Album Review: Courtney Barnett, a Stranger’s Best Friend

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Tell Me How You Really Feel

For all the articles labeling Courtney Barnett a “slacker,” you’d be hard pressed to find a person with so many extracurricular activities. A record label (Milk! Records), last year’s collaborative album and tour with Kurt Vile, playing in Jen Cloher’s band – if this is Barnett’s process of procrastination, we should all hope to be so productive in the middle of avoidance.

I say procrastination, because you’d still be hard pressed to find someone who would willingly take themselves apart, and dissect the messy innards of their anxiety and self-doubt. Such bravery is a rarity.

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Profound Simplicity – Jen Cloher Live @ Rough Trade NYC

Somehow, I missed Jen Cloher perform twice in New York.

The first was when she opened for Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile, The Lotta Sea Lice Tour. I had gotten the set times mixed up and arrived in time to hear Cloher retelling the origins of “Strong Woman,” her last song of the set. I was devastated while everyone around me raved on. When I asked her to sign my record later, I told her she was amazing. I’ve never been so sure of a lie before.

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