Kurt Vile – new live dates, video, interview and Rough Trade’s albums of the year


Posted yesterday on the La Blogothèque website was the ‘Take Away Show’ they filmed with Kurt and the Violators back in May.  They take to the streets of Paris to run through stripped-back version “Baby’s Arms” to a sparse crowd consisting of passing locals and business men. Watch more from the Take Away shows here.

As 2011 comes to a close we’re starting to see the barrage emergence of  end of year lists.  One of the more respected of these (at least for us in the UK) is Rough Trade Shop’s top ten and Smoke Ring For My Halo comes in at number 3!  Needless to say we’re all stoked for Kurt, ordering from Rough Trade also gets you an exclusive recording of his in-store performance at Rough Trade East from May 2011 as a bonus disc.  Of course, you can still buy it from us too.

Whilst the east coast had all the Violators live action recently, I’m happy to share the news Kurt has more shows lined up, starting 2012 by joining Thurston Moore for some dates, followed by another full-band European tour, including an NME awards show in London.  Kurt and the Violators also play the previously mentioned Australia and New Zealand shows, starting in a few weeks time. All dates below.

Lastly, Pitchfork yesterday ran a feature on the artwork for the newly released So Outta Reach EP as they quizzed Kurt on the series of photos that adorn the EP’s cover.  Questions such as ‘were the photos staged?’, ‘how much tequila does it take to knock Kurt Vile out?’ and ‘how many times did you really get fired from your last job?’ are all answered here.


Upcoming shows:


1st: Kings Arms Tavern, Aukland, NZ

3rd: The Bakery, Perth, AUS tickets – tickets

4th: Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AUS

5th: Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, AUS — newly added

6th: Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, AUS – tickets

8th: Woodland, Brisbane, AUS

9th: Meredith Music Festival, Meredith, AUS



Kurt Vile with Thurston Moore:

Tue-Jan-31 – Somerville, MA @ Somerville Theatre

Sun-Feb-05 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat


Kurt Vile and The Violators in Europe:

Feb 19th – Whelan’s – Dublin, Ireland   (newly added)

Feb 20th – The Haunt – Brighton, UK

Feb 21st –  NME awards @ Koko – London, UK

Feb 22nd –  Le Nouveau Casino – Paris, France

Feb 23rd –  Botanique – Brussels, Belgium