Happy ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’ release day to one and all. From last night’s broadcast of TBS’ “Conan”, here’s Kurt with performances of “Pretty Pimpin’” and “Wild Imagination” (the latter being an internet exclusive) :
Tune in to KCRW today for Kurt Vile & The Violators live on Morning Becomes Eclectic at 11:15am PDT / 2:15pm EDT. (89.9FM in Los Angeles, or listen and watch on KCRW.com)
order ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’ from the following :
Below are shots of what the triple LP edition of ‘b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…’. Aside from the packaging being equal parts elaborate/awesome, we’re gonna blow our own label trumpet (for a change) about the very high quality of the pressing, as manufacturing by the Czech Republic’s CZ Media. We’re painfully aware there’s been a number of (justifiable) complaints regarding quality control in a number of titles you’ve faithfully purchased of late, but we feel pretty confident you’re gonna be pleased with the results this time. And then there’s the musical contents (for which we bear no responsibility whatsoever and insist you send complaints directly to Kurt and/or Yelp).
As we’ve hopefully impressed upon you several times already, on September 25, we’re releasing Kurt Vile’s new album, ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’. The album’s second video, the animation-heavy, “Life Like This” can be seen above.
‘b’lieve i’m goin down..’is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version*, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…, features 6 bonus tracks. iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of “Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: “b’lieve i’m goin down” and “bad omens (no faders)”
(* – folks, we’ve taken some deserved heat for a number of quality control issues — some might say debacles, thanks for the bluntness — with some vinyl pressings in the last calendar year, but we’ve gone all the way to the Czech Republic to get this one right and feel really fucking great about the results)
‘b’lieve i’m goin down..’is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…, features 6 bonus tracks. iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of “Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: “b’lieve i’m goin down” and “bad omens (no faders)”
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.
TRACK LISTING – b’lieve i’m goin down…
2.I’m an Outlaw
4.That’s Life, tho (almost hate to say)
6.Life Like This
7.All in a Daze Work
8.Lost my Head there
b’lieve i’m goin down… is available on standard CD and double LP. A limited-edition triple LP expanded version, b’lieve i’m goin (deep) down…, features 6 bonus tracks.
iTunes and Amazon MP3 pre-orders both have an instant grat download of “Pretty Pimpin,” as well as two pre-order-only bonus tracks that disappear on release: “b’lieve i’m goin down” and “bad omens (no faders)”
Friday October 2 Boston, MA – The Paradise * #
Saturday October 3 – Sunday October 4 Austin, TX -
Wednesday October 7 New York, NY – Webster Hall * #
Thursday October 8 Washington DC – 9:30 Club * #
Friday October 9 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer * #
Saturday October 10 – Sunday October 11 Austin, TX -Austin City Limits Festival, Zilker Park, Austin TX
Wednesday October 14 Los Angeles, CA – Fonda Theater %
Friday October 16 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore %
Saturday October 17 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom %
Sunday October 18 Seattle, WA – The Showbox %
Wednesday October 21 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights * #
Friday October 23 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall * #
Saturday October 24 Detroit, MI – St Andew’s Hall * #
Sunday October 25 Toronoto, ONT – Phoenix Theatre * #
Friday October 30 Paris, FR – Pitchfork Festival
Saturday October 31 Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso *
Sunday November 1 Brussel, Belgium – Autumn Falls @ AB-Box *
Tuesday November 3 Hamburg, Germany – Uebel & Gefahrlich *
Wednesday November 4 Aarhus, Denmark – Voxhall
Thursday November 5 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller
Friday November 6 Stockholm, Sweden – Munchenbryggeriet *
Saturday November 7 Copenhangen, Demark – Amerbio *
Monday November 9 Berlin, Germany – Postbahnhof *
Tuesday November 10 Koln, Germany – Gebaeude 9 *
Wednesday November 11 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 *
Thursday November 12 London, UK – Electric Ballroom
Friday November 13 Bristol, UK – Motion *
Sunday November 15 Dublin, EIR – Vicar Street *
Monday November 16 Glasgow, UK – ABC1 *
Tuesday November 17 Leeds, UK – Leeds Uni Stylus *
Wednesday November 18 Manchester, UK – The Ritz *
Friday November 20 Lucerne, CH – Sudpol *
Saturday November 21 Lyon, France – Epicerie Moderne *
Sunday November 22 Barcelona, Spain – Apolo *
Monday November 23 Madrid, Spain – Penelope *
Tuesday November 24 Lisbon, Portugal – Armazem F *
* – with Waxahatchee
# – with Luke Roberts
% – with Cass McCombs and Heron Oblivion
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.
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.
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 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:
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:
Monday 31 Dudingen, EN Bad Bonn
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
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
Friday 06 New York , NY Governers ball
Saturday 07 New York, NY Governors Ball
Sunday 08 New York, NY Governors Ball
Friday 04 Seattle/George, WA Sasquatch Music Festival
Thursday 10 Keflavik, IK ATP Iceland
Friday 25 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for The Arts
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
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):
The following is a (nearly) complete list of what our dear friends EMA, Fucked Up, Perfume Genius, Kurt Vile and The Young are doing in Austin, TX this week (on stage, anyway). Please be advised that events marked “*” are considered official SXSW presentations and will likely require a badge, wristband or cover charge for entry (unless you are so incredibly good looking that such requirements are always waived on your behalf). I wish you a very pleasant week in my town of residence and thank you in advance for not parking in front of my fucking driveway.
