Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile : All Songs Considered Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile just released an intercontinental collaboration that's full of humor and guitar picking. Now Kurt and Courtney pick the songs they love in a Guest DJ conversation.

Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile's Lotta Sea Lice is out now via Matador Records. Danny Cohen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile's Lotta Sea Lice is out now via Matador Records.

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By now you may have heard of the intercontinental, surprise collaboration between Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, for an album called Lotta Sea Lice. The two singers have been mutual admirers for a while and kept bumping into one another at various festivals. Their guitar-based rock songs are laced with a shared sense of humor, and that was part of what got them creating music together.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, Kurt and Courtney join me in our Washington D.C. studios. They'd just finished performing a Tiny Desk Concert and sat down to talk about some of the music they love by other artists.

In the conversation, you can hear their mutual love for singers with guitars and a knack for writing songs that touch the heart, including songs by The Sadies, John Prine, Gillian Welch, Tom Petty and Elliott Smith.

Songs Featured In The Episode

The Sadies

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"The Good Years"

From 'Northern Passages'

By The Sadies

"[The Sadies] should be way more popular. People like Neil Young love them, they've backed up Neko Case, but that's all small potatoes because the actual band themselves are great players. It's two brothers, Dallas and Travis Good. I opened for them and they were like, 'Who is this guy?'. I got in their van and was shy, and they were pretty psychedelic themselves." — Kurt Vile

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The Sadies

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"It's Easy (Like Walking) (feat. Kurt Vile)"

From 'Northern Passages'

By The Sadies

"I remember when we were in the studio you had those lyrics floating around!" —Courtney Barnett

"Yeah, 'my left hand's got a permanent air guitar tic, but don't confuse it with a crutch because I like it a lot.'" — Kurt Vile

"We nearly added it as an additional lyric to 'Over Everything' but it didn't fit." —Courtney Barnett

"So I gave it to my brothers, The Sadies!" — Kurt Vile

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

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"Blue Cheese"

From 'Lotta Sea Lice'

By Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

"I wrote the chords when I was fourteen, maybe fifteen." — Kurt Vile

"That's me playing drums, on top of Jim White!" — Courtney Barnett

Guest DJs: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile

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"Peeping Tomboy"

From 'Smoke Ring For My Halo'

By Kurt Vile

"When I bought Smoke Ring For My Halo, I would lay on my bed and listen to this song. I was sad at the time, and it made sense to me." — Courtney Barnett

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

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"No Second Thoughts"

From 'You're Gonna Get It!'

By Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

"From AKA Music in Philly, which is now defunct, I found this ten-dollar Tom Petty cassette box set. I would play it in my van, and this song just came up out of nowhere. It's like an extracurricular, heart-tugging deep cut." — Kurt Vile

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Don Bowman

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"Chit Akins, Make Me a Star"

From 'Our Man in Trouble'

By Don Bowman

"What's that song you kept playing where he plays the guitar solo and it's really out of tune?" — Courtney Barnett

"Don Bowman, 'Chit Akins, Make Me a Star.' It's so random. I think he hooked Waylon Jennings up with a record deal. That's how I know him, through this Waylon Jennings autobiography." — Kurt Vile

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Gillian Welch

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"Look at Miss Ohio"

From 'Soul Journey'

By Gillian Welch

"[Gillian Welch] wins." — Kurt Vile

"Yeah, she wins the world." Courtney Barnett

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

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"Continental Breakfast"

From 'Lotta Sea Lice'

By Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile

"We're both a little bit off, I think, so singing together is a bit harder than usual...I just love harmonizing. Once I learned how it worked." — Courtney Barnett

"It's the ultimate drug, if you do it right." — Kurt Vile

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Courtney Barnett

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"Depreston"

From 'Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit'

By Courtney Barnett

"When I was making the album, Dan Luscombe, who plays guitar on it, he was like, 'I think it's pronounced percolator.' So I had to change it... I had this song written a long time before the album." — Courtney Barnett

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John Prine

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"How Lucky"

From 'Pink Cadillac'

By John Prine

"Kurt is the Prine guy." — Courtney Barnett

"But I just bought her John Prine's first album." — Kurt Vile

"It's a world I don't know, but I'm getting deep into it." — Courtney Barnett

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John Prine

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"Sam Stone"

From 'John Prine'

By John Prine

"I love discovering music through people you're close to. You get to hear it in a different way." — Courtney Barnett

"John Prine in particular... just the chord changes combined with the words. He definitely can make you cry a little bit. Just a little bit." — Kurt Vile

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Elliott Smith

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"Let's Get Lost"

From 'From a Basement on the Hill'

By Elliott Smith

"I discovered this whole new world when I moved to Melbourne and started hanging out with different people and musicians, and started playing in bands. For some reason I have no idea when I first started listening to Elliott Smith, but the fragility in his voice is so beautiful and heartbreaking at the same time." — Courtney Barnett

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The Youngbloods

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"Get Together"

From 'Best Of The Youngbloods (1970)'

By The Youngbloods

"You've never heard this version?" — Kurt Vile

"No." — Courtney Barnett

"Wow. Australia is a wild place." — Kurt Vile

"We don't actually have music in Australia." — Courtney Barnett

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