- “it's a big world out there (and i am scared)”
Release Date : November 19th 2013
- Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze)
Release Date : November 19th 2013
- Wakin On A Pretty Daze
Release Date : April 9th 2013
- Smoke Ring For My Halo
Release Date : March 8th 2011
- In My Time
Release Date : November 9th 2010
- Square Shells EP
Release Date : May 25th 2010
- Childish Prodigy
Release Date : October 6th 2009
- Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze) - OLE-998-DLX - 2013-11-19
- Wakin On A Pretty Daze - OLE-998 - 2013-04-09
- Smoke Ring For My Halo - OLE-938 - 2011-03-08
- Childish Prodigy - OLE-887 - 2009-10-06
- “it's a big world out there (and i am scared)” - OLE-1045 - 2013-11-19
- In My Time - OLE-949 - 2010-11-09
- Square Shells EP - OLE-936 - 2010-05-25
- He's Alright - OLE-895 - 2009-09-22
Kurt Vile has a way of tying time in knots. You can hear it on his new album Smoke Ring For My Halo from the get-go – the pinwheeling guitars and reaching atmospheres of ‘Baby’s Arms’ are as strange as they are familiar: a demonstration of how Kurt can put worn methods and sounds through himself and end up with something that isn’t emotionally or sonically obvious. Instead we’re left with a record that contains traces of the past but doesn’t waste precious time in the now being reverent.
Once compared to Leonard Cohen, Tom Petty, Psychic TV, and Animal Collective in the same review (for 2009’s Childish Prodigy), Kurt can bring to mind anything from Suicide to Leo Kottke to My Bloody Valentine, Bob Seger, Nick Drake, and Eastern ragas. Still, he pieces together these disparate elements so seamlessly and unpretentiously that such reference points are rendered pointless by the singularity of his sound. Kurt Vile might belong to a long lineage of classic American songwriters, but he’s the only one who’s alive and in his prime today.
This is the fourth time Kurt Vile has put an album’s worth of songs together and stuck a name on it, but in a sense Smoke Ring For My Halo is his first real album – every flinching guitar arpeggio and vocal wander was made to be here, made with this record in mind, to sit alongside another in situ and in sequence. It seems weird saying this given the amount of ground he’s covered already, but Smoke Ring For My Halo is the perfect way into the music Kurt Vile makes. It’s tender and evocative, elusive but companionable, tough in the gut and the arm but swollen in the chest and giddy in the head. It’s a record that is perfect for any given day during whatever season, to satisfy all moods in every possible scenario – be that first thing in the morning or last thing at night; today, tomorrow or five years from now.
In short, it’s real. Kurt Vile isn’t just the loneliest of ten siblings born to parents on the outskirts of Philadelphia, the former forklift truck driver who makes rock band guitar songs in the solitude of his bedroom. Smoke Ring For My Halo brings all of that together, marrying the introspection of the nocturnal stoner with the exploration of a troubadour frontiersman to arrive at a record you know is so much more than the sum of his and its constituent parts because often he sounds like he doesn’t know how he got there himself.
Produced by John Agnello with Kurt Vile and the Violators
The Violators are Mike Zanghi (drums), Adam Granduciel (guitar, mellotron, percussion), Jesse Trbovich (guitars)
News From The Matablog
Kurt and his Violators have just been announced for the first ever Jabberwocky Festival - taking place at London's Excel Centre on August 15 & 16. The new festival is a co-promotion by ATP, Pitchfork and Primavera and the lineup is looking pretty, pretty great. Kurt is in fine company on the bill alongside the previously announced DARKSIDE and Iceage as well as Matador family favourites, Thee Oh Sees. Get your tickets here and for more info take a look at: Facebook: www.facebook.com/atpfestival Twitter: www.twitter.com/atpfestival Instagram: @atpfestival Website: www.atpfestival.com Jabberwocky 2014 | August 15th & 16th | Excel Centre London | Presented by All Tomorrow’s Parties, Pitchfork & Primavera And here's a reminder of where else you can find Kurt over the Summer: March Monday 31 Dudingen, EN Bad Bonn April Tuesday 01 Athens, NS Gagarin 205 Thursday 03 Milan, AN Biko Club Friday 04 Rotterdam, AM Motel Mozaique Saturday 05 Hamburg, RG Hafenklang Sunday 06 Berlin, IN Hebbel Am Ufer 2 Monday 07 Dublin, IN Whelans Wednesday 09 Cork, RK The Pavillion Thursday 10 Paris, IS Cafe de la Danse Friday 11 Gent, NT Vooruit Saturday 12 London, ON St James Piccadilly Sunday 13 Brighton, ON All Saints Church Monday 14 Copenhagen, EN Bremen Theater Tuesday 15 Oslo, LO Rockefeller Wednesday 16 Istanbul, UL IKSV May Friday 23 Boston, MA Boston Calling Saturday 24 Boston, MA Boston Calling Festival Sunday 25 Boston, MA Boston Calling Festival Friday 30 Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Music Festival June Friday 06 New York , NY Governers ball Saturday 07 New York, NY Governors Ball Sunday 08 New York, NY Governors Ball July Friday 04 Seattle/George, WA Sasquatch Music Festival Thursday 10 Keflavik, IK ATP Iceland Friday 25 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for The Arts August Saturday 16 London, UK Jabberwocky Sunday 17 Powys, UK Greenman Festival Wednesday 20 Zürich, CH Rote Fabrik Friday 22 Bilbao, ES Kafe Antzokia Saturday 23 Paredes de Coura, PT Festival Paredes de Coura Sunday 24 Madrid, ES Joy Monday 25 Barcelona, ES Apollo
