Photo by Philip Cosores
Milk! Records began as a way for Courtney Barnett to get her music out into the world. On the heels of Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Think, however, the label is now home to one of indie rock’s fastest rising stars along with a number of other hand-picked artists.
On February 14th, Milk! will release a new a label compilation called Good For You. In addition to tracks from Jen Cloher, Fraser A. Gorman, Ouch My Face, The Finks, and East Brunswick All Girls Choir, the album features a new contribution from Barnett, “Three Packs a Day”.
The title may seem like this is a song about cigarette smoking, but the single art (below) hints at the true meaning. Over lighthearted guitar and a pleasantly meandering bass line, Barnett reveals her deepest, darkest addiction: instant ramen noodle soup. “That MSG tastes good to me/ I disagree with all your warnings,” she sings. “It can’t be true/ That they use glue to keep the noodles stuck together.” The readers’ choice for rookie of the year delivers the lyrics with as much sincerity as a song like “Depreston”, affirming that her wit is as strong as her musical skills.
Take a listen to the track, which also features Fraser A. Gorman on harmonica, below.
“Three Packs a Day” Single Artwork:
Update – Tuesday, January 12th at 1:10 p.m. CT: Barnett has also announce new US tour dates, which you can find below.
Courtney Barnett 2016 Tour Dates:
01/16 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre
01/22 – Melbourne, AU @ Palais Theatre
01/23 – Melbourne, AU @ Sugar Mountain Festival
01/28 – Mosman, AU @ Taronga Zoo
04/16 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/19 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
04/20 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
04/21 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
04/23 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/26 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
04/28 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
05/20 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
05/25 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
05/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
05/29 – Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
05/30 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
05/31 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
06/02-05 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
06/03 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival