Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett

There’s a line in Courtney Barnett’s song “Depreston” that stands out to me, and I can’t get over how great it is. The irony is that the line — “I’m saving 23 dollars a week” — shouldn’t stand out at all. It’s so matter-of-fact, like an unremarkable piece of an unremarkable conversation you might not even remember having.

Some context — the song is ostensibly about moving to the suburbs, and a piece of the first verse concerns how buying a coffee maker saves you money, but I relate to the song as a story about growing up. I can remember taking the exact steps she outlines. Deciding it’d make sense to stop regularly buying cups of coffee and start making them. Moving to a neighborhood where Mrs. YHT and I can’t walk to stuff anymore. Those definitely felt like adult decisions when we made them, and I associate both with the tide of responsibility that seems to just keep rising throughout your 20’s.

So much of becoming an adult involves making decisions that you know are right but that feel like a betrayal of self, whether it’s brewing your own coffee, buying a more practical car or moving to a part of town where you can afford a mortgage. The knowledge that you’re positioning yourself for long-term happiness is offset by the pain of killing an earlier and maybe funner version of yourself, and the total effect can feel a little like nothing. A wash. That’s why Barnett’s straightforward delivery of the 23 dollars lyric hits me so hard — she’s nailed what that specific nothing feels like. Other moments in the song nail it too, like the “I guess it wouldn’t hurt us” line.

Listen below and click here to buy her new album (which has a fantastic title), Sometimes I Sit and Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit.

Courtney Barnett — “Depreston” [Spotify/iTunes]

Courtney Barnett — “Pedestrian At Best” [Spotify/iTunes]

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Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile

Tonight I’ll go to the Robins Center and see the Richmond Spiders men’s basketball team play their last home game of the season. (If they win, they’ll progress to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.) While not making it into the NCAA tournament stung, this NIT run has been such a wonderful bonus. I assumed that my last time seeing the mighty Kendall Anthony in a Spiders uniform in person would be the double overtime VCU win, so watching him again on Sunday night — in yet another overtime win, no less, this time against Arizona State — was a real treat. A cherry on top of the icing that VCU game already represented.

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John Fullbright

John Fullbright

Happy tournament, y’all!

My (undoubtedly terrible) bracket has been filled out and submitted, and while I’m bummed that Richmond didn’t make it into the field of 68, I’m hoping VCU has an extended run in them. To that end, I’d like to humbly suggest a companion song for anyone with a team they’d like to see survive and advance in the weeks to come…

John Fullbright may not know it, but he wrote the perfect tournament song in “Moving.”

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Greetings From Wisconsin

Heading to America’s Dairyland to meet my new baby nephew, Clark. I’m not sure if you should pray for the cheese and beer I’m about to wolf down or pray for me for how much cheese and beer I’m about to wolf down. Either way, here’s a track from Clark’s (different Clark) 2014 album, Clark.

Clark — “The Grit In The Pearl” [Spotify/iTunes]

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Matthew E. White

Matthew E. White

I’m a sucker for intertexuality, so the new Matthew E. White album is like a gift from above.

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Friday Cheers

Friday Cheers

Friday Cheers has knocked it out of the park again. Hot damn.

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Backstage with Richmond’s Brewery Boom

Breweries

Talk about arduous research. I got to write an article for River City Magazine about the symbiotic relationship between Richmond’s breweries and bands. Lots of boozy fun was had, and I’m super-duper excited to share the results — click here to check it out over at Richmond Navigator’s site.

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