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It’s like Philly’s Kurt Vile went and reflectively distilled his past decade-plus of making music into a single, fantastic record. The new b’lieve i’m goin down is out this Friday on Matador Records, and it showcases the many sides of the indie rock troubadour from Lansdowne: we hear Kurt the constant hitmaker on “Pretty Pimpin’,” a total jammer and possibly his best single to date. There’s Kurt the expansive impressionist of Wakin on a Pretty Daze on “That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)” and Kurt the spectral songsmith of Childish Prodigy on “Kidding Around.” The pop-oriented Tom Petty devotee shows up on “Dust Bunnies,” and throughout the record we get Kurt the idiosyncratic lyricist.
In short, if you wanted a single record to explain what the multifaceted Vile was all about, b’lieve i’m goin down is it, and you can get an advance listen to it below care of the good folks at Matador. Continue reading →
Philly’s Kurt Vile is getting set to release his latest record, b’lieve i’m goin down, out via Matador Records on Friday, September 25th. Following up on the amazing “Pretty Pimpin’” and this album trailer featuring “I’m an Outlaw” and “Lost My Head There,” today Kurt brings us a new video for “Life Like This.” Directed by Adam Avilla, it’s mellow and contemplative and finds KV at home, in a basement studio with the lights low, the tape machine running and swatches of animated color bouncing off of Kurt’s guitar and Kurt himself. Continue reading →
Personally, I will never get tired of “Pretty Pimpin’.” It’s Kurt Vile‘s best single to date, hands down. But he’s got a whole new record of music about to drop next month, and from this new trailer released today, it’s sounding pretty promising. Matched with footage of the band goofing around in the desert and working in the studio, we hear bits of songs “I’m An Outlaw” and “Lost my Head there.” Check it out below, and pre-order b’lieve i’m goin down…over at Kurt’s website. He headlines Union Transfer with Waxahatchee on Friday, October 9th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
With a new album on the way this fall, Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile is hitting a few festivals with his band this summer, including Chicago’s Pitchfork Fest last month. His set there was only three songs long, which seems crazy until you consider Vile and the Violators were the first to play after a thunderstorm caused the festival to be evacuated, so his set was shortened. Plus, two of those songs were 10-plus minute space jams from 2013′s Wakin on a Pretty Daze - “Goldtone” and the title track – and one is the equally expansive “Freak Train” from 2009′s Childish Prodigy. Continue reading →
Kurt Vile has announced an upcoming tour with a stop with his band The Violators at Union Transfer on Friday, October 9th. Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, June 19th at Noon. Opening the show in Philly is Luke Roberts and Waxahatchee. Vile also has announced a new album on the way, b’lieve i’m goin down, the followup to 2013′s Wakin on a Pretty Daze. There’s no set release date yet, but watch the teaser video below.
“It’s definitely got that night vibe,” Vile told Rolling Stone.
The prolific solo artist and founding member of The War on Drugs talked about finding new ways to write albums and getting out of the familiar routines he grew accustomed to, telling the magazine ”I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me.” Continue reading →
There’s nothing worse than the discerning sense that winter is a timeless black hole and that you will never feel the sun’s warmth again in your life. The best way to pretend that the winter isn’t sucking the life out of you is to channel any summer vibes that you can get your hands on. One way to do that is to listen to some songs that remind you of sunny days and overall happiness. These ten songs are here to remind you that some day (not soon enough) it will be summer again.
Back in March, Warpaint played Union Transfer and Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Kurt Vile joined the band on stage at a sold-out Union Transfer performance to perform”Baby” off of their 2010 album The Fool. It seems that this could be a forming tradition, as Vile has hit the stage with them again, though now the two have switched hometowns with LA-based Warpaint back in familiar territory. Pitchfork reports that Vile joined Emily Kokal in singing “Baby” at the Echoplex on Friday night for Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in L.A. Watch their performance below. Continue reading →