The Quirky Aussie Who Wheezed Life Into 2013

Courtney Barnett performs at the Mercury Lounge in New York City during the CMJ Music Festival in October. i i

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Courtney Barnett performs at the Mercury Lounge in New York City during the CMJ Music Festival in October.

Courtney Barnett performs at the Mercury Lounge in New York City during the CMJ Music Festival in October.

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Courtney Barnett, a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, released one of the quirkiest collections of songs this year with The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas.

During a recent conversation on Morning Edition, Barnett says she didn't even notice when people started paying attention to her music — including her breakthrough song, "Avant Gardener," which serves as an unexpectedly amusing first-person account of anaphylactic shock. Click the audio link to hear more of the discussion.

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