Kurt Vile... new on Gulcher.

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Nice to see Gulcher putting out some more new stuff, after the Home Blitz CD. Supposedly this is excellent, and he's playing London soon too. Good lad.

gnarly sceptre, Monday, 23 June 2008 16:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes, he rules...haven't heard the Gulcher CD but I plan to

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 23 June 2008 20:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

liking this

sleep, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 21:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

he is a nice young man, such a nice boy

dell, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

space forklift

kamerad, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

one month passes...


The London shows next week are with War On Drugs, which he's apparently a member of. What's the deal with them dudes? Haven't heard 'em. Lookslike they've got an ep on Secretly Canadian, which makes me think 'literate indie'. Hopefully not.

gnarly sceptre, Wednesday, 6 August 2008 15:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Still no Gulcher thread to speak of.

Who's this Meercaz dude?? Not a reissue, despite the look of it.

masonna ringtones (gnarly sceptre), Wednesday, 25 February 2009 15:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

There's a review and a song on dusted
sounds pretty good

Trip Maker, Friday, 27 February 2009 15:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Really love the "God Is Saying This To You" LP. Really, really loving it. The new one on Woodsist is good too, but not as cosmic-epic at first few listens.

What else is worthwhile that I can find on the LP format?

ian, Sunday, 12 April 2009 18:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

So, how is the Hunchback EP? Is it... not as good as I want it to be?

ian, Monday, 13 April 2009 02:00 (nine years ago) Permalink

some info here


sleeve, Monday, 13 April 2009 02:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks for the link, sleeve.

funny triple-dose of reviews there. can't say i feel too enticed to check out the hunchback ep, based on the review as well as opinions of a few friends.

ian, Monday, 13 April 2009 03:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

This guy is great. At first I wasn't sold but the man and his work definitely fall under the "grower" category. At least, to me. Excited about his Matador debut.

SourPatchCorpse, Saturday, 18 July 2009 18:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

A washingtonpost.com writer who is always touting various indie dudes keeps hyping this guy. Let me what I can find on youtube

curmudgeon, Saturday, 18 July 2009 19:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

best record is def "god is saying this to you."

also, he appears playing trumpet and acoustic guitar on the new blues control album.

ian, Saturday, 18 July 2009 19:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I've been listening to this guy a lot over the last week or two. He's a little uneven, I think, but songs like "My Sympathy" and "My Best Friends (Don't Even Pass This), which are both on God is Saying This to You, more than make up for any shortcomings.

A new LP coming out soon, Childish Prodigy, has leaked on whatwhatinthebutt.cd for those who may be interested. I haven't listened yet but regardless I'll definitely have him in mind as one of my favorite new artists of 2009. His other (more popular? I honestly don't know) band, The War On Drugs, is decent too. He plays guitar in that band, but you wouldn't necessarily connect the dots unless someone told you. The War On Drugs is kind of dominated by the singer's voice, which is a bit like a more tuneful Dylan. The lyrics are kind of hit or miss, but there are moments ("There is no Urgency") where they hit a kind of stride.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:08 (nine years ago) Permalink

heh, the influences Vile lists on his myspace page unsurprisingly do a better job of describing his sound than I could ever do:

room to live, love to burn, street hassle, street legal, beat street, bully of the bayou, heartland feeling, yellow schwinn stingray, roots train number 1 (extended mix), cocaine in my brain, juicy juicy juice, strawberry wine, violent students, richie records, ag tonez, tusk, ccr, neil young, crazyhorse, suicide, the dead c, charlie patton, bertha lee, blind lemon jefferson, mississippi john hurt, blind willie johnson, furry lewis, fred mcdowell, harry smith anthology, american primitives, etc, robert johnson, lightnin hopkins, john fahey, doc watson, hank williams, townse van zandt, bob dylan, bobby neuwirth, eat the document, the vu, lou, the stooges, iggy, the ramones, the stones, the kinks, cluster, morton subotnick, isoa tomita, the fall, kurt's garage, blue kangaroo and the rest of wattle & daub.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:11 (nine years ago) Permalink

i really liked that war on drugs record. pretty curious about this one.

call all destroyer, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

my sympathy is a great song

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

Constant Hitmaker is still my favorite.

Trip Maker, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

saw two shows where this dude opened last week and missed him at both

cool app (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:19 (nine years ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to it yet. But yeah, actually I have you to thank for getting me to listen to him recently, I saw one of his songs on your KOPN playlist and was reminded that a friend of mine had recommended that I check him out.

