Bartees Strange: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

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The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit - stripped-down sets, an intimate setting - just a different space.
Lars Gotrich | February 22, 2021
Bartees Strange and his band are in a basement, surrounded by electrical wiring and DIY sound-proofing, but also green plants that no doubt have names. In Falls Church, Va., the indie rocker is a stone's throw from the much-missed Tiny Desk space in D.C., yet offers a set just as cozy and crammed.
Just a cursory listen of Live Forever, one of NPR Music's 50 Best Albums of 2020, reveals a seeker with several destinations in mind: hip-hop bombast meets sprawling indie-rock riffs and mind-numbing electronic beats. "Sonically it doesn't make sense," Bartees Strange told NPR Music, "but it makes sense because it's me and I think that's like an important part of music - the person."
For his Tiny Desk, Bartees Strange keeps the bluesy rock and roll bravado of "Boomer" and the loping smooveness of "Mustang," stripping down the drum kit to include a sheet music stand as an extra cymbal. In between songs, he shouts out the musicians giving him joy lately: Yves Tumor and The National's Aaron Dessner, whom he calls "the indie rock Michael Jordan."
It's in the back half where Bartees Strange does the switch-up, as "In A Cab" flows seamlessly into "Flagey God." On record, these are louder and noisier songs that explore very different sides of his 20-sided die, but here, they become laid-back jazz club jams, deceptive in their ease, but beautifully ornate as the arrangements open up to his world.
"In A Cab"
"Flagey God"
Bartees Strange: vocals, guitar
Graham Richman: keys
John Daise: bass
Dan Kleederman: guitar
Carter Zumtobel: drums
Video: Britain Weyant
Audio: Chris Connors, Bartees Strange
Assistant Camera Op: Luke Piotrowski
Producers: Lars Gotrich, Bobby Carter
Video Producer: Maia Stern
Audio Mastering: Josh Rogosin
Art Director: CJ Riculan
Tiny Production Team: Bob Boilen, Kara Frame, Morgan Noelle Smith
Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey
Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann


  1. Southern IcedTea
    Southern IcedTea
    Dag geleden

    You just gained about 3500 fans my bro. I play mustang at work over the PA system!!

  2. Speirbhean
    Dag geleden

    Ah great stuff lads, fair play. 🙌

  3. Joshua Sprague
    Joshua Sprague
    Dag geleden

    This dude is special. "The pain of being pure again..."

  4. Cell LaVie
    Cell LaVie
    4 dagen geleden

    So good! I keep coming back to it. Everyone is locked in, so precise

  5. Maia Harris
    Maia Harris
    4 dagen geleden

    I feel seen by this music

  6. Brett Harker
    Brett Harker
    4 dagen geleden

    anybody catch the name of the band he recommends at 4:08

    1. Lukas Parrish
      Lukas Parrish
      3 dagen geleden

      Yves Tumor

  7. Sam Miller
    Sam Miller
    5 dagen geleden

    Tiny Desk is the best of NLlike, of the Net.

  8. Mr. Sofa
    Mr. Sofa
    5 dagen geleden

    feeling good - nice work - wish you well

  9. terminate_user
    5 dagen geleden

    Forget dogecoin - BARTEES STRANGE TO THE MOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Erik Skagersten
    Erik Skagersten
    5 dagen geleden

    This was sooo good! Just wish it could have been longer! Please god let us have a Strange Tour once travel is possible again

  11. Parmejuan
    5 dagen geleden

    The clean versions are totally different and so refreshing! Great stuff :)

  12. Fernando F
    Fernando F
    7 dagen geleden

    Chingón! 👌🏻😌

  13. Lion Bird
    Lion Bird
    8 dagen geleden

    Yes! Yes! Refreshing. Amazing. Beautiful. I loved it so much.

  14. Elyse Lewis
    Elyse Lewis
    8 dagen geleden

    I'll never be over Strange's vocals

  15. DEZALTru
    8 dagen geleden


  16. PECK Brian
    PECK Brian
    8 dagen geleden

    Oh, yes ... it's so good to hear this.

