In early 2009 one-woman DIY BTW tUnE-YaRdS, aka Merrill Garbus, self-released her debut BiRd-BrAiNs. It showed up after that on vinyl via Marriage Records and it’s out again today in Deluxe re-issue form via 4AD. It’s been remastered at Abbey Road and includes two new tracks, “Want Me To” and “Real Live Flesh.” To celebrate all of this activity, the label put out a “Hatari” 7″ and the BiRd DrOpPiNgS EP. The vinyl includes “Hatari” plus a remix of the track by Small Is Beautiful (aka J’aime Tambeur from Islands/Unicorns) and a new tUnE-YaRdS tune, “Hap-B.” The EP pairs the self-same Small Is Beautiful remix with the three aforementioned new tracks. What you won’t find on any of these is this extended, spacious remix of “Hatari” by Drunken Monkey. Start your own solo drum circle. Dance on your caps lock.
tUnE-YaRdS – “Hatari (Drunkenmonkey Remix)” (MP3)
Here’s Karn’s take:
And here’s Merrill doing one of those aforementioned new tracks, “Real Live Flesh.”
You can watch her do three others, including “Hatari,” at 4AD Sessions.
BiRd-BrAiNs is out via 4AD. She has a number of upcoming dates opening for Dirty Projectors (as well as an in-store at Permanent Records in Brooklyn on 11/20 without the Dirty Projectors).
11/17 – Paradise – Boston, Massachusetts
11/18 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
11/19 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, New York
11/21 – Music Hall Of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, New York
11/22 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
[Photo by Chrissy Piper]