- “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
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.
As previously touted in this space, on November 19, we're releasing a new, 7-song 12" EP from Kurt Vile, 'It's A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared)' (preorder here) ; all 7 tracks will comprise the bonus disc on the 2XCD, 'Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze)', also in stores November 19 (preorder here). Here's an MP3 from from the new EP, "Feel My Pain" "Feel My Pain" - MP3 Kurt writes :This track was recorded during the first cluster of sessions at Dreamland Studios, May 2012. (same sessions that conjured up most of album opener "wakin on a pretty day" I should add!) "Feel My Pain" is a particularly meticulous guitar composition that i remember playing over and over back when writing it and then even more so when i had finished it, sort-of possessed. We added a lot to this later only to strip it back again favoring the raw to the chamber-pop this go 'round. Spectral arrangement and a mellow-ominous delivery (if such a thing is possible)... KV- gtrs/vox RL- bass engineered by John Agnello mixed by Rob Laakso produced by KV & RL(photo by Shawn Brackbill) Kurt Vile & The Violators are at New York's Terminal Five this Friday night, October 25, with support from Lee Ranaldo & The Dust and Beach Fossils. Beach Fossils open the rest of the tour - dates after the jump ; we'll have 100 copies of the 'It's A Big World Out There' 12" EP on translucent red vinyl at the Terminal 5 show and another 100 on red at the Union Transfer show (Philadelphia) Saturday night. Thursday, October 24 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston # tickets Friday, October 25 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 ! % tickets Saturday, October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer ! # tickets Sunday, October 27 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar ! # tickets Monday, October 28 - Charlotte, NC - Chop Shop ! # tickets Tuesday, October 29 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt ! # tickets Wednesday, October 30 -- Charleston, SC -- The Pour House # tickets Thursday, October 31 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ! # tickets Friday, November 01 -- Miami, FL - Grand Central ! # tickets Saturday, November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Social ! # tickets Sunday, November 3 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder ! # tickets Monday, November 4 - Mobile, AL - Alabama Music Box ! # tickets Tuesday, November 5 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s ! # tickets Wednesday, November 6 – Houston, TX – Walter’s ! # ^ tickets Thursday, November 7 - Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fest Nites at The Mohawk (9:45pm) Friday, November 8 - Austin, TX -- Fun Fun Fun Fest (Orange Stage; 5:20PM) Monday, November 11 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s ! tickets Tuesday, November 12 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia ! tickets ! Beach Fossils support % Lee Ranaldo and The Dust support # VBA support ^ Merchandise support *with Roger Sellers, The Tontons