  17. Алексей
    8 dagen geleden

    На барабанах Бебур ))

  18. Alex Goldberg
    Alex Goldberg
    9 dagen geleden

    Dan Kleederman slaying me w that slide guitar 😛 Whole band sounds great!!

  19. Brad Baker
    Brad Baker
    9 dagen geleden

    Love it. What kind of guitar is Bartees playing? He makes it sound so good.

  20. wickedroman
    9 dagen geleden

    Sound is soooooo goooood omg!

  21. Joel Green
    Joel Green
    9 dagen geleden

    One day we shall hear these on black cat or 9:30 speakers...that will be a great day

  22. Margaret Dela Cruz
    Margaret Dela Cruz
    9 dagen geleden

    tiny desk always surprises me with these lovely gems!

  23. Austin Gutierrez
    Austin Gutierrez
    9 dagen geleden

    The drummers using a music stand as a ride cymbal! Great music

  24. Wesley James Reyes
    Wesley James Reyes
    9 dagen geleden

    to australia pls!

  25. Sam Wiles
    Sam Wiles
    9 dagen geleden

    Who else is here watching this video on youtube

  26. teardropluvsparamore
    9 dagen geleden

    Yo he’s so dang good! Thankful I found him through Thursday (rock band)

  27. Sole Sust
    Sole Sust
    9 dagen geleden

    This is kinda different... rock on y’all.

  28. Noob el gamer liker
    Noob el gamer liker
    9 dagen geleden

    These versions of the songs are so clean, I even prefer these than the ones on Spotify, especially Flagey god. Superb performance.

  29. Chinazo Rena Anakwe
    Chinazo Rena Anakwe
    9 dagen geleden

    Come on Bartees!! 🙌🏾✨ Loved it!!

  30. David Ben Yehuda
    David Ben Yehuda
    10 dagen geleden

    SHALOM FAMILY, the definition of soul music, personified.

  31. Sam Burgess
    Sam Burgess
    10 dagen geleden

    one of my favourite clicks

  32. Michael Morris
    Michael Morris
    10 dagen geleden

    I like it. Its different in a good way. You got a fan in Hoodbridge bruh. 👍🏼

  33. Donavan Henry
    Donavan Henry
    10 dagen geleden


  34. Ken O'Brien II
    Ken O'Brien II
    10 dagen geleden

    Has anyone bathed in this video?

  35. Wilbur Woke II
    Wilbur Woke II
    10 dagen geleden

    This is horrible

  36. Truman Mortillaro
    Truman Mortillaro
    10 dagen geleden

    This rocks! Great job

  37. James Leary
    James Leary
    10 dagen geleden

    Bartees killing it.

  38. Lindsay Hayes
    Lindsay Hayes
    10 dagen geleden

    Yes! Amazing performance

  39. Ruben
    10 dagen geleden

    what is the record he is talking about at 4:06 in?

    1. Ruben
      10 dagen geleden

      @Brent Butler thanks so much!

    2. Brent Butler
      Brent Butler
      10 dagen geleden

      Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind

  40. Liam Prum
    Liam Prum
    10 dagen geleden

    gooosebuumps during flagey god....

  41. jamhawk75
    10 dagen geleden

    Bartees killing it as usual. Love this man's music way too much

  42. Jenn Harmon
    Jenn Harmon
    10 dagen geleden


  43. Joseph Haynes
    Joseph Haynes
    10 dagen geleden

    Unreal... JPEGMAFIA next please

  44. Robert Darling
    Robert Darling
    10 dagen geleden

    This is that dank dank.....

  45. Vcomplex
    10 dagen geleden

    My new favorite tiny desk omg I've listen to this 300 times so far on repeat! Great music Tiny desk! I find things I've never even know I lost! 😟

  46. Renaldo Matadeen
    Renaldo Matadeen
    10 dagen geleden

    Bartees Dr. Strange

  47. Drawn
    10 dagen geleden

    'Warning, this video contains explicit language.' Clicks like.

  48. Gino Zahnd
    Gino Zahnd
    10 dagen geleden

    I’d never heard you you Bartees, but what a breath of fresh air! Hella dig.

