Courtney Barnett, I like her

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I'm late to the table on this, having ignored her until I happened to hear "History Eraser" on the radio the other day. But I really like the two EPs -- smart, scruffy, funny. So I figured she deserved a thread.

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something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 1 March 2014 16:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Your early-Liz-Phair comparisons here. (Tho Barbara Manning is just as apt. And/or the entire 1990-93 era.)

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 1 March 2014 16:11 (three years ago) Permalink

Talked about her on that Johnny Fever not pop not indie thread :

http://pitchfork.com/features/rising/9230-courtney-barnett/

Not sure what thread to use to talk about Aussie Courtney Barnett who likes Nirvana and the Go-Betweens

― curmudgeon, Friday, February 21, 2014 12:11 AM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

bump

― curmudgeon, Friday, February 21, 2014 2:57 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I'm gonna give her a few more listens. Her DC gig got a nice Washington Post review.

― curmudgeon, Saturday, February 22, 2014 4:06 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol I should probably bookmark this thread so I see the new things

― Johnny Fever, Saturday, February 22, 2014 4:15 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Courtney Barnett just recorded an NPR Tiny Desk concert

― curmudgeon, Monday, February 24, 2014 7:20 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Courtney Barnett is really cool but isn't she straight-up indie? Whatever indie means.

― Legendary Zing! Alum (seandalai), Monday, February 24, 2014 7:27 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Probably, but I couldn't find an "Indie 2014" thread and didn't want to be the one to start one, since I'm no indie 2014 expert

― curmudgeon, Monday, February 24, 2014 8:29 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Regretted playing shambala vigilante border patrol as soon as I posted, but yeah there should be a Rolling Indie 2014 thread.

It's not like I really know what belongs here anyway. Just listened to the Jaakko Eino Kalevi Dreamzone Remixes EP and this track jumped out at me, it's poppy but in a very meandering way:

http://noisey.vice.com/en_se/read/youneedtohearthis-listen-to-this-gorgeous-remix-of-finnish-mastermind-jaakko-eino-kalevi

― Legendary Zing! Alum (seandalai), Monday, February 24, 2014 10:20 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 March 2014 16:34 (three years ago) Permalink

She is definitely straight-up indie whatever indie means. Which apparently I can still like sometimes.

The Liz Phair semblance I mentioned is really mostly in her guitar playing (as my wife observed) -- that slightly choppy, warm sound. Her voice is totally her own thing.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 1 March 2014 16:44 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm still hearing a female take on Nirvana unplugged with a dash of Go-Betweens

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 March 2014 16:53 (three years ago) Permalink

Richards in the W. Post likes her lyrics (and guitar-playing too)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/courtney-barnetts-electric-deadpan-wows-at-dc9/2014/02/20/885e499a-9a38-11e3-80ac-63a8ba7f7942_story.html

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 March 2014 16:55 (three years ago) Permalink

The Liz Phair semblance I mentioned is really mostly in her guitar playing (as my wife observed) -- that slightly choppy, warm sound.

what i've heard so far of that slightly choppy, warm sound reads more cobain than phair to me, though i'm not sure the distinction makes any difference. but my favorite thing about her puts her squarely in kurdt's kamp: she's a lefty.

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 1 March 2014 20:09 (three years ago) Permalink

Avant Gardener was one icky favourite things from last year. The line where she describes the reaction of the ambulance driver to her occupation and her own subsequent reaction kills me every time

Hinklepicker, Saturday, 1 March 2014 20:58 (three years ago) Permalink

My favourite that is. Not icky at all.

Hinklepicker, Saturday, 1 March 2014 20:59 (three years ago) Permalink

I also love the repurposing of "All Shook Up" in that song.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 1 March 2014 21:08 (three years ago) Permalink

I've only heard Avant Gardener but it was probably my favorite song of last year.

polyphonic, Saturday, 1 March 2014 21:19 (three years ago) Permalink

I compared "Avant Gardener" to not just Phair, but also Beck on my year-end ballot.

clemenza, Saturday, 1 March 2014 21:55 (three years ago) Permalink

The only thing is I haven't heard anything else by her in the same league.

Hinklepicker, Saturday, 1 March 2014 22:03 (three years ago) Permalink

I like at least 3 other songs as much.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 1 March 2014 22:38 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh yes? And those might be? History Eraser perchance?

