Kurt Vile... new on Gulcher.

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Nice to see Gulcher putting out some more new stuff, after the Home Blitz CD. Supposedly this is excellent, and he's playing London soon too. Good lad.

gnarly sceptre, Monday, 23 June 2008 16:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, he rules...haven't heard the Gulcher CD but I plan to

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 23 June 2008 20:00 (fourteen years ago) link

liking this

sleep, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 21:42 (fourteen years ago) link

he is a nice young man, such a nice boy

dell, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:12 (fourteen years ago) link

space forklift

kamerad, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:14 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...


The London shows next week are with War On Drugs, which he's apparently a member of. What's the deal with them dudes? Haven't heard 'em. Lookslike they've got an ep on Secretly Canadian, which makes me think 'literate indie'. Hopefully not.

gnarly sceptre, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 15:00 (thirteen years ago) link

six months pass...

Still no Gulcher thread to speak of.

Who's this Meercaz dude?? Not a reissue, despite the look of it.

masonna ringtones (gnarly sceptre), Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:54 (thirteen years ago) link

There's a review and a song on dusted
sounds pretty good

Trip Maker, Friday, 27 February 2009 15:35 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Really love the "God Is Saying This To You" LP. Really, really loving it. The new one on Woodsist is good too, but not as cosmic-epic at first few listens.

What else is worthwhile that I can find on the LP format?

ian, Sunday, 12 April 2009 18:49 (thirteen years ago) link

So, how is the Hunchback EP? Is it... not as good as I want it to be?

ian, Monday, 13 April 2009 02:00 (thirteen years ago) link

some info here


sleeve, Monday, 13 April 2009 02:12 (thirteen years ago) link

thanks for the link, sleeve.

funny triple-dose of reviews there. can't say i feel too enticed to check out the hunchback ep, based on the review as well as opinions of a few friends.

ian, Monday, 13 April 2009 03:18 (thirteen years ago) link

three months pass...

This guy is great. At first I wasn't sold but the man and his work definitely fall under the "grower" category. At least, to me. Excited about his Matador debut.

SourPatchCorpse, Saturday, 18 July 2009 18:56 (twelve years ago) link

A washingtonpost.com writer who is always touting various indie dudes keeps hyping this guy. Let me what I can find on youtube

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 July 2009 19:16 (twelve years ago) link

best record is def "god is saying this to you."

also, he appears playing trumpet and acoustic guitar on the new blues control album.

ian, Saturday, 18 July 2009 19:18 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

I've been listening to this guy a lot over the last week or two. He's a little uneven, I think, but songs like "My Sympathy" and "My Best Friends (Don't Even Pass This), which are both on God is Saying This to You, more than make up for any shortcomings.

A new LP coming out soon, Childish Prodigy, has leaked on whatwhatinthebutt.cd for those who may be interested. I haven't listened yet but regardless I'll definitely have him in mind as one of my favorite new artists of 2009. His other (more popular? I honestly don't know) band, The War On Drugs, is decent too. He plays guitar in that band, but you wouldn't necessarily connect the dots unless someone told you. The War On Drugs is kind of dominated by the singer's voice, which is a bit like a more tuneful Dylan. The lyrics are kind of hit or miss, but there are moments ("There is no Urgency") where they hit a kind of stride.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:08 (twelve years ago) link

heh, the influences Vile lists on his myspace page unsurprisingly do a better job of describing his sound than I could ever do:

room to live, love to burn, street hassle, street legal, beat street, bully of the bayou, heartland feeling, yellow schwinn stingray, roots train number 1 (extended mix), cocaine in my brain, juicy juicy juice, strawberry wine, violent students, richie records, ag tonez, tusk, ccr, neil young, crazyhorse, suicide, the dead c, charlie patton, bertha lee, blind lemon jefferson, mississippi john hurt, blind willie johnson, furry lewis, fred mcdowell, harry smith anthology, american primitives, etc, robert johnson, lightnin hopkins, john fahey, doc watson, hank williams, townse van zandt, bob dylan, bobby neuwirth, eat the document, the vu, lou, the stooges, iggy, the ramones, the stones, the kinks, cluster, morton subotnick, isoa tomita, the fall, kurt's garage, blue kangaroo and the rest of wattle & daub.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:11 (twelve years ago) link

i really liked that war on drugs record. pretty curious about this one.

call all destroyer, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:16 (twelve years ago) link

my sympathy is a great song

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

Constant Hitmaker is still my favorite.

