Song of the Day #2,461: ‘Boxing Day Blues’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesAnd so we reach the end of my 11-day discovery of Courtney Barnett’s album, Sometimes I Sit and Thing, and Sometimes I Just Sit. As I suspected, the final song on the album is a short one, juxtaposed with the nearly 7-minute epic that preceded it.

No clue what it will sound like (yet) and based on the blend of styles on the album so far, I’m not sure I can even venture an educated guess.

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Song of the Day #2,458: ‘Kim’s Caravan’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesThe penultimate song on Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is another long one. ‘Kim’s Caravan’ clocks in at 6 minutes and 45 seconds. The last epic, ‘Small Poppies,’ earned its running time through some inspired electric blues guitar work. I wonder if this one will mine similar territory.

Lyrically, this is a pretty straight-forward song about the environment, though told in what I’ve come to recognize as Barnett’s casual, mundane-is-profound approach.

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Song of the Day #2,457: ‘Debbie Downer’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesI’m coming in to the home stretch of Courtney Barnett’s album with three songs left, starting with track #8, ‘Debbie Downer.’

This is a weird way to discover an album, one song at a time spaced out over hours or days. I’ve written some of these blog entries back-to-back but others have been separated by a day or two. I’m used to hearing new music all the way through, usually on my car stereo. This is a more disjointed experience, certainly, but I also feel like I’m getting a better sense of the album overall than I usually do with a new record.

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Song of the Day #2,456: ‘Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesI love the title of this songs, track #8 of Courtney Barnett’s new album: ‘Nobody Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party.’ It doesn’t show up in the song but it conveys the theme beautifully.

This song contrasts two different philosophies — the devil-may-care attitude of one character vs. the sheltered introversion of the narrator. The title refers to both people, suggesting that neither of their outlooks is important in the grand scheme.

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Song of the Day #2,455: ‘Dead Fox’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesTrack #8 of Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is the ominously titled ‘Dead Fox.’

Turns out this is a protest song about the ill effects of corporations on her native Australia. Barnett paints a picture of pesticide-injected apples, animals mowed down by freight trucks and cities bypassed by highways. The one-line chorus is a neat play on the sticker you often see on the back of large trucks that reads “if you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.”

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Song of the Day #2,454: ‘Aqua Profonda!’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesContinuing my discovery of Courtney Barnett’s studio album debut, I arrive at track #6, titled ‘Aqua Profunda!’

These are the most conversational lyrics so far, a little first-person narrative about a woman who tries to catch the eye of somebody swimming alongside her in a public pool, only to pass out while attempting an acrobatic move. I first pictured a man as her object of affection, but I’ve read that Barnett is gay and she could very well be writing here about two women.

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Song of the Day #2,451: ‘Depreston’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesToday I’m wrapping up the first week of what I think has been a successful new feature on the blog — exploring a brand-new album for the first time through Song of the Day entries.

The album in question is Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit, and its first four songs have all been good to great. Let’s see if she can close out the week on a high note, with track #5, titled ‘Depreston.’

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