Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Announce Intercontinental Mixtape Exchange Via Spotify

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile have teamed with Spotify for an intercontinental mixtape exchange in the spirit of their collaborative new album Lotta Sea Lice. Listeners and fans can make a brand new musical friend by submitting a playlist, sending it into the world as a digital postcard and immediately receiving a playlist postcard in exchange. You can learn more and start sharing here.

The combination of Barnett and Vile has been hailed as one of the best modern rock pairings in recent years and audiences have the chance to see the songs come together in a wonderful live setting all through November. All tour dates are listed below.

What the critics are saying about Lotta Sea Lice:

“Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett and Philly’s Kurt Vile are cut from the same mop of hair. Both write slowly unfolding, loosely swaying rock ‘n’ roll songs spun from long tales and longer yarns, which unspool as they chase the thread to psychedelic ends.” NPR

“The collaborative LP from Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett feels like an overheard discussion between two existential misfits. They sing songs about writing songs, covering each other in the process.” Pitchfork

“Deadpan, observant, wily guitar-strumming songwriters…As duet partnets on the album  

Lotta Sea Lice

, they meet on a musical common ground of folk-rock that shades into psychedelia, though they’re well aware of punk and grunge.”

New York Times

“An ambling, charming collection of songs with the most “Dude abides” vibes of any record this year.”  


“Here are two great indie-rock songwriters getting together to spool out autumnal guitar prettiness and converse about life, art and whatever. As collaborators, they’re a perfect match: Kurt Vile is a master of zoned-out fingerpicking and droll longhaired jive; Courtney Barnett is a Dylanesque image ninja who can turn everyday stuff like making ramen noodles into rich, personal meditations.” Rolling Stone

“Combining the former’s hyper-specific lyricism and the latter’s Mobius-like guitar melodies, “Over Everything” remains low-stakes while exhibiting what fans love about both artists.”  

Entertainment Weekly

“At a time when many pop albums are overly polished and refined, “Lotta Sea Lice” revels in a casual spontaneity.”  

Wall Street Journal

“The vision of artmaking laid out here is as an ineffable force.”  

The Atlantic

“The beauty of Vile and Barnett being on such similar wavelengths is that each song would work just fine for either artist individually, but combined, their talents–particularly their vocal harmonies–often amount to a whole greater than the sum of its parts.”  

American Songwriter

“”Lotta Sea Lice” is like a conversation between best friends whose words just happen to overlap.”  

Associated Press

Upcoming Live Dates

10/25 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre (SOLD OUT)

10/26 – Chicago, IL – Rockefeller Chapel (SOLD OUT)

10/27 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall (SOLD OUT)

10/28 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle (SOLD OUT)

10/30 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre (tickets)

10/31 – Toronto, Ontario – Massey Hall (tickets)

11/01 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre (SOLD OUT)

11/03 – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre (tickets)

11/04 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre (tickets)

11/06 – Loew’s Jersey Theatre – Jersey City, NJ (tickets)

11/07 – The Anthem – Washington, DC (tickets)

11/09 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium (tickets)

11/10 – Dallas, TX – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium (tickets)

11/11 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater (SOLD OUT)

Lotta Sea Lice Tracklisting

  1. Over Everything
  2. Let It Go
  3. Fear Is Like A Forest
  4. Outta The Woodwork
  5. Continental Breakfast
  6. On Script
  7. Blue Cheese
  8. Peepin’ Tom
  9. Untogether

Order Lotta Sea Lice

Courtney and Kurt will be touring North America this fall. Their live band, The Sea Lice, is a revolving cast of musicians including Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts).

Featured Photo Credit :  Danny Cohen


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