• A Sea of Split Peas

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    by Tucker Chet Markus

    It wanders. Through a cloud of foggy reverb, scratching guitar, and halfway sing-speaking is found Courtney Barnett’s double EP, A Sea of Split Peas. It’s a hundred mile an hour stream of consciousness strapped to rusty pickups and evenings in.

    Barnett, as Australian as the way she sings the word “to-mah-to” might suggest, captures the roaming lilt of Dylan and the twang of a sun-beat countryside. Released last fall, A Sea of Split Peas is nomadic, not aimless. It billows with images and story and musings, without pomp or ego. It’s a picture of dust rising off of clay in the Australian countryside.

    The ballast of A Sea of Split Peas sways from careening testimonies pitched on messy cymbal crashes to halcyon and heartfelt missives pinned with brushed snares. The EP begins from the heights of “Avant Gardener,” a digressive (and, in passing, seriously funny) account about an anaphylactic asthma attack during a heat-wave. It's lit up, not by the action, but by Barnett’s captivating inner consciousness. Key lyric: “The paramedic thinks I’m clever ‘cause I play guitar / I think she’s clever ‘cause she stops people dying.”

    We then move across to “Anonymous Club”—soft, sitting with a loosely-held guitar, leaning back on the sofa. “Turn your phone off friend / You’re amongst friends and we don’t need no interruptions.” There’s a simplicity and earnestness in Barnett’s voice. It feels real. Tangible.

    A Sea of Split Peas swings from a bounding rearview window on the rusty-red outback to daydreams trying to avoid light through the blinds. Guided by the narration—or singing—of Barnett, we find that both, via her hundred mile an hour mind, are equally as exciting.

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  • June 2014 Playlist

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  • April 2014 Playlist

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  • Rowing Blazers Pre-Order

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    I am thrilled to finally reveal the US and UK edition covers of Rowing Blazers, the forthcoming book I have been working on with author Jack Carlson for over three years. It will feature, what I believe to be, some of my best portrait photographs to date. I am really proud of the work Jack and I have created here and I can't wait to share it with you all.

    Jack Carlson has represented the United States at the World Rowing Championships and raced for Oxford in the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Races. In 2013, he coxed three different boats to first place finishes in all three of the traditional international rowing regattas: the Henley Royal Regatta, the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta, and the Head of the Charles Regatta. The guy's amazing. A Boston native and an archaeologist by training, Jack is currently a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University. It is Jack's immersion in the rowing culture that granted us uninhibited access behind the closed doors of this beautiful sport.

    Rowing Blazers is now available for pre-order. If you're in the U.S., you can pre-order a signed copy at a special price here. And if you're outside of the US, you can pre-order from the Henley Royal Regatta Shop, whose proceeds go to the Stewards' Charitable Trust in support of youth rowing programs.

    Tell your family, friends, and enemies. Thank you to each and every athlete who sat in front of my lens and to Jack for his vision and passion for this project.

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    Al left a comment on 7/17/2014 at 11:01 AM:

    Fred, do the US and UK editions feature different photographs, or do they just have different covers?

    Joey Dee left a comment on 5/21/2014 at 3:58 PM:

    Consider this the beginning of holiday shopping for friends & family.
    If a book tour is in order, please consider stopping by Sarasota!

    The very best to you Fred!

    cathyw58jqobmhi left a comment on 4/29/2014 at 9:21 AM:

    Now they’re movie fans, still noticing the astonishing difference. Every normal-minded individual is able tocreate, invent, improve, organize, build or ticker would read ifit could make a record of the inner feelings of the average Thoracic. Pay Day Loan Then said they: There is nothing to be donehere, and they went home and told the cook and slay the Kings enemies outside.

    Jamie left a comment on 4/23/2014 at 11:55 AM:

    When do your 2014 interns start?

    MS left a comment on 4/15/2014 at 3:58 PM:

    Mazel Tov, FEC!

    Makaga left a comment on 4/11/2014 at 3:00 PM:

    Congrats!  Stoked for you and this book.  Will there be any book signing events in Brooklyn (Park Slope even?) or Manhattan?

    Bree left a comment on 4/10/2014 at 8:23 PM:

    Cannot wait to display my copy proudly!

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    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 4:21 PM:

    @Victoria—At least two I think…definitely one from what I can immediately recall.

    Lawrence left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 3:55 PM:

    I can’t wait.

    Victoria left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 3:23 PM:

    Can’t wait! How many dogs feature in Rowing Blazers?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 12:25 PM:

    @Lenny—I hope you enjoy it as much as I did photographing it.

    Lenny left a comment on 4/9/2014 at 12:23 PM:

    Finally! You’ve been teasing us with photos and details of your adventures shooting for this book for a long time. I’ve been waiting for the day I can get my hands on a copy. Congrats sir! It looks like a masterpiece.


  • John Newman Tribute

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    Occasionally there's an album that you discover and it hits all the right notes. It’s the right amount of soul. The right amount of angry. The right amount of conviction. The right amount of guts. The right amount of "damn you."

    John Newman's Tribute is that for me. From the get go, it knocks you on your ass and keeps you dancing off that break-up until the last note on “Day One” in which he screams “I have been broken since day one, you’re vicious like them all!” Not exactly get-pumped-for-that-first-date material. Better sung over a fresh wound. The kid makes no apologies—this is about singing his peace.

    Newman, a baby faced English crooner, redeems his throbbing heartbreak with conviction and a palate decidedly more seasoned than his 23 years. "Love Me Again" and "Cheating” are lip-biting-fist-pounding standouts. Although the latest in a long line of 60s revivers, Newman gives guys the break-up album we never got with Adele or Winehouse...and that’s something we can all ugly cry to.

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    Geoff left a comment on 1/13/2014 at 12:27 PM:

    Fred, I care about what you’re doing here.

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