could spit venom and bile and Elvis and Buddy Holly and 21-year-old Jagger at you.  And then sweat on you.

8. Delicate Steve, Wondervisions (LUAKA BOP)
This album has been overlooked by many best-of lists, but it's full of so much energy, heart, stellar guitar work, and gorgeous noise.

9. Shabazz Palaces, Black Up (SUB POP)
I haven't fully digested this one yet, but after you've heard about a group 8,000 times you consider that you may be missing something.  Which I definitely have been.  Their short film/video is on my top-things-of-2011 and the album is equally ripe with collage dada brilliance.

10. Deerhoof, Deerhoof Vs. Evil (POLYVINYL)
Deerhoof is always pushing us forward, forward, forward.


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