The dystopian fantasy world depicted in Courtney Barnett‘s video for new single “Need A Little Time” doesn’t look anything like our world, but it’s just as strange and unwelcoming as real life can often be. So, it’s no surprise that Barnett would want to escape this reality to float through space, playing her guitar among the stars. Continue reading →
The Loew’s Jersey Theatre is a vintage movie palace that is seeing new life after almost 90 years. It opened in 1929 in Jersey City and, like many theaters of its kind, fell into disrepair in the 70s as moviegoing trended towards the homogeneous corporate multiplex space we know today. Thankfully, the Loew’s has a community around it dedicated to refurbishing it and making it into an arts space for a new century, hosting film screenings, theater and live music — including a stop on Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile‘s Lotta Sea Lice tour.
That concert is the setting for a documentary produced by WeTransfer and released today on YouTube showcasing the gig, yes, but also the people behind the scenes that make the theater work. We meet Paul Citti, a dapper organist who coaxes massive, eerie sounds out of the theater’s pipe organ. (Vile gets a lesson from him after soundcheck, and applauds with a huge smile after hearing some unearthly horror score tones.) We meet Pattie Gordan, president of restoration group Friends of the Loew’s, and promoter Todd Abramson, who’s been bringing indie rock to the Loew’s stage since booking a Bright Eyes show in the early aughts. And we meet Dave Vanderheyden, the venue’s sound engineer who chats with the film crew while soldering an imposing section of an old analog mixing console.
And at the center, of course, is Barnett and Vile. Continue reading →
It’s a terrific Tuesday of new music including Courtney Barnett’s cover of the INXS classic “Never Tear Us Apart”; Chris Cornell’s contribution to a Johnny Cash tribute album, and Laura Veirs’ new song featuring vocals from Sufjan Stevens. Continue reading →
There’s a new album coming out. It’s called Tell Me How You Really Feel. It’s got a wicked lead single called “Nameless, Faceless,” a total F the patriarchy jam about power, inequality, internet trolls and objectification set to hard-hitting riffs; the chorus incorporates the Margaret Atwood quote, “Men are scared that women will laugh at them, women are scared that men will kill them.” There’s a video for the song by Lucy Dyson, and you can watch it below. The album comes out May 18th through Mom + Pop, and you can pre-order it here. Continue reading →
Is Australian rocker Courtney Barnett teasing a new record with this video that hit the web today? We are so into that.
Posted today on the Milk! Records YouTube channel, the video — titled “Tell Me How You Really Feel…” — shows Barnett in a cluttered warehouse space that seems like equal parts workshop, recording studio and backstage storeroom. She bounces from tympani drums to piano to acoustic guitar and electric guitar, singing a few lyrics from what are presumably new songs at each instrument. In total, we hear four snippets, with the final one giving way to hard-hitting and super badass electric guitar riffs suggesting that Barnett has many more “Pedestrian At Best” jams ahead of her. Continue reading →
From the moment it was first announced, there’s been something tremendously appealing about this team-up. Kurt Vile, Philly’s humble hometown guitar hero, and the wry Melburnian riffster Courtney Barnett are two of indie rock’s most beloved, affable slackers, and the notion of the two of them palling around, goofing off and trading drawled vocals and casually sublime guitar licks was worth a bucket of grins. So it is with Lotta Sea Lice, the duo’s goofily-named, pointedly low-stakes collaborative LP, out last month, which, if hardly revolutionary in any respect, is just so abundantly pleasant. And so it was with their sold out Philly date last Friday night: just a couple of friends giving the kind of amiably understated performance that can make a majestic, storied venue like the Tower Theater feel like a big, cozy living room. Continue reading →
Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, the passion project that seems to be taking the world by storm, appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night to perform “Over Everything” off of their album Lotta Sea Lice. The countrified, conversational duet with intricately picked guitars, swaying drums, and melancholic keyboard encapsulates the feel of the duo’s first album together.
While Vile has said, “It’ll be an intercontinental country duo for the ages, (minus the country),” it’s almost impossible to disassociate the genre from their sound. Their voices naturally carry that country-blues tone, paired with the back-and-forth vocal style of many other country duets. It’s in the backing soundscape that seems more alternative where the band can distance themselves from becoming too much of a country band. Continue reading →
The powerhouse collab that is Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile released their album Lotta Sea Lice earlier this month, and now we can watch a live performance of the duo’s chill and laid-back songs right where they belong — by the seaside. Hometown favorite Vile and Melbourne, Australia’s Barnett teamed up with Pitchfork Live to record a full 50-minute set comprised of their collaborative songs from the new album and some of each artist’s own solo work. Continue reading →
Indie singer-songwriter heavyweights Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile have returned with another teaser of their upcoming collaborative album, Lotta Sea Lice, coming out October 13th. The new “Continental Breakfast” is a worthy follow-up to Barnett and Vile’s lead single “Over Everything”; their vocal chemistry is great and they exhibit an ability to mix back and forth lyrical dialogue with seamless harmony-based choruses. Both artists have established themselves as two of the more influential songwriters in the indie rock scene, so this album is shaping up to be a tour de force. Continue reading →