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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 Sleater-Kinney video: Can I Go On

Video: Sleater-Kinney – “Can I Go On”

Sleater-Kinney - Can I Go On (Official Video)

Directed by Ashley Connor. From The Center Won’t Hold, out now on Mom and Pop.

It’s kinda fun to hear S-K go full New Wave, but I think it works. And the sentiment is certainly irrefutable.

Everyone I know is tired
And everyone I know is wired
To machines, it’s obscene
I’ll just scream ’til it don’t hurt no more

I dig the lead guitar tone; sounds like the producer is loaning them her effects pedals, ha ha. Love the “oo ooo-wooo” background vocals too, embracing and twisting the classic girl group vibe.

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New Sleater-Kinney video: Hurry On Home

Video: Sleater-Kinney – “Hurry On Home”

Sleater-Kinney - Hurry On Home (Official Lyric Video)

Directed by Miranda July. Single out now.

Normally lyric videos are pretty lame, but this one is great. It has a story!

And how about the song? It’s been almost six months since we found out Sleater-Kinney was back in the studio and being produced by St. Vincent, and “Hurry On Home” was the worth the wait. It’s everything you could have hoped for in a collaboration like that.

And that’s not the only development in S-K news. Filthy Friends, Corin Tucker’s supergroup with Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, has a new video as well. “Break Me” is a jangle pop classic with Tucker’s super dry vocals right up front in the mix. It’s fascinating (for nerds like me) to compare the way different collaborators bring out different elements in the sound.

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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 FIDLAR video: By Myself

Video: FIDLAR – “By Myself”

FIDLAR - By Myself

From Almost Free, out January 25 on Mom+Pop.

FIDLAR goes disco!

Don’t want to bury the lede here so I’ll just point out that Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist has cut his hair since the last time I saw his hippie locks at Riot Fest in 2016. Phew!

But back to the new song…

Good old Zac Carper is back with another tale about his misspent youth and fragile psyche.

Well I’m cracking one open with the boys by myself
And everybody thinks that I need professional help
But I don’t wanna think about that anymore
And just because I woke up on someone’s floor
And asked, Who the fuck am I?
I didn’t know it felt good to cry

But before you get too nervous for him he asks, “Why does getting sober make you feel like a loner?”

The video features cameos of various punk rock celebrities imbibing their favorite beverages, inclding feat. No Parents, Criminal Hygiene, Danny Bengston (Together Pangea), Kelsey Reckling (and Bocky), Cadien (Twin Peaks), The Side Eyes, Benjamin Booker, Sunny War, Matthew Zuk, Brian Rodriguez, The Frights, No Win, John Doe and DJ Bonebrake (X), Tropa Magica, Zachary “Penske” Cox, Misses Joseph Herzog, Shelly Schimek, Nate Mercereau, Culture Abuse, Barbara (@poserfeel), Alice Baxley, SWMRS, The McGinnis Family, NOBRO, Dicky Presto, Jimmy Russo, Ronald Ray-Gun, FIDIOTS, Dune Rats, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist (The Hives), Matt Caughthran (The Bronx), Dave Catching (Eagles of Death Metal), Jonah Ray and Taran Killam.

Good to see friends being supportive!

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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 FIDLAR video: Are You High?

Video: FIDLAR – “Are You High?”

FIDLAR - Are You High? (ft. The 90s)

Presumably from their third album, hopefully out sometime soon, probably on Mom+Pop.

I love this band. They blew me away the first time I saw them at Lollapalooza in 2016, they were equally great at Riot Fest last year, and I’ve been following them ever since.

They’ve released a few covers (Beastie Boys, Nirvana since then, Pink Floyd) and a couple of originals, but I’m looking forward to the release of their third full length. Still no info on when that’s going to happen but “Are You High?” is a promising sign. It’s a little more melodic and less screamy than their previous original single, “Alcohol,” but it’s still rambunctious and obnoxious, just the way we like them.

And all my homies wanna know what I’ve been doing
I think that I knew better back when I was using

Stay strong, dog. Life’s a risk worth taking.

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New Alice Merton video: Lash Out

Video: Alice Merton – “Lash Out”

Alice Merton - Lash Out (Official Video)

From the No Roots EP, out now on Mom+Pop.

I first heard Alice Merton on satellite radio in the car last fall. “No Roots” has a super catchy, minimalist bass intro and a funky little guitar part that hooked me immediately. I considered posting it here back then, but I balked when I realized the video had been up since January 9, 2017. We typically don’t care much about release dates and don’t have any of the blog world’s “firsties” impulses, but we try to post relatively new stuff, and nine months is a long time.

I assumed I’d just missed it. But “No Roots” was a genuine sleeper hit, the kind you don’t see a lot anymore. She released it in Europe at the end of 2016, it hit the Alternative charts in September 2017, and peaked at #84 on the Hot 100 on April 14, 2018.

And now she’s got a new single. “Lash Out” is driven by a groovy guitar line that reminds me a bit of Wire. She shot a big budget video that features light sabers, choreography, and stomping cars. Plus, she looks like Agent Scully. What’s not to love?

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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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