Kurt Vile

Full Discography

LPs
  • 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
Singles & EPs
  • “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

Biography

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 Vile & The Violators at Jabberwocky Festival



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:

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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

Kurt Vile adds Euro summer shows



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

 

Matador Artists Celebrate To Austin's Traffic Jams, Poor Cell Reception



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

Kurt Vile, solo in Europe



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

Cleaning up at The Fly awards



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,  demanded encouraged 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).

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Tour Dates

  • May 2014
  • Fri - 23 KIngston BSP Kingston
  • Sat - 24 Northampton Pearl Street Nightclub
  • Sun - 25 Boston Boston Calling Festival
  • Mon - 26 Montreal Corona Theatre
  • Wed - 28 Toronto The Phoenix
  • Fri - 30 Nelsonville Nelsonville Music Festival
  • Sat - 31 York Capitol Theatre
  • June 2014
  • Mon - 2 New Haven Toads Place
  • Fri - 6 New York Governor’s Ball
  • Sat - 7 New York Governors Ball
  • Sun - 8 New York Governors Ball
  • July 2014
  • Fri - 4 Seattle/George Sasquatch Music Festival
  • Thu - 10 Keflavik ATP Iceland
  • Fri - 25 Philadelphia Mann Center for The Arts
  • August 2014
  • Thu - 14 StMalo La Route Du Rock
  • Sat - 16 London Jebberwocky
  • Sun - 17 Glanusk Green man Festival
  • Wed - 20 Zurich Rote Fabrik
  • Fri - 22 Bilbao Kafe Antzokia
  • Sun - 24 Madrid Joy
  • Mon - 25 Barcelona Apolo