Last night, Tinariwen took over Union Transfer for a night of relaxed jams, and while the Tuareg artists blew away the crowd with tunes and tones from the African desert, they wanted to throw a little bit of this city in.
Out of nowhere, Philly’s own Kurt Vile came on stage (introduced with an endearing “This is our friend…. It’s okay?”), sitting in on their atmospheric song “Tiwayyen”, a tune he guested on on the band’s new record Elwan.
While we’re in the interim between b’lieve i’m goin down… and whatever he’s cooking up with Courtney Barnett, Matador is reissuing two “long out of print” Kurt Vile EPs this spring. A blue vinyl So Outta Reach (2011) and opaque colored vinyl Square Shells (2010) will be out on May 19th. The former features songs recorded during the Smoke Ring for My Halo sessions with John Agnello, while the latter is a collection of home and studio recordings. Preorder the records over at Matador and listen to a pair of tracks from the EP below.
This June, Wilco’s Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will return to Massachussets’ Museum of Contemporary Art, and now, the full lineup of bands has been announced.
Those who purchase three day passes can expect performances from Kurt Vile & The Violators, the legendary Television, Big Thief, and more. Along with appearances by Wilco themselves and their various side projects, attendees can once again expect a comedy stage hosted by multi-disciplinary humorist John Hodgman. Find the full lineup, tickets, and more information here. Continue reading →
Two hours of new music (without Super Bowl commercial interruption) commences at 8pm tonight on XPN. We’re excited to dip into “Mike’s Mailbag” and pull out some listener submissions. Plus we’ll hear what Father John Misty has been up to, musically speaking. One of the best rock albums of the year so far just came out. It’s from the duo Japandroids and you’ll want to crank your stereo up for that one. Also new tunes from our Free at Noon guest Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White, the Bay Area’s Sjowgren, and much more … Continue reading →
Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, we get the best songs and best albums Kurt Vile heard in 2016 — along with an interview from XPN’s Mike Vasilikos.
Philly’s constant hitmaker Kurt Vile appeared on the air on WXPN this week for a wide-reaching conversation with host Mike Vasilikos recapping his 2016. In the mix, he shared some of his favorite music of the year.
As far as albums, Vile cited Steve Gunn’s Eyes on the Lines – “he’s from my hometown of Lansdowne, a fingerpicking guitar player, a likeminded fellow,” says Vile. He also cited Nathan Bowles’ Whole & Cloven – “he’s hypnotic on the banjo as well as the drums,” says Vile.” “And he also turned me on to a really good banjo company called Buckeye Banjo, and that’s what I play on ‘I’m An Outlaw.'” Lastly, he expressed admiration for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ Skeleton Tree, which he called “a devastating record, very sad.” Check out all those albums below, via a Spotify playlist.
Canadian outfit The Sadies tapped Kurt Vile for vocal duties on “It’s Easy (Like Walking),” a track taken from the former’s forthcoming Northern Passages LP. Coming on the heels of lead single “Riverview Fog,” the track spins the album’s sound from hushed folk to languid rock.
If you have trouble falling asleep at night, try watching the video for Hope Sandoval and Kurt Vile‘s collaborative song “Let Me Get There.”
This is meant as the highest compliment. This otherworldly drum and bass/guitar infused lullaby will have you dreaming before you even shut your eyes. The seven-and-a-half minute track was condensed into a four-minute-long video – whether this is a good or bad edit is up to you. Continue reading →
A couple thousand years ago, some Egyptian dude invented the sundial as a means of keeping time, and we’ve been stressed out ever since. Gone are the days when people “got there when they got there,” but on her gorgeous new duet with Kurt Vile, Hope Sandoval aims to change that. Continue reading →
Talk about ringing in the new year the most Philadelphia way possible. Not with fireworks at Penn’s Landing, or the whole mummers hangover on New Year’s day. I mean an epic concert from an acclaimed Philadelphian at an exciting Philly venue.
Today, we got word that Kurt Vile is doing the honors this year, headlining The Fillmore Philadelphia on December 31st. Continue reading →