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

xpost to trip maker

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

You should listen to that birthday show on the holy victrola blog, bro!
I turned 30 the minute it ended.

Trip Maker, Friday, 11 September 2009 17:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

will listen. Happy b-day too :)

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 17:34 (nine years ago) Permalink

The "I've never been so insulted in my whole lieeefe! SHIT!" part on "Freak Train" kills me.

That song's a tranced-out grower for sure, and I'd love to see it done live (the YouTube clips of it played out look great); the two riffier tracks on Childish Prodigy seem a bit weak/clunky/standard rock-by-numbers to me, though ("Hunchback", "Monkey"), but then again I didn't like the Hunchback EP that much. Some of the new tunes are streaming on a blog here: http://pastaprima.net/?p=3967

Constant Hitmaker still rules the roost for me, and The War On Drugs record's a total classic. These guys (Vile, Granduciel) sure know how to sprinkle on the digital FX.

Craig D., Friday, 11 September 2009 18:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

best record is def "god is saying this to you."

yeah that's my fave too, the cleaner production on Constant Hitmaker took a little bit away from it imo

the preview mp3 of the new Matador album sounds good

dmr, Friday, 11 September 2009 18:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

I liked the hunchback ep!

but what do I know

鬼の手 (Edward III), Friday, 11 September 2009 19:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to his new LP just so I can actually PURCHASE the damn thing! I'm trying to track down God is Saying and Constant Hitmaker on vinyl, but everything is like "limited to 30 LPs/must guess secret code/must have last name starting with T, W or K/must go to secret show in basement that was only disclosed to people who went to other secret show in basement that had last names starting with L and Y and guessed secret code", etc

Internet! (Z S), Friday, 11 September 2009 19:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

Z_S we have God Is Saying... in stock at the moment at the price of $18 (second pressing) if u are interested email me dr.carl.sagan at gmail dot com

not sure abt constant hitmaker but i can check on that too

ian, Saturday, 12 September 2009 17:37 (nine years ago) Permalink

thanks for the head's up ian, I'm giving it some thought.

I hate to revive this thread and then speak disapprovingly of the forthcoming album, but I must. Childish Prodigy has its bright spots, but it seems to bury everything that I like about Vile under a pile of heavier "band" songs. From what I've heard on this, and the Hunchback EP, the influence of the Violators is not entirely a positive one. It's like he's sort of trying to pull a Neil Young guitar epic off, but the Violators aren't Crazy Horse. It kinda sucks that it's on Matador and so it will serve as a lot of people's first impression.

Still really digging Constant Hitmaker and God is Saying this to you, though.

O(Suggest/Ban)BAMA (Z S), Monday, 14 September 2009 01:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Just downloaded pretty much everything, and he's coming to Minneapolis. Can't decide how I feel about the new one, but there's definitely some undeniable beauty in here...

Pete Scholtes, Wednesday, 7 October 2009 22:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

i love childish prodigy

kushighway (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 10 October 2009 18:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

freak train is some real http://i36.tinypic.com/do554x.jpg shit

i don't think he'll ever do anything as good as "taking the farm" or "arms like boulders" but this one smashes the war on drugs album

need to hear constant hitmaker

kushighway (J0rdan S.), Saturday, 10 October 2009 18:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

Constant Hitmaker's pretty great, and a few of the songs on God is Saying are still my very favorites. I am trying to warm up the new one, but tbh I'm not really feelin' it.

The World's Biggest Christ (Z S), Saturday, 10 October 2009 20:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

huh i really like the new one a lot. it gets a little samey near the end but the first half is pretty solid. maybe i'm weird but i like the strong songs on childish prodigy more than the formlessness of the earlier albums.

congratulations (n/a), Saturday, 10 October 2009 20:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

"overnite religion" and "my best friends" are so so fucking good

kamerad, Tuesday, 10 November 2009 01:29 (nine years ago) Permalink

four months pass...


☀ ☃ (am0n), Friday, 2 April 2010 17:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

re: Record Store Day
Mexican Summer is re-releasing "God is Saying.." as a one-time-only vinyl/cassette combo.

van smack, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:16 (eight years ago) Permalink


van smack, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

really ended up in love with childish prodigy. have totally overplayed the heck out of heart attack in particular

aarrissi-a-roni, Monday, 12 April 2010 23:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

man this new EP is good... title is Square Shells and the 7+ minute jam is sounding so fine right now, almost like Spacemen 3 but with more of a ticking motorik beat.

bug holocaust (sleeve), Saturday, 22 May 2010 20:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

agreed... this is wonderful...