Wednesday March 12 Flamingo Cantina, 5pm (Under The Radar)
Thursday, March 13, Mohawk (inside) 4pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Friday March 14, Central Presbyterian Church, 7:20pm* (Pitchfork)
Saturday March 15 Elysium, 11:30pm * (Switched On/Moog)
Thursday March 13 – Mohawk, 2:15pm (Stereogum/House Of Vans)
Thursday March 13 – Scoot Inn, 4pm (Converse/Thrasher)
Thursday March 13 – French Legation, 6pm (Pitchfork)
Friday March 14 – Empire Control Room, 5:15pm (Blundertown)
Thursday March 13 – St. David’s Historic Society, 7:30pm* (Turnstile Music)
Wednesday March 12 – Cheer Up Charlie’s, midnight*
Thursday March 13 – Weather Up (1808 East Cesar Chavez), 2:30pm
Thursday March 13 – Clive Bar, 8pm*
Thursday March 13 – Red 7, 12:50am*
Saturday, March 15 – Yellow Jacket Social Club, 2:30pm
Saturday March 15 – Museum Of Human Achievement (Third Man Records), 4:15pm
Despite airing his agoraphobic fears last year (with his EP “it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)” – out now), Kurt Vile’s taking on a large chunk of the world alone, as he ventures out for a headline solo tour of Europe this March/April, for a series of unique shows in a more intimate setting than usual. Support for most dates comes from Pall Jenkins of The Black Heart procession and tickets for shows are on sale now, unless noted.
31st Bad Bonn – Dudingen, Switzerland* – Tickets
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 * – Tickets
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
Currently on tour in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore with The Violators, catch Kurt down under at the following shows:
25th St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Singapore, Singapore
27th St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Auckland, NZ
31st St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Fortitude Valley, Australia
1st St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Melbourne, Australia
2nd St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Sydney, Australia
5th Corner Hotel, Richmond, Australia
6th Corner Hotel, Richmond, Australia
7th St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Adelaide, Australia
8th St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Fremantle, Australia
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, demanded encouraged 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
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.
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 free weekly 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.
Matador blew off Cassette Store Day this year — something about our misplacing our calendar. But that hasn’t stopped Kurt Vile and Chelsea Light Moving from putting together tour cassettes (splits with Merchandise and VBA, respectively).
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”
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.
“it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)” is the new digital and 12″ vinyl EP from Kurt Vile and The Violators, out on November 19th with six of the seven new tracks previously unreleased. The EP was recorded during the same sessions as the latest album and doubles as the bonus content for the newly announced 2xCD and digital album version of Wakin On A Pretty Daze: Deluxe Daze (Post Haze), also out November 19th.
Today Kurt shares a playlist at KurtVile.com of the mix CD he handed to the Violators and producer John Agnello before heading in to the studio for the recording of Wakin On A Pretty Daze, along with a message from Kurt (here) on the process of compiling the mix and its influence on recording.
Still out on the road for shows across North America and Europe, Kurt and The Violators continue touring, with European dates below.
“it’s a big world out there (and i am scared)” track-listing:
1. Never Run Away (string synth)
2. NRA Reprise
3. Feel My Pain
4. Snowflakes Extended
5. Wedding Budz
6. The Ghost of Freddie Roach
7. (reprise reprise)
North American tour dates:
September 25 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Warhol Sound Series @ Carnegie Music Hall
September 26 – Cincinatti, OH – Midpoint Music Festival
September 27 – Urbana, IL – Pygmalian Music Festival
October 12 – Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Music Festival
October 25 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 ! %
October 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer !
October 27 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar !
October 28 – Charlotte, NC – Chop Shop !
October 29 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt !
October 31 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits !
November 01 — Miami, FL – Grand Central !
November 2 – Orlando, FL – The Social !
November 3 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder !
November 4 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box !
November 5 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s !
November 6 – Houston, TX – Walter’s ! #
November 8 – Austin, TX — Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 11 – Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s !
November 12 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia !
! = Beach Fossils support
% = Lee Ranaldo and The Dust support
# = Merchandise support
European Tour Dates:
2nd – Autumn Falls @ Cirque Royale – Brussels, Belgium
3rd – Tivoli – Utrecht, Netherlands
4th – Zoom – Frankfurt, Germany
5th – Vega (main hall) – Copenhagen, Denmark
6th - Pustervik – Gothenburg, Sweden
7th – Debaser Medis – Stockholm, Sweden
8th – Mejeriet – Lund, Sweden
9th – Lido – Berlin, Germany
10th – Effenaar – Eindhoven, Netherlands
11th – Shepherds Bush Empire – London, UK
13th – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK (SOLD OUT)
14th – Academy 2 – Manchester, UK
15th – Arches – Glasgow, UK
16th – The Fleece – Bristol, UK
17th – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
18th – Patronaat – Haarlem, Netherlands
19th – La Gaité Lyrique – Paris, France
20th – Le Grand Mix – Tourcoing, France