Hinklepicker, Sunday, 2 March 2014 04:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Anyhow I will listen to all the songs some more myself.

Hinklepicker, Sunday, 2 March 2014 09:09 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah "History Eraser," "Don't Apply Compression Gently" and "Are You Looking After Yourself" are all standouts to me on the first few run-throughs. I like most of the others, too.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Sunday, 2 March 2014 12:11 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Avant Gardener has gone from 'hmmm that's nice' to being my #1 springtime jam.

1 pONO 3v3Ry+h1n G!!!1 (dog latin), Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:48 (three years ago) Permalink

favourite bit is how she says she'd rather die than owe the emergency services til she gets old.

1 pONO 3v3Ry+h1n G!!!1 (dog latin), Wednesday, 30 April 2014 08:49 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks to ILM for tipping me to her, definitely one of my favorite new artists this year. I hear Paul Kelly in her lyrics/delivery and Velvet Underground-via-Yo La Tengo in the guitar squeals. Good stuff!!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 30 April 2014 14:23 (three years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

http://thethousands.com.au/melbourne/hear/a-mixtape-by-courtney-barnett
Nice to hear a bunch of Kiwi stuff on this!

etc, Thursday, 9 October 2014 06:28 (three years ago) Permalink

hmm not bad, save for teeth & tongue who i utterly despise

outback bumfuc (electricsound), Thursday, 9 October 2014 07:16 (three years ago) Permalink

One day Street Chant might actually release a new record. It's all gone a bit Guns n Roses really.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 9 October 2014 07:35 (three years ago) Permalink

I saw her the other week down here in end-of-the-world Hobart (also her home for a few years). I have never seen anyone have that much fun playing guitar. Not all the songs are top drawer, but when she's on, she's ON.

MatthewK, Thursday, 9 October 2014 11:00 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

"Pickles from the Jar" is an extra track that's appeared on a couple of Milk Records compilations:

http://store.milkrecords.com.au/album/a-pair-of-pears-with-shadows-a-milk-records-compilation-2
Massive shout out to Hobart on there.

Her new upcoming album has a title, and it's not cryptic! :-o

  • "Courtney album!
  • "first taste of the new CB album sometimes i sit and think, and sometimes i just sit will be in your ears NEXT WEEK. keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitters for the announcement."
I think the release was scheduled for March, not sure exactly when. There's a bit of chat about the recording of it in this interview.

Aaaaahhhh the title is a quote from A.A. Milne, yeahIknewthat.

flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 21:48 (two years ago) Permalink

sweet!

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:09 (two years ago) Permalink

I love the Double EP, high hopes for this.

campreverb, Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Cool. Was happy to see she's on the Bonnaroo lineup, looking forward to seeing her.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Tuesday, 20 January 2015 22:42 (two years ago) Permalink

New song sounds good. Pissed off and interesting. Sure you might say Dylan Nirvana hybrid but I don't think it is obvious enough to make it especially derivative. In other words it sounds like Courtney Barnett and that is very fucking fine.

Hinklepicker, Friday, 30 January 2015 03:31 (two years ago) Permalink

Well ok then, nary a ripple on the ilx surface. This song is kicking me in the pants today.

Hinklepicker, Friday, 30 January 2015 20:11 (two years ago) Permalink

I like Courtney Barnett too but the production on the new song is not my thing

so not gonna häpna (seandalai), Friday, 30 January 2015 23:32 (two years ago) Permalink

i like her too.

wish the production was more aggressive and less indie though

nostormo, Monday, 2 February 2015 12:04 (two years ago) Permalink

I dig the new tune.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-nr1nNC3ds#t=46

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 4 February 2015 18:10 (two years ago) Permalink

This is a jam.

how's life, Thursday, 5 February 2015 13:48 (two years ago) Permalink

I like the EPs album, and this sounds great too.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 5 February 2015 16:56 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

New song hits me harder than the previous one, quite looking forward to this album!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Monday, 2 March 2015 22:01 (two years ago) Permalink

It's good, but I'm a little bummed that it's not all distorted and grungy like the previous one.

how's life, Monday, 2 March 2015 23:41 (two years ago) Permalink

nah it's better

kriss akabusi cleaner (seandalai), Monday, 2 March 2015 23:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Anyone going to see her in London on the 10th of April?

