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
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.
I was availling myself of those popular ride-sharing services in North Austin very late one night last weekend and Kurt Vile’s “Pretty Pimpin’” came on over the stereo courtesy of the local NPR affiliate. Thinking I was performing some sort of surreptitious market research, I quizzed the driver about how often the station in question play the song (non-stop, apparently) and whether or not he was a fan.
Anyhow, perhaps my tone wasn’t appropriately reverential ; maybe it was the way I passed out 3 minutes into my new friend’s explanation of how many Kurt Vile records he owns, but either way, I was politely asked to exit the vehicle several blocks (or was it miles?) from my destinations (we might’ve been in the woods). Maybe he thought we were reenacting a scene from “The Big Lebowski”, I really can’t tell you for sure. But this unpleasant experience has taught me a couple of important things :
a) KV and The Violators are hitting some big rooms starting tonight and unless you wanna have your nose pressed against a cold fence trying to hear what’s going on, you’ll procure a ticket ASAP.
b) don’t pester your ride share driver with any music or music-business related chit-chat. These men and women work very hard and who cares if they’re into Kool Moe Dee, Lady Pank or the Pointed Sticks? The important thing is they’re trying get you home in one piece without hearing some incoherent story about the time you beat Richie Kotzen in a game of H-O-R-S-E.
June 9-11 Manchester TN Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Sunday, August 7 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA
Friday, August 12 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley CA (with Alabama Shakes)
Wednesday, August 17 – Red Rocks, Morrison CO (with Ryan Adams)
Xylouris White supporting 2/17-28
Spacin’ supporting 2/28-3/4
Savages are currently counting down the last few days until the release of their second album Adore Life, which is out this Friday 22nd January. It can be purchased online from the following (or ideally go to your nearest independent record store).
Kurt Vile’s recent session for La Blogotheque‘s Take Away Shows (shot at Le Square Gardette – restaurant gastronomique / directed by Hugo Jouxtel) is available for viewing today (above). In addition to previously announced dates in Europe, Australian and New Zealand, Kurt’s next round of tour in support of ‘b’lieve I’m going down’ kicks off February 17 in New Haven, CT.
Kurt Vile’s exclusive session for Spotify is up today and features artwork designed by contest winner Travis Millard, the not-lucky-at-all-he-totally-earned-it victor of our contest that we’re just about done telling you about. Follow Travis on Instagram at @theotherfudge . Or don’t! He deserves privacy, too, as do all of you (Matador’s data-mining efforts aside).
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 *
Monday, December 28 – Friday January 1 – The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Lorne, Marion Bay + New South Wales, Bryon Bay
Friday, January 8 – Sunday January 10 Busselton, Western Australia – Southbound Festival
Sunday, January 10 – Tuesday January 12 – Tauranga, New Zealand – McLaren Falls Park Music & Arts Festival
Wednesday, January 13 – Wellington, San Fran, New Zealand
Thursday, January 14 – Sherwood Hotel, Queenstown, New Zealand
Friday, January 15 – Dunedin, New Zealand, Chicks Hotel
Tuesday March 8 Paris, France – Alhambra #
Wednesday March 9 Ghent, Belgium – Handelsbeurs #
Thursday March 10 London, UK – Roundhouse #
Friday March 11 Brighton, UK – All Saint’s Church #
Saturday March 12 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli #
Sunday March 13 Nijmegen, Netherlands – Doornroosje #
* – with Lushes
# – with Imarhan
order ‘b’lieve i’m goin down’ from the following :
And also a huge thank you to everyone who submitted art work for the Kurt Vile Spotify Art Contest last month. There were so many incredible submissions. These below are dubbed honorable mention. The winning work will be announced on Friday.
Kurt Vile is currently touring across Europe. All upcoming dates below. b’lieve i’m goin down… is out now.
For those who might have missed this little nugget of a contest, here is all the information you need in order to submit art for “b’lieve i’m goin down… this fall.”
We have seen so much amazing fan art for Kurt over the years. This is an opportunity for those artistically inclined to have their design featured on an official Kurt Vile tour t-shirt. The winner will also get to meet Kurt at one of his headline shows on his 2015/2016 world tour. If you are anywhere in the world and want to enter, you can. There are no location restrictions.
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