Kurt Vile

Full Discography

LPs
  • Childish Prodigy - OLE-887 - 2009-10-06
  • Smoke Ring For My Halo - OLE-938 - 2011-03-08
  • Wakin On A Pretty Daze - OLE-998 - 2013-04-09
  • Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze) - OLE-998-DLX - 2013-11-19
Singles & EPs
  • He's Alright - OLE-895 - 2009-09-22
  • Square Shells EP - OLE-936 - 2010-05-25
  • In My Time - OLE-949 - 2010-11-09
  • “it's a big world out there (and i am scared)” - OLE-1045 - 2013-11-19

Biography

Having been the subject and willing conspirator of many intentional lies planted in Sonic Youth bios over the years, I know first hand the way album lore can bend reality to its truth. After the infamous Byron Coley originated the SY "Trilogy" myth in the Murray Street bio, we had no choice but to fulfill those expectations with Sonic Nurse. "Why did you decide to make a trilogy?" was always the first question asked in interviews around that time.

But this is Kurt Vile's bio, and I wont do that to him. Anyway, Kurt does his own myth making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air.  Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b'lieve i'm goin down... is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history ("valley of ashes") of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling. In Kurt's words, "I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it's on my couch -- not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable."   

For a record that plays like a cohesive acoustic experience, its musicality marks Kurt's departure from an electric guitar experience to include a range of instrumentation with a large group of players. From the banjo he plays on "I'm an Outlaw" to the piano and lapsteel on "Life Like This," and the myriad other instruments on other songs, including farfisa, resonator, arps, horns and synth, one never thinks about what exactly yr listening to as it all serves the song.??The heart of the record is "Stand Inside." The music is quiet and the melody, like a hymn, folds in on itself, and embraces full strength in a sexy, floating forcelessness that slowly gathers into a wave that doesn't go where you think it will or rather gives in to itself and celebrates a man willing to be defined by a woman and his love for her as witness to each other’s lives… Don't stand by my side, stand inside gives up roleplaying for true exposure and vulnerability.

It's a weird, accepting, mature record, acknowledging the inherent immaturity of being a person whether father, husband, partner, adult, musician, not perfect, but compelling for its understanding … that's life though so sad to say… I love this record,

b'lieve i'm goin down.

Kim Gordon

News From The Matablog

Kurt Vile Spring U.S. Dates



(photo by Stephen / Rag And Bone Photography)

The following Kurt Vile dates were announced today with the requisite ticket links / on-sale times found below.  DON'T DAWDLE.  Don't even make us use that word ever again.

Thursday, March 31 Buffalo	Asbury Hall	Friday noon EST
Friday, April 1 Cleveland Heights	Grog Shop	Friday noon EST 
Saturday, April 2 Columbus	Newport Music Hall	Friday 10am EST
Sunday, April 3	Bloomington	The Bluebird	Friday 10am EST 
Tuesday, April 5 	Milwaukee	Pabst Theater  Friday 12pm CST
Wednesday, April 6 Champaign The Accord	Friday 12pm CST
Friday, April 8	Lawrence	The Granada	Friday 12pm CST
Saturday, April 9 Omaha	The Waiting Room	Friday 12pm CST 
Monday, April 11	Columbia	The Blue Note	Friday 10am CST 
Tuesday, April 12 Tulsa	Cain's Ballroom	  Friday 10am CST 
Thursday, April 14 Houston	House of Blues 	  Friday 10am CST
Friday, April 15 Austin	Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheatre	Friday 10am CST 
Saturday, April 16 	Dallas	Granada Theater	Friday 10am CST
Sunday, April 17  New Orleans, Republic New Orleans  Friday 11am CST

previously announced dates :

