Mega happy record release day wishes are due to Philadelphia’s Kurt Vile, whose terrific new record b’lieve i’m goin down is in stores today. In the early morning hours, Vile and his band – which now features Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint on drums – performed a roaring rendition of “Pretty Pimpin'” on Conan O’Brien; check out video below. Continue reading →
Such a special weekend calls for a super special Indie Rock Hit Parade, wouldn’t you agree? Tune in at 11pm (or better yet, stay tuned after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that’s nothing but nothing but ALBUM SPOTLIGHTS! We’ll hear three songs in a row from a variety of newly released records, including Kurt Vile‘s b’lieve i’m goin’ down, The Front Bottoms‘ Back On Top and Youth Lagoon‘s Savage Hills Ballroom! Here’s a sampling of what else you might hear tonight:
In case you haven’t heard Kurt Vile’s new album, b’lieve i’m goin’ down…, we’re streaming the new album here. In more awesome news about Kurt, KCRW will be webcasting a session via VuHaus tomorrow, Friday, September 25th at 2:15 EDT. Continue reading →
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 →
With Steely Dan, Suicide, The Pogues, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, The Go-Betweens and a song from his forthcoming album, Kurt Vile has put together one amazing Spotify playlist to soundtrack your Labor Day Weekend. 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 →