  49. The Noise
    The Noise
    10 dagen geleden


  50. Hank Honkerson
    Hank Honkerson
    10 dagen geleden

    anyone else catch that Hospice reference in Mustang

  51. MemoryMusicLabel
    10 dagen geleden


    10 dagen geleden

    qué genio Bartees!

  53. Raymond Lawson
    Raymond Lawson
    10 dagen geleden


  54. Федор Родионов
    Федор Родионов
    10 dagen geleden

    it is a pity that your music is not fair to be heard on soundcloud in Russia due to the sanctions. you are cool) very cool)

  55. Lucas Túlio
    Lucas Túlio
    10 dagen geleden

    So good. Just one thing: Imagine Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes singing the chorus of Boomer and that bridge at the end.

  56. World's #1 QWOP Fan
    World's #1 QWOP Fan
    10 dagen geleden

    I need a 100 hour long recording of this version of In A Cab

  57. Michael Shenton
    Michael Shenton
    10 dagen geleden

    Dude such deep grooves. I love it ✌️❤️

  58. Matthew Padich
    Matthew Padich
    10 dagen geleden

    Nice snake plant 🪴

  59. JFanken
    10 dagen geleden

    A great gift for my birthday! Great music and it's fun to listen to! 23.02. ...............Many Thanks!!!!

  60. Natxo Txuri
    Natxo Txuri
    10 dagen geleden

    Jo que descubrimiento. Que buen cantante eres Bartees, que buen grupo tienes, que buena música haces Zorionak

  61. Karina Villanueva
    Karina Villanueva
    10 dagen geleden

    Bartees is THE man

  62. Sylvie Lopez-salinas
    Sylvie Lopez-salinas
    10 dagen geleden

    Thank you very much for sharing this great music enjoy the Great tbands thank you very much tiny desk 🌸

  63. The Daylight Orange
    The Daylight Orange
    10 dagen geleden

    Mustang. Boom .

  64. Boatss
    10 dagen geleden

    bless this

  65. Taylor Dickey
    Taylor Dickey
    10 dagen geleden

    This sounds absolutely amazing

  66. Daffa V
    Daffa V
    10 dagen geleden

    They never miss with these live performances

  67. ssmitg
    10 dagen geleden

    BARTEES!!! Big congrats. So deserving!

  68. Polyvinyl Records
    Polyvinyl Records
    10 dagen geleden

    real recognize real

    1. Zane Ridings
      Zane Ridings
      Dag geleden

      and you're one of the realest PV

    2. Jamie Coletta
      Jamie Coletta
      9 dagen geleden


    3. Mason Mennenga
      Mason Mennenga
      10 dagen geleden

      where there is a bartees strange video, there is a polyvinyl comment

    4. Bartees Strange
      Bartees Strange
      10 dagen geleden

      lol i lov yall

  69. TheWhyer
    10 dagen geleden

    I like Bartees but I feel like this live set sounds thin compared to the studio version.

    1. schuttz
      10 dagen geleden

      Mustang and Boomer don't have the huge reverberating, stadium sound of the album, sure... but his vocal really shines in both of them, so that's a good trade-off. I enjoyed Flagey even more, though, since you could pick out the instrumentation more cleanly.

  70. Gene Pozniak
    Gene Pozniak
    10 dagen geleden

    Wow! Great hybrid music! "Indie-Rap"?!

    1. Gene Pozniak
      Gene Pozniak
      9 dagen geleden

      @NotRealMusic Well, the first song he was, but not so much after. :-)

    2. Ian Rohrback
      Ian Rohrback
      9 dagen geleden

      Its just music, man

    3. NotRealMusic
      9 dagen geleden

      Is he rapping though?

  71. Dominik Kozacek
    Dominik Kozacek
    10 dagen geleden

    you should get nnamdi ogbonnaya on here

  72. Bex Terefe
    Bex Terefe
    10 dagen geleden

    Tiny Desk can do no wrong and this has to be the BEST one yet.

  73. zede77
    10 dagen geleden

    That was just mesmerizing.

  74. JP Ferrell
    JP Ferrell
    10 dagen geleden

    This was hot fire from start to finish!

  75. benji
    10 dagen geleden

    Great set, absolutely loved it.