Wednesday, February 17 - College Street, New Haven CT
Thursday, February 18 - Pearl Street, Northampton MA
Friday, February 19 - Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Saturday, February 20 - Corona Theatre, Montreal, QUE
Sunday, February 21 - The Haunt, Ithaca NY
Monday, February 22 - Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, February 24 - Headliners, Louisville TN
Thursday, February 25 - Exit In, Nashville TN
Friday, February 26 - Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Saturday, February 27 - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
Sunday, February 28 - Saturn, Birmingham AL
Monday, February 29 - Proud Larry's, Oxford MS
Wednesday, March 2 - Bijou Theatre, Knoxville TN
Thursday, March 3 - Cats Cradle, Carrboro NC
Friday, March 4 - Ottobar, Baltimore MD
Tuesday, March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra
Wednesday, March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs
Thursday, March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse
Friday, March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church
Saturday, March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
Sunday, March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
April 5-10	Iowa City, IA	Mission Creek Festival
Friday, May 20 - Sunday May 22 - Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores
Saturday, May 28	Burnaby  BC	Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park	 (with Alabama Shakes)
May 27-30	George, WA	Sasquatch Music Festival

June 9-12 Manchester TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Xylouris White supporting 2/17-28
Spacin' supporting 2/28-3/4

 

(video courtesy VPRO)

order 'b'lieve I'm going down'  from the following :
The Matador Store
iTunes
Amazon
Kurt’s Store
Google Play

Kurt Vile online :

WEBSITE - http://kurtvile.com/
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/kurtvileofphilly
TWITTER - https://twitter.com/therealkurtvile
INSTAGRAM - https://instagram.com/kurtvile/
TUMBLR (NEW) - http://therealkurtvile.tumblr.com/

BBC 6 Music Festival announcement: SAVAGES & KURT VILE

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b'lieve i'm goin down to Bristol with someone you ADORE to see Savages and Kurt Vile on Valentine's weekend...

The 6 Music Festival will take place in various venues around Bristol from Friday 12 - Sunday 14 February.

Stage and dates below:

Savages: Friday 12th Feb @ Motion (Main room)
Kurt Vile: Sunday 14th Feb @ Motion (Room 2)

More details and info for tickets here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/eq6c8g

Savages are currently counting down the last few days until the release of their second album Adore Life, which is out this Friday 22nd January. It can be purchased online from the following (or ideally go to your nearest independent record store).

Matador Store- http://smarturl.it/savages_adorelife_lp
Amazon http://smarturl.it/savages_adorelife_a
iTunes http://smarturl.it/savages_adorelifei
Google Play http://smarturl.it/savages_adorelife_gp

Kurt Vile's b'lieve i'm goin down is out NOW.

The Matador Store
UK orders
iTunes
Amazon
Kurt’s Store
Google Play

Kurt Vile - La Blogothéque Session, New North American Dates



Kurt Vile's recent session for La Blogotheque's Take Away Shows (shot at Le Square Gardette - restaurant gastronomique / directed by Hugo Jouxtel) is available for viewing today (above).  In addition to previously announced dates in Europe, Australian and New Zealand, Kurt's next round of tour in support of 'b'lieve I'm going down'  kicks off February 17 in New Haven, CT.



(photo by Rachel Juarez-Carr)

Updated tour schedule (new U.S. dates in italics)

Wednesday, November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday, November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday, November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday, November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday, November 23 Madrid, Spain – Penelope *
Tuesday, November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *
Wednesday, December 2 - New York - Webster Hall 
Monday, December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday, January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival 
Sunday, January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park, Echo Music & Arts Festival
Wednesday, January 13 - Wellington, San Fran, New Zealand
Thursday, January 14 - Sherwood Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
Friday, January 15 - Dunedin, New Zealand, Chicks Hotel
Wednesday, February 17 - College Street, New Haven CT
Thursday, February 18 - Pearl Street, Northampton MA
Friday, February 19 - Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Saturday, February 20 - Corona Theatre, Montreal, QUE
Sunday, February 21 - The Haunt, Ithaca NY
Monday, February 22 - Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh PA
Wednesday, February 24 - Headliners, Louisville TN
Thursday, February 25 - Exit In, Nashville TN
Friday, February 26 - Orange Peel, Asheville NC
Saturday, February 27 - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta GA
Sunday, February 28 - Saturn, Birmingham AL
Monday, February 29 - Proud Larry's, Oxford MS
Wednesday, March 2 - Bijou Theatre, Knoxville TN
Thursday, March 3 - Cats Cradle, Carrboro NC
Friday, March 4 - Ottobar, Baltimore MD 
Tuesday, March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra
Wednesday, March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs
Thursday, March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse
Friday, March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church
Saturday, March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli
Sunday, March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje
Friday, May 20 - Sunday May 22 - Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores

