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 - New Dates In January & February

 

(thanking Doug Pederson in advance for not suspending Connor Barwin)

In addition to previously confirmed year-end shows in Dallas, Austin, Boston, NYC and Philadelphia, Kurt Vile and The Violators have announced the following January and February dates, with tickets on sale today (with the exception of Tampa)

Thursday, January 26 - Jefferson Theatre, Charlottesville VA*
Friday, January 27 - Haw River Ballrooom, Saxaphaw NC*
Saturday, January 28 - 40 Watt, Athens GA*
Sunday, January 29 - Music Farm, Charleston SC*
Monday, January 30 - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra FL*
Tuesday, January 31 - The Social, Orlando FL*
Wednesday, February 1 - The Ritz Ybor, Tampa FL* (on sale Monday) 

Saturday, February 4 - El Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, DF

* - with Luke Roberts 

Kurt Vile poster

BUY or stream b'lieve i'm goin down...
Kurt Vile Online

KURT VILE (SOLO) AUSTRALIAN TOUR - EARLY 2017

KVsoloAustraliaThere are tickets still available for Kurt's forthcoming solo tour of many corners of Australia. Links for all dates can be found below.

Tuesday, February 28 - Perth Festival, Perth AU
Friday, March 3 - Taronga Zoo, Sydney AU*
Saturday, March 4 - Zoo Twilights, Melbourne AU&
Thursday, March 9 - QPAC, Brisbane AU*
Saturday, March 11, Golden Plains, Victoria AU
Sunday, March 12, Panama Festival, Tasmania AU
*with Mick Turner
     

KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS TO CAP OFF 2016 WITH SHOWS IN NYC, BOSTON AND PHILLY

KV poster 2(poster design by Perry Shall)

This is a casual reminder that Kurt Vile, accompanied by The Violators will be making a quick run of shows in New York, Boston and Philly at the tail end of December. Woods and Nathan Bowles will be joining them for all three shows.

Ticket links below:
Wednesday, December 28 - Terminal 5, New York NY
Thursday, December 29 - Royale, Boston MA
Friday, December 30 - The Sinclair, Boston MA
Saturday, December 31 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia PA
BUY b'lieve i'm goin down...

Kurt Vile's 'Squidbillies' Theme Premiere + Summer Touring Commences

KV tourin copy

(photo credit: Rob Laakso)

Kurt has covered the Squidbillies theme song, an honor bestowed also to Father John Misty and Sharon Van Etten, among others. Listen to the theme below as well as take a look at a behind the scenes video.




Thursday, July 14 – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon, Portugal
Saturday, July 16 – Latitude Festival, Southwold, UK
Friday, July 22 – XPoNential Music Festival, Camden, NJ
Saturday, July 23 – Wayhome Music & Arts Festival, Toronto, ONT
Sunday, July 24 – Panorama Festival, New York NY
Monday, July 25 – The NorVA, Norfolk VA
Wednesday, July 27 – Deluxe @ Old National Theatre, Indianapolis IN
Thursday, July 28 – Lollapalooza, Chicago IL
July 29-31 – Osheaga Festival, Montreal, QC, Canda
Saturday, August 6 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ
Sunday, August 7 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
Tuesday, August 9 – House of Blues, San Diego CA
Wednesday, August 10 – Strummers, Fresno CA
Thursday, August 11 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz CA
Friday, August 12 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA
Saturday, August 13 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA
Monday, August 15 – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas NV
Tuesday, August 16 – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
Wednesday, August 17 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO ^
Friday, August 19 – Breese Stevens Field, Madison WI
Saturday, August 20 – Historic Halls Island, Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, August 21 – Codfish Hollow Barn, Maquoketa IA
Tuesday, August 23 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO
Wednesday, August 24 – Manchester Music Hall, Lexington KY
Thursday, August 25 – Live On The Green Music Festival, Nashville TN
Friday, August 26 – Madison Theatre, Covington KY
Saturday, August 27 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster PA
Thursday, October 6 – Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
Tuesday, October 11 – Shinjuku Liquid Room, Tokyo, Japan
Wednesday, October 12 – Club Quattro, Umeda, Japan
Supporting Alabama Shakes  8/12-13 You're Jovian supporting 7/25 With Sufjan Stevens 8/7 Pal Jenkins supporting 8/9 Heron Oblivion supporting 8/11 Supporting Ryan Adams 8/17 Supporting Wilco 8/19-20 The Sadies supporting 8/23-27 2/4-8 w/ My Morning Jacket, Gary Clark Jr., The Head and the Heart, Deer Tick

Kurt Vile - In Conversation & Performing on "CBS This Morning"



If you're Kurt Vile, how do you properly follow a thrilling appearance on The Best Show?  There's no precise way to answer that question, but you would not be incorrect if you said, "by joining the Violators for a couple of songs on 'CBS This Morning'.  Video footage courtesy CBS. 

 



Purchase or bask in b'lieve i'm goin down...:

Friday, June 24 – Manchester Gorilla, Manchester, UK Saturday, June 25 – Glastonbury Festival, Pilton, UK Tuesday,June 28 Paradiso Grote Zaal, Amsterdamn, Netherlands Thursday, June 30 – Columbia Theatre, Berlin, Germany Friday, July 1 – Open'er Festival, Gdynia, Poland Monday, July 4 – Piazza Castello, Ferrara, Italy Tuesday, July 5 – Mojotic Festival, Sestri Levante, Italy Friday, July 8 – Barclaycard British Summer Time, London, UK Saturday, July 9 – Les Ardentes, Liége, Belgium Tuesday, July 12 – Longlake Festival, Lugano, Switzerland Thursday, July 14 – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon, Portugal Saturday, July 16 – Latitude Festival, Southwold, UK July 22-24 Wayhome Music & Arts Festival, Toronto, ONT Sunday, July 24 – Panorama Festival, New York NY Monday, July 25 – The NorVA, Norfolk VA Wednesday, July 27 – Deluxe @ Old National Theatre, Indianapolis IN Thursday, July 28 – Lollapalooza, Chicago IL July 29-31 – Osheaga Festival, Montreal, QC, Canda Saturday, August 6 – Rialto Theatre, Tucson AZ Sunday, August 7 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA Tuesday, August 9 – House of Blues, San Diego CA Wednesday, August 10 – Strummers, Fresno CA Thursday, August 11 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz CA Friday, August 12 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA Saturday, August 13 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA Monday, August 15 – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas NV Tuesday, August 16 – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT Wednesday, August 17 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO ^ Friday, August 19 – Breese Stevens Field, Madison WI Saturday, August 20 - Historic Halls Island, Minneapolis, MN Sunday, August 21 – Codfish Hollow Barn, Maquoketa IA Tuesday, August 23 – The Pageant, St. Louis MO Wednesday, August 24 – Manchester Music Hall, Lexington KY Friday, August 26 – Madison Theatre, Covington KY Saturday, August 27 – Chameleon Club, Lancaster PA Tuesday, October 11 – Shinjuku Liquid Room, Tokyo, Japan Wednesday, October 12 – Club Quattro, Umeda, Japan
^ supporting Ryan Adams

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