Worth waiting for the fannypunch at 4.02 (stevie), Saturday, 22 May 2010 20:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the heads up! I've been looking forward to some new Kurt Vile.

ImprovSpirit, Sunday, 23 May 2010 03:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

Snagged it! Top-notch sounds from Kurt.

ImprovSpirit, Monday, 24 May 2010 01:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah, formless music in general can irritate me to no end, but I find his stuff mesmerizing. Really loved Childish Prodigy.

musicfanatic, Monday, 24 May 2010 02:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

He reminds me a bit of what might've happened if someone had given Jeffrey Lee Pierce a cheesy/cool drum machine & said 'go at it.'

ImprovSpirit, Monday, 24 May 2010 19:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

getting harder and harder to ignore this guy

(e_3) (Edward III), Monday, 24 May 2010 20:08 (eight years ago) Permalink


( `ハ´)☞  ☜(´∀`☜) (am0n), Monday, 24 May 2010 20:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think he's rolling through town in two weeks. I'm gonna try hit it up.

van smack, Monday, 24 May 2010 20:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

You can stream the first single, which is over 9 minutes on his website http://kurtvile.com/. New DOUBLE Album out in April.
This song is so awesome and slackerish. The beginning sounds a lot like Pavement, but then turns into something so much more amazing.

scubasteve, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 22:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Think there might be a thread for it already!

Z S, Tuesday, 19 February 2013 23:41 (five years ago) Permalink

ooops, sorry folks.

scubasteve, Wednesday, 20 February 2013 00:19 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

he never sounded so angry, aggressive and dirty as he did on Childish Prodigy.
(vocals and production)

i hope he'll make another "dark" record like this, only with much less fillers.

nostormo, Monday, 22 April 2013 18:46 (five years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

New song with Courtnet burnett is excellent


nostormo, Thursday, 31 August 2017 06:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

sometimes there's no poison like a dream

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 15 October 2017 19:30 (one year ago) Permalink

he's covered belly??

Estella, Damm (stevie), Wednesday, 18 October 2017 10:57 (one year ago) Permalink

i like how chill + happy this album is

Mordy, Friday, 20 October 2017 01:57 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...


Karl Malone, Wednesday, 27 December 2017 19:35 (eleven months ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

New single Loading Zones is really good

calstars, Friday, 17 August 2018 00:50 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Another new song. Sadly, it's boring.
(Loading Zones is boring too imo)

Hope he didn't lose it completely..

nostormo, Monday, 10 September 2018 18:09 (three months ago) Permalink

But isn't that his shtick? To always make the same boring song? Which usually is great btw.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Monday, 10 September 2018 18:36 (three months ago) Permalink

The melodies are weaker. He becam too monotonic and lost the melancolic atmosphere.

nostormo, Monday, 10 September 2018 18:39 (three months ago) Permalink

"bassackwards" is amazing imo

J0rdan S., Monday, 10 September 2018 18:40 (three months ago) Permalink

i don't remember which new one i heard recently but i too was disappointed

dyl, Monday, 10 September 2018 19:43 (three months ago) Permalink

The slightly warped sound of Bassackwards is great. That song flows majestically towards the delta.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Tuesday, 11 September 2018 20:19 (two months ago) Permalink

oh i really like that (and yeah "loading zones" is the one i didn't much care for)

dyl, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:23 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah it's gorgeously produced too

ok so i am looking forward to the album then lol

dyl, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 05:28 (two months ago) Permalink

those lyrics, ugh. when he started in second verse, same as the first, I had to bail

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Yup. The first verse wasn’t even all that. writers using the word “bay” is usually a bad sign
I think Loading Zones is much better

calstars, Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I enjoyed the song right up to the point where I thought, “That was a pretty good song,” then looked at the time and realized there were four plus minutes left.

