The year was 2007. MySpace was the coolest, an ancient melon had been discovered in Japan, Avril Lavigne had just released her third album, and Facebook was worth less than $15 billion. And a young performer named Merrill Garbus was beginning to get a name for herself as tUnE-yArDs, playing around Montreal and her native Vermont.
We on Venus had noticed her iconoclastic and theatrical performances, her fierce songwriting, and her DIY ethos. We invited her to our show when tUnE-yArDs was only a few months old. Listen below for an interview, a live performance (including three unreleased songs!) and a guest DJ set from Merrill. We think it’s really cool to see where she was at back then, when she was just starting to put together the project that would eventually take her to the top of the indie charts and critics’ lists (and it’s fun to hear our embarrassing 2007 baby voices). We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we loved having her as a guest.