Philadelphia’s favorite son, Kurt Vile, invaded drive-time as a guest DJ on hometown station WKDU last Thursday. As you might expect, he brought with him a plethora of high quality music, and the folks at Testostertunes were kind enough to make the show available for download. Get it now, before the frenzied rush of Matablog readers kills the Sendspace links.
(photo courtesy Rez Avissar / Tripwire)
For those in the area, Kurt Vile & the Violators will be playing Brooklyn tonight at Monster Island Basement (128 River St @ Metropolitan Ave) with Girls, Real Estate and Beach Fossils. More details here.
We’ve got a slew of dates to share below including a July 2 show at the Electric Factory in Philly opening for Sonic Youth and an August 25 show at Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana opening for Built To Spill.
Keep it here for updates on Kurt’s full-length Matador release, ‘Childish Prodigy’ (Autumn 2009) and further show information.
Friday June 26 (w/ Violators) @ Monster Island Basement – Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, July 2 (w/ Violators) @ Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
w/ Sonic Youth
Saturday, July 4 (w/ Violators) @ 979 Broadway btwn Myrtle Ave & Ditmars St – Brooklyn, NY
Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest (Outdoors)
w/ The Oh Sees, Vivian Girls, Woods, Dum Dum Girls and more.
Sunday, July 5 (w/ Violators) @ Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
KRAAK Fest – w/ Jack Rose, Meg Baird and US Girls
Friday, July 17 (w/ Violators) @ Bruars Falls – Brooklyn, NY
w/ Blues Control and Coconuts
Saturday, July 18 (w/ Violators) @ Church – Boston, MA
w/ Blues Control, Bobb Trimble, Gary War and more
Sunday, July 19 (w/ Violators) @ Montague Bookmill – Montague, MA
w/ Blues Control
Thursday, July 23 @ Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
w/ Tyvek and Coconuts
Tuesday, August 11 @ Talking Head Club – Baltimore, MD
Thursday, August 13 (w/ Violators) @ Transfigurations – Asheville, NC
Harvest Records Fest
Friday, August 14 @ Cakeshop – NYC, NY
Saturday, August 15 @ Silent Barn – Ridgewood, NY
Sunday, August 16 @ Vox Populi – Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, August 19 (w/ Violators) @ Rittenhouse Square – Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, August 25 @ Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
w/ Built To Spill/Woods
Wednesday, August 26 @ The Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, August 29 @ Kemado/Mexican Summer/Folk Yeah Festival – Big Sur, CA
Sunday, August 30 @ Bottom of the Hill – San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, September 1 @ TBD – Portland, OR
(photograph by Shawn Brackbill)
We tend to start new signings entries to the Matablog with lines like “Matador Records is pleased to announce….”, but could we possibly be more redundant? Of COURSE we’re pleased to announce blah fucking blah, are we gonna say “Matador Records reluctantly admits….” or “we’re obliged to tell you…”?
So with that in mind, we’re REALLY pleased to announce — perhaps more than ever before in label history — an addition to the label roster we currently consider to be one of the more important figures in American music circa 2009. Philadelphia guitarist/vocalist Kurt Vile first came to our attention (and possibly yours as well) with the release of the 2008 CD ‘Constant Hitmaker’ on the Gulcher imprint ( a label whose paw prints extend to dusty genius recordings by the Gizmos and MX80-Sound and contemporary stuff from Home Blitz and Magik Markers). What the homemade ‘Hitmaker’ (recently reissued on vinyl by Woodsist) lacked in fidelity it more than made for in scope —– to dub the album “psych pop” barely scratches the surface of a work that’s as impossibly catchy as it is wildly experimental.
Subsequent exposure to Kurt’s live shows in a variety of settings, both on his own and with crack ensemble The Violators, made it abundantly clear that we’d either have to sign this guy or find someone else who sounded exactly like him. Since the latter task proved impossible, here we are. Having signed a worldwide, multi-album pact with Matador, Kurt Vile’s first full-length for the label, ‘Childish Prodigy’ will be released on LP/CD and digital formats in Autumn 2009. Watch this space for more news & music to follow.