  76. Jen Ho
    Jen Ho
    10 dagen geleden

    This man is the gem we found in this covid pandemic.

  77. youtuberjoe
    10 dagen geleden

    I'm getting Kings of Leon vibes

    1. youtuberjoe
      10 dagen geleden

      @Bartees Strange What are the odds?! I like it!

    2. Bartees Strange
      Bartees Strange
      10 dagen geleden

      Calebs mom was my substitute teacher in school. Crazy.

  78. Raphael Lactao
    Raphael Lactao
    10 dagen geleden

    John Lennon on drums

  79. Late Night Productions
    Late Night Productions
    10 dagen geleden

    this is so good

  80. José Curiel
    José Curiel
    10 dagen geleden

    Amazing voice!!

  81. Sug Daniels
    Sug Daniels
    10 dagen geleden

    Big homie making it yo! Respect✊🏾

  82. MissAll300
    10 dagen geleden

    like:it_like:it_like:it_like:it_like:it oooooo much*

  83. Neil Eskins
    Neil Eskins
    10 dagen geleden

    Mustang has a great 'In Rainbows' feel to it, great session

  84. Tiffany Mitchell Setliff
    Tiffany Mitchell Setliff
    10 dagen geleden

    Thank You Tiny Desk! Another great find!

    1. NPR Music
      NPR Music
      10 dagen geleden

      Thank you for watching!

  85. David Roach
    David Roach
    11 dagen geleden


  86. Positive Energy
    Positive Energy
    11 dagen geleden

    "I've been buried alive by the devil"???? Ok.

  87. Jacky Jo.
    Jacky Jo.
    11 dagen geleden

    Great respect! So good music!

  88. Mark Pfeffer
    Mark Pfeffer
    11 dagen geleden

    The drop into the chorus in flagey is too dope. Broke my neck.

    1. Damnp
      10 dagen geleden

      @gbee I think u meant "The whole thing is a bit epic for a tiny desk performance."

    2. Mark Pfeffer
      Mark Pfeffer
      11 dagen geleden

      Guitar run at 11:32 is brutal too. Stank

  89. Andrew parker
    Andrew parker
    11 dagen geleden

    Bass n drums are like butter. Yes waiter, I would like seconds please. Awesome music.

    1. Mark Pfeffer
      Mark Pfeffer
      11 dagen geleden

      The dynamics and control on the drums here are naaaaaassssstttttyyyyyy. Such a good touch and magnetic to the pocket. Get me a third plate.

  90. Matthew James
    Matthew James
    11 dagen geleden


  91. Mark Pfeffer
    Mark Pfeffer
    11 dagen geleden

    Yoooo bartees is the man. Live Forever is the best album of 2020. Fact.

  92. Roman Romadin
    Roman Romadin
    11 dagen geleden

    Super! Thank you!

  93. Pentameron
    11 dagen geleden

    0:05 - *Boomer* (3:36) 4:58 - *Mustang* (8:40) 8:44 - *In A Cab* [11:09 / 11:16] - *Flagey God* (13:55) [14:09 - Tiny Desk team]

  94. Paul PJ Prevot
    Paul PJ Prevot
    11 dagen geleden

    Caught this quick...and its a live one

    11 dagen geleden

    good job people respect

  96. Evan H
    Evan H
    11 dagen geleden

    ah yes, very socially distant... fr though this is so good

  97. Christian CappaFunkTV
    Christian CappaFunkTV
    11 dagen geleden

    Reminds me a little of Curtis Harding but with a more Neo-Soul approach

  98. Mamie Acrie
    Mamie Acrie
    11 dagen geleden

    Wonderful concert! 🌸😀

  99. LR S
    LR S
    11 dagen geleden

    every day I'm grateful for NPR music and their work to provide so much content during a pandemic, love the at home concerts

    1. Gino Zahnd
      Gino Zahnd
      10 dagen geleden

      This isn’t content. This is art. :-)

    2. NPR Music
      NPR Music
      10 dagen geleden

      Every day we're grateful for people like you that enjoy music discovery like we do! 💛

  100. Monty Contrite
    Monty Contrite
    11 dagen geleden

    Finally Bartees getting the recognition he deserves, absolutely stellar performance as always!