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tUnE-yArDs Teases ‘Nikki Nack’ LP With Deliriously Anarchic Megamix

tUnE-yArDs, 'Nikki Nack,' megamix, stream

tUnE-yArDs’ masterful 2011 album, w h o k i l l, was what you might’ve expected when Merrill Garbus’ personal-is-global indie-folk project went from shareware solo affair to an emboldened duo with access to professional recording equipment. Will newly announced follow-up Nikki Nack (note her latest copy editor-confounding typographic choice), due out in the United State on May 6 via 4AD, clean up further? Will it veer off someplace new? A two-and-a-half-minute “megamix” of tracks from the album, below, confirms Garbus’ brassy voice has only strengthened, and the overall kaleidoscopic effect conjures up a disorienting campfire dance party, but it offers tantalizingly little in the way — yet! — of definitive conclusions. Listen below, revisit SPIN’s 2011 tUnE-yArDs feature, and scroll down for tour dates (and to help Garbus celebrate her birthday, today, via an amusing animation). Here’s Garbus, as if channeling Busta Rhymes: “Woo hah!”


tUnE-yArDs tour dates:

May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
May 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
May 12 – London, England @ Village Underground
May 14 – Berlin, Germany @ Berghain
May 15 – Hamburg, Germany @ Nochtspeicher
May 16 – Brussels, Belgium @ Les Nuits-Cirque Royal
May 18 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Bitterzoet
May 19 – Paris, France @ Cafe de La Danse
May 23 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Ampitheater *
May 25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
June 1 – Houston, TX @ Free Press Summerfest
June 19 – Toronto, Ontario @ NXNE, Massey Hall
June 21 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
July 19 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival

* with The National