Courtney Barnett's playlist: Kurt Vile, Bill Ryder-Jones, Bully and more

The singer-songwriter picks her top tunes of the moment, from the ‘life-changing’ Vile to the soothing vulnerability of Sarah Mary Chadwick

Bill Ryder-Jones – Two to Birkenhead

I can’t express how much I love this song and this album and this guy. Jen Cloher read the album review by Dave Faulkner in the Saturday Paper and kept playing it. I kept going: “What’s this?” “Bill Ryder-Jones,” she’d say. “Holy shit,” I’d say. And that’s how I came to be a fan of Bill Ryder-Jones.

Bully – Trying

I saw Bully in Melbourne a couple of weeks back and they were a force. I love Alicia’s voice – it’s brutal and I can’t believe it’s even real when she screams. Best lyric: “I’ve been praying for my period all week.”

Kurt Vile – Dust Bunnies

I’ve been a huge KV fan since I wandered into my local record store hungover and asked for something that would change my life and they sold me Smoke Ring for My Halo (which is still my favourite album). This song from his new album is also awesome. His tunes are always so lush and the lyrics are breathtaking. Sometimes they give me a huge chuckle – for example: “You think you’re tired? Put your face in my place / We swap faces / and I see you’re tired.”

Sarah Mary Chadwick – Same Old Fires

I’ve been listening to this on headphones in bed at night. The vulnerability is eerily soothing and there’s so much emotion in her voice it’s crushing. I dig the whole production and I’m a sucker for a drum machine.

The Vaselines – Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam

Nirvana Unplugged was one of my favourite albums growing up and I discovered some other cool bands through the covers they did – like the Vaselines! I’ve been on a real Vaselines binge lately. I’m a big fan of the male/female voices singing in unison.

Courtney Barnett

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