Trip Maker, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:18 (twelve years ago) link

saw two shows where this dude opened last week and missed him at both

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:19 (twelve years ago) link

I haven't listened to it yet. But yeah, actually I have you to thank for getting me to listen to him recently, I saw one of his songs on your KOPN playlist and was reminded that a friend of mine had recommended that I check him out.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

xpost to trip maker

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:20 (twelve years ago) link

You should listen to that birthday show on the holy victrola blog, bro!
I turned 30 the minute it ended.

Trip Maker, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:22 (twelve years ago) link

will listen. Happy b-day too :)

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:34 (twelve years ago) link

The "I've never been so insulted in my whole lieeefe! SHIT!" part on "Freak Train" kills me.

That song's a tranced-out grower for sure, and I'd love to see it done live (the YouTube clips of it played out look great); the two riffier tracks on Childish Prodigy seem a bit weak/clunky/standard rock-by-numbers to me, though ("Hunchback", "Monkey"), but then again I didn't like the Hunchback EP that much. Some of the new tunes are streaming on a blog here: http://pastaprima.net/?p=3967

Constant Hitmaker still rules the roost for me, and The War On Drugs record's a total classic. These guys (Vile, Granduciel) sure know how to sprinkle on the digital FX.

Craig D., Friday, 11 September 2009 18:05 (twelve years ago) link

best record is def "god is saying this to you."

yeah that's my fave too, the cleaner production on Constant Hitmaker took a little bit away from it imo

the preview mp3 of the new Matador album sounds good

dmr, Friday, 11 September 2009 18:57 (twelve years ago) link

I liked the hunchback ep!

but what do I know

鬼の手 (Edward III), Friday, 11 September 2009 19:03 (twelve years ago) link

I'm looking forward to his new LP just so I can actually PURCHASE the damn thing! I'm trying to track down God is Saying and Constant Hitmaker on vinyl, but everything is like "limited to 30 LPs/must guess secret code/must have last name starting with T, W or K/must go to secret show in basement that was only disclosed to people who went to other secret show in basement that had last names starting with L and Y and guessed secret code", etc

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

Z_S we have God Is Saying... in stock at the moment at the price of $18 (second pressing) if u are interested email me dr.carl.sagan at gmail dot com

not sure abt constant hitmaker but i can check on that too

ian, Saturday, 12 September 2009 17:37 (twelve years ago) link

thanks for the head's up ian, I'm giving it some thought.

I hate to revive this thread and then speak disapprovingly of the forthcoming album, but I must. Childish Prodigy has its bright spots, but it seems to bury everything that I like about Vile under a pile of heavier "band" songs. From what I've heard on this, and the Hunchback EP, the influence of the Violators is not entirely a positive one. It's like he's sort of trying to pull a Neil Young guitar epic off, but the Violators aren't Crazy Horse. It kinda sucks that it's on Matador and so it will serve as a lot of people's first impression.

Still really digging Constant Hitmaker and God is Saying this to you, though.

O(Suggest/Ban)BAMA (Z S), Monday, 14 September 2009 01:22 (twelve years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just downloaded pretty much everything, and he's coming to Minneapolis. Can't decide how I feel about the new one, but there's definitely some undeniable beauty in here...

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 22:14 (twelve years ago) link

i love childish prodigy

kushighway (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 10 October 2009 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

freak train is some real http://i36.tinypic.com/do554x.jpg shit

i don't think he'll ever do anything as good as "taking the farm" or "arms like boulders" but this one smashes the war on drugs album

need to hear constant hitmaker

kushighway (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 10 October 2009 18:57 (twelve years ago) link

Constant Hitmaker's pretty great, and a few of the songs on God is Saying are still my very favorites. I am trying to warm up the new one, but tbh I'm not really feelin' it.

The World's Biggest Christ (Z S), Saturday, 10 October 2009 20:28 (twelve years ago) link

huh i really like the new one a lot. it gets a little samey near the end but the first half is pretty solid. maybe i'm weird but i like the strong songs on childish prodigy more than the formlessness of the earlier albums.

congratulations (n/a), Saturday, 10 October 2009 20:30 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

"overnite religion" and "my best friends" are so so fucking good

kamerad, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 01:29 (twelve years ago) link

four months pass...


☀ ☃ (am0n), Friday, 2 April 2010 17:04 (twelve years ago) link

re: Record Store Day
Mexican Summer is re-releasing "God is Saying.." as a one-time-only vinyl/cassette combo.

van smack, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:16 (twelve years ago) link


van smack, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:17 (twelve years ago) link

really ended up in love with childish prodigy. have totally overplayed the heck out of heart attack in particular

aarrissi-a-roni, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:26 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

man this new EP is good... title is Square Shells and the 7+ minute jam is sounding so fine right now, almost like Spacemen 3 but with more of a ticking motorik beat.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Saturday, 22 May 2010 20:13 (twelve years ago) link

agreed... this is wonderful...

