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 AND THE VIOLATORS TO PLAY SPECIAL HOMETOWN SHOW FOR CHARITY JUNE 20TH



Kurt & The Violators will be playing a very special benefit show in Philadelphia next Friday, June 20th in conjunction with R5 Productions at Union Transfer to raise money for the rehabilitation of Ralph Brooks Park in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia. ALL proceeds from the show will be donated to the project. The goal is to completely revitalize the park with a new basketball court, playground and more.

Tickets: http://www.utphilly.com/event/584159-kurt-vile-violators-philadelphia/

More info: http://www.r5productions.com/2014/06/10/charity-things-punk-rock-flea-raises-10000-kurt-vile-benefit/

 

GOVERNORS BALL AND MORE THIS WEEKEND IN NYC: INTERPOL, FUCKED UP, KURT VILE, MAJICAL CLOUDZ AND TANLINES





Lots going on this weekend and it all kicks off TONIGHT with Kurt Vile and The Violators warming up Governors Ball with the Official Kickoff Party at Brooklyn Bowl. Advance tickets are sold out but there are a limited number of tickets being held at the door starting at... 6pm. That's in a little more than an hour, get movin'.

Below is a schedule for the rest of the weekend. See you out there.

FRIDAY June 6th


Governors Ball: Kurt Vile and The Violators on Big Apple Stage at 2:15pm

Record Release Show for 'Glass Boys' : Fucked Up at Bowery Ballroom at 9:00pm SOLD OUT

Pitchfork Nightcap & Governors Ball Presents: Majical Cloudz - The Studio at Webster Hall starting at 10:00pm. Tickets here.

SATURDAY June 7th


Governors Ball: Tanlines (True Panther) on Big Apple Stage at 2:15pm

SUNDAY June 8th


Governors Ball: Interpol on Big Apple Stage at 8:00pm (have you heard the news about 'El Pintor' yet?)

 

Kurt Vile on "The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast"



OK, though we're not sure what's up with the horrible advertisement above, here's the latest episode of The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast featuring B.E.E.'s extended conversation with the one and only Kurt Vile. Nils tells us this is great stuff, and who knows, maybe the Jelloman can be lined up as a future guest?

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:

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

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

 

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Tour Dates

  • August 2014
  • Sun - 24 Madrid Joy
  • Mon - 25 Barcelona Apolo