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Released on June 9th 2009, Bird-Brains is Merrill Garbus' debut album under the moniker "tUnE-yArDs". It was self-released by Garbus and was recorded using only a handheld voice recorder and mixed through "Audacity", a free open source program.

The album incorporates many different musical sounds including jazz, hip-hop, rock and electronic and is heavily influenced by African and world music as Garbus travelled around the world prior to the record to collect differing musical sounds. Garbus also makes heavy use… read more



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  • Easily the best album of the year and one of the best of the whole decade. Even better is her second album "WHOKILL", scary for other musicians but great for music lovers around the world.
  • pardon?
  • thE hipSter wanNa be look iS somewhat hoRRid i will aGree ..but you play it oFFwell..... :) :) Cha cha chA!!!!
  • Horrid.
  • how did i miss this album? thank god for year-end best of lists! [3]
  • Amazing! Review of Tune Yards @ Hollywood Bowl here: http://spectrumculture.com/spectrumblog/?p=902
  • uhhh, brilliant. I felt like my house was coming alive around me and making music.
  • pretty good.
  • great album! my favorites are Lions, Hatari, and Sunlight.
  • how did i miss this album? thank god for year-end best of lists!

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