Courtney Barnett and Father Johny Misty Share Spotify SinglesPhotos by Kevin Winter/Getty, Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Music News Courtney Barnett
Spotify doled out a double serving of singles Wednesday: Father John Misty and Courtney Barnett—who both released albums this year—each recorded an original and a cover for Spotify. Barnett delivered a rendition of Tell Me How You Really Feel track “Charity,” as well as a cover of Elyse Weinberg’s “Houses.” Misty sang “Mr. Tillman,” from God’s Favorite Customer, and covered Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free.”
Barnett released the sharply clever Tell Me How You Really Feel in May, which followed the October release of her collaborative album with Kurt Vile, Lotta Sea Lice. Barnett explained why she decided to cover Weinberg’s forgotten ‘60s folk track, “Houses,” which was originally recorded with Neil Young on guitar, for Spotify:
I first heard of Elyse Weinberg while on tour with a night off. My friend Janet Weiss (of Sleater Kinney and many other bands) invited me to her house for a home-cooked meal. Late in the evening Janet pulled out a record titled Elyse. The artwork reminded me of Joni Mitchell’s Ladies Of the Canyon. I fell in love with this mysterious artist and in particular her song “Houses”. Rumour has it that Neil Young is playing the lead guitar line. I flipped the record over but couldn’t find his name in the credits. Elyse Weinberg once said of her life in music that “the plan is to remember who i really am”. I liked that.
Below, listen to Father John Misty’s 2012 Daytrotter Session. Further down, watch a flannel-clad Courtney Barnett strum her way through “Depreston” at a Paste session during Austin City Limits circa 2015.