Shot some photos of Courtney Barnett performing for Soundcheck at WNYC’s Greene Space on May 20.
I wrote a short piece for NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation series on Courtney Barnett’s fantastically wordy new song “Pedestrian At Best” from her new album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. You can read that over here.
Below, you can read the fuller version.
“Should’ve stayed in bed today / I much prefer the mundane,” Courtney Barnett sings near the end of “Avant Gardener.” Considering the song’s winding and darkly comedic first-person account of an anaphylactic anxiety attack that finds her in an ambulance after attempting some gardening, the line is the understatement of the year. But Barnett’s signature song — with its fantastic “I’m so over it” deadpan delivery — does sort of stand in as the modus operandi of The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas — the Melbourne, Australia songwriter’s self-released 2013 collection of two formerly-issued EPs.