- “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
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 Friday March 14 - 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
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).
Kurt VIle - 'It's A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)' EP and 'Waking On A Pretty Daze (Deluxe Haze)' 2XCD Out Today
(photo by Johnny Payne) OK, brace yourselves for a succession of Matablog posts this morning, either heralding titles out today, out a week from Friday or out the Tuesday following. We probably should've spaced this out a little more carefully, but we realize we're competing with new video game consoles, Furbys, Cabbage Patch Graven-Idols and the like this Holiday season so there's NO TIME FOR SUBTLETY. The new Kurt Vile & The Violators 12" EP, 'It's A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)' is out today, and the entire EP is available as a bonus CD inside the just released 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze (Deluxe Haze)' double CD(shown above). Kurt, who appears on tonight's episode of "The Best Show On WFMU", graciously provided us with the following liner notes : delayed ep liner notes for the digi-generation: Never Run Away (string synth): this version was the original first single which appeared prior to official album release (only before available in the music vid) all the tracks are different than the LP version save the drums and acoustic (vocals, electric guitar, synth = all new) when the album came out a lot of people were askin where the synth version went, so... for the fans! NRA Reprises: zoned out arp synth/sequencer experiments. felt good goin down, feels great comin back. like space pop to my ears. oh yeah, and the chords are the chorus to "never run away" that was no accident... kv: arp odyssey synth. rob laakso: killer analog sequencer programming. vince nudo: perfect pounding drums. Feel My Pain: one of my favorite dark folk tunes from aways back, recorded early on in the "wakin" sessions. we tried adding a lot of stuff to this but ended up leaving it raw because it felt the realest to me stripped down and pure. Snowflakes Extended: this is the full version of "snowflakes are dancing" with all the lyrics. we faded the song out after the third verse on the LP just for the purpose of flow (one too many long songs) but i'm proud of all the lyrics -one line of which contains the ep's title- so i just had to bring it back... Wedding Budz: original blueprint of the song "air bud" recorded by violator rob laakso in an all night duo session with kv. it's all about the about the guitars and bass (drum machine and synth not too shabby neither) crank in headphones and you'll see what we mean B-) The Ghost of Freddie Roach: lost epic solo kv session with john agnello in philly john brought the drum machine and played the percussion. kv did the rest: vox, some keys, guitars (and epic slide guitar!) "Feel My Pain" - MP3
"Lonestar Statesman" - photo by Aaron Sainz How does a fellow follow being named one of GQ Magazine's Men Of The Year? I don't know how Daniel Craig, Tom Brady or Justin Timberlake might answer that question, but if you're KURT VILE the answer is so blatantly obvious I can't believe you didn't see it coming from the goddamn headline above. Next Tuesday night, November 19 at 9pm eastern, Kurt will be be a guest on WFMU's "The Best Show On WFMU", as host Tom Scharpling enters his final month of
toiling for freeweekly programs for the station. It's hardly Kurt's first appearance on "The Best Show", but given the respective trajectories of their careers ---- Kurt entering an orbit only occupied by the entertainment world's biggest stars, Tom preparing for a transition his handlers say might make him "the next Pat O'Brien" --- this could be the final time these two icons are in the same room. Or maybe they do something similar in a few months. Either way, you won't want to miss it.