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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four years ago) Permalink

My favourite that is. Not icky at all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

sweet!

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

I love the Double EP, high hopes for this.

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

i like her too.

wish the production was more aggressive and less indie though

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

This is a jam.

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

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

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

nah it's better

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

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

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

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

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

We might go to the Cambridge one instead

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

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

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

But I doubt it

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

I love that line and her delivery.

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

That’s encouraging. I’m only one listen in, and I admit that I am a bit put off by the draggy front half.

incel elgort (cryptosicko), Friday, 18 May 2018 17:34 (four months ago) Permalink

"City Looks Pretty," "Crippling Self-Doubt and a General Lack of Confidence," "Sunday Roast," "Charity," especially "Charity."

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 May 2018 17:34 (four months ago) Permalink

xp do u mean anything similar to depreston

niels, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:34 (four months ago) Permalink

She begins wth a ballad, either a sign of confidence or lunacy.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 18 May 2018 17:34 (four months ago) Permalink

xp not necessarily. that song just sat way above the rest of the songs on the debut imo, though i love that record.

flappy bird, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:44 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah, I agree

slightly off topic but was thinking a bit about that cool (borrowed) couplet Men are scared that women will laugh at them/Women are scared that men will kill them
that's funny/sad because it's true but I think it's worth noting that men are also scared that men will kill them

niels, Friday, 18 May 2018 17:55 (four months ago) Permalink

This record is classic

Incline/decline (Ross), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Opening anti guitar solo is a good fuck you move

Incline/decline (Ross), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:35 (four months ago) Permalink

why is she fucking us? anyway album is completely killer

maffew12, Friday, 18 May 2018 20:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Everything’s amaziiing

Including this here rec

Exit stage left (Ross), Friday, 18 May 2018 20:38 (four months ago) Permalink

Courtney Barnett, I like her

Exit stage left (Ross), Friday, 18 May 2018 20:40 (four months ago) Permalink

walking on eggshells is a lot like over everything. Nothing on here quite like depreston but at least 3 slow burners

Exit stage left (Ross), Friday, 18 May 2018 21:13 (four months ago) Permalink

she seems to have loosened up on this record - her guitar playing is noisier and wilder . this is a good thing . the first one may well be a ballad but it still pretty mean and menacing. I think this is her best album so far

clouds (peanutbuttereverysingleday), Saturday, 19 May 2018 05:06 (four months ago) Permalink

The new single is kind of a tuneless snoozer.

louise ck (milo z), Saturday, 19 May 2018 23:32 (four months ago) Permalink

This record rips. On what planet is the face melting Solo on help yourself drab? Record makes me wonder if she’s ok tho

Ross, Sunday, 20 May 2018 00:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Loving the new album.

Marty8501 (Marty Innerlogic), Sunday, 20 May 2018 11:05 (four months ago) Permalink

I like it tons but unsure if it will crack my top 10 - year has been solid

Music is confidence (Ross), Sunday, 20 May 2018 20:48 (four months ago) Permalink

That’s Kim and Kelley deal on the song tell me how you really feel !!!

Ross, Thursday, 31 May 2018 14:05 (four months ago) Permalink

I think this album is really good (and too short)! If I were to voice a criticism beyond that (and why not, it's ILM) -- "Sunday Roast" is a bit of a weak note to end on.

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:09 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah it’s super concise. Both this and the us girls feel like a track short to me

Ross, Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:11 (four months ago) Permalink

It's as good as the original, don't understand the original kvetching.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:18 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah I really liked the rolling stone review.
It definitely is more angry and all the better also some potent meditations on depression

Ross, Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:20 (four months ago) Permalink

lovin this record

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 6 June 2018 18:51 (four months ago) Permalink

I dig the sound of her voice / way she sings and her gtr playing so much at this point, I've reached that "fan" level where the songs are almost beside the point (if that makes sense)... I just love hearing her stuff!

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 June 2018 19:56 (four months ago) Permalink

I can relate to that, it's a really nice record, Sunday Roast a standout

niels, Friday, 8 June 2018 09:12 (four months ago) Permalink

The half-speed slowdown in the middle of "City Looks Pretty" is probably one of oldest tricks in the book, yet it "gets me" every time! Really one of her best songs evah.

(There's a Pavement song that does the same thing; can't think of it at the moment...)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 11 June 2018 20:44 (four months ago) Permalink

(ftr - I was thinking of "Billie," from Terror Twilight)

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Monday, 11 June 2018 20:56 (four months ago) Permalink

"Silence Kit" more likely maybe?

