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New Courtney Barnett video: So Long, Marianne

Video: Courtney Barnett -- “So Long, Marianne” (MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne)

Courtney Barnett - So Long, Marianne (MTV Unplugged Live In Melbourne)

From MTV Unplugged (Live In Melbourne), out now on Milk! Records, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop.

Courtney Barnett is great. Leonard Cohen is great. What’s not to love?

Like many of Cohen’s best songs, “So Long, Marianne” makes longing feel palpable. And Barnett gets to the heart of that.

Your letters they all say that you’re beside me now
Then why do I feel alone?
I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web
Is fastening my ankle to a stone.

Marianne, of course, was a real person. Cohen met her on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960 after her husband had abandoned her and her infant son. She and Cohen stayed together throughout much of the decade and she inspired many of his songs.

On her deathbed in 2016 Cohen sent her a note that went viral after he died a few months later. “I’m just a little behind you, close enough to take your hand,” he wrote. “I’ve never forgotten your love and your beauty. But you know that.”

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New Courtney Barnett video: Everybody Here Hates You

Video: Courtney Barnett -- “Everybody Here Hates You”

Courtney Barnett - Everybody Here Hates You (Official Video)

Directed by Danny Cohen. Single out now on Milk! Records, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop.

It’s been five or six years since I first heard “History Eraser” on satellite radio. That song immediately won me over and I’ve been following Courtney Barnett ever since. Her sardonic wit has grown darker over the years, which makes sense when you consider what the world looks like today compared to 2012 when she started releasing solo material.

I go to Loving Hut, I get my hair cut, I feel the same
I feel putrid, I’m getting used to it these days

No word on whether this is a standalone single or a preview of an upcoming album but Barnett will be touring nonstop through the summer, including a visit to Ann Arbor’s famed Hill Auditorium, hailed as a monument to perfect acoustics. She’s there on a Tuesday night so I probably won’t make it, but you should go! I saw Bruce Springsteen there on the Tom Joad Solo Acoustic tour, and it was a magical experience, even deep in the cheap seats.

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New Courtney Barnett video: Charity

Video: Courtney Barnett -- “Charity”

Courtney Barnett - Charity

Directed by Ashley Connor. From Tell Me How You Really Feel, out now on Milk, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop.

This is the fifth single/video Courtney Barnett has released from Tell Me How You Really Feel. Keep them coming!

You don’t have to pretend you’re not scared
Everyone else is just as terrified as you.

That about sums up 2018, doesn’t it?

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New Courtney Barnett video: Sunday Roast

Video: Courtney Barnett -- “Sunday Roast”

Courtney Barnett - Sunday Roast

From Tell Me How You Really Feel, out now on Milk, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop.

Warning: This YouTube instructional video does not actually teach you how to play the song. That said, Courtney Barnett is super charming and funny and could easily become a superstar YouTuber if that’s what she wanted to do. I wonder if she plays Minecraft or Fortnite…

The verses of this sound like a Kurt Vile song.

I got a lot on my mind
But I dunno how to say it
I know you’re doin’ your best
I think you’re doin’ just fine

Right on. Let’s all continue to do our best.

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New Courtney Barnett video: City Looks Pretty

Video: Courtney Barnett -- “City Looks Pretty”

Courtney Barnett - City Looks Pretty

From Tell Me How You Really Feel, out on May 18 on Milk, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop.

Courtney Barnett is a treasure. “City Looks Pretty” is the third single from her upcoming album, Tell Me How You Really Feel, and this one is as great as the previous two.

The city looks pretty when you been indoors
For 23 days I’ve ignored all your phone calls.
Everyone’s waiting when you get back home
They don’t know where you been, why you gone so long.

Kim Deal has a funny quote about Barnett in the recent Mojo magazine: “I’m suspicious of her. She seems so casual and relaxed, but she gets so much done and she’s always doing something. There’s no way she can be so relaxed, right? […] I feel like there’s an element of obsessive-compulsive disorder to her lyrics that is really compelling to me.”

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New Courtney Barnett video: Need A Little Time

Video: Courtney Barnett -- “Need A Little Time”

Courtney Barnett - Need A Little Time

Directed by Danny Cohen. From Tell Me How You Really Feel, out on May 18 on Milk, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop.

It would be fun to compile a playlist of all the songs about how hard it is to be a rock star. Start with Seger’s “Turn the Page,” obviously. Throw in “Across the Sea” by Weezer and pretty much the entire In Utero album. I’m sure the struggle is real, but it always kind of makes you roll your eyes a little.

Courtney Barnett tackles the subject from a different angle. She’s addressing the artist/fan relationship in the era of social media.

I don’t know a lot about you but
You seem to know a lot about me so
I take a little time out, I take a little time out

Barnett understand what would drive a celebrity to go off the rails and act crazy.

Shave your head to see how it feels
Emotionally it’s not that different
But to the hand it’s beautiful

You seem to have the weight of the world
Upon your bony shoulders well hold on
You need a little time out

I’ve always stuck up for Britney Spears who notoriously went bald in 2007 and has been under conservatorship ever since. People have always been unnecessarily mean to her. I think Courtney Barnett agrees.

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New Courtney Barnett video: Nameless, Faceless

Video: Courtney Barnett -- “Nameless, Faceless”

Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless

Animated by Lucy Dyson. From Tell Me How You Really Feel, out on May 18 on Milk, Marathon Artists and Mom+Pop.

Courtney Barnett is such a badass. In “Nameless, Faceless” she directly links dudes who troll on social media with the snowflakes who kill women for laughing at them.

Don’t you have anything better to do?
I wish that someone would hug you
Must be lonely
Being angry
Feeling over-looked.

It’s the same bruised ego bullshit, and men need to man up and be better human beings. I realize the first reaction is to get defensive when you get called out for bad behavior, but we’ve all gotta work on that. Let’s all try to be a lot cooler.

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Kurt and Courtney share Continental Breakfast

Video: Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile -- “Continental Breakfast”

Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile - Continental Breakfast (Official Video)

From Lotta Sea Lice, out October 13 on Matador Records.

As if these two couldn’t get more lovable, now we get to see Courtney and Kurt goofing around their homes with their families, separated by thousands of miles of ocean, but bonded in joie de vivre.

“Continental Breakfast” may sound slapdash but don’t let the effortlessness fool you. Barnett and Vile know exactly what they’re doing, and they do it perfectly. Their intercontinental collaboration reminds us all how fun it can be to hang out with pals and to make new friends, even ones who live a world away. We have a lot more in common than what divides us.

And if Kurt and Courtney succeed in spreading more smiles to the sullen world of indie rock, who can argue with that?

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Courtney Loves Kurt: Over Everything

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile are the cute stoner couple who swear they’re just friends (and don’t even smoke down) and it’s totally true but I still want to believe the better story. To the joy of everyone who loves them both, they announced an upcoming collaboration called Lotta Sea Lice, due October 13 on Matador. If the lead-off single is any indication of the rest of the album then this fall is looking up.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Over Everything (Official Video)

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New Courtney Barnett video: Elevator Operator

YouTube: Courtney Barnett -- “Elevator Operator”

Courtney Barnett - Elevator Operator

She’s the best. More than a year after the release of Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit Courtney Barnett releases a star-studded video for “Elevator Operator.” Glad to see she’s doing well enough to invest in a high production video.

I’m too much of an old square to recognize very many of the cameos in this but I caught Sleater Kinney and Jeff Tweedy. How many do you know?

Previously: Pedestrian at Best.