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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Posted by Amoebite, May 22, 2018 01:55pm | Post a Comment

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile What's In My Bag?

What happens when indie rock singer/songwriters and collaborators Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile go record shopping for each other? Well, halfway through our What's In My Bag? interview it became apparent that almost every record Vile picked for Barnett was sure to make her cry. "This is the best record. You listen to this in the morning and you will cry," Vile said pulling out Days Have Gone By - Volume 6 by the revered fingerstyle guitarist John Fahey. Another sad classic for Vile was Townes Van Zandt's Flying Shoes. "This is my favorite record by this iconic, sad artist. The title track will kill you." When we noticed Vile's melancholy theme, Barnett replied, "Good, I love it. I love crying." 

Courtney Barnett is an Australian singer-songwriter known for her deadpan, slacker style. After playing with garage/grunge band Rapid Transit and psych/country band Immigrant Union, Barnett founded the Lotta Sea Licelabel Milk! Records and released her first solo EP, I've Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, in 2012. Her next EP, 2013's How to Carve a Rose into a Carrot, won praise around the world. That year she performed at CMJ and played a several European dates, eventually releasing both EPs together as The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. She released her debut full-length, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Her second LP, Tell Me How You Really Feel was released in May 2018.

Kurt Vile is a singer/songwriter and guitarist from Philadelphia, PA. He has recorded music on his own, with his band, The Violators. He is a former member of The War on Drugs and can be heard playing electric guitar on the band's 2008 debut full-length, Wagonwheel Blues. Vile released his first solo album, Constant Hitmaker (Gulcher), in 2008, followed by the God Is Saying This To You LP in 2009 (Mexican Summer). He signed to Matador Records and released Childish Prodigy in 2009 followed by Smoke Ring For My Halo (2011). Two years later, Vile released Wakin on a Pretty Daze. 2015 saw the release of b'lieve I'm goin down...

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are no strangers to our What's In My Bag? series, as they have both done episodes before, so they decided to pick out records for each other this time around. Barnett figured since she and Vile made a duet record, Lotta Sea Lice, she should give him an album by her favorite duet team: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. Barnett recalled growing up with a father who loved jazz and the happy memories she has of dancing to jazz records with him. Kurt Vile also spoke very highly of Randy Newman and selected his 1972 album Sail Away for Barnett. "I got real deep into Randy Newman a couple few years ago," he told us. Another favorite for Barnett was Dick Diver's LP Calendar Days. "They don't tour that much," she explained. "They just kinda make these amazing albums, and then kinda get on with their lives."

But what is Courtney Barnett's favorite Sleater-Kinney song? And who does Kurt Vile consider the greatest living American composer? You'll have to watch the video below to find out! If you want even more picks from the duo, check out Courtney Barnett's 2015 episode with her band and an early 2011 episode with Kurt Vile.

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - What's In My Bag?
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