I’ve been listening to Courtney Barnett’s new single “Nameless, Faceless” almost obsessively since she released it about a couple of weeks ago. Her anger about and annoyance with misogyny is just about the only thing I’ve been able to relate to these days. The song itself showcases what I believe is Barnett at her best, embracing the grunge-y and over-it tones from the first album but evolving to deal with bigger, and perhaps darker, themes. Case and point: the song revolves around the terrifyingly true quote by Margaret Atwood: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” Barnett’s transformation of this quote into a sort-of anthem only further highlights that while our everyday is increasingly scary, our only solution now is to call these creeps out!
The new album Tell Me How You Really Feel is out in May so in the mean time we should all return to 2015’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Here are two of my favorites from better times:
Friends of Wonder, a documentary about the friendship behind Lotta Sea Lice, the 2017 collaborative album by Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett