It’s been a little over three years since tUnE-yArDs garnered universal acclaim for w h o k i l l, but Merrill Garbus hasn’t lost any momentum with Nikki Nack. Her band’s nationwide tour comes to The Fillmore this month for two sold-out shows. tUnE-yArDs isn’t the only local band with a new album — we’re also really excited for Adult Life, the upcoming album from Cocktails that arrives later this month on Father/Daughter Records. This podcast also includes a new track from local punk band Yi, off their just-released Crying LP.
We always include a lot of new bands in these podcasts, but this month’s set might be particularly striking for the number of veteran performers involved here. The Both is an unimpressive band name, but the band is the union of two impressive songwriters, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. The duo’s new LP is their first together, but it continues a long legacy of quality work for both artists. It’s a similar story for Dean Wareham, who just released his first solo full-length, decades into a career that has included Galaxie 500, Luna, and Dean & Britta. Dean Wareham was produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. Finally, Chad VanGaalen reemerged recently with his fifth album; the Canadian outsider artist has amassed a strong cult following from a series of acclaimed albums on Sub Pop.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!
About the bands:
tUnE-yArDs – “Water Fountain”
Playing two shows at The Fillmore — June 6 (with Sylvan Esso) and June 7 (with The Seshen).
Cocktails – “Tough Love”
Appearing on June 27 at Bottom of the Hill; Magic Trick, Violent Change and Big Tits round out the all-local bill.