Worth waiting for the fannypunch at 4.02 (stevie), Saturday, 22 May 2010 20:27 (twelve years ago) link

Thanks for the heads up! I've been looking forward to some new Kurt Vile.

ImprovSpirit, Sunday, 23 May 2010 03:15 (twelve years ago) link

Snagged it! Top-notch sounds from Kurt.

ImprovSpirit, Monday, 24 May 2010 01:45 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, formless music in general can irritate me to no end, but I find his stuff mesmerizing. Really loved Childish Prodigy.

musicfanatic, Monday, 24 May 2010 02:24 (twelve years ago) link

He reminds me a bit of what might've happened if someone had given Jeffrey Lee Pierce a cheesy/cool drum machine & said 'go at it.'

ImprovSpirit, Monday, 24 May 2010 19:36 (twelve years ago) link

getting harder and harder to ignore this guy

(e_3) (Edward III), Monday, 24 May 2010 20:08 (twelve years ago) link


( `ハ´)☞  ☜(´∀`☜) (am0n), Monday, 24 May 2010 20:13 (twelve years ago) link

I think he's rolling through town in two weeks. I'm gonna try hit it up.

van smack, Monday, 24 May 2010 20:19 (twelve years ago) link

One Trick Ponies rips.

triggercut, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:59 (three years ago) link

New album today

calstars, Friday, 12 October 2018 12:34 (three years ago) link

had felt like poster above when it comes to singles so far, but this album is great, especially after the first few tracks. love the mild production variety!

sean gramophone, Friday, 12 October 2018 13:48 (three years ago) link

the sum of the album is better than the individual tracks, yes. But my god, 80 minutes is a lot.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 12 October 2018 16:59 (three years ago) link

i guess maybe i am starting to wonder exactly how many Kurt Vile songs i need in my life

― alpine static, Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:08 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah def...i like him still but i miss the weirdness that creeped around the edges back in the square shells etc era

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:04 (three years ago) link

80 minutes is a lot.

this, too. or maybe instead of what i posted before. or maybe both.

alpine static, Friday, 12 October 2018 17:45 (three years ago) link

“Hysteria” is great!

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 03:34 (three years ago) link

Could have used Stella on the title track tho

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:13 (three years ago) link

Well shit I guess it is her on the title

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:18 (three years ago) link

he wrote one near-perfect song in Wakin On A Pretty Day but everything else has felt like rehashes of it or just doesn't come close

ufo, Sunday, 14 October 2018 05:15 (three years ago) link

"runner ups" is his near-perfect song. he has several! but it's true that many of them seem to have ended up with rehashes at some point down the line -- tho they can still be pleasant

still need to listen to the new one

dyl, Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:37 (three years ago) link

smoke rings is still his best album. his approach on that one was a bit more motorik, not as much of the rambling Neil Young-isms that define his most recent work, a lot of tight finger-picking in interesting tunings. baby's arms and runner-ups are my favorite tracks of his.

voodoo chili, Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:44 (three years ago) link

To me it sounds like he’s trying too hard on Smoke Ring. It sounds so busy all the time. Stuff since then has been more relaxed, dare I saw meditative

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 21:28 (three years ago) link

I liked the new one as I listened to it but now I don't feel super compelled to go back to it. Wouldn't turn it off if it came on, but don't think I'd actively seek it out either.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:18 (three years ago) link

that pretty much sums up Kurt Vile in general

alpine static, Monday, 15 October 2018 00:13 (three years ago) link

he peaked when he was kurt vile... new on Gulcher

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Monday, 15 October 2018 02:04 (three years ago) link

This is a good record man!

calstars, Saturday, 20 October 2018 23:43 (three years ago) link

I can totally picture post-Benji Kozelek taking guest verses on Bassackwards.

Other than that, the new album feels like it's a thousand hours long (I haven't been able to hear it in full so far), and yes Runner-Ups and Baby's Arms are some of his best tunes on what happens to be his best album.

Dinsdale, Sunday, 21 October 2018 21:17 (three years ago) link

this album must be terrible because the album cover art has like fake "ring wear" as the actual cover. why do people do this?

budo jeru, Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:00 (three years ago) link

ufo otm.