I'm kind of on the fence with her. Old tricks in the indie book tend to abound, but she sometimes has that one extra hook to transcend it. "Charity" is a very good pop song regardless of such concerns.

Freedom, Wednesday, 13 June 2018 19:00 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Both vancouver shows sold out instantly. Waxahatchee to open. Tears of pain here

Garden variety uncouth (Ross), Monday, 2 July 2018 17:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Seeing her in Toronto in one week! :D

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 2 July 2018 18:18 (three months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

'need a little time' seems pretty underwritten for her

j., Sunday, 2 September 2018 17:01 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I saw her play last night — holy gawd, it was amazing. She’s a rock star. I’ve seen a lot of shows; and this was one of “those shows”... She plays (without a pick!) fierce, confident rock & roll with perfect, in-the-pocket solos. Tight, excellent band. Even if I didn’t already know (& love) many of these songs, I would have been swept up. I felt privileged to be there, silly as that sounds.

She is also the best selector and performer of cover songs that I know. These are two she did last night:

https://consequenceofsound.net/2018/08/courtney-barnett-houses-cover-weinberg/

https://www.stereogum.com/1998072/watch-courtney-barnett-cover-gillian-welchs-everything-is-free/video/

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Saturday, 6 October 2018 15:39 (one week ago) Permalink

awesome!

there is a video online where she demonstrates her guitar technique (sans pick) here

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

montoya (Ross), Saturday, 6 October 2018 15:58 (one week ago) Permalink

did waxahatchee open??

montoya (Ross), Saturday, 6 October 2018 15:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes, Wax. & Malkmus/Jicks. (Katie C. of Wax. came back out and performed that first cover with CB)

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Saturday, 6 October 2018 16:17 (one week ago) Permalink

sounds like a great time

both shows sold out here instantly, which was sad. album still in my top 10 for this year tho!

montoya (Ross), Saturday, 6 October 2018 16:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Saw Phoebe Bridgerscover Everything is Free the other month. Interesting resurgence covered here:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/gillian-welch-everything-is-free-courtney-barnett-father-john-misty-725135/

Ctrl+Alt+Del in Poughkeepsie (fionnland), Saturday, 6 October 2018 16:57 (one week ago) Permalink

I hope she comes thru on this tour, saw her 2+ years ago and it was great but imo another guitarist was desperately needed, so many of her songs are propelled by her leads. Glad she's expanded the band. Haven't spent as much time with the new record as I should.

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 October 2018 00:54 (one week ago) Permalink

She’s added a keyboard player who plays guitar on some songs.

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:31 (one week ago) Permalink

“Depreston” was amazing (the centerpiece / show stopper) — I don’t think I’ve ever seen a crowd that large so transfixed by a song.

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:35 (one week ago) Permalink

that's the one, and definitely one that needs another player... an astounding song, as good as she is that one towers over everything else imo

flappy bird, Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:44 (one week ago) Permalink

yep absolutely, other than avant gardener imo

montoya (Ross), Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:44 (one week ago) Permalink

love Depreston, but also Pedestrian at Best and all of the other songs from Sometimes I Sit and Think..

Dan S, Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:54 (one week ago) Permalink

“Avant Gardener” ruled in this live setting, too...

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Sunday, 7 October 2018 01:55 (one week ago) Permalink

where did you see her morrisp?

just in terms of her recorded songs Kim's Caravan is also so great

Dan S, Sunday, 7 October 2018 02:36 (one week ago) Permalink

The Greek Theater (Los Angeles)

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Sunday, 7 October 2018 02:41 (one week ago) Permalink

I’ve told several ppl about this show (who weren’t familiar w/CB), and they all asked, “What is she, a singer-songwriter? Acoustic guitar?”

She’s a FUCKIN’ ROCK & ROLLER, FOLX!!

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Monday, 8 October 2018 00:47 (one week ago) Permalink

fucking hate compartmentalizing artists but that last album doesn't really rock too hard, though it has some scorching solos

montoya (Ross), Monday, 8 October 2018 01:31 (one week ago) Permalink

It’s rock & roll, dude!

brush ’em like crazy (morrisp), Monday, 8 October 2018 01:46 (one week ago) Permalink

sure

montoya (Ross), Monday, 8 October 2018 01:48 (one week ago) Permalink


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