Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett & Opinions on Lydia Loveless

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett's 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit was a critical success and Sound Opinions favorite. Her conversational songwriting manages to be simultaneously clever and poignant, and her guitar technique combining lead and rhythm parts is nothing short of impressive. All of her skills are on display as Courtney Barnett joins Jim and Greg for an interview and intimate solo performance in front of an audience. Plus, a review of the new album from country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless.

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Michael Phelps The Olympics are in full swing in Rio, and already they're providing plenty of drama, spectacle, and frivolity. Everybody's chatting about the ubiquitous practice of "cupping" among Olympians, as well as the angry game face of superhuman swimmer Michael Phelps as he listens to music in preparation for a race. Jim and Greg look at some of Team USA's favorite songs to get them psyched for competition, and then they share their own picks. Greg would get pumped up by the glorious imperfections of "A Great Divide" by former Sound Opinions guests Parts & Labor. Jim, however, takes a different approach, preferring to center himself with Thursday Afternoon, a 60-minute ambient composition by Brian Eno (ding!).

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Courtney Barnett

Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett takes small moments of the every day and turns them into musical masterpieces. Barnett's writing style is conversational and chuck-full of words. She uses sarcastic, witty and genuine lyrics to set herself apart from the alternative rock pack (she even ended up on President Obama's Summer 2016 playlist!) Aside from being a unique songwriting talent, Courtney Barnett's music is punctuated by her explosive guitar playing and powerful stage presence. While performing live, Barnett frequently plays both the lead and rhythm guitar parts, and her energy is electrifying. Jim and Greg spoke to Courtney about her 2015 debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, which both hosts had in their top 10 albums list of 2015. They'll also chat about her songwriting process and musical influences, plus Courtney performs an exclusive solo set live from the Goose Island Tap Room.

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Lydia Loveless Real

This week Jim and Greg review the new record by country singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless, Real. Loveless is back at her signature songwriting with themes about small town lives and everyday events. Greg loves that she has stepped up her songwriting and singing to be more refined and honest, and gives this a Buy It. Jim agrees, pointing out that there is a whole range of songs on this record unlike what previous ones had, from pop to sparse acoustic to new wave, but all with her country flair in them. Real gets an enthusiastic Buy It from both Jim and Greg.

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“I Am A Scientist”Guided By Voices

Greg's newest addition to the Desert Island Jukebox is by Guided By Voices. Greg recalls seeing them at one of the first Lollapalooza festivals when they were first emerging, and how great of a live show they put on. While they have a lo-fi sound on recordings, Greg says that live they have a giant, exciting sound that drew crowds from all over. In remembrance of that concert over 20 years ago Greg adds "I Am A Scientist" by Guided By Voices to the Desert Island Jukebox.

Featured Songs

  1. Eminem, Lose Yourself, 8 Mile, Interscope, 2002
  2. Parts & Labor, A Great Divide, Stay Afraid, Jagjaguwar, 2006
  3. Brian Eno, Thursday Afternoon, Thursday Afternoon, E.G., 1985
  4. Courtney Barnett, Pedestrian At Best, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  5. Nirvana, Heart Shaped Box, In Utero, DGC, 1993
  6. Courtney Barnett, An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in New York), Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  7. Courtney Barnett, Elevator Operator (Live on Sound Opinions), Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  8. Courtney Barnett, Small Poppies, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  9. Courtney Barnett, Aqua Profunda!, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  10. Courtney Barnett, Depreston, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  11. The Go Betweens, Streets of Your Town, 16 Lovers Lane, Capitol, 1988
  12. Courtney Barnett, Depreston (Live on Sound Opinions), Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  13. Courtney Barnett, Kim's Caravan, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  14. Courtney Barnett, Dead Fox (Live on Sound Opinions), Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  15. Courtney Barnett, Nobody Really Cares If You Don't Go To The Party (Live on Sound Opinions), Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  16. Courtney Barnett, Boxing Day Blues, Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, Marathon, 2015
  17. Lydia Loveless, Midwestern Guys, Real, Bloodshot, 2016
  18. Lydia Loveless, Same To You, Real, Bloodshot, 2016
  19. Lydia Loveless, Clumps, Real, Bloodshot, 2016
  20. Lydia Loveless, Longer, Real, Bloodshot, 2016
  21. Lydia Loveless, Heaven, Real, Bloodshot, 2016
  22. Guided By Voices, I Am A Scientist, I Am A Scientist, Scat, 1994
  23. Os Matantes, Bat Macumba, Os Mutantes, Polydor, 1968
  24. Lupe Fiasco, Pick Up the Phone, Pick Up The Phone, 1st and 15th, 2016
  25. Skankin' Pickle, Make A Change, The Green Album, Asian Man, 1996
  26. The Selector, My Collie (Not A Dog), Too Much Pressure, 2 Tone, 1980
  27. Sublime, Santeria, Sublime, DMG, 1996
  28. Heavy Manners, Hometown SKA, Heavier Than Now, NoVo, 1996
  29. Tortoise, On The Chin, It's All Around You, Thrill Jockey, 2004

Footnotes

teamusa.org Team USA's playlist nytimes.com Michael Phelps's Playlist nytimes.com Cupping at the Olympics soundopinions.org Parts & Labor on SO soundopinions.org Brian Eno on SO courtneybarnett.com Courtney Barnett soundopinions.org Best Albums of 2015 twitter.com President Obama's Summer Playlist 2016