WOAPD the album is all the kurt i imagine i'll ever need.

budo jeru, Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:01 (three years ago) link

the new album i mean xp

budo jeru, Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:03 (three years ago) link

i've been kinda looking at his output post smoke-rings along the lines of yo la tengo when they released "and then nothing..." and "summer sun" but instead all they ever did were to keep releasing records in those veins and say not put out a "pass the hatchet, i think i'm goodkind."

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 22 October 2018 02:11 (three years ago) link

this album must be terrible because the album cover art has like fake "ring wear" as the actual cover
haha yeah I wtfd at this too

niels, Monday, 22 October 2018 06:15 (three years ago) link

When free online photoshop tutorials go wrong

Karl Malone, Monday, 22 October 2018 06:19 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

give 'em a glass of wooder
give 'em a cherry pie

dripping in fennesz (sanskrit), Thursday, 27 December 2018 01:50 (three years ago) link

Bonded with my wife's college-age cousin on Christmas Eve over KV. (Unsurprisingly, he's also into Mac DeMarco.)

jaymc, Thursday, 27 December 2018 06:30 (three years ago) link

one year passes...
three months pass...

Really loving his song with John Prine, a take on "How Lucky", very sweet and heartbreaking in retrospect. The rest of the EP is okay, but "Dandelions" is such an on the nose, meandering song that it borders on Vile self-parody.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 19 January 2021 23:15 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

New song is very much what I needed

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 21:42 (four months ago) link

Happy to see Stella return too

calstars, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 22:09 (four months ago) link

a new song called “Exploding Like Stones,” which features Sun Ra Arkestra’s James Stewart. Watch it below, and find Vile’s upcoming tour dates, too.

The new album includes a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wages of Sin.”

Oh yes.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 15 February 2022 22:19 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

I really enjoy the new singles but nothing will best freeway

calstars, Saturday, 26 March 2022 23:57 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

I couldn’t get more than halfway through the new one. It was fine, but it just occurred to me that I do not need 75 more minutes of Vile. I just don’t hear a ton of growth. In fact, even some of the older stuff I once really liked has lost its luster for me.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 16 April 2022 04:56 (two months ago) link

“Pretty Pimpin” is his only listenable song IMO

papal hotwife (milo z), Saturday, 16 April 2022 05:05 (two months ago) link

wakin on a pretty day is good

album w courtney barnett is tops

corrs unplugged, Saturday, 16 April 2022 10:11 (two months ago) link

listening to the new album now, sounds great to my ears, very on point, he is what he is

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 08:49 (two months ago) link

i guess maybe i am starting to wonder exactly how many Kurt Vile songs i need in my life

― alpine static, Thursday, October 11, 2018 2:08 PM (three years ago)

alpine static, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 09:05 (two months ago) link

hehe well yes

corrs unplugged, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 12:43 (two months ago) link

I saw him a few years ago at a festival in Cancún. By far the dullest act of the entire four-day festival.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 19:25 (two months ago) link

Alpine Static OTM in both 2018 and 2022

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 19:35 (two months ago) link

'smoke rings' is still the best thing he's done by leaps and bounds, but i'm glad he's still out there doing his thing (and for a major label now!)

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 19:37 (two months ago) link


When I’m realizing is that he’s kinda like Spiritualized for me - gimme the best song from each album and I’ll put together a single killer playlist that provides what I need from this act

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 26 April 2022 19:38 (two months ago) link

the ep where he’s asleep on the front cover is really sweet, can’t remember the name. think the songs were all from the smoke ring sessions?

brimstead, Tuesday, 26 April 2022 21:03 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Finally getting around to the album. I really like it tho it’s not surprising. Completely in character , kind of lazy and mellow but has some nice moments. The track “fo sho” is exactly what you’d expect

calstars, Saturday, 18 June 2022 12:24 (two weeks ago) link

albums vmic

albums where I'll have what they're having

albums i wish i was in the mood for more often

bless im

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 18 June 2022 13:35 (two weeks ago) link

any whiff of him or Courtney Barnett briefly sends me back to their collab album. i think it's the best thing either has done

maf you one two (maffew12), Saturday, 18 June 2022 13:37 (two weeks ago) link

“Even if I’m wrong I’m gonna sing until the ass crack of dawn and it’s probably gonna be another long song”

calstars, Friday, 24 June 2022 12:43 (one week ago) link

Kurt Vile was on this week's Hollywood Handbook although I'm not sure he enjoyed it too much.

cajunsunday, Friday, 24 June 2022 16:58 (one week ago) link

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