Rainbow DAESH (ShariVari), Thursday, 5 March 2015 09:16 (two years ago) Permalink

oh man, i could well be tempted. my partner's also a big fan and it's her birthday week but we were planning on a trip to london earlier in the week anyway.

Unheimlich Manouevre (dog latin), Thursday, 5 March 2015 10:41 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm going to the Cambridge gig on the 7th.

kriss akabusi cleaner (seandalai), Friday, 6 March 2015 00:25 (two years ago) Permalink

We might go to the Cambridge one instead

Unheimlich Manouevre (dog latin), Friday, 6 March 2015 01:33 (two years ago) Permalink

I hope the album is more like "Pedestrian" noisy thing

nostormo, Friday, 6 March 2015 01:58 (two years ago) Permalink

But I doubt it

nostormo, Friday, 6 March 2015 01:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Pedestrian is striking me as some weird cross between Institutionalized & Parklife. Good stuff.

that's not my post, Saturday, 7 March 2015 07:26 (two years ago) Permalink

Her turn of phrase is really quite cringeworthy - "give me all your money and I'll make some orgami honey", "now we've got that percolator, never made a latte greater". I like the grungy sound of the first track but her lyrics just put me in mind of some self-lampooning sadsack character from a Lorrie Moore short story, except no way near as funny or sad or charming or well-written as that would imply.

Matt DC, Saturday, 7 March 2015 14:06 (two years ago) Permalink

I love that line and her delivery.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 7 March 2015 15:32 (two years ago) Permalink

no but ive dozed through courtney barnett

micah, Thursday, 8 June 2017 03:42 (six months ago) Permalink

aw i like her

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 June 2017 04:01 (six months ago) Permalink

Courtney Barnett, i like her

flappy bird, Thursday, 8 June 2017 04:01 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah I like her too and she certainly knows how to rock out

niels, Thursday, 8 June 2017 18:15 (six months ago) Permalink

I have actually witnessed her rocking out in concert, p cool

niels, Thursday, 8 June 2017 18:15 (six months ago) Permalink

they're both great, should be a great collabo and tour. they can probably share clothes.

evol j, Thursday, 8 June 2017 19:56 (six months ago) Permalink

wow 3 chicago dates, gonna try and do the bottle since it's probably my last opportunity to see kv at a venue so small

just another (diamonddave85), Thursday, 8 June 2017 21:13 (six months ago) Permalink

fucking hell get this drongo out the paint already

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gass mccoombes (qiqing), Thursday, 8 June 2017 21:26 (six months ago) Permalink

hell yea

flappy bird, Friday, 9 June 2017 00:58 (six months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

depreston destroys me, what a song

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 04:37 (three months ago) Permalink

oh man i've been playing that one a lot the past couple days. an instant classic, and only two chords. imagine the feeling of writing a song like that - it has an elemental simplicity & elusive power

glad this wasn't a bump for her new record with Kurt Vile. not really psyched on the single

flappy bird, Monday, 4 September 2017 04:49 (three months ago) Permalink

cheers flappy

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 07:46 (three months ago) Permalink

That nee Kurt Vile/ Courtney song is great wtf

If you like Vile's music that is.

nostormo, Monday, 4 September 2017 18:17 (three months ago) Permalink

New

nostormo, Monday, 4 September 2017 18:17 (three months ago) Permalink

I didn't really like the new single either, and I like Kurt Vile. But then again, I don't really like Barnett's music much, and I much prefer Vile's earlier music, so perhaps I just don't like new things

Karl Malone, Monday, 4 September 2017 19:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Lol

nostormo, Monday, 4 September 2017 19:11 (three months ago) Permalink

I'm not a Vile fan either, despite his associations with things I love (The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, and now Courtney), and this song bores me in exactly the same way that everything else I've heard from him does. But if this is the only new Courtney Barnett music I'm going to get for now, I'll check the album out.

the general theme of STUFF (cryptosicko), Monday, 4 September 2017 19:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Interesting, i feel exactly the same thing but replace Courtney with Kurt in your comment

nostormo, Monday, 4 September 2017 19:30 (three months ago) Permalink

yeah I find KV incredibly boring but will listen to the record bc of CB

flappy bird, Monday, 4 September 2017 20:38 (three months ago) Permalink

he was OK on that hope sandoval track, but hope didn't really need it

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 20:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Interesting, i feel exactly the same thing but replace Courtney with Kurt in your comment

― nostormo, Monday, September 4, 2017 3:30 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ha, this really is a perfect pairing for a collaboration: two artists that are fairly traditional & boring on paper, but the quality of the songs transcends it. Equally applicable to KV & CB depending on who you are.

flappy bird, Monday, 4 September 2017 21:14 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

wow this new song & video are really lovely

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHCtH15dpmU

flappy bird, Thursday, 28 September 2017 05:53 (two months ago) Permalink

this is the sort of shit that would really annoy me and then make me eventually leave early while i tried to enjoy an overpriced coffee.

