Tag: Kurt Vile
Our advertising ninja Blake Thomas forgot to tell any of us (perhaps his mind was elsewhere) but last night Kurt debuted the single version of “Never Run Away” (from the upcoming album Wakin On A Pretty Daze, out April 9) with the cutest little infomercial EVER – it aired on the CW network in Philadelphia. Blake kicked us the file for optimum viewing, but we’ve also got a rip of the infomercial itself which a Kurt superfan (OK, Philebrity) passed our way
Have a look and a listen down below…
The first gratis transmission from Kurt Vile’s new record nearly hits the 10-minute mark but chances are you won’t even notice. That’s because it drifts along without a care in the world, pulling us into Vile’s permanent vacation mindset with nothing but a steady guitar strum, a soothing rhythm section and melodies that make us wish winter would hurry up already.
Wakin on a Pretty Daze is due out April 9th via Matador. Check out a time lapse video of Espo (the iconic street artist who got his start as a “dirt bag graffiti writer from Philadelphia”) working on a mural inspired by the record here, and a short documentary about the cover art here.
Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Like most serious music fans, self-titled spends most days devouring records across hard drives, streaming services and our trusty office turntable. That’s why we’re devoting the next month to deconstructing LPs we loved from throughout the year. Here’s one of them…
Photos by Shawn Brackbill
As some of you may have seen in our new issue, self-titled contributor Shawn Brackbill spent four days shooting candids of Kurt Vile during his Smoke Ring For My Halo sessions and was nice enough to share some of his best shots with us. As an addendum to that story, we asked Shawn to answer a few questions about his ongoing work with Kurt and managed to score a slew of shots from his recent record release shows at Other Music, Academy Annex, and Generation Records. Make sure you don’t miss the Thurston Moore/Ted Leo cameos…
Much like their debut album (By the Hedge, out now on Captured Tracks), MINKS’ maxi cassette-like mix sounds like something we’d listen to on the bus ride home in middle school—moody and melancholic, yet with enough rays of hope (see also: the MINKS single “Funeral Song”) to keep things from sounding too rain-slicked.
Have a listen and a look after the jump, as frontman Sonny Kilfoyle shares his thoughts on everything from the frosted soundscapes of Felt to the timeless chamber pop of Belle & Sebastian…
[Photo by Jim Duthie]
Much more than a simple folk singer, Benoît Pioulard writes ballads for Boards of Canada fans, casting his spare, spooky chords against frosty field recordings, ambient beats, and steam-powered drones. Like Pioulard’s new Lasted LP, the following mix is essential fall listening,