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Question of the Day: Welcoming Spring

by Corny O'Connell

Today we're saying good riddance to what's been a long, snowy winter. Let's celebrate the new season with the first Question of the Day for spring. Plant your suggestions in the comments below and we'll see what pops up after 9am.

Here's what we played: 

"Starting a New Life" by Van Morrison 

"Spring" by Ben Watt

"Cherry Blossom Girl" by Air

"Southland in the Spring" by Indigo Girls 

FUV's New Dig: Courtney Barnett

by Darren DeVivo
Courtney Barnett (courtesy of the artist)

Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
Courtney Barnett
Mom + Pop

Every so often, a new artist comes around who demands your attention. Such was the case in 2013, when Courtney Barnett’s superb single “Avant Gardener," found on her second EP and included on the compilation, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, declared the arrival of an exciting new voice. This week, the Melbourne, Australia native unveils her first full-length album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

As a musician, Barnett is hard to quickly describe. She is a brilliant lyricist and writes in a style that is both eloquent and street-wise. She has a knack for taking ordinary events and turning them into intriguing melodramas. She is wickedly witty and pens songs that brim with humor and fun, as well as angst and drama. Sometimes I Sit And Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is an invigorating, edgy rock album, abundant with Barnett's detailed thoughts, opinions, and candid observations.

Courtney Barnett - FUV Live - 2015

by Kara Manning

Whether sputtering out sabre-sharp bon mots in blistering garage rockers like "Pedestrian At Best" or narrating, with the weary rumination of a chronic insomniac, the late-night spirals of her mind ("An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)"), Courtney Barnett is not just an accomplished singer and songwriter, but a contemporary portraitist of her generation. The Melbourne-based Barnett's debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Something I Just Sit, (which is our New Dig this week) is the work of a keenly observant artist with a busy mind and an irreverent sense of humor; there's a real streak of Amy Schumer-style punchlines lurking in Barnett's witty ripostes.