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 28 September 2017 07:38 (two months ago) Permalink

it's a thin line. something about that circular guitar motif running throughout the song just hits the spot. verses are really nice too, song has a sweet vibe, obv I prefer Courtney's singing & lyrics but Kurt is tolerable on here.

also lol didn't make the Kurt & Courtney connection re: this whole record until Courtney held up that DVD

flappy bird, Thursday, 28 September 2017 17:55 (two months ago) Permalink

i like it!

Kurt is vv good i think though I'm more a Courtney Barnett fan at this point.

nomar, Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:04 (two months ago) Permalink

this shit was vile

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:07 (two months ago) Permalink

loved it

Οὖτις, Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:09 (two months ago) Permalink

the video is so sweet too! again, a thin line, but it made me :)

flappy bird, Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:17 (two months ago) Permalink

these are the kinds of songs i wish kurdt still wrote for his solo releases

Rael Estate (diamonddave85), Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:20 (two months ago) Permalink

couldn't make it through the vid sorry

marcos, Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:28 (two months ago) Permalink

actually, I thought the link was this terrible thing. My apologies.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:29 (two months ago) Permalink

there were a couple kurt vile tunes i dug from a few years back but that's about as deep as i can go. his hair is beautiful though and i wish i had it

courtney barnett's music is brutally bad

marcos, Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:30 (two months ago) Permalink

xp yeah Alfred I was not into that first single at all. this new one really won me over, psyched for the album now

flappy bird, Thursday, 28 September 2017 18:43 (two months ago) Permalink

have heard very little Kurt Vile before these two songs & his singing on the verses reminds me a lot of Daniel Johnston

flappy bird, Friday, 29 September 2017 05:40 (two months ago) Permalink

good but i can't help thinking it'd be better as just a KV song.

I think CB is okay-to-good but I expect her to only get better, maybe as she sheds the idea that she's some kind of lyrical observational savant

rip van wanko, Friday, 29 September 2017 06:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice tune

nostormo, Friday, 29 September 2017 07:58 (two months ago) Permalink

A dream couple, somehow this is a proof that 1+1>2.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 29 September 2017 18:42 (two months ago) Permalink

Over Everything is like a David Kilgour song with guest vocals by James Yorkston and, uh, Courtney Barnett

erry red flag (f. hazel), Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

it's really great!

erry red flag (f. hazel), Saturday, 30 September 2017 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, this is good stuff

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 30 September 2017 22:22 (two months ago) Permalink

Been listening to 'Continental Breakfast' a lot every day since it came out, such a wonderful song. I'll be really happy if there are 2-3 more songs as good as this on the record.

flappy bird, Saturday, 7 October 2017 01:15 (two months ago) Permalink

this album, i like it

Flogging Mommy (diamonddave85), Friday, 13 October 2017 16:48 (one month ago) Permalink

love love the peepin' tom cover

Flogging Mommy (diamonddave85), Friday, 13 October 2017 16:49 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm on the fence, Vile's voice isn't my favorite. But the closer, a cover of Belly's "Untogether", is brilliant.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 13 October 2017 17:22 (one month ago) Permalink

ohhh i really like that one too! didn't know it was a cover

Flogging Mommy (diamonddave85), Friday, 13 October 2017 18:28 (one month ago) Permalink

no way, they cover untogether?

erry red flag (f. hazel), Friday, 13 October 2017 19:00 (one month ago) Permalink

a Belly cover has done more to pique my interest than anything with Kurt Vile's name attached to it ever would

boxedjoy, Saturday, 14 October 2017 08:55 (one month ago) Permalink

I heard Courtney and Kurt recorded a cover of each others songs, anyone have the details?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:32 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

such a nice record

niels, Sunday, 26 November 2017 16:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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