Here’s a song that isn’t new, but still packs a powerful message and sounds incredible after 17 years.
Courtney Barnett can tell you a story like she’s your best friend — provided your best friend is a funny poet with an Australian accent. Listen to “Avant Gardener,” an autobiographical account of trying to turn a life around through gardening, only to be foiled by a severe allergic reaction. The tale that follows at this Tiny Desk Concert, “History Eraser,” is a ramble in an alcohol-fueled dream state; it features some of the best lyric-writing in music today. Here’s a sample from that song:
“I found an Ezra Pound and made a bet that if I found a cigarette I’d drop it all and marry you. Just then a song comes on: “You can’t always get what you want” — The Rolling Stones, oh, woe is we, the irony! The Stones became the moss and once all inhibitions lost, the hipsters made a mission to the farm. We drove by tractor there, the yellow straw replaced our hair, we laced the dairy river with the cream of sweet vermouth.”
The only downside for a fan like me is that these songs have been kicking around my head for more than a year. As she played them, I found myself hoping for something new, too. And so it was that Barnett graced the Tiny Desk with a brand-new tune, not yet on a record, about a suburb near Melbourne known as Preston; it’s a song about house-hunting that she appropriately calls “Depreston.” The song is thoughtful, acerbic and funny, just like the woman who sings it. —BOB BOILEN
Producers: Bob Boilen, Denise DeBelius; Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait; Videographers: Denise DeBelius, Gabriella Garcia-Pardo, Olivia Merrion; photo by Jim Tuttle/NPR
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (CNN) — Authorities have spotted two objects in the Indian Ocean that are possibly related to the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Thursday.
“New and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean,” Abbott said in the the Australian House of Representatives in Canberra. “The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has received information based on satellite imagery of objects possibly related to the search.
“Following specialist analysis of this satellite imagery, two possible objects related to the search have been identified,” he said. “I can inform the House that a Royal Australian Air Force Orion has been diverted to attempt to locate the objects.”
The latest reports from the Guardian based on Edward Snowden’s stolen NSA documents revealed that four years ago Australia wiretapped both the president of Indonesia and his wife, and this story has fractured the relationship between the two historically friendly neighboring countries.
Here’s an interesting perspective on this debacle, in an interview with former Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer from ABC News.
Mr. Downer doesn’t think very highly of what Snowden and his journalistic accomplices are doing; he points out that cooperation with Indonesia on people smuggling will be damaged by these stories, and concludes by saying:
Our good friendship, and our good relationship, and the interest we share shouldn’t be held hostage by the abominable behavior of Edward Snowden, and frankly the pretty irresponsible behavior by British left wing newspaper The Guardian.
Time-lapse sequences from the Documentary Series “First Footprints”, which premieres on ABC 1, Sunday July 14, 9.25pm.
First Footprints is the story of how people first arrived and thrived on the Australian continent.
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