I always think of Tune-Yards as the female equivalent to comedian Reggie Watts, and the music he makes. Lead singer Merrill Garbus is essentially a one-woman band, or at least that’s how she started out, creating music out of sound loops and layering instruments and vocals on top of each other until the perfect song emerges. “Sunlight” was the first Tune-Yards song I heard back in ’09 or ’10, and it instantly became one of my favorite songs. In 2011, Tune-Yards released the album W H O K I L L which gave her more exposure, on Sirius radio and online. I also got to see her perform at Coachella that year, which was easily one of my favorite Coachella performances ever.
Now Merrill is back with the brand new song “Water Fountain”, the first track from the upcoming album Nikki Nack which will be released in May. In addition, you can currently get some extra goodies if you pre-order the album from her website. I already ordered the vinyl, which comes with a CD version of the album, and extra items for the first 100, 200 and 2,000 people who order the album there. (more…)
Later today, I will begin my alphabetical countdown of my 100 favorite songs of the last ten years (2000-2009), one each weekday, until I get through all of them. But, before that starts, I took some time to sit down and compile my 25 favorite songs of 2009. This was one of the best years for music in recent memory. What was different for me this year, compared to most, is that normally I have a lot of favorite albums… CD’s that I listen to all year, all the way through. This year, I have only a few albums that I enjoyed from beginning to end. So few that I may not even be able to rank them properly, but this was an amazing year for individual songs.
The Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival has been a yearly tradition for me and my wife. Of the ten years that the festival has been running, I’ve attended five of them. Some years have been amazing (2008), some not so much (2009), but overall, it’s always great to get away for the weekend and see more bands that you could ever imagine in such a short span of time.
This year’s pre-sale officially started this week, if you’re planning on attending the entire weekend. Single day tickets will most likely be available in January, when the line-up is usually announced. For the first time, camping in your car will be available, and it’s also the first year that concert goers will be able to go in and out (which will be a big benefit to those camping out for the weekend).
In case you haven’t heard it yet, Solange Knowles has covered Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness is the Move,” one song you’ve been destined to get stuck in your head again and again this year. This pairing is a little unconventional; having Beyonce’s feistier little sister covering an indie hit – a song I don’t think I’ve heard on mainstream FM radio, but only on satellite channels.
As it turns out, she did a great job. If you have heard Dirty Projectors’ original version (which you can check out here), you may have already thought the song would have made a great early-90’s R&B hit (I know that was my first thought).
Solange took it and changed the instrumental part quite a bit, which doesn’t necessarily take away from it, since the real gem of the song is the vocals and harmonies.
Apparently Solange Knowles has a taste for the indie bands, as it has been reported that she turned Jay-Z and Beyonce onto Grizzly Bear. What’s next – a cover of “Two Weeks”? That’s one I’d like to hear.