Andrew "Hit Dice" Clay (PBKR), Wednesday, 12 September 2018 15:57 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Pitchfork uploaded his live performence of the new album on youtube.
I like the arrangements but the melodies are meh imo

nostormo, Tuesday, 2 October 2018 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink

i guess maybe i am starting to wonder exactly how many Kurt Vile songs i need in my life

alpine static, Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Marc Maron interview up today that I haven't listened to yet

co-sign with alpine though

You (bleeping) need me. You can't Finn without me (fionnland), Thursday, 11 October 2018 21:11 (one month ago) Permalink

One Trick Ponies rips.

triggercut, Friday, 12 October 2018 11:59 (one month ago) Permalink

New album today

calstars, Friday, 12 October 2018 12:34 (one month ago) Permalink

had felt like poster above when it comes to singles so far, but this album is great, especially after the first few tracks. love the mild production variety!

sean gramophone, Friday, 12 October 2018 13:48 (one month ago) Permalink

the sum of the album is better than the individual tracks, yes. But my god, 80 minutes is a lot.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 12 October 2018 16:59 (one month ago) Permalink

i guess maybe i am starting to wonder exactly how many Kurt Vile songs i need in my life

― alpine static, Thursday, October 11, 2018 4:08 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah def...i like him still but i miss the weirdness that creeped around the edges back in the square shells etc era

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:04 (one month ago) Permalink

80 minutes is a lot.

this, too. or maybe instead of what i posted before. or maybe both.

alpine static, Friday, 12 October 2018 17:45 (one month ago) Permalink

“Hysteria” is great!

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 03:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Could have used Stella on the title track tho

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Well shit I guess it is her on the title

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 04:18 (one month ago) Permalink

he wrote one near-perfect song in Wakin On A Pretty Day but everything else has felt like rehashes of it or just doesn't come close

ufo, Sunday, 14 October 2018 05:15 (one month ago) Permalink

"runner ups" is his near-perfect song. he has several! but it's true that many of them seem to have ended up with rehashes at some point down the line -- tho they can still be pleasant

still need to listen to the new one

dyl, Sunday, 14 October 2018 17:37 (one month ago) Permalink

smoke rings is still his best album. his approach on that one was a bit more motorik, not as much of the rambling Neil Young-isms that define his most recent work, a lot of tight finger-picking in interesting tunings. baby's arms and runner-ups are my favorite tracks of his.

voodoo chili, Sunday, 14 October 2018 20:44 (one month ago) Permalink

To me it sounds like he’s trying too hard on Smoke Ring. It sounds so busy all the time. Stuff since then has been more relaxed, dare I saw meditative

calstars, Sunday, 14 October 2018 21:28 (one month ago) Permalink

I liked the new one as I listened to it but now I don't feel super compelled to go back to it. Wouldn't turn it off if it came on, but don't think I'd actively seek it out either.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 14 October 2018 23:18 (one month ago) Permalink

that pretty much sums up Kurt Vile in general

alpine static, Monday, 15 October 2018 00:13 (one month ago) Permalink

he peaked when he was kurt vile... new on Gulcher

1-800-CALL-ATT (Karl Malone), Monday, 15 October 2018 02:04 (one month ago) Permalink

This is a good record man!

calstars, Saturday, 20 October 2018 23:43 (one month ago) Permalink

I can totally picture post-Benji Kozelek taking guest verses on Bassackwards.

Other than that, the new album feels like it's a thousand hours long (I haven't been able to hear it in full so far), and yes Runner-Ups and Baby's Arms are some of his best tunes on what happens to be his best album.

Dinsdale, Sunday, 21 October 2018 21:17 (one month ago) Permalink

this album must be terrible because the album cover art has like fake "ring wear" as the actual cover. why do people do this?

budo jeru, Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:00 (one month ago) Permalink

ufo otm.

WOAPD the album is all the kurt i imagine i'll ever need.

budo jeru, Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

the new album i mean xp

budo jeru, Sunday, 21 October 2018 22:03 (one month ago) Permalink

i've been kinda looking at his output post smoke-rings along the lines of yo la tengo when they released "and then nothing..." and "summer sun" but instead all they ever did were to keep releasing records in those veins and say not put out a "pass the hatchet, i think i'm goodkind."

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Monday, 22 October 2018 02:11 (one month ago) Permalink

this album must be terrible because the album cover art has like fake "ring wear" as the actual cover
haha yeah I wtfd at this too

niels, Monday, 22 October 2018 06:15 (one month ago) Permalink

When free online photoshop tutorials go wrong

Karl Malone, Monday, 22 October 2018 06:19 (one month ago) Permalink

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