tUnE-yArDs is the moniker of Oakland, CA based Indie-Pop songstress Merrill Garbus. The New England native has been operating under this alias for the last 6 years and has released 2 great albums. Earlier this year, the Village Voice‘s annual “Pazz and Jop” poll of critics named her second album w h o k i l l the #1 album of 2011. While saying w h o k i l l was the best album of 2011 is entirely subjective, no one can argue that her sound is the most creative of the last 2-3 years. “Real Live Flesh” off her first album BiRd-BrAiNs was my introduction to her weird world. You can hear the distinct influence of 90′s R&B and Neo-Soul in her powerful vocals, which is why she’s the perfect way to end this week’s thread.
Posts tagged ‘Connecticut’
So, to pick up where we left off on Monday here is one of my favorite bands of the last 5 years covering one of my favorite bands of all time and doing a pretty bad job of it! Where Yeasayer offered an impeccable version of Seal’s “Crazy”, MGMT struggle in this early performance to even offer a decent mock up of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)” off their 1983 masterpiece Speaking in Tongues. Nonetheless, I still love it.
Laura Ganci is a singer/songwriter from Connecticut who has been writing and singing for over ten years. With grave attention to lyrics and conveying emotion through storytelling, Laura’s songs “paint a picture” and have struck a chord with many first time listeners. I have actually seen people in bars stop their conversation when she begins to perform and listen intently through her entire set. Not an easy feat, given much of the music is either down tempo or deals with deeply personal issues. Watch the video for “Love Junkie” below. It has always been my favorite of her many great songs.