Courtney Barnett Rocks Jimmy Fallon

Courtney Barnett Rocks Jimmy Fallon

 

Courtney Barnett (born 3 November 1988)[1] is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne. Known for her “witty”, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style,[2] she attracted attention from the North American and UK music press in October 2013[3]with the release of two EPs and well-received performances at the CMJ Music Marathon. At the latter event, Barnett was mentioned by both Rolling Stone[4] and The New York Times[5] as a standout performer.

Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, was released on 23 March 2015

From 2010–2011 Barnett played second guitar in Melbourne garage grunge band Rapid Transit. They released one self-titled album on cassette.

Between 2011 and 2013 Barnett was a member of Australian psych/country band Immigrant Union, a musical project founded byBrent DeBoer of The Dandy Warhols and Bob Harrow. Along with sharing vocal duties, Barnett predominantly played slide guitar and features on the band’s second studio album, Anyway. DeBoer also played drums on Barnett’s first EP, I’ve Got a Friend called Emily Ferris.[6]

In 2012, Barnett established her own label, Milk! Records, and released her debut EP, I’ve Got a Friend called Emily Ferris, to glowing reviews around Australia.

In 2013 Barnett played lead guitar on Jen Cloher’s third studio album, In Blood Memory, which was released on Milk! Records.

Barnett received international critical acclaim in 2013 with her second EP, How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose. “Avant Gardener” from the album was named ‘Best New Track’ by Pitchfork Media in 2013.[7]

Barnett combined these two releases into one, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, released internationally on 20 May 2013 via House Anxiety/Marathon Artists.[8] It was named the album of the week by Stereogum[9] The track “History Eraser” was nominated for the APRA Song of the Year.[10]

Milk! Records released a compilation EP, A Pair of Pears (with Shadows), on 10″ white vinyl in September 2014, following a crowd sourcing campaign in July that year. The EP included a Courtney Barnett song, “Pickles from the Jar”, the song was voted in at number 51 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 for 2014.[11]

On 30 January 2015, Barnett released details on her upcoming full-length album, recorded in April 2014 with Burke Reid, along with two singles, “Pedestrian at Best” and “Depreston” and accompanying music videos. The music video for “Pedestrian at Best” features Jen Cloher and Davey Lane. Her debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, was released worldwide on 23 March 2015 [12] and was accompanied by an American tour.[13]

In concert, Dan Luscombe of the The Drones has often played lead guitar, having featured on both How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose and Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, the latter of which he also co-produced. When Luscombe was not available, the band performed as a trio, with Barnett handling all guitar duties herself. On her 2015 tours, however, Barnett has referred to the band as the “CB3” on her Facebook page. The CB3 moniker also features prominently on drummer Dave Mudie’s bass drum.