Kurt Vile – “Bottle It In”

The album cover art of Kurt Vile’s latest album, Bottle It In, makes me laugh whenever I see it. Yeah, making your album cover look like a retro worn 70’s LP is a year or two past when that was the “cool” thing to do, but I can get past that because it does fit…

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – “Over Everything”

Just a quick post of something bright and funny to offset, however little, all the darkness in the world lately. “Over Everything,” the new video and song from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile’s upcoming duo album, Lotta Sea Lice (a better album title you’ll not find this year, I daresay) –

Fuzzed and Rumbling: The Courtneys

Back in the 70’s it wasn’t uncommon for the average hairy rock band to emblazon phrases like “Made to be played LOUD!” on their record sleeves.  That practice, thankfully, seems to have disappeared over time. But, if there’s any current music that warrants that sentiment, it’s the music made by Vancouver’s the Courtneys. A power…

Sitting and Thinking (Or Not)

Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. It’s a great album title, isn’t it? And it functions on a couple of different levels. On first glance, it’s just a funny statement. But it also has a layer of “zen” about it, too – an evocation of sitting meditation, a clearing out of…

Sunday Brunch: Nov. 24, 2013

Courtney Barnett– “Avant Gardener” (from The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, 2013) Sharply observed commentary on the minutiae of daily life or simply stream of consciousness? Maybe both. Either way, this is packed full of funny lines, all delivered in a speaking/singing style that reminds me of Lucinda Williams…if Williams was from Australia…