The What of Whom, LLC

An independent record company focused on vinyl and other physical manufacturing

Courtney Barnett



2015 was shaping up to be a dull year for rock music. There were some strong hip-hop records with another classic from Kendrick Lamar and Earl Sweatshirt continuing to turn away from easily digestible hip-hop. We loved those projects, but we were in search of some good rock music to balance our musical palettes.


Similarly, we had some discussions with a few major network video editors who were looking for something good that could be used for a production they were working on. "I can't find anything that does't sound like it was just made on a computer.". We couldn't agree more.


Thankfully, Courtney Barnett released her album "Sometimes I Sit and Think, Sometimes I Just Sit" that same year. Wonderfully nostalgic and modern, the album was a highlight of her songwriting. There are elements of the grunge era, songs that are all blues, and an energy that is hard to find in rock music these days. The album was on repeat for us most of the year.



Fast forward to 2019 and Courtney has built a loyal following of fans, filling one of the larger rooms in Houston on a weekday, which is not easy. Bouncing around the stage like teenager, the audience was with her all the way. The opening act Sunflower Bean clearly made some fans with their excellent performance. I'd wondered how Courtney would follow as I had never seen her perform.


Through her newest track "Small Talk", recorded during the sessions for her last album "Tell Me How You Really Feel", to favorites from previous projects, Courtney had the audience with her from the time she took the stage. Her lyrics are written in a way the is both conversational and insightful. Within her narratives lay observations about modern life and relationships.


If you get the chance to see her on her current tour, we definitely recommend it. You can also check out our playlist below of some of our favorite tracks.