Filling in a few cities on his tour with The Violators this summer (who are missing out on the April solo tour), Kurt has added the below dates in bold to the already announced summer festival shows at ATP Iceland and Green Man Festival (UK): 10/07/14: ATP Festival, Reykjavík, Iceland - Tickets 17/08/14 : Greenman festival – Powys, UK - Tickets 20/08/14 : Rote Fabrik – Zurich, Switzerland - Tickets 22/08/14 : Kafe Antzokia – Bilbao, Spain - Tickets 24/08/14 : Joy – Madrid, Spain - Tickets 25/08/14 : Apolo – Barcelona, Spain - Tickets Catch Kurt solo at the following European dates: March 31st Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland* – Tickets April 1st Gagarin 205 – Athens, Greece * – Tickets 4th Motel Mozaique – Rotterdam, Netherlands - Tickets 5th Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany * (Tickets on sale 24/1) 6th Hebbel Am Ufer 2 (HAAU) – Berlin, Germany * (Tickets on sale 24/1) 7th Whelans – Dublin, Ireland * – Tickets 9th The Pavillion – Cork, Ireland *- Tickets 10th Cafe de la Danse – Paris, France * – Tickets 11th Vooruit – Gent, Belgium * – Tickets 12th St James Piccadilly – London, UK * - SOLD OUT 13th All Saint’s Church – Brighton, UK * – Tickets 14th Bremen Teater – Copenhagen, Denmark – Tickets 15th Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway – Tickets 16th IKSV – Istanbul, Turkey – Tickets *Pall Jenkins supports
The following is a (nearly) complete list of what our dear friends EMA, Fucked Up, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile and The Young are doing in Austin, TX this week (on stage, anyway). Please be advised that events marked "*" are considered official SXSW presentations and will likely require a badge, wristband or cover charge for entry (unless you are so incredibly good looking that such requirements are always waived on your behalf). I wish you a very pleasant week in my town of residence and thank you in advance for not parking in front of my fucking driveway. EMA Wednesday March 12 Flamingo Cantina, 5pm (Under The Radar) Thursday, March 13, Mohawk (inside) 4pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans) Friday March 14, Central Presbyterian Church, 7:20pm* (Pitchfork) Saturday March 15 Elysium, 11:30pm * (Switched On/Moog) Fucked Up Thursday March 13 - Mohawk, 2:15pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans) Thursday March 13 - Scoot Inn, 4pm (Converse/Thrasher) Thursday March 13 - French Legation, 6pm (Pitchfork) Friday March 14 - Empire Control Room, 5:15pm (Blundertown) Perfume Genius Thursday March 13 - St. David's Historic Society, 7:30pm* (Turnstile Music) Kurt Vile Wednesday March 12 - Cheer Up Charlie's, midnight* Thursday March 13 - Weather Up (1808 East Cesar Chavez), 2:30pm Thursday March 13 - Clive Bar, 8pm* Thursday March 13 - Red 7, 12:50am* The Young Saturday, March 15 - Yellow Jacket Social Club, 2:30pm Saturday March 15 - Museum Of Human Achievement (Third Man Records), 4:15pm
Despite airing his agoraphobic fears last year (with his EP "it's a big world out there (and i am scared)" - out now), Kurt Vile's taking on a large chunk of the world alone, as he ventures out for a headline solo tour of Europe this March/April, for a series of unique shows in a more intimate setting than usual. Support for most dates comes from Pall Jenkins of The Black Heart procession and tickets for shows are on sale now, unless noted. March 31st Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland* - Tickets April 1st Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece * - Tickets 4th Motel Mozaique – Rotterdam, Netherlands - Tickets 5th Hafenklang – Hamburg, Germany * (Tickets on sale 24/1) 6th Hebbel Am Ufer 2 (HAAU) – Berlin, Germany * (Tickets on sale 24/1) 7th Whelans – Dublin, Ireland * - Tickets 9th The Pavillion – Cork, Ireland *- Tickets 10th Cafe de la Danse – Paris, France * - Tickets 11th Vooruit – Gent, Belgium * - Tickets 12th St James Piccadilly – London, UK * - Tickets 13th All Saint’s Church – Brighton, UK * - Tickets 14th Bremen Teater – Copenhagen, Denmark - Tickets 15th Rockefeller – Oslo, Norway - Tickets 16th IKSV – Istanbul, Turkey - Tickets *Pall Jenkins supports Currently on tour in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore with The Violators, catch Kurt down under at the following shows: January 25th St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Singapore, Singapore 27th St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Auckland, NZ 31st St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Fortitude Valley, Australia February 1st St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Melbourne, Australia 2nd St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Sydney, Australia 5th Corner Hotel, Richmond, Australia 6th Corner Hotel, Richmond, Australia 7th St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Adelaide, Australia 8th St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Fremantle, Australia
Not content with The NME and Grammy nominations already circulating, The Fly magazine in London have their inaugural awards show taking place on February 6th, with Thurston Moore to receive their "Living Legend" award, with the following Matador acts also up for nomination. Voting is, of course,
demandedencouraged and can be done so here, with the chance to win tickets to the award show. Artist of the Year: Kurt Vile, Queens of the Stone Age, Savages Song of the Year: Kurt Vile 'Air Bud', Queens of the Stone Age 'My God Is The Sun', Savages 'She Will' Live act of the year: Queens of the Stone Age Label of the year: Matador (amongst others).