* – with Lushes

order 'b'lieve I'm going down'  from the following :
The Matador Store
iTunes
Amazon
Kurt’s Store
Google Play

Kurt Vile online :

WEBSITE - http://kurtvile.com/
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/kurtvileofphilly
TWITTER - https://twitter.com/therealkurtvile
INSTAGRAM - https://instagram.com/kurtvile/
TUMBLR (NEW) - http://therealkurtvile.tumblr.com/

Kurt Vile - Spotify Session Available Now



Kurt Vile's exclusive session for Spotify is up today and features artwork designed by contest winner Travis Millard, the not-lucky-at-all-he-totally-earned-it victor of our contest that we're just about done telling you about. Follow Travis on Instagram at @theotherfudge . Or don't!  He deserves privacy, too, as do all of you (Matador's data-mining efforts aside). 

Brandi Reeves is the winner of the Kurt Vile Fall Spotify Playlist contest, but if you ask me, you're all winners.  

updated tour schedule : 

Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden - Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark - Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany - Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK - Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK - Electric Ballroom 
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK - Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR - Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK - ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK - Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK - The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH - Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain - Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal - Armazem F *
Monday, December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday, January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival 
Sunday, January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival



Wednesday, January 13 - Wellington, San Fran, New Zealand 
Thursday, January 14 - Sherwood Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand 
Friday, January 15 - Dunedin, New Zealand, Chicks Hotel 
Tuesday March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra #
Wednesday March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs #
Thursday March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse #
Friday March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church #
Saturday March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli #
Sunday March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje #

* – with Lushes
# – with Imarhan

order 'b'lieve i'm goin down' from the following : 

The Matador Store
UK orders
iTunes
Amazon
Kurt’s Store
Google Play

WEBSITE - http://kurtvile.com/
FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/kurtvileofphilly
TWITTER - https://twitter.com/therealkurtvile
INSTAGRAM - https://instagram.com/kurtvile/
TUMBLR (NEW) - http://therealkurtvile.tumblr.com/

KURT VILE 2016 EU TOUR DATES


Photo courtesy of Pitchfork Festival Paris

Kurt Vile returns overseas in 2016 with some more European tour dates! See below. Tuesday March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra Wednesday March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs Thursday March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse Friday March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church Saturday March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Sunday March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje And also a huge thank you to everyone who submitted art work for the Kurt Vile Spotify Art Contest last month. There were so many incredible submissions. These below are dubbed honorable mention. The winning work will be announced on Friday.

Sasha Taran

Jason Green

Tomke Berning

Andreas Geier

 

Kurt Vile is currently touring across Europe. All upcoming dates below. b'lieve i'm goin down... is out now.

Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet * Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio * Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof * Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 * Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 * Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom* Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion * Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street * Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 * Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus * Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz * Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol * Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne * Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo * Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain – Penelope * Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F * Monday December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay Friday January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia - Southbound Festival Sunday January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival Tuesday March 8 Paris, France - Alhambra # Wednesday March 9 Ghent, Belgium - Handelsbeurs # Thursday March 10 London, UK - Roundhouse # Friday March 11 Brighton, UK - All Saint’s Church # Saturday March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli # Sunday March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje # * – with Lushes # – with Imarhan   Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr

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