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'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

Kurt Vile Announces More Summer Tour Dates



(photo credit: @sinister_boy)

DON'T WORRY EVERYONE. Kurt's hair is intact. It was just a little April foolery and trying to show off some budding Photoshop skills.

Earlier this morning there was another new batch of tour dates announced. They are listed below in BOLD. These tickets go on sale 1pm EST this Friday.
Tuesday, April 5 - Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI Wednesday, April 6 - The Accord, Champaign, IL Friday, April 8 - The Granada, Lawrence, KS Saturday, April 9 - The Waiting Room, Omaha , NE Sunday, April 10 - Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City, IA Monday, April 11 - The Blue Note, Columbia, MO Tuesday, April 12 - Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK Thursday, April 14 - House of Blues, Houston TX Friday, April 15 - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin  TX Saturday, April 16 – Granada Theater, Dallas TX Sunday, April 17 - Republic New Orleans, New Orleans Friday, May 20 – Sunday May 22 – Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores Saturday, May 28 - Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC & May 27-30 - Sasquatch Music Festival, George, WA
Saturday, May 28 – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC & June 9-11 - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester TN July 22-24 Wayhome Music & Arts Festival, Toronto, ONT
Monday, July 25 – The NorVA, Norfolk VA
Wednesday, July 27 – Deluxe @ Old National Theatre, Indianapolis IN
Thursday, July 28 – Lollapalooza, Chicago IL 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
Wednesday, August 17 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO ^
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
^ supporting Ryan Adams & supporting Alabama Shakes

"New Haircut, Still Pimpin" - Kurt Vile Covers GQ



We are incredibly proud to share the news that Kurt is on the cover of the new issue of GQ.

Full interview soon.

Kurt Vile Announces New Tour Dates (including Lollapalooza), Releases Clip of Cameo in HBO's Animals



In addition to the handful of new tour dates below in bold, there is more news from the Kurt Vile front, something more exotic. As you can judge from the clip above, you've never seen Kurt like this before. Make sure to tune in to see the full episode this Friday at 11:30pm EST on HBO.

TOUR DATES:
Thursday, March 31 - Asbury Hall , Buffalo, NY Friday, April 1 - Heights Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH Saturday, April 2 - Newport Music Hall, Columbus , OH Sunday, April 3 - The Bluebird, Bloomington, IN Tuesday, April 5 - Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI Wednesday, April 6 - The Accord, Champaign, IL Friday, April 8 - The Granada, Lawrence, KS Saturday, April 9 - The Waiting Room, Omaha , NE Sunday, April 10 - Mission Creek Festival, Iowa City, IA Monday, April 11 - The Blue Note, Columbia, MO Tuesday, April 12 - Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa OK Thursday, April 14 - House of Blues, Houston TX Friday, April 15 - Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre, Austin  TX Saturday, April 16 - Granada Theater, Dallas TX Sunday, April 17 - Republic New Orleans, New Orleans Friday, May 20 – Sunday May 22 – Hangout Music Festival, Gulf Shores Saturday, May 28 - Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC & May 27-30 - Sasquatch Music Festival, George, WA
Saturday, May 28 - Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park, Burnaby BC & June 9-11 - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester TN July 22-24 Wayhome Music & Arts Festival, Toronto, ONT
Monday, July 25 - The NorVA, Norfolk VA
Wednesday, July 27 - Deluxe @ Old National Theatre, Indianapolis IN
Thursday, July 28 - Lollapalooza, Chicago IL
Sunday, August 7 - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
Friday, August 12 - Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA
Wednesday, August 17 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO ^
Sunday, August 21 - Codfish Hollow Barn, Maquoketa IA

Purling Hiss (Solo) supporting 3/31-4/17 ^ supporting Ryan Adams & supporting Alabama Shakes

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